May Activity Calendar

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Start Smart @ Your Library: Ready Rosie

Remember when we talked about children needing to hear 30,000 words? Have you been wondering exactly what you should say to your baby, toddler, or preschooler to reach that lofty goal? Well, I’m very excited to announce a brand new service at the Stark County District Library!



As part of our Start Smart early literacy initiative, we are offering all of our card-carrying patrons a simple and fun parent engagement and preschool learning tool called Ready Rosie. (And you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to sign up!) Simply click on the link, and then choose “sign up” in the top left corner. You’ll need to enter your Stark County zip code to gain access, but once you do, just complete the form and click “Submit.” (If you need a Stark County District Library card number, click here to sign up for a digital card for FREE!)

Once a day, you’ll receive a text message, email, or both (depending on your settings) with a one- to two-minute video of a parent and child engaging in a fun activity. The activities and conversations that take place are realistic and occur in every day environments.

Going to the grocery store? There’s a video to give you ideas on making the experience more fun and sensory based. Standing in line? There’s a game you can play to keep your child busy and teach him to follow directions. There are over 700 videos–you won’t see a repeat for quite a while!

The videos are appropriate for parents and caregivers with children ages birth to 5 years old. For a sample, click here.

Homemade Monday: Painting with Tape Resist

Last week we talked about bringing the snow indoors and painting it as an extension activity after reading books about the winter and snow. This week we continue our snowy day theme with tape resist painting.



  • White art board/canvas OR thick construction paper
  • Watercolor, fingerpaint, or washable paint
  • Masking tape OR blue painters’ tape
  • Glitter


1. Tape off the edges of the paper or canvas. Begin to create the tree using the tape. Tear the tape into skinny pieces to make the branches. Use tiny pieces of tape around the background of the canvas–this will eventually look like falling snow once the tape is removed.

2. Let your child paint all over the canvas. Let them paint on the tape, but make sure they paint all over the white paper or canvas. Talk to them about the colors mixing. Ask questions. Let  your child use his finger to add a red cardinal to one of the branches.

3. Sprinkle glitter on the wet paint.

4. Once the paint has dried slightly, begin to peel the tape off. Add lines across the white areas of the tree so it resembles a birch tree.

5. Talk about the winter scene and let your child make up a story about what is happening.