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!








Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fun events for you and your preschooler to enjoy together!

Are you looking for something entertaining to do with your preschooler next week during our storytime break?  If you missed today's energetic Preschool Prom event, be sure to join in the fun at our Preschool Picassos and Teddy Bear Sleepover programs!

March 6 through March 10 Preschool Picassos   Click on this link for specific dates and times during the week of March 6 through March 10.

Join us for process art stations especially designed for 2-6 year olds.  This drop-in program will be full of hands-on activities to encourage creativity and imagination, all while learning!  All children must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver.  Main Library.
March 7 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm OR 6:30 - 7:30 pm Teddy Bear Sleepover 

Have you ever wondered what happens after the library is closed? We will share our secrets with your animal friend! Children between the ages of 3 and 8 years are invited to bring a stuffed animal* to our special story time and then leave their stuffed animal for a fun sleepover at the library.   Registration is required.  Main Library.

Two story times will be held on Tuesday, March 7th - at 11:30 am and at 6:30 pm. PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONLY ONE OF THEM. Following the sleepover, please pick up your stuffed animal anytime beginning at noon on Wednesday, March 8th in the Early Learning Center. Take home a picture of library adventures your animal friend went on during their overnight visit. 
*Bring a stuffed animal that will not be missed overnight. 
All children must bring a grown-up with them. 
Click on this link to register for the 11:30 am program.
Click on this link to register for the 6:30 pm program.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017, Week Seven

Welcome to the final week of Winter 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 
Lucy and Henry Are Twins by Winthrop Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Go Baby Go! by Rippin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Bicycle
I like to ride my bicycle (move baby's legs as if pedaling a bike)
I ride it to the shop
And when I see the big red light
I know that I must stop
Red light (stop pedaling)
Yellow light (pedal slowly)
Green means go go go go go go! (pedal fast)

Singing and dancing together is a great activity to redirect your baby when he is fussy.  It doesn't matter what you sing about, make songs up too - your baby will love to hear the sound of your voice!

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

Books
A Number Slumber by Bloom Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet by Dempsey Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Five Plump Peas
Five plump peas in a pea pod pressed (hold one fist up)
One grew, two grew, and so did all the rest (open fist one finger at a time)
They grew and they grew and they never stopped (putting both hands together, move them apart on each "grew")
They grew so big that the pea pod popped! (clap hands on "popped")

There are so many learning opportunities with this action rhyme so be sure to repeat it at home with your toddler!  
Practice counting together.  Moving fingers independently of each other as the peas grow will strengthen your child's finger muscles (necessary for writing, cutting, etc).  In addition, rhymes that tell stories will help your child develop sequencing skills, crucial for reading comprehension.  Mostly, this rhyme is just plain fun!  Build the suspense to the loud noise at the end!

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

Books
Little Gorilla by Bornstein Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Where Is Baby's Birthday Cake? by Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: Jello in the Bowl
Jello in the bowl (cup hands and wiggle around)
Jello in the bowl
Wibble wobble
Wibble wobble
Jello in the bowl
Cookies in the jar (form jar with hands and shake jar)
Cookies in the jar
Shake-em up
Shake-em up
Cookies in the jar
Candles on the cake (hold up ten fingers)
Candles on the cake
Blow-em out, blow-em out
Candles on the cake.

Talk to your toddler about what you are doing when you prepare meals and involve him when possible.  Ask him to put some crackers in his bowl, spread jelly on his bread, count three apples, and so on.  Remember, children expand their vocabularies when they hear new words!  

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

Books
Bea at Ballet by Isadora  Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Dunk Skunk by Rex Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Like To Be a Jumping Jack
I like to be a jumping jack (perform all the actions)
And jump out from a box
I like to be a rocking horse
And rock and rock and rock
I like to be a spinning top
And spin around and around
I like to be a rubber ball
And bounce right to the ground

Children need large motor skills to run, jump, and navigate their environment.  Provide fun opportunities for your child to get moving every day indoors and outside.  

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

Books
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Rosen Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bears, Bears, Everywhere by Milios Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Old Teddy by Mansell

Action Rhyme: Bears Are In (sing this rhyme with your favorite bear)
Bears are in
Bears are out
Bears are in
Bears are out
Grab your bear and give me a shout!
Give me a B
Give me an E
Give me an A
Give me an R
Give me an S
What does it spell?  BEARS!

Repetition is key when it comes to learning new things, including spelling.  Repeat this rhyme over and over until your child can say the letters that spell BEARS.  Can he write them too?

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
The Book With No Pictures by Novak Click here to find the book in the catalog.
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Wood Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Chick by Vere
Chicken Butt! by Perl Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Movement
Listen and Move on We All Live Together Volume 2 by Greg & Steve Click here to find the CD in the catalog.

Be silly with your children as often as you can!  Play games, dance and sing, eat dessert before dinner!












Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017 - Week Six

Welcome to the sixth week of Winter 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 
Daddy Hugs 1-2-3 by Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Marvelous Mom by Sterling Children's Books Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Have A Baby (Tune: Bingo)
I have a baby sweetie pie
And he is cute all over
Hands, head, nose and toes (tap body part)
Hands, head, nose and toes
Hands, head, nose and toes
And he is cute all over!

