Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

It's the last  day of 2013!!  I hope everyone had a good year and  will continue to do so (and continue reading) in 2014! So, from all of us at Lake County Public Library (including your lovely blogger)....


Keep Reading! 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Book Review: What Does the Fox Say-Ylvis


Back in November, yours truly took part in the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon in Orlando, Florida ( I made three miles! My sister is trying to talk me into a 5K, we'll see.) Before the race, there was a dance party, and one of the songs that was played was " What Does the Fox Say?". Possibly weirder and crazier than last year's "Gangnum Style" by PSI , everyone from Glee to Dancing with the Stars has been going " Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho" to this Youtube sensation from Norway.

Would you believe someone decided to turn this tune into a book? Yes, children, now  brothers Bard and Vegard Ylvisaker's song is available in book form, with crazy, surreal, and whimsical illustrations from Norwegian illustrator Svein Nyhus. This is .. actually kind of cool. It's a little strange and awkward to figure out ( I'm still trying to figure out how the refrain goes) but since kids are consisting singing this song and doing the dance (Yes, there is a dance), they might like this (plus it's very Seuss-ish.) Heck, I might even use it for my winter school visits to promote Readathon.

Will Ylvis have another hit? Do have a future in making wacky children's books? Will we ever learn what the fox says? Who know? Let's howl, Aooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

What does the Fox Say?-Ylvis
Age Range: 6 and up
**** (4 stars)

Here is the video of the song " What Does the Fox Say?" If you Google it, you might also find the other takes of the song, like Glee's take with  puppets (speaking of puppets, I'm surprise we have yet to see a Muppet take on the song. They spoof everything, including Catching Fire.) Enjoy!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Upcoming Programs in January

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.

 Note- All programs will be held in Meeting Room B.

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 1st-5th grade

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, January 20 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

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

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

 Lego Club- Monday, January 20 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

Gaming Night- Wednesday, January 22 at 6 pm- Audience:K-5th grade

Kids Art Club-Thursday, January 23 at 4 pm-Audience: 2nd to 6th grade

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda-Thursday, January 30 at 4pm-Audience: 2nd to 6th grade

Coming in January 2014-
  • Read-a-thon ( More details to come)
 Happy New Year! See You in 2014! 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Music Review:Oh come all ye Christmas Albums!

It's the third week before Christmas. How's everyone doing? ( I got most of my shopping done, now have to wrap gifts, get the tree up, and make cookies. And hopefully my sister and the cat will make it home for the holidays.)

One of the biggest part of the holiday season, besides reading The Night before Christmas or watching the holidays specials and movies ( Hallmark Channel has the best movies for the holiday season, and this weekend is It's A Wonderful Life on NBC) is holiday music, whether by the radio stations or CD. Some of us may prefer sacred, traditional carols like " Silent Night" or golden standards by Crosby, Williams, or Como. Some of us may prefer popular artists like Mariah or Kenny G. And some of us may prefer the wacky and wonderful ( like this year's oddity, Duck the Halls from the cast of Duck Dynasty.)

For this blog entry, I decided to list a few of my  holiday CDs I have used for programs ( or owned), both from children's and the regular AV dept (and don't worry, they stay out all year around , so if you need a little Christmas in March or July, go ahead.) Most tend to repeat songs ( I think everyone seems to favor covering " The Christmas Song", " White Christmas", " Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and most recently, Joni Mitchell's " River"), so I decided to list the album by type of music to expect, some songs, and similar albums. Enjoy.
(Note- Bold means regular AV)

