Whee, Whee, Wheels! Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Here are a few of our favorite books, songs, poems and games that we’ll be sharing this week.  We hope you’ll keep sharing these with your little ones at home.

Books to Share: 

You can find our storytime selections in the HRL catalog here: Wheels Storytime Booklist

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Freight Train- Donald Crews

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My Car- Byron Barton

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Race Car Count- Rebecca Kai Dotlich

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A Truck Goes Rattley- Bumpa-Jonathan London

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Red Light, Green Light- Anastasia Suen

Book Jacket for: My bus

My Bus by Byron Barton – JE Barton
“A bus driver named Joe heads out on his route, stopping at one bus stop after another to pick up passengers. He picks up five dogs and five cats in all, dropping nine of them off at the plane, train, or boat. The tenth passenger, a dog, Joe takes home”

Book Jacket for: The seals on the bus
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort, illustrated by Brian Karas – JE Hort
“Different aniamls–including seals, tigers, geese, rabbits, monkeys, and more–make their own sounds as they ride all around the town on a bus.”

Book Jacket for: Toot toot beep beep
Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia – JE Garcia
“As youngsters toot, beep, vroom and whoosh along with the many colored vehicles in this noisy story, each car eventually finds its parking space and settles down for the night.”

Book Jacket for: Honk honk! Beep beep!

Honk honk Beep Beep by Daniel Kirk – JE Kirk
“When a father and son set out early one morning for a cross-country drive in their jeep, they see all sorts of vehicles and pick up diverse passengers along the way.”

Book Jacket for: Duck on a bike
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon – JE Shannon
“A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.”

Book Jacket for: The journey home from Grandpa's
The Journey home from Grandpa’s by Jemima Lumley ; illustrated by Sophie Fatus – JE Lumley
“While looking through the car window on the way home from Grandpa’s house, a child describes, in rhyming verse, a variety of colorful vehicles that he sees, from a red fire engine to a silver bicycle.”

Book Jacket for: Froggy rides a bike

Froggy Rides a bike by Jonathan London – JE London and J CD London
“With encouragement from his friends and family, Froggy learns how to ride his shiny new bike.”

Book Jacket for: What do wheels do all day?
What do wheels do all day? / April Jones Prince ; illustrated by Giles Laroche – JE Prince
“Simple, direct text, combined with brilliant cut-paper relief illustrations, captures kids’ fascination with “things that go” and opens their minds to the wide variety of wheels and what they do.”

Songs and Poems

Available at the library on: Buzz Buzz by The Laurie Berkner Band – J CD Berkner

There’s a Little Wheel a Turnin’ in My Heart 

There’s a little wheel a-turning in my heart
There’s a little wheel a-turning in my heart
In my heart in my heart
There’s a little wheel a-turning in my heart

There are two hands clapping in my heart . . .
There are two feet stomping . . .
There’s a little dog barking . . .
There are two eyes blinking . . .
There are some kids sleeping . . .
There’s a big truck honking . . .
There’s a little wheel a-turning in my heart . . .

Down by the Station

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row
See the station master
Turn the little handle
Chug chug puff puff
Off they go

Driving in my Car

I’m driving in my car, I’m driving in my car
Beep Beep Toot Toot
I’m driving in my car
I’m driving very fast, I’m driving very fast
Beep Beep Toot Toot
I’m driving very fast
I’m driving very slow, I’m driving very slow
Beep Beep Toot Toot
I’m driving very slow
The lights have turned to red, The lights have turned to red,
Beep Beep Toot Toot
So I must stop the car
The lights have turned to green,
The lights have turned to green,
Beep Beep Toot Toot
So I can drive again

Bicycle

I have a little bicycle (hold hands together for little)
I ride it to and fro (rolls hands)
And when I see that big green light
I know it’s time to go! (pedal in air fast)
I have a little bicycle (hold hands together for little)
I took it to the shop (rolls hands)
And when I see that big red light
I know it’s time to STOP! (freeze)

You can also try playing these games together:
Red Light, Green Light

Just for babies rhyme:

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.

