Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017 - Week Two

Welcome to the second 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
How Do You Make A Baby Smile? by Sturges Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Funny Face, Sunny Face by Symes Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: If You're Happy And You Know It
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
(Pat your head/wiggle your fingers)

The more language your baby hears, whether it be reading a fun book or simply naming body parts as you change a diaper or describing things you see on a neighborhood walk, the better it is for his brain growth and development.

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

Books
Bears! Bears! Bears! by Barner Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Two At The Zoo by Smith Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: I Can Wiggle My Bear Claws
I can wiggle my bear claws
I can wiggle my bear paws
I can wiggle my bear shoulders
I can wiggle my cold bear nose
Now all my wiggles are out of me
And I can sit quiet as can be

Play a wiggling game with your toddler.  Wiggle hands, feet, arms and bodies.  Wiggle fast, wiggle slow.  Have fun wiggling together!


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

Books
Dancing Feet! by Craig Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love To Dance by Walker Click here to find to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance them to the side and dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed

Turn on some music and dance with your toddler.  Moving to music is an excellent way for your child to build motor skills and express himself.  And it's just plain fun!

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

Books
Police Officers On Patrol by Hamilton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
This Is The Firefighter by Godwin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Am A Police Officer
I am a police officer with my star
I help people near and far
If you have a problem, call on me
And I will be there, 1, 2, 3!

How high can your toddler count?  Practice every day!

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

Books
Where Bear? by Henn Click here to find the book in the catalog.
There's A Bear On My Chair by Collins Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Ice In The Jungle by Hofmann-Maniyar Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Let's Put On Our Mittens
Let's put on our mittens
And button up our coats
Wrap a scarf snugly
Around our throats

Pull on our boots
Fasten the straps
Tie on tightly
Our warm winter caps

Then open the door
And out we go
Into the soft
And feathery snow

Have your child practice putting on his outerwear every time you go outside.  Have him fasten buttons and zippers and pull on mittens and gloves.  Can he fasten his own shoes?   


Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
Can You Make A Scary Face? by Thomas Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Glad Monster/Sad Monster by Emberley
I Want A Monster! by Gravel Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Yolen Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Families enjoyed movement and dancing along to the Sesame Street: Me Want It (But Me Wait) YouTube video.  Click on the following link if you'd like to enjoy it again.




We read about monsters this week.  Describe you own monster and draw it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017 - Week One

Welcome to the first 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
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Burton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love You Snow Much by Magsamen Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Making A Snowman
Roll it, roll it, get a pile of snow (roll hands)
Rolling, rolling, we will go
Pat it, pat it, face it to south (pat with hands)
Now my little snowman's done
Eyes, nose, and mouth (point to features)

Your baby loves to hear the sound of your voice!  He won't understand all of your words, but hearing your voice stimulates an interest in sounds and exposes him to the rhythm of language.


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

Books
What Does The Rabbit Say? by Hall Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Honk by Demarest Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Baby Is Trying To Sleep
The chicks say, "Cheep, cheep"
The puppies say, "Woof, woof"
The mommies say, "Shh, shh, the baby is trying to sleep"
The birds say, "Tweet, tweet"
The kittens say, "Meow, meow"
The daddies say, "Shh, shh, the the baby is trying to sleep"

Toddlers love animals!  Be sure to check out some books about your child's favorite ones and read, read, read!


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

Books
Up & Down by Teckentrup
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! by Barner Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Waddling Penguins (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Penguins, penguins having fun
Waddling in the shining sun
Waddling fast and waddling slow
Waddling to and waddling fro
Penguins, penguins having fun
Waddling in the shining sun

We read and sang about penguins this week in storytime.  What did your toddler learn about them?  Have a conversation about them. What colors are they?  Do they like to swim? 

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

Books
Peep And Ducky by Martin Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Higher! Higher! by Patricelli Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Saw A Little Duck
I saw a little duck go hop, hop, hop (hop/jump 3 times)
I told the little duck to stop, stop, stop
I went to the window to say, "How do you do?"
He wagged his little tail and away he flew! (wiggle and fly)

Between 2 and 3 years of age, toddlers learn how to jump off low structures, and eventually how to jump from a standing position. Both of these skills require bilateral coordination, or the ability to use both sides of your body to do something different. Practice this large motor skill.

