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Art Explorers

A free program including a storytime led by the Lane Public Library children's department, paired with a related craft. Designed for children ages 3-5. An early childhood arts and reading partnership with The Lane Library.

Spring 2023 Dates

Thursday, February 24 - 10 AM-Noon
Thursday, March 31 - 10 AM-Noon
Thursday, April 28 - 10 AM-Noon


Art Explorers ~ April 22, 2021

Theme: Being an Artist

Lane Library ~  Storytime ~ Season 2: Episode 3


Maybe something beautiful : how art transformed a neighborhood  by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell ; illustrated by Rafael López.

The artist who painted a blue horse by Eric Carle.

Explore our current exhibition Confronting Greatness: A Celebration of Women Artists in person with advanced reservations or on-line.

Art Museum ~ 10 Easy Painting Ideas for Kids



White paper 
Plastic fork
Acrylic paint 
Bubble wrap


Additional suggested readings:

Art by Patrick McDonnell.
Dog loves drawing by Louise Yates.
Anywhere artist by Nikki Slade Robinson.
I ain't gonna paint no more! by Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by David Catrow.

Art Explorers ~ March 25, 2021

Theme: Feelings

Lane Library ~  Storytime ~ Season 2: Episode 2



I'm happy-sad today: making sense of mixed-together feelings / Lory Britain; illustrated by Matthew Rivera. Author: Britain, Lory, author. Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 9781631983054


How do dinosaurs say I'm mad? / Jane Yolen ; illustrated by Mark Teague.
Author: Yolen, Jane. Publication Date: 2013 ISBN: 9780545143158


Explore our current exhibition Miserere: Plea for Mercy in person with advanced reservations or on-line.

Art Museum ~ Make an emotion mask activity

The craft activity:  YouTube Let's Make Emotion Masks!    (7:19)

white paper
pencil or black marker

Additional suggested readings:

Little Mole finds hope / by Glenys Nellist ; illustrated by Sally Garland.
Author: Nellist, Glenys, 1959- author. Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 9781506448749

Breathing makes it better: a book for sad days, mad days, glad days, and all the feelings in-between / Christopher Willard and Wendy O'Leary ; illustrated by Alea Marley.
Author: Willard, Christopher (Psychologist), author. Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 9781611804690

Crying is like the rain : a story of mindfulness and feelings / Heather Hawk Feinberg ; illustrated by Chamisa Kellogg.
Author: Feinberg, Heather Hawk, 1975- author. Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 9780884487234

What could that be? / by Reza Dalvand ; [English translation by Baobab Books].
Author: Dalvand, Reza, 1989- author, illustrator. Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 9781338530193



Art Explorers ~ February 25, 2021

Theme: The Joy of Music

Lane Library ~  Storytime ~ Season 2: Episode 1


Mole music / written and illustrated by David McPhail.

Publication Date: 1999 | ISBN: 9780805067668


I got the rhythm / Connie Schofield-Morrison; illustrated by Frank Morrison.

Publication Date: 2014 | ISBN: 9781619631786


Explore our current exhibition Sacred Songs: Antiphonals & Illuminations in person with advanced reservations or on-line.

Art Museum ~ Make an instrument activities

DIY Rainstick / Crafts for Kids / PBS Kids for Parents (1:10)

Duct tape
Construction paper
Recycled paper towel roll
Aluminum foil
Choose one corn kernels, rice or small noodles / or mix (optional)


Maracas  (first instrument) - 4 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Crafts you can do anytime | Fast-n-Easy | DIY Labs

Construction paper or light cardstock
Construction paper
Glue stick
Popsicle stick
Decorative tape (optional)

Additional suggested readings:

The music of life / Louis Thomas. Publication Date: 2020 | ISBN: 9780374303150

Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa make music / by Michael Genhart; illustrated by Priscilla Burris. Publication Date: 2020 | ISBN: 9781433830747

Music is... / words, sounds & pictures by Stephen T Johnson. Publication Date: 2020 | ISBN: 9781416999508

My family plays music / by Judy Cox ; illustrated by Elbrite Brown. Publication Date: 2018 | ISBN: 9780823440399

Music! / Carol Thompson. Publication Date: 2017

ISBN: 9781846439612


Art Explorers ~ November 19, 2020

Theme: Visiting an Art Museum

Lane Library ~ Visit and Art Museum themed Music & Storytime ~ Episode 3

Featuring Mouseterpiece: A mouse-sized guide to modern art by Jane Breskin Zalben

Art Museum ~ Mouse/Turkey activity ~ Activity 3


The current exhibitions will be on display through December 11, 2020.

