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Friday, October 20, 2017

Baby Storytime

We had such a great time this morning with lots of laughs!  After our opening songs and rhymes, we read...

Train by Chris Demarest

....and shared these little ditties:

This Little Train from Mel's Desk
*with this one, have the "little train" chug up and down the baby's arms.

This little train ran up the track
It went Choo Choo!
And then it ran back.

The other little train ran up the track
It went Choo Choo!
And then it ran back.

Clickety-Clack! adapted from Storytime Katie
Tune: This Old Man

Clickety-clack, clickety-clack.
Here comes the train on the railroad track! Clickety-clunn, clickety-clunn.
Here comes ENGINE number 1.

Clickety-clew, clickety-clew. Here comes BOX CAR number 2.
Clickety-clee, clickety-clee. Here comes BOX CAR number 3.
Clickety-clore, clickety-clore. Here comes BOX CAR number 4.
Clickety-clive, clickety-clive. Here comes BOX CAR number 5.

Clickety-clicks, clickety-clicks. Here’s the CABOOSE, that’s number 6.
Clickety-clack, clickety-clack, There goes the train on the railroad track!

This Is a Choo-Choo Train from Storytime Katie

This is a choo choo train
Puffing down the track
Now it’s going forward,
Now it’s going back,
Now the bell is ringing
Now the whistle blows
What a lot of noise it makes
Everywhere it goes.

Today's Early Literacy Tip

When you snuggle and read with your children, their brains begin to associate language with positive emotions. Children with positive language experiences are often more motivated to learn to read themselves!

Then we read....

Can Say It Too? Moo! Moo! by Sebastien Braun

...and sang "Baa Baa Black Sheep" along with this song that I learned recently:

The Tail of a Pig
from Jen in the Library

The tail of the pig curls round and round
round and round, round and round.
The tail of the pig curls round and round
All through the mud.

Repeat with
…mouth of a pig goes oink, oink, oink
. …snout of a pig goes root, root, root
. …hooves of a pig go run, run, run
. …ears of a pig go twitch, twitch, twitch.

For our baby sign time today, we learned the sign for please and then some animal friends joined us for Raffi's song, "Down on Grandpa’s Farm".

We finished with a rolicking shaker time and said our goodbyes 'til next time!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Library to Host Goodier for Talk on the Role of Black Women During the Suffrage Movement

Tompkins County Public Library will host, “Centering Black Women,” a presentation by acclaimed writer and educator Susan Goodier, Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room.

Made possible by Humanities New York, this presentation will feature a slideshow including the people and documents relevant to the black women’s suffrage movement. 

Goodier’s talk is designed to help audiences recover the stories of these indomitable women while developing a pathway to understanding the complex racial issues of today.

Goodier is a professor in the Department of History at the State University of New York at Oneonta. She is the book review editor for the New York History journal and a Public Scholar with Humanities New York. She has written several books on women’s rights, including the recently released, “Women Will Vote: Winning Women’s Suffrage in New York State,” which was co-authored by Karen Pastorello.

Humanities New York provides leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking and advocacy in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena.

Goodier’s talk is free and open to the public and is being held in conjunction with the Women’s Suffrage Series being presented by the Library and The History Center in Tompkins County through November. For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at or (607) 275-1548.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs!

Dinosaurs can be a bit scary, but there are fun, and even gentle ways to tackle the subject of those sometimes fierce, sometimes humongous beings of long ago. I feel learning about dinosaurs in a simple, more matter-of-fact and/or sillier context can help those little ones who are frightened by the images of dinosaurs they may come into contact with in the media to overcome those fears. That's why I picked these books and songs and poems for today :) First, the books:
We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner; Ills. by Ben Clanton
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton
Laurie Berkner's We Are the Dinosaurs is a wonderful song-to-book collaboration with the humorous  and fun Ben Clanton as illustrator. I used it for both Toddler and Preschool Storytime and Family Storytime because I love it so much! The friendly illustrations, combined with Berkner's slightly noir musical take, is a winning combination for all ages. Kids can move with this book too, making it storytime gold. Check out The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band CD from our collection and listen to the song!

I like Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton for the matter of fact way he presents the subject - a nice pick for little ones who are a bit frightened by the subject of dinosaurs. The color-saturated illustrations are simple and somewhat gentle. If you liked Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, check out some of his other books for your toddler and preschool aged kids.

