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!


 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 ...


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