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

Books
Bear Sees Colors by Wilson Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Blackberry Banquet by Pierce Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bear's Big Breakfast by Reed Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: All Around The Strawberry Fields
(Tune: Pop Goes The Weasel)
All around the strawberry fields (clap hands)
We picked some juicy berries
We brought them home and washed them off
Pop, go the berries!  (jump when saying "pop")
(Other verses: blueberry, blackberry, huckleberry, raspberry)

Repeat this rhyme at home.  Preschoolers will love the anticipation of the "pop" at the end of the rhyme!  


Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
Snappy Little Dinosaurs by Steer
Dinosaur Rap by Foster Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Bardhan-Quallen Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Families enjoyed movement and dancing along to the Koo Koo Kanga Roo YouTube video.  Click on the following link if you'd like to enjoy it again. 



The word "dinosaur" begins with the letter "d".  What else can you find in your home that begins with the same letter?  

Monday, January 2, 2017

Winter Storytimes Begin Soon!

The holidays are coming to an end and students will be returning to school soon. Regular, weekly storytimes will also be resuming at all three locations of the library.  We hope we'll be seeing you and that you'll continue to make reading with your child an important part of your daily routine in 2017.

Click on the link below for information on all of our storytimes.  Remember, some of them require registration.  Give us a call at 847-429-4595 or stop in if you have any questions.
Storytimes and Events at Gail Borden Public Library

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Early Literacy Fun!

Here are five simple, seasonal activities to do with your child to help him get ready to read.


  1. Talk about holiday or seasonal traditions in your family.  What is your child's favorite tradition and why? 
  2. Sing holiday songs together.
  3. Read a holiday or winter book with your child.  Then, ask him to tell you what happens in the book.
  4. Help your child write a card or letter, or draw a picture, for a family member or friend.  
  5. Play a fun memory game together!  Select five seasonal objects (tree ornament, mitten, cookie cutter, etc.) and place them on the floor.  Have your child close his eyes while you remove one of the objects and hide it behind your back.  Then, ask him to open his eyes and guess which one is missing.  Take turns hiding and guessing. 
  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Give a Child a Book and a Love of Reading



Have you been looking for the perfect gift for that special child in your life or would you like to do something special for children in your community?

Book-Giving Ideas:

  • Consider starting a new tradition! Instead of a toy or other item, give a book to your own child, niece, nephew, grandchild, or family-friend as a gift. 
  • Consider donating gently used books to the library to be included in its annual fundraising book sale.
  • According to the organization Reading Is Fundamental, two-thirds of children living in poverty in the United States do not have books to call their own.  Donate a book to your local homeless or women’s shelter or a community based organization whose mission is to provide to those children in need.
  • Consider donating a book to an early childcare provider or school in your area. If they cannot use the book in their classroom collection, they will likely know of families who could benefit from them.
Books are the perfect gift for any occasion and everyday is the perfect to day to share the love of books and reading with our children!

Adapted from "Give a Child a Book and a Love of Reading", Raising Readersraisingreaders.org, February 26, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

No storytime today? Why visit the library?


Weekly storytimes are done until after the holiday season, so why bother heading to the library with your little ones in tow?  Here are five great reasons:

Playaway View

  1. Regular visits lead to more reading.  Whether you sit and read together in a comfy corner of the library or check out a stack of books to read at home, you will be starting your child on a lifetime of learning.   
  2. Exposure to more books, toys, puzzles, puppets, CD's, and other materials than you have in your home.  There's no pressure to be ultra-selective when the items are free to check out.   Remember too, that our children's librarians can recommend books that may broaden your child's tastes and expose him to something completely new, such as wordless picture books,  Playaway Views, or kits featuring books with accompanying CD's.  
  3. Library time is quality time spent with your child.  There is such a variety of activities for your child to choose to do with you as his playmate in the Early Learning Center - do the weekly craft, the literacy or STEAM activity,  complete a puzzle together, talk about the fish in the tank, pretend to make dinner in the play kitchen, and many, many more!  
  4. Learning how to take care of things is a valuable lesson for your child. Encourage him to treat materials with care in the library and on loan in your home so that they last and can be enjoyed by everyone in the community.
  5. Practice social skills.  The library is a busy place for your child to practice his developing skills of sharing, taking turns, communicating with others, problem solving, empathy, and so on.    
Of course, there are many special programs taking place at the library over the storytime break.  Click on the following link to access our calendar for complete information.  Events at Gail Borden Public Library    






Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall II, 2016 - Week Six

Welcome to the final week of Fall II storytime programs.  We hope that you'll be joining us this week and for the special holiday events over the coming weeks. 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.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
The Big Sleep Book by Genechten Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Time For Bed by Fox Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Where's Teddy Bear?
(Hide a teddy bear or familiar toy as you sing this rhyme)
Where's teddy bear?
Over there!
Now where's bear?
Look, he's there!
Goodnight, bear.
Go to sleep in baby's chair.

Make up songs or rhymes about everyday activities with your child.  As he gets older, encourage him to do the same.  Singing and chanting rhymes are ways of practicing and exploring language.

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

Books
Goodnight Moon by Brown Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Little Red House (presented as a prop story)

Action Rhyme: My Blanket
I once had a blanket, it was fluffy and new
I once had a blanket, and its color was blue
I once had a blanket, the prettiest I've ever seen
I once had a blanket, and its color was green
I once had a blanket, as soft as a pillow
I once had a blanket, and its color was yellow
I once had a blanket, at the foot of my bed
I once had a blanket, and its color was red

Practice color recognition with your toddler every day.  As you help your child get dressed, say, "Let's put your (color) shirt on."  Point out the colors of foods on his plate, the toys in the bath tub, and groceries you put in the cart at the store.   

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

Book
I Know a Rhino by Fuge Click here to find the book in the catalog.
We've All Got Bellybuttons! by Martin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Zoo
We're on our way, we're on our way
On our way to see the zoo
We're on our way, we're on our way
On our way to see the zoo
Over at the zoo there is a polar bear
Over at the zoo there is a polar bear
The bear he makes a sound like this, GROWL!
The bear he makes sound like this, GROWL!
Lion - ROAR!
Monkey - EEE-EEE! 

Read books about your toddlers's favorite things - animals, transportation, colors.... Don't worry about reading the same book over and over again.  Repetition is how toddlers learn!

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

Books
Who Loves the Fall? by Raczka Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Look Whooo's Counting by MacDonald Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Five Hoot Owls
Five hoot owls sitting in a tree,
One flew away!
How many do you see?
(4, 3, 2, 1)
No hoot owls sitting in a tree,
One flew back!
How many do you see?
(2, 3, 4, 5)

Repeat this rhyme at home and practice counting with your toddler using fingers.  What other things can you count together?

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

Books  
I Dream of an Elephant by Rubinger Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Strictly No Elephants by Mantchev Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bella's Fall Coat by Plourde Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Albuquerque Turkey by Ford Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Five Fat Turkeys
5 fat turkeys out for a walk
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
That’s how they talk
So 5 fat turkeys took a walk through the woods
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
Is what they say
And 1 fat turkey trotted away
4 fat turkeys…flew away, 3 fat turkeys…waddled away,
2 fat turkeys…hopped away, 1 fat turkey…sneaked away
So the 5 fat turkeys knew what to do
Off to the woods and away they flew
When the farmer came looking in the woods that day
He couldn’t find the turkeys for Thanksgiving Day      

Talk with your child about Thanksgiving or another celebration.  Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?  Do you enjoy any special food or pastimes with family and friends?

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
The Thankful Book by Parr Click here to find the book in the catalog.
 Splat the Cat Says Thank You by Scotton Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Music Video: Happy Thanksgiving Song by Maple Leaf Learning
If you'd like to sing and dance along to this hilarious video again, click on the image below.


The lyrics in the song ask, "What are you thankful for?"  How would everyone in your family respond to this question?