Transportation Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Opposites! Big and Little, Day and Night Storytime

Did your child love one of our storytime books this week?  You can find them and more suggested books in our catalog under the tag: #oppositeday

Books:

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

This Is Big
This is big, big, big
This is small, small, small
This is short, short, short
This is tall, tall, tall
This is fast, fast, fast
This is slow, slow, slow
This is yes, yes, yes
This is no, no, no

So Big!
How big is baby?
So big! (stretch baby’s arms wide)
How small is baby?
So small! (bring baby’s hands close together)
How sweet is baby?
So sweet! (give baby snuggles and kisses)

Green Says Go
Green says go!
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says slow.
Slow.  Slow.  Slow.
And red says stop!
Go, go, go!
Slow, slow, slow.
And stop!

Opposites Chant
I say fast and you say…. SLOW!
Fast! Slow! Fast! Slow!
I say up and you say….DOWN!
Up! Down! Up! Down!
I say happy and you say… SAD!
Happy! Sad! Happy! Sad!
I say over and you say… UNDER!
Over! Under! Over! Under!

Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Verses: Low and High
Fast and Slow
Early and Late

Parachute Song
If you’re happy and you know it, lift it high!
If you’re happy and you know it, shake it fast!
If you’re happy and you know it, shake it slow!
If you’re happy and you know it, shake it low!

Go in and Out the Window

Go in and out the window,
Go in and out the window,
Go in and out the window,
As we have done before.

Go up and down the staircase . . .
Go round and round the village . . .
A Little Ball
A little ball,
(form circle with thumb and finger)
A bigger ball,
(form circle with hands)
A great big ball I see.
(form circle with arms)
Now let’s count them.
Are you ready?
One,(form circle with arms)
Two, (form circle with hands)
Three! (form circle with thumb and finger)

We hope to see you at storytime!

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Houses and Homes Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Homes and Houses Storytime

Did your child love one of our storytime books this week?  You can find them and more suggested books in our catalog under the tag: #homesandhouses

Suggested Books:

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

The Little Turtle
There was a little turtle,
He lived in a box
He swam in a puddle,
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito,
He snapped at a flea,
He snapped at a minnow,
And he snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito,
He caught the flea,
He caught the minnow,
But he didn’t catch ME!

Houses
Here is a nest for robin (cup both hands)
Here is a hive for bee (fists together)
Here is a hole for bunny (make a circle)
And here is a house for ME! (make a roof)

Eat Apples Tickle Rhyme
Ring the bell (Lift a lock of hair)
Knock at the Door (Tap on forehead)
Peek in (Point to eyes)
Lift the latch (lift nose)
Walk in (walk fingers toward mouth)
Go way down to the cellar (Walk fingers down to tummy)
And eat apples! (Tickle tummy!)

To Market To Market Knee Bounce
To market, to market to buy a fat pig
Home again, home again jiggety jig
To market, to market to buy a fat hog
Home again, home again jiggety jog
To market, to market to buy a plum bun
Home again, home again market is done (give a hug)

Beehive Fingerplay
Here is a beehive (make a fist)
But where are the bees? (shrug shoulders)
Hiding inside where nobody sees (point to fist) Soon they’ll come out of their hive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (open fingers one at a time)

Go in and Out the Window
Go in and out the window,
Go in and out the window,
Go in and out the window,
As we have done before.

Go up and down the staircase,
Go up and down the staircase,
Go up and down the staircase,
As we have done before.

Go round and round the village,
Go round and round the village,
Go round and round the village,
As we have done before.

We hope to see you at storytime!

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Transportation Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Cars and Trucks and Things that Go! Storytime

Did your child love one of our storytime books this week?  You can find them and more suggested books in our catalog under the tag: #thingsthatgo

Books:

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Hurry, Hurry Drive the Fire Truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding
(More: turn the corner, climb the ladder, spray the water, back to the station)

Choo Choo Train
This is a choo choo train
Puffing down the track
Now it’s going forward
Now it’s going back

Now the bell is ringing (ding ding)
Now the whistle blows (toot toot)
What a lot of noise it makes
Everywhere it goes!

The Airplane
The airplane has great big wings:
arms outstretched
Its propeller spins around and sings, “Vvvvvv!”
make one arm go round
The airplane goes up:
lift arms
The airplane goes down:
lower arms
The airplane flies high
arms outstretched, turn body around
Over the town!

 

Up and Down Action Rhyme
Up and down
Round and Round
Put your fingers on the ground
Over, Under, Inbetween
Now my fingers can’t be seen
Hands in front
Hands behind
Now my hands I cannot find
Here is my left hand
Here is my right
Hands and fingers back in sight!

