Tuesday, April 21, 2015

1000 Books Before Kindergarten - It's Finally Here!



1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading incentive program for children from birth to kindergarten.  Enjoying books with your baby, toddler or preschooler is the best way to get them ready to read on their own!  

A home life that includes positive experiences with reading and the library ensures positive attitudes for reading once in school.

Beginning April 18th, the Gail Borden Public Library is encouraging families to join this simple program.

This week in storytime your child will receive the directions for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and a bird page to record the first 100 books you read together.  Remember to include stories that your child hears at library storytimes - any and all books and stories count.  If you read ONE book per night, you'll reach 1,000 books before three years have passed!  Stop by the Help Desk in the Early Learning Center for more information on this exciting program!




Storytime Programs - Spring 2015, Week Six

Welcome to our sixth week of storytime programs in Spring 2015.  We offer storytimes for babies from birth on up. Some of our programs require pre-registration, others are drop-in.  Please check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information. We hope you are able to join us and share in the fun!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Baby Animals - Greening
Everywhere a Moo, Moo - Rookie Toddler

Rhyme: Clippity, Clippity, Clop
Clippity, clippity, clop
The horses go clip, clop
They gallop and gallop
They start and they stop
Clippity, clippity, clop

According to Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan & Kirker. pretending to be animals or imitating their movements helps your child's physical development.   


Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
I'm a Little Teapot - Kemp
Jack and Jill - Woodruff

Rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
So the itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again!

In her book, Reading Magic, acclaimed author, Mem Fox states that "Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they're four years old, they're usually among the best readers by the time they're eight."  Nursery rhymes give children great opportunities to not only develop their vocabulary, but also build memory and comprehension.

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Raindrop Plop - Lewison
Five Little Ducks - Ives
What Can You Do in the Rain? - Hines

Action Rhyme: This Is My Garden
This is my garden (extend hand forward, palm up)
I'll rake it with care (make raking motion on palm with 3 fingers of other hand)
And then some flower seeds, I'll plant in there (plant motion)
The sun will shine (make circle with hands)
And the rain will fall (let fingers flutter down)
And my garden will blossom (cup hands together, extend upward slowly)
And grow straight and tall

We are continuing our opposites theme with wet and dry this week.  This rhyme is a fun way of introducing your toddler to plants and what they need to grow.  During your next outdoor playtime or walk point out some of these to him - grass, trees, spring flowers, etc.  What words can you use to describe them?  Tall, short, hard, soft, green....?  

1, 2, 3, Go! (For children 1, 2, and 3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Dimity Duck - Yolen
If You're Hoppy - Sayre

Action Rhyme: Ducks on the Bus
The ducks on the bus go quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
The ducks on the bus go quack, quack, quack
All through the town!
Ducks...flap, flap, flap
Ducks...waddle, waddle, waddle

The toddlers enjoy this rhyme with the puppets in storytime but it is also an entertaining one to repeat at home. What other animals might be riding on the bus?  Frogs?  Rabbits?  What sounds and actions might they be making?  Have fun with this one!


StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Who Took the Farmer's Hat? - Nodset
When the Rooster Crowed - Lillie
Snappy Little Farmyard - Steer
Is There Room On The Featherbed? - Gray


Action Rhyme: Two Mother Pigs
Two mother pigs lived in a pen
Each had five babies and that made ten
These four babies were black as night
These four babies were black and white
And all eight babies loved to play
And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day
At night, with their mother, they curled in a heap
And squealed and squealed till they went to sleep

We talked about lots of things on the farm this week in storytime.  This is such a popular theme with preschoolers.  Be sure to check out additional  materials on this topic - books, puppets, puzzles, or CD's.  Ask at the Help Desk if we can be of assistance.









Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Storytime Programs - Spring 2015, Week Five

Welcome to our fifth week of storytime programs in Spring 2015.  We offer storytimes for babies from birth on up. Some of our programs require pre-registration, others are drop-in.  Please check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information. We hope you are able to join us and share in the fun!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Llama Llama Zippity-Zoom - Dewdney
Noodle Loves To Drive - Billet

Rhyme: I'm Flying High (Tune: I'm A Little Teapot)
I'm a little baby
I fly high
Here is the floor
Here is the sky
Like a little bird
Or butterfly
Now I go up
I'm flying high

Rhymes such as this one which incorporate movement - rocking, swaying, bouncing - help children develop their balance.  Of course they are fun too!