  • Radio Disney Holiday Jams-Various Artists: Kid-friendly holiday songs from Disney's radio station ( which in the Midwest is 1300 AM, but very hard to get). Features "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Jackson 5, " Jingle Bells" by the Barking Dogs, and " Last Christmas" by Doctor Who star Billie Piper ( apparently was a teen pop star before TV and film). Similar albums: Radio Disney Jingle Jams Volumes 1 and 2, Disney Channel Holiday Playlist,  Disney Channel Holiday
  • Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites-Various Artists: Holiday songs from the characters of Phineas and Ferb . Features original songs like " I Really Don't like Christmas" and "That Christmas Feeling" plus holiday classics like " Let it Snow" . Similar albums- see  the suggestions of  Radio Disney Holiday Jams
  •  Now That's What I Call Christmas series-Various Artists: Holiday completion albums from the Now That's What I call Music series. Currently there are about seven ( including one that is all songs by country-western artists.) Mixture of holiday songs from the past to today, most tend to repeat tracks. Similar albums-A Very Special Christmas, Time-Life Treasury of Christmas Songs, Ultimate Christmas, Let it Snow, Hotel Cafe presents Winter Songs
  • Cool December -Various Artists: Winter, non-Christmas songs from artists of the 40s-60s. Includes " Let it Snow " by Doris Day and "Warm December" by Julie London. Great use for programs involving winter and/or snowmen. Similar albums-In the Christmas Mood-Glenn Miller, Snowfall-Tony Bennett,Christmas Classics
  • Polar Express Original Motion Soundtrack-Various Artists: Music from the 2004 animated movie. Includes original songs like "Believe" and " Hot Chocolate" plus classic Christmas songs and score by Alan Silvestr. Similar Albums: Love Actually soundtrack, Elf soundtrack, A Very Ally McBeal Christmas,  Nick at Night's Classic Cartoon Christmas, Glee Christmas 1-3
  •  40 Years--A Charlie Brown Christmas-Various Artists: Jazzy anniversary tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring artists like Vanessa L. Williams, Toni Braxton, and Dave Koz. Similar albums: December Makes Me this Way by Dave Koz, any Kenny G holiday album, any Harry Connick Jr. holiday album,  Christmas by Michael Buble, The Season by Jane Monhait
  • Noel-Josh Groban: Pop-classical artist, features mix of original and classic Christmas songs, such as " I'll be Home for Christmas ( which features holiday messages from soldiers stationed overseas). Similar albums: My Christmas by Andrea Bocelli, These are the Special Times by Celine Dion, The Gift  by Susan Boyle
  • The Ultimate Relaxation Christmas Album-Various Artists: Instrumental, relaxing mix of sacred and secular Christmas music. Similar Albums:  Ultimate Relaxation Christmas Album 2,  A Windham Hill Christmas,any Mannheim Steamroller holiday album
  • December-Kenny Loggins: Very gentle Christmas album from 70s'-80s' singer/songwriter Loggins (who's first solo single in 1978 " Celebrate Me Home" has over the years become a unofficial holiday tune.) Features original and classic Christmas songs, such as " White Christmas" and " Walking in the Air". Similar Albums: Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan, James Taylor at Christmas by James Taylor, Christmas Spirit by Richard Marx
  • Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Christmas Novelty Album of All Time-Various Artists: For those looking for an offbeat Christmas, this is a good album to go with ( and clean!) Contains favorite novelty songs like " I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" " The Chipmunk Song" and "Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer. Similar Albums: Grandma Got Ran Over by A Reindeer by Dr. Elmo, Twisted Christmas by Twisted Sister, Meowy Christmas by The Jingle Cats, Holidays in Dementia, and Duck The Halls by the Robertson Family.
I would list more, but then this post would never end. So instead I'm going to end with a fun tune off the the Phineas and Ferb Christmas album, " Let It Snow" . Enjoy!

Happy Holidays and keep the tunes going!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds: Ring in the Holidays

For our last toddler story time, we celebrated Christmas and New Year's. The children heard three books ( If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff, The Rainbow Book by Kate Orht, and I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox). We also got a visit from the Color Birds, played some instruments, and welcomed the New Year with a magic wand. Today's craft was the annual Hippo for Christmas ornament ( this year ringing in the New Year with a lot of bling!)

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

Gingerbread Man  added 10-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Stir a bowl of gingerbread       (stir as in bowl)
Smooth and spicy brown

Roll  it with a rolling pin
up and up and down               (Pretend to roll)

With a cookie cutter,             ( pretend to cut out)
make some little men.

Put them in the oven             ( place in oven)
till half past ten!

A Brand New Year added 12-14-98 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "The Muffin Man"

Now we have a brand new year,
A brand new year, a brand new year.
Now we have a brand new year,
It's (name of year).

And Look... here's the Christmas Hippo!!

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds will begin again on Monday, January 20 at 10 am in Meeting Room B. Thanks to all who came and have a wonderful holiday season.

Happy Holidays!See you Soon!  

Friday, December 13, 2013

Let's Go Visit the Nature Neighborhood!

Don't you just love the snow? Or the sounds of the birds in the air? Or the flowers when they bloom in the spring? Would you like to read a story featuring nature's wonder and beauty? Check out the Nature   Neighborhood!

Labeled with a brown sticker on the spine, the Nature   Neighborhood features books on the seasons, weather, and animals of all shapes and sizes. Here are some of the titles featured in this collection:

  • Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
  • Babies on the Go  by Linda Ashman
  • In a Nutshell by Joseph Anthony
  • It's Winter by Linda Glaser
  • Summer is Summer by Phillis and David Gershator
For nonfiction books, most are located in the 500's ( most of the animal books are 590s, although for farm animals, check the 630s'.)

To end our visit, here's a pretty winter video. Enjoy! And come check out a book from the Nature   Neighborhood.

Come check out the Neighborhoods!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Let's Go Visit the Concepts Neighborhood!

In preschool programs and daycare visits, one thing we try to always include in our story time is a concept idea, be it by way of a finger play, felt items, or a book. A concept is an idea or word (or ideas and words) a child will need to understand in order to perform in everyday life. So we may count by using Five Little Pumpkins, or sing the Alphabet song to learn letters, or do a book where we ask the kids to name a shape or a color.

We also hope that the parents will continue to teach their children the basics in counting, shapes, numbers, opposites, and ABC's at home. And the best way to do that is through a book. And the best place to start their search is... visiting the Concepts Neighborhood.

Labeled with a green sticker on the spine, the Concepts Neighborhoods features books of basics concepts, from counting to learning time.  Here are some of the titles you will find in this collection:

  • Pigs will be Pigs by Amy Axelrod
  • Monsters Love Color by Mike Austin
  • Eye Spy Shapes by Debbie MacKinnon
  • Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr. 
  • Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
From experience, I've figured out that shapes, counting, and colors are the easiest to do ( especially at 10 am.) The alphabet is a bit tricky, so unless it is a story, it's easier to just focus on a few letters. I also like the DK My Very First Look at... books are also good to use because it gets the kids to interact (and you don't have to do all the items featured, unless some kid asks " Hey, you skip a page) and Marianne Berkes Over in the... series because it takes the familiar tune  of " Over in the Meadow" and places like  the forest or the ocean and features animals one would find in those places ( plus information in the back about each animal.)

