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Maritime Mondays

Enjoy a virtual story time with Lauren Furey!

Lauren Furey


Hop online for a reading adventure every Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.! Fun for both children and caregivers, enjoy a book reading with Lauren Furey, manager of visitor engagement.

Designed for children from 18 months to 8 years, Lauren takes you and your little mariners on a journey to show how we are all connected to the world’s waters.

Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week!

Weekly Book Titles • Register Online:

Monday, November 23, 2020

Time: 1 p.m.

Over the River and Through the Wood
Author: Lydia Maria Child

Walk along down memory lane with author Lydia Child as she travels to her grandfather’s house for a season of excitement and celebration! The joys of Thanksgiving are indelibly captured in this glorious poem, which also highlights the many details about life in the 19th century.

Monday November 30, 2020

Time: 1 p.m.

We Are Water Protectors
Author: Carole Lindstrom

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, Carole Lindstrom’s bold and lyrical picture book We Are Water Protector s issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguarding the Earth’s water from harm and corruption. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all. When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison the water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Time: 1 p.m.

The Christmas Tree Ship
Written by Carol Craned and illustrated by Chris Ellison

Using stories she loved to hear her grandfather tell to the family, author Carol Crane weaves this heartwarming fictional tale based on the true events of the little schooner carrying up to 5,000 trees. A perfect timeless story for all who love Christmas, its traditions and stories, and especially stories of the sea, including the vast inland sea that is Lake Michigan.

Monday December 14, 2020

Time: 1 p.m.

The Gingerbread Pirates
Written by Kristen Kladstrup and illustrated by Matt Tavares

Sail away with Captain Cookie on a daring adventure as he seeks to rescue his pirate crew from a mysterious character named Santa Claus (gasp!). Sparkling with all the excitement of a pirate adventure, this tale is bound to be a new and funny holiday classic for everyone of all ages!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Time: 1 p.m.

A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas 
Written by Philip Yates and illustrated by Sebastiá Serra

Come aboard, young mateys, for a humorous and colorful piratical version of the beloved Clement C. Moore classic The Night Before Christmas! When a young boy discovers a ship of mischievous brigands who have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums, dancing in their heads, no one expected a visit from jolly St. Nick. With the author’s rollicking rhymes and sprightly, fun-filled pictures by the illustrator, this Christmas perennial turns into a jubilant celebration.

Monday December 28, 2020

Time: 1 p.m.

Over and Under the Pond
Written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Inspire your little mariner for a love of nature! Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the water, there is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, and tadpoles growing. Come dive into these secrets and many others that are waiting to be discovered in this underwater oasis!

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Monday, October 12
Time: 1 p.m.

Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat
Author: Philip C. Stead

When Jonathan loses his best friend, a stuffed bear named Frederick, he sets sail on the Big Blue Boat to find him. Along the way he assembles a ragtag crew, including a mountain goat, a lonely circus elephant, and even a friendly whale. Adventure and intrigue (and pirates!) follow.

Monday, October 19
Time: 1 p.m.

The Storm Whale
Author: Benji Davies

The Storm Whale tells a simple but powerful story about a little boy’s loneliness and how a lost whale washed up from a storm deepens the love between a parent and child who don’t have much material possessions.

Monday, October 26
Time: 1 p.m.

Deep in the Ocean
Author: Lucie Brunellière

From the glittering surface of the sea to the darkness of the abyss, Deep in the Ocean takes readers on a bewitching journey through fascinating waters — some warm, colorful, and crowded with sea creatures, others mysterious and turbulent.

Monday, November 2, 2020
Time: 1 p.m.

The Mermaid
Author: Jan Brett

Description – coming soon.

Monday, November 9, 2020
Time: 1 p.m.

My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World
written by Rebecca Bond and illustrated by Salley Mavor

Did you know that not all beds are made the same? In the Netherlands, some beds rock on water. In Brazil, they might sway in the breeze. From Canada to Japan, Afghanistan to Norway, sleep has taken many forms and shapes throughout history. Astonishing, hand-stitched illustrations and a delightful narrative, come hear the story of sleeping traditions across the world.

Monday, November 16, 2020
Time: 1 p.m.

My Mommy is a Hero
Author: Hannah Tolson

In a season of gratitude, join us as we honor mothers in the armed forces! Author Hannah Tolson strives to share in an enlisted parent’s pride to help make them feel a little closer when they are far away in a beautifully illustrated picture book. Military mommies and daddies do all kinds of jobs in all kinds of places, but there’s one thing every military child knows for sure – “My Mommy is a Hero!”

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