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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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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: Welcome Back! and What's in Space?

What's in space? The sun and the moon, of course! And planets and comets and sometimes rockets and aliens and.....hey!? Aliens?? Yup, we saw some today! They were in a book :) Can you guess which one? (*I'll tell you later in this post!)
Here's what we read:
Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton; Ills. by Ant Parker
Journey to the Moon an Office Ref Pop-up book

RRRRRRoaring RRRRockets! Alliteration: A great way to introduce letters to your young ones! Pointing to and sounding out letters as you read books to your child is a great way to create letter recognition - one of the stepping stones for getting ready to read :) Also, while reading Roaring Rockets, kids can let their imaginations go wild, while learning some basic space travel facts! And Tony Mitton and Ant Parker have a fun, cartoon-y style that kids can relate to.

Journey to the Moon is a Pop-Up book that utilizes letter and number recognition in another great way: 5 4 3 2 1 When you see numbers and letters like this: ZOOOOOM it is another perfect time to touch them and exaggerate the sounds they represent. (* Also, there are aliens in this book!)

How might we get to to the moon? By Zoom, Zoom, Zooming! We sang this favorite today:

 Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We're going to the moon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We're going very soon!
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocketship!
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We're going to the moon! (Countdown!)
10-- 9-- 8-- 7-- 6-- 5-- 4-- 3-- 2-- 1! Blast off!!!!
Zoom, zoom, zoom we're going to the moon! (Repeat as often as necessary!)

We also learned how to say "sun" and "moon" in ASL and used the signs for this song:
 Sun and Moon (Sing to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
The sun is in the sky
The sun is in the sky
Hot and bright it gives us light
The sun is in the sky!

The moon is in the sky
The moon is in the sky
Round and round the earth it goes
The moon is in the sky!
There are so many fun songs and rhymes about things in space! Let's do another one that we can use our fingers to count with:

Stars on High
1 one, 2 two – stars on high,
3 three, 4 four – in the sky,
5 five, 6 six – burning bright,
7 seven, 8 eight – in the night,
9 nine, 10 Ten – I declare,   
Too many stars to count up there!
Good job! I saw a lot of finger counting today at storytime! We also made our very own solar systems for our project today. They were all so beautiful! They made me want to go exploring in space :)

NOTE: Don't forget that next week, while the library is under renovation, (February 10 - 19) we will have a special, traveling storytime in Center Ithaca! Get ready for the best Valentine's Day ever, (and keep fingers crossed against winter storms!)  We'll read mushy books about kisses and love and have a simple Valentine's Craft, (the green letters are a hint about what the craft will be...something that hops.....; ) so come on out and meet your friends and have fun this Valentine's Day at 11:00 in Center Ithaca. We'll be stationed near Alphabet Soup :)

Stock up on those books now, and we hope to see you back at the library for Toddler & Preschool Storytime on the 21st! We will meet in the Borg Warner Room for this one, because the carpet in the Thaler/Howell Room will be so new - we want to make sure any "off-gassing" is done and over with before we bring storytime back there :) By the way, if you have any questions about the renovations, please don't hesitate to ask :)

See you next time,
Miss Kelly


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Traveling Storytime with Miss Kelly: Happy Valentine's Day!

Yes, due to TCPL's scheduled closing for construction from February 10th through the 19th, we are heading out to Center Ithaca on Valentine's Day, Tuesday the 14th, for a special  

Toddler & Preschool Storytime

You don't have to be a toddler or a preschooler to join us though, so come on out if your schedule allows. We'll have a simple Valentine's craft that should prove how much I toad-a-ly love you!  

(What?! You better come and see what I mean ; )

 I hope to see lots of friends there!
Miss Kelly 

Family Storytime: Welcome Back! Sun and Moon!