So the next time you're look for a book with numbers, colors, or ABC's, visit the Concepts Neighborhood!

Come check out the Neighborhoods!


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Let's Go Visit the Celebrations Neighborhood!

A few months ago, we introduced the Neighborhoods,a unique collection of books that are ready and easily labeled for patrons to check out ( and currently available at the Merrillville and Griffith Branch of the Lake County Public Library system.)  There are six Neighborhoods, each color-coded to what they are ( and listed as such in the catalog.)

Since we are in the mist of the holiday season, I felt that the first Neighborhood to visit  would be Celebrations. Labeled with a red sticker on the spine, they cover everything from major holidays ( like Christmas and Valentine's Day) and special events ( such as birthdays and the first day of school.) Obviously we have most of our Christmas books on display ( including a few  slowing creeping out of storage), but for those who would like to read Christmas all year round( or who want see more than what we have on  display ), the Celebrations Neighborhood is a good place to start.

Here are some of the titles you will find in  Celebrations:

  • I've Seen Santa by David Bedford
  • Deck the Halls by Norman Rockwell
  • Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah by Michael Rosen
  • Valentine's are For Saying I Love You by Margaret Sutherland
  • Miss Mingo and the First Day of School by Jamie Harper
So the next time you're looking for Valentine's Day books or Easter books ( and  if we don't have them up for display), visit the Celebrations Neighborhood.

Come check out the Neighborhoods!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Book Review(s): Three Books for a Winter's Night

As the snow begins to fall and the nights begin to get colder and blustery, here are three books that celebrate winter with royal chickens, beautiful snowflakes, and everyone's favorite snowman.

Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett- The tale  Cinderella has been told in many different ways ( even in stage plays and film, from Disney to Cinderfella with Jerry Lewis). In this version, author-illustrator Jan Brett brings in chickens, silver eggs, and a snowy Russian landscape. I especially love the big fold out page toward the middle a fairy Silkie watches  chickens and other fowl-feathered creatures dance in a moonlit ice palace.

Snowflakes Fall by Patricia Maclachlan- Children are like snowflakes, no two the same but all beautiful. Maclachan's simple tale, along with Steven Kellog's whimsical illustrations, portray a winter season that celebrates nature's joys, sorrows, and beauties. Also worth noting is that this book was written as a tribute to the communities of Newton and Sandy Hook, Connecticut (it's mentioned in the author's and illustrator's notes at the beginning of the book) and that Random House has made a donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund with the publication of this book.

 Frosty the Snowman by Steven Nelson and Jack Rollins- Most of us know the song " Frosty the Snowman" ( or seen the 1969 cartoon with " Happy Birthday" or read the 1950 Little Golden Book by Ann Bedford). For the 2013 book, illustrator Wade Zahares ( Red are the Apples and Window Music) illustrates Frosty's blue and white world with reds, yellows, and an orange sunset. Great for storytime,especially if you can get the kids to join you in on the " Thumpy,thump,thump." It also comes with a 3 song CD from Kenny Loggins ( he performs " Frosty" plus two other songs that are catchy and toe-tapping but not really Christmasy.)

Cinders: a Chicken Cinderlla by Jan Brett
Age  Range: 3-7

Snowflakes Fall by Patricia Maclachlan
Age Range: 3-6

 Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson
Age Range: 3-6
Lexile: 770

All: ***** ( 5 stars)

I mentioned the new Frosty comes with a 3 song CD from Kenny Loggins ( known best for the 80s' movie soundtracks of Footloose and Top Gun). In 1998, he released his own Christmas CD, December, which features a mix of classic and new songs for the holidays(It's one of my favorite holidays albums I like to put on each November-December). Here is one of the tracks, " Bells of Christmas". Enjoy!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3 yrs old: Holiday Fun!

Today was our first of two ( yes, this December, two) holiday programs. The children listened to three stories ( It's Christmas by Tina Burke, The Twelve Days of Christmas Dogs by Caroyln Conahan and new for 2013, Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson ( illustrations by Wade Zahares). We also rang some bells to three Christmas carols and made a Frosty the Snowman picture with fluff and a little Christmas dust.

Here are some of the songs we did today-

Ten Bells added 11-30-98 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Ten Little Indians"

One bell, two bells, three Christmas bells.
Four bells, five bells, six Christmas bells.
Seven bells, eight bells, nine Christmas bells.
Ten Christmas bells to ring.

Ring Those Bells added 11-10-00 Original Author Unknown
 Sung to: "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain"

We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we'll ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.

We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly.
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we'll ring those Christmas bells so quietly.

(loud and deliberate)
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we'll ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.

Our last program for 2013 will be Monday, December 16 at 10 am. We'll be ringing in 2014 a wee bit early at 10:20 am with the Christmas Hippo and a Stuffed Animal Drop. Keep a look out for our January-February dates for 2014.

This Saturday, we will be showing a Disney Christmas movie from noon to 2 in Meeting Room A. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult 18 yrs or older. You can bring a lunch or snack and a drink, but no dark or red-colored drinks.

Happy Holidays! See You Soon!

Update-Until further notice all children's programs of this month and Janaury will be in Meeting Room B.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Let's Get a Movie: Holiday Movies for All Ages

Last month, I mentioned some family movies of the not so scary kind of Halloween . With Thanksgiving this Thursday ( which all the branches of the Lake County Public Library will be closed that day), I decided to do a list of family friendly movies(and some TV specials) for the holiday season ( some of which may be airing between now and Christmas. I even added one Thanksgiving and one for New Year's). While  all are family friendly ( and I even put in the ratings), please view them ahead of time if you feel it might be a problem for the children.

