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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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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: Last of Session: Winter Things!

There's a lot to love about winter! Sometimes that's hard to see, but we have books to help us get with the program :) After all, winter comes whether you're ready or not here in Upstate New York, right? Let's get ready with books!
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Winter Lullaby by Barbara Seuling; Ills. by Greg Newbold
Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple; Ills. by Brooke Dyer 

All of these books help me get ready for winter! At Family Storytime, we had fun with this same wonderful lineup.  The Mitten helps me with it's wonderful humor and gorgeous illustrations. I remember reading this book with my kids when they were young - over and over again :) Jan Brett's illustrations are so much fun. Take this one home and share the adventure of winter with Niki and Baba and all the animals :)

Winter Lullaby is one of my go-to books for acceptance! It can be hard to let winter in sometimes! But with Greg Newbold's gorgeous illustrations and Barbara Seuling's simple narrative, Winter Lullaby reminds us that we all have time honored ways of dealing with winter.

We also used Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep with the Family Storytimers on Saturday. Here are my feelings about this book: Jane Yolen's wonderful, poetic version of the old lullaby "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" (or the German, "Schlaf, Kindlein, Schlaf") takes us all for an adorably sleepy ride to hibernation with many animals from our black bear to snakes to beavers and mice, and with many other animals in between! If you like to sing, you can fit the melody in nicely with just a little tweaking as you enjoy the book together :) Here's a version of the original song at Mama Lisa's World: Schlaf, Kindlein, Schlaf.
Since we did most of the same things at Family Storytime that we did for you today at Toddler & Preschool Storytime, I'll share one song we didn't get to today here:
I'm a Little Snowman
I'm a little snowman, short and fat
Here is my broomstick;
Here is my hat.
When the sun comes out I melt away,
But you can make me again some day!

I think our 5  Little Snowmen on sticks want to weigh in on this blog post:

**Five little snowmen all in a row,
Dancing, dancing, watch them go!
One danced too close to the barnyard door.
He danced inside, so then there were four…
 
**Four little snowmen were playing hard,
Jumping, jumping in the yard.
One jumped and hit the limb of a tree.
He fell down, so then there were three….
 
**Three little snowmen skipped through the snow,
Skipping, skipping to and fro.
Not turning as he was supposed to do,
One skipped away, so then there were two….
 
**Two little snowmen began to spin around,
Spinning, spinning across the snowy ground!
One spun so fast because it was fun,
He spun away completely, so then there was one…
 
**One little snowman stood all alone,
Standing, standing as the warm sun shone.
He stood so long in the noonday sun,
That he melted away and then there was none.
 
But don’t be sad ‘cause I’m telling you
That’s what all little snowmen do.
Here are the snowmen puppets now
To say goodbye, and take a bow!

They were busy snowmen today! After the program, I let kids back behind the "theater" and some of the children tried the stick puppets out. You can easily make snowpeople stick puppets with craft sticks, paper, and crayons. You could even add cotton balls :) Sing I'm a Little Snowman or get five of them together and try our 5 Little Snowmen poem together to create your own play this winter!

Here's what I told the Family Storytime folks who were sad that FST was ending for the session: there's still a lot to do at the library! Lego at the Library most Saturday afternoons; Families Learning Science Together, Saturday, January 13th; Children's STEAM Crafternoon, Wednesday, December 13th; Children's Poetry Writing Workshop, Friday, January 12th; Sit! Stay! Read! Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00; Preschool Art with Stiller Zusman Saturday, December 16th and whatever you do DON'T FORGET to join the Winter Reading Program!! Whether you have babies, toddlers or elementary school-aged kids, there will be something for you :) Earn a free book and a chance to win more prizes by picking up a fun bingo sheet, reading, and visiting the library with your kids! Please check our website or grab a flyer for specific times and other details :)


I love to see my storytime kids at the library! So when you do come in, be sure to say hello, and tell us about what you're reading and doing this winter!
I hope to see you around!
Miss Kelly


Family Storytime: Last of Session Special: Winter Things

What a fun Saturday! Last of Sessions are always bittersweet :) We have stories and puppets and theater and projects and snacks...suhweet! But saying goodbye to Family Storytime for a month and and half...oh, I'll miss you all! There's only one remedy for that, and that is come on back in to the library for the rest of the winter fun we offer*, or if you can't come in, stay on the blog, post a comment, and share what you and your kids are up to :) I would LOVE to hear from you!
Here are the books we used for puppets and theater:
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Winter Lullaby by Barbara Seuling; Ills. by Greg Newbold
Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen & Heidi E. Y. Stemple; Ills. by Brooke Dyer 
Ooh, three wonderful books about winter - and all of them favorites! The Mitten is a classic that I like to pull out every few years. Thanks to the Finger Lakes Library System, we have a lovely, stretchy mitten that we can borrow to use finger puppets with for this story. If you haven't read The Mitten yet, take a copy home sometime and revel in Jan Brett's lively and humorous illustrations!