"A secure environment helps your child develop trust.  That sense of security will give her the courage to explore the world and eventually become more independent."
Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan & Kirker

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

Books
Sleepyheads by Howatt Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Busy Lizzie by Berry Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Good Night
One fluffy quilt on my bed
Two little pillows on my head
Three teddy bears to hold tight
Four kisses from mom for a restful night
Five hugs from dad and off goes my light
Good night!

Little children thrive on routine, especially at bedtime.  Be sure to include some snuggling on a lap along with a book or two at this time.  Perhaps your child has a favorite book that will make reading together at this time an even more greatly anticipated activity.     

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

Books
From Head To Toe by Carle Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bunny Slopes by Rueda Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: I Can Jump High!
I can jump high
I can jump low
I can bend and stretch like so
I can run fast
I can run slow
Or do a wibble wobble melt like so

Play an animal game together at home.  Show your toddler how to move (fly) like a bird and ask him to copy you.  Slither like a snake, jump like a kangaroo, run fast like a cheetah, and more! 

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

Books
Splat The Cat Goes To The Doctor by Scotton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Llama Llama Home With Mama by Dewdney Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: All The Little Germs
All the little germs, dirty and mean
Hiding on your palms (point to palms)
Where they cannot be seen
Wash them (rub hands together)
Scrub them (rub knuckles together)
Rinse them away (whisk hands across each other)
Then we'll have clean hands (hold hands out palms up)
Hip, hip, hooray! (clap)

Your child is never too young to learn good hygiene.  Sing a familiar song from start to finish as you wash hands to extend the time spent at the sink.  Singing the alphabet, for example, will ensure this time is well spent! 

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

Books
How To Share With A Bear by Pinder Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Lily And Bear by Stubbs Click here to find the book in the catalog.
You Can Do It, Sam by Hest Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Three Little Bears
Three little bears (hold up three fingers)
With wishes for you
One of them ran away
And then there were two (put one finger down)

Two little bears
With wishes for fun
One of them ran away
And then there was one (put one finger down)

This little bear
He's the last one
He says, "Happy Valentine's Day"
And then there are none

Rhymes like this one are an opportunity for your preschooler to practice moving his fingers independently of each other and strengthen muscles necessary for many developmental skills, such as writing, using scissors, and many more.

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
Peanut Butter And Cupcake! by Border Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Weeks Click here to find the book in the catalog.


YouTube Video
Sesame Street: Pentatonix Counts (&Sings) to Five

Find fun opportunities to practice counting with your child every day.  How many times can you hop on one foot?  How many sit ups can you do?  Who can do the most in your family?













Thursday, February 9, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017 - Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of Winter 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 storytime 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 

Baby's Bathtime by Watt Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Wild! Bathtime by Dicmas Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: This Is The Way We Wash (Tune: Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we wash our arms
Wash our arms, wash our arms
This is the way we wash our arms
So early in the morning
(Tummy/Legs)

"Songs and rhymes about body parts allow children to begin to develop their sense of self and make associations between words and parts of the body."  
Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan & Kirker

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

Books
Can You Growl Like A Bear? by Butler Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Teddy Bears, Teddy Bears by Ziefert Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch one eye
Teddy bear, teddy bear, pat your knees
Teddy bear, teddy bear, sit down please

Have fun repeating this rhyme at home with your toddler.  Use a teddy bear or other favorite toy for more fun!

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

Books
Do Crocs Kiss? by Yoon Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Plant A Kiss by Rosenthal Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Heart
I put my hands together (hands together as if praying)
This is how I start
I curve my hands right around (curl fingers and pull hands slightly apart)
And I can make a heart

Draw a heart shape on paper for your toddler.  Ask him to copy it.  


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

Books
Stanley The Mailman by Bee Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Biggest Kiss by Walsh Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: If You Love Me
If you love me and you know it
Blow me a kiss
If you love me and you know it
Blow me a kiss
If you love me and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you love me and you know it
Blow me a kiss
(Give me a hug, Say "I love you!")

Who doesn't enjoy a rhyme that encourages hugging and kissing? Hug and kiss your toddler every day!  

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

Books
Goldilocks And The Three Bears by Gorbachev Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Littlest Family's Big Day by Martin Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Welcome Home, Bear by Na Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Finger Rhyme: Counting Bears
One little, two little, three little bears
Four little, five little, six little bears
Seven little, eight little, nine little bears
Ten bears in the snow
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two
One little bear sound asleep

Repeat this rhyme at home using fingers to count up and down.  For more fun, count using toes!

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
The Three Silly Billies by Palatini Click here to find the book in the catalog.
No Bears by McKinlay Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Movement
Fake-Believe on Here Come The ABC's CD by They Might Be Giants

Do you know any of the classic fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Jack and The Beanstalk, or others?  Do you tell your children any traditional stories from your culture?  Check some out at the library if you would like to share some of these.
















Thursday, February 2, 2017

New in February in the Early Learning Center!

  Valentine's Day is coming soon!  Stop in the Early Learning Center and enjoy our valentine-themed dramatic play area.  Sort the packages, write a sweet note to a loved one, and more!

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