1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ( 1973)- Since I haven't seen Free Birds, I'm not recommending it, and most of the Thanksgiving movies that exist are not child-friendly ( I love 1995's Home for the Holidays with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr, but not really good for the under 7 crowd.) You can't go wrong with Charlie's last minute attempt at Thanksgiving with toast, pretzels, and jelly beans. ( ABC will be airing it Thanksgiving night, along with a Lady Gaga/Muppet special.) Rated G

2. A Christmas Story ( 1983)- A Hoosier holiday classic, this year marks the 30th anniversary of one's boy's hope for a Red Ryder BB gun ( if only the adults would stop telling him " You'll shoot your eye out!") I look forward TBS's annual Christmas Day marathon (and those who really love the movie, the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond presents a big exhibit each year, featuring contests and more. They even added a statue this year of Flick and the flag post. For more info, see http://www.southshorecva.com/achristmasstory/) Rated PG.

3.Elf (2003)- Christmas ten years ago gave us two great Christmas films, this one and Love Actually  (also a favorite of mine, but  unfortunately is rated R, unless you catch it on basic cable, where they edit out the foul language and adult themes. ) I'm not really a Will Ferrell fan, but this is one of his good ones. He stars as Buddy, a orphan who was raised by elves but comes to New York to seek out his real family. A few years ago, this was turned into a Broadway musical.Rated PG

4. Polar Express ( 2004)- The elves are little creepy, but I really love this computer-animated adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's classic book about a young boy's magical train ride to the North Pole. Rated PG

5. Hallmark Holiday Movies- Nothing says Christmas like the sappy, happy TV movies of the Hallmark Channel ( or Hallmark Movie Channel, ABC Family, and Lifetime. Yes, Lifetime steps away from the ripped from the headlines movies during November-December). Most of the older movies are available on DVD. ( My favorites are 2008's Most Wonderful Time of Year with Henry Winkler and 2011 's A Princess for Christmas with Roger Moore of James Bond fame.) Not rated.

6.White Christmas (1954)- Inspired by the 1941 song by Irving Berlin ( which was introduced in the film Holiday Inn and won the Oscar for Best Song the following year), this holiday classic stars Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as former WWII soliders/entertainers who, along with pair of singing sisters, plan a Christmas show at a Vermont inn owned by their former general.

7. Mickey's Christmas Carol ( 1983)- Over the years, there have been many takes on Charles Dicken's Christmas classic ( and many interesting takes, from the computer-animated Disney movie with Jim Carrey to Michael Caine and the Muppets.) But this version featuring the appropriately-named Scrooge McDuck in the lead role and many Disney character, is my favorite.

8.Santa Claus The Movie (1985)-This underrated gem of the 80s was a favorite as a kid (in fact, it might show up once and awhile on AMC or WGN).  The film follows how a woodcutter named Claus becomes the legendary man in the red suit with flying reindeer and how he saves Christmas from a greedy toymaker (and fuchsia pops that make people fly.) Rated PG

9. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)- I still try to catch this and Frosty every year.  Charlie Brown is depressed about the over-commercialization of Christmas till asked by Lucy to direct to the school's play. Will it put him in the Christmas spirit,or does he need the help of Linus and a little tree? I really love when Lucy asks Snoopy to be the animals ( even a penguin!)

10. New Year's Eve ( 2011)- There are a few kid specials ( like Happy New Year Charlie Brown and Rudolph's Shiny New Year) but for a full film about the last day of year, check out Garry Marshall semi-sequel to Valentine's Day. A plethora of stars from Bon Jovi to Sarah Jessica Parker celebrate love, hope and new beginnings 2012 will bring  in New York on New Year's Eve. Rated PG-13

For my runner up, I going to recommended any popular classic family movie ( like Wizard of Oz), any Disney movie, or any popular movie series ( How about instead of watching the annoying New Year Eve countdown shows with one hit acts, do a Star Wars marathon or Harry Potter marathon?) I'm also adding the Doctor Who Christmas specials ( thank you British television for giving us something new instead of repeats, movies, and last-minute holiday shows).

Happy Holidays and good viewing!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!( Plus a small gift to my readers).

Hi boys and girls. I know it's  one week early but just felt like wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and keep reading!


And now a small gift to my readers....

By Halloween, everyone is getting ready for the holidays that we tend to ignore fall and Thanksgiving ( which is maybe why there are very few Thanksgiving movies. TV has seemed to do a better job of Turkey Day, such as A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, The Bob Newhart Show, and Friends.)For me, the ultimate Turkey Day episode (and the  one everyone talks about) is the 1978 WKRP episode, "Turkeys Away". On this episode, radio manager Mr. Carlson decides to a big Thanksgiving promotion... by dropping live turkeys from a helicopter. The result is not pretty. Here is a clip from this classic episode, enjoy!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Rest in Peace, Barbara Park.

I was browsing our  library Facebook page to see if there was anything about Sunday's storm ( I just had some tree branches down) and saw that Barbara Park, author of the Junie B Jones series, passed away over the weekend at age 66. ( Please see this link for her obit).

