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.    

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Storytime Programs - Summer 2016, Week Three

Welcome to the third 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
The End of the Rainbow by Donnelly
(presented as a flannel story with puppets)
The Sky by Dewey (presented as a flannel story)

Action Rhyme: I See Rainbows (Tune: Frere Jacques)
I see rainbows (draw a rainbow shape in air with finger)
I see rainbows
Way up high (point up high)
In the sky
They are red and orange
Yellow, green and blue
Purple too
What a view (hand shading eyes to look at view)

Families sang and waved colored ribbons along with a version of I Can Sing a Rainbow.  If you'd like to listen to the song again, click on the following image:



Remember, children learn from repetition.  Reinforce color learning everyday.  Talk about the color of clothing as you dress your child in the morning, point out the colors of fruit and vegetables in the grocery store, look for green things when you are on a neighborhood walk.....


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

Books
Who Is Tapping At My Window? - Deming

Puppet Story
Who Took The Farmer's Hat? - based on the book by Nodset

Movie
Kitten's First Full Moon - based on the book by Henkes


If your child enjoyed this movie based on the warm and humorous bestseller of the same title by Henkes, listen to the book by clicking on the following image, or check it out from the library:


Of course in this story, kitten mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk.  What shape is the "bowl of milk" in the sky?  Can you find other things in your house or outside that are the same shape?  Can you draw the shape?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Storytime Programs - Summer 2016, Week Two

Welcome to the second 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
Goodnight Moon by Brown
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (big book)

Flannel Rhyme: Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed,
To see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Traditional rhymes like this one often contain vocabulary that you would not use in everyday life.  And that is fine, because children need to hear vocabulary in many different contexts.

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

Books
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Barrett

Flannel Rhyme: Aikendrum
There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon.
There was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aikendrum.
And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle.
He played upon a ladle and his name was Aikendrum.

And his hair was made of spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti.  His hair was made of spaghetti and his name was Aikendrum.
And his eyes were made of meatballs, meatballs, meatballs.
His eyes were made of meatballs and his name was Aikendrum.
And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle.
He played upon a ladle and his name was Aikendrum.

And his nose was made of cheese, cheese, cheese
His nose was made of cheese and his name was Aikendrum.
And his mouth was made of pizza, pizza, pizza.
His mouth was made of pizza and his name was Aikendrum.
And he played upon a ladle, a ladle, a ladle.
He played upon a ladle and his name was Aikendrum.

There was a man lived in the moon, in the moon, in the moon.
There was a man lived in the moon and his name was Aikendrum.

If your child enjoyed this silly song presented on the flannel board, listen to it again by clicking on the following image:


Your could also check it out on a CD.  Click on the following links to our catalog for CD's containing this song:

Five Little Monkeys

Singable Songs For The Very Young

Ask your child to use his imagination and make up some more silly verses!  What could Aikendrum's ears be made of? What about his eyebrows?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Storytime Programs - Summer 2016, 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
Countdown! With Milo by Austin
Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! by Mayo

Action Rhyme: I'm a Little Rocket (Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little rocket pointing at the moon (raise arms above head)
Now I'm getting fueled up (wiggle hips)
We'll be ready soon (straight up straight and tall)
When it's time to board me, then I'll say (slowly bend knees and crouch with arms above head)
Blast off!  Zoom!  We're on our way. (jump up and shout!)

After we read stories and sang rhymes about flying into space, the parents and babies listened, bounced and counted along to Zoom, Zoom, Zoom on the Oh Baby!  CD.  If you'd like to watch a YouTube version of this song, click on the following video.



Babies love singing and dancing with you!  Did you know that singing exposes your baby to rhythm, language, and communication?  By adding dancing to the mix, you are incorporating balance and coordination too.  Learning is so much fun!    

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

Books
The Wind Blew by Hutchins
Mother, Mother, I Want Another by Robbins (presented as a puppet story)

Rhyme: Climb Aboard The Spaceship (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)
Climb aboard the spaceship
We're going to the moon
Hurry and get ready
We're going to blast off soon
Put on your helmets
And buckle up real tight
Here comes the countdown
Let's count with all our might
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1...BLAST OFF!

Our audience sang and danced along to Laura Doherty's Rocket Ship on Shining Like a Star CD. Click on the following image if you'd like to listen to this fun song again.




The preschoolers enjoyed the repetition in this song and the anticipation of "Blast Off"!  Repetition is a powerful way to master a skill, whether it be counting down numbers in this song or by doing another activity.  As often as possible, ask your child to sort socks by color when you do laundry, write the letters in his name, button up his own clothing, etc.  Repeat, repeat, repeat!