Superhero Storytime at Handley Regional Library

 

Five Brave Superheros Fingerplay
Five brave superheroes (hold up five fingers)
Ready to save the day. (hands on hips in ‘superhero stance’)
One flies off to chase a villain, (“fly” one finger behind back)
Up, up and away! (stretch arms up into the air, i.e. ‘flying pose’)

 Count down from 4, 3, 2…

One brave superhero
Ready to save the day.
She flies off to chase a villain
Up, up and away!
Hooray for superheroes! (clap hands, shout hooray!)

Two Little Superheros
Two little superheroes, (hold up 2 fingers)
Brave and true.

One wears yellow,
And the other wears blue.

Fly away yellow zip! (one hand behind back)
Fly away blue, zap! (other hand behind back)

Come back yellow. whoosh! (bring first hand out)
Come back blue. zoom! (bring other hand out)

Superhero, Superhero!
Superhero, superhero turn around
Superhero, superhero touch the ground

Superhero, superhero put on your suit
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.

Superhero, Superhero, jump up high
Superhero, Superhero, fly, fly, fly

Superhero, Superhero, turn around.
Superhero, Superhero, please sit down.

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Fiesta Week at Handley Regional Library

Join us for a storytime Fiesta!  

September 15th to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s a time to recognize the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans, and to celebrate their heritage and culture.  Storytimes this week will highlight some of the Hispanic authors, illustrators, and musicians whose work we have available for you to check out.

Here’s a selection of what we’ll be sharing:

Darling, I Love You
Yo te amo, yo te amo
All day long I’ll sing this little song to you.
Yo te amo, yo te amo
Darling I love you!

Je t’aime, Je t’aime
All day long I’ll sing this little song to you.
Je t’aime, Je t’aime
Darling I love you!

I love you, I love you
All day long I’ll sing this little song to you.
I love you, I love you
Darling I love you!

Mi Cuerpo (My Body)
Mi cuerpo, mi cuerpo hace musica
Mi cuerpo, mi cuerpo hace musica
Mis manos hacen (clap, clap, clap)
Mis pies hacen (stomp, stomp, stomp)
Mi boca hace la la la
Mi cuerpo hace cha, cha, cha

My body, my body makes music
My body, my body makes music
My hands say (clap clap clap)
My feet say (stomp stomp stomp)
My mouth says (la la la)
My waist says (cha cha cha!)

De Colores
De colores, de colores
se visten los campos
en la primavera
De colores, de colores
son los pajaritos
que vienen de fuera.
De colores, de colores
es el arco iris
que vemos lucir.

Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí
Y por eso los grandes amores de muchos colores me gustan a mí

All the colors, all the colors,
oh how they dress up the countryside in springtime,
All the colors, all the colors
of birdies, oh how they come back to us outside,
All the colors, all the colors
in rainbows we see shining bright in the sky,

And that’s why a great love of all colors
makes me feel like singing so joyfully,
And that’s why a great love of all colors
makes me feel like singing so joyfully.

El Sol is de Oro
El sol es de oro
La luna es de plata
Y las estrellitas
Son de hoja de lata.

The sun’s a gold medallion. (large circle)
The moon’s a silver ball. (small circle)
The little stars are only tin; (flash fingers)
I love them best of all.  (hug self)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Love Bugs Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!  We love bugs!
Storytime this week is all about buzzy bees, flitting butterflies, and flashing lightning bugs.  Does your little wiggler want to read all about the creepy crawlies?  Try these books:

Search for the tag #ilovebugs in the Handley Regional Library catalog to find this list of books.

Here is the Beehive
Here is the beehive (make a fist)
But where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees!
Here they come,
Creeping out of the hive, (pop a finger out for each bee)
1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . . 4 . . . 5 . . .Bzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
(fly fingers and tickle a friend!)

Five Little Ladybugs
Five little ladybugs on our front door,
(Hold up five fingers.)
One flew to [Name,] and that left four.
(Hold up four fingers.)
Four little ladybugs, oh so wee,
One flew to [Name,] and that left three.
(Hold up three fingers.)
Three little ladybugs saying “howdy-do,”
One flew to [Name,] and that left two.
(Hold up two fingers.)
Two little ladybugs snoozing in the sun,
One flew to [Name,] and that left one.
(Hold up one finger.)
One little ladybug alone on the door,
It flew to Mom, then there were no more.
(Bend down last finger.)

