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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Family Storytime: DIA! and Last of Session

What fun our DIA Family Storytime was today! We learned a little bit about several different cultures with books, puppets, songs and food as we celebrated Diversity in Action. Thank you so much to everyone who came to celebrate with us. I want to especially thank Kai, Lucia, and Aloja, who all shared a bit of their own cultures: Lucia sang a book in Spanish with me, Kai and I read a book in Chinese, (while my talented colleagues, Kate and Cassie, wielded the puppets from behind the theater curtains :) Aloja shared his wonderful drumming with us as background to a counting book with numbers in Swahili. The drum and the sounds of the different languages really made the books and songs come to life! Thanks, everybody!
Here are the books:

Everywhere the Cow Says "Moo!" by Ellen Weinstein; Ills. by Kenneth Andersson 
I Went Walking / Sali de paseo by Sue Williams; Ills. by Julie Vivas
Hurry Home, Hedgehog! A Bilingual Book of Sounds by Belle Yang
We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs; Ills. by Julia Cairns
Today Is Monday in Louisiana by Johnette Downig; Ills. by Deborah Ousley Kadair

Yeah! We read 5 books! It's amazing what puppets and music and diverse culture can do for enhancing listening and learning skills! In Everywhere the Cow Says "Moo!" we learn how Dog, Duck, Frog and Rooster say their respective vocalizations in English, Spanish, French and Japanese. Sometimes they sound very similar, sometimes not :) Take Rooster - "cock-a-doodle-doooo!" right? How about "Key-key-ree-KEE!"? or "Ko-ko-REE-ko!"? Or wait - is it Ko-kay-KOko!"? Check out the book and find out!

We have many books in lots of different languages for kids. For some ideas, check out our World Language section in Youth Services. I Went Walking / Sali de paseo is a popular children's book that you can sing! You may also find Hurry Home Hedgehog, which is in Chinese and English. If you read it, you can learn about a little hedgehog that got caught out in the rain. Does he make it home in time for a cuddle with Mama hedgehog?

You won't need the World Language section for We All Went on Safari, you can find it right in our picture book section. Read it and you can learn how to count to ten in Swahili - it's easier than you might think! And you'll learn some Swahili names of kids and animals, too!

After reading Today Is Monday in Louisiana - which was chock full of delicious foods! - I felt we needed to celebrate a little bit of our own Ithacan heritage. Enter Today Is Monday in Ithaca! - a vegetarian smorgasbord of healthy food! I put up a menu on our big white board and was so pleased that so many people sang along! Click here for a Youtube of the Today Is Monday in Louisiana book, and for the melody. Here's the Ithacan version:

The Vegetarian Today is Monday Song!

Today is Monday, today is Monday…(always repeat the day of the week)

Monday rice & beans,

 all you hungry children come and eat it up, come and eat it up!

Today is Tuesday2…Tuesday tacos, Monday rice & beans, all you hungry children…..come and eat it up2!

Today is Wednesday2…Wednesday tofu, Tuesday tacos, Monday rice & beans

Today is Thursday2…Thursday pasta, Wednesday tofu, Tuesday tacos, Monday rice & beans

Today is Friday2…Friday stir-fry, Thursday pasta, Wednesday tofu, Tuesday tacos, Monday rice & beans

Today is Saturday2…Saturday pizza, Friday stir-fry, Thursday pasta, Wednesday tofu, Tuesday tacos, Monday rice & beans

Today is Sunday2…Sunday soup, Saturday pizza, Friday stir-fry, Thursday pasta, Wednesday tofu, Tuesday tacos, Monday rice & beans,

 All you hungry children come and eat it up,

Come and eat it up!

Mmm, mmm! I don't know about you, but both of those songs make me really hungry :)

We also sang Tingalayo, (click on it to see Raffi's version,) an old folk song originating in the Caribbean. There are many different verses and versions - Raffi's is great! Here's mine:


Come me little donkey come.
Come me little donkey come.

Me donkey eat, me donkey sleep
Me donkey kick with his two hind feet.
Me donkey walk, me donkey talk
Me donkey eat with his knife and fork
Me donkey hee, me donkey haw,
Me donkey sit on his kitchen floor!

