Tompkins County Public Library

Welcome to Wild About Reading!

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.

Tell us about the books you’re reading by writing a book review of your own at: tcpl.org/kids/reading.php. We will post your review to this blog within the week.

Thanks for visiting and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Family Storytime: Last of Session: Winter/Hibernation!

Welcome Winter! Technically, it's not here until December 21st, but spiritually? It's here! I do love winter. There can be a peacefulness about it - especially at night - when it's softly snowing....and you know you don't have to go anywhere the next day...(hey, it happens sometimes! ; )
Anyhoo, for the Last of Session storytimes, we try to have something special. That usually involves our mobile puppet theater! A shout out to our wonderful volunteer, Anna, who is always ready for fun! Thank you for being a puppeteer for us today, Anna! And also to Adelle, our Youth Services librarian & my Saturday compatriot ; ) Thanks, Adelle!
Here are the books we used today:
Footprints in the Snow by Cynthia Benjamin; Ills. by Jacqueline Rogers
Happy by Emma Dodd
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
 Footprints in the Snow is a really simple, yet lovely book about animals in winter. It's also a leveled reader for kids who are just learning how to read. If your child is really interested in nature and animals and they have been working on learning how to read, this leveled reader could be a good book to work with. With only 2 - 6 words per page, you can help your child sound out new words, run your finger under the words as you say/read them, and invite your child to join in with repeating phrases. But you don't have to be a beginning reader to enjoy this book! Take a closer look at the images, talk about how animals live in the wild, and you can even peek inside their dens!
I love the small, square book series by Emma Dodd that includes Happy. They all have simple and sweet messages of love and safety and caring, and the illustrations are really lovely! Share one with your special young person.
And now, it's Time to Sleep. (OK, not really ; ) It's time for some animals to hibernate, and that is what the book Time to Sleep is all about! Again, for the nature lover, Denise Fleming is a wonderful author to check out. She has written and illustrated so many great books. With her light, humorous style, she makes nature accessible to young people - even those who don't usually care about the outdoors.


Do you like owls? I do! What's a mama owl to do when her little ones go flying off and they don't all come back? Why, hoot louder of course! We helped mama owl call her little ones (little owls on sticks made by Cady Fontana when she was interning with us a few years ago) with this next song. (Thanks, Cady! They're as cute as ever!) You can do this song/poem with fingers, too :)


5 Little Owls
5 little owls went out one night

Over the trees and out of sight (all owls fly away)

Mother owl said hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo, (4 owls come back)

Owl number 1 oh where are you?



4 little owls went out one night,

Over the trees and out of sight (4 owls fly away)

Mother Owl said hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo, (3 owls come back)

Owl number 2 oh where are you?



3 little owls went out one night,

Over the trees and out of sight. (you know the drill!)

Mother Owl said hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo,

Owl number 3 oh where are you? Etc….



2 little owls went out one night,

Over the trees and out of sight.

Mother Owl said hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo,

Owl number 4 oh where are you?



1 little owl went out one night,

Over the trees and out of sight.

Mother Owl said hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo,

Owl number 5 oh where are you?



No little owls went out one night

Over the trees and out of sight

Mother owl said hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo?

Then all the little owls back they flew! Hoo, hoo, hoo; hoo, hoo, hoo,

All the little owls back they flew!



I have to admit, I get the numbers mixed up if I don't pay close enough attention ; ) (I couldn't think of a better rhyme with "Hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo" than "where are you?" LOL!! Any ideas??) Feel free to get with me for an alternate melody for this song. As I noted in a past post, you can limit it to 3 little owls to shorten it, and you can sing either to the tune of 5 Little Ducks. I have another tune I like to use sometimes which I used for this program, and which I'd be happy to share!



Let's help Kitten find her blue mitten with this felt board poem:


Kitten’s Mittens

*My poor little kitten lost her mitten

And started to cry, “boo-hoo”

So I helped my kitten to look for her mitten,

Her beautiful mitten of blue.

*I found a mitten just right for a kitten

Under my mother’s bed.

But alas the mitten was not the right mitten,

For it was colored red.

*I found a mitten just right for a kitten

Under my father’s pillow.

But alas the mitten was not the right mitten,

For it was colored yellow.

*I found a mitten just right for a kitten

Under the laundry so clean.

Alas the mitten was not the right mitten

For it was colored green.

*I found a mitten just right for a kitten

Under the kitchen sink.

Alas the mitten was not the right mitten,

For it was colored pink.

*I found a mitten just right for a kitten

Inside my favorite shoe.

And this time the mitten was just the right mitten,

For it was colored blue!




That poem reminds me of a mitten song which is both funny and very true: Mitten Song. I love that one ; )


Well, it's time to wrap it up for my regular storytimes for a couple of months. I'll try to put some wonderful storytimes together for you during that time :) AND in the meantime, come sign your child up for our Winter Reading Program which starts December 10th! You take a bingo sheet that corresponds to your child's age and do some of the activities listed with your child. When you're done, you and your child get to pick a book prize, and your names will automatically be put into a raffle for other potential prizes! It's a fun and easy way to stay connected with your library, and keep the early literacy fun flowing!


We will also have a Preschool Holiday Card Making program with Mary Beth Inken on the 15th at 11:00. - looks like fun!


I hope to see you around at the library!
Miss Kelly





Friday, December 2, 2016

Baby Storytime


Today was the last baby storytime for this session already!  Time has flown by so quickly!

We started by reading....

Look at Me! Baby’s First Book of Faces by Flora Chang  

...and then we shared one of my favorite little fingerplays called "Where Are Baby’s Fingers?" from Storytime Secrets along with this little song:

Put Your Finger in the Air

Put your finger in the air, in the air.
Put your finger in the air, in the air.
Put your finger in the air and wave it while it’s there.
Put your finger in the air, in the air.

… on your nose (and wiggle all your toes)
… on your wrist (now give your wrist a twist)
… on your knee (now all let’s count to 3, 1-2-3)
… on your lips (now wiggle both your hips)

Next we read....

Who’s Hiding? In the Wild by Kaitlyn DiPerna

...and some puppet friends came to join us for this song:

Where Is Brown Bear?

Where is brown bear? Where is brown bear?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today, bear?
Very well, I thank you.
Let's go play.

For today's baby sign song, we learned the sign for the word "please" and then read this delightful book:

Tap! Tap! Guess the Toy! by Cocoretto

....we then shared another of my favorite fingerplays called "Baby in the Cradle" along with this one:

Here is a Ball for Baby

Here is ball for baby
Big and soft and round.
Here is baby’s hammer, oh how he can pound.
Here is baby’s music, clapping, clapping so
Here are baby’s soldiers standing in a row
Here is baby’s trumpet toot too-too, too, too-too.
Here is the way that baby plays at peek-a-boo.
Here’s a big umbrella, keeps baby dry.
Here is baby’s cradle, rock a baby bye.

Early Literacy Tip

“Parentese” is the best way for babies to hear and learn language!
  • Put your face close to baby’s
  • Speak in an melodious tone
  • Articulate clearly
  • Use repetition
  • Use exaggerated facial expressions
  • Lengthen vowels (“Sooooo cuuute!”)
  • Use shorter sentences
  • Use longer pauses
We finished with scarves and goodbye songs.  I hope you all have wonderful holidays and hope to see you when Baby Storytime returns on Friday, January 6th. The library will be closed next Friday, December 9th for Staff Development Day but our Baby and Toddler Playtime will meet again on Friday, December 16th at 11:00.