*Substitute names of people in your family for those in the rhyme.

Flutter, Flutter, Butterfly (Tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Flutter, flutter butterfly,
Floating in the summer sky.
Floating by for all to see,
Floating by so merrily.
Flutter, flutter butterfly,
Floating in the summer sky.     

Butterfly, Butterfly
Butterfly, butterfly,
Fly around.
Butterfly, butterfly,
Land on the ground.
Butterfly, butterfly,
Stand and sing.
Butterfly, butterfly,
Flap one wing.
Butterfly, butterfly,
Fly up high!
Butterfly, butterfly,
Wink one eye.
Butterfly, butterfly,
Day is done.
Butterfly, butterfly,
Sleep til the morning sun.

Oh My, Butterfly!
Oh me, oh my!
Get off my knee (toes, nose, etc.)
You butterfly!

Oh me, oh my!
It’s time to get going
You butterfly!
Get going . . . bye, bye.

See you at Storytime!

 

Choose Your Battles: D&D and What It Teaches Us

D&DDungeons & Dragons and rumors have gone hand in hand since Gary Gygax released the game in 1974… and yet, the core idea of the game is to get together, make friends, and tell stories. The game’s parent company, Hasbro, even works hard to make D&D family friendly. This weekend, Hasbro is hosting its first convention called HASCON, where families can join in on short, family-oriented campaigns with experienced DMs and pick up things like a custom My Little Pony dice tin with a set of sparkly pink dice inside. You can even have your photo taken with a friendly, cuddly goblin on the D&D floor! D&D players also frequently stream campaigns for Extra Life, playing strictly to raise donations for children’s hospitals. This year, players will be streaming on November 3rd and 4th from all over the globe to raise money for the kids!

D&D isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, however. It’s meant to be fun, but D&D is also frustrating after the initial rush wears off. Wheelhouse Workshop, a therapy group formed by two self-proclaimed geeks, uses tabletop role-playing to teach coping mechanisms to players for things like conflict resolution and frustration tolerance, among others. The safety of *playing* D&D means you get tired of the rules, but have to focus on controlling your frustrations to get your character out of a tight spot. You get sick of the limits, but have to work within the [relative] safety of those limits to work with your adventuring companions to defeat monsters. You have to add up your character’s attack bonus – or worse, calculate how much damage they just took, and man, things aren’t looking too good – and hold on, when did math come into this?

When you look past the role-playing aspects of Dungeons & Dragons, there are countless skills a player must rely on in order to make the game function: mathematics being one of the most vital. Nearly every aspect of the game relies on math in order to work, although it may not seem that way at first – you roll four six-sided dice six times to determine your character’s base ability scores, which then determine how you continue to flesh them out for the rest of the game. For example, my half-elf rogue, Bree, has scores of 12, 15, 13, 9, 14, and 12. The Dungeon Master may ask for a for a wisdom check (to use her knowledge of Medicine to stabilize a wounded teammate). Bree would then use her score of 15, plus an additional +2 modifier for a total of 17 for either ability check.

There’s a huge educational benefit to D&D that often gets ignored as people focus on the “game” and “monster” aspect of it, preferring to focus on the stereotypes that are traded around. As Adam Davis and Adam Johns show, there is a therapeutic quality to the games as well, and with younger players creating their own campaigns, lore, and rules, the possibilities are endless as they ask questions and rediscover the world they live in to ensure that things make sense. One common fear is that kids playing role-playing games won’t be socialized, but the very nature of D&D is social: you cannot play without socializing with the others on your team. You learn how to problem-solve while playing D&D – and that, my friends, is perhaps the most important skill of all.

Dungeons and Dragons Flyer

Beginning Saturday, September 9th at 1pm, the Bowman Library will host teen groups playing Dungeons and Dragons. Because of the need to keep groups consistent, there will be registration, but all new groups will be formed from the waiting list, so be sure to register.

Now that you’ve learned so much, grab your dice and your character sheet, and get to playing!

