Thursday, May 21, 2015

Every Hero has a Story- June Programming

 Summer is just around the corner, and so is the library's summer reading program. Starting June 8th, and continuing until August 1st, children ages 2 to 14 can earn prizes by reading  library books. All they have to do is read one  book, magazine, or audio book and return it  to the Children's Department, where our teen volunteers will record each book read  on a special card, and eventually earn prizes for every 10 picture books or 500 chapter book pages read.

We will also be having programming during  the summer, too. 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.

 Tween and Teen Volunteer Meeting-Wednesday, June at 4 pm or Thursday, June 4 at 6 pm 'Tweens and teens, ages 11 (must be 11 by August 2014) through 17, who are interested in volunteering during the library's Summer Reading Program, must attend a Volunteer Meeting in order to sign up. A parent or legal guardian must be present to sign a permission slip at the meeting.

Bea the Bea Story hour-Saturday, June 6 at 10am-Audience: All Ages

 Mother Goose on the Loose-Monday, June 8 and June 20 at 10 am-Audience:Infants 6-23 Months and caregiver.

 Family Story hour-Monday June 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 6pm-Audience: All Ages

 Story Time for 2 and 3 yr Olds- Tuesday, June 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 10 am Audience:2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr Olds-Tuesday, June 9, 16,23, and 30 at 11:15 am- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds

 Lego Club-Tuesdays at 4pm-Audience: K-5

 Read to the Dog!-Tuesday, June 23 and 30 at 3:15 pm-Audience:K-5

 Family Movie Day ( Wednesday at noon) Patrons can bring a lunch or snack. No red or dark colored drinks! 
June 10-Alexander and the Very Bad Day
 June 17-Incredibles
June 24-Big Hero 6 Audience: All Ages. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older

 Gaming with Heroes-Wednesday, June 10 and 24 at 6pm-Audience: K-6

Board Games with Heroes-Wednesday, June 17 at 6 pm-Audience: K-6

Comic Con Kick-Off- Saturday, June 13 at 10 am- 4 pm- Audience: All Ages

Superhero Training Academy-Thursday, June 18 at 10:30 am-Audience: K-5

 Comic Club- Thursday, June 18 and 25 at 3:00 pm-Audience: 3-6th grade

Merrillville Fire Department-Friday, June 19 at 10:30 am-Audience: All Ages

Spies vs. Ninjas-Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 am-Audience:K-5

 Tie-Dye T-Shirts- Friday, June 26 at 10:30 am-Audience: All Ages

See You Soon!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Book Review: The Best Part of the Day- Sarah Ban Breathnach


 As day folds into night, have you ever ask yourself " What was the best part of the day?" Was it tending the garden or picnics with friends? Or the sand in your toes or catching summer's fireflies? Snuggle in safe and warm and celebrate " the best part of the day."


A beautiful written  book from the author of Simple Abundance (and beautifully illustrated by Wendy Edelson), this book helps children remember life's little moments, every day of the season. It may even encourage parents and grandparents to start a new bedtime ritual. Perfect for all ages.

The Best Part of the Day by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Age Range: All Ages
***** (5 stars)

Looking for more books that teach thankfulness? Here are some recommendations:

  • Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
  • Thanksgiving Day Thanks  by Laura Elliot
  • The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Book Review: Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens-Beth Stern


Once upon a time there was a Persian cat named Yoda, who dreamed about being a supercat. But then his owners do not want him, so he is taken to a animal shelter, where his fur becomes dirty and becomes skinny as a string bean. But then a lady named Beth adopts him, and while it is heaven, something is missing. Perhaps some kittens will help.


This is such an adorable, funny illustrated  book from Howard Stern's wife(and yes, this really is a true story). I especially love  all the little, sarcastic cartoon bubbles from big, blue-eyed Yoda ( especially when he is trying to keep the kittens out of trouble). A must have for animal ( and cat) lovers.

Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens by Beth Stern
Age Range: 6-8
Lexile: 530
**** ( 4 Stars)

Want more books featuring cats? Here are some recommendations:

  • My Name is Bob by James Bowen
  • Little Lola by Julie Saab
  • Cheetah Can't Lose by Bob Shea
  • I Love Cats  by Sue Stainton

Monday, May 4, 2015

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr old: Love Your Mama

For our final 2 and 3 program for Spring 2015, we celebrated moms ( since this Sunday is Mother's Day). The kids heard three books ( A Little Bit of Love by Cynthia Platt, Over in the Meadow by Olive Wadsworth, and When Mama Comes Home Tonight by Eileen Spinelli), rang some bells, and made a handprint card for their mom.

Here are one of the songs we did for today-

Daffodils fingerplay added 3-23-00 Original Author Unknown
(Show fingers or make daffodil puppets from cupcake liners and craft sticks!)

One little daffodil had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were two.
Two little daffodils were smiling at a bee,
Out popped another one, then there were three.
Three little daffodils were growing by the door,
Out popped another one, then there were four.
Four little daffodils were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one, then there were five.
Five little daffodils were wearing golden crowns,
They danced in the breeze in green satin gowns.