Yay! I've missed my Family Storytimers! I like to start the new session with a space theme of some sort - maybe it has something to do with the longer nights, and how kids can get see more of the cosmos because it's often visible before bedtime : )
Here's what we read:

The Mouse and the Moon by Gabriel Alborozo
Journey to the Moon (an Office Ref book)

The Mouse and the Moon is a sweet, sweet story about a mouse who wants to meet the moon, as it is his only friend, so he goes on a trek to get closer to it. As we all know, you can walk and walk, but the moon will never actually get closer, but when mouse comes upon a pond, he sees the moon's reflection in the pond and thinks he's found his friend. They talk and talk all night, but little does he know there is someone who lives in the pond that loves the moon, too! As the moon's reflection fades away, they both realize they have been talking to each other - and that they each have found a new friend! The adorable, heartfelt illustrations make this book a real treasure!
Journey to the Moon is a short, sweet, fantastic pop-up book that didn't last too long in circulation ; ) so we bought an office copy to share at storytimes. It would make a great gift for the little, artsy engineer in your life! The pop-ups are inspiring, and the story, well... short and sweet! Great for imaginative young ones.

Since both the books we read today were indeed, pretty fanciful ; ) we did a LOT of songs and fingerplays about the science of the sun and the moon!

After we read The Mouse and the Moon, I asked the kids how they would get to the moon if they wanted to go. Some of them knew: a space ship! So we chanted this gem:

 Climb Aboard the Spaceship
                 (sung to “Itsy Bitsy Spider”)

  Climb aboard the space ship, we’re going to the moon.

 Hurray and get ready, we’re going to blast off soon!

 Put on your helmets and buckle up real tight.

 Here comes the countdown, let’s count with all our might:

 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1‐‐‐ BLAST OFF

Another song I want share here is about the working operations of the planets and the sun! We used shakers for this one as our hands were doing lots of circling, so it made a nice noise! There is a great online version of this one  here. Too bad we didn't have a rock band with us at storytime! But I think we sounded pretty good, anyway ; )

The Earth Goes Around the Sun

The earth goes around the sun, (Hold up a fist for the moon and circle it with your shaker hand!)

The earth goes around the sun,

Around and around and around and around,

The earth goes around the sun!

The moon goes around the earth, (Switch your shaker to the other hand and hold up a fist for the earth!)

The moon goes around the earth,

Around and around and around and around,

The moon goes around the earth!

The planets go around the sun, (Just start circling both hands like crazy!)

The planets go around the sun,

Around and around and around and around

The planets go around the sun!

The earth goes around the sun! (This part's tricky, but you can also just keep circling ; )

The moon goes around the earth!

The earth and the moon and the planets go round

Around and around the sun (repeat!)

Shakers still in hand, I asked the grownups to help me sing a scientific version of Twinkle, Twinkle which I gleaned from the internet. There was no credit given with the song, so I tweaked it (as I am wont to do anyway...) and came up with a similar version which I had up on our TV screen. (No escaping it, I was expecting them to sing - and they did! You were great, grownups!!) Here's the song:

Stars      (sung to “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)

Twinkle, twinkle little star

I know what you really are!

Giant ball of glowing gas,

One of billions in a mass!

Twinkle, twinkle little star,

Oh how big you really are!

Since your distance is a lot,

You look like a tiny dot!

Twinkle, twinkle giant star,

Very bright, yet very far!

Stars are twinkling, everyone,

Some are bigger than the sun!


Just a twinkle in the sky,

That’s because you’re oh, so high!

Twinkle, twinkle little star,

Oh how big you really are!

Twinkle, twinkle little star

I know what you really are!

Science Rules!!
Remember we will have to wait a couple of weeks for the next Family Storytime as the library will be closed for those amazing renovations from February 10th through the 19th. If you're free on Valentine's Day, Tuesday the 14th, come and join the Toddler and Preschool storytimers for a fun Valentine's Day storytime at Center Ithaca! Yup, we'll be a traveling show! And on that day LOVE RULES!! We'll have a simple Valentine craft for all who can join us.
See you next time! (Which for our regular Family Storytime at the library should be February 25th.)
Miss Kelly