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We LOVE chatting about books, authors, illustrators. Here you'll find some of the best books we're currently reading and what we've been sharing at our storytimes.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Early literacy book review by Kelly

What a great place the library is! You just never know when you're going to stumble across a complete gem of a book. I was helping a patron find a book about children's songs and came across this one:

American Folk Songs for Children by Ruth Crawford Seeger.
 It was published in 1948. 1948! And still so relevant today.
 Well, the patron didn't want it, but I sure did. I opened to a page with a song titled "Old Mister Rabbit" and a Stories in the Park song was born :) This book could be a bible for storytime programmers like me. It is chock full of American history and cultural heritage, and also, it's a treasure trove of early literacy possibilities.
It is also a great handbook for parenting. "Parenting?" you ask. Well, can't get your kids to bed? Try singing "Such a Getting Upstairs" on page 53, and make up your own variations to tweak your child's interest. Kids don't like to pick up? Try "Pick a Bale of Cotton" on page 148. Don't think you're a singer? Let Ruth Seeger explain why that doesn't necessarily matter! There are so many ways to use songs and rhymes that help families in their daily lives and of course, they are also just plain fun! And don't forget, in early literacy terms, singing and rhymes break down the syllables and sounds within words for children, and that will help them later on, when they are learning how to read.
Hope to see you at our first Stories in the Park on June 9th at Dewitt Park during Tuesday Farmer's Market. I'll teach you Old Mister Rabbit, and share a story I found online to go along with it, and we'll teach our kids a little bit about farming and sharing :)
P.S. If it happens to be raining, threatening to rain, or just really wet, we'll meet in the Thaler/Howell room at the library - and we'll still have fun :)
Hope to see you then - and even sooner!
Miss Kelly

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Last of Session Family and Toddler Storytimes Dia!

We had so much fun at our last storytimes for the session! In honor of El dia de los ninos / El dia de los libros, or Children's Day / Book Day, which the ALSC has shortened to Dia! or Diversity in Action, we created a special, multicultural, end of session Family Storytime and a similar special for our last Toddler Storytime.

We read and did feltboards for:

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? (in English and Chinese) by Bill Martin Jr.
Mis Colores (in English and Spanish) by Rebecca Emberly
A Hen, a Chick, and a String Guitar by Margaret Read MacDonald; Ills. by Sophie Fatus

Our patron and friend Lucia Cardenas helped Kate and I read Mis Colores and obligingly helped us all with the wonderful pronunciations of the colors and objects that were in the book. Our audience was so responsive!

And Fengyi Zhao, a Chinese high school student who is a new volunteer with TCPL, read Brown Bear, Brown Bear with me. How interesting and wonderful to compare the different languages!

A huge THANK YOU to Lucia and Fengyi for helping us out - we really had fun hearing and learning familiar words in your native languages!

For our puppet theater, we performed an African American folktale called Trouble, featuring Brer Rabbit and Brer Alligator; a Turkish tale called Little Mouse in a Shoe; and, at Family Storytime, a comedy based [somewhere!] in medieval Europe called The Dragon and the T-Rex. I adapted some things from material found on the Folkmanis website, and some stories were attached to puppets that originated from the Folkmanis company....Fun Stuff!

I think The Hen, the Chick and the String Guitar, a Chilean folktale by Margaret Read MacDonald was by far the most fun for our audience. One of our wonderful librarians, Adelle, suggested this to me a couple of months ago when I was looking for multicultural books to turn into plays. We heard lots of amazing animal sounds coming from the audience when we did this play!! Since we couldn't possibly fit 16 animals on our little stage, I made all the animal babies as felt board pieces, while their parents cavorted on stage, with expert help from Cassie and Kate, our two terrific puppeteers!

After the program, we had snacks representing foods from Germany, Japan, Korea, the UK, China, Greece, and Spain among other countries! Some of our young friends really like the seaweed snacks!  Definitely ALL the cookies from around the world were devoured! 
 As far as continuing programming, please be aware that the Thaler/Howell room will be open for unstructured Toddler Playtimes on Tuesdays at 11:30 until we start Stories in the Park on June 9th. And while Family Storytime is done for the session, we still have Legos, and various other one-time programs happening on Saturdays throughout the month of May and beyond, including a Musical Storytime with Ithaca College students this Saturday, May 2nd.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible here at the library over the summer!
To our many friends who have been visiting us temporarily and will be moving back to their home countries, please keep in touch - we'd love to hear from you! Follow our blog and leave comments! And as always, keep reading, and shaking your sillies out!
With Lots of Love,
Miss Kelly and the crew at Youth Services


Monday, April 27, 2015

Babies, Books & Bounce

Friday was our last Babies, Books & Bounce for this session. Thank you to everyone who came and made this program so special! Babies, Books & Bounce will return Friday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Room, and run all summer! 

We read...

 Yum Yum! by Yusuke Yonezu

Early Literacy Tip: Help baby learn new words by pointing to objects in books and around town and naming them. 

Sittin' in a High Chair (Melody: Short'nin' Bread)

Sittin' in a high chair,
Big chair, my chair,
Sittin' in a high chair,
Bang my spoon!

Sittin' in a high chair,
Big chair, my chair,
Sittin' in a high chair,
Feed me soon!

Next we read...

What Does Baby Love? by Karen Katz

Early Literacy Tip: Let your children becoming more familiar with books by allowing him/her to control the book and turn the pages. 

Round and Round the Garden

Round and round the garden (Trace circle on baby's tummy)
Went the little mouse
One step, two step (Walk fingers up baby's arm)
To his little house! (Tickle baby under arm!)

Round and round the garden (Trace circle on baby's tummy)
Went the teddy bear
One step, two step (Walk fingers up baby's arm)
Tickle under there! 

Last we read...

Farm: Barnyard Fun by Jonathan Litton

Early Literacy Tip: Babies, Books & Bounce returns Friday June 12 at 10:30 a.m.! Also try Stories in the Park every Tuesday in DeWitt Park, starting June 9 at 11:30 a.m. We'll have lots of exciting programming this summer, so check our calendar

Shake Your Shaker

Shake your shaker slowly,
As slowly as can be.
Shake your shaker slowly,
Do it just like me. 

Shake your shaker quickly,
As quickly as can be.
Shake your shaker quickly,
Do it just like me!

Thanks everyone!