Down by the Station
Down by the station
Early in the morning, (Circle Arms like the Sun)
See the little puffer bellies (Make goggle eyes)

All in a row. (Use hands to mark out a row)
See the engine driver (Make goggle eyes)
pull the little handle, (Pull an imaginary handle)
Puff, Puff, toot, toot, off we go!

Lap Bounce Song: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

2) Twist, twist, twist your boat…
3) Bounce, bounce, bounce your boat…
4) Sway, sway, sway your boat…
5) Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your boat…
6) Tickle, tickle, tickle your boat…

This Little Train Tickle
This little train ran up the track
Trail fingers up baby’s arm from fingers to shoulder
It went Choo Choo!
Tap baby’s nose!
And then it ran back.
Trail fingers back down baby’s arm.

The other little train ran up the track
Trail fingers up baby’s other arm from fingers to shoulder
It went Choo Choo!
Tap baby’s nose!
And then it ran back.
Trail fingers back down baby’s arm.

Green Says GO!
Green says, “Go” (march in place quickly)
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says, “Slow!” (march slowly)
Slow…slow….slow
And red says “stop!” (stop suddenly)
Go !Go! Go! (move fast)
Slow…slow….slow (move slowly)
and STOP! (stop)

We hope to see you at storytime!

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

Let’s Build! Stories

Did your child love one of our storytime books this week?  You can find them and more suggested books in our catalog under the tag: #let’sbuild

Let’s Build Stories: 

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Bumpity Bumpity Goes the Trump Truck
Bumpity bumpity goes the dump truck,
Bumpity bumpity goes the dump truck,
Bumpity bumpity goes the dump truck,
Dump out the load (Tip child to the side)

Jamie Works with One Hammer
Jamie works with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer, (pound one fist on ground)
Jamie works with one hammer, and now he works with two! (pound two fists on ground)

Jamie works with two hammers, two hammers, two hammers, (pound two fists on ground)
Jamie works with two hammers, and now he works with three!  (pound two fists and stomp one foot)

Jamie works with three hammers, three hammers, three hammers, (pound two fists and stomp one foot)
Jamie works with three hammers, and now he works with four! (pound two fists and stomp both feet)

Jamie works with four hammers, four hammers, four hammers, (pound two fists and stomp both feet)
Jamie works with four hammers, and now he needs a nap! (collapse onto ground)

Cranes
Cranes reach up
(reach up)
Cranes reach down
(reach down)
Cranes reach out,
(reach straight out.)
And all around.
(turn around).

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.

Construction Worker Song (Tune: “Here we Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we pound our nails,
pound our nails, pound our nails.
This is the way we pound our nails,
So early in the morning

Other verses:
saw our wood
use a screwdriver
drill a hole
stack the bricks
paint the walls
stir the paint

London Bridge

London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.

Verses: Build it up with sticks and stones …

Build it up with iron bars …

 

We hope to see you at storytime!

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

Snake Stories at Handley Regional Library

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Be a Friend Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Storytime Friends, this week we’re reading all about friendship.  Join us at storytime at one of our branches or read along at home.  Find the times and locations here: Calendar of Events

Books to Share:

 All of these books can be found in the HRL catalog by searching for the tag:  #beafriend

Rhymes and Songs: 

Where is Thumbkin?
Tune: Frere Jacques

(Begin with hands behind back)
Where is Thumbkin? Where is thumbkin?
Here I am. Here I am.
(hands forward, thumbs up)
How are you today, sir?
(Wiggle thumbs as if ‘talking’ to each other)
Very well, I thank you.
Run and play. Run and play.
(hands run behind back)

Where is Pointer? Where is Pointer?
Where is tall man? Where is tall man?
Where is ring man? Where is ring man?

Make New Friends
Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.

A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I’ll be your friend.

A fire burns bright,
it warms the heart.
We’ve been friends,
from the very start.

You have one hand,
I have the other.
Put them together,
We have each other.

Skinnamarink
Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

I love you in the morning,
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening,
Underneath the moon…

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

The More We Get Together
The more we get together
Together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

 

Worker Wednesday: A Bowman STEM Activity for Preteens and Teens

The Bowman Library will be offering a summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program aimed at preteens and teens beginning July 5th.

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Each Wednesday at 5:30 pm we will have something different to explore with special presenters and hands on activities for preteens and teens, ages 9 to 17. Space is limited so registration is required to participate, but observers are welcome. Space is limited on most dates so book mark this page to have a direct link to the registration page for each event!

July 5th – Squishy Circuits! 
legoDiscovering and making electrical circuits!

See a demonstration of a Tesla Coil in action, then get hands-on to learn about electricity by creating and lighting your own circuit with conductive play dough.

