Kittens and Cats Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

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Meow!  Here’s some purrrrfect picture books, poems, and songs about cats that we’ll be sharing at our storytimes this week.

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Mama cat has three kittens

  • Mama cat has three kittens / Denise Fleming – JE Fleming
  • Denise Fleming’s trademark vibrant illustrations bring visual interest to this simple, gently humorous tale of three kittens, two who copy everything their mother does, and one who does not.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Pretend you're a cat

  • Pretend you’re a cat by Jean Marzollo; pictures by Jerry Pinkney – JE Marzollo

“In these rollicking verses . . . author Jean Marzollo urges young readers to stretch their minds as well as their bodies, thinking and acting like a fish or bird or chick or cow–or a leaping, hissing, purring kitty.”

 

 

Book Jacket for: Posy!

  • Posy! by Linda Newbery ; illustrated by Catherine Rayner – JE Newbery
  • Posy the kitten has lots of adventures catching spiders, swiping crayons, tangling yarn, and cuddling.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Cat nap

  • Cat nap by Toni Yuly – JE Yuly
  • Cat loves to nap. If only he could find a good resting place to hide from playful (and wide awake) Kitten! Opposites and hide-and-seek make this a fun story for nap time — or anytime.

 

 

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: .  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

“The Cat Came Back” is available on The ultimate Laurie Berkner Band collection – J CD Berkner

“If You’re a Kitten and You Know It”

If you’re a kitty and you know it lick your paws. (pretend to lick paws)
If you’re a kitty and you know it lick your paws.
If you’re a kitty and you know it then your face will surely show it.
If you’re a kitty and you know it lick your paws.

Continue with:
…show your claws (show claws)
…swish your tail (wiggle bottom)
…say “Meow!”

 

Hey Diddle Diddle Bouncing Rhyme

Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle.
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed, to see such a sight.
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

 

Two Little Cats Fingerplay

Two little cats sitting on my windowsill,
One names Jack and one named Jill.
Run away, Jack! Run away, Jill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

Literacy Tip: Playing with Sounds

Hearing and making animal sounds helps your child hear different kinds of sounds in language.

Down Around the Corner

Down around the corner at my mom’s pet store
were five little kitties, and not one more.
Along came someone with a nickel to pay
and they bought the little kitty and they took it away. (continue counting down)

Tiptoe Soft by Margaret Hillert

Tiptoe soft as a pussycat,
Soft on little cat feet.
Flap your wings like a baby bird.
Open your beak for a treat.
Clomp, clomp, clomp like a big old horse.
Pick up a hoof, and then
Tip, tip tip on the tips of your toes
Soft as a cat again.

I’m a Little Kitty Cat
(Tune: “I’m a little teapot”)

I’m a little kitty cat
Nice and sweet
Here are my whiskers
And here are my feet
When I go out hunting
Mice beware
Or you might just have a scare!

Gray Cat, Gray Cat

Gray cat, gray cat,
Swish your fluffy tail.
Gray cat, gray cat,
Swish your fluffy tail.
Silky ears and velvet paws,
When you’re mad
You show your claws.
Gray cat, Gray cat,
Swish your fluffy tail.


We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Storycrafters – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Preschool Time – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM

Handley Library
Preschool Time – Mondays @ 10:30AM
Baby and Me – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM
Toddler Time – Thursdays @ 10:30AM

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

Pirate Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

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Avast me hearties, ’tis a pirate storytime this week.  Get ready to swashbuckle your way through these good books:

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: How I became a pirate

  • How I became a pirate by Melinda Long ; illustrated by David Shannon – JE Long
  • Jeremy Jacob joins Braid Beard and his pirate crew and finds out about pirate language, pirate manners, and other aspects of their life.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Pirates don't take baths

  • Pirates don’t take baths by John Segal – JE Segal
  • A young pig tries to avoid taking a bath by claiming to be a variety of characters, from an astronaut to an Eskimo, as his mother tries to lure him into the tub.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Pirate nap : a book of colorsPirate Nap a book of Colors by Danna Smith – JE Smith

  • Two brothers use their imaginations to turn their surroundings–from a white bandana and yellow coins to a red blanket and even their baby sister– into a colorful pirate adventure before naptime.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Shiver me letters : a pirate ABC

  • Shiver me letters : a pirate ABC by June Sobel ; illustrated by Henry Cole.
  • Having decided that R is not enough for them, a bumbling band of pirates sets sail on a quest to capture the rest of the alphabet.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Charlotte Jane battles bedtime!

