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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Halloween!!

Although it's three days early, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween.    



 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Boo to You!


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 Today we celebrated Halloween a few weeks early. The kid ( yep, this year was an audience of one parent, one kid, still fun) heard two stories ( Click Clack Boo: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin and Boo to You  by Lois Ehlert), had some fun with scarves and a visit from the Five Little Pumpkins ( who will making a stop at tomorrow's Mother Goose on the Loose).

Here are some of the songs we did today-

Pumpkin, Pumpkin added 7-29-98 Original Author Unknown
Pumpkin, Pumpkin sitting on a wall,
Pumpkin, Pumpkin tip and fall,
Pumpkin, Pumpkin Rolling down the street
Pumpkin, Pumpkin Trick or treat



Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said " Oh my, it's getting late!"
The second one said "There are witches in the air".*
And the third one said " We don't care."
The fourth one said " Let's run, run, run."
And the fifth one said " It's Halloween fun"
Then Woooooo went the wind, and out went the lights.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

* In case one feels the use of "witch" is going to be a problem, I have changed it to " There's a chill in the air".


Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds will be Monday, November 3  and Monday, November 17 at 10 am.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Upcoming Programs in November

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.


Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, Nov. 3 and 17 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Nov. 4 and 18 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, Nov. 11 and 25 at 10 am- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2-6th grade

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Lego Club- Monday, Nov. 10 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

 Children's Book Week Celebrates Paddington!-Thursday, Nov. 13 at 4pm-Audience: K-5 and families

See You Soon!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Autumn Leaves


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Today was our second Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds and we celebrate fall. The children heard three stories ( We're Going on A Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger, My Very First Look at Colors by Christiane Gunzi, and Moon  Glowing by Elizabeth Partridge). We also shook scarves to two songs from Johnette Downing's Second Line Scarf Activity Songs CD) and made an Autumn Bear picture.

Here are some of the songs we did:

If you like the color Red added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "If your happy and you know it"
If you like the color red, Shake your head,
If you like the color red, Shake your head,
If you like the color red,
Then please shake your head.
If you like the color red, shake your head.

Others: Blue, touch your shoe
Black, pat your back
Green, bow like a queen
Yellow, Shake like Jell-O
Brown, Turn around
Pink, give us a wink.




Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said " Oh my, it's getting late!"
The second one said "There are witches in the air".*
And the third one said " We don't care."
The fourth one said " Let's run, run, run."
And the fifth one said " It's Halloween fun"
Then Woooooo went the wind, and out went the lights.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.


This Is Jack-O-Happy added 10-22-01 Original Author Unknown

This is Jack-O-Happy. (Make happy face.)
This is Jack-O-Sad. (Make sad face.)
This is Jack-O-Sleepy. (Put head down on hands.)
This is Jack-O-Mad. (Make mad face.)
This is Jack-O-Broken
Into pieces small
Baked in a pumpkin pie (Hold hands out to serve pumpkin pie.)
That's the best of all. (Rub tummies.)
YUM! YUM

Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds will be Monday, October 20 at 10 am. Children can come in costume if they want because this will be our Pre-Halloween program.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bookworm List: A Month for Pumpkins and Spooky Nights



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It's October, and it's my favorite time of year. Why? Because it's time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin coffee and monsters ( Muhahahha)! So of course, we have lots of books ( picture books, nonfiction, and chapter) celebrating autumn and Halloween on display in our ABC and READ boxes.

Here are some of the titles you might find on display-

  • Real Mummies Don't Bleed: Friendly Tales for October Nights by Susan Whitcher
  •  Halloween Good Night by Doug Cushman
  • Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex 
  • A Dark Dark Tale by Ruth Brown
  •  Froggy's Halloween  by Johnathan London
  •  Nuts- Paula Gerritsen
  • Cake Girl by David Lucas
  • It's Halloween, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hill
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  • Cranberry Autumn by Wende and Harry Devlin
BTW, for those coming to Monday's Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds, we will celebrating autumn in the forest ( That's Monday, October 6 at 10 am)
Happy Autumn! Happy Halloween! Keep Reading!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Upcoming Programs in October

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.


Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, Oct. 6 and 20 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers. ( Note-Children can wear costumes for the Oct. 20 program if they want.)

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Oct 7 and 21 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, Oct 14 and 28 at 10 am and 2 pm- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds. ( Note-Children can come in costume for the Oct 28 program if they want to.)




Board Game Fun-Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2-6th grade

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Oct 15 at 6 pm- Audience:K-5th grade

 Lego Club- Wednesday, Oct 20 at 4pm- 2nd to 6th grade.

Ye Olde Halloween-Thursday, Oct 30 at 4pm-Audience: K-5  ( Costume optional)






Note: Due to a private library function, all branches of the Lake County Public Library will be closed Monday, October 13.



Hope to see you soon!