Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2016, Week Two

Welcome to the second week of Fall I 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.   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
I Like Black and White by Hicks Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Black-and-White Animals by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Itsy-Bitsy Spider
The itsy-bitsy spider,
Climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain,
And washed the spider out.
Out came the sun,
And dried up all the rain.
And the itsy-bitsy spider,
Climbed up the spout again.

Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays help children learn the smaller sounds in words, a necessary building block for reading.

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

Books
Bath Time by Spinelli Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love My Baby Because by Simons Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Splash!

Rain is falling down, SPLASH! (clap hands loudly)
Falling to the ground, SPLASH!
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
Rain is falling down, SPLASH!

Make sure to pause briefly before the "Splash" in each line to build suspense!  When you blend the expected continuation of the rhyme with unexpected pauses you lay the foundation for humor.  Your toddler will definitely respond with giggles!

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

Books
Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Fleming Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Like Myself by Beaumont Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Eyes and ears,
Mouth and nose,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

Does your toddler know where his shoulders and knees are?  Repeat this rhyme at home and practice!  Go slow, then go fast.  Substitute other body parts for even more fun!

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

Books
Touch the Brightest Star by Matheson Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Beep! Beep! Go To Sleep! by Tarpley Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon, 
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon, 
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we're going to the moon.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off!       

Practice counting with your toddler by singing this rhyme.  Count up from one through five, and then count down again.  Count fingers, count toes, count chairs in the room.  Find opportunities to practice counting every day!  

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

Books
A Mother for Choco by Kasza Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Mother, Mother, I Want Another by Robbins Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Night Owl by Yuly Click here to find the book in the catalog
Benny's Pennies by Brisson (presented as a prop story) Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Some Families
Some families have fathers, (raise each finger one by one)
Some families have mothers,
Some families have sisters,
Some families have brothers.
In some houses,
There are others,
Every family is special.

Who is in your family?  Help your child count family members using fingers, and even toes if necessary!  Can your child write any of their names?                 

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
The Wide Mouthed Frog by Faulkner
Jump! by Fischer Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Don't Want To Be a Frog by Petty Click here to find the book in the catalog.

This week we talked about animals that begin with the letter "F".  
Frog, Falcon, Flamingo, Ferret, Fish, Fox
Think of some more words that begin with the same letter.  Help your child write some of them. 












Thursday, August 25, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2016, Week One

Welcome to the first week of Fall I 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.   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
To Baby With Love by Ormerod Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Where is Baby? by Rippin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Rhyme: All The Little Babies
All the little babies love bouncing, bouncing,
All the little babies just love to bounce!
All the little babies love bouncing, bouncing,
All the little babies just to love bounce!
Lean to the left,
Lean to the right,
Hug that baby nice and tight!

Babies love bouncing on your lap!  Did you know that when you sing while bouncing your baby, you are actually helping him develop an understand of the rhythm of speech?


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

Books
Who's in the Forest by Gershator Click here to find the book in the catalog.
On Our Way Home by Braun Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The bears in the forest
The bears in the forest say roar, roar roar,
Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar,
The bears in the forest say roar, roar, roar,
All day long.
(Owls say whoo, whoo, whoo)

Point out different animals to your toddler - on a walk, at the zoo, or simply in picture books.  Make the animal noises and see if your toddler can repeat them back to you. Talk about the animals, count their legs, find their eyes, etc.  Remember, Gail Borden Public Library is a great resource for animal-themed books, puppets, puzzles, CD's and more!

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

Books
Clarabella's Teeth by Vrombaut Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Nose, Your Nose by Walsh Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Brush Your Teeth by Raffi
If you get up in the morning at quarter to one,
And you want to have a little fun,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch ch,
And you want to find something to do,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch ch,
And you want to hum a tweedle dee dee,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch ch ch,
And you think you hear a knock at the door,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch ch,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch ch,
(If you get up in the morning at a quarter to 2,
If you get up in the morning at quarter to three,
If you get in the morning at a quarter to four,
If you get up in the morning and it’s quarter to five, 
And you just can’t wait to come alive.)

Storytime this week is a great opportunity to talk with your toddler about his teeth.  Help him count them.  Ask him how he takes care of them and why.  What does he use his teeth for?