Winter Lullaby is in the top 10 of my favorite books for winter. I love nature and love to share nature themes with your children. A book like this might otherwise be a bit slow for a storytime, but the puppets to help tell the story in the storytime setting :) I personally find the book to be one of those that help me to accept and enjoy winter. I need that this time of year!

Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep is another perennial favorite. Jane Yolen's wonderful, poetic version of the old lullaby "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" (or the German, "Schlaf, Kindlein, Schlaf") takes us all for an adorably sleepy ride to hibernation with many animals from our black bear to snakes to beavers and mice, with many other animals in between! If you like to sing, you can fit the melody in nicely with just a little tweaking as you enjoy the book together :)
Let's explore winter with a snowflake song!

Watch the Snowflakes
 
Watch the snowflakes, watch the snowflakes




Floating down, floating down,



They are falling softly, oh, so very softly,



To the ground, to the ground.



Use that song to encourage movement at home! Pretend you are dancers and see how slowly and gracefully you can dance! (It's OK if you tip over, it happens to me all the time ; ) Hey, is this the time of year for your family to spend more time indoors baking? Let's bake some gingerbread people together! 

Stir a Bowl of Gingerbread
 
Stir a bowl of gingerbread
Smooth and spicy-brown.
Roll it with a rolling pin
Up and down.
With a cookie cutter
make some little men
Put them in the oven
until half-past ten!

OK, remember how I mentioned the end of session for Family Storytime being bittersweet? Here's some more "sweet" to counteract the "bitter": Lego at the Library most Saturday afternoons; Families Learning Science Together, Saturday, January 13th; Children's STEAM Crafternoon, Wednesday, December 13th; Children's Poetry Writing Workshop, Friday, January 12th; Sit! Stay! Read! Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00; Preschool Art with Stiller Zusman Saturday, December 16th and whatever you do DON'T FORGET to join the Winter Reading Program!! Whether you have babies, toddlers or elementary school-aged kids, there will be something for you :) Earn a free book and a chance to win more prizes by picking up a fun bingo sheet, reading, and visiting the library with your kids! Please check our website or grab a flyer for specific times and other details :)

And when you do come in, be sure to say hello, and tell us about what you're reading and doing (think winter things!) with your winter time!
I hope to see you around!
Miss Kelly

Friday, December 8, 2017

Baby Storytime


What a sweet morning for our last baby storytime of the season!  I'm going to miss you all!

First we read...

Baby Loves to Wiggle Waggle by Stacy Sims

...and shared these rhymes and songs:

Love Somebody Yes I Do from Jbrary
Tune: Skip to My Lou

Love somebody yes I do,
Love somebody yes I do,
Love somebody yes I do
That someone is you.

Jiggle like jelly yes I will,
Jiggle like jelly yes I will,
Jiggle like jelly yes I will,
'Cause I can't sit still.

Climb a ladder, oh so high,
Climb a ladder oh so high
Climb a ladder oh so high
'Til I touch the sky.

Tick Tock

Tick-tock, tick tock,
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick-tock, tick tock,
Now I’m striking one o’clock.
Cuckoo!

Tick-tock, tick tock,
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick-tock, tick tock,
Now I’m striking two o’clock.
Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Bouncing We Will Go from Jbrary
Tune: Farmer in the Dell

A bouncing we will go
A bouncing we will go,
Hi ho the derry o
A bouncing we will go

A rocking we will go...
A tickling we will go...

Next we learned the baby sign for "all done".  Such a helpful baby sign to know!

Then we read....

In the Snow
by Elizabeth Spurr

...and sang these two songs:

Baby Put Your Pants On from Jbrary
Tune: Shortenin’ Bread

Baby put your boots on, boots on, boots on
Baby put your boots on, 1, 2, 3
Baby put your boots on, boots on, boots on
Baby put your boots on, 1, 2, 3

Foot to the left, foot to the right
Wiggle and jiggle and pull 'em up tight.
Foot to the left, foot to the right
Wiggle and jiggle and pull 'em up tight.

Baby put your boots on, boots on, boots on
Baby put your boots on, 1, 2, 3

Bumping Up and Down in My Little Blue Sled
from Jbrary

Early Literacy Tip

Read with your baby every day! Reading aloud stimulates your child’s imagination and senses.

We finished up with puppets, scarves and then said our goodbyes.   Baby Storytime returns on Friday, January 12th.  See you soon!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: Arctic and Antarctic Animals!