Learn Sign Language:

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Good Morning in Baby Sign LanguageGood Morning
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Suggested CDs: 

Book Jacket for: Cars, trucks, and trains [sound recording]

Whee, Whee, Wheels from Cars, Trucks and Trains by Jane Murphy – J CD Murphy

Of course, no wheel storytime is complete without a rendition of “The Wheels on the Bus!” The Library has numerous versions of this classic kids’ song available.  Check out some of them here: “The Wheels on the Bus” songs on J CD.

We look forward to seeing you at storytime!

Check the calendar for storytimes at your local branch of the library.

Summer Opportunities for Teens

Teens in middle and high school, are you ready for Summer?

The Bowman Library has some great opportunities for teens to escape the heat for some socializing, fun, and a little learning on the side.

2017 Reading By Design will continue with your favorite activities, such as Anime & Pocky, Manga Art Club, and Game Night, with a few exciting additions, like our Worker Wednesday STEM activities, and a bit of Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey with Doctor Who.

Worker Wednesdays will meet Wednesday evenings starting in July at 5:30 with special STEM challenges, including exploring circuits, challenges in rock stacking, learning about sound waves by creating music with boom whackers, and building challenges with KEVA planks. Registration will be required for participants but spectators are encouraged.

On Thursdays in July, the Teen Advisory Board will be offering a showing of the first season of Doctor Who, featuring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth doctor and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler.

Game Night will have add on activities this summer, starting with photography in June, and in July, watch for a library sponsored Escape Room! More details on that to come.

Our Anime Nights this summer include Noragami, Hetalia, Durarara, and Voltron, with snacks, including Pocky.

Get out those calendars and mark your events!

Summer Events
Wednesdays, July 5—Aug 9 at 5:30pm (registration required)
Worker Wednesdays, STEM events for ages 9-17
Thursdays, July 6—July 27 at 5:30pm
Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey, Doctor Who Season 1

Monthly Events
1st & 3rd Mondays at 5:30pm, Manga Art Club
2nd Monday at 6pm, Teen Advisory Board
4th Monday at 6:30pm Anime and Pocky
3rd Friday at 5:30pm Teen Game Night
Saturdays at 10am, Chess at Bowman
Saturdays at 1pm, Pokémon TCG

Gardening Storytime @ HRL

Storytimes are Back!

Books to Share:

Our suggested books can be found in the HRL catalog here: #howdoesyourgardengrow


Poems and Songs to Share:

My Garden
This is my garden (hold out palm)
I rake it with care (rake with fingers)
And then I plant flower seeds in there
(Pretend to plant.)
The sun will shine (circle arms over head)
And the rain will fall (wiggle fingers down)
And my garden will blossom (cup hands)
And grow straight and tall (Stretch hands up)

Little Plant
In the heart of a seed buried down so deep
(make a fist)
A little plant lay fast asleep
Awake said the sun
[Make large circle over head with arms.]
Come up through the earth
Awake said the rain
[Flutter fingertips down.]
We’re giving you birth
The little plant heard with a happy sigh,
[Open hand, turn fingers upward, raise arm slowly.]
And pointed its petals up to the sky.

Five Carrots
(Tune: Down by the Station)

Out in the garden early in the morning,
See the little carrots all in a row.
Listen to the farmer counting all the carrots:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 — just so.

Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree
(reach arms up high)
Two little apples smiled at me (make two fists)
So I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake fists)
And DOWN came the apples.
Mmmm they were good!
(bring fists to ground, rub tummy)

Little Seed in the Ground
Little seed in the ground
(crouch down on the floor)

Sitting so still (stay crouching)
Little seed, will you sprout?
Yes, I will! (jump up!)

10 Plump Peas
10 plump peas in a peapod pressed
 (press two fists together)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest
(bring up one finger, two fingers, then all fingers)
They grew and grew an did not stop
(slowly move hands apart)
Until one day the pod went POP! (clap hands!)

Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow

Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Can you or I or anyone know
How oats, peas, beans, and barley grow?

First the farmer sows his seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Verses continue:
Next the farmer waters the seed…
Next the farmer hoes the weeds…
Last the farmer harvests his seed…

Bowman Library Chess Club Members Win Big at Tournament

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Matthew Clark, Henry Fowler, and James Fowler display their trophies.

Congratulations to the three members of the Stephens City Chess Club who won trophies at the SilverKnights Spring Breakout K-8 Tournament in Ashland, VA!  Three out of the four semi-finalists for the 4th to 8th grade division were Stephens City Chess Club members. Of those who made it to the semi-finals, Henry Fowler won first place, James Fowler won third place, and Matthew Clark won fourth place.


These young men have honed their skills at the chess meets hosted by Bowman Library and founded by Matthew Clark. The all-ages, all skill-levels club meets every Saturday at 10AM on the Reading Porch.  The chess meets are free and open to all, no registration required.  Check the library’s calendar for more details.  Learn more about the Stephens City Chess Club at their website: www.stephenscitychess.com




 

Anime and Pocky: Your Lie in April

40e6c04e05ce1efb08815b870a6d39331412797514_fullWhen Your Lie in April aired in 2014-2015, it had anime fans everywhere reaching for their tissue boxes. Emotional, inspiring, and heartbreaking, Your Lie in April is a love story starring a boy named Kosei Arima.

Kosei used to be a child prodigy on the piano, termed by those around him as “The Human Metronome” for his stunning accuracy. However, when his mother dies, he is left traumatized – and strangely, unable to hear the sound of the piano when he plays. And so he leaves the world of music, for what he is certain will be forever.

All that changes when he meets Kaori Miyazono. She starts dating his friend, Ryota Watari, but she is spunky, straightforward, cheerful, beautiful, and an incredibly talented violinist – Kosei can’t help but fall for her. Kaori manages to convince him to accompany her for a music competition and thus, with the help of his childhood friends Tsubaki and Ryota and others close to him, leads Kosei on an inspiring journey to reclaim his lost passion.pocky

Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, Your Lie in April is a story you won’t want to miss. Middle and high school students are welcome to join us during our Anime and Pocky night at the Bowman Library Monday, April 24th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  We’ll provide refreshments, including pocky!

*Review by Alex Costello

What’s New for Bowman Youth

Have you seen the changes at the Bowman Library youth departments recently? If you haven’t stopped by, (and why not???), you’ve missed some of the fun. We’ve been busy moving things around a bit to create a more open flow to the children’s area, adding displays to catch the eye and to help children, youth, and teens find a few great books to read.

A new shelf in the front now highlights our Spanish collection with the reduced height opening up the view.

New books can be found on our center display:

If you missed our bulletin board because it was hiding behind a taller shelf, it’s now in full view. Our winter theme included the darling rabbits from our winter reading program in February. 

Our spring display is now up! The tree has now bloomed with apple blossoms and characters from Beatrix Potter stories have moved in.

Additionally, we now have a LEGO display where our LEGO participants showcase the creations of the week. 

At the entrance of the area we have a display for our tweens, highlighting a new theme every month. We are currently showing books about outer space, both fact and fiction. 

For our TEEN area we have our theme display all dressed up as a rocket ship this month, providing a few space themed reading ideas from the Young Adult genre.

When you travel through the shelves of the Young Adult and Manga area of the library, you now are treated with some decorative displays on the shelves to highlight specific genres, including suggested authors.

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Every month there is something new so stop by and browse around!

Up in the Air Storytime @ HRL

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:  #upintheairstories

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Now It’s Time to Fly Our Kites  (Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Now it’s time to fly our kites
Fly our kites, fly our kites
Now it’s time to fly our kites
On this windy day.

Now our kites go up, up, up
Down, down, down, up, up, up
Now our kites go up, up, up
On this windy day.

Now our kites go all around
All around, all around
Now our kites go all around
On this windy day.