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

Books
Finding Wild by Lloyd Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Whose Tail Is This? by Belmont 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 Rhyme: Slippery Fish 
(Put your palms together to resemble a fish and wiggle them together as if swimming)
(                                               Slippery fish, slippery fish, sliding through the water,
Slippery fish, slippery fish, 
Gulp, gulp, gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by an …

(Wave your arms up and down like the flailing arms of an octopus.)
Octopus, octopus, squiggling in the water
Octopus, octopus, 
Gulp, gulp, gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

(Place one hand, with fingers straight upwards, on top of your head.)
Great white shark, great white shark, lurking in the water,
Great white shark, great white shark,
 Gulp, gulp, gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

(Make a large circle with your arms to make yourself into a humongous whale.)  
Humongous whale, humongous whale, spouting in the water,
Humongous whale, humongous whale,
Gulp! … gulp! … gulp! … BURP!
(Cover your mouth.) Excuse me!

Children of all ages love to learn about creatures that live in water.  The fish tank in the Early Learning Center is a great place to relate our storytime to your child's experiences. Have a conversation about what you can see.  Talk about the colors of the fish and what they are doing, count them.  Can you find the turtle?

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

Books
One Big Family by Harshman Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Best Part of Daddy's Day by Alexander Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Daddies Are Awesome by Costain Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Have A Very Special Friend
I have a very special friend and Daddy is his name-o
D-A-D-D-Y, D-A-D-D-Y, D-A-D-D-Y,
And Daddy is his name-o.
                 
Repeat this rhyme at home and practice spelling Daddy aloud.  If you'd prefer, substitute another family member, such as Mommy, Grandma, or even a name.  Next, show your child the connection between spoken language and the written word by helping him write the letters on a sheet of paper. Say the letters aloud as you and your child write them.  Ask him to trace the letters with his finger as he says them aloud again.   

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
The Chick and The Duckling by Ginsburg Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Interrupting Chicken by Stein Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Most Wonderful Egg in The World by Heine (presented as a prop story)

Families enjoyed singing along and moving to the following version of The Chicken.  If you'd like to dance again, click on the following link:



We talked about things that begin with the letter "C".   Find some more at home or next time you're on a walk together. 
CHICKEN  = cat cougar caterpillar chameleon  chipmunk coyote crocodile crow cow crab crane chickadees!  Chimpanzee chinchilla cheetah







Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Storytime Programs - Summer 2016, Week Eight

Welcome to the final week of of our summer storytimes.  We hope you and your child have had as much fun as we have!  It's hard to believe that Fall I storytimes will be starting soon - the week of August 22.  For those storytimes requiring registration, the first day to register is August 8.  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
Scrubba Dub by Van Laan
Click here to link to the book at the library.

Action Rhyme: Here I Have A Big Balloon
Here I have a big balloon,
Watch me while I blow.
Small at first, then bigger,
Watch it grow and grow.  (Expand arms)
Do you think it’s big enough?
Maybe I should stop.
For if I blow much longer,
My balloon will surely pop! (Big clap!)

At home repeat this rhyme slowly and pause at the end of each line to build suspense! Blending the expected continuation of the rhyme with the unexpected pauses lays the foundation for humor.  So don't be surprised if your baby reacts with smiles and giggles, especially with the big clap at the end! 

Starry Time Stories (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

This week Fun with Favorite Friends was offered in place of Starry Time Stories. Our customers celebrated their favorite characters with games and activities by visiting our drop-in stations.

We hope you and your child enjoyed Starry Time Stories this summer.  You've been a wonderful audience for our programs!  If you'd like to watch our puppet shows again, click on the following link Nedrob Puppet Shows







Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Storytime Programs - Summer, 2016, Week Seven

Welcome to the seventh week of of our summer storytimes.  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.   Don't forget to track your summer reading time and turn in your log before the end of July to receive all prizes!  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
I Love Bugs by Dodd
Click here to link to the book at the library.
Giant Pop-Out Bugs by Chronicle Books
Click here to link to the book at the library.

Action Rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

We performed this action rhyme together along with a large spider puppet and accompanied by Hap Palmer's extended version on his Early Childhood Classics CD. Many fun and educational songs and rhymes can be found on the CD's in our collection. Check some out!

Starry Time Stories (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Goodnight, Moon by Brown
Click here to link to the book at the library.
A Circle in the Sky by Wilson (presented as a flannel story)
Click here to link to the book at the library.

Movie
Happy Birthday, Moon by Brown
Click here to link to the book at the library.