  • Charlotte Jane battles bedtime! by Myra Wolfe ; illustrated by Maria Monescillo – JE Wolfe
  • From the day Charlotte Jane was born on a pirate ship she has had “formidable oomph,” but when she succeeds in conquering sleep by staying up all night, her oomph seems to weigh anchor.

 

These books, and may more about pirates can be found at the Handley Regional Library.  Find the books we used for this storytime here: Pirates Storytime Booklist

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

Book Jacket for: Sea music a gathering of sea songs / [sound recording] :

  • “Farewell to Nova Scotia” and “Cape Cod Girls” from: Sea music [sound recording] : a gathering of sea songs / Dan Zanes and Festival Five folk.
  •  J CD Zanes

 

 

 

Fingerplay: “Ten Little Pirates”
Ten little pirates stood in a row (hold up all ten fingers)
They bowed to their captain so (lower and raise fingers)
They marched to the left (march hands to left)
And marched to the right (march hands to right)
They shouted yo-ho! (cup hands over mouth)
And gave their captain a fright (act scared, cover mouth with hands)

Song: “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


We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Mondays @ 11AM – Toddler Time
Tuesdays @ 6PM – Storycrafters
Wednesdays @ 11AM – Preschool Time
Thursdays @ 11AM – Baby Time
Saturdays @ 11AM – Preschool Time

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

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

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emotions-booklist-title-cardLife with toddlers and preschoolers can sometimes be a storm of emotions.  Parents and caregivers can help their children succeed in school and in life by helping them learn to regulate these emotions and to express them in healthy, socially appropriate ways.  One great way you can do this is by reading books with your children.

The ability to recognize and name our own emotions and those of other people is the foundation of emotional regulation and empathy.  You can begin teaching emotional literacy with any fictional book by naming the emotions of the characters, but many picture book authors have also created books specifically designed to teach children a vocabulary of emotions.  Research has found that simply naming an emotion can help to tame its effects, so having a broad vocabulary for the many feelings they experience will help children regulate these emotions.

With that in mind, Youth Services has prepared a list of books in the Handley Regional Library collection to help you teach emotional literacy: Feeling Blue, Seeing Red: Emotions Booklist.

This article from Mind/Shift explains some other simple, easy to implement techniques to foster emotional intelligence and emotional regulation.

The Benefits of Helping Preschoolers Understand and Discuss Their Emotions

For parents who are interested in exploring this subject further, this article from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University provides more practical tips and a list of references for further reading: http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/wwb/wwb21.html

 

Moon Festival Tomorrow @ Bowman Library

Have you noticed the new bulletin board at Bowman Library?  If you haven’t stop by and check it out!

file_000-1The board now features hand-drawn art by Lydia Luo, a recent graphic design graduate, advertising the up-coming Mid-Autumn Moon Festival that will happen at Bowman Library tomorrow, Sept. 13, at 6PM.

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The Moon Festival will feature:

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  •  Re-tellings of Chinese Folktales about the Moon
  • A Bilingual Puppet Show
  • Craft Shadow Puppets to take home
  • Chinese Calligraphy Lessons
  • Tea and Mooncakes
  • Telescopes set up for Moon Observation
  • And More!

 

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Moon and Sun Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

moon-and-sun-storytime-title-cardThe mysterious markings on the moon have inspired many stories.  In America, we tell stories of the Man in the Moon.  Other cultures see a rabbit imprinted on the moon.

In China, Japan, and Korea, the moon rabbit is called the Jade Hare.  In China, these stories are often told during the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.  Bowman Library will be hosting a Moon Festival Celebration this year on Tuesday, Sept. 17 @ 6PM.  We hope you join us for this fun and education festival!

In honor of our Moon Festival, the storytimes this week are focusing on books about the Moon and the Sun.  Here are a few books to introduce young children to earth’s most prominent celestial bodies.


Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Papa, please get the moon for me

  • Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle – JE Carle
  • Monica’s father fulfills her request for the moon by taking it down after it is small enough to carry, but it continues to change in size. Some pages fold out to display particularly large pictures.

 

 

Book Jacket for: What the sun sees, what the moon sees

  • What the sun sees, what the moon sees / by Nancy Tafuri – JE Tafuri
  • Contrasts the world as viewed in sunlight with the quiet night world in moonlight.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Sun and moon

  • Sun and moon by Lindsey Yankey – JE Yankey
  • Although he has always stayed in his own place in the sky, Moon asks to trade places with Sun for one day, but when Sun asks Moon to carefully examine the night, Moon has a change of heart.