A is for Alligator
A is for alligator CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP (clap your hands with arms out straight in front of you)
B is for balloon POP POP POP (clap hands)
C is for circle, turn around (turn around)
D is for dizzy, let’s sit down. (sit down)

Wind, Oh, Wind Poem

Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say–
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say,
I am blowing the scarves away.

5 Balloons
Five balloons up in the sky
See them flying way up high?
If one of those balloons should happen to POP!
Only 4 balloons will be left floating up top! (3…2…1…)

Balloon Fingerplay

I’m going to blow up this balloon
(make a circle with hands)
And never ever stop (shake head)
I’ll blow and blow and blow and blow and blow and (blow and spread hands ever wider until . . .)
POP! (Clap hands)

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom (brush hands together)
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip (creep fingers up arm)
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom (brush hands together)
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (crouch down lower and lower)
Blast off! (jump up high)

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!

Find more planes books and activities at our post all about Aviation History Month.

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.

 

Colorful World Storytime @ HRL

With the return of Spring comes to the return of the full complement of colors.  No longer just gray skies and brown grass, we’re celebrating our colorful world in storytimes this week.

Here are some books we recommend for learning about colors with your little ones at home.  Find them in the catalog by searching for #colorfulworldstories

 

Here are some rhymes and games we’ll be sharing this week.  We hope you continue playing at home!

Colors
Blue is the lake,  (point to the floor)
Yellow is the sun  (point to the sky)
Silver are the stars,
When the day is done  (wiggle fingers in the air)
Red is the apple,  (make circle with hands)
Green is the tree  (raise arms over head like branches)
Brown is a chocolate chip cookie  (rub tummy)
for you and me!

Colorful Movement

Red, red, touch your head.
Blue, blue, tie your shoe.
Brown, brown, touch the ground.
White, white, take a bite.
Black, black, touch your back.
Purple, purple, turn in a circle.
Pink pink, give a wink.
Gray, gray, shout hurray!

Wave your Rainbow
(Tune: “Yankee Doodle”)

Red and orange yellow and green
Then there’s blue and purple.
Wave your rainbow, wave your rainbow,
Wave your pretty rainbow.

Hold your rainbow way up high.
Wave your pretty rainbow
Make it arc across the sky
Yes, wave your pretty rainbow
Rain your rainbow to one side.

Thinking of a Color Game
I am thinking of a color that is the color of the sky. What color am I? (Blue).

Sun … yellow
Grass …green
Milk…white
Lemon…yellow
Lime…green

When I See Chant

When I See Red I put my hand on my head
When I see Blue I touch my shoe
When I see green I wash my face real clean
When I see yellow I wave to the fellows
When Orange is found I put my hand on the ground
When I see pink I think, I think, I think


The Colors in my World 
(Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)

There’s colors in my world,
There’s colors in my world.
Hi ho the cherrio
There’s colors in my world.
The yellow takes the blue,
The yellow takes the blue,
They hug together merrily,
And now there’s green too.
The white takes the red,
The white takes the red,
They hug together merrily
And pink appears instead.

Colorful Movement

Red, red, touch your head.
Blue, blue, tie your shoe.
Brown, brown, touch the ground.
White, white, take a bite.
Black, black, touch your back.
Purple, purple, turn in a circle.
Pink pink, give a wink.
Gray, gray, shout hurray!

Welcome, Spring! Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

Hooray, hooray, Spring is here!  Swept in with windy Spring are a flock of colorful picture books.  Here at Handley Regional Library, we’re happy to return to books about bright flowers, April showers, windswept kites, new eggs in nests, baby bunnies, and chirping robins.

Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, and reading with your little ones at home.

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Rabbit's good news

Rabbit’s good news by Ruth Lercher Bornstein. – JE Bornstein
“Rabbit leaves her warm dark burrow and discovers that spring has come.”

Book Jacket for: Click, clack, peep

Click, Clack, Peep by Doreen Cronin – JE Cronin
“All of the barnyard animals are excited about the arrival of a new duckling, until the noisy little one refuses to go to sleep.”

