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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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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Stories in the Park: Happy Anniversary, ADA! With Guests from FLIC!

What fun! We had Larry and Marisa from FLIC (Fingerlakes Independence Center) to help us celebrate the ADA's 26th anniversary with a transportation theme today. Thanks so much for joining us, you guys!
What is the ADA, you may ask? ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by then President George H.W. Bush. It is "one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in state and local government programs and services." This legislation is based on and modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and is an equal opportunity law for people with disabilities.

I am happy that we could celebrate this milestone with FLIC today! Here's what we read:
Rolling Along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Cindy Meyers; Ills. by Carol Morgan
Bear On a Bike by Stella Blackstone; Ills. by Debbie Harter
Row, Row, Row Your Boat as retold by Jane Cabrera

I just love Rolling Along with Goldilocks and the Three Bears! Larry Roberts of FLIC introduced me to this book the first time we did a storytime together. Today, Larry, Marisa and Kai helped our audience be part of the story with props and bear voices :) If you have a young child who uses adaptive technology to get around and you haven't read this book yet, check it out!
Bear on a Bike is another bright, fun book by the Blackstone/Harter duo. Bear demonstrates many different ways of getting around town - and beyond!
Jane Cabrera's version of Row, Row, Row Your Boat is full of jungle adventure, and her signature, bold and bright illustrations. You might want to check out some of her other books, too!

Thanks to Monica, Larry, Erin and Marisa of FLIC for creating and sharing some fun songs with us! Marisa taught us some simple ASL signs for these two songs. If you'd like to see images of the sign language we used check with I know she is happy to help :) I have highlighted the words we used signs for.
The Wheels on My Chair
The wheels on my chair go round and round,
Round and round, round and round,
The Wheels on my chair go round and round
All through the town!
The motor on my chair goes zoom, zoom, zoom.....
The horn on my chair goes beep, beep, beep.....
My friends in the town all wave at me......

Roll, Roll, Roll Your Chair
Roll, roll, roll my chair
Gently across the room.
If I need to go real fast,
I can really zoom!
Roll, roll, roll my scooter
Down the sidewalk!
If I see a friend of mine
I can stop and talk.
Roll, roll, roll my car
Down the city street.
I can drive it with my hands
I don't need my feet!

You guys are brilliant :) So many kids were signing along with us - it was really fun.

No matter how you get around - chair, bike, car, feet, hands, scooter - we all need to know and understand the traffic signals in the city. Here are two poems, with colors highlighted and ASL signed words in bold, that you can recite to help you remember how to stay safe when crossing the road:

Traffic Lights!
Stop for the red light
Go for the green
Wait at the yellow light
That's what the colors mean!

When You See the Orange Hand
When you see the orange hand
You know you have to STOP
Wait for the White Light Man
to tell you when to walk!

Thank you again to Larry and Marisa for taking the time to join us, play along, and teach us so many fun signs! Visit FLIC for more information on empowering people with disabilities :)

Take care everybody, see you next time~
Miss Kelly
P.S. I'd like to add that it looks like Larry and Marisa can make it to Summer Family Storytime this Saturday, the 30th, too! It's another chance to get in some early literacy fun if your schedule doesn't allow you to visit Stories in the Park on Tuesdays :) Stop by and learn a little bit about the ADA while sharing songs and stories. We start at 11:00!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dance Party Storytime!

Our summer reading theme this year is exercise and wellness, and what better way to celebrate than with a dance party?! Here's what we did:
Warm Up Songs:

Thumbs Up Chant

Thumbs up!
Arms out!
Feet apart!
Knees bent!
Bottoms out!
Head tilt!
Tongue out!

Bananas Unite!

Bananas unite!
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas
Chop bananas, chop, chop bananas
Mash bananas, mash, mash bananas
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas
Go bananas!!!
You can find a video of this song from Jbrary here.

Our first book was "If You're Happy and You Know It" by James Warhola. We had a great time singing along and acting out different animal behaviors!

Next we took out our scarves....

Dancing Scarves

Dance your scarves up,
Dance your scarves down,
Dance your scarves to the side,
And dance them all around!
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head,
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed!

We kept our scarves out and played "Run, Baby, Run" by Caspar Babypants off More Please. We love this song because it gives great direction for people who aren't quite sure what to do with themselves when asked to dance :) We followed that up with a freeze dance to "Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles.

By now, we were ready for a dance break! Our next book was "Who Hops?" by Katie Davis. Afterward we took used puppets from our collection for a little guessing game. We asked the children to HOP when we held up an animal that also hops, and to STOP when we held up an animal that doesn't.

But the hopping didn't stop there! Next we played "I Feel So Crazy I Jump in the Soup" by one of our favorite singers, Laurie Berkner. You'll find this song on her wonderful kids album, Victor Vito.

After all that jumping and dancing, we were ready for a nice cool down.
We read "Stretch" by Doreen Cronin. Most of us sat for this book and stretched our arms and legs. We finished up storytime with a few more stretches!

Thanks to everyone who came! Our next Dance Party Storytime is August 18 at 11 a.m. in the Libary's Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sensory Science: Water

This week we kicked off our FIRST Sensory Science program! Our theme was water. Here are some highlights from the program:

We read I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs. This book doubles as a guessing game! We love sharing interactive books in storytime, and our friends did a great job guessing which marine animals were peeking through the pages.

Next we took out our stretchy bands and stretched along to the Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Those bands are more tiring than you think they'll be...!

Our next book was Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre. This is a great book from one of our favorite authors. We love how accessible her nonfiction titles are, and the photographs in this book are gorgeous. Plus, you'll find some facts about water in the back of the book.

After storytime, our learners tried out three different STEAM play stations. We borrowed these ideas from Storytime Katie.

SINK OR FLOAT? We filled a large container with water, placed a variety of objects on the table, and asked participants to guess which would sink and which would float.

DOES IT DISSOLVE? For this station we used water, eyedroppers, small plates and a variety of items from our storage closet: sugar, salt, glitter, baking soda, and AlkaSeltzer. Our learners used eyedroppers to test which items would dissolve. The AlkaSeltzer was especially fun and fizzy!

MAKE IT MELT! Participants experimented with warm water, cold water and salt to find the quickest way to melt ice cubes.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a very fun first session of Sensory Science! Our next program will be Thursday, August 18 at 3:30 p.m.