Tompkins County Public Library

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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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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stories in the Park: Summer Nights

I'm so sorry I missed everybody today! I couldn't come in, but Cady saved the day and I'm glad you got to meet her. Cady is a "librarian extraordinaire" and TCPL is happy to have her. She works in the ILS department now, but with her extensive background with children's literacy, she's a shoe in for a programming sub in Youth Services! Some of you may even remember years ago when she was my helper in the park :) Thanks, Cady!
Well, she read almost all the books that I had planned except one, and subbed an awesome book that she loves for that one :) Here's the line up:
I'm Not Scared! by Jonathan Allen
Sweet Dreams by  Rose A. Lewis; Ills. by Jen Corace
When the Moon Smiled by Petr Horacek
Wake Up Night by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Wow! That's a lot of books! And I heard you did great :) I love I'm Not Scared by Jonathan Allen. Baby Owl is like many little ones at a certain stage - still a little bit afraid of the dark, but doesn't want to admit it ; ) 
The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night is a wonderful book that you can sing! A really-oldie-but-really-goodie that will set your heart to pounding for the fox, the geese, the's an exciting look at what goes on at night in the life of a fox! 
Sweet Dreams by Rose A. Lewis...ah, yes, time to calm down now. Yes, we may have trials and tribulations during the day, but at night we children need to relax and make all things right under the beams of Mr. Moon. Baby bear, mouse, and owlets, all have a story to tell, and the rest of the nighttime animals will live out their lives as you fall asleep. A lovely, sweet, natural look at nighttime.
I like using When the Moon Smiled for a felt board. Moon isn't happy when he sees the animals on the farm doing everything backwards! The animals that should be falling asleep are wakeful. The animals that should be waking up are sleepy. Will moon find a way to make things right? Will the moon really smile? Read it and find out!
Wake Up Night is a short, lovely, lift the flap book about nocturnal animals. Nocturnal...what a big, cool word! It's fun, and OK to talk about big words like this with your little ones. And you might be surprised at how quickly they will pick them up. Remember: try to introduce new vocabulary in fun ways - make a big deal about big words, and feel free to use them often! 
And now, my favorite song about nighttime! This is one my colleagues and I made up based on the song "I Love the Mountains". Were you ever a girl scout or a boy scout? If so, you might know this melody ; )

I Love the Nighttime!  

I love the sunset, I love the moon at night,

I love the nighttime, I love the firelight,

I love when darkness falls and all the stars are bright, (use hands to make blinking motions)
Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da!

I love the night sounds, I love the owl’s call,

I love the frog’s peep, I love coyote’s yowl,

I love the lonely sound when all the wolves howl….(stop! And hoowwwlll!)
Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da!

I love the bats who come out at dusk to fly,

I love the glow of nocturnal animal’s eyes!

I love the thunder of fireworks on the Fourth of July, (whistle and booming noises)
Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da!

I love the campfire, I love the moonrise,

I love the marshmallows, I love the fireflies,

I love the camping songs we sing to the starry skies!
Boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da, boom-dee-ah-da!

Yay! This one's better than the original, if I do say so myself ; )

For our other perfect nighttime song, please see this Wild About Reading post: Nocturnal Animals.

I LOVE the nighttime, do you? What do you love most about the nighttime? 

See you next time with My Back Yard and friends from the FingerLakes Independence Center.
Miss Kelly
P.S. Don't forget, Monday the 21st is Partial Solar Eclipse Day in our area!! And we will be having an Eclipse in the Park to celebrate. It will be starting before the eclipse begins and end right at the start of the eclipse, so you won't have to miss a thing. What you will get is wonderful stories, fables, songs, living felt play; (and we'll even dance!) about the sun and the moon and our solar system! We will have eclipse viewing glasses at the storytime, and crafts galore at the library afterwards. Don't miss it! If by some terrible twist of fate it is rainy or stormy, we'll hold the whole program inside, so you can still get your children into some eclipse fun this year :)

P.P.S. Here are some wonderful books about nighttime :)

Oscar and the Moth by Geoff Waring

            How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?  by Jane Yolen, Ills. by Mark Teague

What the Sun Sees What the Moon Sees by Nancy Tafuri

When the Moon Fell Down by Linda Smith, Ills. by Kathryn Brown

Eli’s Night Light by Liz Rosenberg, Ills. By Joanna Yardley

The Moon by Robert Lewis Stevenson, Ills. by Tracey Campbell Pearson

Where to Sleep by Kandy Radzinski

Rise the Moon by Eileen Spinelli, Ills. by Raul Colon

Nightfall Country Lake by David Cunningham

Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies, Ills. by Sarah Fox-Davies

