Thanksgiving is here already – wow that went fast! It seems like I was just starting to plan fun programs for Thanksgiving and now they are all over! November did go at warp speed, but I’m so thankful for all the children and parents who came to our Thanksgiving-themed programs and who continue to use the library! We had great turnouts for all of the holiday happenings and everyone had a lot of fun! I hope our November programs put our patrons in a thankful mood and prepared them for their Thanksgiving dinner!
Family Craft Apple Pie!
The first Thanksgiving program in November that we had was our second annual Family Craft Apple Pie event with The Baking Coach. This program, which was generously sponsored by the Friends of the Montauk Library, had families coming together at the library to make a yummy apple pie from scratch! The Baking Coach walked all of the families through the steps of constructing an apple pie; mixing and rolling out the dough, creating the pie filling and assembling the pie. Everyone took their pies home in a bakery box to bake or freeze and save for Thanksgiving. Children also decorated their own chef hats and added their own creative touches to the bakery boxes. Everyone was raving about this program, which is starting to become a Thanksgiving tradition! I heard the pies came out delicious! Check out the photos below!
Thankful for Music with Lori Hubbard!
On November 15th, we had our monthly music program with local musician Lori Hubbard. This month’s theme was “thankful for music” and Miss Lori added in some fun fall and Thanksgiving themed songs to get the little ones of Montauk in the Thanksgiving spirit! This program was a lot of fun and children sang songs with Miss Lori and also played the drums, used scarves and even played with the parachute! Next month, Miss Lori will be back for holiday music to celebrate the winter holidays! Check out the musical fun below!
On Saturday, November 19th, we had another delicious program where children made three different kinds of Thanksgiving themed desserts using candy, cookies, frosting and more. Children made cookie creations to look like pilgrim hats, ice cream cone creations to look like teepees and then made turkey treat bags using m&ms and craft materials. One little girl Brynn couldn’t contain her excitement and said, “I’m so excited to be here!” That seemed to be the feeling of the day as we had two sessions of this program and both were filled to capacity. Everyone made their delicious treats and took them home in a treat box (if they didn’t eat them before the program was over)! I’m so thankful that everyone liked this program – see the children in action below!
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
To round out our Thanksgiving programs, I had an after school program on Monday, November 21st where I showed the movie A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. After enjoying some laughs from this short Peanuts film, everyone in attendance made a “thankful wreath” out of paper plates, cut-out leaves, glue, markers and glitter. The idea was for all the children to write what they are thankful for on the different colored paper leaves. Then, they glued their leaves onto a paper plate to create their “wreath.” From there, the children added decorative ribbon so they could hang the wreath up later, and also added some glitter for decoration. Everyone came up with wonderful things to be thankful for and it was a great craft to remind children and adults what the holiday season is really about. Everyone did a great job with this craft and someone even put that they were thankful for Miss Jackie on their wreath – so sweet! Check out the craft below!
I had so much fun working with the children and parents in Montauk this November! December is around the corner, so check out the fun events we have in store for the holidays here! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!