Book Jacket for: Splish, splash, spring

Splish, splash, spring by Jan Carr ; illustrated by Dorothy Donohue. – JE Carr
“Illustrations and rhyming text describe some of the delights of spring.”

Book Jacket for: Wake up, it's spring!

Wake up, it’s spring! by Lisa Campbell Ernst. – JE Ernst
“Word of the arrival of spring spreads from earth to worm to seed to lady bug and on through the natural world to a sleeping family, until everyone is dancing in celebration.”

Book Jacket for: In the tall, tall grass

In the tall, tall grass by Denise Fleming. – JE Fleming
“Rhymed text (crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch) presents a toddler’s view of creatures found in the grass from lunchtime till nightfall, such as bees, ants, and moles.”

Book Jacket for: Bumblebee, bumblebee, do you know me? : a garden guessing game

Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do you Know Me? by Anne Rockwell – JE Rockwell
“A series of riddles that first give descriptions of various flowers and then reveal their names.”

Book Jacket for: Spring : an alphabet acrostic

Spring : an alphabet acrostic by Steven Schnur ; illustrated by Leslie Evans. – JE Schnur
“Describes spring, with its animals, green smells, and renewed outside activities. When read vertically, the first letters of the lines of text spell related words arranged alphabetically, from “April” to “zenith.” ”

Book Jacket for: Countdown to spring : an animal counting book

Countdown to spring : an animal counting book by Janet Schulman ; illustrated by Meilo So. – JE Schulman
“What a wonderful way for preschoolers to practice counting and, at the same time, celebrate the coming of spring! From ten little ladybugs crawling all around the crocuses to one Easter basket brimful of carrots, corn, berries, and other treats for the animals, this book is a joy to share with a very young child. Meilo So’s inspired and deft watercolor paintings of bunnies, chicks, ducklings, and other little woodland creatures set against a tapestry of flowers capture the very essence of spring.”

Book Jacket for: Carrot soup

Carrot Soup by John Segal – JE Segal
“After working hard on his garden all spring and summer, Rabbit looks forward to harvest time when he can make soup, but every carrot disappears and Rabbit must find out who has taken them. Includes a recipe for carrot soup.”

Book Jacket for: Mouse's first spring

Mouse’s first spring by Lauren Thompson ; illustrated by Buket Erdogan. – JE Thompson
“A mouse and its mother experience the delights of nature on a windy spring day.”

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  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:

Bunnies, Bunnies Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, stop.
Twitch your ears and twitch your nose.
Twitch your tail and twitch your toes.
Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, stop.

Rain is Falling Down

Rain is falling down (splash)
Rain is falling down (splash)
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Rain is falling down (splash)

Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little Bunny Foo Foo hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on their heads
Down came the Good Fairy and she said,
Little Bunny Foo Foo, I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on their heads.
I’ll give you three chances, and if you don’t stop, I’ll turn you into a goon.

Bunny Pokey Tune: “Hokey Pokey”

You put your bunny paw in.
You take your bunny paw out.
You put your bunny paw in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Bunny Pokey
And you hop around and shout
That’s what it’s all about!

Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…

One little duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad Mother Duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
And all of the five little ducks
Came back.

Here is a Bunny

Here is a bunny with ears so funny.
And here is his hole in the ground.
When a noise he hears,
He pricks up his ears
And hops in his hole in the ground. 

Cheer up!

The robin came and sang
Cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up
The robin came and sang
Cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up
The robin came and sang
Cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up
Spring is here, spring is in the air!


Little Robin Redbreast

Little robin redbreast
Sat upon a rail
Niddle noodle went his head (nod head)
Wiggle waggle went his tail (shake tail) 

Watch It Bloom

Here is a green leaf (hold up palm)
And here is a green leaf (hold up other palm)
That, you see, makes two. (hold up two fingers)
Here is a bud (cup hands together)
That makes a flower; (begin opening hands)
Watch it bloom for you! (slowly open hands)

It Is Spring Time
To the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”

It is spring time.
It is spring time.
Winter’s gone!
Winter’s gone!
Soon it will be summer.
Soon it will be summer.
It won’t be long.
It won’t be long.

