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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Family Storytime: Last of Session DIA!

Last of Session - such a sad title!  But DIA - DIA is a happy title! It's basically short for Children's Day/Book Day or El día de los niños, el día de los libros, and I'm glad we could share some great books with some great children today! We looked into several cultures and languages today: Chinese, Iroquois, Spanish, African, Indian, Yiddish,, we had so much fun!
Here are the books:
Beautiful Yetta: The Yiddish Chicken by Daniel Pinkwater; Ills. by Jill Pinkwater
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal; Ills. by Jess Golden
Spicy Hot Colors = Colores Picantes by Sherry Shahan; Ills. by Paula barragan
Catch That Goat! by Polly Alakija
Can you believe we read 5 books? PLUS a folktale ; ) Foreign language readers, puppets (and our wonderful puppeteers) help them all come to life!

I just loved reading Beautiful Yetta with David and Lucia - I've been wanting to use that book for a storytime for a while, and my wish finally came true when David volunteered to read the Yiddish for me. Thank you so much to David and Lucia for their help with this book!

The Wheels On the Tuk Tuk was the one carry-over from Toddler & Preschool Storytime DIA. I just think it is so much fun to get a [children's literary] glimpse into the cultures of other countries. The The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk is a book that really encourages audience participation, too - which is something we storytimers are always searching for! Not that all books for storytime have to be that way, but when they are, it's especially fun.

Reading A Nest in Springtime with Kai as she read the Chinese words was a joy as well! It's just magic to hear the different sounds of languages together within the same story. A big thank you to Kai for helping with our felt board book/story!

When it came to reading Spicy Hot Colors, even though most of the words are in English, after hearing Lucia read the Spanish portions of so many books now, (Lucia - along with Kai - is a wonderfully regular volunteer here at the library!) it occurred to me that she should just read the whole book with her beautiful voice. When Lucia reads "Red as chili sauce/Drip-drop/Spicy hot/Red as firecrackers/Snap! Bang!/Bebop Pop!/RED ROJO." it sounds a whole lot redder than when I read it out loud!! Thanks again, Lucia ; )

And finally, Catch That Goat! Another lively book! And what an adorable goat. Adelle, our Youth Services librarian, helped with a lot of that crazy goat's costume! And, back stage, she was our goat puppet's personal assistant ; ) along with doing some puppeteering herself! Adelle - you rock! Anna G., who managed the Goat, the Porcupine, and various other puppets today, has been a consistently awesome volunteer for Youth Services over the years. In The Porcupine's Quills, an Iroquois Folktale, Anna was the Porcupine! It wasn't until I saw the footage of that part of the program, I realized she just projected such... porcupine-ness! She is just fantastic with puppets, not to mention her wonderful Reader Is In skills, and all the other jobs she takes care of for TCPL. Anna, you are one of our volunteer super heroes!
Speaking of awesome volunteers, many thanks to Hannah for being videographer of the day! It's because of her that we were able to see from an audience's point of view how the theater and the many voices bring these wonderful books and stories to life. Thank you Hannah!

We added a little French with the traditional children's song, Frere Jacques. Here it is:

Frère Jacques, frère Jacques~
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines!
Sonnez les matines!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.
Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John~
Morning bells are ringing!

Morning bells are ringing!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.

That is a melody we use over and over again in storytimes. Think  "Leaves are Falling", "Geese are Flying", "Shake Your Shakers"...the list is practically endless. So it was fun to sing the actual song that goes with that melody! And the audience sang beautifully ; )

Did I mention the food?? We had snacks from around the world today, including: Seaweed from Japan, assorted cookies from Germany, (including those chocolate covered wafer thingies - how I love them!) Rice crackers from China, Coconut cookies from India, Salt and Vinegar Chips from England (an adult fave :) Corn chips from Mexico...and more. Uh oh, I'm getting hungry...!

And we made Peace Flags to wish for peace and inclusion around the world! I hung mine on my office wall:

Well, that's about it for this Family Storytime DIA post. I will try to add a link to some of the video Hannah created if I can get it edited a bit! Remember we take a break from Family Storytime until June 24th when we will start up Summer Family Storytime, but don't let that keep you from coming to the library on Saturday mornings! We still love seeing you! And the library will still have plenty of fun Saturday programming. Take home one of our popular Storytime Kits! You'll find them in the clear backpacks by the Youth Services first entrance. If there aren't any there, place a hold on one - they've been getting rave reviews :) We also will have LEGO® at the Library throughout the month of May on Saturday afternoons. As well, the Homeschool Resource Fair, Saturday, May 13 from10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the BorgWarner Community Room will be a good one to look out for. And Families Learning Science Together: Physics of Flight, Saturday, May 13, 1 to 2 p.m. in the  Thaler/Howell Programming Room is a Saturday program you won't want to miss!  There's more - so keep an eye on our calendar and get in here on Saturdays ; )

See you around!
Miss Kelly

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  1. I love your peace flags and I will do them with my little ones at Story Time here in Wichita, KS in the future!

    -Kelly Knudsen

  2. Thanks so much, Kelly! I think I'm going to be using them again soon, too. This year's Summer Reading theme in NYS is "Build a Better World." What better way than to promote peace? Happy crafting :)