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Baby Be Kind - Cowen-Fletcher
I Can Share - Katz

Rhyme: Play With Me (Tune: Mary Had A Little Lamb)
Fluffy puppy by the tree
By the tree, by the tree
Fluffy puppy by the tree
Won't you come and play with me?
(Spotted ladybug/Little green frog)

This rhyme is a delightful one to share with the little ones in storytime.  They love to see the puppets!  Remember, we have puppets for check out in the Early Learning Center.  Ask at the Help Desk if you need assistance.   
  
Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Squeaky Clean - Puttock
One Duck Stuck - Root
You And Me: We're Opposites - Ziefert

Action Rhyme: After My Bath
After my bath I try, try, try
To rub myself till I'm dry, dry, dry
Hands to dry and fingers and toes
Two wet legs and one shiny nose
Just think how much less time it would take
If I were a dog and could shake, shake, shake!

We are continuing our opposites theme with dirty and clean this week.  Repeat this rhyme at home with your toddler.  Does he know all the body parts mentioned?  What else should he dry? Elbows, shoulders, hips.....   

1, 2, 3, Go! (For children 1, 2, and 3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Bear And Bee - Ruzzier

Rhyme: Here Is The Beehive
Here is the beehive (clench fist)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees
Watch and you'll see them come out of their hive
One, two, three, four, five (count on fingers)
Buzz, buzz, buzz!

In order to be ready to write, children need to have acquired the strength and dexterity to handle, and control, small objects with their fingers and hands.  Practicing rhymes like this one actively encourage this development.  

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
My Dream Playground - Becker
Building With Dad - Nevius
The Little Dump Truck - Cuyler

Action Rhyme: Five Little Nails
Five little nails, standing straight and steady
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam, bam, bam!  That nail goes down
Now there's just four nails to pound
(Four little nails...three, two, one, zero)

Just like in 1, 2, 3, Go! this week, this is another counting rhyme that will improve your preschooler's fine motor skills.  Find other opportunities too when you are with your preschooler to further strengthen these muscles and prepare him for writing - encourage coloring, cutting with scissors, picking up small items, rotating pieces in a puzzle.....





1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading incentive program for children from birth to kindergarten.  Enjoying books with your baby, toddler or preschooler is the best way to get them ready to read on their own!  

A home life that includes positive experiences with reading and the library ensures positive attitudes for reading once in school.

Beginning April 18th, the Gail Borden Public Library is encouraging families to join this simple program.

Next week at storytime, your child will receive the directions for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program and a bird page to record the first 100 books you read together.  Remember to include stories that your child hears at library storytimes - any and all books and stories count!





Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Storytime Programs - Spring, 2015, Week Four

Welcome to our fourth week of storytime programs in Spring 2015.  We offer storytimes for babies from birth on up. Some of our programs require pre-registration, others are drop-in.  Please check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information. We hope you are able to join us and share in the fun!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Bubbles, Bubbles - Sesame Beginnings
One Sunny Day - Salzano

Rhyme: Ten Little Bubbles
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP, POP, POP!

Repeating this rhyme at home with your little one is not only fun, it is also a great way of including counting in your playtime.  Of course the word POP is emphasized by a loud clap!

Children internalize numbers by hearing counting again and again in rhymes and songs.
Baby Storytime Magic - MacMillan & Kirker

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
When I Go To The Supermarket - Harker
Going Shopping - Garland


Rhyme: Three Tickles
Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel,
My little one shall have a tickle.
One for his nose,
And one for his toes,
And one for his tummy,
Where the good food goes!

What toddler doesn't love a good tickle from mom, dad, or a loved one?  The grownups are enjoying this playful rhyme as much as the little ones this week.  A great one to repeat over and over again!  

