Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!

It's the last  day of 2014!!  I hope everyone had a good year and  will continue to do so (and continue reading) in 2015! So, from all of us at Lake County Public Library (including your lovely blogger)....



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Upcoming Programs in January and Holiday Hours

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.


Board Game Fun-Wednesday, January 7  at 6:30 p.m. --Audience: 1st-5th grade

Lego Club- Monday, January 13 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, January 13 and 27 at 10 am- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

 Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, January 19 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

 Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, January 20 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

 Gaming Night- Wednesday, January 21 at 6 pm- Audience:K-5th grade


 Celebrating Your 'U'
Monday, January 19         4 p.m.
In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, school age children (kindergarten to grade 5) will celebrate his dream of tolerance and individuality through stories, games, and a craft. 

 Beach Party Bash
Thursday, January 22          4 p.m.
School age children (kindergarten to grade 5) are invited to come in from the cold and join us for an indoor beach bash.


 Reminder to all about holiday hours-
Wednesday, December 24-Closed
Thursday, December 25-Closed
Friday, December 26-Tuesday, December 30-OPEN, Normal hrs
Wednesday, December 31- Close at 5 pm
Thursday, January 1-Closed
Friday, January 2-OPEN, Normal hrs   

Coming Soon-
Readathon ( More Details to Come)

Happy New Year. See You in 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Jingle Jingle!!

Happy Holidays!!!



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Today was our last storytime for 2014. We had very big crowd that wanted to celebrate the holidays. The group heard three stories ( Jingle Jingle by Nicole Smee, Ten on a Sled by Kim Norman, and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by John Rox). They also rang some bells and made a Jingle Hippo Ornament.


Here is a video for "Holly Jolly Christmas", sung by Burl Ives. Enjoy!!









We're taking a holiday break, but we'll start again Monday, January 19 2015 at 10 am.

Happy Holidays and see everyone next year!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Book Reviews: Books for a Quiet Holiday










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For the most of us, the holidays are a season of hustle and bustle. There are endless weeks of shopping, preparing, and partying. Yet these two books celebrate the quiet moments.

The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood- Fans of Underwood's The Quiet Book  and The Loud Book will love the holiday companion that celebrates Christmas's quiet moments.  In digitally colored pencil artwork by Renata Liswka ( plus simple text from Underwood), bunnies, bears, and other animals quietly make snow angels,  drink cocoa, and try to stay up for Santa.  A perfect read to calm little ones to bed.

 





Noel by Tony Johnston- On Christmas Eve, the sounds of bells from "an icicle-pointed steeple" call a community to gather and sing " Noel".  Beloved children's author Johnston's lyrical and haunting words celebrates the beauty and calm of the season, matched wonderfully with watercolor artwork by Cheng-Khee Chee. Using a watercolor method called "saturated wet-paper technique" ( which is described in the back of the book), Chee's images of snow-covered carolers and twinkling street lights seem to glow from the pages.  A warm and wonderful holiday read.


The Christmas Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
Age Range: 3-7

Noel by Tony Johntson
Age Range: 5-8
Lexile: 500

Both books: ***** ( 5 stars)

Looking to create a quiet holiday? Here are a few CD recommendations ( Please note that most of theses will be up in the regular AV department):

  • Noel-Josh Groban
  • December-Kenny Loggins
  • Ultimate Relaxation Christmas Album-Various artists
  • A Smooth Jazz Christmas-Dave Koz
  • Wintersong-Sarah McLachlan
  • My Christmas by Andrea Bocelli

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: Roc and Roe's 12 Days of Christmas-Nick Cannon







It's the holiday season and Morroccan (Roc) and Monroe (Roe) Cannon are ready to deck the halls!!  They're going to decorate the tree with choo choo trains, festive fairies and an angel with sparkly, shiny wings! Yippee.

