Thursday, August 17, 2017

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Graduation Party Fun!

Last weekend we honored all the children who finished the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program during the last school year. The graduates enjoyed crafts, cake, and had lots of fun. Pete the Cat was the surprise guest of honor and enjoyed meeting and taking photos with everyone!  Keep reading! 







Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Celebrating Our Readers!

Night at the Library: Celebrating Summer Reading Challenge Finishers!

Join us for a special night of fun, music, and dinosaurs! There will be activities for every member of your family.
  • DJ & Dancing
  • Magician
  • Balloon Artist
  • Dino Tattoos
  • Dino Storytime
Every child must earn a ticket by completing the Summer Reading Challenge at any of our library locations or through our Gold Star Partner Program.

  When:


Thursdays
August 3 or August 10

**Choose the date that is best for your family**

6:30 - 9:30 pm

Main Library
270 N. Grove Ave.
Elgin IL 60120 
**Additional parking will be available to patrons attending this event. Stay tuned for details.**

Stay a little or stay a lot.







Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Storytime Programs - Summer 2017, Week Eight

Welcome to the final week of summer stortyimes!  Thank you for reading, singing, dancing, and sharing in the fun with us each week!  Remember, there are many other fun things to do at the library when we are on a storytime break so continue to include a visit to the library in your child's routine. Fall I storytimes begin the week of September 5. We'll see you then for sure!  

In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events 
Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.  

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Playground Day! by Jennifer Merz Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Here We Go Up
Here we go up, up, up
Here we go down, down, down
Here we go forward and backward
And here we go round and round and round

Our storytime this week included books, rhymes, and music that involved a lot of movement!  Remember to include simple movement activities in your child's day too, whatever their stage of development.  Have a crawling race around your house, enjoy listening to and moving to music, visit the park!


Dino Tales (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan Click here to find the book in the catalog. 


Movie
T Is For Terrible by Peter McCarty Click here to find the book in the library.  

Yes, T is for Terrible, but what else is it for?  What other words can you think of that begin with the same letter?











Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Storytime Programs - Summer 2017, Week Seven

Welcome to the seventh week of summer stortyimes!  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us and continue to make a visit to the library part of  your summer routine.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Peek-A-Boo Zoo! by Jane Cabrera Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Zoo-Looking by Mem Fox (presented with puppets) Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: If You Want To Be A Monkey
If you want to be a monkey, swing your arms
If you want to be a monkey, swing your arms
If you want to be a monkey, if you want to be a monkey
If you want to be a monkey, swing your arms!
(Jump up high/Say "ooh, ooh")

We read about many different animals in storytime.  We pointed to the pictures and showed puppets as we talked about the animals - their colors, their patterns, number of legs, etc.  Remember, when you read with your child, you do not have to follow each page word for word.  Describe the pictures too and relate them to your child's own experiences.

Dino Tales (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Time For Bed by Mem Fox Click here to find the book in the catalog. 


Movie
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Click here to find the movie and book in the catalog.

Say the word "Dinosaur" out loud to your child.  Can he tell which letter makes the beginning sound in the word?  Can he write the letter on a piece of paper?  If not, write the letter for him.  Next, ask him to copy it.  Then, ask him to think of other words that begin with the same sound.  Make a list of "D" words together.










Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Storytime Programs - Summer 2017, Week Six

Welcome to the sixth week of summer stortyimes!  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us and continue to make a visit to the library part of  your summer routine.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Summer Beach Day by Liesbet Slegers Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Beach Baby by Laurie Elmquist Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Sea (Tune: Wheels on the Bus) 
The waves on the sea go up and down, (raise arms up and down)
Up and down, up and down,
The waves on the sea go up and down,
All day long.
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish, swish… (make swishing movement with arms together)
The boats on the sea go rock, rock, rock, rock… (rock your baby on your lap)
The sharks in the sea go snap, snap, snap, snap… (snap hands together)

Singing with your child is a great way to learn about language.  Singing slows down words so that your child can hear all the different sounds.  This will help him when he begins to read. 


Dino Tales (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Who Hops? by Katie Davis Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Movie

When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach  Click here to find the book/movie in the catalog.

This week's book, Who Hops? by Katie Davis, explores different animals and how they move.  Can your child name an animal that hops?  Swims?  Flies?  Slithers?  Crawls?  Walks sideways?  Runs very fast?  Moves slowly?  Take turns with your child naming different animals and turn this into a fun game to play together!








Thursday, July 6, 2017

Storytime Programs - Summer 2017, Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of summer stortyimes!  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us and continue to make a visit to the library part of  your summer routine.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Mouse's First Summer by Lauren Thompson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Ants Go Softly
The ants go softly round and round (make fists and circle them around each other)
Shh!  Shh! (make a "shh" sound with finger to lips)
The ants go softly round and round
Shh!  Shh!
The ants go softly round and round
They creep and crawl upon the ground (walk fingers over baby's legs and arms)
And they all move closer
Eyeing the picnic feast

Don’t expect your toddler to sit still for a book.  Toddlers need to move!  Don't worry if they act out stories, or just skip, romp, or tumble as you read to them.  They may be moving, but they are listening.

Dino Tales (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
If The Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Movie
Edwina The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Talk with your preschooler about what could happen if the dinosaurs came back.  Ask him open-ended questions, such as, "Where do you think they would live?  What do you think they would like to eat?  What do you think dinosaurs would make of us?" Ask fun questions too that require your child to think and use his imagination!







Thursday, June 29, 2017

Come Play with the Dinosaurs!

If your child loves dinosaurs, be sure to stop by the Early Learning Center.  Our new dramatic play area has all sorts of fun activities for you and your little dinosaur-crazy preschooler to enjoy together!


Here's a silly rhyme to sing at home with your child.  This is a great way to practice counting.  Your child will also learn to move his fingers independently of each other which will strengthen the muscles needed to hold a pencil for writing.  Plus, this rhyme is just plain fun!  

Fingerplay: Five Little Dinosaurs (Sing to tune of Five Little Ducks)
One dinosaur went out to play (start with fist and raise one finger)
On a bright and sunny day
He had such ENORMOUS fun
That he called another dinosaur to come.
DI-NO-SAUR! (call very loudly)

Thump! Thump! Thump! Thump! (pat hands on lap four times)
Then repeat for 2 dinosaurs, 3 dinosaurs, 4 dinosaurs, until.... (count each dinosaur with fingers)
Five dinosaurs went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
They had such ENORMOUS fun
That they called another dinosaur to come
Instead, they heard their mother
And she was calling "DINNER!"