Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bookworm List: Spring is Bursting Out all Over!

We may getting a winter storm this weekend, but here in Children's, spring is bursting out all over. Yes, the books of snowmen, winter, and Valentine's Day have gone back to the shelves to make way for the books of flowers, shamrocks, and bunnies. We even have a leprechaun craft!

Here are a few recommendations from our colorful display of St. Patrick's Day, spring, and Easter books:

  • Flowers and Showers: A Spring Counting Book by Rebecca Davis
  • Jamie O'Rourke and The Big Potato by Tomie DePaola
  • When The Root Children Wake Up by Audrey Wood
  • Baby Loves Spring by Karen Katz
  • Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Roberston
  • First Comes Spring by Anne Rockwell
For more, suggested keywords to try-
-Spring-Juvenile Fiction
-Spring-Juvenile Literature
-Easter-Juvenile Fiction
-Rabbits-Juvenile Fiction
-Flowers-Juvenile Fiction
-Birds-Juvenile Fiction
-Leprechauns-Juvenile Fiction
-St. Patrick's Day-Juvenile Fiction
-St. Patrick's Day-Juvenile Literature

Happy Spring and keep reading!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Sweet Dreams My Love

At today's 2 and 3 program, we had a bit of a day-over ( sleepover in the daytime). We made a  picture of the cow jumping over the moon ( with " moondust" that thankfully did not create a mess!!), rang some bells to "Twinkle Twinkle" and "Hey Diddle Diddle" and listened to Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen and Goodnight Moon by Margaret W. Brown.

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)

Five Little Sausages

Five Little Sausages
Sittin in a pan
All of a sudden, it went BAM 
( Count down from 4 to 1 sausage)

Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Our next 2 and 3 story times will be Monday,  March 4 and  Monday,March 18 at 10am in the NEW children's programming room.

See You Soon!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Upcoming Programs in March

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

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

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

Lego Club-Monday, March 11 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades 2-6

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

Journey to The Land of Stories-Thursday, March 21 at 4 pm-Audience: K-5 and families

Scrabble Fun-Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 pm- Audience: 2-6

See you soon!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Book Review: Goldie and the Three Bears- Diane Stanley


Most people know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. A little girl wanders into an empty house, eats some porridge, falls asleep and waken by a bear family ( Mama, Papa, and Baby.) In Goldie and the Three Bears, we meet a Goldie who knows what she likes ( peanut butter sandwich with no jelly and bears) and what she doesn't ( hats that are too big and shoes that are too tight) Goldie is even particular about finding a friend because she wants one she could love with all heart. But one day, she gets off the school bus at the wrong stop, enters an empty house... and you'll be surprised on what happens next.

This is a cute, updated take on a story everyone knows so well. The Goldilocks character in this book is quite a delight as are the bears ( Baby Bear is a little girl, aww. ) The ending is really cute and sweet.

Goldie and the Three Bears by Diane Stanley
Age Range: 4-8
Lexile: 380
***** ( 5 Stars)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3-yr olds:I Love You!

Today's 2 and 3 yr old storytime was getting ready for Valentine's Day! Besides making a "LOVE" sign ( love in big words, decorated with small hearts) and getting Elmo valentines, the kids listen to Mouse First Valentine by Lauren Thompson and A Kiss Means I Love You by Kathryn M. Allen. We also did a few Valentine's Day fingerplays ( plus winter) and practiced our shapes.

Here are some of the songs we did today.

Five Pretty Valentines Fingerplay added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
Five Pretty Valentines waiting at the store.
(name) bought one and then there were four.
Four pretty Valentines shaped like a "V"
(name) bought one and then there were three.
Three pretty Valentines said "I love you"
(name) bought one then there were two.
Two pretty Valentines, this was so much fun.
(name) Bought one and then there was one.
One pretty Valentine sitting on the shelf.
I felt sorry for it, So I bought it for myself

The Love Bug added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown

It begins with a grin (smile Broadly)
It turns to giggle (put both hands on mouth and giggle)
You start to laugh (throw head back and laugh out loud)
Your legs start to wiggle (put feet in the air and shake)
You look all around for someone to hug (move eyes back and forth)
What can you do (shrug shoulders)
You've caught the love bug (hug another child or yourself)

Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds is February 18 at 10 am ( in the NEW children's programming room all the way in the back of the NEW children's department. We're still downstairs, but in the former Audio-Visual section.  Please pardon our dust because we are still under construction and we only have the elevator as our mode of getting from here to there.)

Happy Valentine's Day and keep reading!