We have some special poetry selections just for you! We have April Bubbles Chocolate: An ABC of Poetry selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins from Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers; A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, read with permission from Harper&Row, and A Giraffe and A Half by Shel Silverstein, from HarperCollins. You can download your color poem sheet here or come by the library and pick up. Would you show us what you’ve written? Come by the library or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is National Library Week (April 4-10)!
Join us as we celebrate!!! This year’s theme is “Welcome to Your Library.” The book, Where is Our Library?: A Story of Patience and Fortitude written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Stevie Lewis is read aloud with permission from Macmillan Publishers. Visit the library and share with us why you “Love Your Library!” A book template will be available to pick up or downloaded here. Written expressions will be displayed on our library billboard.

Don’t be fooled by these books!

With permission from Farrah, Strauss, and Giroux, Ms Deb reads The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna. Next is Splat the Cat: What was That? by Rob Scotton and published by HarperCollins Children’s Books. Come by the library for your April Fool’s Day joke teller or get jokes here.

Join Ms. Deb’s Easter celebration

Two wonderful books chosen just for you! Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood, read with permission from Dial Books for Young Readers, and The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas, read with permission from Harper. Come by the Havelock Library to pick up an Easter Bunny craft!

Kidz Story Stretchers

Art can inspire imagination and beauty! Thank you to the publisher of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for permission to read Maybe Something Beautiful written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, with illustrations by Rafael López. “Take & Make” kits will be provided for children to create their own paper flower or butterfly. Please call the New Bern Youth Services Department @ 252-638-7815 to reserve your kit.

Spring has Sprung!
Listen along with Ms. Deb and Finnegan to three short and sweet books. Spring, by Rebecca Pettiford, read with permission from Bellwether Media; When Will It Be Spring? by Catherine Walters, read with permission from Dutton Children’s Books, and When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek, read with permission from Greenwillow Books. The music featured is Vivaldi’s Spring by John Harrison with the Witchita State University Chamber Players, used with permission from FreeMusicArchive.org.

We’d love to see you, come pick up a butterfly craft kit at the Havelock Library!

May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Join Ms. Deb and Finnegan for two St. Patrick’s Day books: The Luckiest Leprechaun: A Tail-Wagging Tale of Friendship by Justine Korman and Denise Brunkas, read with permission from Scholastic Publishers, and How to Trap A Leprechaun by Sue Fliess and Emma Randall, read with permission from Skyhorse Publishing Inc. The music is An Earraigh by Dee Yan-Key from freemusicarchive.org/music/Dee_Yan_Key/An_Siansa_hireann/03–An_Earraigh. Swing by the Havelock Library to pick up your make-a-leprechaun kit or download it at

Frankie Reads Dr. Seuss!

Celebrate the 116th birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss with a virtual program of special guest, Olga and her pal Frankie the reading dog. They are reading the Dr. Seuss classic One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish with permission from Penguin Random House Publishers.
Our goal is to show America’s children the joy of reading and build a nation of readers-on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and every day.

What is a superhero?
Is it Batman, Black Panther, or Wonder Woman? Listen along to find out who else a superhero can be! Ms. Deb’s special picks are Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris which is read with permission by Penguin Random House, and I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James, which is read with permission by Penguin Random House. Come by the Havelock Library to pick up your superhero mask!

For Valentine’s Day,
Ms. Deb has two special books for you: “The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story” by Nancy Rose, read with permission from Hatchette Book Group, and “Here Comes Valentine Cat” by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda, read with permission from Penguin Random House. Who will you celebrate Valentine’s Day with?

Chinese New Year Storytime

Happy Chinese New Year from the Havelock library! Learn more about it with the book for today, “Chinese New Year” by Rachel Grack, which is read with permission from Bellwether Media. The ox lantern craft is provided by Holidappy.com. Download it here. Will you celebrate Chinese New Year?

Ground Hog Day Storytime

All the forest animal puppets come out to hear a story about Groundhog Day. Punxsutawney Phyllis, by Susanna Leonard Hill and Jeffrey Ebbeler, is read with permission from Holiday House. Are you hoping the groundhog sees a shadow on February 2?

Martin Luther King, Jr Day Storytime

The timely arrival of Martin Luther King Jr Day reminds us to think about peaceful ways to get along with each other. Listen to Martin Luther King Jr, A Peaceful Leader by Sarah Albee. Read with permission from Harper Books. Following that is The Crayon Box that Talked, written by Shane Derolf, illustrated by Michael Letzig, and published by Random House. This book is available on NCKids Digital Library-check it out and read along with Ms. Deb. We have 3 activities for you:

I Have a Dream thought sheet
Word search
This is How I Can be a Friend