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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 19, 2017

Baby Storytime

It was so good to be back this week!  I had missed you all!  Thank you so much to my coworker, Adelle, for filling in for me while I was out. Also, thank you to Kate and Mena who helped me do storytime with my broken elbow this week.   

This week we started by making faces with this book.....

Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions

...and then shared this little call-and-repeat song sung to the tune of Frere Jacques:

I Look in the Mirror from Preschool Express

I look in the mirror and what do I see?
I see a happy face smiling at me.

I look in the mirror and what do I see?
I see a surprised face looking at me

Repeat with worried, sad, tired

Next we sang one of our favorite tunes around here, "The More We Get Together" from Jbrary along with this one from Library Noise:

Baby Sweetie Pie
Tune: "Bingo"

I have a baby sweetie pie, and (s)he is cute all over!
Hands, head, nose and toes,
Hands, head, nose and toes,
Hands, head, nose and toes,
And he is cute all over!

This week we learned the baby sign for "happy" and talked about this Early Literacy Tip:

Children who have positive experiences around books and reading are more likely to stick with learning to read when they learn to read in school, even when it might be difficult.

Our last book of the day was....

Roar, Roar, Baby! by Karen Katz

...and we shared these two rhymes/fingerplays:

Monkey See, Monkey Do from Storytime Katie

Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey at the zoo
Monkey, monkey in the tree
Can you ________ like me?

(swing your arms, scratch an itch, eat a banana, screech out loud)

Going On a Treasure Hunt from Jbrary

Going on a treasure hunt
X marks the spot
Big circle
Little circle
Dot, dot, dot
Little snake crawls up your tummy
Bite, bite, bite
Little spider crawls up your tummy
Bite, bite, bite
Cool breeze
Tight squeeze
And now you’ve got the jitters

Some puppet friends joined us for "You Can Hear" from Storytime Katie's site sung to the tune of "She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain".  We finished up with some scarf fun and said goodbye for this week.  See you next Friday!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stories in the Park: Bug, Bugs, Bugs with Special Guest, Entomologist, Todd Ugine!

What a wonderful Stories in the Park today! A big thank you to Todd Ugine for taking some time out of his day to share his love of insects with all of us today. Along with helping me read the books, Todd brought some really amazing bug specimens! Here's what we read:
Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi; Ills. by Brendan Wenzel
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.; Ills by Lois Ehlert
Giant Pop-Out Bugs book design by Wendy Lui, Paper engineering by Americhip Studios (an Office Ref book)
Thanks again, Todd, for joining us today! Todd read Some Bugs for us, which is one of my all-time favorite books about bugs :) If you've got a bug lover at home, this is a great choice. It rhymes, and the illustrations are so darn cute! We have LOTS of amazing books about insects and bugs here at the library. I'll put a booklist at the end of this post.

Ten Little Caterpillars is a perfect book for a felt board. I had fun Googling the 10 little images to laminate. The hardest part was there are so many incredibly awesome caterpillars that it was hard to pick just ten! The other little, tiny issue was that by the time I was done researching all those caterpillars, I kindof had the heebie-geebies ; ) I have to share the images here, though. Ants-in-your-pants or not, caterpillars come in so many colors, shapes and sizes, they are unbelievably cool!!



Is that a saddle??

The beloved wooly bear!

Pre-monarch butterfly caterpillar, I believe.

Fuzzy Wuzzy....

Pre-black swallowtail butterfly caterpillar!



Hey, that's 11! Meet the amazing Notapillar! Wait, what is it?
(I'll tell you what that is! It's a line of birds on a branch! Did this picture fool you? It did me!)
Aren't these little critters amazing? OK, if you are slightly (or more!) creeped out after looking at all these images, here is a song for you:
Aphids, Beetles, Bees and Ants 
(Sing to the tune of Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Aphids, Beetles, Bees and ants,
Bees and ants! 
 Aphids, Beetles, Bees and ants,
Bees and ants.
All these insects give me ants in my pants!
 Aphids, Beetles, Bees and ants,
Bees and ants!

And let's review that fingerplay about the Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar:

Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar
Fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar (Creep your index finger...)
under a leaf will creep. (...under your cupped hand)
She’ll spin herself a blanket (Twirl your finger around!)
And then fall fast asleep. (Stick your finger under your hand and close eyes!)
Fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar
Very soon will rise (Hook thumbs together...)
And find she has grown
beautiful wings ~
Now, she’s a butterfly! (Flap your fingers and fly!)