This is a cute, modern take on the Christmas carol "The 12 days of Christmas". I love AG Ford's Saturday morning-looking artwork of Nick Cannon and Mariah Carery's twins ( who make a cameo in the book) and all the stuff that they add to the tree (most of which is clumped at the bottom). It's also good to use for story times because the kids will know the song (and they help you count).

Roc and Roe's 12 Days of Christmas by Nick Cannon
Age Range: 3-5
**** ( 4 stars)

Looking for more Christmas books? Here are some suggestion:

  • A Cookie for Santa by Shephanie Shaw "NEW"
  • Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton
  • Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood "NEW"
  • Must Be Santa  by Tim Moore
  • Elmo's 12 Days of Christmas by Sarah Albee

Monday, December 1, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Rocking Holiday Pizza!!


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To kick off the holiday season, today's storytime was a rocking holiday pizza party (sans pizza but it was still fun)! The children heard three stories ( Pizza at Sally's by Monica Wellington, My Very First Look at Opposites by Christiane Gunzi, and Roc and Roe's 12 Days of Christmas by Nick Cannon). We also rang some bells and made a mini pizza ornament.

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

Pizza Man added 1-9-00 Original Author Unknown
Pat a cake, pat a cake, Pizza Man.  
Make me a pizza as fast as you can!  
Roll it and toss it and sprinkle it with cheese.
And don't forget 5 pepperonis ,please !!



If You Want To Make Some Pizza added 3-15-04
Submitted by:
Lisa Pope
Sung to: "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you want to make some pizza, clap your hands,(clap, clap),
If you want to make t some pizza, clap your hands, (clap, clap),
If you want to make some pizza, clap your hands
If you want to make t some pizza, clap your hands, (clap, clap)

(Add whatever actions you like)


Gingerbread Man Fingerplay added 12-10-01 Original Author Unknown
Stir a bowl of gingerbread (stir as in a bowl)
Smooth and spicy brown
Roll it with a rolling pin (roll as if with a rolling pin)
Up and up and down
With a cookie cutter (pretend to cut cookie)
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven (put pan in the oven)
Until half past ten.



 Today's holiday treat- We Need a Little Christmas from Glee's Xmas Album, Vol 1. Enjoy!!

 

Our last Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds is Monday, December 15 at 10 am.  The Christmas Hippo will be stopping by.

Happy Holidays!! See You Soon!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving (and a gift to my readers)

So it's three days early but I want to wish everyone Happy Thanksgiving and keep reading!!


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And now a small gift for my readers...

Ten years ago, director Robert Zemeckis brought Chris Van Allsburg's classic holiday book to the big screen with Tom Hanks as five different characters and the music of Josh Groban and Steve Tyler. The result was... mixed ( while  computer animation/ performance capture is amazing  it tends come out creepy-looking. Yes, those elves are creepy-looking.) Still, it has become a Christmas classic like Rudolph and It's A Wonderful Life ( and will be airing numerous times on ABC Family next month). Here is my favorite scene from the movie, "When Christmas Comes to Town"(actually it's fan-made, because there are some additional winter/holiday pictures mixed in between the clip). Enjoy!!!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr old: Hooray for Thanksgiving!!!

Today was our pre-Thanksgiving program. The kids  heard three stories   ( Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode, ABC I Like Me by Nancy L. Carlson, and Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton.) We also rang some bells, learned about the letter "T" and  and made a turkey picture using our hand print and decorated with fall leaves.

Here are a few of the songs we did-

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.

We Eat Turkey ( sung to tune of " Are You Sleeping?")

We eat tur-key, we eat tur-key.
Oh, so good, Oh so good.
Al-ways on Thanks-giv-ing, al-ways on Thanks-giv-ing
Yum - yum - yum! Yum - yum - yum!


( Other food verses can be added, like pie or stuffing)


Let's Be Thankful
Sung to: "Twinkle, twinkle little star"

Let’s be thankful for this day
For our friends and for our play
Let’s be thankful; lets be glad
For the food and things we have
Let’s give thanks for you and me
And our home and family


Since the start of November, I have been getting into the holiday spirit (actually since Halloween because of the snow/rain mix and Hallmark started the Christmas movies). While the kids were making their turkeys, I played 40 yrs: A Charlie Brown Christmas. Here is the full album, enjoy!!


