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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stories in the Park: Dogs! (It's Only Fair!)

Yes, today's theme was Dogs - It's Only Fair (since we did National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month a couple of weeks ago!) And YES, it was inside AGAIN!! We are breaking records here - four wet Tuesdays in a row! We still had fun - a lot of fun - judging by the great sounds coming from the participants!
We read:
RRRALPH by Lois Ehlert
Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont; Ills. by Jane Dyer
Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Where's Spot by Eric Hill (office ref big book)
There are two wonderful old songs I love to do for a Dog theme. First, here's:
My Dog Rags
I have a dog - his name is Rags.
He eats so much that his tummy sags!
His ears flip-flop and his tail wig-wags,
And when he walks he goes zig-zag - he goes:
Flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag - he goes:
Flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag - he goes:
Flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag - I love Rags and he loves me!
My dog Rags - he likes to play.
He rolls around in the mud all day!
And when I whistle - he doesn't obey -
He just runs the other way! He goes:
Flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag - he goes:
Flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag - he goes:
Flip-flop, wig-wag, zig-zag - I love Rags and he loves me!
Try the motions with your kids! Here's jbrary on Youtube, doing their version, which is quite nice! Thanks, again, jbrary, for all the great youtube performances!
You can't have a dog themed storytime with out singing
Do Your Ears Hang Low?!
Here's how it goes:
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o'er your shoulder
Like a continental soldier?
Do your ears hang low?
(and I love the second verse:)
Do your ears hang high?
Do they reach up to the sky?
Do they wrinkle when they're wet?
Do they straighten when they're dry?
Can you wave them at your neighbor
With an element of flavor?
Do your ears hang high?
Sing some doggy songs today with your kids, and read some of the great books about dogs at your public library!
Happy Summer! And fingers crossed for a dry Tuesday....
Miss Kelly

P.S. Remember to stay in touch, those of you who travel back to home countries outside of the states! We will miss you!
Love from all of us!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Babies, Books & Bounce

Today we books about eating and peek-a-boo and announced the start of our Pre-Reader Summer Reading Program!  For expecting parents and parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, our summer reading program invites you to include early literacy activities into your daily life.  Pick up or print a Read Aloud Bingo Card to get started and receive a free book and be entered into a raffle when you're done! Learn more here....

We read....

One Little Spoonful by Aliki

And we shared the fingerplay "Five Little Peas"

Five little peas in a pea pod pressed (hold fist closed)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest. (life fingers as you count)
They grew and grew (lift arm up and up)
And did not stop,
Until one day
The pod went POP! (clap!)

Puppet Time!...

Our bunny and turtle puppets joined us to get us in the mood for some peek-a-boo with this rhyme:

Little bunny in the hat
Sitting so still
Will he come out?
Yes! He will!

He looks to the left,
He looks to the right,
He looks straight ahead
And pops out of sight
(repeat with turtle)

Then we read: Peek A Baby by Karen Katz

Early Literacy Tip

Games like peek-a-boo help your baby learn object permanence, or, that objects they cannot see are still there. This is an important step in a child’s cognitive development! 

And we shared this rhyme...

Touch your ears, pat your nose
Tickle baby’s little toes
Hide your eyes (cover eyes)
Where are you?
Baby’s playing peek-a-boo!

And more! 

The library will closed for the holiday next Friday but join us at our next Baby Storytime on Friday, July 10th at 10:30.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Stories In the Park: Summer Reading Program Theme - Every Hero Has a Story!

Today's Stories In the Park theme was Every Day Heroes in honor of the New York State Summer Reading Program 2015 theme, Every Hero Has a Story!
We read:

Who Drives This? by Charles Reasoner (an office ref book)
Just Like Daddy by  Ovi Nedelcu
Woodie Guthrie's Riding in My Car a fun, lift the flap, pull the tab, pop-up book about Woodie Guthrie's song of the same name; illustrated by Scott Menchen - check it out!

What a great group we had today! I saw a lot of pint-sized, potential firefighters-to-be out in the audience as we sang this song:

The Fire Truck Song
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck,
Ding, Ding, ding, ding, ding!

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner...!
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder...!
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water...!
Slowly, slowly back to the station....
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! Phew!

If you haven't heard it before, see the fine women at Jbrary perform it here for the basic tune & some more actions. Thanks, Jbrary! 

I also celebrated every day heroes with a call and response chant by one of my favorite teacher-heroes, Mr. Frank Benenati. He was a science teacher when my kids went to elementary school at Southern Cayuga and he wrote a couple of funny versions of Going on a Bear Hunt. He was a wonderful science teacher who helped to instill a love of nature and science in my kids.
Thanks so much, Mr. B.!

