Monday, December 30, 2013

Soup Storytime

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: Carrot Soup by John Segal

Song: Pease Porridge Hot
Book: Duck Soup
Song: ABCs 
Book: Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak

Craft: Alphabet Soup.  Glue a print out of a soup bowl on to a piece of construction paper and then draw ingredients to your soup, don't forget to add your alphabet noodles. 

Other books to checkout:
Octopus Soup by Mercer Mayer
Bravery Soup by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Chicken Soup by Heart by Esther Hershenhorn
Emeril's there's a chef in my soup!: recipes for the kid in everyone by Emeril Lagasse (JUV 641.5 LAG)



Monday, December 23, 2013

Lego Club 2013

Lego Club kicked off on Sept 19th with just a few Legos gathered from the community and a donation from a staff member.  The response was overwhelming and we had to add a third session.  We then received a wonderful donation from Elite Repeat which greatly increased our blocks.

Lego Club is held in the Storytime room on the 1st & 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:30-4:30.  We have a capacity of 20 kids.  Children grades K-5th grade can sign up for a session at the Children's Desk or call 405-372-3633 x8108 or email childrensreference@stillwater.org

Lego Challenge Themes
Sept 19th: Buildings
Oct 2nd: Nature
Oct 17th: Games & Sports
Nov 6th, 13th, & 21st: Things that fly
Dec 4th, 11th, & 19th: Food and/ or Holiday related


*Challenge themes are suggestions to get the creativity started but all children are encouraged to build whatever they can imagine. 



  
Find more images of what we have been building in our facebook album.

Books for the Lego fanatics:
LEGO play book: Ideas to bring your bricks to life  (JUV 688.725 LIP)
The LEGO ideas book: unlock your imagination   (JUV 688.7 LIP) 
Beautiful LEGO   (JUV 688.7 DOY)


Ho, Ho, Christmas Storytime

Spread the holiday cheer at the library! If the library is open we will be here doing our regularly scheduled storytimes.  This is a great time to bring out of town family members to a storytime, all are welcome!

Library Holiday Hours:
Dec. 24- Close at 5pm
Dec. 25- Closed
Dec. 26- Closed at 6pm
Dec. 30- Closed at 6pm (No evening storytime)
Dec. 31- Close at 5pm
Jan. 1- Closed


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: I've Seen Santa! by David Bedford
 
Song: Jingle Bells 
*we have jingle bells for the children to ring while singing

Book: Santa's Stuck by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Song: Ring, Ring, Ring the Bells (tune: Row, row, row your boat)
Ring, ring, ring the bells
Ring them loud and clear
to tell the children everywhere,
That Christmas time is here.

Book: Llama, llama holiday drama by Anna Dewdney

Craft: Ornaments.  We re-purposed old CDs to make ornaments to hang.  On one side the children glue an oversized circle piece of felt and on the other side is an image cut out of a greeting card.  We then add ribbon for it to be hung. 

Beyond Storytime: http://www.santa-t.com/

Other books to checkout:
Merry Christmas, Merry Crow by Kathi Appelt
The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson
The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland
Plus many more!
   

Monday, December 16, 2013

Teddy Bear Storytime




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: Everybody Has a Teddy by Virginia Kroll

Song: Teddy Bear, Jingle Bells
Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh! Hay!

Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh! Hay!

Dashing through the snow, with a Teddy bear in tow
O'er the fields we go, He wears a big red bow

Bells on Teddy ring, eyes that are so bright
Ho what fun to laugh and sing with Teddy bear tonight!

Oh! Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh! Hay!



Book: Best Bear by Emma Dodd

Action Rhyme: A Teddy Bear
Two tiny eyes
And a little, round tummy.
Two furry paws
For scooping up honey.
A soft, "snuggable" snout;
Ears that listen and care;
When you put them all together,
You have a teddy bear.


 
Book: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear illustrated by Michael Hague

Craft: Colored a holiday teddy bear

Beyond Storytime: The big display case in the North Lobby is featuring Holiday Bears, have your child count how many bears they can find.

Other books to checkout:
Where teddy bears come from by Mark Burgess
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Alphabears by Kathleen Hague  (Ms Elizabeth remembers this book from childhood!)
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne 
*Did you have a favorite teddy bear/ teddy bear story? Make sure to share those memories with your child.  My favorite will always be Pooh Bear!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Clothing/ Body Parts Toddler Time

Toddler Time is on Thursday at 9:30am and 10:30am and geared towards little ones age 12 months to 36 months.  What we did at Toddler Time:

Enter the Storytime Room and say hello to our doves.
Get your name written on a shape to put on our flannel board to show who is here today
*Tell Miss Elizabeth your name if you already have a shape with your name on it

Start with our welcome songs

Sing "Wake Up and Wiggle" aka song of the month!