For background music, I played a classic compilation CD called For Sunday Brunch ( part of the For Your Life CD series). Here is Concerto in A major for two violins in Scordatura and Continuo by  Georg Philipp Telemann. Enjoy.



 This summer, Storytime for 2 and 3 will be  every Tuesday starting June 9 at 10 am, followed by 4 and 5's Storytime at 11: 15 am.  Starting Monday, June 8 at 6 pm, we will be having a Family Storyhour.
Stay tuned for more details.



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Upcoming Programs in May

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, May 4 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday,May 5at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).


Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday,May 12 and  at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.


Lego Club-Monday, May 11 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades K-5


Board Game Fun-Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 pm- Audience: Grades K-5




Mother's Day Craft Class-Thursday, May 7 at 4 pm-Audience: K-5

Gaming Night- Wednesday, May 20  at 6 pm- Audience: Grades K-5


Coming This Summer- Every Hero has a Story ( June-August 2015)

See You Soon!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: A Day at the Pond


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 Well, the weather almost a damper to our pond visit, but it happened ( rambunctious toddlers and all). The kids heard three stories ( Do Like a Duck Does  by Judy Hindley , Kipper's Book of Opposites  by Mick Inkpen, and Trout Trout Trout by April Pulley Sayre), tap some sticks, and made a rainbow fish.

Usually with the crafts, I like to play some background music ( and normally something that is tied to the program theme besides the activity CD). So with pond, I figure bluegrass ( even though I am not a bluegrass fan) and found Sarah Jarosz  Song Up in her Head  ( because of the cute cover). Here is one of the tracks, enjoy.

 

Our last  Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds for Spring 2015  is Monday, May 4 at 10 am.  We'll be celebrating Moms. 

See You Soon

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book Review: Edible Colors-Jennifer Vogel Bass



Carrots are orange but did you know they could also be purple, white, or yellow? Or how about corn being red, white, and blue besides yellow? And did you know about red bananas, blue pumpkins and Buddha's Hand? How amazing can fruit and vegetables be!!

I love this vibrant colorful book ( and am a fruit and veggie lover.) Besides being a color primer, this book encourages children to think beyond the color box and fruit and vegetables are really cool ( besides being good to eat.) I do use there was some background information on each item featured, but maybe that would be a great activity for the classroom.

Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass
Age Range: 2 and up
*** 1/2 ( 3 and half stars)

Note-For those wondering what a Buddha's Hand is, it's a Japanese citrus that looks like creepy hand, here is a picture.)
Buddhas Hand


Looking for more books on fruits and vegetables? Here are some suggestions:
  • Little Sweet Potato by Amy Bloom
  • Fruit and Vegetables  by Carrie Branigan
  • Veggies with Wedgies by Todd Doodler
  • Fruit  by Honor Head

Monday, April 6, 2015

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: E is for Easter!!

Hello, hope everyone had a good Easter weekend.

Since everyone was still in an Easter mood, that's what today's story time was all about. The children heard three stories ( The World in a Candy Egg by Alvin Tresselt, My E Sound Box by Jane B. Moncure, and Easter Parade by Irving Berlin ( illustrated by Lisa McCue). We had some fun with shaking eggs and made colorful Easter egg collages.

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

  Spring Time added 3-12-98 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Did you Ever see a Lassie?"
My- eyes can see it's spring-time, it's spring-time, it's spring-time.
my- eyes can see it's spring-time, the grass is so green! 

The green grass, the flowers, the sunshine and showers.
My- eyes can see it's spring-time and I am so glad.


My-ears can hear it's spring time, it's spring time, it's spring time.
My- ears can hear it's spring-time, the birds sweetly sing.
The birds sing, the lambs bleat, the frogs croak, the bees buzz.
My- ears can hear it's spring time, and I am so glad.


My-body can feel's it's spring time, it's spring time, it's spring time.
my-body can feel its spring time, the air is so warm.
The warm air, the breez-es, no frost and no freez-es.
My- body can feel it's spring time, and I am so glad!




Daffodils Fingerplay added 3-23-00 Original Author Unknown
(Show fingers or make daffodil puppets from cupcake liners and craft sticks!)

One little daffodil had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were two.
Two little daffodils growing by a tree,
Out popped another one, then there were three.
Three little daffodils were growing by the door,
Out popped another one, then there were four.
Four little daffodils were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one, then there were five.
Five little daffodils were wearing golden crowns,
They danced in the breeze in green satin gowns.



Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds are: (all at 10)

Monday, April 20
Monday, May 4

Happy Easter! See You soon! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Upcoming Programs in April

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, April 6 and 20 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

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

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday,April 14 and 28 at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.



Lego Club-Monday, April 6 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades: K-5


Board Game Fun-Wednesday, April 1 at 6:30 pm- Audience: Grades K-5

Gaming Night- Wednesday, April 15  at 6 pm- Audience: Grades K-6

Spring Break Movie Marathon- Wednesday, April 8 at Noon-4 pm-Audience: All Ages

We Love Our Library-Thursday, April 16 at 4 pm- Audience: K-5

Earth Day Fun- Thursday, April 23 at 4 pm-Audience: K-5


See You Soon!!