 

Our last two programs for 2014 are Monday, December 1 and Monday, December 15 at 10 am.

 Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays. See you soon!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Happy Holiday 2014 Programs

Here are our last programs of 2014 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 now be held in the NEW Children's programing room, located in the NEW Children's Department on the lower level.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr olds- Monday, Dec. 1 and 15 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.



 Board Game Fun-Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2-5

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

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

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

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Dec 17 at 6 pm- Audience: K-5

Children make an Ornament-Thursday, Dec 11 at 4 pm- Audience: K-5

 Note- All branches will be closed on Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving. We will be open the day after Thanksgiving, normal Friday hours.


 Stay tuned for our January-February programs of 2015!

Happy Holidays! See You soon! 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Review: Baking Day at Grandma's-Anika Denise


 



One cold winter's day, three little bears  bundle up and head to Grandma's. Why? Because it's baking day, it's baking day. After planting a kiss on Grandma's nose, the three put on aprons and help make chocolate cake ( cuz it's great!) And while they wait, they dance to "old time music, soft and sweet/ skippy notes and tapping feet".

This is such an warm and wonderful book, full of happy rhymes and lovely artwork that seems to glow from its pages. And it's even sweeter that the three wrap up the cake pieces to share as gifts than sample themselves ( and that we get a recipe for chocolate cake!) A great read aloud for wintry nights ( and snuggles with Grandma or Grandpa)


Baking Day at Grandma by Anika Denise
Age Range: 4 and up
***** ( 5 stars)

Here is an interview with Anika Denise and her husband, Christopher ( the book's illustrator). Enjoy!

Want more books about grandmas? Here are some suggestions:

  • Grandma by Jessica Shepard
  • Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
  • I'm Not Sleepy by Jane Chapman
  • Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke

Monday, November 3, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Art Day

For  today's storytime , I got some inspiration from a posting I saw last year 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 When will the Snow Trees Grow? by Ben Shecter  and learned about shapes through My First Look at Shapes. We also had some fun with bells 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)






Scarecrow added 7-29-98 Original Author Unknown
Sung to: "Teddy Bear, Teddy bear turn around"

Scarecrow, Scarecrow, turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow, jump up and down
Scarecrow, scarecrow, arms up high
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, wink one eye
Scarecrow, scarecrow, bend your knee
Scarecrow, scarecrow, flap in the breeze
Scarecrow, scarecrow, climb into bed
Scarecrow, scarecrow, rest your head




Our next couple of story times are:
Monday, November 17
Monday, December 1
Monday December 15

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

See You Soon

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Halloween!!

Although it's three days early, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween.    



 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Boo to You!


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 Today we celebrated Halloween a few weeks early. The kid ( yep, this year was an audience of one parent, one kid, still fun) heard two stories ( Click Clack Boo: A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin and Boo to You  by Lois Ehlert), had some fun with scarves and a visit from the Five Little Pumpkins ( who will making a stop at tomorrow's Mother Goose on the Loose).

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".


Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds will be Monday, November 3  and Monday, November 17 at 10 am.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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. 3 and 17 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Mother Goose on the Loose-Tuesday, Nov. 4 and 18 at 10 am-Audience: Infants Birth to
23 months and caregiver (s).

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, Nov. 11 and 25 at 10 am- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

Board Game Fun-Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2-6th grade

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6 pm- Audience: 12 to 17 years old.

Lego Club- Monday, Nov. 10 at 4pm- Audience: 2nd to 6th grade.

 Children's Book Week Celebrates Paddington!-Thursday, Nov. 13 at 4pm-Audience: K-5 and families

See You Soon!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Autumn Leaves


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Today was our second Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds and we celebrate fall. The children heard three stories ( We're Going on A Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger, My Very First Look at Colors by Christiane Gunzi, and Moon  Glowing by Elizabeth Partridge). We also shook scarves to two songs from Johnette Downing's Second Line Scarf Activity Songs CD) and made an Autumn Bear picture.