Today we did his
Let's Go On a Nature Hunt:
*Let's go on a nature hunt! -- (repeat at every -- line!)
A long search for beauty --
Ooh, looky --
At a-what I see! --
1) Looks like a bank -- a soft, slippery bank --
Can't go under it -- can't go around it --
Better slide like an otter! (Pretend to slide down like an otter!)
(repeat chorus*)
2) Looks like a flower -- a bright, fragrant flower --
Can't go under it -- can't go around it --
Better stop to smell it! (Take a deep breath and say "Ahhhh!")
3) Looks like a tree -- a tall oak tree --
Can't go under it -- can't go around it --
Better stop to photograph! (Pretend to take a picture with a camera or cell phone!)
4) Looks like a stream -- a cold mountain stream --
Can't go under it -- can't go around it --
Better stick our feet in! (Pretend to stick your feet in the water and say "Ahhh!")
5) Looks like a view -- a clear mountain view --
Can't go under it -- can't go around it --
Better stop to rest - we made it!!
And we made some fun memories at
Stories In the Park [IN THE LIBRARY AGAIN] (Rain, rain, go away!!) today!
See you next time!
Miss Kelly


Friday, June 19, 2015

Babies, Books & Bounce

Today our we read books, sang songs and recited rhymes about the ocean.

We read....

Arf Arf by Sebastien Braun

Early Literacy Tip:

As your little one grows, look for books (like "lift the flap" books) that capitalize upon their
growing intellectual and motor skills.

Waves in the Sea (tune: "Wheels on the Bus") from Miss Katie's Storytime Wiki

The waves on the sea go up and down, (raise and lower arms)
Up and down, up and down,
The waves on the sea go up and down
All day long

The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap.. (clap your hands)

The fish in the sea go swish swish swish.. (swish back and forth)

The boats in the sea go toot toot toot... (make blowing horn motion)

Next we read:

Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins

Splashing Up and Down (tune: "Little Red Wagon") from Mel's Desk

(Bounce baby on your lap)
Splashin’ up and down in my little red rowboat… Won’t you be my darling?
(Shade eyes with your hand)
Lookin’ out to sea in my little red rowboat…
Wavin’ to a whale in my little red rowboat…
(Lean baby to right or left!)
Don’t stand up or you might tip over!

Thanks everyone!  Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Stories In the Park: Farmer's Market

Rain again! Sorry to all the wonderful vendors at Farmer's Market - this post is dedicated to you!
Today's theme was It's Farmer's Market Day! And though we couldn't be there at the market AGAIN, we celebrated the Farmer's Market vendors with these books and rhymes and more:

We read:

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward; Ills. by Kenneth J. Spengler
Little Rabbit's Snacktime by Alan Baker (office ref lift-the-flap book)
Come Into My Garden (office ref big book version) by Cynthia Rothman; Ills. by Jane Conteh-Morgan

Next time you want to "grow vegetable soup" try this poem with your little ones:

Dig a Little Hole
Dig a little hole. (Mimic digging with a trowel)
Plant a little seed. (In fact, mimic all the actions!)
Pour a little water.
Pull a little weed.
Up, up, up, (Here you put your hands together and make like a growing plant...)
Green stems climb!
Open wide, (Open hands and arms wide!)
It's blossom time!

I love that one :)

Here's a very old song taken from American Folk Songs for Children by Ruth Crawford Seeger. See my review here:
I love how this song gets the children up and hopping around, making (or trying to make :) little bunny heads with their hands!

Old Mister Rabbit
Old Mister Rabbit
You've got a mighty habit
Of hoppin' round the garden
And eating all my cabbage!

Thanks to my fearless and capable volunteer, Bernadette, for all the help with our hopping Old Mister Rabbit, the Math-Is-Fun felt board and holding the big book for me! (I just can't seem to get a handle on those :) but they're great for sharing a story with a large crowd!)

Speaking of the felt board, we did another "Down Around the Corner" style board, this time with Farmer's Market in mind. It went like this:

Down around the corner at the Farmer's Market stall,
There were five jars of jelly and that is all.
Along came someone with a dollar to pay ~
They bought a jar of jelly and they took it away!
(Keep going until all the jars of jelly have been "bought.")

We replace each jar of jelly with a play money dollar bill. What a fun and easy way to introduce math to your littlest ones! This felt board, which I adapted from a felt board found in Flannel Fridays, (not sure at this point who created the first "Down Around the Corner" math rhyme idea, but it's brilliant,) can be adapted in many ways. See this post from earlier this year:

Hope you have fun with math with these ideas! 

