Tompkins County Public Library

Welcome to Wild About Reading!

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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Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Babies, Books & Bounce

Today was our last Babies, Books & Bounce for the summer! Please join us again starting Friday, October 2nd at 10:30 a.m. in the Thaler/Howell Room. We had a great last summer session. Here's what we did:

We read...

Baby Play by Carol McDougall

Early Literacy Tip: Books with large, bright faces are perfect for babies! Newborns seek out and pay attention to faces because it is an important source of information for them. Books with images of faces will capture their attention.

Reach for the Ceiling

Reach for the ceiling!
Touch the floor!
Clap your hands!
Let's do some more!
Touch your head,
Then your knees.
Up to your shoulders, if you please.
Reach for the ceiling!
Touch the floor!
That's all now, there isn't any more!

Next we read:

I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy

Early Literacy Tip: High contrast and black and white books are also fantastic for little babies. The contrast between bold colors in the illustrations gives baby something to focus on, which helps strengthen eyesight.

We did this next song using puppets for added fun.

I Went to Visit a Farm

I went to visit a farm one day,
I saw a sheep across the way,
And what do you think that sheep did say?

Baa, baa, baa!

[Continue with other animals]

Last we read...

Zoom, Zoom, Baby! by Karen Katz

Early Literacy Tip: Choose books that YOU enjoy because your child picks up on your feelings. If you're not enjoying the story, chances are she won't either. Lift-the-flap books are fun for babies and caregivers alike!

Last we took out our colorful scarves for a few songs. Then it was onto playtime!


Peek-a-boo, I see you
I see you hiding there!
Peek-a-boo, I see you,
I see you hiding there!

Thank you everyone! See you in October. For a full list of storytimes, click here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stories In the Park: Last One/Autumn!

For the last Stories In the Park of the summer, I always like to do an Autumn theme, since we don't have Tuesday or Saturday storytimes in September. We use the time to regroup after our big Summer Reading Program, and to prepare for October storytimes and other events. But Fall is my favorite season - how about you? - so I just have to fit one Autumn program in before summer ends :)

Speaking of which: don't forget to hand in your completed Summer Reading Program logs! You can pick up your book prize and get entered into our big raffle!

I hope everybody will take time to visit the library in September! Grab a book on the Changing Seasons, Back to School, First Day of Kindergarten, Fall Colors, or whatever else you might need!

Today we read:

Red Are the Apples by Marc Harshman; Ills. by Wade Zahares
Nuts To You! by Lois Ehlert
The Busy Tree by Jennifer Ward; Ills. by Lisa Falkenstern
The Bear Went Over the Mountain as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani

Keep an eye out for those frisky squirrels! They will get busier and busier as the summer turns to fall! Here's a squirrely song by Kathy Reid-Naiman to sing when you're feeling frisky:

Gray Squirrel
(For this song, make like a squirrel and shake your tail!)

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, shake your bushy tail!
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, shake your bushy tail!
Pick an acorn with your toes, (Pretend to do just that!)
Wrinkle up your little nose! (Wrinkle your nose!)
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel, shake your bushy tail!

Brown squirrel, brown squirrel, shake your bushy tail...
(sing the rest of the verse and move a little faster....)
Black squirrel, black squirrel, shake your busy tail...
(Faster - gather those acorns!)
Red squirrel, red squirrel, shake your bushy tail...

You can hear this song on When It's Autumn, a wonderful CD by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

Here's a nice poem to stretch to:


Oak trees stretch and stretch so wide
Their limbs reach out on every side!
Evergreens may stretch so high
They very nearly touch the sky!
Willows droop, and droop so low
Their branches sweep the ground below...

Here's one more song for the road:

In September
(Sing to the tune of Frere Jacques)

In September (In September)
What will I see? (Keep repeating lines :)
Squirrels hunting acorns -- One - two - three!
In September
What will I see?
Colored leaves falling -- floating free.
In September
What will I see?
Bright red apples -- on the trees.
In September
What will I see?
Roly-poly pumpkins -- growing like me!

What else will you see in September? 

And finally, a note for the Fall Storytime season:
I may be out for a few weeks after some scheduled surgery, so I may not see you at the library during part of September. If I'm still out for a bit of time in October, our wonderful children's librarian, Adelle, will be doing the first few Toddler and Family Storytimes for me. She's awesome, and will be following our basic storytime schedule, so you'll still open and close with our favorite songs :) and hear seasonal songs and rhymes, and of course, great books! I hope you will give her as warm a welcome as you always give me!

See you around! Enjoy Autumn, and keep on reading!
Miss Kelly

My First Day of Kindergarten Storytime

School will be back in session in just two weeks! We can hardly believe it either. Every year the Library hosts a storytime for all our brand new kindergarteners, "My First Day of Kindergarten Storytime." We had so much fun today with our new kindergarteners and their families. Here's what we did:

First we read Foxy by Emma Dodd. This silly book was a hit! Emily is feeling a little nervous about the first day of school, but Foxy helps her prepare using his magic tail. (Of course, magic isn't as easy as it looks!)

We won't all have a magic fox to help us get ready for school, so we practiced packing our backpacks with a felt board. Our helpful and very knowledgeable kindergartners helped me sort through a variety of objects to decide what would go in our backpack. Pencils? YES! Elephant? NO! Crayons? YES! A giant ice cream cone? (Pleeeeassee?) NO! ... You get the idea.

Next we read Dad's First Day by Mike Wohnoutka and talked about how moms & dads get nervous about the first day of school, too! This is a brand new book that I really love -- simple, funny and great illustrations (plus, it features a dad!)

It was time to shake out the sillies (and our first day jitters) so we walked, skipped, ran and jumped to school with this song:

Let's All Walk to School

Let's all walk to school,
Let's all walk to school,
High-ho, here we go,
Let's all walk to school!

[Let's all jump, skip, run...]

Our last book was First Day by Dandi Daley Mackall. In it, a young girl overcomes her first day fears and has lots of fun playing & learning at school. Here was our closing song:

Kindergarten, Here We Come

Kindergarten, here we come
We know we'll have lots of fun
Lots of things to make and do
Reading, writing, counting, too
Kindergarten, here we come
We know we'll have lots of fun!

After the stories, we decorated pencil boxes with lots of fun stickers! We also sent families home with folders complete with a Back to School booklist, tips, coloring pages and other activity sheets. So much fun! We're so proud of our kindergarten friends and can't wait to see them again for Kids Discover the Trail!

Here are a couple pictures of the felt board and craft time.