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First Chapters: Beezus and Ramona


This week’s First Chapters book is Beezus and Ramona, the first in the Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary. To listen, please call 330-259-3394.  If you enjoy this first chapter, you can read the rest of the book and the others in the series by requesting the book forCurbside Pickup by calling 330-259-3399. Or you can download the books instantly from Hoopla. 

Our Take and Make craft to go along with the Ramona Quimby series, is a paper bag owl puppet. In Ramona and Her Mother, Ramona makes a paper bag owl for Parents’ Night at school.  

 You can request your Make and Take craft through Curbside Pickup by calling 330-259-3399.   

Or you can download and print the templates at home. Part 1 and Part 2. You will also need a brown paper bag.  

Take and Make Craft: Paper Bag Owl Puppet

Supplies in the Make and Take kit:  

  • Owl Template Pieces 
  • Brown Paper Bag  

Supplies Needed From Home:

  • Scissors 
  • Glue 
  • Crayons or Markers 

Step 1: Color all your owl pieces and cut them out. 

Step 2: Lay out your paper bag so that the flap (what is the bottom of the bag when it is open) is facing up. 


Step  3:   Glue the large triangle to the top to form the head 

Step  4:   Glue the eyes on top of the triangle 

Step 5: Glue the small triangle under the eyes for the beak – be careful not to glue the flap down. If you want this to be a puppet, you need to be able to open and close the flap. 

Step 6: Lift up the flap and glue the second small triangle directly underneath the first triangle  

Step 7: Open up the crease on the side of the bag and glue the wings inside. 

Step 8: Glue the large oval onto the middle of the bag and glue the feet to the bottom. 

Step 9: Turn the bag over and glue the tail onto the back of the bag.   

You are now ready to play with your owl puppet! Join us every Monday for a new First Chapters story and craft! 


Annette is a youth librarian at the Poland library. Besides loving to read books to kids, she enjoys knitting, watching true crime documentaries, listening to podcasts and baking all with her faithful, canine companion, Timber, by her side.