 

These books can be found in the Handley Regional Library catalog under the tag: Moon and Sun Storytime Booklist.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

“Mr. Sun” can be found on: Singable Songs for the Very Young – J CD Raffi

Sally Go ‘Round the Sun

Sally go round the sun, (circle left)
Sally go round the moon. (circle right)
So go round the stars, (circle left)
Every afternoon.  (circle right)

Twinkling Stars

At night I see the twinkling stars, (wiggle fingers)
And the Great Big Shining Moon (circle arms)
My mama tucks me into bed (fist under chin)
And sings this goodnight tune (sing a lullaby)

“Moon, Moon, Moon” can be found on Victor Vito – J CD Berkner

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Were going to the moon
Zoom Zoom Zoom
Were going to the moon
We’ll climb aboard a rocket ship
And go upon a little trip
Zoom Zoom Zoom
Were going to the moon
5. .4. .3. .2. .1. . Blast off.

Literacy Tip: Background Knowledge

Share books that have factual information about the world.  Building your children’s knowledge about the world will help them understand what they read later.

Sun and Moon

Moon comes out
(Hold hand to form a crescent.)
Sun goes in.
(Place other hand behind back)
Here is a blanket to cuddle your chin.
(Place hands under chin.)
Moon goes in.
(Place moon hand behind back.)

And Sun comes out.
(Hold hand out with fingers extended)
Throw off the blankets and bustle about!
(Fling arms out wide and wiggle body.)

Mister Sun

Oh Mister Sun, Sun (circle arms)
Mister Golden Sun
Won’t you please shine down on me? (point to self)

Oh Mister Sun, Sun
Mister Golden Sun
Hiding behind the tree. (cover eyes)

These little children (point to group)
are asking you (clasp hands in supplication)
To please come out
so we can play with you.

Oh Mister Sun, Sun
Mister Golden Sun
Won’t you please shine down on me?

Galaxy Bend and Stretch

Bend and stretch,  reach for the stars.
There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars!
Bend and stretch, reach for the sky,
Stand on tiptoe, oh so high!


We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6PM – Pajama Time
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

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

Community Helpers Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

Community Helpers Storytime

This week in honor of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, our storytimes this week are about community helpers!  Here are a few books from our collection to teach your children about the workers in our community.

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Firefighter Ted

  • Firefighter Ted / Andrea Beaty ; illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre – JE Beaty
  • When Ted awakens to the smell of smoke and cannot find a firefighter, he decides to become one for the day, much to the dismay of his mother, neighbors, principal, and classmates.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Our library

  • Our library by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Maggie Smith – JE Bunting
  • A raccoon and his friends go to great lengths to make sure they will always have a library from which to borrow books.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Kitten red, yellow, blue

  • Kitten red, yellow, blue by Peter Catalanotto – JE Catalanotto
  • After placing the red kitten with Dave the firefighter and the blue kitten with Francine the police officer, Mrs. Tuttle finds homes for fourteen other colorful kittens. Sixteen calico kittens — the number of colors in a crayon box. Their mother, Sophie, knows one from another…but how do you think Mrs. Tuttle tells those kittens apart? Peter Catalanotto’s sequel to his Matthew A.B.C. and Daisy 1, 2, 3 invites long looking, counting, and laughing!

 

Book Jacket for: Going to the doctor

  • Going to the doctor by Anne Civardi ; illustrated by Stephen Cartwright – JE Civardi
  • Jenny Jay has a cough, Joey Jay needs his immunization shot, and Jack Jay has a sprained wrist, so the whole Jay family goes to the doctor to find out how to get well.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Brown bear, Brown bear, what do you see?

  • Brown bear, Brown bear, what do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr. ; pictures by Eric Carle – JE Martin
  • Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Going to the doctor

  • Going to the doctor by Kate Petty, Lisa Kopper, and Jim Pipe – JE Petty
  • When Sam visits the doctor’s office for a check-up she takes his height and weight, tests his eyesight and hearing, listens to his heart and lungs, and gives him an injection.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Bus driver

  • Bus driver by Nancy Poydar – JE Poydar
  • When Max finds a toy bus driver, it quickly becomes his favorite plaything but he continually misplaces it until after he finds another toy.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Career day

  • Career day by Anne Rockwell ; pictures by Lizzy Rockwell – JE Rockwell
  • Each child in Mrs. Madoff’s class brings a visitor who tells the group about his or her job.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Apple farmer Annie

  • Apple farmer Annie  by Monica Wellington – JE Wellington
  • Annie the apple farmer saves her most beautiful apples to sell fresh at the farmers’ market.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Mr. Cookie Baker

  • Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington – JE Wellington
  • After a day of making and selling cookies, Mr. Baker gets to enjoy one himself. Includes cookie recipe.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Pizza at Sally's

  • Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington – JE Wellington
  • With vegetables from her own garden and other fresh ingredients, Sally mixes and bakes hot and bubbly pizzas for her customers to take home or eat in her pizzeria.