Sweet Dreams by Rose A. Lewis; Ills. by Jen Corace

Sweet Dreams by Kimiko Kajikawa

Fiona Loves the Night by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest

One Dark Night by Lisa Wheeler; Ills. by Ivan Bates

            Night Cat by Margaret Beames; Ills. by Sue Hitchcock

            The Cat at Night by Dahlov Zorach Ipcar

            And If the Moon Could Talk by Kate Banks; Ills. by Georg Hallensleben

            Hush, Little Ones by John Butler

            Sleepytime Me by Edith Hope Fine; Ills. by Christopher Denise

Go to Sleep Little Farm by Mary Lyn Ray; Ills. by Christopher Silas Neal

Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson

Beautiful new book: Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey

When the Moon Smiled by Petr Horacek

Quiet Night by Marilyn Singer; Ills. by John Manders

Among a Thousand Fireflies by Helen Frost; Photos by Rick Lieder

New book: By the Light of the Moon by Stephanie Shaw; Ills. by Rebecca Harry

New book: I Dare You Not to Yawn by Helene Boudreau; Ills. by Serge Bloch

When the Moon Smiled by Petr Horacek


Night Animals by Susan Meredith  J 591.518 Meredith


Friday, August 11, 2017

Baby Storytime

 It was another fun and silly morning this morning.  After our welcome songs and rhymes, we read...

Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming which is a very good example of our Early Literacy Tip:

Children learn best when what they are learning relates to them! Consider choosing books about daily activities that are familiar to your child.

We then learned the baby sign for diaper and shared these songs and rhymes:

The Hat Song from Jbrary
Tune: This Old Man

On my head, I wear my hat
It is such a silly hat
That my head wiggle waggles to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?

Place hat on elbow, knee, etc. and repeat

Head and Shoulders Baby
from Storytime Secrets

Head and shoulders baby, 123
Head and shoulders baby, 123
Head and shoulders
Head and shoulders
Head and shoulders baby, 123

Knees and ankles...
Tummy and back...
Shake 'em all...

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone

Next we read....

What Do You Wear? by Taro Gomi

...and shared these silly ones:

I Saw A Snake Go By Today
from Jbrary

I saw a snake go by today
Riding in his Chevrolet
He was long
And he was thin
And he didn’t have a chin
He had no chin, but what the heck
He had lots and lots of neck

Bubble, Bubble, Pop! from Jbrary

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water.
One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble...POP!

Repeat with two blue fish, three green fish, four orange fish

Some puppet friends joined us this song:

When Jungle Animals Get Up in the Morning!
Tune: For He's a Jolly Good Fellow

When snake gets up in the morning (x3)
She always says, "Hiss-hiss!“ (x3)
When snake gets up in the morning, (x3)
She always says, "Hiss-hiss!"

When monkey gets up in the morning.... He always says, "Eee!Eee!"
When elephant gets up in the morning.... He always goes: Stomp-stomp!
When lion gets up in the morning.... He always says, "ROOOAAAR!"

We finished with shakers and said our goodbyes.  See you next week!  Also, if you're free tomorrow, come by our Baby Signs program at 12:30.  We had a great group last week and learned a lot!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Baby Storytime

It was another silly and fun morning!  This morning our first book was...

Pat-a-Cake by Mary Brigid Barrett 

....and them we shared these together:

Pudding on the Plate from Jbrary

Pudding on the plate, pudding on the plate
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble
Pudding on the plate.

Candies in a jar, Candies in a jar
Shake them up, shake them up
Candies in a jar.

Sausage in the pan, Sausage in the pan
Turn it round, turn it round
Sausage in the pan.

Round and Round the Butter Dish from Jbrary

Round and round the butter dish
One, two, three!
A little here, a little there,
As tasty as can be!

Five Little Peas

Five little peas in a pea pod pressed
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
They grew and grew
And did not stop,
Until one day
The pod went POP!

After all of that food talk, we learned the baby sign for eat (a SUPER helpful one to know!).

Early Literacy Tip

Learn more baby signs here at the library by joining us for Baby Signs® with Jill Barbuti van Leuken on Saturdays, August 5th - 26th at 12:30 in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

Then we read...

Peekaboo! On the Farm by Cocoretto

...and shared this little fingerplay and bouncing rhyme (it was so much fun! So many smiles!):

Baby Game
from Storytime Secrets

This is the Way from Jbrary

This is the way the ladies ride.
Nim, nim, nim
This is the way the gentleman rides.
Trim, trim, trim
This is the way the farmer rides.
Turot, turot, turot
And this is the way the hunter rides
Galop, galop, galop, galop.

Some puppets joined us for Over in the Barnyard and then we finished up with scarves and our goodbye rhymes and songs!