Today was all about Hats!

We shared the book:  I Want My Hat and Hooray for Hat.  We also had a felt story based on The Hat by Jan Brett.  Of course, we sang some songs and did some movement activities — the Hokey Pokey is quickly becoming one of our favorites.

We welcomed back many returning friends and a few new ones, too.  Welcome Harlan, Waylon, Cambria, and Kiralee!

The toddlers have really enjoyed our Felt Board stories each week, so I wanted to include instructions for making your own.

How to Make a Felt Board

1 piece of foam core (18′ x 24”)

1 yard of felt

duck tape

  1. Spread piece of felt out on a flat surface.
  2. Place sheet of foam core in center of felt.
  3. Trim excess felt around board, leaving about 3” all the way around the board.
  4. Fold one side of felt over the edge of the board and tape in place.
  5. Fold opposite side of felt over the edge of the board and tape in place.
  6. Repeat for the other two sides.

How to Make Pieces to Use With Your Felt Board

  1. You can add the scratchy side of velcro to just about anything – foam letters, number, shapes, etc.
  2. You can print or draw shapes onto cardstock (or even lightweight cardboard) and then glue a piece of scratchy velcro to the back.
  3. You can even create shapes with felt (you don’t need velcro on the back because felt sticks to itself).

Where can you find felt stories online?




www.pinterest.com is also a great resource

Looking forward to hearing all about your felt board adventures!

Next week’s theme is Hearts.  See you then!

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Happy Groundhog Day!


Did you know that Punxatawney Phil DID NOT see his shadow this morning???  That means we’ll have an early spring!

Today was a hopping happening day at Toddler Time.  We welcomed some new friends today — Hyler, Cadence, Hannah, Emelia, Laney, and Evey.  We were so happy to see old friends back for fun too.

Today our theme was Groundhog Day. We read the book Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman and enjoyed a flannel board activity too.  We learned a new song called “Mr. Groundhog” just for the occasion.  Then we danced!

Next week we’re going to have some fun with HATS so wear your favorite hat.  We’ll see you then for more fun on Toddler Time Tuesday.


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Wow!  What a fun group we had today!  Some of our friends from last week returned along with many new friends, too!  Welcome Bentley, Bryden, Emma, Deanna, Chelsea, Josiah, John A., and James!  We’re glad you came to share Toddler Time with us.

Our theme today was Kittens and Mittens.

We read the books K is for Kitten and Pete the Cat’s I Love My White Shoes.

Our flannel story was Kitten’s Mittens.

We also sang songs from our song cube and danced along to some songs on the CD player.

Next week’s theme will be Groundhog Day!  See you next time.

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winter sceneToday was our very first Toddler Time and we had a wonderful turn out, even though the weather was less than ideal.

Welcome to Damen, Douglas, Kendall S., Kendall M., Camryn, John, Madison, and Felicity!

Of course, our theme, SNOW, was just perfect as the snow fell outside the library.

We read the books:  When It Starts to Snow, Snow? Let’s Go, and Here Comes the Snow.  We rolled our song cube and sang:  If You’re Happy and You Know It and Where is Thumbkin?.  Our flannel board activtiy was Five Little Snowflakes http://www.dltk-holidays.com/winter/m5snowflakes.htm.  Our music and movement selections included the Hokey Pokey and Can’t Sit Still.

It was a fun rockin’ time and we’re looking forward to next week’s Toddler Time on Tuesday January 26th at 11 AM.

Next week’s theme is Kittens and Mittens.  See you there!

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toddler time logo

We are excited to announce the addition of a weekly Toddler Time program beginning Tuesday, January 19th. This free weekly program will be offered every Tuesday at 11 A.M. Toddler Time will be geared for children ages 18 months up to 3 years old, but children of all ages are welcome.

“Toddler Time is the first of several new programs that will be offered at Cochranton Library now that we are in our new library building,” said Tricia Maloney, Assistant Librarian, who is in charge of children’s programming. “We are really excited to reach out to some of our youngest patrons with a fun, interactive program geared just for them.” Maloney, who holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus in Early Childhood Education, has many years experience working with young children.

The Toddler Time program will incorporate age-appropriate stories along with songs, fingerplays, music, and movement. Caregivers will be encouraged to participate along with their child.  

Story time programs are important because they help to support early language and literacy, foster a lifetime love of books and reading, and introduce caregivers and children to high quality books and available library materials.

The Library is located at 107 West Pine Street in Cochranton. For more information, please contact us at 814-425-3996.



Cochranton Area Public Library

Will wrap your holiday gifts!

Bring your own paper.

We’ll supply ribbons, bows, and tags.

Wednesday, December 16th 6 – 8 PM.

Donations to the CAPL Building Fund will be gladly accepted.

Event is sponsored by the Friends of the Cochranton Library.

For more information, call 814-425-3996.

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Dear Patrons and Members of the Community…….

Please allow us to invite you to attend the

Dedication of the New Cochranton Area Public Library building.

The Dedication will be held at the Library

Saturday, December 5th

10:00 A.M.

There will be an Open House and Refreshments to follow.

Please note that due to the Dedication Event,

there will be no Saturday Morning Story Time.

For more information, please call us at 814-425-3996.



The New Cochranton Area Public Library is Open!


Stop by and see the beautiful new building.

We are open:

Monday 3 PM – 7 PM

Tuesday 9 AM – 5 PM

Wednesday 3 PM – 7 PM

Thursday 9 AM – 5 PM

Friday 9 AM – 2 PM

Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM

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We will be closed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, September 3 to 7 and hope to reopen Tuesday September 8th in the NEW LIBRARY.


Thank You for Your Patience!

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cafeteria       The Last Lunch in the School Cafeteria has been scheduled for August 15th from 11 AM to 2 PM. The menu will be macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, sloppy joes, apple crisp, milk and water, and, BLACK OLIVES!!!! Take one last look at the old library / school cafeteria before it is demolished. The price is a donation to the library’s New Building Fund.

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