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Spring Is Here - Hillenbrand
Sleep Asleep - Rothstein
Farmyard Beat - Craig

Action Rhyme: This Little Child
This little child is going to bed (point to self)
Down on the pillow he lays his head (rest head on hands)
He wraps himself in covers tight (wrap hands across body)
And this is the way he sleeps all night (close eyes)
Morning comes, he opens his eyes (raise head, open eyes wide)
Off with a toss the covers fly (fling arms wide)
Soon he is up and dressed and awake (jump up)
Ready for fun and play all day (clap hands and turn in a circle)

We are continuing our opposites theme with asleep and awake this week.  Do you have a bedtime routine with your toddler?  Talk about it with him.  Does it include some storytime and some snuggling with mom or dad?  What about a bath?  Or a snack?       

1, 2, 3, Go! (For children 1, 2, and 3 years and a caregiver)

Book
Seven Hungry Babies - Fleming

Rhyme: Worms
Worms up, worms down (3 times)
Worms down, worms up (3 times)
Birds will come and eat you up!

Look for birds in your yard or on a spring walk with your toddler. Talk about what they look like.  Do they have wings?  What colors are they? What are they doing?  

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
I Want To Be An Astronaut - Barton
Mousetronaut - Kelly
Blast Off! - Doyle

Action Rhyme: Spaceships
One little, two little, three little spaceships
Four little, five little, six little spaceships
Seven little, eight little, nine little spaceships
Ten little spaceships ready
Countdown?  Ready?
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
(Everyone crouches lower and lower)
Blast off!  (Jump up or count with fingers and take off)

This is such a fun rhyme to repeat at home with your preschooler.  Not only does it incorporate counting up and counting down, but your child is sure to enjoy blasting off!  Repetition is key when it comes to learning.




This week's handout to the preschoolers included some information about an upcoming program here at the library - 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  Beginning April 18th, the Gail Borden Public Library is encouraging families to join this simple reading incentive program.  Stay tuned for more information.






Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Storytime Programs - Spring 2015, Week Three

Welcome to our third week of storytime programs in Spring 2015.  We offer storytimes for babies from birth on up. Some of our programs require pre-registration, others are drop-in.  Please check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information. We hope you are able to join us and share in the fun!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Sweet Dreams, Little Bunny - Boelts
Bunny Day - Scott

Bouncing Rhyme: Baby Bunny
Baby bunny bounces high
Baby bunny bounces low
Baby bunny blinks his eyes
Baby bunny waves goodbye

The babies and one year olds are talking about bunnies during this Easter season.  Pretending to be animals and imitating their movements helps your child's physical development.
Baby Storytime Magic - MacMillan & Kirker

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Somebunny Loves You - Gever
Follow The Bunny - Dillard

Rhyme: I'm A Little Bunny
I'm a little bunny
Watch me hop
Here are my ears
See them flop
Here is my cottontail
Here is my nose
I'm covered with fur
From my head to my toes

Repeat this rhyme at home with your child making sure to emphasize the different body parts.  Find some pictures of bunnies or perhaps a stuffed bunny toy.  Where are his ears, where is his tail...?

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
The Short Giraffe - Flory
I Wish I Could Fly - Maris
Tall - Alborough

Action Rhyme: Here Is A Nest
Here is a nest for robin (cup both hands)
Here is a hive for bees (fists together)
Here is a hole for bunny (make circle)
And here is a house for ME!  (make roof)

We are continuing our opposites theme with tall and short this week.  Who is tall in your family? Who is short?       

1, 2, 3, Go! (For children 1, 2, and 3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Flip, Flap, Fly! - Root
Wow! Said The Owl - Hopgood

Action Rhyme: Owl In The Tree
Owl in the tree goes hoo, hoo, hoo,
Owl in the tree goes hoo, hoo, hoo,
Owl in the tree goes hoo, hoo, hoo,
Skip to my lou, my darling.

Bee in the hive goes buzz, buzz, buzz...
Duck in the pond goes quack, quack, quack...
Rat in the barn goes gnaw, gnaw, gnaw...

Repeat this rhyme at home with your toddler.  Make up more verses by adding other animals and their sounds and homes - the cow in the field, the dog in the kennel, etc...


StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Chefs And What They Do - Slegers
How To Make A Pancake - Max
Hooray For Hoppy! - Hopgood
10 Easter Egg Hunters - Schulman

Action Rhyme: Mix A Pancake
Mix a pancake, stir a pancake
Pop it in a pan
Cook a pancake, toss a pancake
Catch it if you can!

