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To celebrate the end of the Snuggle Club winter reading program, the library threw a birthday party for Clifford who turning 50 years old!  The ending of the program typically coincides with Read Across America Week.

We really enjoyed the reading program this year.  Instead of encouraging 20 minutes of reading a day with children ages 0-6 years old, they encouraged early literacy skills.  There were many activities listed for parents to do with their children.  I was hoping to include you all in the program as we did it, but there was just too much going on in February!

I've posted the sheet below that we used.  Take time to read through and see how many early literacy practices you have done/are doing with your child.  Remember, children are never too young to start early literacy practices and to learn to love and appreciate books!

The party started off with the librarians (clad in black and red) greeting us.  They had everyone sit as a family to do a craft.  We made Clifford ear headbands.  The children all looked so cute with their red ears on!  The children got to cut out and paste the ears on themselves to pre-made headbands.
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Miss Tracy
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The girls working on their headbands.
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Miss Anna asking how old everyone thinks Clifford is.
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Sweet Girl did the gluing for both of them.
Then, we were invited to have some cookies and juice.  Starbucks even donated coffee for the parents.  (A big deal to some, but I don't drink coffee.)  After everyone got their snacks, we watched a video about Emily Elizabeth's birthday.  It was cute to hear the giggles of the children when Clifford shook his bottom to the music Emily Elizabeth and her friend were making with their homemade instruments.
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Sweet Girl enjoying her juice--a treat in our house.
After the movie, we played pin the dog tag on Clifford's collar.  It seemed that many of the children had not played a game like this before.  Both of my girls did well having the blind fold on.  Some children just refused to wear it.  Everyone got a turn though and everyone had fun!
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There were three Clifford murals around the room.
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Love Bug didn't mind the blindfold at all.
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We used them to pin the dog tag on Clifford! MIss Anna blindfolding one of the children.
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She was excited when she saw what she did!
The library staff threw a good party.  They were very well organized especially considering there were over 60 people there.


The party ended with everyone dancing to "Who Let the Dogs Out."  It was hilarious to watch a room full of children with Clifford ears on barking.  There were even some parents dancing!  Hey, it's hard NOT to dance to a song like that. :)
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Sweet Girl dancing like a dog.
After the party, we returned our library books so we could check more out.  (I have a 3-4 book limit for each girl.  I will check out books to go with our themes/crafts/holidays, but I had to make a limit because we were getting out of control!  I have a "library book box" under our end table and all of our library books have to fit in that box.  We've done pretty well with this except for the Elmer books for Sweet Girl's birthday and the Dr. Seuss books.  I've started another box that houses the books that go along with our current theme so they don't crowd up the box.)

Of course, we had to check out some Clifford books!
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Sweet Girl engrossed in her book.
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Love Bug found Clifford!







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