Here are some of the songs we did:

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.




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.


This Is Jack-O-Happy added 10-22-01 Original Author Unknown

This is Jack-O-Happy. (Make happy face.)
This is Jack-O-Sad. (Make sad face.)
This is Jack-O-Sleepy. (Put head down on hands.)
This is Jack-O-Mad. (Make mad face.)
This is Jack-O-Broken
Into pieces small
Baked in a pumpkin pie (Hold hands out to serve pumpkin pie.)
That's the best of all. (Rub tummies.)
YUM! YUM

Our next Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds will be Monday, October 20 at 10 am. Children can come in costume if they want because this will be our Pre-Halloween program.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Bookworm List: A Month for Pumpkins and Spooky Nights



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It's October, and it's my favorite time of year. Why? Because it's time for cozy sweaters, pumpkin coffee and monsters ( Muhahahha)! So of course, we have lots of books ( picture books, nonfiction, and chapter) celebrating autumn and Halloween on display in our ABC and READ boxes.

Here are some of the titles you might find on display-

  • Real Mummies Don't Bleed: Friendly Tales for October Nights by Susan Whitcher
  •  Halloween Good Night by Doug Cushman
  • Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex 
  • A Dark Dark Tale by Ruth Brown
  •  Froggy's Halloween  by Johnathan London
  •  Nuts- Paula Gerritsen
  • Cake Girl by David Lucas
  • It's Halloween, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hill
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  • Cranberry Autumn by Wende and Harry Devlin
BTW, for those coming to Monday's Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds, we will celebrating autumn in the forest ( That's Monday, October 6 at 10 am)
Happy Autumn! Happy Halloween! Keep Reading!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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. 6 and 20 at 10 am- Audience: 2 and 3 year olds and caregivers. ( Note-Children can wear costumes for the Oct. 20 program if they want.)

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

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr olds- Tuesday, Oct 14 and 28 at 10 am and 2 pm- Audience: 4 and 5 year olds. ( Note-Children can come in costume for the Oct 28 program if they want to.)




Board Game Fun-Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 pm-Audience: 2-6th grade

Gaming Night- Wednesday, Oct 15 at 6 pm- Audience:K-5th grade

 Lego Club- Wednesday, Oct 20 at 4pm- 2nd to 6th grade.

Ye Olde Halloween-Thursday, Oct 30 at 4pm-Audience: K-5  ( Costume optional)






Note: Due to a private library function, all branches of the Lake County Public Library will be closed Monday, October 13.



Hope to see you soon!

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!


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 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 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bookworm List: Happy Grandparents' Day!!

Did you know today is ...



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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


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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
 Lexile:200
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!!



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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!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Review: Let There Be Light-Archbishhop Desmond Tutu


 






For most of us ( religious or non-religious), the Bible story of creation has always been moving. And Let There Be Light shows just how moving it can be.

Drawn from his Children of the God Storybook Bible, author and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu presents a simple but powerful telling of how the world was created. What makes this book more wonderful are the breathtaking artwork of Nancy Tillman (author and illustrator of some wonderful books On the Night You Were Born and The Spirit of Christmas). There seems be a magical, warm glow with each picture. I especially love the picture with the powerful waves of the ocean. A book meant to read again and again ( and possibly worth adding to your shelf!!)

Let There Be Light by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Age Range: All Ages
***** ( 5 stars)

For a preview of the stunning artwork, check out the book's trailer-

Want more books on the creation story? Here are a few recommendations:
  • Let the Whole Earth Sing Praise by Tomie DePaola
  • Creation by Gerald McDermott
  • Who Made Me? by Shirley Tulloch
  • I Sing for the Animals by   Paul Goble

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bookworm List: Come to the Fair!!

