Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hippity Hoppity, Easter's (and Elmo) are on the way


Hello, hope everyone has a good time with Elmo this Friday at 10 am  and a good Easter this Sunday. Enjoy the egg hunting, the chocolate bunnies, and the Peeps!!



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Friday, March 22, 2013

Guess Who's Coming Next Week???

Hello, hope everyone is having a good Friday.

We just added a program for next week, please register at Library Events-

Storytime with Elmo- Friday, March 29 at 10 am in Meeting Room A
All Ages


Children of all ages are invited to attend a special story time with Sesame Street's Elmo at the Merrillville Branch on Friday, March 29 at 10:00 am. Elmo is excited about seeing the children and the new Children's Department.  He is also excited about his upcoming show, 'Elmo Makes Music' on May 8 thru 12 at the Star Plaza.
Please register for this program.


See You Soon!!








Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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 1 and 15 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

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

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday,April  9 and 23 at 10 am - Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.


Lego Club-Monday, April 8 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades 2-6

Gaming Night- Wednesday, April 24 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Board Game Fun!-Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm-Audience: Grades 2-6


Multicultural Tales and Treats-Thursday, April 25 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades K-5



Also in April-


Celebrate National Library Week!- April 15-20 ( All Day)
To celebrate National Library Week, April 14-20, and the new Children's Services Department, special activities have been planned for children and their families.  During the week, children may pick up a passport at the desk in the department, search for Louie the Bookworm, and have their passports stamped with an image of Louie.  Children may enter the 'Name the Bear' and 'What I Like About the Library' contests.  Winners will be notified the following week.

Celebrate Your Library- Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm
  A Family Story Time will be presented in our new Children's Programming Room on Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 pm.  Please register.

Homeschoolers' Ideas Meeting- Wednesday, April 10 at 2 pm
We would like to design monthly programming especially for you.  Please attend this brainstorming meeting to discuss topic ideas.  Your children are welcome to attend and fun activities will be provided for them.

Just for 'Tweens- Tuesday, April 30 at 4 pm
 Tweens are children between the ages of 10 and 12 years old and this program is just for you.  Join us for stories about Spring Fever and use your hands and your feet to make a Little White Duck craft to take home.

See You Soon!!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3 Year Olds: A Very Lucky Easter!

Hello, hope everyone had a good St. Patrick's Day yesterday.

Well, the leprechauns decided to stick around for today's two and three story time, so we had a very lucky Easter. The children heard three stories today ( The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever! by Teddy Slater, Chester's Colorful Easter Eggs by Theresa Smythe, and Easter Hop by Jacqueline East.) Once again, we shook some eggs to " I Know a Chicken" by Laurie Berkner, practice our colors with the Color Birds, and made a St. Patty-inspired Easter egg mosaic.

Here are some of the songs we did:



Bunny Pokey added 3-18-01 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Hokey Pokey"

You put your bunny ears in
(Place hands on head to make ears)
You put your bunny ears out.
You put your bunny ears in.
And you shake them all about.
You do the Bunny Pokey
And hop yourself around,
That's what it's all about!

Additional verses: "You put your bunny nose in, You put your bunny tail in, You put your bunny paws in"






I'm a little Daisy added 3-15-02 Original Author Unknown

Sung to: "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little daisy
Tall and slim (Stand on tiptoes)
Here are my petals (Place hands on side of head & wiggle fingers)
Here is my stem (Hold arms down at sides of legs)
When the sun comes up (Make sun with arms)
And the rain comes down (Flutter hands to floor like rain-end in crouching position)
I grow, grow, grow- up from the ground! (slowly raise up bring hand over head)





Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 year olds in April 1 and 15 at 10 am in the NEW Children's Programming room.

Happy Easter and see you soon! 
 






 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr old: March into Spring

For today's program, the toddlers and caregivers celebrated the coming spring ( and a little of St. Patrick's Day). We listened to Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaolo and Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox ( plus learned about opposites in Kipper's Book of Opposites by Mick Inkpen). We also shook some eggs, counted some speckled frogs, and made a Irish potato craft ( potato shape with a St. Patrick's hat pattern for the kids to color and glue on the craft.)

Here are a few songs we did today:



This Little Leprechaun added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
This little leprechaun slid down the rainbow, (Point to thumb.)
This little leprechaun stayed home. (Point to index finger.)
This little leprechaun picked a shamrock, (Point to middle finger.)
This little leprechaun found some gold. (Point to ring finger.)
This little leprechaun cried, "See if you can catch me," (Point to little finger.)
As he ran home. (Wiggle little finger.)





I'm a little Daisy added 3-15-02 Original Author Unknown

Sung to: "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a little daisy
Tall and slim (Stand on tiptoes)
Here are my petals (Place hands on side of head & wiggle fingers)
Here is my stem (Hold arms down at sides of legs)
When the sun comes up (Make sun with arms)
And the rain comes down (Flutter hands to floor like rain-end in crouching position)
I grow, grow, grow- up from the ground! (slowly raise up bring hand over head)





Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 is Monday, March 18 at 10 am. We'll still see some leprechauns, but also some bunnies, chicks and eggs.

See You Soon!!

 



Friday, March 1, 2013

Bookworm List: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

This Saturday is the 109th birth anniversary of Thedor Geisel ( aka Dr. Seuss).  Here are some facts about the author ( courtesy of http://thefw.com/things-you-didnt-know-about-dr-seuss/):

1. He actually was not a doctor of anything ( only added the Dr. to his pen name because his father wanted him to go into the medical field).

2. His first book, And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by 27 publishers! He finally did find a publisher in 1937.

3. He and wife Audrey never had children ( and actually, he did not like them.)

4. He coined the term " nerd" ( which apprears in If I Ran the Zoo, published in 1950.)

5. He helped animater Chuck Jones with the How the Grinch Stole Christmas cartoon , now a holiday classic ( even though it bombed when it premiered in 1966.)


We have lots of Seuess's books ( and a few bios, which can be found under JUV B SEU. All his books are listed as JUV P SEUS). A few recommended titles:

  • The Cat in the Hat
  • What Was I Scared of?
  • Hop on Pop
  • There's A Wocket in My Pocket
  • The Bippolo Seed and other Lost Stories
We also have a lot of the films ( including the most recent film, The Lorax) and cartoons. Most are feature, seven day rentals, a few are educational, 14 day rentals. Check the library catalog for more details.

For a little treat, here is the 1972 Lorax cartoon. Enjoy!


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