Thursday, June 14, 2018

Storytime Programs - Summer 2018, Week Two

Welcome to the second week of Summer storytime programs.  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.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  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 
Snappy Little Colors by Janie Louise Hunt (not available for check out)
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Action Rhyme: If You're Wearing Red Today...
If you're wearing red today
Red today, red today
If you're wearing red today
Raise your hands up high!  (Blue/Yellow...)


                        Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child shows developing understanding of number and quantity.
Cognition: Math 2: Number Sense of Quantity

Child shows interest in books, songs, rhymes, stories, and other literacy activities in increasingly complex ways.
Language and Literacy Development 5: Interest in Literacy

Preschool Puppets & More! Storytime
 (For 2 year olds-Kindergarten and an adult caregiver)

Books
Turtle Tale by Frank Asch (not available for check out)   

Video
YouTube: Sea Turtle by The Whizpops!
Click on the image below to watch the fun story again!





                         Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child develops close relationships with one or more familiar adults (including family members) and interacts in an increasingly competent and cooperative manner with familiar adults.
Social & Emotional Development 3: Relationships & Social Interactions with Familiar Adults

Child explores the environment in increasingly focused ways to learn about people, things, materials, and events.
ATL-REG 1: Curiosity and Initiative in Learning

Spanish Family Storytime/Cuentos para la Familia (For the whole family)

Books/Libros 

Canción con acciones/Action Song: (Puedes usar cualquier melodía/You can use any melody
Adaptado de la canción “Sea Shell, Sea Shell" del CD H.U.M. All Year Long por Carole Peterson/adapted from the song “Sea Shell, Sea Shell” from CD H.U.M. All Year Long by Carole Peterson

Concha, concha del mar, cántame una canción
Cuéntame del océano azul, cuéntame del mar
*En mi océano azul hay…un caballito de mar.
(Repetir con estos animales: Estrella de mar, un pulpo, un delfín, un cancrejo, un tiburón)

Sea shell, sea shell, sing a song for me
Tell me about the ocean, tell me about the sea
In my ocean, there is a sea horse.
(Repeat with these animals: Starfish, octopus, dolphin, crab, shark)


Hoy en nuestro programa de cuentos leímos del mar e hicimos una actividad de las criaturas que viven en ella. ¡Puedes hablar de lo que puedes ver en la playa y en el océano!  ¡También, dibujar los animales que se mencionan en la actividad y disfrutar haciendo sus acciones! ¡No olvides que hay más animales en el mar!

Today in our storytime we read about the ocean and had an activity about the creatures that live in it. You can talk about what you can see on the beach and in the ocean! Also, draw the animals that are mentioned in the activity and enjoy doing their actions!  Remember there are more creatures in the sea!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Storytime Programs - Summer 2018, Week One

School is out and summer is finally here!  Welcome to the first week of Summer storytime programs.  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.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  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 
Little White Fish by Guido Van Genechten Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: One Little Fish
One little fish swimming in the water (hold up one finger, then put palms together and make hands swim)
Swimming in the water, swimming in the water
One little fish is swimming in the water
Bubble (wiggle fingers up)
Bubble (wiggle fingers higher)
Bubble (wiggle fingers higher)
Pop! (clap hands loudly overhead)
(Repeat with more fish)



                        Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child shows developing understanding of number and quantity. 
Cognition: MATH 1: Number Sense and Quantity

Child develops the capacity to understand objects (living and nonliving things) and events in the natural world, including how they change and their characteristics.
Cognition: SCIENCE 4: Knowledge of the Natural World

Preschool Puppets & More! Storytime
(For 2 year olds-Kindergarten and an adult caregiver)

Books
I Don't Want To Be a Frog by Dev Petty Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row, your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
(Wiggle your boat/Tickle your boat/Twist your boat/Bounce your boat)     

Video
Barefoot Books - A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
Click on the image below to watch the fun story again!




                         Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child shows interest in books, songs, rhymes, stories, and other literacy activities in increasingly complex ways.
Language & Literacy Development 5: Interest in Literacy

Child develops the capacity to understand objects (living and nonliving things) and events in the natural world, including how they change and their characteristics.
Cognition: Science 4: Knowledge of the Natural World

Spanish Family Storytime/Cuentos para la Familia (For the whole family)

Books/Libros 


Action Rhyme/Rima con acción (Con tono: Tres ratones ciegos/Tune: Three blind mice)
Puedes usar tus manos y dedos para acciones/You can do actions with your hands and fingers             
Peces del mar, peces del mar/fish from the sea, fish from the sea
Mira como nadan, mira como nadan/see how they swim, see how they swim
Rápido, rápido, que rápidos son/round and round and fast they go
Luego se detiene y lentos son/now they are going very slow
Peces del mar, peces del mar/fish from the sea, fish from the sea

Peces del mar, peces del mar/fish from the sea, fish from the sea
Mira como nadan, mira como nadan/see how they swim, see how they swim
Grandes, grandes, que grandes son/Some are big, oh so big
Chiquitos, chiquitos, que chiquitos son/some are small, oh so small
Peces del mar, peces del mar/Fish from the sea, fish from the sea

Thursday, May 24, 2018

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?


Reading aloud and sharing stories with your child from birth is one of the most important and enjoyable things you can do together.  Sharing stories helps your child's development in lots of ways.  Click on the link below to read about a recent study that gives insight into this.


