Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Upcoming Programs in January and Holiday Hours

Here are some programs that will happening next month in the Children's Dept at the Central Library. Please visit Library Events for information and register.

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, January 7  at 6:30 p.m. --Audience: 1st-5th grade

Lego Club- Monday, January 13 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, January 13 and 27 at 10 am- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

 Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, January 19 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

 Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, January 20 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

 Gaming Night- Wednesday, January 21 at 6 pm- Audience:K-5th grade

 Celebrating Your 'U'
Monday, January 19         4 p.m.
In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, school age children (kindergarten to grade 5) will celebrate his dream of tolerance and individuality through stories, games, and a craft. 

 Beach Party Bash
Thursday, January 22          4 p.m.
School age children (kindergarten to grade 5) are invited to come in from the cold and join us for an indoor beach bash.

 Reminder to all about holiday hours-
Wednesday, December 24-Closed
Thursday, December 25-Closed
Friday, December 26-Tuesday, December 30-OPEN, Normal hrs
Wednesday, December 31- Close at 5 pm
Thursday, January 1-Closed
Friday, January 2-OPEN, Normal hrs   

Coming Soon-
Readathon ( More Details to Come)

Happy New Year. See You in 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Jingle Jingle!!

Happy Holidays!!!


Today was our last storytime for 2014. We had very big crowd that wanted to celebrate the holidays. The group heard three stories ( Jingle Jingle by Nicole Smee, Ten on a Sled by Kim Norman, and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox). They also rang some bells and made a Jingle Hippo Ornament.

Here is a video for "Holly Jolly Christmas", sung by Burl Ives. Enjoy!!

We're taking a holiday break, but we'll start again Monday, January 19 2015 at 10 am.

Happy Holidays and see everyone next year!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Book Reviews: Books for a Quiet Holiday

For the most of us, the holidays are a season of hustle and bustle. There are endless weeks of shopping, preparing, and partying. Yet these two books celebrate the quiet moments.

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood- Fans of Underwood's The Quiet Book  and The Loud Book will love the holiday companion that celebrates Christmas's quiet moments.  In digitally colored pencil artwork by Renata Liswka ( plus simple text from Underwood), bunnies, bears, and other animals quietly make snow angels,  drink cocoa, and try to stay up for Santa.  A perfect read to calm little ones to bed.

Noel by Tony Johnston- On Christmas Eve, the sounds of bells from "an icicle-pointed steeple" call a community to gather and sing " Noel".  Beloved children's author Johnston's lyrical and haunting words celebrates the beauty and calm of the season, matched wonderfully with watercolor artwork by Cheng-Khee Chee. Using a watercolor method called "saturated wet-paper technique" ( which is described in the back of the book), Chee's images of snow-covered carolers and twinkling street lights seem to glow from the pages.  A warm and wonderful holiday read.

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
Age Range: 3-7

Noel by Tony Johntson
Age Range: 5-8
Lexile: 500

Both books: ***** ( 5 stars)

Looking to create a quiet holiday? Here are a few CD recommendations ( Please note that most of theses will be up in the regular AV department):

  • Noel-Josh Groban
  • December-Kenny Loggins
  • Ultimate Relaxation Christmas Album-Various artists
  • A Smooth Jazz Christmas-Dave Koz
  • Wintersong-Sarah McLachlan
  • My Christmas by Andrea Bocelli

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: Roc and Roe's 12 Days of Christmas-Nick Cannon

It's the holiday season and Morroccan (Roc) and Monroe (Roe) Cannon are ready to deck the halls!!  They're going to decorate the tree with choo choo trains, festive fairies and an angel with sparkly, shiny wings! Yippee.

This is a cute, modern take on the Christmas carol "The 12 days of Christmas". I love AG Ford's Saturday morning-looking artwork of Nick Cannon and Mariah Carery's twins ( who make a cameo in the book) and all the stuff that they add to the tree (most of which is clumped at the bottom). It's also good to use for story times because the kids will know the song (and they help you count).

