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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Family Storytime: Last of Session DIA!

Last of Session - such a sad title!  But DIA - DIA is a happy title! It's basically short for Children's Day/Book Day or El día de los niños, el día de los libros, and I'm glad we could share some great books with some great children today! We looked into several cultures and languages today: Chinese, Iroquois, Spanish, African, Indian, Yiddish,, we had so much fun!
Here are the books:
Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken by Daniel Pinkwater; Ills. by Jill Pinkwater
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal; Ills. by Jess Golden
Spicy Hot Colors = Colores Picantes by Sherry Shahan; Ills. by Paula barragan
Catch That Goat! by Polly Alakija
Can you believe we read 5 books? PLUS a folktale ; ) Foreign language readers, puppets (and our wonderful puppeteers) help them all come to life!

I just loved reading Beautiful Yetta with David and Lucia - I've been wanting to use that book for a storytime for a while, and my wish finally came true when David volunteered to read the Yiddish for me. Thank you so much to David and Lucia for their help with this book!

The Wheels On the Tuk Tuk was the one carry-over from Toddler & Preschool Storytime DIA. I just think it is so much fun to get a [children's literary] glimpse into the cultures of other countries. The The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk is a book that really encourages audience participation, too - which is something we storytimers are always searching for! Not that all books for storytime have to be that way, but when they are, it's especially fun.

Reading A Nest in Springtime with Kai as she read the Chinese words was a joy as well! It's just magic to hear the different sounds of languages together within the same story. A big thank you to Kai for helping with our felt board book/story!

When it came to reading Spicy Hot Colors, even though most of the words are in English, after hearing Lucia read the Spanish portions of so many books now, (Lucia - along with Kai - is a wonderfully regular volunteer here at the library!) it occurred to me that she should just read the whole book with her beautiful voice. When Lucia reads "Red as chili sauce/Drip-drop/Spicy hot/Red as firecrackers/Snap! Bang!/Bebop Pop!/RED ROJO." it sounds a whole lot redder than when I read it out loud!! Thanks again, Lucia ; )

And finally, Catch That Goat! Another lively book! And what an adorable goat. Adelle, our Youth Services librarian, helped with a lot of that crazy goat's costume! And, back stage, she was our goat puppet's personal assistant ; ) along with doing some puppeteering herself! Adelle - you rock! Anna G., who managed the Goat, the Porcupine, and various other puppets today, has been a consistently awesome volunteer for Youth Services over the years. In The Porcupine's Quills, an Iroquois Folktale, Anna was the Porcupine! It wasn't until I saw the footage of that part of the program, I realized she just projected such... porcupine-ness! She is just fantastic with puppets, not to mention her wonderful Reader Is In skills, and all the other jobs she takes care of for TCPL. Anna, you are one of our volunteer super heroes!
Speaking of awesome volunteers, many thanks to Hannah for being videographer of the day! It's because of her that we were able to see from an audience's point of view how the theater and the many voices bring these wonderful books and stories to life. Thank you Hannah!

We added a little French with the traditional children's song, Frere Jacques. Here it is:

Frère Jacques, frère Jacques~
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines!
Sonnez les matines!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.
Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John~
Morning bells are ringing!

Morning bells are ringing!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.

That is a melody we use over and over again in storytimes. Think  "Leaves are Falling", "Geese are Flying", "Shake Your Shakers"...the list is practically endless. So it was fun to sing the actual song that goes with that melody! And the audience sang beautifully ; )

Did I mention the food?? We had snacks from around the world today, including: Seaweed from Japan, assorted cookies from Germany, (including those chocolate covered wafer thingies - how I love them!) Rice crackers from China, Coconut cookies from India, Salt and Vinegar Chips from England (an adult fave :) Corn chips from Mexico...and more. Uh oh, I'm getting hungry...!

And we made Peace Flags to wish for peace and inclusion around the world! I hung mine on my office wall:

Well, that's about it for this Family Storytime DIA post. I will try to add a link to some of the video Hannah created if I can get it edited a bit! Remember we take a break from Family Storytime until June 24th when we will start up Summer Family Storytime, but don't let that keep you from coming to the library on Saturday mornings! We still love seeing you! And the library will still have plenty of fun Saturday programming. Take home one of our popular Storytime Kits! You'll find them in the clear backpacks by the Youth Services first entrance. If there aren't any there, place a hold on one - they've been getting rave reviews :) We also will have LEGO® at the Library throughout the month of May on Saturday afternoons. As well, the Homeschool Resource Fair, Saturday, May 13 from10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room will be a good one to look out for. And Families Learning Science Together: Physics of Flight, Saturday, May 13, 1 to 2 p.m. in the  Thaler/Howell Programming Room is a Saturday program you won't want to miss!  There's more - so keep an eye on our calendar and get in here on Saturdays ; )

See you around!
Miss Kelly

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Baby Storytime

We had a big crowd for our last baby storytime of the winter/spring session! 

First we read...

Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands by Kristy Dempsey

...and then did this little fingerplay and song to celebrate our hands and fingers:

Marching Fingers from Storytime Secrets

Up the hill, down the hill,
Marching they will go.
When they're up, they're high.
When they're down, they're low.
Ten little fingers marching in a row.