We ended the storytime with This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie. This land is everybody's land, no matter where you hail from. The same thing goes with TCPL - we are here for YOU, whoever you are and wherever you are from :)

*This land is your land
This land is my land
From California to the New York island

From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters

This land was made for you and me!*

As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above me that endless skyway;
I saw below me that golden valley;
This land was made for you and me.*

I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding:
This land was made for you and me.*

When the sun came shining and I was strolling,
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:

This land was made for you and me!

You can find a wonderful version on This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie,
CD3 Guthrie, along with many other wonderful, old children's songs.

Stories in the Park Redux
This was the last Family Storytime of the session, so we will take a hiatus for the month of May. Because programming for TCPL's Summer Reading Program is always a busy endeavor, and FST attendance tends to drop off in the early warm months, we don't normally resume FST until October, but this summer we are going to try something different. Once Stories in the Park starts on Tuesdays in June, I will start a slightly modified Family Storytime up again on summer Saturdays. Each Saturday, Family Storytime will basically be a repeat of the previous Tuesday's Stories in the Park program, so families that can't make it to the park on Tuesdays due to work/scheduling constraints will still be able to enjoy some early literacy, storytime fun on a regular basis. We'll see how it goes! I'm looking forward to it!

In the meantime, come see us at the library! We will have lots of other fun programming for you, and of course, BOOKSBOOKSBOOKS!

Hope to see you all soon!
Miss Kelly


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Toddler Storytime: Last One for the Session: Let's Move!

Wow! Toddler Storytime was a blast today! Our energetic toddlers really went for it! And making it even more special was having a few siblings come along, since this is Spring Break for the local schools. We read, sang, wiggled, danced....and it all started with books! Here's what we read:

Stretch by Doreen Cronin; Ills. by Scott Menchin
If You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre; Ills. by Jackie Urbanovic
You Are a Lion by Taeeun Yoo

~All great books to move to! Also a wonderful resource: our own Don't Just Sit There! booklist, which is listed under Just For Fun as "Interactive Picture Books". Check it out when it's time to get things [like your babies and toddlers] movin'!

Here's a fingerplay for your toddler's busy fingers - do the actions! (Don't forget to count those fingers first :)
I have Ten Little Fingers
I have ten little fingers
And they all belong to me!
I can make them do things,
Would you like to see?
I can shut them up tight
Or open them wide!
I can put them together
Or make them all hide;
I can make them jump high
Or make them go low.
I can fold them quietly
And hold them just so.

 Another fun poem that we did with bean bags can be used with stuffed animals or puppets. See it here on Jbrary. I've said it before, I'll say it again: We love JBRARY!!

Puppet Fun
(Sing to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"
Put your puppet on your heart, on your heart!
Put your puppet on your heart, on your heart!
Put your puppet on your heart, what a lovely way to start!
Put your puppet on your heart, on your heart!

Put your puppet on your knee…
You’ll both be filled with glee…
Put your puppet on your toes…
Now move it to your nose…
Put your puppet on your head…
Put your puppet straight to bed…
Give your puppet a big hug…
Make it snug as a bug in a rug!

Finally, I want to share our "Little Dancers" song. It is an iteration of "Sleeping Bunnies" which we did a couple of weeks ago at the "Bunnies Froggies Duckies Chickies" Family Storytime :) The tune is loosely based on "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and we used scarves to express our movement joy - only AFTER we sang "Wake up soon..."! Until then, the children gamely pretended to sleep soundly on the floor...with lots of giggles...

 Little Dancers
See the little dancers sleeping ‘til it’s nearly noon!
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune.
Oh, how still! Are they ill?
Wake up soon….

Shake little dancers shake, shake, shake!
Shake little dancers shake, shake, shake!
Shake little dancers shake, shake, shake!
Shake little dancers shake, shake, shake!

Many of our toddlers' siblings were especially up for this! They showed us all how it's done :)


Next Saturday is our last Family Storytime for the session. We will be having a DIA inspired, multicultural special, with songs, stories, puppet theater, project and snacks! A few of our volunteers and patrons will be helping me read and sing and tell stories in Chinese, Spanish and Swahili! Don't miss it!
 I am also considering having Family Storytime on Saturdays over the summer, which is something I've never done before. This would directly coincide with Tuesday Stories in the Park themes. I  would like to see if those who can't make it to Stories in the Park due to work/scheduling constrictions would still like to have an early literacy storyime to bring their children to, so it will be a bit of an experiment!

Hope to see you for our DIA celebration on Saturday!
Miss Kelly