Roc and Roe's 12 Days of Christmas by Nick Cannon
Age Range: 3-5
**** ( 4 stars)

Looking for more Christmas books? Here are some suggestion:

  • A Cookie for Santa by Shephanie Shaw "NEW"
  • Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton
  • Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood "NEW"
  • Must Be Santa  by Tim Moore
  • Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas by Sarah Albee

Monday, December 1, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Rocking Holiday Pizza!!


To kick off the holiday season, today's storytime was a rocking holiday pizza party (sans pizza but it was still fun)! The children heard three stories ( Pizza at Sally's by Monica Wellington, My Very First Look at Opposites by Christiane Gunzi, and Roc and Roe's 12 Days of Christmas by Nick Cannon). We also rang some bells and made a mini pizza ornament.

Here are some of the songs we did at today's program:

Pizza Man added 1-9-00 Original Author Unknown
Pat a cake, pat a cake, Pizza Man.  
Make me a pizza as fast as you can!  
Roll it and toss it and sprinkle it with cheese.
And don't forget 5 pepperonis ,please !!

If You Want To Make Some Pizza added 3-15-04
Submitted by:
Lisa Pope
Sung to: "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you want to make some pizza, clap your hands,(clap, clap),
If you want to make t some pizza, clap your hands, (clap, clap),
If you want to make some pizza, clap your hands
If you want to make t some pizza, clap your hands, (clap, clap)

(Add whatever actions you like)

Gingerbread Man Fingerplay added 12-10-01 Original Author Unknown
Stir a bowl of gingerbread (stir as in a bowl)
Smooth and spicy brown
Roll it with a rolling pin (roll as if with a rolling pin)
Up and up and down
With a cookie cutter (pretend to cut cookie)
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven (put pan in the oven)
Until half past ten.

 Today's holiday treat- We Need a Little Christmas from Glee's Xmas Album, Vol 1. Enjoy!!


Our last Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds is Monday, December 15 at 10 am.  The Christmas Hippo will be stopping by.

Happy Holidays!! See You Soon!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving (and a gift to my readers)

So it's three days early but I want to wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving and keep reading!!


And now a small gift for my readers...

Ten years ago, director Robert Zemeckis brought Chris Van Allsburg's classic holiday book to the big screen with Tom Hanks as five different characters and the music of Josh Groban and Steve Tyler. The result was... mixed ( while  computer animation/ performance capture is amazing  it tends come out creepy-looking. Yes, those elves are creepy-looking.) Still, it has become a Christmas classic like Rudolph and It's A Wonderful Life ( and will be airing numerous times on ABC Family next month). Here is my favorite scene from the movie, "When Christmas Comes to Town"(actually it's fan-made, because there are some additional winter/holiday pictures mixed in between the clip). Enjoy!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr old: Hooray for Thanksgiving!!!

Today was our pre-Thanksgiving program. The kids  heard three stories   ( Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode, ABC I Like Me by Nancy L. Carlson, and Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton.) We also rang some bells, learned about the letter "T" and  and made a turkey picture using our hand print and decorated with fall leaves.

Here are a few of the songs we did-

Over the River
Over the river and thru the woods,
to Grandmother's house we go.
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
thru the white and drifting snow, oh.

Over the river and thru the woods,
o how the wind does blow.
It stings the nose and bites the toes
as over the ground we go.

We Eat Turkey ( sung to tune of " Are You Sleeping?")

We eat tur-key, we eat tur-key.
Oh, so good, Oh so good.
Al-ways on Thanks-giv-ing, al-ways on Thanks-giv-ing
Yum - yum - yum! Yum - yum - yum!