I Can from the King County Library System
Tune: Wheels on the Bus

I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap.
I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap.
They’re a part of me.

Repeat with: wave, wave, wave ; stretch up so high; shake, shake, shake

Next we read...

Who Can Jump? by Sebastien Braun

...and some puppets joined us for a jumping version of "Did You Ever See" sung to the tune of "The More We Get Together" adapted from Miss Katie

Last we read...

Gotta Go, Buffalo : A Silly Book of Fun Goodbyes by Kevin & Haily Meyers

We learned the baby sign for "go" this week and then sang two little goodbye songs:

With My Little Hands from Storytime Katie

We Wave Goodbye from Storytime Secrets
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this. 

We send a kiss like this.
We send a kiss like this.
We send a kiss to all our friends.
We send a kiss like this.

We’ll see you here in June.
We’ll see you here in June.
I’ll miss you but we’ll be back soon.
We’ll see you here in June.

Baby Storytime returns on Friday, June 16th.  See you soon!  Playtime will continue on Fridays at 11 during our storytime break. Check out our programming page for more information here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: DIA! Last of Session, and The Week of the Young Child!

Happy DIA! Short for Children's Day, Book Day or El día de los niños, El día de los libros, you can read more about it here at Pat Mora's website. DIA is a great tool for helping us find ways to bring cultures together to celebrate children and reading! We also celebrated the Week of the Young Child with guest Amanda from Child Development Council. So much to celebrate!
I love sharing multicultural books with children, and especially, bringing them to life with puppets and songs. Today I had lots of help from my diehard colleagues & puppeteers extraordinaire, Kate and Cassie ; ) as well as Lucia, our wonderful parent volunteer, and guest Amanda who was wonderful with our felt board. Thanks to all of you for your kind and generous support of our DIA celebration!
We read a lot of books today, and learned some new words in Spanish! In order of appearance:
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal; Ills. by Jess Golden
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort; Ills. by G. Brian Karas
Mis Colores by Rebecca Emberly
Mis Numeros by Rebecca Emberly
Everywhere the Cow Says "Moo!" by Ellen Slusky Weinstein; Ills. by Kenneth Andersson

Wow! That is a lot of books! Our toddlers and preschoolers seemed to enjoy each one, especially the ones with puppets ; ) Although, I was pleased to see so many folks take part in The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk as I sang it! We were rolling wheels, jumping on and off the tuk tuk, ching-chinging our rupees and "bobbling" among other movements! On the inner book flap, Simon & Schuster says the Tuk Tuk is a taxi in India. Wikipedia says it is the name of an automated rickshaw in Thailand. In India they are also called "auto rickshaws." They are also known as "baby taxis" in Bangladesh! You can learn so much from books!

We stayed with that prevailing melody when we read Lenny Hort's, The Seals on the Bus, a big storytime favorite of mine ever since I discovered it, probably 8 years ago now. Of course, it's perfect with puppets! This book isn't directly related to multiculturalism, but in it's own way, expresses diversity, and does it with great humor :)

Lucia read us Mis Colores & Mis Numeros, and guided us through the Spanish words while Amanda manned the felt board. See and Say language felt boards are so much fun - especially with the wonderful books by Rebecca Emberley! Take a look:
Here it is in front of our World Languages collection!
Can you find something that is rojo, or red? Can you find the number 3, or tres? Find some other colors and numbers, or colores and numeros, on the felt board! (BTW, where is that black crow?! It blends right in, doesn't it? Hint: look for the tiny dot - that is it's eye!)

Everywhere the Cow Says "Moo!" is also a favorite of mine for puppet theater. (I think Kate did a wonderful job with all the animals noises, don't you? Kero! Kero! Or, Ribbit! Ribbit! in English...)

Speaking of wonderful jobs with puppets, I got big-time support from Skunk and Raccoon, (aka Cassie ; ) as I sang the song by Cheryl Miller Thurston called "Yes!", based on the tune The Happy Farmer by Schumann. I lost my place for a moment (or 2, or 3!! Aaah!) but Skunk and Raccoon kept the piece rolling! You rock, Cassie! Find this positively, hilarious song  (sorry! Can't help myself...) in Singuini: Noodling Around with Silly Songs by Heather Stenner. It might help your little nay-sayer get right with the program some grumpy day ; )

I know there were some sad faces when I said this was the last of the session for Toddler and Preschool Storytime. I'm always sad for the break, too! BUT, it gives me time and space to dream up new programs for your kids, so bear with us as we get ready for Summer Reading Program '17 and all the fun programs ahead, OK? We'll have Tuesday storytimes back in June at 11:30 with Stories in the Park.

Meanwhile, check out one of our new Storytime Kits in the backpacks by the first Youth Services entrance. They've been so popular you may have to place a hold on one, so if they're not there, come on up to the desk and ask - we'll get you set up for your own storytime fun at home!

Finally, we'll have our Last of Session/DIA Family Storytime this weekend at 11:00 with even more fun books, puppets, & songs. We'll also have a peace flags project and assorted snacks with flavors from other cultures, so come on over to the library this Saturday! And don't forget to come and say "Hi!' when you visit the library. We miss you, too, when our storytimes are in hiatus for a month!
See you next time!
Miss Kelly