Summer is slowly approaching it's end. But before the shorts and flip flops are put away for pants and school shoes, there still some summer fun to be had... at the fair grounds!!. During the late summer and early fall months, states across the country will holding their state fairs for local farmers and other agricultural groups to show off their livestock and farm products. ( In fact, this Friday marks the start of two fairs: Lake County Fair in Crown Point ( August 1-10) and the Indiana State Fair (August 1-17) in Indianapolis.For more info, please click on link to their websites.)

For those wondering how and why states have state fairs, here's some info I picked up by way of Wikipedia ( click link to see full article). In short, they started in the 19th century for promoting state agriculture ( or farming) by way of livestock and farm product shows. Over the years, they have grown include carnival rides, games, and live entertainment. The first state fair happened in Syracuse, New York in 1841 ( and continues to run annually each year.)

We have a few books on state fairs on display in our ABC-123 box. Here are some of the titles:

  • County Fair by Elisa Cooper
  • Come to the Fair by Janet Lunn
  • Barney goes to the Fair by Maureen Valvassori
  •  Mystery at the Fair by Gertrude C. Warner
  • Night at the Fair by Donald Crews
For more books about state fairs, try "Fairs-Juvenile Fiction", " Fairs-Juvenile Literature", or "Fairs-Fiction".

By the way...
This is the last week of the Summer Reading Program. We have one final movie tomorrow at noon (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2) and Starlab Portable Planetarium this Thursday at 2pm and 4 pm. The last day to turn in books is Saturday, August 2nd.


Happy Summer!! Keep Reading!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Book Review-Goatilocks and the Three Bears-Erica S. Perl


 




Most of us know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. But what if instead of girl it was... a goat? Would she like porridge ( or perhaps eat the bowl)? Would she cause a mess? How will the bears react?

This is an oh-so-cute take on a beloved fairy tale, filled with bright colors, cute cartoon-like drawings  and a very happy, unusual ending.

Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl
Age Range: 4 and up
**** ( 4 stars)

Want more alternative takes on Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Here are some recommendations:

  • Goldie Socks and The Three Libearians by Jackie Hopkins- The bears help Goldie Socks look for the perfect book.
  • Rolling Along with Goldie Locks and the Three Bears by Cindy Meyers-Goldie Locks befriends Baby Bear, who uses a wheelchair and goes to physical therapy.
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems- Goldilocks breaks into a house of ...dinos!!!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just a Reminder...

 Just a reminder...


There are only two more weeks left of Fizz Boom Read!! We hope everyone had a good time and that everyone keeps reading and coming to the library. August 2nd is the last day to turn books in for prizes. Please return all children's books to the book drop to the  Circulation desk after August 2nd.

Here is what we have coming up this week and next week. Please register via the Library Calender at the www.lcplin.org or call 769-3541 ext 360.

The Lego Movie- Wednesday, July 23 at noon ( All Ages)

Gaming Night-Wednesday, July 23 at 6pm ( K-6th grade)

Challenger Learning Center-Thursday,July 24 at 1pm ( K-5th grade)

Kids Art Club-Thursday, July 24 at 4pm ( 2nd-6th grade)

Cloudy with Chance of Meatball 2-Wednesday, July 30 at noon

Starlab Portable Planetarium- Thursday, July 31 at 2pm and 4pm



Monday, July 21, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: Color Magic!!


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Today's storytime was very colorful!! The group heard two stories ( Color Box by Dayle Dodds and I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont). We also counted some monkeys and did some fun bubble wrap art.

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


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.


 
Colors ( Blue is the Lake)
Blue is the Lake,
(point to the floor)

Yellow is the sun
(point to the sky)

Silver are the stars,
When the day is done,
(wiggle fingers in the air)

Red is the apple,
(make circle with hands)

Green is the tree
(raise arms over head like branches)

Brown is a chocolate chip cookie for you and me!
(rub tummy)





Want to make a bubble wrap print? Here's a video that shows how ( ask Mom or Dad before getting the bubble wrap!)
We have two more Family Movie Days. They are:
Lego Movie- Wednesday, July 23 at noon
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2- Wednesday, July 30 at noon
The last day to turn in books for the Summer Reading Progam is Saturday, August 2nd.

