Youth Services Bulletin

Hunger Games How-To

If you were at our recent Hunger Games program and need the instructions to complete your bow & arrow kits, or if you just love all things Hunger Games and want to create your own mini bow & arrow sets at home, follow the instructions below. These things are really fun, and believe it or not, if you do it right, the Q-tip arrows can fly about 15-20 feet!

Mini Hunger Games Bows & Arrows
What you'll need:
popsicle stick
dental floss
bowl of water
nail clippers

What you'll do:

  1. Using nail clippers, cut two notches on each side of the popsicle stick, about 1/2 inch from the ends of the stick. You may need a parent to help with this step.

  2. Soak the popsicle sticks in water for several hours. The longer you soak them, the more pliable (bendable) they'll be, and the less likely they'll be to break when you string them.

  3. Using the nail clippers, make your arrows by cutting off and discarding one tip from each Q-tip. Save the stick with the other tip attached -- these will be your arrows. You'll probably want at least five arrows.

  4. Take about eight inches of dental floss and tie one end around one end of the popsicle stick, then wrap the floss several times around the notches.

  5. Gently bend the popsicle stick and wrap and tie the floss around the notches at the other end of the stick. Make sure the floss is taught (tight) and the knots are lined up on the same edges of the stick. Cut off and discard any extra floss.

  6. Holding the center of the popsicle stick in one hand, line up the stick of the Q-tip on the floss, pinching the Q-tip and the floss with your other hand. Pull back on the Q-tip and let go. If you've done it right, the arrow should really fly!

What you'll need to remember:
If you need a visual, check out the instructions on The Brooding Hen or ask a parent to help you search YouTube for step-by-step videos on how to do this project. Remember to be safe and use nail clippers instead of sharp knives, and always ask your parents or older siblings for help.

Getting Ready for Christmas in the Commons!

We're so excited to share stories with everyone during Christmas in the Commons on Sunday, December 8th!

Help us get ready to decorate our tree. Stop in to the library to make some garland or a very special ornament. Your creation will be placed on the New Lenox Public Library's outdoor tree.

Ornaments Center

We can't wait to see you there!

Bird Seed Ornaments

The LEGO Club had lots of fun making ornaments with Ms. Tanya this week!

Bird Seed Ornaments

Here's the recipe to make these cool Bird Seed Ornaments at home! Thanks, Ms. Tanya!

Bird Seed Ornaments

½ cup (125 milliliters) water
2 ½ tsp (11.75 g) unflavored gelatin/ Lieber's Unflavored Jel/ Kolatin

3 Tbsp (45 mililiters) corn syrup

¾ cup (175 g) flour

4 cups (900 g) bird seed

  1. Heat water in the microwave using a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Microwave the water for about 30 seconds. The water should be hot to the touch but does not need to boil.
  2. Whisk unflavored gelatin/ Lieber’s Jel into the water. Only whisk the gelatin into the water long enough for it to dissolve.
  3. Whisk corn syrup into the water. Stir the corn syrup long enough for it to dissolve.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together bird seed with flour.* The two should be thoroughly combined.
  5. Gradually pour the gelatin solution into the bird seed and flour. Use a large spoon to mix all ingredients well until a thick, sticky mass forms.
  6. Spray the inside of a cookie cutter with nonstick spray. You can use any cookie cutter shape you want, but larger shapes tend to be easier to work with than smaller ones and may attract more birds.
  7. Place the cookie cutter on a large sheet of parchment paper. Wax paper or nonstick cooking foil can also be used.
  8. Spray your fingers with nonstick cooking spray. You will need to work directly with the sticky bird seed mixture, and cooking spray will reduce the amount of seed that gets stuck to your skin.
  9. Spoon the bird seed mixture into the prepared cookie cutter. Press the seed mix into the cookie cutter with your hands until it feels firm and compact.
  10. Insert a chopstick, wooden dowel, or the handle of a wooden spoon into the bird seed packed inside the mold. Immediately remove it after inserting it into the seed to create a hole. The hole will allow you to tie the ornament onto the tree. You can create the hole anywhere, but the closer it is to the center, the sturdier the ornament will be and the longer it will last.
  11. Remove the cookie cutter from the bird seed. Do so carefully, "wiggling" it free and gently holding the seed in place with your fingers if necessary.
  12. Repeat the molding process with the rest of your bird seed mixture. You may need to spray the cookie cutter with additional nonstick spray after every one or two moldings.
  13. Dry the bird seed ornaments overnight. Allow them to sit in a cool spot, such as a basement or refrigerator.
  14. String a separate piece of yarn or thick string through the hole in each ornament. Tie the string, leaving enough empty space to slip the loop over a tree branch.

Family Reading Night

Reading aloud to your child for 15 minutes each day will prepare him or her for learning, school, and the rest of his or her life.

Visit the library to learn about all the ways we can learn with books and technology during Family Reading Night.

On Thursday, November 21st from 6:30-7:30 come to the library to read, listen, make a craft, and have some snacks.

Family Reading Night consists of stations. Those that have registered and complete the stations can collect a book as a prize at the end of the night. So make sure that you and your family are registered for the program!

Nelson Prairie SRP Display


Congratulations to Nelson Prairie for winning the Summer Reading Competition! They get the trophy, the glory, and an awesome display case right at the front of the library!

Stop by to see it and congratulate any Nelson Prairie student you know!

Nelson Prairie SRP Display