 

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Community Helpers Storytime Booklist.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

Hurry, Hurry Drive the Firetruck

Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
(Hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner
(Lean to the right)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner
(Lean to the left)
Hurry, hurry, turn the corner
(Lean to the right and left)
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
(Pretend to climb ladder)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
(Pretend to spray hose)
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

Slowly, slowly, back to the station
(Lean slowly to the left and right)
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Slowly, slowly, back to the station
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! (Ring bell)

A House for Me

The carpenter’s hammer
Goes rap, rap, rap, (hammer with fist)
And his saw goes see, saw, see, (saw with arm)
He hammers and hammers, (hammer with fist)
And he saws and saws, (saw with arm)
And he builds a house for me. (Make house outline with fingers)

Community Helpers Song

A farmer works her fields.
A farmer works her fields.
Hi, Ho, the derry-o,
A farmer works her fields.

A dentist cleans our teeth. . .
A teacher works at school . . .
A barber cuts our hair. . .
A waiter serves us food. . .

Community Helpers Fingerplay

This is Dr. Bell who keeps us well. (thumb up)
This is Nurse Rick, who cares for the sick. (index up)
This is Dr. Heath, who cares for our teeth. (middle)
This is Postman Dale, who delivers our mail. (ring)
This one here — hey, that’s me! (pinky up)
We all work together for our community!

The Barber’s Silver Scissors
(Tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The barber’s silver scissors go
Snip, snip, snip
Snip, snip, snip
Snip, snip, snip
The barber’s silver scissors go
snip, snip, snip
when he gives a haircut.

The police officer’s whistle goes
Tweet, tweet, tweet
Tweet, tweet, tweet
Tweet, tweet, tweet
The police officer’s whistle goes
Tweet, tweet, tweet
When she directs the traffic.

The dentist’s gentle voice says
Open wide
open wide
open wide
The dentist’s gentle voice says
Open wide
When he cleans your teeth

The judge’s wooden gavel goes
Bang, bang, bang
Bang, bang, bang
Bang, bang, bang
The judge’s wooden gavel goes
Bang, bang, bang
When he asks for order.

The carpenter’s sharp saw goes
Zzz, zzz, zzz
Zzz, zzz, zzz
Zzz, zzz, zzz
The carpenter’s sharp saw goes
Zzz, zzz, zzz
When she builds with wood.

The baker’s rolling pin goes
Back and forth
Back and forth
Back and forth
The baker’s rolling pin goes
Back and forth
When he bakes cookies

My Daddy Works with One Hammer

My daddy works with one hammer, one hammer, one hammer, (pound one fist on ground)
My daddy works with one hammer, and now he works with two! (pound two fists on ground)
My daddy works with two hammers, two hammers, two hammers, (pound two fists on ground)
My daddy works with two hammers, and now he works with three!  (pound two fists and stomp one foot)
My daddy works with three hammers, three hammers, three hammers, (pound two fists and stomp one foot)
My daddy works with three hammers, and now he works with four! (pound two fists and stomp both feet)
My daddy works with four hammers, four hammers, four hammers, (pound two fists and stomp both feet)
My daddy works with four hammers, and now he needs a nap! (collapse onto ground)

 


We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6PM – Pajama Time
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

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

Handley Regional Library Loves It’s Youth Volunteers!

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Now that Summer Reading is over and most of you have started school, it’s time to take a look back at all we’ve done this summer and say a big “Thank You!” to some of the people who have helped so much with our Summer programs: our Youth Volunteers!

We have had 97 youth volunteers over this summer, several of whom have given over 40 hours of their time to the library.  The volunteers have helped in many ways to make our programs run more smoothly. They have helped prep craft projects, assisted patrons with computer sign-ups, handed out flyers, shelved books, and much more.