I want to share one song we didn't do for T&PST, but is a fun tune for your preschool aged and up dinosaur lover. Yes, there are a LOT of BIG words in it ; ) but it's a really fun way to get your slightly older child into looking at big words. Make a big deal about them! They are super words! And if your child likes dinosaurs, it may give them the motivation to take a closer look. Even if they're not reading yet, they can learn to pronounce them and feel very proud at being able to say such big words. (You may have to work on these together ; ) I remember the first dinosaur book we bought for our nephew. After we had our first child, my brother in law returned it with glee. "Now YOU can read all these huge words every night before bed!" Hah! It was a challenge which we bravely accepted! I've been studying the pronunciation of dinosaur names ever since! Big fun :) Here's the song:
The Dinosaur Song!

(Sing to the tune of Alouette)

Allosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus,

Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex!

Stegosaurus, Trachodon,

Triceratops, Pteranodon!

Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, Ohhh!

Allosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus,

Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex!

Practice, practice! And another fun dinosaur song with a play on words:

Miss Kelly's If You’re a Happy Dino-saur-us

If you’re a happy dino-saur-us


If you’re a happy dino-saur-us


If you’re a happy dino-saur-us and

You really want to show us,

If you’re a happy dino-saur-us


If you’re a happy dino-saur-us


If you’re a happy dino-saur-us


*****DO ALL THREE!*****

Especially fun for this age group! We had chompers and stompers all over the room today! For the project we had a Dinosaur Counting craft. We had such a big group that I ran out of paper dinosaurs (I made well over a hundred, but many intrepid patrons used the 10 dinosaurs for counting at my suggestion! Good job, guys!) so I have to apologize to those who weren't able to get enough to count to five or ten! I think almost everybody got at least a few. The littlest ones had fun with the dinosaur felt board after the program and that was nice :)

Well, next week is Apples and Pumpkins, and I think we'll have stickers and an apple snack after the program. The week after that is Halloween day, and I'll be sure to have some not-too-scary fun for your little ones. (Pssst - I think the puppet theater might be coming out!)

See you next time,
Miss Kelly

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Family Storytime: Dinosaurs RULE!

Dinosaurs ruled today at Family Storytime! Who doesn't love dinosaurs? Actually, there are lots of younger children who really DON'T love dinosaurs! The representations of fangs, claws and gaping jaws can be a little overwhelming for some kids. I know - I was one of them, and so was my son up to a certain age :) I try to keep our dinosaur theme full of humor, silliness and fun. As kids get older they often learn to shed those kinds of fears. One way to help your youngster conquer fears like these is to acknowledge the feeling, respect it, then help them learn to poke gentle fun at the subject :)
We had some fun with these books today:
I Dreamt I Was a Dinosaur by Stella Blackstone; Ills. by Clare Beaton 
We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner; Ills. by Ben Clanton
Rex Wrecks It! by Ben Clanton
 I'm pretty sure I've gushed over the Blackstone/Beaton duo before, but just in case you missed it :) the wonderful things about these books are (at least!) twofold: the illustrations are made with felt and embroidery collage, and that always inspires me when it comes to craft time, hence our craft today. Here we are, busy decorating dinosaurs with sequins and star stickers:

But also these Barefoot Books always have more info (about whatever subject the book was about) in the back of the book, which is great for slightly older children who are looking for more in a picture book. Check them out sometime!

We Are the Dinosaurs is a picture book version of the song by Laurie Berkner. Check out her CD, The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band. Some of our families knew the song today and sang along! That was so much fun - I love it when that happens! I give our regulars an A+ for their ability to sing along and learn new songs ; )You guys are the best! Ben Clanton illustrated this book, along with our last book, which he wrote and illustrated, Rex Wrecks It!, a very funny book where, "with Rex-size humor, Ben Clanto explores the challenges of friendship, the benefits of working together - and the joys of destruction." Sound like fun? Take it out!

Let's get to the songs! We can sing and move to All Around the Swamp:

All Around the Swamp!
The Pteranodon’s wings went
Flap, flap, flap; Flap, flap, flap,
Flap, flap, flap,
The Pteranodon’s wings went
Flap, flap, flap,
All around the swamp.
The Tyrannosaurus Rex went
The Triceratops’ horns went
The Brontosaurus’ jaws went
The Stegosaurus’ tail went

I love that song! But I really love this one - and once again, our patrons rose to the challenge:

Miss Kelly’s Dinosaur Song!
(Sing to the tune of Alouette)
Allosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus,
Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex!
Stegosaurus, Trachodon,
Triceratops, Pteranodon!
Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, Ohhh!
Allosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus,
Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex!

It's not easy pronouncing all those dinosaur names! But by the second time around, we had it down! You guys really rock ; )

Well, hope to see you next week for Apples and Pumpkins. We'll have an apple snack to celebrate fall foods!

See you next time,
Miss Kelly