Flowers are blooming,
Flowers are blooming,
Spring is here!
Spring is here!

Soon it will be summer.
Soon it will be summer.
It won’t be long.
It won’t be long.

Birds are singing
Birds are singing
Spring is here!
Spring is here!

Soon it will be summer.
Soon it will be summer.
It won’t be long.
It won’t be long.

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.

Wearin’ O’ the Green Storytime at HRL

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, this week’s theme focuses on all things green – from shamrocks to peas, from forests to gardens.  When you join as at storytime this week, we encourage you to wear green!

Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, and reading with your little ones at home.

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Green Wilma

Green Wilma by Todd Arnold – JE Arnold
“Waking up with a frog-like appearance, Wilma proves disruptive at school as she searches for some tasty flies.”

Book Jacket for: S is for shamrock : an Ireland alphabet

S is for Shamrock by Eve Bunting – JE Bunting
“From A to Z, Ireland is presented in poetry, prose, and illustrations. Topics include Blarney Stone, Finn McCool, fairy rings, and shamrocks.”

Book Jacket for: Mabel O'Leary put peas in her ear-y

Mabel O’Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-y – JE Delaney
“Hoping to avoid eating her peas, Mabel puts them in her ears and discovers that her impaired hearing leads to other problems.”  Rolicking rhymes zip along to tell a riotiously funny story of Mabel’s very bad idea.

Book Jacket for: Little Pea

Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal – JE Rosenthal
“Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents will not let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate.”

Book Jacket for: Green mug

Green Mug by Angie Sage – JE Sage (Board Book)
Simple, clear illustrations accompany a gently funny rhyming text.

Book Jacket for: Green

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger – JE Seeger
“Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.”  Be sure to watch for the clever paper cutting technique that ties each page to the next.

Spring Green by Valrie Selkowe – JE Selkowe
“Danny Duck needs something to take to a “green” contest at a spring party and surprises himself by what he actually takes.”

Book Jacket for: Grandpa Green

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith – JE Smith
“A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.”

 

Book Jacket for: Green

Green by Karen Bryant-Mole – J 535.6 Bry
“Photographs of such things as toys, insects, and vegetables introduce the color green.”

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  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:

Ten Green Bottles
Ten green bottles standing on a wall
Ten green bottles standing on a wall
If one of those bottles should accidently fall
There’ll be nine green bottles standing on the wall.

(Count down to zero…)

One green bottle standing on a wall
One green bottle standing on a wall
If that green bottle should accidently fall
There’ll be no green bottles standing on the wall.

Green is the Color of the Irish
Green is the color of the Irish.
Green is the color of the four-leaf clover.
Green is the color that we wear today
On this Saint Patrick’s Day.

If you’re wearing green,
Won’t you stand up.
Stand and put your finger on the green you’re wearing.
That’s the way we celebrate by wearing green
On this Saint Patrick’s Day.

Five Green Shamrocks
Five green shamrocks growing outdoors
Mother picked one, and that left four.

Four green shamrocks, green as they can be.
Father picked one and that left three.

Three green shamrocks playing peek-a-boo
Sister picked one and that left two.

Two green shamrocks nodding in the sun,
Brother picked one, and that left one.

One green shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day fun.
I picked it, and that left none.

Pease Porridge

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow
(Chorus) Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Can you or I or anyone know
How oats, peas, beans, and barley grow?

First the farmer sows his seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Next the farmer waters the seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Next the farmer hoes the weeds,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Last the farmer harvests his seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Ten Plump Peas
10 plump peas in a peapod pressed (press two fists together)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (bring up one finger, two fingers, then all fingers)
They grew and grew an did not stop (slowly move hands apart)
Until one day the pod went POP! (clap hands!)

If You’re Lucky (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re lucky and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re lucky and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re lucky and you know it,
Then you’ll surely want to show it.
If you’re lucky and you know it, clap your hands

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.