Thursday, April 27, 2017

Storytime Programs - Spring 2017, Week Seven

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 
Hide-and-Peek by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Where Is Baby? by Rippin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme:  Peek-a-Boo (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo (cover eyes with hands)
I see you!  I see you! (uncover eyes)
I see your button nose (point to baby's nose)
I see your button nose
I see you!  Peek-a-boo!

Each time you go out of sight and come back, you are teaching your child that you still exist when he cannot see you.  This lesson promotes a sense of security that is vital for learning.
Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan & Kirker

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

Books 
Baby Bedtime by Fox Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Nose to Toes, You Are Yummy! by Harrington Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Goodnight Me
Good night two ears
Stop sniffling nose
Stay quiet mouth
And don't move toes
Good night two hands
Stop fiddling around
Goodnight two eyes
Time to shut down

Routine is important for toddlers.  What is your bedtime routine?  Does it include a bath, a book, and some quiet time with a loving parent or caregiver?  

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

Books 
Up, Down, and Around by Ayres Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Raindrop Plop! by Lewinson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Hop Like a Bunny
Hop like a bunny
Run like a dog
Walk like an elephant
Jump like a frog
Swim like a goldfish
Fly like a bird
Then sit down and don't say a word

 Look for birds when you are outside or through the window.  What do they look like?  Do they have wings?  Legs?  Feathers?  Where do they live?  Have a conversation with your toddler about them.

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

Books
Big Box of Shapes by Blevins Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Skippyjon Jones Shape Up by Schachner Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Pussycat
Pussycat creeping and crawling along (right hand fingers creeping along)
Little bird chirping and singing a happy little song (left hand sitting on left shoulder)
Up jumps pussy, right into the tree (right hand onto left shoulder)
Away flies the bird so glad to be free (left hand flies away)

Do you have a cat at home, or in your neighborhood perhaps? Cats creep and jump.  What else do they do?  Ask your toddler what he knows about cats?
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Books
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Thomas Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Book With No Pictures by Novak Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I'm The Biggest Thing In The Ocean by Sherry Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Song: Shake My Sillies Out on Fun in the Sun CD by Fisher Price 
Click here to find Fun in the Sun CD and other CD's in our collection that feature the same song.

Take time every day to be fun and silly with your preschooler!  


Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
Let's Play in the Forest by Rueda Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Secret Tree Fort by Farley Click here to find the book in the catalog.

In this week's storytime we practiced throwing and catching balls. Make time to go outside with your kids and do something they love. You'll be making good memories!





Thursday, April 20, 2017

Storytime Programs - Spring 2017, Week Six

Welcome to the sixth 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 
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep by Kemp Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Humpty Dumpty by Kubler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Jack Be Nimble
Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick
Jack be nimble
Jack be spry
Jack jump over the apple pie
Jack be nimble
Jack jump high
Jack fly up into the sky

Traditional rhymes, such as Jack Be Nimble, often contain vocabulary that you wouldn’t use in everyday life.  And that’s fine, because children need to hear vocabulary in many different contexts.
Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan & Kirker

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

Books 
Dancing Feet! by Craig Click here to find the book in the catalog.
 Peek-a-Zoo! by Cimarusti

Action Rhyme: Animals In The Zoo
The lions at the zoo say roar, roar, roar
Roar, roar,roar, roar, roar, roar.
The lions at the zoo say roar, roar, roar
All day long.
Snakes – hiss, hiss

Toddlers are always fascinated with animals!  Encourage your child's enthusiasm and learning by checking out materials from the library - books, puppets, puzzles, and more!  Ask us for help in the Early Learning Center if you would like.

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

Books 
Stuck by Jeffers Click here to find the book in the catalog.
What's The Magic Word? by DiPucchio Click here to find the book in the catalog. (presented as a puppet story)

Action Rhyme: Now it’s Time to Fly Our Kites
Now it’s time to fly our kites
Fly our kites, fly our kites
Now it’s time to fly our kites
On this windy day!
Now our kites go up, up, up
Down, down, up, up up
Now our kites go up, up up
On this windy day!
 Use fun play activities to demonstrate wind with your child!  Fly a kite or blow bubbles and watch the wind take them up into the sky.

