Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mother Goose on the Loose!!

Normally I share what I do in the 2 and 3 yr old Storytime, but today I felt like sharing the program for the infants.

So the program we do for the infants is Mother Goose on the Loose. It is a half hour program of nursery rhymes, songs, a board book, and other fun activities meant to help your baby grow and develop, especially with attention span, motor skills, self-esteem, and of course, a love of reading and books. The Merrillville Branch of the Lake County Public Library offers it every first and third Tuesday of the month at 10 am ( Check Library Events and Happenings for info at other branches.)

Because about 75 % of the program is repeated ( and about 25 % is negotiable), I may not always be writing about this program ( plus there are so many rhymes and songs). What I will do instead is share a few of them ( some of which I have also used for storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds and daycare visits)

Here is a small idea of  what to expect at  a typical Mother Goose on the Loose ( or MGOL) program-

Mother Goose ( always at the start)

Old Mother Goose,
When she wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
On her very fine gander.

Hit the Floor

We hit the floor together
We hit the floor together
We hit the floor together
Because it's fun to do

(Other verses/actions optional-wiggle ten fingers, sway side to side,etc)

Round and Round ( uses child's palm, tickle rhyme)
Round and round the garden ( draw circles on palm)
Goes the teddy bear ( see above)
One step, two step ( creep fingers on arm)
Tickle under there ( tickle under armpit)

I Went to Visit the Farm ( part of the animal/farm portion, use of Very Busy Spider or some farm animal to do animal sounds)
I went to visit the farm one day
I saw  a duck along the way
And what did you think the duck did say?
Quack, quack, quack
( Usually show about 4-5 animals)

 Pretty Ponies (part of the lullaby section)
Hush a bye, don't you cry
Go to sleep my little baby
When you wake, you shall have
All the pretty little ponies

These are just a few of the rhymes. Usually it's about 20 or so songs, rhymes, etc. to fill the half hour. Some things are changed from time to time ( for example, one program might have bells for the musical instruments, another program could feature sticks for musical instruments. Or there might be more knee bounces during the body rhyme segment.)

Of course the book will always be different. I like using books that at least are somewhat interactive. Some of the board books I have used are:

Tickle Time by Sandra Boynton
Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershanto
Five Little Ducks by Penny Ives

To end, I am using the closing song " We're So Happy.I'll admit that I have added a extra line or two  encourage the babies and parents to come back.

We're so Happy
We're so Happy
Everybody's here
And We're so happy
We're so happy
We'll.... see in two weeks /next month

Y'all come back now. Bye-bye.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Circus Fun!


 Good morning!

Despite weather and traffic issues related to Officer Schultz's funeral, we still had our first 2 and 3 year old storytime for fall 2014.  I read one story (The Circus is Coming by Hillary Knight) and the craft was a carousel horse using a coloring sheet, a straw, and confetti.

We didn't do any songs or finger plays, but I felt like sharing what was planned:

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.

We're Going To The Circus added 8-26-02 Original Author UnknownSung to: "Farmer in the Dell"

We're going to the circus,
We're going to the circus,
On Wednesday afternoon (or another day and time)
We're going to the circus.

Additional verses:
We're going to see the clowns.....
We'll see the horses trot.....
We'll hear the lions roar......
We'll see the elephants march.......
We'll watch the acrobats.......
We're gonna eat some peanuts.......

Next month's storytimes are October 6 and 20 at 10 am. More dates to be announced.

See You Soon!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review: The Scraps Book-Lois Ehlert

Ever wonder what's it's like to be artist ( or how they get their ideas)?

 In The Scraps Book, acclaimed children's author/illustrator Lois Ehlert shares how her parents encourage her at an early age to be creative to how she gets ideas for her books. Also included are photos, notes, and illustrations( plus more) from the author herself.

A great read for creative minds of all ages.

The Scraps Book by Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 5-10
Lexile: 640
***** ( 5 stars)

I'm a huge fan of Ehlert and her collage artwork. I've used some of her books for programming. Here are some recommendations:

  • Boo to You 
  • Leaf Man
  • Waiting for Wings
  • Circus
  • Nuts to You 
She has also illustrated other people's book, such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. Here is a animated adaptation of that book. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bookworm List: Happy Grandparents' Day!!

Did you know today is ...


Have you hugged your grandma ( or grandpa) today? Or better yet, why not stop by the library and get a book about grandparents ? ( We're open from 12-4 pm) Here are some suggestions:

  • Baking Day at Grandma's by Anika Denise "NEW"
  • Lots of Grandparents by Shelly Rotner
  • Grandma, Grandpa, and Me by Mercer Mayer
  • My Grandparents by Mary Auld
  • Tea with Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg  
  • Sleepover at Gramma's by Barbara Joose
Happy Grandparents' Day! Keep Reading!! 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: Uni the Unicorn-Amy Krouse Rosenthal

In a  faraway magical land lives Uni the Unicorn. Like most unicorns, Uni has golden hooves, sparkling purple eyes, and a special horn that can mend and heal. But Uni believes ... little girls are REAL. All her friends laugh at her, telling her " There's no such thing as little girls." Yet  Uni believes that somewhere, someday, she'll meet a little girl, and they will ride through the meadow, slide down the rainbow and be the best of friends.

Filled with whimsical and dreamy illustrations, this book is perfect for believers, big or small, young and old.

Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Age Range: 5 and up
Lexile: 720
***** ( 5 stars)

Looking for more books with unicorns? Here are some suggestions:

  • Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton
  • Unicorn Thinks He's Great by Bob Shea
  • Blizzard on the Blue Moon by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Midnight Unicorn by Neil Reed

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cool Kids is Coming ( and it's gonna be AWESOME!!)

September is right around the corner, and so is National Library Sign-Up Month! In the Children's Dept, we call it Cool Kids have A Library Card ( because having a library card is cool!!). This month, children who show us their library card  get a sticker and enter a drawing for a free book. They will  also get a free prize, too.  To those who don't have a library card, don't worry. It's free and easy to do, just have Mom or Dad show their driver's license or something with your current address at the Circulation Desk, and you get check out 2 items for 2 weeks, and after 2 weeks, 50 ( yes, this is true. But I don't  know anyone who has actually checked out 50 items).

 We also have a program coming up next Thursday at 4 pm. We'll be celebrating our AWESOME bot, Wyatt Jr., and we're going to feature some AWESOME books and make an AWESOME Wyatt puppet. It is open to grades K to 5th grade and families. (Please sign up via our  Library Events online calender.

Happy Cool Kids Month! Keep Reading!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: All The Lovely Bad Ones-Mary Downing Hahn

Travis and Corey love making trouble. So when they stay at their Grandma's inn and learn of it's history of ghost sightings, they decide to "haunt" the place. While it brings in business and thrills the guests, it also brings real ghosts. Can the two troublemakers restore peace to the inn and let the ghosts rest?

I'm not really in horror stories, but this book provides a good, old- fashioned spookiness, perfect for fall and Halloween nights.

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
Lexile: 670
***** ( 5 stars)
 Here is a fanmade book trailer. Enjoy!

For  those that prefer old-fashioned ghost stories, Hahn is a good author to read. She writes books for children and teens ( and in other genres besides ghost stories, check out her official website). Here are some of her books:

  • Wait Till Helen Comes- Molly and Michael dislike their new stepsister but realize they must save her when befriends an evil ghost child.
  • Closed for the Season-Two boys set out to solve a murder at an abandoned amusement park.
  • Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls- Told from many perspectives (and based on an actual case), tells the story of two girls murdered in 1956.
  • Look for Me by Moonlight- While visiting her father and stepmother at a  bed-and-breakfast inn in Maine, a young girl befriends a handsome but mysterious stranger. ( Note- Available in the teen fiction)
  • Where I Belong-  A young boy with no friends and is constantly bullied befriends a magical spirit of the forest. (Note- This one is coming soon, and the library is ordering it) 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Review: Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too!-Anna Dewdney

Nelly Gnu loves her daddy. He can do anything!! And today, they're making a playhouse. But it  needs  more than windows and a roof. So it's time to shop! But it's a big shop, and poor Nelly gets lost. Can Daddy save the day?

Fans of Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama  series will love this new character ( especially girls who love doing things with their dad), filled with bright colors and cute rhymes.   Welcome little Nelly (and Daddy too)!

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney
Age Range: 2 and up
***** (5 Stars)

Want to learn about Llama Llama and his friends? Visit his website, featuring games and more!!

Want more stories about fathers and daughters? Here are some recommendations:

  • The Favorite Daughter by Allen Say
  • Pink Me Up  by Charise M. Harper
  • It's the Best Day Ever, Dad! by Brooke Shields
  • Daddy's Girl by Garrison Keilor
  • Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Upcoming Programs in September

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 to register.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Sept. 2 and 16  at 10 am-Audience: Infants 6-23 months and caregiver (s).

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2 to 5th grade

Library Cards are Awesome!!- Thursday, Sept. 4 at 4 pm- Audience: K to 5th grade and families

Lego Club- Monday, Sept. 8 at 4pm-Audience: 2nd to 6th grade

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday Sept 9 and 23  at 10 am and 2 pm- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Gaming Night- Wednesday Sept 17 at 6 pm- Audience: K-6th

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

The Hobbit-Thursday, September 25 at 4pm-Audience: K-5th grade.

See You Soon!!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bookworm List: Shark Week!!

A big thanks to all that took part in this Summer Reading Program. It was fun and there's more fun to come this fall. But now... it's Shark Week!!


Yes, we now have on display books about sharks, big and small, for Discovery Channel's week of sharks.  First held in July 1988, it was developed to raise shark awareness. ( For more info and list of shows, visit the official website.)

Did you know...

( courtesy of Sharks-Science for Kids)

  • Sharks do not have a single bone in their bodies. Instead they have a skeleton made up of cartilage; the same type of tough, flexible tissue that makes up human ears and noses.
  • Sharks have outstanding hearing. They can hear a fish thrashing in the water from as far as 500 metres away!
  • A pup (baby shark) is born ready to take care of itself. The mother shark leaves the pup to fend for itself and the pup usually makes a fast get away before the mother tries to eat it!
  • Great whites are the deadliest shark in the ocean. These powerful predators can race through the water at 30 km per hour.
  • A shark always has a row of smaller teeth developing behind its front teeth. Eventually the smaller teeth move forward, like a conveyor belt, and the front teeth fall out.
Want to learn more? Here are some  shark books that on display:

  • The World Strangest Sharks by Victor Gentle and Janet Perry
  • Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies
  • A Shark Pup Grows Up by Pam Zollman
  • Tough, Toothy Baby Sharks by Sandra Markle
Most of our nonfiction shark books are under the call number 597.3 For stories featuring sharks, search " Sharks-Juvenile Fiction" or " Sharks-Fiction".

Happy Shark Week! Keep Reading!!