We hope you and your child enjoyed Starry Time Stories this summer.  You've been a wonderful audience for our programs!  If you'd like to watch our puppet shows again, click on the following link Nedrob Puppet Shows

On July 25 and 26 we will be offering Fun with Favorite Friends in place of Starry Time Stories. Celebrate your favorite characters with games and activities by visiting our drop-in stations. This program is for children and their caregivers.  Click on our Events Calendar link at the top of the page for more information. 







Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Storytime Programs - Summer 2016, Week Six

Welcome to the sixth week of of our summer storytimes.  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.   Don't forget to track your summer reading time and turn in your log before the end of July to receive all prizes!  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
Birds by Henkes
Click here to link to the book at the library.
Little Bird by Pirotta
Click here to link to the book at the library

Action Rhyme: Little Birds
Little birds, little birds, jump up and down
Little birds, little birds, don’t make a sound
Little birds, little birds, tip-toe to me
Little birds, little birds, tap your knees
Little birds, little birds, peep, peep, peep
Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep, sleep
Little birds, little birds, fly to the leaves
Little birds, little birds, sit down please

Repeat this rhyme at home with your little one.  Demonstrate jumping, tip-toeing, knee tapping, and all the other actions for your child.  Is he able to try any of these actions? Action rhymes are just one of the ways you can help your child develop his large motor skills.  

Starry Time Stories (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Mr. Gumpy's Outing by Burningham
Click here to link to book at library

Puppet Story
Old Bear's Surprise Painting (based on the book by Hissey)
Click here to link to the book at the library

Movie
Peanut Butter & Jellyfish

Painting is a great summertime activity because you can do it outdoors.  It's a fun way to work on color recognition and fine motor skills.  Use paints and brushes, or try something different such as finger painting with pudding, or colored ice painting. Check the internet for many creative ideas!




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Storytime Programs - Summer 2016, Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of of our summer storytimes.  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.   Don't forget to track your summer reading time and turn in your log before the end of July to receive all prizes!  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 the Independence Day holiday there was no Tiny Tales program.  Be sure to join us next week, July 11 at 10:00 am.  The 6:00 pm program will be replaced by the summer picnic.  Check our events calendar by clicking on the link above for more information on this fun activity for the whole family!

If you have not had time to check out any new books, log into TumbleBooks from our homepage and choose from numerous picture books to read with your toddler on your device at home.  All you need is your library card!


If you've never taken a look at TumbleBooks, we highly recommend it. TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joys of reading in a format that they'll love.  In addition to picture books, you will also find chapter books, nonfiction books, videos, puzzles and games.  Just click on the TumbleBooks link in the left hand sidebar of our Home Page, sign in with your Gail Borden Public Library card and you are good to go!  You can access TumbleBooks without a card when you are at the library.

Starry Time Stories (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Where's My Teddy by Alborough
Click here to link to the book at the library.

Puppet Story
Tom's Walk (based on the book by Anholt)

Movie
Cloudette (based on the book by Lichtenheld)
Click here to link to the book at the library.


In the story of  Cloudette, the little cloud discovers that there are many things she can do despite her size.  Talk with your child about the many things he is able to do for himself at such a young age. Can he dress himself?  Can he count to ten or even higher?  Can he write his name?  Praise him for his accomplishments!  What would he like to learn next?      

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Storytime Programs - Summer 2016, Week Four

Welcome to the fourth week of of our summer storytimes.  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.   Don't forget to pick up your summer reading log if you haven't done so already!  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
I Love Planes by Sturges
Click here to link to the book at the library.
Hello Airplane! by Cotter
Click here to link to the book at the library.

Action Rhyme: I'm A Big Airplane
I’m a big airplane
Now watch me fly!
Here are my instruments
From down low to high (reach from down low to above heads)
First I get all revved up (make engine noises)
Then I can fly
Lift off the runaway 
Up into the sky!

This week we enjoyed parachute play in Tiny Tales.  We talked about the colors of the parachute, felt the wind as we waved it up and down, played peekaboo under it, and more!  Enjoy this activity at home using a tablecloth or other piece of light fabric.  Use words like "up" and "down", wave it "fast" and "slow".  Can you play peekaboo with it too?

Starry Time Stories (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Up, Down, and Around by Ayres 
Click here to link to the book at the library.

Puppet Story
Mr. Floop's Lunch (based on the book by Novak)

Movie
Picnic (based on the book by McCully)
Click here to link to the book at the library.

Have a picnic with your child!  It doesn't have to be outside.  What things will you need for your picnic?  Make a list.