More fun at the Poles today with our toddler to preschool kids! Like last Saturday's Family Storytime goers, we had so much fun with the walrus song, I just have to give another shout out to it's creator, Brytani Fraser. It's brilliant :) Take a look at the Family Storytime post to check out how to do it with scarves :)
When choosing this week's theme, I figured Winter is on it's way - maybe we can learn a little something from the critters who live in the Arctic and Antarctic regions about how to survive :)

One way to get through the cold, northeastern months is to READ MORE BOOKS! (OK, maybe the animals on the north and south pole don't read books, but they would if they could ; ) Here's what we read today:
Way Up in the Arctic by Jennifer Ward; Ills. by Kenneth J. Spengler
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Way Up in the Arctic is one of a series of books by Jennifer Ward and Kenneth J. Spengler which explore different animal habitats by using the old, traditional tune "Over in the Meadow" as a springboard for awesome literary creativity :) If you have a young nature lover at your house, check out some of the other books in the series!
I just can't use Grumpy Pants with one storytime group and not the other, it just wouldn't feel right, so we read Grumpy Pants at T&PST as well as at FST :) For one thing, we needed an Antarctic animal book, and what better animal to highlight than the penguin? But more importantly, this is one of the more delightful books about how to cure the grumpies that I've ever read :) This book is a storytimer's gold mine: it talks about 1. penguins, 2. feelings, 3. bathtime, 4. underpants, and 5. Happy Bedtime Rituals. What more could one ask of a children's book?? My favorite thing to do with this book is follow it with the song, "If You're Grumpy and You Know It". I won't bother to put the words down here, because you already know what they are ; ) haha! But if you are feeling un-creative, (and maybe a little bit grumpy yourself?) and want the words, look here: If You're Grumpy... Have fun with it!
Here's a song about some different animals at the North and South Poles that you can move to:

Animals in the Arctic and Antarctic!
The Penguin on the ice goes
waddle, waddle, waddle,
waddle, waddle, waddle,
waddle, waddle, waddle!
The Penguin on the ice goes
waddle, waddle, waddle~
All through the day!
The polar bear in the water goes
Swim, swim, swim…..
The fox in the arctic goes
Sniff, sniff, sniff….
The hare on the tundra goes
Hop, hop, hop…


How did you move? I like pretending I have giant paws when the polar bear "lumbers." Plus, that's a great word isn't it? Lumbers?

Speaking of polar bears (and art!) here is an example of a fun, multi media project you can easily do with kids at home or school:

We used blue construction paper, white chalk, white crayons and cotton balls. As you can see, there are many potential ways to utilize each medium. You can make an art lesson out of this type of project by talking about the various ways the different elements you are working with look and feel on the paper :) Pull the cotton balls apart! Rub the chalk! Make your bear plaid or polka dotted! I used each medium for three different bears. Can you think of some other combinations?

Well, as I told the patrons that were at storytime today, our last Toddler & Preschool Storytime for the session is next Tuesday the 12th. I'm gonna miss you guys!! So you better keep on coming to the library ; ) Come to say hello, and get out books and movies and music, but also to sign up for our Winter Reading Challenge. It's a great way to keep everybody in the literary loop during the winter breaks from school! But any age can sign up. Find out more about that when you come in next.

And see you next time!
Miss Kelly 
P.S. Here's a great booklist! 


Booklist:

            Way Up in the Arctic by Jennifer Ward; Ills. by Kenneth J. Spengler

If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Winds Blow by Marianne Berkes; Ills. by Jill Dubin
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Little Penguin: The Emperor of Antarctica by Jonathan London; Ills. by Julie Olson
Baby Polar by Yannick Murphy; Ills. by Kristen Balouch
Polar Bear, Arctic Hare: Poems of the Frozen North by Eileen Spinelli; Ills. by Eugene Fernandes
Forever by Emma Dodd
My Little Polar Bear by Claudia Rueda
Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson; Ills. by Stephen Savage
I Am Pangoo the Penguin by Satomi Ichikawa
Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks
Little Peguins by Cynthia Rylant; Ills. by Christian Robinson
Penguins 1-2-3 by Kevin Schafer
Nonfiction:
            The Magic School Bus Presents: Polar Animals by Cynthia O’Brien J 591.7586
            Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth by Jim Arnosky J 591.74 Arnosky
Do Penguins Get Frostbite? Questions and Answers About Polar Animals by Melvin and Gilda Berger; Ills. by Higgins Bond J 591 Berger
The March of the Penguins from the film by Luc Jacquet; narration written by Jordan Roberts; photography by Jerome Maison J 598.47 March
Penguin Day: A Family Story by Nic Bishop J598.47 Bishop
Penguins and Antarctica by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce J 598.47 Osborne
Brrr! A Book about Polar Animals by Melvin and Gilda Berger J 591.7 Berger
Polar Bear Math: Learning About Fractions from Klondike and Snow by Ann Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel J 513.2 Nagda
DVD
            National Geographic's Really Wild Animals: Polar Prowl YS DVD J 591

Family Storytime: Arctic and Antarctic Animals!