July 12th – Sound Waves

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Discovering sound waves and musical pitch.

Learn how sound is created and explore musical terms with pitch. Use this knowledge to create music with Boomwhackers in different octaves, observing how the size changes the sound.

July 19th – Stone Stacking (ages 11-17)
steinmann-60007_640_burnedDiscover the challenge of stone stacking!

Local Stone Stackers will demonstrate their patience and knowledge of balance as they build creative stone  structures. There will be 8 teams creating their rock stack. (This event is for ages 11 – 17 for strength requirements and safety for all participants.)

July 26 – Animal Habitats
squirrel-47528_1280Discover the wonder of animals and their homes–burrows, nests, dens, dams.

Valley Wildlife Care will talk about how animals prepare their homes within a habitat that provides shelter and nearby food.

August 2 – Wood Plank Construction
keva_burnedTake the challenge to build with KEVA planks and construction materials.

Groups of teens will work together on challenges using wooden planks. Who can build the tallest tower? The widest bridge? Recreate a complex structure or a maze!

August 9 – Build-A-Band (All Ages Welcome!)
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Discover how to build a band with sound, style, and musicians!

Teens and their families will enjoy a performance by the Amber Waves Band while they learn about the instruments that make up a bluegrass band and their individual roles.

Birthdays and Celebrations Storytime @ Handley Regional Library


Books:

You can find these books in the Handley Regional Library catalog by searching for the tag: #partywithabook.

Rhymes:

Pat-a-Cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Prick it and pat it and mark it with a “b”
And put it in the oven for Billy and me

Birthday Cake
Ten candles on a birthday cake
(hold up hands with palms facing out and fingers extended)
All lit up for me
(wiggle fingers)
I’ll make a wish and blow them out
Watch and you will see.
(blow and bend fingers down)

Ms. Muffet
Little Miss Muffet,
sat on her tuffet,
eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
which sat down beside her,
and frightened
Miss Muffet away.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, jump up high.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, bend down low.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your toes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn off the light.
Everybody say shh!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight.

Songs:

Happy Birthday

Two for Tea – Jim Gill

Celebrate!

Sign Language:

Happy:

Cake:

Eat:

More:

Party:

Fireworks and Fun for the 4th of July Storytime

 

Happy Birthday, America!

We’re celebrating Independence Day at storytime this Saturday at Bowman Library.  Check out these picture books all about 4th of July celebrations and adventures.  Find them in our catalog under the tag: #july4th

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

Fireworks

Fireworks go
snap, snap, snap (snap fingers)
crack, crack, crack (slap knees)
zap, zap, zap (make flashing motions with hands)
Fireworks make me
clap, clap, clap (clap hands)
on Independence Day!

 

We hope to see you at storytime!

 

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

On the Sea Storytime at Handley Regional Library

This week’s storytimes have been all at sea!  Want to read more about boats, ships, and pirates?  Check out some of these books from our storytimes: 
You can find these suggested books in the Library Catalog by searching for the tag: #onthesea

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row, your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Rock, rock, rock the boat,
Sway from side to side,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
What a bumpy ride!

Sail, Sail, Sail Your Ship
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Sail, sail, sail your ship
Gently over the sea
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
A pirate’s life for me!

If you’re a pirate and you know it

If you’re a pirate and you know it,
swab the deck (swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
swab the deck (swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
then you’ll hear the sea winds blowin.
If you’re a pirate and you know it,
swab the deck (swish, swish)

If you’re a pirate and you know it, walk the plank (stomp, stomp)

If you’re a pirate and you know it, say ahoy
Ahoy! (with arm movement)

The Day I Went to Sea
When I was one (hold up one finger)
I sucked my thumb (mock sucking thumb)
The day I went to sea.
I jumped aboard a pirate ship (jump)
And the captain said to me. (point to self)
We’re going this way (lean and sway while pointing right)
And that way (lean and sway while pointing left)
And forward (rock/walk forward)
And backward (rock/walk backward)
Across the deep blue sea. (spin in circle)

When I was two, I tied my shoe . . .
When I was three, I scraped my knee . . .
When I was four, I shut the door . . .
When I was five, I  learned to dive . . .

A Pirate Went to Sea Tongue Twister
A pirate went to sea, sea, sea
To see what he could see, see, see
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea

My Bonnie
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
my Bonnie lies over the sea,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
O bring back my Bonnie to me.

Chorus:
Bring back, bring back,
O bring back my Bonnie to me, to me:
Bring back, bring back,
O bring back my Bonnie to me.

O blow ye winds over the ocean,
O blow ye winds over the sea.
O blow ye winds over the ocean,
And bring back my Bonnie to me.

We hope to see you at storytime!

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.