( Other food verses can be added, like pie or stuffing)

Let's Be Thankful
Sung to: "Twinkle, twinkle little star"

Let’s be thankful for this day
For our friends and for our play
Let’s be thankful; lets be glad
For the food and things we have
Let’s give thanks for you and me
And our home and family

Since the start of November, I have been getting into the holiday spirit (actually since Halloween because of the snow/rain mix and Hallmark started the Christmas movies). While the kids were making their turkeys, I played 40 yrs: A Charlie Brown Christmas. Here is the full album, enjoy!!


Our last two programs for 2014 are Monday, December 1 and Monday, December 15 at 10 am.

 Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays. See you soon!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Happy Holiday 2014 Programs

Here are our last programs of 2014 that will happening next month in the Children's Dept at the Central Library. Please visit Library Events for information and register.

Note- All programs will now be held in the NEW Children's programing room, located in the NEW Children's Department on the lower level.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, Dec. 1 and 15 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

 Board Game Fun-Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2-5

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 16 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

 Lego Club- Monday, Dec 8 at 4 pm- Audience: Grades 2-6

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday,  Dec 9 and 23  at 10 am -Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Dec 17 at 6 pm- Audience: K-5

Children make an Ornament-Thursday, Dec 11 at 4 pm- Audience: K-5

 Note- All branches will be closed on Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving. We will be open the day after Thanksgiving, normal Friday hours.

 Stay tuned for our January-February programs of 2015!

Happy Holidays! See You soon! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Review: Baking Day at Grandma's-Anika Denise

One cold winter's day, three little bears  bundle up and head to Grandma's. Why? Because it's baking day, it's baking day. After planting a kiss on Grandma's nose, the three put on aprons and help make chocolate cake ( cuz it's great!) And while they wait, they dance to "old time music, soft and sweet/ skippy notes and tapping feet".

This is such an warm and wonderful book, full of happy rhymes and lovely artwork that seems to glow from its pages. And it's even sweeter that the three wrap up the cake pieces to share as gifts than sample themselves ( and that we get a recipe for chocolate cake!) A great read aloud for wintry nights ( and snuggles with Grandma or Grandpa)

Baking Day at Grandma by Anika Denise
Age Range: 4 and up
***** ( 5 stars)

Here is an interview with Anika Denise and her husband, Christopher ( the book's illustrator). Enjoy!

Want more books about grandmas? Here are some suggestions:

  • Grandma by Jessica Shepard
  • Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
  • I'm Not Sleepy by Jane Chapman
  • Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke

Monday, November 3, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Art Day

For  today's storytime , I got some inspiration from a posting I saw last year from the Kids at Cedar Lake Children's Blog and decided to have a day of art, shapes, music and motion. The kids heard Windblown by Edouard Manceau and When will the Snow Trees Grow? by Ben Shecter  and learned about shapes through My First Look at Shapes. We also had some fun with bells and made some Windblown-inspired artwork (visit  http://www.owlkidsbooks.com/Portals/0/docs/windblown-activity.pdf to get the shapes to make your own artwork.)

Here are some of the songs we did today

Pretty Leaves are Falling Down added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "London Bridge"

Pretty leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.
Pretty leaves are falling down, all around the town.
(wiggle fingers)
Let's rake them up in a pile, in a pile, in a pile.
Let's rake them up in a pile, all around the town.
(make raking motions)
Let's all jump in and have some fun,
have some fun, have some fun.
Let's all jump in and have some fun, all around the town.
(jump into circle)

Scarecrow added 7-29-98 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Teddy Bear, Teddy bear turn around"

Scarecrow, Scarecrow, turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow, jump up and down
Scarecrow, scarecrow, arms up high
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, wink one eye
Scarecrow, scarecrow, bend your knee
Scarecrow, scarecrow, flap in the breeze
Scarecrow, scarecrow, climb into bed
Scarecrow, scarecrow, rest your head

Our next couple of story times are:
Monday, November 17
Monday, December 1
Monday December 15

All are at 10 am in the Children's Programing Room.

See You Soon