I actually got into the series about 6 yrs ago when I started work here at the library ( this and Magic Tree House were constantly being asked about.) For those not familiar with who or what Junie B Jones is, it is a chapter book series for ages 8 and up, focusing on a 5-year old (  later 6-years-old in books 18-28) girl named Junie B Jones and her many adventures at home and school. Her first  book, Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly School Bus, was published in 1992 and focused on the first  day of kindergarten. Over 28 books, Jones has dealt with a new baby sibling, cut her own hair, graduated kindergarten and entered first grade ( with glasses.)  Her last book, Turkeys We have Loved and Eaten ( and Other Thankful Stuff) came out last year, and takes places doing a Thanksgiving classroom decorating contest. ( And it is the one Jones book I have not read, may have to wait till December.) Kids loved and laughed at the antics of  the spunky, Ramona-like girl with catch phases  like "Wowie wow wow!" and " The "B" stands for Beatrice. Except, I don't like Beatrice.". Parents....not so much (in fact, she's number 71 on American Library Association's Top 100 Banned Books 2000-2009 due to her bratty attitude and poor grammar. I didn't have a problem. In fact, I really enjoyed Junie B Jones is Party Animal, Junie B Jones is A Beauty Shop Guy, and Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (PS So Does May).)

We have most of the Jones books on display, in the same area as Magic Tree House ( which, coincidentally, also came out in 1992 and is by the same publisher, Stepping Stones/Random House). Park also picture books and other chapter books including(check library catalog to see if and where the book(s) is)-
  • Kid in the Red Jacket
  • Mick Hart was Here
  •  Skinnybones
Junie also has a website at http://juniebjones.com/

 Rest in Peace, Barbara Park.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Thanksgiving with a Twist

Today we  celebrated Thanksgiving one week early ( also, we did a little bit of  Hanukkah because this year the first full day falls on Thanksgiving and this is one and only time this is happening in this lifetime.Don't ask, all has to do with the Jewish calender slowly becoming slower than ours.) Our small group of 4 kids and 4 parents got to hear three stories ( Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode, My Very First Look at Sizes by Christiane Gunzi, and Happy Sparkling Hanukkah by Elizabeth Spurr.) We also did a little bell  ringing and made a turkey handprint.

Here are some of the songs we did for today-

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.

Five Little Turkeys added 11-3-98 Original Author Unknown
Five little turkeys by the barn door,
One waddled off, then there were four.
Four little turkeys out under the tree,
One waddled off, then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do.
One waddled off, then there were two.
Two little turkeys in the noonday sun,
One waddled off, then there was one.
One little turkey - better run away!
Soon will come Thanksgiving Day.

If You're Thankful added 11-7-98 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "If You're Happy & You Know It"

If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands
If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands
If you're thankful and you know it
Then your face will surely show it
If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands!

( add what actions you want, like stomping, hugging, gobbling, etc) 

Our next two story times for 2 and 3 yr olds are Monday, December 2 and 16 at 10 am. We're going to be getting into the holiday spirit.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays. See you soon!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Happy Holiday 2013 Programs

Here are our last programs of 2013 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, Dec. 2 and 16 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Dec. 3  and 17 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30 pm-Audience: Grades 2-6

 Lego Club- Monday, Dec 17 at 4 pm- Audience: Grades 2-6

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

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Dec 18 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Kids Art Club- Thursday, December 19 at 4pm-Audience: Grades 2-6


The Happy Holidays Story Hour- Thursday, December 5 at 4 pm- Audience: K-5

Tis the Season Family Movie Time- Saturday at Noon- Audience: All age in Meeting Room A ( No dark or red colered drinks. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult 18 yrs or older.)

Stuffed Animal Story Time and Sleeoover!- Wednesday, December 11 at 4 pm-

Children, K-5, and a special stuffed animal are invited to enjoy stories and activities together at LCPL! After story time, the children can leave their stuffed animal at the library for a sleepover. Participants will receive a special photograph of their animal's overnight adventure when they pick them up the next day.

Stay tuned for our January-February programs of 2014!

Happy Holidays! See You soon!  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Bookworm List:Pass the Sweet Potato Latkes, Thanksgivukkah coming!

This month, as you shop for your turkey and all the trimmings of Thanksgiving, you might all see pumpkin driedels and menurkeys. Say hello to Thanksgivukkah!

This year (and this year only) the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, falls on... Thanksgiving (okay, it's starts sundown on Thanksgiving Eve, but the first full day is on Thanksgiving. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar. This holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.)  Yes, this year, we'll be seeing turkey-shaped menorahs ( created by a nine-yr old in New York), recipes for pumpkin challah bread and other Jewish/Thankgiving food and a giant driedel in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade ( which I'm find very interesting, I might be working into my 2 and 3 yr old story time just this once. I'm not even Jewish!)

 According to a lot of articles on the web ( including Wikepedia), this is only the second time to ever happen ( the first time was 1888, but it may have happen way before Thanksgiving was declared a federal holiday by President Lincoln in 1863.) The next time this will happen ... might be a long, long time ( possibly the year 79811). Why? Well, the Hebrew calender and the Gregorian calender do not always calculate the same way ( and I'm not going to try to explain here, so have fun looking up yourself.)

Here are some websites to help you get in the  Thanksgivukkah spirit ( even if you're Jewish or not):

Thanksgivukkah- The Offical site of all things turkey and Yiddish, including how the two holidays were combined to create Thanksgivukkah.

