Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Friendship Storytime

Everyday is a great day to celebrate friends!

Opening Song: The More We Get Together

*We sing and clap to our opening song.  All Stillwater Public Library story times start with this song and the children learn that song means story time is starting.
 
Book: A Friend Like You by Tanja Askani
 
 
Book: The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner
 
Song: If You're Friendly... (sung to If you're happy and you know it)
 
Book: Make a Wish Bear by Greg Foley
 
Craft: Make a card to send to a friend. Our card showed a picture of two friends holding hands.

Beyond Storytime: Head to a playground around Stillwater and make a new friend.
 
Other Books to Checkout:
When No One is Watching by Eileen Spinelli
Waddles by David McPhail
How to Be Friends with a Dragon by Valeri Gorbachev
Chicken, Pig, Cow Horse Around by Ruth Ohi
 
And for adults: 
The Friendship Crisis: finding, making, and keeping friends when you're not a kid anymore by Marla Paul (302.3 PAU)
How to start a conversation and make friends by Don Gabor (153.6 GAB)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Time/ Days of the Week Storytime




Understanding time, days of the week, and months in the year can be a difficult concept for kids.  Talking about time and ways we measure time (clocks and calendars) can start helping kids learn about such an intangible topic.



Opening Song: The More We Get Together
*We sing and clap to our opening song.  All Stillwater Public Library story times start with this song and the children learn that song means story time is starting.





Book: Bats Around the Clock by Kathi Appelt

Song: Hickory Dickory Dock



Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Song: Addams Family Days of the Week song



Book: One Lighthouse One Moon by Anita Lobel

Craft: Mouse ran up the clock- using a mouse on a string.



Beyond Storytime: http://www.timemonsters.com/

Other Books to Checkout:

And for adults: 
Time management for dummies by Jeffery Mayer (658.4 MAY)
   
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Dr. Seuss Storytime




Dr. Seuss is a very important author in children's literature.  To celebrate Dr. Seuss and children's literature the National Educational Association promotes Read Across America.  Learn more here.




Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book?



Opening Song: The More We Get Together 

*We sing and clap to our opening song.  All Stillwater Public Library story times start with this song and the children learn that song means story time is starting.




Extra: Explore the library's Dr. Seuss pop up book




Song: I'm gonna shake my sillies out






Craft: Create your own paper Dr. Seuss hat.  The children can color the stripes in the Dr. Seuss hat and then attach a paper head band to create the hat.

Beyond Storytime: Find out more about Dr. Seuss and play games!
 Other Books to Checkout:
Anything by Dr. Seuss! Look in the picture book and easy reader sections.
Biographies found under B SEU

And for adults:


Monday, February 17, 2014

Valentine's Day Storytime




Happy Valentine's Day

Opening Song: The More We Get Together 

*We sing and clap to our opening song.  All Stillwater Public Library story times start with this song and the children learn that song means story time is starting.



Song: If you Love Me and You Know It (tune: If your happy and you know it)
If you love me and you know, Clap your hands....
Say I "I Love You"
Blow a kiss
Give a hug 



Finger Play: Make a Heart
I put my hands together,
this is how i start;
I curve my fingers right around
and I can make a Heart! 


Book: Never Too Little to Love by Jeanne Willis (Storyhour book)


Craft: Heartful Pig. Using a large pink heart for the face, small pink hearts for the ears and nose create a pig face for a Valentine's card.  "Hogs and Kiss for you!"


 Other Books to Checkout:
Will You Be My Valenswine? by Teresa Bateman

Monday, February 10, 2014

Olympic Storytime


 
Sochi 2014 is here and Stillwater Public Library is ready to cheer on all the Olympians!  Have your child enroll in our Winter Reading Program.  We are encouraging all our Olympic readers to make reading a daily habit.

Opening Song: The More We Get Together 

*We sing and clap to our opening song.  All Stillwater Public Library story times start with this song and the children learn that song means story time is starting.

Book: Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman

Song: At the Olympics (sung to "Did you ever see a lassie?")




Song:The Olympic Games (sung to "Mary had a little lamb")




Craft: Ice skates.  Glue silver painted craft stick on to a paper cut out of an ice skate.  Use yarn to lace up the skates.

Beyond Storytime: 


Other Books to Checkout:
Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester
Dream Big, Little Pig! by Kristi Yamaguchi
Good Sports: rhymes about running, jumping, throwing and more by Jack Prelutsky & Chris Raschka

   

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

January Babytime Recap



Babytime is Tuesdays at 9:30am in the Storytime Room.

In January we emphasized Colors.  While learning the colors will be an ongoing process for many years, using as lots of descriptive words while talking to your baby helps improve their vocabulary.  As you get in the habit of pointing out objects and describing them,

When your baby begins to say a few words, repeat what she says and add to it.  For example, if your baby says “dog,” respond with “Yes, that is a really big, brown dog.” 

Books read this month:
Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see? by Bill Martin
Colors by Roger Pare (E535.6 Pare)
Go!Go! Bobo: Colors by Simon Basher
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Cat's Colors by Jane Cabrera
Flappy waggy wiggly  by Amanda Leslie (Storyhour Book)

Favorite Song: Baa Baa Black/White Sheep

What (usually) Happens in Babytime:
Start with our Welcome Song: The More We Get Together
Sing a nursery rhyme or other songs
Read a book
Do movement songs or action rhymes
Read a book or pass out a board book to each family.  This time allows the parent to read with their child on their lap and create a safe and familiar space for the baby to explore a book such as holding it and turning pages.
Pass out scarves to play peek a boo
Repeat our welcome song
Bring out the bin of toys to play.

Parent Tip: http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/play/playing-with-babies.html

Monday, February 3, 2014

Groundhog's Day Storytime



Punxsutawney Phil has predicted six more weeks of winter.  Are you excited?

Opening Song: The More We Get Together 

*We sing and clap to our opening song.  All Stillwater Public Library story times start with this song and the children learn that song means story time is starting.



Fingerplay: Five Little Groundhogs 



Fingerplay: Groundhog in his hole

Book: Bear's Shadow by Frank Asch (library copy of oversized book) 



Craft: Pop-up groundhog.  Use a Styrofoam cup as the burrow, decorate the outside like the woods.  Attach an image of a groundhog on a straw.  Poke the straw through the bottom of the cup and move it up and down to make the groundhog pop out of the burrow!   

Other books to checkout: