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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dreaming big and making aliens

The kiddos and I made Dream Jars and Alien Creatures today! We had paint all over the place (don't worry, Town Crew Guys, newspaper was used!): on our faces, hands, glasses, and table!

Their dream jars were just as unique as their alien creatures! They shared dreams with one another and all agreed the Dream Bank was a great idea, thought up by one of their friends! Way to go, everyone!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Storytime Set-List Update

Many apologies for choosing to forego the setlists for some time, now. Instead of backtracking through to April/May storytimes, I will go ahead and start with the first storytimes of our summer program. We have had a great turn-out of new and returning friends. All ages are welcome to storytime - - if your older children feel they are "too old" for storytime but you want the experience for your younger children, do still come! Older siblings are welcome on the computers and to look through books and magazines appropriate for their age. We love seeing the whole family attend!

June 13 - Going to the Moon

Welcome song: Hello, How are You? by Dr. Jean

Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

Moon, Moon, Moon song by Laurie Berkner. We danced around with scarves.

On the Moon by Anna Milbourne and Benji Davis

I purposefully planned few stories and songs because....

We then made our own moon surfaces! I had pre-made water/flour dough/paste and tagboard circles. The children were able to move the paste around on their circles to create the surface of the moon. I provided plastic knives for the children who were uncomfortable touching the paste. A few children started out with the knives, but by the end everyone's hands and arms will covered in it! What fun!

Goodbye Songs: Big Books, Little Books AND The Other Day

June 20 - Night Creatures

This is the first storytime with this theme because there are just too many great night creature songs, stories, and movement activities!

Welcome Song: Hello, How are You? by Dr. Jean

While You Were Sleeping by John Butler

Fly me to the Moon by Laurie Berkner on her CD Rocketship Run. We danced and swayed around with scarves. We did not listen to the whole song as it was a bit long.

Lights Out, Nights Ow by William Boniface. We made the animal's sound on each page.

Bats are Sleeping (tune: Frere Jacques)
Bats are sleeping,
Bats are sleeping.
Upside down.
Upside down.
Sleeping in the morning,
Waiting for the night to come
To fly around,
To fly around.

We sang the song and did the actions about three times.

I'm a Little Bat by Marta Prims

3 Little Smelly Skunks by Colleen and Uncle Squaty - I had planned to get out my felt pieces, but was unable to find them. How sad! BUT....they had fun acting the song out with me! Using different props, we will do this song again in a few weeks.

Stand-by picture book was Whooo Goes There? by Jennifer Ericsson. We did not have time for it, but it is a really nice one.

Lastly, we listened to about a minute and a half of night sounds from the CD Sounds of the Night. There is no overlapping music - only night sounds. Some children choose to close their eyes so they could use their use better.

NEW good-bye song: Twinkle Friends by Dr. Jean

Good-bye song: The Other Day

Next week: Night Sounds!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Incredible Bats

This Friday the 22, we are pleased to offer a free program all about bats! Sharon Peterson will provide video, photos, and information all about bats.

Other libraries have given rave reviews and the Fall Creek Public Library anticipates a large crowd. All ages are welcome to come. Ages 8 and younger should attend with an adult or responsible older sibling/babysitter.

Please check out Incredible Bats website for more information. Their website also offers interactive games and activities for kids of all ages.

See you this Friday at 10am!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dream Big - Read!

Summer Reading Program registration is underway! We already have over 30 youth registered to keep track of their reading with 3 hours read documented in the library! Youth ages birth - 17 are encouraged to keep track of how many minutes they read or are read to. It is not too late to sign up!

Alongside reading for prizes, we are offering many activities and entertainers this summer. For a complete schedule, please check our bulletin, register for the summer reading program, and check our website . We have something for everyone!