Get ready - it will be winter soon! How do the animals who live in the coldest regions manage?? We learned a bit about that very thing today at storytime! Maybe we can all learn a little something about surviving winter from those amazing Arctic and Antarctic animals :) Here's what we read:
Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Winds Blow by Marianne Berkes; Ills. by Jill Dubin
If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer 
Marianne Berkes has several "Over in the..." books with various illustrators, so if you are teaching a lesson on a certain habitat, she is a great author to check out! Sing Over in the Arctic, if you like, and take a look at other authors who goes to town with "Over in the..." books, as well as other books about animals and nature: Jennifer Ward, April Pulley Sayre, and Laura Purdie Salas, to name a few...

Another book by the Minors, If You Were a Penguin, (very much like If You Were a Panda Bear which we read last week. See last weeks post!) has so much information between it's covers, and all of it presented so sweetly with Wendell's illustrations. Another age-spanning volume for the whole family to enjoy :)

Grumpy Pants is a joy. No matter what is going on in the storytime room, by the end of this book everyone is on the same page. Got a kid with the grumpies?? Share Grumpy Pants for some excellent ideas on how to cure them. But use warm water :) What?! Read the book and find out!

Let's talk penguins!

Three Baby Penguins
 



3 Three baby penguins waddling in the snow

Where they’re going nobody knows…
One does a belly-flop and off she goes! (Bye, bye!)
That leaves two baby penguins waddling in the snow!
 
2 Two baby penguins waddling in the snow
Where they’re going nobody knows…
Another one does a belly-flop and off he goes!
Now there’s one baby penguin waddling in the snow!
 
1 One baby penguin waddling in the snow
Where it’s going nobody knows…
She does a belly-flop and off she goes! (Bye, bye!)
That leaves NO baby penguins waddling in the snow!


We also went down to the ocean to help walrus wash his winter coat. Thanks to Brytani Fraser and Emily Lloyd for this brilliant props song - we love it! We used scarves for this song today:

The Walrus Washes His Winter Coat

Oh, the walrus washes his winter coat
down by the wavy ocean.
(make waves with hands!)
He adds some water and he adds some soap
(pour first with one hand, then the other!)
and he waitsand he waitsand he waits. (Finger tap wrist)
Then the laundry shakes, shakes, shakes (Just shake it up!)
The laundry shakes and shakes and shakes
The laundry shakes, shakes, shakes until it’s clean.
The laundry shakes, shakes, shakes
The laundry shakes and shakes and shakes
The laundry shakes, shakes, shakes
until it’s clean.
Another verse: The laundry spins, spins, spins (Spin it round!)


What a fun storytime! Just a reminder that next week will be our last Family Storytime for the session. We'll start up again in the beginning of February. (The scary part? It will be here before you know it!!) And for our last storytime on Saturday the 9th, we'll have a fun special. We'll bring out the puppet theater and puppets and have snacks and a project!

That's all I have time for! 
See you next time!
Miss Kelly

P.S. Here's a booklist!


Booklist:
            Way Up in the Arctic by Jennifer Ward; Ills. by Kenneth J. Spengler
If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Winds Blow by Marianne Berkes; Ills. by Jill Dubin
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
Little Penguin: The Emperor of Antarctica by Jonathan London; Ills. by Julie Olson
Baby Polar by Yannick Murphy; Ills. by Kristen Balouch
Polar Bear, Arctic Hare: Poems of the Frozen North by Eileen Spinelli; Ills. by Eugene Fernandes
Forever by Emma Dodd
My Little Polar Bear by Claudia Rueda
Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson; Ills. by Stephen Savage
I Am Pangoo the Penguin by Satomi Ichikawa
Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks
Little Peguins by Cynthia Rylant; Ills. by Christian Robinson
Penguins 1-2-3 by Kevin Schafer
Nonfiction:
            The Magic School Bus Presents: Polar Animals by Cynthia O’Brien J 591.7586
            Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth by Jim Arnosky J 591.74 Arnosky
Do Penguins Get Frostbite? Questions and Answers About Polar Animals by Melvin and Gilda Berger; Ills. by Higgins Bond J 591 Berger
The March of the Penguins from the film by Luc Jacquet; narration written by Jordan Roberts; photography by Jerome Maison J 598.47 March
Penguin Day: A Family Story by Nic Bishop J598.47 Bishop
Penguins and Antarctica by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce J 598.47 Osborne
Brrr! A Book about Polar Animals by Melvin and Gilda Berger J 591.7 Berger
Polar Bear Math: Learning About Fractions from Klondike and Snow by Ann Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel J 513.2 Nagda
DVD
            National Geographic’s Really Wild Animals: Polar Prowl YS DVD J 591