Children's Room Information
Pre-K Story Time
Some activities you may experience during this story time class are books, music, singing, dancing, flashcards, puppets, flannel-board stories, scavenger hunts, show-&-tell, making new friends, and other cool, educational activities!
Join the PJC Department of Drama and the Children’s Room outside on the library deck for Sneak Peek nights! See live previews of scenes from PJC’s full productions of Puffs and 1776!
Watch actors perform scenes from upcoming shows
Meet & greet / Q & A time / See costumes / Eat popcorn!
Tuesday, September 28
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Scenes from Puffs
Full production runs Oct. 21 - 24
Tuesday, November 30
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Scenes from 1776
Full production runs Dec. 2 – 5
The Children’s Room of the Paris Public Library
is having its annual Pumpkin Exhibit!
Display your best decorated pumpkin at the library and receive a free book!
1) Exhibit is for 4 – 15 year-olds
2) No entry fee for participating
3) Only one pumpkin/gourd entry per child
4) This is not a contest/competition—it’s an exhibit for our community to enjoy :)
5) Exhibitors will use their own pumpkin at the size of their choice
6) The design, decoration or theme used on the pumpkin is up to you, the exhibitor; be creative! Your pumpkin can be painted or adorned with anything you want. *No carving please
7) To enter, bring your decked-out pumpkin to the Children’s Room at the Paris Public Library between NOW and October 27th. Upon entry, you will get to pick 1 free book from Ms. Tracy’s book-cart! The pumpkins will be placed throughout the library for the public to see and enjoy.
8) Exhibitors can have their pumpkin back if wanted; please pick them up by November 5th. (If pumpkins get mushy or moldy while on display they will be thrown away.)
*NOTE: Please do not carve or hollow out your pumpkin; that speeds up the rotting and molding process and can cause a yucky smell in our library.
Read with Me
Reserve a time slot to meet & read to a wonderful therapy dog!
All reading levels ages 12 & under
Make a new furry friend!
Reading aloud to a therapy dog. . .
* helps soothe & calm children
* helps reduce stress
* is an enjoyable, fun experience
* builds self-confidence & self-esteem
* builds a positive association with reading
* promotes nurturing & compassion
Parent/caregiver must remain in the library while child is having his/her reading time.
Visit the Children’s Room at the Paris Public Library to sign up for a Saturday time slot. Or sign up over the phone 903.785.8531
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Jim Henson Style Puppetry
Brett Roberts studied puppetry at M.I.T. under Jim Henson productions. Some of the skills he learned apply specifically to working with a camera. But, most of the techniques discussed here are for any Muppet style puppet. These skills include eye focus, mouth movement, arm gestures, mime techniques, etc.
Bubble Tricks You Can Do
Brett teaches kids how to make three different bubble toys using things found around the house. He also shows everyone how to make good bubble fluid that not only makes great bubbles, but it doesn’t burn if a child gets it in their eyes.
Magic Tricks With Bandanas And Boomerangs
Brett teaches everyone how to pass a coin through the middle of a bandana. Then he demonstrates how to perform a magic boomerang trick. This is a trick that can be purchased as a toy or as a professional magic trick, but Brett will teach everyone how to make one out of paper.
Magic Tricks With A Ziplock Bag And Shoelaces
Brett shows kids how to do two magic tricks that are so easy they almost work themselves. First, he makes the zipper from a Ziplock bag seem to move on its own. Then, he teaches everyone how to do two magic tricks with shoestrings.
Magic Tricks With Paper
Brett teaches kids how to perform two magic tricks with paper. One of them is a domino trick that can be purchased at toy stores or as a professional magic trick. The other one is a puzzle that you can make using paper and scissors.
Below you will find videos of Ms. Tracy’s story times
with all the goodies that kids would enjoy during story
time in person. Click on the picture to play video. Check
back often as Ms. Tracy will be adding new videos often.
Help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten and beyond by introducing key concepts in math, science, social studies, language, literacy, art and music. Miss Humblebee’s Academy is the only online solution that helps children learn while having fun AND provides parents with tools to measure their child’s progress. Miss Humblebee’s Academy helps children ages 3 to 6 get ready for kindergarten. It Includes hundreds of guided lessons with sound cues. Click here for printable flyer (PDF).
The Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) program was established in 1979 to encourage Texas children to read more books, explore a variety of current books, develop powers of discrimination, and to identify their favorite books.
The award further provides an opportunity to honor and encourage imaginative authors who create books with high appeal to children.
The Master List: The Texas Bluebonnet Award committee is responsible for selection of the books on each year’s Master List. Suggestions are solicited from librarians, teachers, parents, students and other interested persons. A new list of no more than twenty books is released each year by November. In selecting titles, the committee considers student interests, relevant content, reputable reviews, and literary quality. Both fiction and nonfiction books are represented. The author must be a living U.S. citizen or an author who resides and publishes in the United States. Books considered for the master list must have been published in the United States. Only titles published within the three years prior to the master list release date are considered. Textbooks and new editions of existing titles are not eligible.
Texas Bluebonnet Award Winners
|2021||Chris Van Dussen||If I Built a School JE VAND|
|2020||Adam Rubin||El Chupacavras (A Bilingual Tale of the Legendary Creature) JE RUBI Spanish|
|2019||Patricia McCormick||Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero|
J 951.9042 MCCO
|2018||Max Brallier||The Last kids on Earth J GF BRAL|
|2017||Victoria Jamieson||Roller Girl J GF JAMI|
|2016||Laban Carrick Hill||When the Beast Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop J92 KOOL|
|2015||Drew Daywalt||The Day the Crayons Quit JE DAYW|
|2014||John Grandits||Ten Rules you Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus|
|2013||Simms Taback||Postcards from Camp JF TARA|
|2012||Tom Angelberger||The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda JF ANGL|
|2011||Willy Claflin||The Uglified Ducky: a Maynard Moose tale JE CLAF|
|2010||Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel||Help Me, Mr. Mutt! JE STEV|
|2009||Cynthia C. DeFelice||One Potato, Two Potato JE DEFE|
|2008||Lucy A. Nolan||On the Road (Down Girl and Sit series) JF NOLA|
|2007||Joe Hayes||Ghost fever = Mal de Fantasma JF HAYE|
|2006||Lisa Wheeler & Marc Siegel||Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta JE WHEE|
|2005||Robert Blake||Togo JE BLAK|
|2004||Phil Bildner||Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy JE BILD|
|2003||Ruth Sanderson||The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring J398.2094 SAND|
|2002||Kate DiCamillo||Because of Winn-Dixie JF DICA|
|2001||Janet Stevens & Susan Stevens Crummel||Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! JE STEV|
|2000||Cynthia DeFelice||Ghost of Fossil Glen JF DEFE|
|1999||Janelle Cannon||Verdi JE CANN|
|1998||Betsy Byars||Tornado JF BYAR|
|1997||Jon Scieszka||Math Curse J510 SCIE|
|1996||Mary Downing Hahn||Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story JF HAHN|
|1995||Jon Scieszka||The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales JE SCIE|
|1994||Phyllis Reynolds Naylor||Shiloh JF NAYL|
|1993||Brian Selznick||The Houdini Box JF SELZ|
|1992||Bill Wallace||Snot Stew JF WALL|
|1991||Stephanie Spinner & Jonathan Etra||Aliens for Breakfast JSF SPIN|
|1990||Louis Sachar||There’s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom JF SACH|
|1989||Mary Downing Hahn||Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story JF HAHN|
|1988||Betty Ren Wright||Christina’s Ghost JF WRIG|
|1987||Johanna Hurwitz||The Hot and Cold Summer JF HURW|
|1986||Betty Ren Wright||The Dollhouse Murders JF WRIG|
|1985||Barbara Park||Skinnybones JF PARK|
|1984||Barthe DeClements||Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade JF DECL|
|1983||Bill Wallace||A Dog Called Kitty JF WALL|
|1982||Judy Blume||Superfudge JF BLUM|
|1981||Beverly Cleary||Ramona and Her Father JF CLEA|
Information from the Texas Bluebonnet Award Website
Paris Public Library 903-785-8531 * Ms. Tracy - Children’s Librarian