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, November 21, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Baby Storytime

We read...

Baby Beluga, by Raffi, illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Early Literacy Tip: Children learn by repetition. The more stimulation a child receives, the more connections between brain cells s/he develops. Singing the same songs and reading the same books over and over strengthens these connections!

Highlighted rhyme:

Wiggle Rhyme

(Touch body parts as indicated)

I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes,
I wiggle my shoulders,
I wiggle my nose!

Now no more wiggles, (Sign "all gone")
Are left in me,
So I will be still,
As still as can be!

Next we read...

Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa! by Petr Horacek

Early Literacy Tip: "Phonological Awareness" is the ability to hear the smaller sounds that make up words. Learning about the noises animals make is a good way to teach children about the sounds that surround them.

Highlighted song:

Old MacDonald

Old MacDonald had a farm,
And on his farm he had a cow!
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,

[Continue with other animals]

Last we read...

I Love You, Sun, I Love You, Moon by Karen Pandell, illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Early Literacy Tip: Try to speak to your baby in "Parentese." For example:
  • Put your face close to baby's
  • Speak in a melodious tone
  • Articulate clearly
  • Use repetition
  • Lengthen vowels (ex. "Soooooo cuuuuuute!")
  • Use shorter sentences
  • Use longer pauses
Highlighted scarf song:

Wind, Oh Wind

Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say,
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say.
I'm blowing the scarves away!

Don't see the song you're looking for? Contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at

Thursday, November 20, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Toddler Storytime

Our theme on Tuesday was "Let's Count!"

We read...

Over on the Farm, by Christopher Gunson
Big Fat Hen, by Keith Baker
Ten Little Ladybugs, by Melanie Gerth

Highlighted song:

We did a lot of counting today! One of the best ways to count with a toddler is to use familiar and fun songs, so I wasn't too surprised when almost everybody sang this song with me:

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs,
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating some most delicious bugs,
Yum, yum!
One jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Now there are four green speckled frogs!
Glub, glub!

Four green and speckled frogs...
Three green and speckled frogs...
Two green and speckled frogs...
One green and speckled frog...

Now there are NO green speckled frogs!

Click here for a link to Jbrary's wonderful Duo, Lindsey and Dana, performing this lovable tune. Below is a picture of one of our young storytime goers playing with the froggy felt board.

Monday, November 17, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Family Storytime

Our theme on Saturday was Fall Friends!

We read...

Animals in Fall by Martha E. Rustad
I'm Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen
Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop by Susan Lurie

Highlighted Song:

Three Little Owls

Three little owls went out one night,
Over the trees and out of sight.
Mother owl said, "hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo,
Owl number one, oh, where are you?"

Two little owls went out one night,
Over the trees and out of sight.
Mother owl said, "hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo,
Owl number two oh, where are you?"

One little owl went out one night,
Over the trees and out of sight.
Mother owl said, "hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo,
Owl number three oh, where are you?"

No little owls went out one night,
Over the trees and out of sight.
Mother owl said, "hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo..."
And all the little owls back they flew!
Hoo, hoo, hoo,
Hoo, hoo, hoo,
All the little owls back they flew!