IMG_2411One of the most visible things volunteers do is perform in the puppet troupe.  It’s a joy for library staff to see the joy the puppets bring to young faces, and we know that this wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated young volunteers who perform twice a week during the summer, with some continuing to perform twice a week year-round.
IMG_0786Many of the puppeteers also traveled to bring their show to other libraries.  They performed at Handley Library, Clarke County Library, and our Summer Reading Finale Party at the Taylor Pavilion in downtown Winchester.  They also traveled to the Shenandoah County Library System, bringing their puppet magic to the New Market Library.

IMG_2430The Library is hosting a Thank You Party for all of our young volunteers tomorrow at Bowman Library from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  So, from all of us at Handley Regional Library, “THANK YOU!”

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Back to School Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

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Back to School Storytime

Whether it’s your very first day at school or your first day back after summer, we have the books to get your ready for those first days.  Here are a few of our favorites:


Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Llama Llama misses Mama

  • Llama Llama misses Mama by Anna Dewdney – JE Dewdney
  • Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Wow! school!

  • Wow! school! by Robert Neubecker – JE Neubecker
  • Izzy finds many things to be excited about on the first day of school.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Mouse's first day of school

  • Mouse’s first day of school by Lauren Thompson ; illustrated by Buket Erdogan – JE Thompson
  • When he goes to school, Mouse finds a world of new objects and new friends.

 

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: How do dinosaurs go to school?

  • How do dinosaurs go to school? by Jane Yolen ; illustrated by Mark Teague – JE Yolen
  • Explains how little dinosaurs should behave during a typical school day.

 

 

 

 

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Back to School Storytime Booklist.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

Way Up High in the Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree
I saw two apples looking at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
And down came the apples
And mmm, they were good!

Literacy Tip: Build Narrative Skills

 

Narrative skills include the ability to tell a story and the ability to describe things.  Practice narrative skills with your child by asking open-ended questions – ones that can’t be answered by a yes or no answer.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

He followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rule,
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near,
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear.

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
The eager children cry.
“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,”
The teacher did reply.

Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town.
(Roll hands over each other)

The wipers on the bus go “Swish, swish, swish . . .
The door on the bus goes open and shut . . .
The horn on the bus goes “Beep, beep, beep . . .

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)

Continue with:
Where is Pointer? Where is Pointer?
Where is tall man? Where is tall man?
Where is ring man? Where is ring man?
Where is little man? Where is little man?


We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6PM – Pajama Time
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

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

Storytime Olympics @ Handley Regional Library

Olympics Storytime Title Card

It’s time for the Olympics!  Before we celebrate the end of our Summer Reading program at the SRP Finale party this Saturday at 3:30pm at the Taylor Pavilion in downtown Winchester, we’re celebrating the Olympics.  The Olympics inspires us to think of all the countries and peoples of the world working together peacefully and in harmony.  Inspired by those themes, we’ve collected a few appropriate books for you that we’ll be sharing at our storytimes this week:

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Over in the jungle : a rainforest rhyme

  • Over in the jungle : a rainforest rhyme / by Marianne Berkes ; illustrated by Jeanette Canyon.
  • “A counting and singing approach for young children to learn and appreciate the animals of the tropical rainforest”–Provided by publisher.

 

 

Book Jacket for: "Slowly, slowly, slowly," said the sloth

  • “Slowly, slowly, slowly,” said the sloth by Eric Carle – JE Carle
  • Challenged by the other jungle animals for its seemingly lazy ways, a sloth living in a tree explains the many advantages of his slow and peaceful existence.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Count your way through Brazil

  • Count your way through Brazil by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson ; illustrations by Liz Brenner Dodson – JE Haskins
  • Uses the Portuguese words for the numbers from one to ten to introduce the land, history, and culture of Brazil.

 

Book Jacket for: Olympig!

  • Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson – JE Jamieson
  • Pursued by Mr. Hamstring, a reporter who is sure he will fail, Boomer becomes the first pig ever to compete in the Animal Olympics and demonstrates that attitude can be more important than winning.

 

 

Book Jacket for: The Mud Flat Olympics

  • The Mud Flat Olympics by James Stevenson – JE Stevenson
  • At the Mud Flat Olympics if the animals don’t win the Deepest Hole Contest, the All-Snail High Hurdles, or the River-Cross Freestyle, they can still come to the picnic after the games and have ice cream for dessert.