I love that one!! Well, until next week - when we will look at Things That Go!
See you!
Miss Kelly

Here's that booklist:

            Don’t Worry Bear by Greg Foley

            Step Gently Out and Among a Thousand Fireflies by Helen Frost; Photos by Rick Lieder

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood & Don Wood

Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel; Ills. by Nick Bruel

Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore

Have You Seen Bugs? By Joanne Oppenheim; Ills. by Ron Broda

I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Price; Ills. by Macky Pamintuan

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

Crickwing by Janelle Cannon

The Delicious Bug by Janet Perlman

Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis

One Little Blueberry by Tammi Salzano; Ills. by Kat Whelan

Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.; Ills by Lois Ehlert

Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi

            A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston; Ills. by Sylvia Long

The Fly by Petr Horacek

            The Magic School Bus Explores the World of Bugs by Joanna Cole

            Slow Snail by Mary Murphy

            I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd

            A Beetle is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston; Ills. by Sylvia Long

Escargot by Dashka Slater; Ills by Sydney Hanson

           Bug Bear by Patricia Hegarty; Ills. by Carman Saldana

          Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup


            Forest Has a Song (poetry) by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
           J811.6 VanDerwater

            A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk (poetry) by Deborah Ruddell;
            Ills. by Joan Rankin  J811 Rudell

            Insects a Real Size Science book by Rebecca Rissman  J595.7 Rissman

Don’t Squash That Bug! The Curious Kid’s Guide to Insects by Natalie Rompella
J595.7 Rompella

Chirping Crickets by Melvin Berger; Ills. by Megan Lloyd  J595.7



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Review: "A Swiftly Tilting Planet"

A Swiftly Tilting Planet is part of Madeleine L'Engle's classic Time Quintet. The first book of the series, A Wrinkle in Time, won the 1963 Newbery medal.

In A Wrinkle in Time (Book 1) and A Wind in the Door (Book 2), the stories are mostly about Meg Murry and Charles Wallace Murry, children. But in A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Meg is grown and expecting a baby, Charles Wallace is fifteen, and the twins, Sandy and Dennys Murry, have graduated from college. Nevertheless, A Swiftly Tilting Planet captured my interest and I still can't stop thinking about it.

When the Murrys have a family dinner at Thanksgiving with Meg's mother-in-law, Mrs. O'Keefe (but almost everyone calls her "Mom O'Keefe). Meg's husband, Calvin, is in London because of business matters. Their father, Mr. Murry, gets a phone call from the president telling him about a character named "Mad Dog Branzillo" who is threatening to destroy the world.

So Charles Wallace sets out on a quest with a unicorn named Gaudior to find out who Mad Dog Branzillo's ancestors were, guided by Meg, who goes with him by kything, a way to communicate by just feeling each other, and a cryptic rune given to him by Mom O'Keefe. It goes like this: With (put a name here) in this fateful hour, I place all Heaven with its power, And the sun with its brightness, And the snow with its whiteness, And the fire with all the strength it hath, And the lightning with its rapid wrath, And the winds with their swiftness along their path, And the sea with its deepness, And the rocks with their steepness, And the earth with its starkness, All these I place By God's almighty help and grace Between myself and the powers of darkness!

Charles Wallace's quest is to go Within (his spirit beside their spirit in their body) random people from long, long, ago, who each have something to do with Mad Dog Branzillo. There is one person who stands out from the rest, but I don't want to give it away because it will spoil your experience (but here's a hint: her name is Beezie).

Each time, Charles uses the rune to save countless people, and this is something the Echthroi, the evil force that makes all bad things happen, does not like. When Gaudior and Charles Wallace travel through time, the Echthroi attempts to take Charles from the unicorn's back, and each time they fight back.

Working together, Gaudior, Charles Wallace, and Meg figure out the puzzle of Mad Dog Branzillo's past. But is it enough to stop Mad Dog Branzillo? And when Charles almost dies, will he be the same? All these questions will be answered if you read this book.

This book is my favorite of the series so far because it has complex characters woven into a complex plot. It is very, very, sad. Read it; it'll do you good.

Review by Tania, age 10