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.

Tell us about the books you’re reading by writing a book review of your own at: We will post your review to this blog within the week.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

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! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Toddler Storytime: Earth Day!

Today's Toddler Storytime theme was Earth Day!

We read:

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh
Over In a River by Marianne Collins Berkes; Ills. by Jill Dubin
and our Big Book version of I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon by Karen Pandell; Ills. by Tomie DePaola

I know when my kids were toddlers, (ages 25 and 19 now!) I would have loved a book like 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World. The main text on each 2 page spread is simple and understandable, with a little more in-depth information on the opposite pages (making it perfect for sharing with the older child at the same time) AND you get really great collage style illustrations with lift the flap pages! What could be better?

Today I tried to mostly share books and songs and rhymes that celebrate nature for Earth Day. Here is Rob Reid's awesome adaptation of the original "Over In the Meadow" song for nature themes. I may have tweaked it just a bit :)

Over In the Forest

Over in the forest underneath a tall  tree
Was a mama black bear and her little cubbies three.
"Growl!" said the mama.
"We'll growl!" said the three.
And they growled and were glad underneath that tall tree.
Over in a forest halfway up the tall tree
was a mama woodpecker and her little fledglings three.
"Hammer!" said the mama.
"We'll hammer!" said the three.
And they hammered and were glad halfway up that tall tree.
Over in a forest near the top of the tree
Lived a mama flying squirrel and her little kits three.
"Glide!" said the mama.
"We'll glide!" said the three.
And they glided and were glad near the top of the tree.

The special beauty of this song is how it shows the various animals
 and habitats that can be found in and around one tree - a great example
 of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) literacy!

Let's jump into the pond (and count!) with 5 Little Froggies!

Five Little Froggies
5 Five little froggies sit upon the shore
One jumped into the pond and now there are
4 Four little froggies happy and free
One jumped into the pond and now there are
3 Three little froggies wondering what to do
One jumped into the pond and now there are
2 Two little froggies having lots of fun
One jumped into the pond and now there is
1 One little froggie alone on the shore
One last hop ~ and there are no more!


As we leap into Spring :) our programming schedules will change up a bit. April 28th will be our last Toddler Storytime for the session, and it will be a special storytime centered around Dia! Diversity In Action. We'll have multicultural stories, songs, puppet theater, snacks and crafts!

After that, we'll have open, unstructured Toddler Playtime on Tuesdays at 11:30 until we start Stories in the Park in early June which happens Tuesdays at 11:30 in Dewitt Park during Farmers Market. So much else is happening - please check our website or grab a flyer - and stay tuned!

See you soon,
Miss Kelly


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Family Storytime: Library Love!

This week's Family Storytime theme was in honor of National Library Week - Library Love!
We read:

Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson
Construction by Sally Sutton
Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd parr

We LOVE to read!! I read Sally Sutton's book Construction again because it's one of my favorite new books about libraries. We had a Sally Sutton fan with us today, so that was great!

If you're like me, you might have a hard time remembering to return your books on time :)
Here's a song for the forgetful book-lovers among us:

I'll Borrow a Book From the Library
(Sing to the tune of "My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean")

I'll borrow a book from the library,
I'll borrow a book for three weeks!
I'll borrow a book and I'll read it,
And I'll bring it right back in three weeks!
Bring it back, bring it back,
I'll bring it right back in three weeks, three weeks!
Bring it back, bring it back,
I'll bring it right back in three weeks!

If that doesn't do the trick, I don't know what will :)

I let folks know today that it's almost time for Family Storytime to end for the session. As the weather gets nicer, we tend to see fewer patrons on Saturdays, so FST takes a hiatus for a few months. With Summer Reading Programs right around the bend, it won't be quiet in here for long. Saturday Lego Build will be back, and we'll have SRP challenges and crafts to keep hands and minds busy!

Our last Family Storytime will be celebrating El dia de los ninos / El Dia de los libros - or Children's Book Day for short! We'll have multicultural stories, books, puppet theater, snacks and crafts and LOTS of fun, so don't miss it!
Who knows what else we might pull out of our hats on Saturdays this coming season?? Come in and find out, or check us out online!
Hope to see you next week!
Miss Kelly