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

Books
Mouse Shapes by Walsh Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Not A Box by Portis Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: It's A Rectangle (Tune: B-I-N-G-O)

There is a shape that has four sides 
But it is not a square NO!!
It's a rectangle, it's a rectangle, it's a rectangle
It is not like a square NO!!
Two sides are long, two sides are short
They are not the same NO!!
It's a rectangle, it's a rectangle, it's a rectangle
The sides are not the same NO!!

Do you have any empty boxes at home?  A cereal box?  
A tissue box?  Something even bigger?  What can you do with it?


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Books
Everyone Loves Cupcake by DiPucchio Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Secret Pizza Party by Rubin Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love Chocolate by Cali Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Ice Cream
I like ice cream, yes I do!
One scoop for me?
No!  Make it two!
Hmmmm, two scoops of icecream
I want more
How about three?
No, make that four!
1, 2, 3, 4
Splat!  "Oh no!  It's on the floor!"

Ask your toddler, "What do you like to eat?"  

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
Earth Day! Birthday by Wright Click here to find the book in the catalog.
If You Hold a Seed by MacKay Click here to find the book in the catalog.
10 Things I Can Do To Help My World by Walsh Click here to find the book in the catalog.

YouTube Video

 If you would like to enjoy this week's video again, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle by Jack Johnson, click on the link above.


Recycling household items is a simple chore in which the whole family can participate!  Involve your children as often as possible.  Teach them the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Storytime Programs - Spring 2017, Week Five

Welcome to the fifth 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 
Somebunny Loves You by Gerver Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love Bunnies by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Furry Little Easter Bunny
Furry little Easter bunny
Hopping low and hopping high
Landed on my head
And then hopped into the sky
(Foot/Hand)

Relate rhymes and books to your child's experiences.  If you celebrate Easter, talk about what you and your child have seen - the Easter bunny, colored eggs, etc.

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

Books 
Overboard! by Weeks Click here to find the book in the catalog.
All Kinds of Kisses by Tafuri Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: High, Low, Around We Go
We clap up high, we clap down low
We jump, jump, jump, and around we go
Up and down, up and down
Clap your hands and sit right down

How else can you and your toddler clap?  Fast, slow?  On your head?

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

Books 
Mushroom in the Rain by Ginsburg (presented as a puppet story) Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Puddles!!! by Atteberry Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: Umbrella Song (Tune: I'm A Little Teapot)
Here's my new umbrella
Wide and high
It keeps my cozy, warm and dry
If the rain starts falling from the sky
Just open me up and you'll stay dry

Next time it rains, have a conversation with your toddler about the weather.  What vocabulary can you use?  Wet, dry?  Fall, drop? Clouds, sun?  Can you hear the rain?  

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

Books
The Cow That Laid An Egg by Cutbill Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Brown Rabbit's Shape Book by Baker Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Spring Basket
Two Spring baskets under a tree
One for you (hold up right fist)
And one for me (hold up left fist)
I peeked in one basket (pretend to peek in basket)
And what did I see? (point to eyes)
An egg smiling back at me!  (pop thumb out of fist)
Then I looked in the other (peek in other basket)
And what do you think?
Out popped a bunny (pop bunny fingers out of fist)
Quick as a wink!
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What shape are eggs?  Draw one on a piece of paper and see if your toddler can copy it.  Ask him to color it in.  Can you draw and color more eggs together?

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Small Elephant's Bathtime by Feeney Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Everyone Sleeps by Hall Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Wash Your Hands! by Ross Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Willems Click here to find the book in the catalog. (presented as a prop story)

Action Rhyme: Hands a Washing
Hands a washing, hands a washing, wash them till they're clean
Get some soap and get some water
Wash them till they're clean
Where's the towel to pat them dry?
It's on the rack, it's much too high
So now we'll have to shake them, shake them, shake them,shake them
Oh now we'll have to shake them - shake them till they're dry

This is a fun song to sing together with your child while practicing hand washing!  Sing it twice for a really good clean!


Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
Abracadabra, It's Spring! by O'Brien Click here to find the book in the catalog.
A Perfect Day by Smith Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Golden Egg Book by Brown Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Max's Chocolate Chicken by Wells Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Music
If you would like to do the Bunny Hop again, follow along with the video below:



Ask your child, "What do you know about rabbits?  What colors are they?  Where do they like to live?"   







Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Dramatic Play Theme!

If your child loves to fix things, he or she is going to love our new dramatic play center!  
Stop in the Early Learning Center and have fun working together in the construction zone.  Use the tools, drive the trucks on the roadways, sing the felt board rhyme and try all the other activities provided!  Remember, children learn through play.    

Caution: Your child may not want to leave the library!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Storytime Programs - Spring 2017, 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 
Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands by Dempsey Click here to find the book in the catalog.
5 Busy Ducklings by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: One, Two, Three
One, two, three (Bounce baby on lap three times)
Baby’s on my knee
One, two, three, four (Bounce baby on lap four times)
Oops, baby’s on the floor! (Gently lower baby to floor)

Bouncing baby in time to the rhyme exposes baby to the rhythm of spoken language, a crucial element in learning to communicate effectively.  Practice counting over and over too, such as in this playful rhyme, to reinforce learning numbers.

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

Books 
Cat Nap by Yuly Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Kitty's Cuddles by Cabrera Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Bedtime for Kitties
(Use toes or fingers)
"It's time for all kitties to go to bed,"
Mother cat said.
"I will count them up to see,
If all of my kitties came back to me.
One little kitty, two little kitties,
Three little kitties, dear,
Four little kitties, five little kitties,
Yes, they are all here.
You are the dearest little kitties alive,
One, two, three, four, five."

Fingers and toes are great for practicing counting.  What else can you and your toddler count? 

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

Books 
On Bird Hill by Yolen Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
(sitting on a cloud/soft and loud
sitting on a gate/early and late)

Soft and loud are opposites of course, and so are early and late.  Talk about, and show, your child opposites in your environment.  Find something big and small, smooth and rough, and so on.

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

Books
Perfect Square by Hall Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Friendshape by Rosenthal Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Circle on the Floor
Circle on the floor
Circle on my tummy
Circle all around my head
Isn't that funny?
Square on the floor
Square in the air
Square all around my head
Tangling my hair!

Draw a square on a piece of paper and help your toddler find more squares in your house.

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book by Medina Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Healthy Kids by Adjmera Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by Hicks Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: 5 Red Apples
Five red apples hanging on a tree
The juciest apples you ever did see!
The wind came past, and gave an angry frown
And one little apple came tumbling down
(Four, three, two, one)


Ask your child, "What healthy things do you like to eat?"  

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
Storm Song by Viau Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Rain Came Down by Shannon Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Who Likes the Rain by Yee Click here to find the book in the catalog.

What is the weather like today?  What words can you use to describe the sky? Is it warm, cold...?  Is it windy?  Have a conversation with your child!  









Friday, March 24, 2017

Storytime Programs - Spring 2017, Week Two

Welcome to the second 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 
Play Baby Play! by Janovitz Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Wild! Playtime by Dicmas Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: What Shall We Do With a Tiny Baby?
What shall we do with a tiny baby?
What shall we do with a tiny baby?
What shall we do with a tiny baby?
Early in the morning
Roll him around and tickle him all over
Roll him around and tickle him all over
Roll him around and tickle him all over
Early in the morning
Heave ho! And up he rises
Heave ho! And up he rises
Heave ho! And up he rises
Early in the morning

Rhymes that involve bouncing, swaying and rocking help children develop balance.  This rhyme is such a fun one too!