 

https://the-artifice.com/dungeons-dragons-educational-rpg

http://kotaku.com/therapists-are-using-dungeons-dragons-to-get-kids-to-1794806159

http://lifehacker.com/the-surprising-benefits-of-role-playing-games-and-how-1684582789

http://wheelhouseworkshop.com/

https://brightreads.com/how-dungeons-and-dragons-is-teaching-group-of-students-patience-and-probability-statistics-3b4ea45e7df7

http://dnd.wizards.com/articles/news/dungeons-dragons-hascon

http://dnd.wizards.com/extralife2017

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Did you know September is Library card sign up month?
We have lots of events planned for this month, starting with our School’s Out! Library Superhero Day at Bowman Branch and the Superhero Dance Party at Handley Branch:

Check out this great article about the ways your kids benefit from having a library card:

https://medium.com/everylibrary/how-their-first-library-card-teaches-kids-responsibility-11a32f30fa14

If your kids are ready for that responsibility, bring them in and sign them up!  Children can get their first card if they are at least 5 and are able to write their own name.

Fun and Fabulous Teen Events for Fall

Here at the Bowman Library, we are excited to be expanding our programs for teens this fall. In addition to bringing back your favorites, such as Anime & Pocky, Manga Art, and Game Night, thanks to the suggestions from our Teen Advisers, we have added the following:

Teen Art Nights
1st Thursdays @ 5 pm
Join other teen art enthusiasts in the exploration of different art styles, techniques, and mediums, and display your creations in the Bowman Teen area. Make it your own! Personalize the Teen area at Bowman Library.

 

Bowman Teen Writer’s Guild
3rd Thursdays @ 5 pm
Participate in the creation of a Bowman Teen newsletter with creative writing, book reviews, poetry, and event promotion.

NANOWRIMO Young Writer’s Program
Tuesdays in November @ 6 pm
Join other teens participating in National Novel Writing Month.
Begins Tuesday, October 31—Launch your novel-writing project with a party!
Ends Tuesday, December 5—Celebrate finishing your novel!

Dungeons and Dragons
Saturdays @ 1pm (beginning Sept 9) Teen groups get together for this traditional role playing game. Registration is required.

 

Looking for something to do during your day off from school? Friday, September 1st is a staff development day, so we’re going to take advantage of your free day to kick of Library Card Sign-up Month!  This year’s theme is DC Comics and the Teen Titans so we will be playing a double feature, Battle of the Billionaires!

Come watch the Dark Knight and Iron Man, back to back. You decide who has the best gadgets.

You may also wish to take note of a few small changes in our regular programs. For example, after our showing of Voltron on Monday, August 28, instead of sampling a new anime each month, beginning September 25th our Anime & Pocky nights will host a season of Death Note, playing 2-3 episodes each month. This gives everyone an opportunity to get into the series, providing a more complete understanding of the plot.

Anime & Pocky
4th Mondays @ 6 pm
Eat some pocky and snacks and check out our  manga and anime titles.
August 28: Voltron
Join us Sept 25, Oct 23, & Nov 27 for 2-3 episodes of Death Note per month.

Manga Art is back with a new time.

Manga Art
1st & 3rd Mondays @ 6 pm
Join us as you color enchanting designs or bring a sketch book & create manga art. Materials provided.

 

Game Night is a definite highlight to the activities offered at the Bowman Library and will be back with monthly themes!

Check out this video we took from our July event.

Play close attention to October’s Game Night because we plan to include an Escape Room and will need your help.

Game Night
3rd Fridays @ 5:30 pm—8 pm
Middle & high school students stop by to play electronic, card, & computer games. Enjoy snacks!
September 15, Superheroes
October 20: Escape Room
November 17: Fantasy
December 15: Ugly Festive Party

Have more ideas or wish to be involved in future planning? Participate in our Teen Advisory Board.

Teen Advisory Board
2nd Mondays @ 6 pm
A planning group open to middle & high school students for library programs & events. To join call Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000 x215

There is always more to do and see at the library. Our teen writers will soon have their first newsletter out and it’ll keep you up to date, as well as give you more great YA book suggestions. Here is a sneak preview of our first draft: September 2017 Teen Newsletter

Here’s to a great fall season!

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!

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

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!

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

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.