Thanksgivukkah: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Holiday-A Pinterest board of recipes, images, and all Thanksgivukkah.  

Menurky-Learn the story of a how a nine-yr old New York boy , with the help of Kickstarter, created this blue turkey-menorah ( which you can also buy from this site)

Thankgivukkah-David Paskin- Cute song created by a Boston Rabbi ( also a page of lyrics).

And here are some Hanukkah books to check out-

The Hanukkah Hop  by Erica Silverman

Happy Sparkling Hanukkah by Elizabeth Spurr

All the Lights in the Night by Arthur Levine

On Hanukkah  by Cathy Goldberg

 Happy Thankgivukkah!!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Artful Reading

For  today's storytime , I got some inspiration from a posting 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 Artful Reading  by Bob Raczka  and learned about shapes through My First Look at Shapes. We also had some fun with scarves 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)

Ten Little Fingers added 9-1-01 Original Author Unknown
(Hold up ten fingers. Suit actions to words.)
I have ten little fingers,
And they all belong to me.
I can make them do things,
Would you like to see?

I can shut them up tight,
Or open them wide.
I can put them together,
Or make them all hide.

I can make them jump high,
I can make them jump low.
I can fold them up quietly,
And hold them just so.

Our next couple of story times are:
Monday, November 18
Monday, December 2
Monday December 16.

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

See You Soon

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Have you heard about the Neighborhoods?

Everyday, patrons ask us " Where I can find stories about animals?" or " Where are your Bob the Builder books?" and we librarians have to go on a bit of a scavenger hunt to find the book ( unless it is by the same author, then it's a little less of a search).

Well to lessen this search a bit, we now have the Neighborhoods. What are the Neighborhoods? They are a unique collection of books that are ready and easily labeled for patrons to check out.Currently, the Merrillville and Griffith Branch of the Lake County Public Library system are the only places where you can find the them.  There are six Neighborhoods, each color-coded according to what they are ( and listed as such on our catalog.) They are:

Celebrations-Holidays, Birthdays, and Special Events
Transportation-Cars, Trains, and things that go
Concepts-Numbers, ABC's, colors, and other learning concept
Songs and Rhymes-Song and Rhyme books
Nature-Animals, weather, and all things nature
Popular-Princesses, Bob the Builder, and many more ( little different from our first popular character shelf of Thomas the Train, fairies, Sesame Street, Pooh, Spongebob, Dora and Diego)

In postings to come, we take a closer look at  what each Neighborhood is, along with a list of recommended titles.
So the next time you want a book on ABC's or 123's, come to the Neighborhoods. Located in the Children's Department, between the Easy Readers and picture books.

Welcome to the Neighborhoods!   

Friday, October 25, 2013

Book Review: How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow-Wendall Minor

Every fall, folks grow very big pumpkins to win big blue ribbons at the fair. But how big could your pumpkin grow? Big enough to use as a boat? Or tall like a lighthouse on the beach? Perhaps big enough to hide behind the Capitol building of D.C? Use your imagination and think BIG.

I love Wendall Minor's books ( especially Pumpkin Heads). I love the use of orange to emphasize the pumpkins and the many synonyms for big ( like " immense" and "jumbo.) I also love all the landmarks featured to show off the "monster" pumpkins ( and the description of each landmark at the end.) A perfect book to use during the fall season.

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendall Minor
Age Range: All Ages
***** ( 5 Stars)

For information on Wendall Minor, visit his website.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds- It's Halloween Fun!

Today we celebrated Halloween one week early ( and we had a big crowd today. So big some didn't get a chance to make name tags and I had to "sweep" the book to make sure everyone saw the pictures.) We heard three stories ( Click Clack Boo: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin, Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage, and We're Going to Find the Witch's House by Mr. Krieb). We also got some treats, one more visit from the Five Little Pumpkins ( they have one more stop tomorrow for the 4 and 5 yr Costume Parade and Storytime at 10 am, costumes and treats optional, NO PEANUTS PLEASE!), and made a cow jumping over the Halloween Pumpkin with orange glitter glue.

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".

 The next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds will be  Monday,November 4 and  Monday, November 18, both at 10 am. 

Happy Halloween!!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

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. 4 and 18at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Nov. 5 and 19 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, Nov. 12 and 26 at 10 am- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

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

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Lego Club- Monday, Nov. 18 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

Celebrate LCPL Children's Book Week with the New Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book!-Thursday, Nov. 14 at 4pm-Audience: K-5 and families

Also this November-
KidsArt Club- Thursday, November 21 at 4 pm
   Children in grades 2-6, will learn how to draw and paint in this one hour, monthly art club.


See you s-o-o-n!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Book Review- Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat-Doreen Cronin


Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So every year, he places a bowl of candy on the porch, draws the shades and locks the door. But at the barn, the cows, the pigs and the duck are ready to party.

For those that love Click Clack Moo and Thump, Quack, Moo, this is a cute addition to the series. Cronin and illustrator Betsy Lewin provide great, not-so spooky tale for Halloween, especially the "crunch, crunch, crunching" and " tap, tap, tapping" ( plus the " quack, quack, quackle".) I'm a little confused by the ending, overall it's a fun read

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin
Age Range: All Ages
**** ( 4 stars)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Story time for 2 and 3 yr olds: Autumn Woods


Today was the second 2 and 3 yr old story time  of the fall. It was a fall trip to the forest. I had about 11 participants. I read two stories ( Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky and Owlet's First Flight by Modarressi). We also had an early visit from the Five Little Pumpkins and did a cute baby owl craft ( because cute owls are featured everywhere, like pillows, clothes, dishware, etc.)