Preschoolers often like to help in the kitchen.  Whenever possible, find a small way for your child to participate if you are cooking or baking - stir with a spoon, get out or measure ingredients for a recipe, identify letters on food packages... This is a fun opportunity for talking with and encouraging your child's cooperation at home.   



This week's handout to the preschoolers included some information about an upcoming program here at the library - 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  Beginning April 18th, the Gail Borden Public Library is encouraging families to join this simple reading incentive program.  Stay tuned for more information.







Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Storytime Programs - Spring 2015, Week Two

Welcome to our second week of storytime programs in Spring 2015.  We offer storytimes for babies from birth on up. Some of our programs require pre-registration, others are drop-in.  Please check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information. We hope you are able to join us and share in the fun!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Time For Bed - Horacek
Say Goodnight - Oxenbury

Rhyme: The Baby Is Trying To Sleep
The chicks say, "Cheep, cheep,"
The puppies say, "Woof, woof,"
The mommies say, "Shhh, shhh, the baby is trying to sleep."
The birds say, "Tweet, tweet,"
The kittens say, "Meow, meow,"
The daddies say, "Shhh, shhh, the baby is trying to sleep."

Make up silly rhymes and encourage your baby to imitate the words and sounds he hears.  This helps your child develop phonological awareness, or an understanding of the smaller parts of words.
Baby Storytime Magic - MacMillan & Kirker

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Playtime For Twins - Weiss
Baby Parade - O'Connell

Rhyme: Ten Little Children
One little, two little, three little children,
Four little, five little, six little children,
Seven little, eight little, nine little children,
Ten little boys and girls.

Repetition is key when it comes to learning anything.  Teach your toddler numbers by counting everywhere - count toys as you help your child put them away, count the items you put in your cart at the store, count toes while changing a diaper...

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
The Very Lonely Firefly - Carle
Sun Is Falling, Night Is Calling - Leuck
Night Lights - Gal

Action Rhyme: The Moon
Do you want to go up with me to moon?
Let's get in our rocket ship and blast off soon!
Faster and faster we reach to the sky
Isn't it fun to be able to fly?
We're on the moon, now all take a look
Sit back down, and I'll read you a book.

This is a fun action rhyme to share again with your toddler at home.  If, like many of our youngest customers, your child shows an interest in rocket ships and all kinds of transportation, be sure to check out some titles from our Rigs & Digs section in the Early Learning Center.   

1, 2, 3, Go! (For children 1, 2, and 3 years and a caregiver)

Books
I'm The Biggest Thing In The Ocean - Sherry
Ten Little Fish - Wood

Action Rhyme: I'm A Little Fishy
I'm a little fishy
Watch me swim
Here is my tail
Here are my fins
When I want to have fun with all my friends
I wiggle, wiggle, wiggle my tail and dive right in!

Your child is surely fascinated by all the creatures in the fish tank in the Early Learning Center.  On your next visit ask him about what he can see.  Do all the fish look the same?  Do they have arms and legs like your child?  Can he spot the turtle?  


StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Fire Engines - Rockwell
Alphabet Rescue - Wood
"Fire!  Fire!" Said Mrs. McGuire - Martin

Action Rhyme: Put Out The Fire
(Tune: Good Night Ladies)
Drive the fire truck
Drive the fire truck
Drive the fire truck
Let's all put out the fire.
Sound the siren...
Climb the ladder...
Squirt the hose...
Fire is all out (wipe forehead - Whew!)
Fire is all out
Fire is all out
We all put out the fire.
Drive the fire truck...
We all put out the fire (softly)

Your child is bound to enjoy repeating this rhyme with you at home!  If you'd like to read more about firefighters with your preschooler, be sure to check out some books in our Rigs & Digs section.  Just ask at the Early Learning Center Desk if you'd like some help.  Did you know we also have fire fighter themed puzzles available for check out?




This week's handout to the preschoolers included some information about an upcoming program here at the library - 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  Beginning April 18th, the Gail Borden Public Library is encouraging families to join this simple reading incentive program.  Stay tuned for more information!














Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Useful Literacy Tips from Reading Rockets


Letters are all around us! Here are some ideas from Reading Rockets on how to use print found in your everyday environment to help develop your child's reading skills. Click on the link below.

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/environmental-print