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

Books
Who's in the Farmyard?  by Gershator Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Whose Chick Are You? by Tafuri Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Old MacDonald
Old MacDonald a farm, EIEIO
And on his farm he had a cow, EIEIO
With a moo moo here and a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm, EIEIO
(substitute other farm animals and their noises too)

This is a fun and easy song to sing with your toddler to teach him about farm animals.  He is sure to love singing along and making all the animal sounds too.  Check out some puppets and farm themed books as well!       

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

Books 

Some Birds by Spink Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Little Green by Baker (presented as a magnet story) Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Little Bird, Little Bird
Little bird, little bird
Fly through my window
Little bird, little bird
Fly through my window
Find molasses candy
Find molasses candy

Singing helps children develop listening skills.  It also helps children retain things, such as the alphabet and counting.  So sing every day!

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

Books
Farmyard Beat by Craig Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Shape of My Heart by Sperring Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Shape of the Week - Triangle
The triangle is a simple shape
I think you will agree
Count its sides and corners
And you will find just three


Draw a triangle on a piece of paper and count how many sides it has.  

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Hug Machine by Campbell Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Because Amelia Smiled by Stein Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Peanut Butter and Cupcake! by Border Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: If You're Friendly (Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)
If you're friendly and you know it, clap your hands
If you're friendly and you know it, clap your hands
If you're friendly and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you're friendly and your know it, clap your hands!
(stomp your feet, shout hooray)

Talk about friendship with your preschooler.  Ask him, "How are you a good friend?" 

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
Daytime Nightime by Low Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Moon Inside by Feder Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Am a Star by Marzollo Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Stars by Ray Click here to find the book in the catalog.

YouTube Video


Look out the window together when it's dark.  Better yet, go on a nighttime walk!  What can you spot in the sky?








Thursday, March 16, 2017

Storytime Programs - Spring 2017, Week One

Welcome to the first 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 
Moo, Boo, La La La! by Boynton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My First Touch and Feel Farm Book by Tiger Tales Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Milk The Cow (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Milk, milk, milk the cow (stroke along baby's arms or legs)
Milking's what we do
And when the milking is all done
The cow says, "Mooooo!"  (Tickle baby's tummy)

Pretend to be animals and imitate their sounds and movements. You will be helping your child's physical development.

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

Books
The Cuddle Book by Genechten Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Bear and Me by Maitland Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Shakers Up 
Shakers up
And shakers down
Shakers dancing all around the town
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your knees
And tuck them into bed

Have fun repeating this rhyme together at home.  Use a toy instrument or rattle, or make one!  Tightly seal some rice or other small objects in an old water bottle or tupperware container. Remember to supervise your child at all times when playing with small objects!     

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

Books 

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Fleming Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Kitty
Soft kitty, warm kitty
Little ball of fur
Happy kitty
Purr, purr, purr!

What colors are cats?  What noise do they make?  How many legs do they have?  Have a conversation with your toddler!

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

Books
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Litwin Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Shapes That Roll by Nagel Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Song: Round Is a Pancake
Round is a pancake
Round is a plum
Round is a doughnut
Round is a drum
Round is a puppy
Curled up on a rug
Round are the spots
On a wee ladybug
Look all around
On the ground, in the air
You will find round things everywhere!


Draw a circle on piece of paper.  Can your child copy it?  Can you find circles in your house?

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Stretch by Cronin Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Dancing Feet by Craig Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Sergio Saves the Game! by Rodriguez Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: We Can Jump
We can jump, jump, jump
We can hop, hop, hop
We can clap, clap, clap
We can stomp, stomp, stomp
We can nod our head for yes
We can shake our heads for no
We can bend our knees a little bit
And sit down really slow

Preschoolers love to move!  What other actions can your preschooler think of to perform with you?

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
Waiting by Henkes Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Tree by Teckentrup Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by George Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Snowy Day by Keats Click here to find the book in the catalog.

YouTube Video
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes for Trees! by Mr. R.'s Songs for Teaching


Go on a walk outside together.  What do you see?  Find something tall, something small, something heavy, something light, etc. and make a game of it!