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds will be taking a break next month. Look for our fall session later in September.
Have a Happy Summer! See you in the fall!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review-Let's Do Nothing-Tony Fucile


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Meet Saul and Frankie. They've done everything, from reading every comic book ever written to baking enough cookies to feed a small country. So what left for them to do? NOTHING!!!

But can doing nothing actually  be fun? Well, you'll have to read this fun, laugh-out loud AWESOME book for yourself. (Which by the way was written and illustrated by a former Disney animator!!!) Reminds me of Phineas and Ferb or Arthur and Buster.

 Unless you actually are doing .. something. Still, read anyway!!

Let's Do Nothing by Tony Fucile
Age Range: 4 and up
Lexile: 360
***** ( 5 stars)

Want a preview? Here's the book trailer:  
 


Want more fun books about imagination? Here are some recommendations-

  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Book Review-Tap the Magic Tree-Christine Matheson


 




Trees are magical. Want to see? Tap it once, then again. Watch pink buds form, them blow away with a swish and a kiss. See apples grow and shake them from a tree with a plop plop kerplop.  And that's not all, there's more when fall and winter comes. And it happens over and over.

This is a neat and colorful book for teaching the seasons ( especially great for storytimes!!)

Tap the Magic Tree by Christine Matheson
Age Range: 3-8
***** ( 5 Stars)



For a preview, here's  the book trailer-

There's even more fun with some classroom activities ( click on the link)

Want more books about the season? Here are some recommended titles:

  • A Year with Friends by John Seven
  • All the Seasons of the Year by Deborah L. Rose
  • Turning of the Year by Bill Martin
  • What Makes the Seasons by Megan Cash

Monday, July 7, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds-Stars at Night

Hello, hope everyone had a good 4th of July weekend and ready for more fun at the library.

Today's 2 and 3 yr old story time was all about space. The kids heard three stories ( Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, My Very First Look at Shapes by Christine Gunzi, and Quack! by Arthur Yorinks). We also rang some bells, learned about shapes, and made a rocket picture using a circle, rectangle, and triangle.

Here are some of the songs we did today:

Four Little Stars added 2-19-98 Original Author Unknown
Four little stars
winking at me.
One shot off,
then there were three!

three little stars
With nothing to do.
One shot off,
Then there were two!
Two little stars
Afraid of the sun.
One shot off,
Then there was one!

One little star
Alone is no fun.
It shot off,
then there was none!

Dance Your Fingers


Dance your fingers up,
And dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side,
Dance them all around!

Dance them on our shoulders,
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed!

Here is a video of Greg and Steve's " Bop Til You Drop" ( featured on Kids in Action)



Our last 2 and 3 of the summer is July 21 at 10 am and 11:30 am- Color Magic ( Note- Because there is painting involved, please bring an old shirt or something to protect your clothes from stains).

This Wednesday at noon, we are showing Frozen ( " Do you want to build a snowman?"). In the coming Wednesdays, we're going to have Despicable Me 2, The Lego Movie, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

Happy Summer! See You Soon! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!



Here's to a safe and happy 4th of July! Enjoy a weekend of family, fun (and fireworks!!) and we'll see you all on Monday!


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Review-Unlikely Friendships for Kids ( Volume 1)-Jennifer S. Holland


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Can a monkey and a dove be friends? Yes, they can. And you can read all about it in Unlikely Friendships for Kids ( Volume 1). Based on Jennnifer S. Holland's best-selling book, Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom, this kid version of the book not only introduces readers to   these creatures but four other stories, like Cashew the dog and Libby the seeing-eye cat. Plus cute animal photos and a glossary of animal terms.