Here are  some  of  the songs that we did -

Owl in the Tree
Owl in the Tree goes Who, Who, Who
Owl in the Tree goes Who, Who, Who
Owl in the Tree goes Who, Who, Who
Owl says Who are You?

( This is usually done with an owl puppet. From past experience, some kids may by shy in greeting the owl, other will hug him, which the owl will say " Thank you, but I have to see the other boys and girls now. Bye)

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)

The Wide Eyed Owl added 9-30-98 Original Author Unknown
There's a wide-eyed owl,
with a pointed nose,
with two pointed ears,
and claws for his toes.
He lives high in a tree.
When he looks at you
he flaps his wings,
and says, "Whoo, Whoo, Whoo."

The next Storytime for 2 and 3-yr olds will be Monday, October 21 at 10 am.  We will be celebrating Halloween a few weeks early.

Happy Autumn, see you soon!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Let's Go Get a Movie:Not-so Scary Movies for Friendly, Fearful Nights

It's the first week of October and the bewitching hour is upon us. Hopefully everyone is coming for some spooky boooooooks ( I am, I'm currently rereading Meg Cabot's   YA series, The Mediator ).

Besides being the time for  spooky and pumpkiny tales, this is also the time for scary movies . However, not everyone is into Saw or Halloween ( including yours truly). I much prefer old-fashioned haunts or silly and scary. So, here are some of my favorite not-so scary movies( a bit of a different bookworm list) to check out. Most can be found on DVD, but they also be playing this month on TV ( or you can always Netflix or Youtube). While these are mildly scary, it's best to screen ahead of time before showing it to the kids.

  • Hocus Pocus ( 1993)- Directed by Kenny Orgeta ( High School Musical), this frightfully fun Disney movie of twenty years ago stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as three witches that return on Halloween to seek out the souls of children to gain immortality. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll go "amuck, amuck, amuck." (Best line of the movie!) Rated PG.

  • Haunted Mansion ( 2003)- After the success of Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney decided to turn another beloved attraction into a movie, this one featuring Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Tilly. It wasn't successful as Pirates, but if you are a fan of the actual ride, you'll enjoy all the nods to its elements, from singing busts to Madame Leota.Rated PG.

  • Adams Family (1991)  and Adams Family Values (1993)- Possibly one of the better TV to movie adaptations, both ghoulishly fun movies feature Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Christina Ricci as Wednesday, and the late great Raul Julia as Gomez. I actually like Values more because of the summer camp that features perky counselors, the Harmony Hut ( a shed filled with oh so adorable stuff where Wednesday, Pugsley, and another misfit are forced to watch Annie and other oh so cute movies) and the inaccurate Thanksgiving pageant with Puglesy the singing turkey ( "Eat me!")  Both are rated PG-13.

  • Casper ( 1995)- After playing Wednesday Addams, Christina Ricci starred in this wonderful cartoon/live action film of the friendliest ghost. It's silly, it's sweet, but you will need lots of tissues toward the end. There are also a few direct to DVD sequels, but I don't anything about them ( other than Casper and Wendy has a young Hillary Duff.) Rated PG.

  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)-Because of witches and costumes (oh my), I think Oz is perfect during this time of year ( plus they are starting their 75th anniversary celebrations a bit early). For a triple feature, I am also recommending the Disney-inspired sequels, 1985's Return to Oz ( which features a lot of characters from the Baum books, like Ozma and Tik-Tok) and this year's Oz the Great and Powerful ( which is bright and beautiful, and features the most awesome transformation scene of the Wicked Witch of the West.) Rated G.

  • Any Tim Burton film- Well, not Sweeney Todd ( a bit too violent.) For younger kids, I would go with Nightmare before Christmas and Corpse Bride. For older kids, check out Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland, and Sleepy Hollow. ( Rating vary from G to PG-13.)

  • Women in Black (2012)- This is just good old-fashioned jump in your seat horrors, starring Daniel Radcliffe in his first non-Harry Potter role. Set in Edwardian era, a young lawyer (Radcliffe) travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. Very good thematic elements, lots of loud noise (so you know the scariness is coming), but not so nuts about the ending. ( Note-Radcliffe is starring another horror-like movie coming out next year is  Horns. Having seen some of the early pictures, I'm looking forward to this). Rated PG-13.

  • The Good Witch series (2008-)  Only  the first movie, The Good Witch, is available on DVD. For the rest of the series, you might want to try Youtube or check the Hallmark Channel website to see when the movie(s) are airing. A mysterious woman (Catherine Bell of JAG) causes a stir when she moves to a small town and begins having a strange effect on those around her, including the town police chief and his family. Being that this is from Hallmark, this and the five other movies are cute and sappy and enjoyable. A new one, The Good Witch's Destiny, will air the weekend before Halloween ( and there will be a marathon of all the movies before this one). No Rating
  •  Harry Potter  movies ( First two movies of the series are rated PG, later movies in the series are rated PG-13.

  • Twilight movies ( All five movies are PG-13.)
I am also going to recommending anything involving a character (s) that could pass for a costume. In other words, any Disney movie, any superhero movie, Spongebob, Indiana Jones, Scooby-Doo, etc. 