 

 

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Olympics Storytime Booklist.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

“Let’s Samba” can be found on Rocketship Run J CD Berkner

HERE WE GO ‘ROUND THE FRIENDSHIP FLAME
Sung to: “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”

Here we go ‘round the friendship flame,
The friendship flame, the friendship flame.
Here we go ‘round the friendship flame,
On our first day of games.

Today, we’re going to run some races,
Run some races, run some races.
Today, we’re going to run some races.
On our first day of games.

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

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

Five little monkeys sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr Alligator, “Can’t catch me!”
Along comes Alligator, mouth open wide–
Snap! A little monkey deep inside.
Four, three, two, one…

The Animals in the Amazon

The parrots in the Amazon say
Squawk, squawk, squawk
Squawk, squawk, squawk
Squawk, squawk, squawk
The parrots in the Amazon say
Squawk, squawk, squawk, all day long.

The monkeys in the Amazon say “ooh, ooh, ah . . .
The Jaguars in the Amazon say “grrr, grrr, grrr . . .
The sloths in the jungle move oh so slow, oh so slow, oh so slow . . .
(Continue, adding as many animals as you want to.)

Crafts

The Olympic mascots provided us with our craft this week: a paper toy of the mascot and a coloring book with Vinicius playing all the Olympic Sports.  You can find them free to down load here: Olympic Mascot Crafts


We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6PM – Pajama Time
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

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

Animal Friends Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

Pets Storytime Title Card

A kids’ best friend is their dog, cat, fish, turtle, bird . . .  No matter which is your favorite pet, the library has a book for you.  Here’s a few of our favorite books which feature pets:

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Pet shop lullabyPet shop lullaby by Mary Ann Fraser – JE Fraser

    • When the pet store closes for the night, a hamster’s activities keep the other animals awake as they try to think of some way to put him to sleep.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Dogs

  • Dogs by Emily Gravett – JE Gravett

 

    • Various types of dogs illustrate the concept of opposites, with such examples as dogs that are big and small, tough and soft, hairy and bald, and slow and fast.

 

Book Jacket for: The best pet of all

The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle – JE LaRochelle

  • A young boy enlists the help of a dragon to persuade his mother to let him have a dog as a pet.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Be gentle!

  • Be gentle! by Virginia Miller – JE Miller
    • When Bartholomew gets a little black kitten, he must learn to take care of him and be gentle with him.

 

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Ginger finds a home

  • Ginger finds a home by Charlotte Voake – JE Voake
    • A little girl feeds Ginger, a thin little cat who has been living in a patch of weeds, and takes him home to live with her.

 

 

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Pet Storytime Booklist.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

“I Love my Rooster” can be found on: Whadda Ya Think of That – J CD Berkner

I love my rooster, my rooster loves me
And I feed my rooster on the green-berry tree
And my little rooster says cock-a-doodle doo
Deedoodle-eedoodle-eedoodle-eedoo
I love my cow…
I love my duck…
I love the lion…
I love my elephant…

Can You . . .?

Can you hop like a rabbit?
Can you jump like a frog?
Can you waddle like a duck?
Can you wag your tail like a dog?
Can you fly like a bird?
Can you swim like a fish?
Can you sit back down and be still like this?

The Little Turtle

There was a little turtle.
He lived in a box
He swam in the 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.

I Want Someone To Buy Me a Pony

I want someone to buy me a pony
Jig jog jig jog jig jog jee
Not too fast and not too bony
Jig jog jig jog jig jog jee
Oh how I long to ride all around the countryside
With a jig jog jig jog jig jog jig jog jee
With a jig jog jig jog jig jog jig jog jee

Goldfish Finger Play

My darling little goldfish (wiggle one finger)
Hasn’t any toes (point to your toes)
He swims around without a sound (swim one finger)
And bumps his hungry nose (point to nose)
He can’t get out to play with me (point to yourself)
Nor I to get in to him (point away from self)
Although I say, “Come out and play!”
(beckon to come out)
He says, “Come in and swim.”
(Pretend you are swimming)

The Pets in the House Make Lots of Noise

The pets in the house make lots of noise,
Lots of noise, lots of noise,
The pets in the house make lots of noise,
Let’s see if we can hear them!

The cat in the kitchen goes meow, meow, meow
Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow
The cat in the kitchen goes meow, meow, meow,
How I love my cat!

The dog in the den goes bark, bark, bark . . .

The bunny in the bathroom goes crunch, crunch, crunch . . .

The bird in the basement goes tweet, tweet, tweet . . .

The fish in the front go glug, glug, glug . . .

We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6PM – Pajama Time
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

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