Unlikely Friendship for Kids ( Volume 1) by Jennifer F. Holland
Age Range: 6-10
**** ( 4 stars)
Note- The catalog has the book listed as The Monkey and the Dove: and Four Other True Stories of  Animal Friendships .


Want to learn about more unusual animal friendships? Check out Holland's original book ( which also features the stories of Owen the hippo and Mzee the turtle and Koko the gorilla and her kittens) and her new book, Unlikely Loves: 44 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom. Also check out:

  • Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff
  • Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby
  • Koko's Story  by Francine Patterson
  • Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival by Kirby Larson

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fizz Boom Read-All about the Sciences Bookworm List

This year's summer reading program theme, Fizz Boom Read!, is all about the sciences. We have programs featuring animals ( Dune National Lakeshore today at 1, Weird but Amazing Animals next Thursday at 4) and more. We had fun science experiments at our kickoff a few ago (and more to come July 10 at 4 pm). We even have science in our display case by the programming room ( featuring rocks and a telescope) and a minion named Curtis (yes, a minion, right at the Children's Desk).

Also on display are books from various areas of science ( we still have summer, now in the 123/ABC box). Some of the books  currently featured are:

  • Can You Hitch a Ride on a Comet? by Sidney Rosen- Answers a variety of questions about comets including what they are, where they come from, and where they go.
  • Forces Around Us by Sally Hewitt-  An introduction to  the concept of force as something that pushes or pulls and includes a discussion of such forces as gravity, wind, magnetism, weight, and water. 
  •  Sun, Moon, and Stars by Stephanie Turnball- Simple introduction to space, including the sun, the moon, and the planets.
  • Strange but True Animals by Lori Polydoros -Meet some unusual, like the blob fish and the aye-aye.
  • Under the Ground by Daphne Butler- Exploring rocks and other things beyond the surface.
  • Mystery of the Stone Circles by Paul Mason-Examines the phenomenon of stone circles and the various theories that exist to explain them. 
  • Sea Clocks: The Story of Longitude by Louise Borden-Learn about John Harrison and the creation of sea clocks.
  • The Circulatory and Lymphatic Systems by John Gold- Examining the circulatory and lymphatic systems and how they work.

For more books of the sciences, most are located in the 500s ( 520s is space and 590s is animals) and 600s ( health and the body).
So come down to Children's and explore the world of science!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Review: Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of Sleeping Beauty-Elizabeth Rudnick ( Plus Bonus Review!!!)


 





Most of us probably know the tale of Sleeping Beauty, where a young princess is cursed to an endless sleep by pricking the needle of a spinning wheel. But what if there was more to the story?

In Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of Sleeping Beauty, readers will learn how a horned fairy Maleficent was betrayed by love and cursed Princess Aurora to a dark spell on her sixteenth birthday. But as the years pass ( and the princess hides in exile and  cared  by three useless pixies), Maleficent watches over her and eventually befriends her. Can the curse be broken and peace be restore to the human and fairy kingdoms?

Based on the new Disney movie starring Angeline Jolie ( see bonus review toward the end), Curse presents a different side of the famed Disney villain from the points of view of three different characters(love the last half of the book from Aurora's point of view. However, it at times feels like Maleficent is pushed to the side. Rudnick also wrote a Maleficent book for teens and adults that is darker but much better. Don't know if the library will be getting this book or not, but is available at most book stores). The illustrations are well done and very graphic novel-like, giving the reader an idea of  what to expect in the movie. A great read for those that love fairy tales and Disney movies.


Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of Sleeping Beauty by Elizabeth Rudnick
Age Range: 9-11
*** 1/2 ( 3 and a half stars)

Here is a fan-made trailer featuring the illustrations from the book ( warning: many spoilers featured!!)






 Bonus Review!! 