Sing songs -
Do your ears hang low? with actions
Clap your hands



Read: Under my hood I have a hat by Karla Kuskin

Sing songs-
If you're happy and you know it (went through various body parts)
Head, shoulders, knees and toes
I have a nose



Read: How do I put it on by Shigo Watanabe

Songs with scraves/ bean bags-
This is the way
Jelly on my head

Everyone is then welcomed to stay and play with our baskets of books, toys, and stuffed animals.

Early Literacy Tip
We did stories and songs about body parts like hands, feet, eyes and ears plus the clothing that goes on those body parts. It’s great for children to learn the words of their body parts. You might even want to expand on what we do today by teaching your child words like spine, scalp, shins and ankles. The more words your child learns now the better prepared he or she will be for kindergarten. (Practice: Talking)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Moon and Stars Storytime




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: Kitten's first full moon by Kevin Henkes

Song: Twinkle, twinkle little star



Book: Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle
(note this book is not available for check out due to fold out pages)

Song: Climb aboard (tune- Itsy Bitsy Spider)

Climb aboard the spaceship/ we're going to the moon
(make climbing motions with hands and feet/ arms around head in circle shape)
Hurry up get ready/ we're going to blast off soon
(run in place)
Put your helmets on/ and buckle up real tight
(pretend pull on a helmet/ pretend buckle)
Here comes the countdown/ let's count with all our might
(bounce knees)
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 BLAST OFF!
(count down on fingers and jump for blast off)

Book: Star Climbing by Lou Fancher



Craft: Moon mobile. Hang stars off of a moon to create a mobile. We used construction paper shapes and yarn.

Beyond Storytime: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html#.UqeT5eL9yaM

Other books to checkout: 
The Moon over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston
And If the Moon Could Talk by Kate Banks
Mouse and the moon by M. Christina Butler

 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Movie

Start a new holiday tradition at Stillwater Public Library's Family Film Night

family movie nightStart your holiday festivities with a big screen trip to the North Pole!  The Stillwater Public Library is holding its second “Holiday Family Film Night” on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.  Participants will take an adventure on a magical holiday train headed to Santa’s home.

“Last year we had an amazing crowd at our evening holiday cinema,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian.  “We hope that families will attend together each year and make it part of their new holiday traditions.  This year though, we want to encourage parents to bring their little ones early so they can also register for a library card.  It will be a fun early holiday gift!”

Library cards are free to anyone, of any age who lives, works or goes to school in Payne County.  Children need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will need to show a photo ID and proof of Payne County residency.  Cards may be mailed to the home address in lieu of documents that show residency.

“Holiday Family Film Night” is free of charge and open to all ages.  It features popcorn and a PG rated movie shown on the library auditorium’s giant screen.  Children are invited to wear their pajamas, with shoes, and to bring a pillow or stuffed animal to the movie.  Please bring a water bottle with a closeable lid.

For more information about the movie, please call 405-372-3633 x108 or e-mail askalibrarian@stillwater.org.  Visit the library online at http://library.stillwater.org.

Library programs are sponsored by The Friends of the Library and KOSU.

Bears Toddler Time

Toddler Time is on Thursday at 9:30am and 10:30am and geared towards little ones age 12 months to 36 months.  What we did at Toddler Time:

Enter the Storytime Room and say hello to our doves.
Get your name written on a shape to put on our flannel board to show who is here today
*Tell Miss Elizabeth your name if you already have a shape with your name on it

Start with our welcome songs

Sing "Wake Up and Wiggle" aka song of the month!

Sing songs -
Itsy Bitsy Spider/ Giant Big Spider

Read No by Claudia Reuda

Sing songs-
If you're happy and you know it
Bear Went Over the Mountain

Read Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Illustrated by Michael Hague
*We read and did the actions to this classic rhyme


"This is..." opposite repetition 

Shakers - shake: fast/ slow, high/ low, quite/ loud, in front/ behind, stop/go
Shaker song- "Shake it" to the tune of Jingle Bells

Everyone is then welcomed to stay and play with our baskets of books, toys, and stuffed animals.

                                                       

Early Literacy Tip
Not all books you share have to be stories.... when you look at the pictures in a non-fiction book or read a wordless book your child is building background knowledge about the world. This will help them make sense out what they read later on.  You can also extend the story and ask the child to narrate when you have books that have limited words such as No. Reading with your children will help them get ready to read! (Practice: Reading)

Beautiful wordless books to checkout:
The Lion & the mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Thunderstorm by Arthur Geisert
A ball for Daisy by Christopher Raschka
Flotsam by David Wiesner


November Babytime Recap

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

In November we emphasized sounds.  Making noises such as animal sounds and action sounds are important aspects to your baby's development.  When you say animal sounds with your baby what your baby is really learning are the sounds WE say in our language.  This will help them become a good reader because they'll need to hear all those sounds in order to sound out words when they read.

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Books we read this month:
The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O'Connell
What the Baby Hears by Laura Godwin
The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort

What 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.playingwithwords365.com/2011/11/speech-and-language-development-birth-to-12-months/