Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Storytime Programs - Summer, 2017, Week Four

Welcome to the fourth 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)

Due to a staff training day, there there was no Tiny Tales program this week.  Be sure to keep reading with your child and counting it on your summer reading log!   See you Monday, July 3.

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

Books
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Click here to find the book in the catalog. 
Albert's Impossible Toothache (presented as a puppet story, based on the book by Barbara Williams)


Movie 
Dr. DeSoto Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Talk with your preschooler about the importance of dental hygiene.  Ask him, "Why is it important to keep your teeth clean?  How do you clean your teeth?"   Write the word "tooth" on a piece of paper and help him identify the letters!    


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Storytime Programs - Summer 2017, Week Three

Welcome to the third 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
Caterpillar Dance by Will Grace
Is That A Caterpillar? by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Hiding
Looking through a red scarf (use any item that you have at home)
Whom do I see?
I see (child's name) looking at me! 

(Repeat with other colors)

Peekaboo is one of the best games ever invented.  Why?  Peekaboo stimulates baby's senses, builds gross motor skills, strengthens his visual tracking, encourages his social development and, best of all, tickles his sense of humor.  Plus, peekaboo teaches object permanence: the idea that even though he can't see something (like you), it still exists.

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

Books
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Movie (based upon the book of same title by Eric Litwin)
Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs Click here to find the movie in the catalog.

One of the themes in Groovy Joe: Icecream & Dinosaurs is sharing.  Have a conversation with your child about sharing.  Ask him questions such as, "What do you like to share with your friends?", "Is it sometimes difficult to share?",  "Why is it good to share?"     






Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Storytime Programs - Summer 2017, Week Two

Welcome to the second 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
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love Boats by Flora McDonnell Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Splashin' Up and Down
Splashin’ up and down in my little red rowboat (bounce child up and down on lap)
Splashin’ up and down in my little red rowboat
Splashin’ up and down in my little red rowboat
Won’t you be my darling?

Lookin’ out to sea (shade eyes)
Wavin’ to a whale (wave)
Don’t stand up or you might tip over (lean to right and left)

Repeat this rhyme at home with your child and improve his balance and coordination in a fun way! Play other games to work on these skills necessary for walking and running.  Some other ideas are rolling a ball back and forth or chasing each other around the floor on all fours.    

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

Books
The Chick and the Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Tell & Draw Story
Fred the Dinosaur

Has your child ever listened to a Tell & Draw Story before?  What does he remember about this particular story?  Make up your own Tell & Draw Story together! Did you know that being able to recognize the beginning, middle, and end of a story, being able to retell a story, and make up stories are all crucial skills for your child's reading development.  




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Storytime Programs - Summer 2017, Week One

School is out and summer is finally here!  We are so excited to begin our storytimes this week.  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
Dinosaurs by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells (Not available for checkout but many other great dinosaur themed books are!  Just ask at the Help Desk for more information.)

Action Rhyme: Once There Was A Dinosaur
Once there was a dinosaur,
All he did was roar and roar.
He roared high,
He roared low.
He roared fast,
He roared slow.
Once there was a dinosaur,
All he did was roar and roar!

After we read stories and sang rhymes about dinosaurs, the babies and caregivers shook bells quietly pretending to be a little mouse at the door. Next,  they shook bells loudly as if a big dinosaur was at the door!  What other activities can you do quietly and loudly?  Clap hands?  Sing?  What a fun way to demonstrate to your child the meaning of quietly and loudly!  

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

Books
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff (shown as a movie)
Click here to find this title in the catalog.

Our audience sang and danced along to We Are The Dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkner Band.  Click on the following image if you'd like to listen to this fun song again.


Of course we are all wild about dinosaurs this summer at Gail Borden Public Library!  Be sure to take a walk through the building and show your preschooler all the exciting dinosaur exhibits we have on display.  Afterwards, ask your child to tell you some of the things he learned. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Storytimes Begin!


Come join the fun!  It's time to read, sing, and dance along at storytime again!
Weekly summer storytimes begin on Monday, June 5.  We have programs planned for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Click on the following link for more information. Summer Storytimes at Gail Borden Public Library


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

Don't miss out on all the fun at Gail Borden Public Library this summer!   Our reading challenge is for all ages from birth through adult.  Get your reading log in person at the Main Library, Rakow Branch or South Elgin Branch or by printing one at home by clicking on the following link.
http://www.gailborden.info/read2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Looking for a good book?

Looking for some good books to read with your preschooler?  Sign up to receive KidSpace Newsletters every month!  They are filled with many great books to read and events to attend.
Click here to register.  Select Reading Together for books for preschoolers.  You can also add KidSpace Newsletters for Early and Experienced Readers.



For even more fun reading, join us for weekly storytimes beginning June 5!
Click on the following link for more information.  Events at Gail Borden Public Library