So I went to see Maleficent  a few weeks ago and it is AWESOME!! Jolie is wickedly fun as the famed Disney villain ( with a killer wardrobe!!) The scenery is very beautiful and enchanting as the photography by Annie Leibovitz , and the effects are amazing ( but might be  bit scary and intense for  children under 7 , especially toward the climax featuring a dragon!!) A must see, can't wait to get to see again on DVD!! ( I also saw that Disney Channel's upcoming TV-movie for 2015 is about the children of Disney heroes and villains, and will feature Broadway's Kirsten Chenoweth as Maleficent.)


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fizz Boom Read-July Programming

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.The last day to turn in books for  the Summer Reading Program is August 2nd.

Due to the 4th of July holiday, we will be closing at 5 pm on Thursday, July 3. We'll be closed Friday, July 4-Sunday, July 6 and will resume normal business hours Monday, July 7.

Mother Goose on the Loose - Tuesdays, July 1 and 15 at 10 am or 11:30 am
Audience: Infants 6-23 Months and caregiver.

Story Time for 2 and 3 yr Olds- Mondays at 10am or 11:30 am
July7-Stars at Night
July 21- Color Magic-Because there will be painting involved, patrons are asked to wear clothes, like an old shirt, they don't mind getting stained.

Audience:2 and 3 year olds and caregivers.

Story Time for 4 and 5 yr Olds- Tuesdays at 10 am or Wednesday at  6:30 pm
July 9 or 10-Amazing Animals
July 23 or 24-Wonderful Water-If weather permits, patrons will be going outside to get wet.

Audience: 4 and 5 year olds.

School-Age-Thursdays at 4pm.
July 3- Weird but Amazing Animals
July 10- Fizz and Boom at the Library
Audience: K to 5th grade and families



Family Movie Day ( Wednesday at noon)
Patrons can bring a lunch or snack. No red or dark colored drinks!
July 2-Moms need Mars
July 9-Frozen
July 16- Despicable Me 2
July 30-Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Audience: All Ages.  Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

Other Programs:
Lego Club-Monday, July 21 at 4pm-Audience: Grades 2-6
Gaming Night-Wednesday, July 16 at 6pm-Audience: Grades K-6
Board Game Fun- Wednesday, July 9 at 6:30 pm-Audience: Grades 2-6
Merrillville Fire Department-Thursday, July 17 at 10 am-Audience: All Ages
Challenger Learning Center-Thursday, July 24 at 1 pm-Audience: Grades K-6
 Kids Art Club-Thursday, July 24 at 4 pm-Audience: Grades 2-6
Starlab Portable Planetarium- Thursday, July 31 at 2 pm and 4 pm-Audience: K-6

Happy Summer: Hope to see you soon!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Storytime for 2 and 3 yr olds: What's the Weather?

A big shout out to all that attended our Summer Reading Kickoff last Thursday. It was lots of fun and there is more fun to come.

Today's 2 and 3 yr old session (which was  at 10 am and repeated at  11:30 am) was all about the weather. The children heard three stories ( The Rainy Day by Felicia Law, Sam's Opposites by Yves Gott, and Totally Polar by Marty Crisp). We also rang bells and made a tropical snowman.

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

I See The Wind Fingerplay added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown
I see the wind when the leaves dance by,
(Dance hands around)
I see the wind when the Clothes wave "Hi!"
(Wave hand)
I see the wind when the trees bend low,
(Bend arms over and down)
I see the wind when the flags all blow.
(wave arms high)

I see the wind when it blows my hair,
(lift hair with hands.)
I see the wind 'most everywhere!
(Hold hands out, palms up.)



Snowflakes, Snowflakes added 8-7-97 Original Author Unknown 
Sung to: "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear"
Snowflakes, Snowflakes
Dance around
Snowflakes, Snowflakes
Touch the ground
Snowflakes, Snowflakes
In the Air
Snowflake, Snowflakes
Everywhere.



This Wednesday at noon, we'll be showing Smurfs 2. Registration is required,No dark or red-colored drinks and children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult 18 yrs or older.  It is open to all ages.

Our next 2 and 3 yr session is July 7 at 10am and 11:30 am.  We'll be exploring outer space.

See You Soon!!