We suggest that you spend a few minutes reviewing any of the You Tube videos
listed below, before you start a project. Children can create their
own exhibition and hang completed projects in their rooms.

Easy Paper Mouse Craft for Kids (3:25 mins)
Easy Paper Mouse Puppet Craft DIY - Advanced Mouse (5:59 mins)

Easy Handprint Turkey Craft - Instructions as follows:
(1) Lay right or left hand flat on the surface of the paper and spread fingers apart.
(2) Draw an outline of the child's hand.
(3) The thumb will serve as the turkey's head and neck. Draw eye, headdress, etc.
(4) Draw straight lines from the bottom of the turkey to form legs and feet.
(5) Color the turkey's headdress and feathers.

Construction Paper
Children's safety scissors



Anna at the Art Museum by Hazel Hutchins & Gail Herbert, illustrated by Lil Crump
Arlo’s ARTrageous Adventure by David LaRochelle 
Booming Bella by Carol Ann Williams
Imagine by Raul ColonMatthew’s Dream by Leo Lionni
Mouseterpiece: A mouse-sized guide to modern art by Jane Breskin Zalben
Seen Art? By Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
Simon at the Art Museum by Christina Soontornvat
You Can’t Take a Balloon into the National Art Gallery by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, illustrated by Robin Glasser


Art Explorers ~ October 29, 2020

In conjunction with current exhibition Rebuilding European Tourism: Travel Posters and the World Wars (Farmer Gallery)

The travel posters donated to the Miami University Art Museum by Elma Pratt will transport visitors across Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. Twenty posters will be presented in the context of how the imagery enticed European tourism in an effort to boost economies and assist with the rebuilding of Europe’s beautiful locations.


Lane Library ~ Travel themed Music & Storytime ~ Episode 2

Featuring How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books), by Marjorie Priceman (Author)

Art Museum ~ Travel related activity ~ Activity 2


Please visit the exhibition Travel Posters and the World Wars
Children can create a travel poster welcoming visitors to Ohio (or any destination of their choice).

We suggest that you spend a few minutes reviewing any of the YouTube Videos listed below before
you get started with the collage project:

Fall Collage Kids Craft (9:49 mins)
Making a Landscape Collage (3:40 mins)
How to Create a Collage for Kids 2:07

White sheet of paper or cardboard (foundation for poster)
Construction Paper
Tissue Paper
Images from old magazines (optional)
Plastic safety scissors (optional)

Last step take a photo of your finished collage and post it on social media with #muamfromhome and #muamartexplorers


Crêpes by Suzette by Monica Wellington
Emma’s Turtle by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Marsha Winborn
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer
This is Ireland by Miroslav Sasek
This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek 
A Walk in London by Salvatore Rubbino


Art Explorers ~ September 24, 2020

In conjunction with current exhibition Chasing Light (McKie Gallery)

Chasing Light explores the photographer's specific handling and use of light (natural and artificial) to capture the dramatic or subtle effects of light. Thirty-two B&W photographs from the permanent collection are featured in this exhibition associated with the theme “Light &”, part of  FotoFocus 2020. 



The Dark and the Light by Kerstin Hau, illustrated by Julie Völk 

Day Light, Night Light by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrated by Stacey Schuett

Fight the Night by Tomie DePaola

Light by Donald Crews

Light by Jane Breskin Zalben

My Light by Molly Bang

Night Light by Nicholas Blechman

Oscar and the Moth: A book about light and dark by Geoff Waring


Lane Library ~ Chasing Light Music & Storytime ~ Episode 1

Art Museum ~ Chasing Light related activity ~ Episode 1