This story-timer was kind enough to model our board:

Hope to see you (OUTSIDE!!!) at Farmer's Market next Tuesday. Of course, as always, if there are rainy or very wet conditions, we'll meet at the library in the Thaler/Howell programming room.
If you happen to see any of the Farmer's Market vendors, please tell them to check out this blog post - one way of sharing our appreciation for their goods and services :)
Miss Kelly

Friday, June 12, 2015

Babies, Books & Bounce

Today was our first baby storytime for the summer session.  We had a lot of fun! 

We started moving and waking up with this song from Jbrary:

Song: Wake Up

We read...

"Say Hello Like This" by Mary Murphy 

Early Literacy Tip:

Songs are a wonderful way to develop phonological awareness because different syllables are sung at different notes. Babies learn the rhythm of language through song, and young children hear parts of words.

Song: Did You Ever See? Song from Miss Katie's Storytime

Did you ever see a bird, a bird, a bird?
Did you ever see a bird fly this way and that?
Fly this way and that way and this way and that way.?
Did you ever see a bird fly this way and that?

Did you ever see a duck, a duck, a duck?
Did you ever see a duck swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way and this way and that way.
Did you ever see a duck swim this way and that?

Next we read a shortened version of ...

Flip, Flap, Fly by Phyllis Root

Fingerplay: Big, Small

This is big big big (Hold arms out to side)
This is small small small (Cup hands together)
This is short short short (Hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (Reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (Circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (Circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (Nod)
This is no no no (Shake head)

And we read:

Twinkle Toes by Karen Katz

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Kate's Picks

Bo at Iditarod Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill

Join Bo, her two papas, and her little brother Graf as they make their new home at Iditarod Creek during Alaska's Gold Rush. Moving to a new place can be tough (especially for Alaskan frontiersmen traveling by canoe through cold and clouds and mosquitoes!) but Bo and Grad soon find friends -- of all ages and backgrounds -- everywhere. This book is suffused with warmth and love, and spirited Bo makes a great heroine and roll model. A perfect series for families who love historical fiction. Try the first in the series, Bo at Ballard Creek.

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter

I love animals and I especially love kitties, so I gravitated right toward this book. Miss Hazeltine finds room in her home and her heart for the most timid of cats. Accepting each creature exactly as he or she is, Miss Hazeltine's pets soon blossom under her care. All but little Crumb, the shyest of them all. When Miss Hazeltine finds herself in trouble, will Crumb muster the courage for a daring rescue?

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Rude cakes never say please and thank you. They certainly don't share, or wait their turns in line. But does do all those things? Giant Cyclopses! Giant Cyclopses are very polite. And you know what else? Very polite Giant Cyclopses sometimes like to wear little rude cakes as hats! Can this rude cake find the magic word to get the Cyclops's attention? I loved this sweet and silly approach to Manners 101.
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Stories in the Park: National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month & Welcome Back!

Welcome back, Storytimers! Our first Stories in the Park of June 2015 was.......not in the park!

Oh, well! We still got to read some great books about kitties! I'm trying to save our "It's Farmer's Market Day!" theme for when we're actually the the park...:)

So here's what we read:
Tiptop Cat by C. Roger Mader
A Kitten's Year by Nancy Raines Day; Ills. by Anne Mortimer
Where Is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin
Kitty's Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
All great kitty cat books! If your little one likes adventure, Tiptop Cat is a great picture book for that. In Tiptop Cat, our kitty, a birthday present to an unspecified someone, gets to live in an apartment high above Paris. The view is spectacular, but of course, such great height has it's own set of dangers for our cat/protagonist! Does he fall? Does he live to tell the story?? Oh, my, you'll just have to read the story to find out!
Here's a Mother Goose rhyme for little ones just learning how to live with that new shelter cat you've just adopted, (or perhaps your own, long suffering kitty who's trying to learn to live with your new little one :)
I Love Little Kitty
I love little kitty
her coat is so warm~
And if I don't hurt her
She'll do me no harm.
So I'll not pull her tail                                                             
Nor drive her away~
But kitty and I very gently will play!  

(Just keep saying that one, over and over...)


We also sang:
Three Furry Kitties
Three furry kitties sitting on the wall
There were three furry kitties sitting on the wall.
And if one furry kitty should accidentally fall......oh no!
There'd be Two furry kitties sitting on the wall!
Two furry kitties sitting on the get the idea, keep going until there are no kitties left on the wall!
You can also get your little ones to stand for this song, and "fall" when the kitties fall - then back up for the 2 kitties, and the 1 kitty.
Thanx to Sarah at Read Rabbit Read online for today's kitty felt board idea. If you go to her blog, she will credit others for the original idea & if you check out those links, you can just keep going, finding more amazing blogs full of ideas for early children's literature adventure!
Here's our felt board with a happy little [indoor!] Stories In the Park participant:
Cheers, and keep fingers crossed for good weather next Tuesday!
Miss Kelly