So, next time you and your child sit down together with There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr., or any other favorite picture book, you can be assured you are developing your child's brain!





Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Summer Reading Is Here!


If you haven't already joined the summer reading fun, do so today! 
 For all ages birth through adult. 
 Summer reading starts with a book but leads to so much 
more fun and learning. 


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Interested in STEAM?


Why do zebras have stripes? 
How many nickels make up a dollar? 
What is bubble gum made of? 
Who was the first woman to walk in space?


For answers to these questions and many more, check out our new STEAM* book display in the Early Learning Center at the Main Library.   Preschoolers have curious minds and we are here to help satisfy their thirst for knowledge!  

* Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Storytime Programs: Spring, 2018 - Week Four

Welcome to the final week of Spring storytime programs.  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.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books 
A Kiss Means I Love You by Kathryn Madeline Allen Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Goodnight, Goodnight, Sleepyhead by Ruth Krauss Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Can Make My Baby Smile (Tune: The Muffin Man)
I can make my baby smile
My baby smile, my baby smile
I can make my baby smile
When I tickle his toes
(tummy, nose)

Singing rhymes and doing activities with your baby that involve the sense of touch will increase bonding and feelings of security for your baby. 

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Goodnight World by Debi Gliori Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Kiss Song
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet
Give your mom a great big kiss
Because she is so neat
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet
Give your mom a great big kiss
And then you take a seat

Toddlers love to kiss!  Show your toddler how to blow kisses.  Be sure to give kisses and hugs every day.  

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books 
Where's My Teddy? by Jez Alborough Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Bear and Me by Barbara Maitland Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Teddy Bears, Teddy Bears by William Winburn (presented as story cards)

Magnet Rhyme: Teddy Gets Dressed - Rain
Who's afraid of a rainy day, rainy day, rainy day?
Who's afraid of a rainy day?  Ha, ha, ha, not me!
I wear my coat on a rainy day, rainy day, rainy day
I wear my coat on a rainy day
My coat keeps me dry
(repeat with boots, hat)

Ask your child, "What are you wearing?"  Can he name his clothes?  Tell you the colors?  This is a simple talking activity to do every day with your child.    

1, 2, 3, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books 
Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Wake Up, Bear by Lynley Dodd Click here to find the book in the catalog.
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Hello Spring (Tune: Goodnight, Ladies)
Hello, spring time
Hello, spring time
Hello, spring time
We're glad spring time is here

Hello flowers
Hello flowers
Hello flowers
We're glad spring time is here

Hello grass....
Hello birds....

Take a walk outside with your toddler and talk about the things you see.  Name them and describe them.  Say, "Look, here is the grass!  It is green and growing fast.  We will need to cut it soon." or, "Do you see the flowers?  What color are they?"  
Put onButterfly, buttL  
StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Joe Rhatigan Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Pattern Bugs by Trudy Harris Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
So the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again!
The big hairy spider...
The speedy spider...
The slow spider...
The happy spider...
The sad spider...

Repeat this song at home with your child.  Can your child think of other words to describe the spider, in addition to hairy, speedy, etc.?

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Storytime Programs: Spring, 2018 - Week Three

Welcome to the third week of Spring storytime programs.  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.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books 
Caterpillar Dance by Will Grace (not available for check out)
Little Miss Muffet by Joni Jacobs Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Now We Fly Up
Now we fly up, up, up
Now we fly down, down, down
Now we fly up, up, up
Now we fly round-and-round

Rhymes such as "Now We Fly Up" emphasize opposites through words and actions, giving your baby a more concrete understanding of up and down.

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Funny Face, Sunny Face by Sally Symes Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: This Little Child
This little child is going to bed
Down on the pillow he lays his head
He wraps himself in a blanket tight
And this is the way he sleeps all night

Make up songs or rhymes about your child's daily routine.  Encourage him to sing with you.  Singing and chanting rhymes are ways of practicing and exploring language.

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books 
Are You My Brown Bear? by Harriet Ziefert Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Click here to find the book in the catalog.
One Bear All Alone by Caroline  Bucknall (not available for check out)

Action Rhyme: One, Two
One, two, where's my shoe?
Three, four, on a kangaroo?
Five, six, on a slippery snake?
Seven, eight, on a fish in the lake?
Nine, ten, look and see
Here they are, right on me!

What a fun rhyme to repeat at home with your child!  How high can your child count?  

1, 2, 3, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michael Razi Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Keith Chapman Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Walter's Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Spider, Spider
Spider, spider spin around
Spider, spider touch the ground
Spider, spider in a tree
Spider, spider don't land on me!
Spider, spider climb so high
Spider, spider say goodbye

Show your toddler spiders, caterpillars, ladybugs, worms, and all the other creepy crawlies you see when you are outside.  Be sure to tell him what they are and talk about them too.   
Put onButterfly, buttL  
StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell by Sue Hendra Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bugs Galore by Peter Stein Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: D-O-N-U-T (Tune: Bingo)
I know a treat that has a hole
And is very tasty!
D-O-N-U-T
D-O-N-U-T
D-O-N-U-T
Save a bite for me!
Chomp!

Sing this song at home with your child.  Repeat it again slowly and help him write the letters on paper.  Tell him, "Look, now you know how to spell "Donut."