And not to forget, there's always It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

 Happy Halloween and good viewing!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Book Review- Awesome Autumn- Bruce Goldstone


Why do leaves change color in the fall? How does frost form?  These and more questions are answered in Awesome Autumn, a book that looks at all aspects of fall, from the changes in animals to the sights, sounds and shapes of autumn.

I love fall, and this book does a great job of reminding us of how "awesome" autumn is. This book is filled with wonderful information ( plus wonderful pictures) on everything from viewing the seasons from different senses ( love the use of big print and photos in the words for the sounds of autumn) to the two major holidays of the fall- Halloween and Thanksgiving. We also get some art activities (plus the instructions) at the end.

A perfect read aloud for all ages.

Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone
Age Level- All Ages
***** ( 5 stars)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bookworm List: Leaves and Pumpkins and Monsters, Oh My!

Leaves and Pumpkins and Monsters, oh my! Fall must be here.

Yes, the books that celebrate autumn and Halloween are slowly creeping into the book display area ( still have some back to school books to check out). Time for wooly sweaters and pumpkin lattes, apples and monster masks.

Here are some recommended reads-

  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert-A man made of leaves travels the autumn landscape. Made on die-cut pages, this is a great book for preschool reads.
  • I Know It's Autumn by Elieen Spinelli- A rhyming celebration of all the things the autumn season brings, from acorn puppets, hay rides, and more.
  • Nuts by Paula Gerritsen- A young mouse braves an autumn storm to collect nuts for the winter.
  • Sara Squirrel and The Lost Acorn by Julie Skyes- When Sara goes to look for acorns, her friends want her to bring back stuff, too.
  • Leap Jumpers by Carole Gerber-Illustrations and  rhyming text describe different leaves and which trees they come from. Includes information about why leaves change color in the fall. 
  • Bear's Trick or Treat by Janelle Cherrington- Bear gives Pip and Pop a special Halloween treat--fish- and clam-shaped chocolates. The otters then decide to trick Bear into loading up their bags with candy. Will their master plan actually work?
  • Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin-  Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn. *NEW*
  • What Will You be for Halloween? by Mark Todd -Rhyming text describes a variety of Halloween costumes and characters, from venomous vampire and hairy werewolf to mysterious mummy and warty witch. 
Happy fall! Keep reading!

Monday, September 23, 2013

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. 7 and 21 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers. ( Note-Children can wear costumes for the Oct. 21 program if they want.)

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Oct 1 and 15 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, Oct 8 and 22 at 10 am and 2 pm- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds. ( Note-Children can come in costume for the Oct 22 program if they want to.)

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

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Lego Club- Wednesday, Oct 21 at 4pm- 2nd to 6th grade.

Fall Fun-Thursday, Oct 24 at 4pm-Audience: K-5 and families

Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Book Review: The Beatles were Fab (and They were Funny)-Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer


Once about a time, there were four lad from Liverpool who loved to sing and make music. But they were also four friends who loved to laugh. Follow John, George, Paul and Ringo, as they go to "toppermost of the poppermost", always with silliness and laughter.

This is a great book for Beatle fans, whether young or old.  The book follows the Beatles chronologically, from the formation of the band in 1960 to their last live concert in 1966. Fun facts and stories are sprinkled throughout , such as Paul's father asking the group to change "yeah, yeah, yeah" in " She Loves You" to a polite "Yes" (they don't) and American fans, unable to find the English candy jelly babies, pelting the group with hard jellybeans ( and John's solution: Eat them.)

The illustrations  by Stacy Innerst are bright and quirky, especially the bobble-head caricatures of the Beatles (  Paul is cute, but  Ringo and his big nose  are  the best!!) Also included is a timeline ( which even features each member's birth and Lennon's and Harrison's death) and list of recommended books and websites.

A must-have for Beatle fans or those wanting to learn about the Beatles!!

The Beatles were Fab (and They were Funny)-Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer
Age Range: 6-9
Lexile: 860
***** ( 5 stars)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr old-The Last Hurrahs of Summer

For our first 2 and 3 yr story time session of the fall, we had a farewell to summer program. We listened to two stories ( Ice Cream by Dana Rau and At the Boardwalk by Kelly Fineman) and met the Color Birds. We also went on a bear hunt at the beach and made an ice cream craft.

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

Waves at the Beach added 5-20-01 Submitted by: Louise Dawson

Sung To: " Wheels on the bus"

The waves at the beach go up and down, up and down, up and down,
the waves at the beach go up and down, all day long.

The crabs at the beach, crawl back and forth, back and forth, back and forth,
The crabs at the beach, crawl back and forth, all day long.

The lobsters at the beach go, snap, snap, snap; snap, snap, snap, snap, snap, snap
The lobsters at the beach go snap snap snap, all day long

The clams at the beach will open and shut, open and shut, open and shut,
The clams at the beach will open and shut, all day long.

The jelly fish go wibble, wobble, wibble; wibble, wobble, wibble, wibble, wobble, wibble,
The jelly fish go wibble, wobble, wibble, all day long

Ice Cream Poem added 7-26-00 Original Author Unknown

I like ice cream. Yes I do!
One scoop for me?
No! Make it two!
Hmmm two scoops of ice cream,
I want more
How about three?
No, make that four!
1, 2, 3, 4,
Splat! "oh no! It's on the floor!"

Here is a video for the song, " A Sailor went to Sea". Enjoy!

 Our next storytime for 2 and 3 year olds are Monday, October 7 and October 21 at 10 am.

See you soon!