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


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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Train in Baby Sign LanguageTrain




Good Morning in Baby Sign LanguageGood Morning




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.

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


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.


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

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!

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

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!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!


Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Join us at Bowman Library Saturday, March 4th at 11AM for our Seussational Storytime! Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character and get ready to read stories and play games.

Here are our Essential Eleven Favorite Dr. Seuss books for Preschoolers:

Ten Apples Up on Top

Great Day for Up!

The Sneetches

Hop on Pop

The Lorax  

Green Eggs and Ham

Yertle the Turtle

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

Daisy-Head Maisy

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?  Tell us in the comments!

StoryCrafters’ Project for Wild-Bird Feeding Month

Image result for national wild bird feeding monthFebruary is National Wild-Bird Feeding Month, so this week at StoryCrafters we’ll be making pinecone wild-bird feeders (don’t worry, no peanuts involved!)

When these feeders bring birds to nibble outside your windows, make sure you snag a bird identification book from the library so you can learn the names of your new friends!  Find them at HRL here: Birdfeeders and Bird Identification

Image result for bird pinecone feederThe Cornell Ornithology lab has several more bird-feeding projects you can do with your kids.  Inspiration here: http://www.birdsleuth.org/diy-feeders/

Pokémon Trading Card Club: Gotta Catch ‘Em All!


Calling Pokémon trainers of all ages! Grab your Pokémon cards and join other Pokémon trainers this Saturday from 1:00-2:30 at the Bowman Library for the Pokémon Card Game Club!

150px-cardbackPokémon Card Game is a tabletop game that involves collecting, trading and playing with Pokémon themed playing cards. Players use a deck of sixty cards combining their main “Pokémon cards” (the main type of cards used to battle) with “Trainer cards” (cards with special effects), and “Energy cards” (used for “Attacks“).

Taking on the role of a Pokémon trainer, players then use their deck to battle their opponent, seeking to play just the right Pokémon card to cause enough damage to knock out their opponent, gaining a Prize card. When you draw six Prize cards, or knock out all of your opponents Pokémon, you win!

Game playing only. Card trading is prohibited during the club meeting. This is for Pokémon card player enthusiast for all ages, so adults, feel free to join in!

Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder!

Laura Ingalls Wilder cropped sepia2.jpgToday we celebrate the birthday of beloved children’s book author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her fictionalized retelling of her childhood adventures on the frontier are a staple of read-aloud fiction that have been passed from one generation to another.

You can find her own work, as well as many biographies and adaptations in our catalog here: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Of the many pastimes that Laura recorded from her childhood, music remains one of the most versatile and meaningful of their pleasures.  As you read about mysterious tunes like “Irish Washerwoman,” “Arkansas Traveler,” and “Buffalo Gals” did you ever wonder what the music Pa played sounded like?  Now you can find out!  Sean Costello, our special guest at Storycrafters tonight at 6PM, and at Bowman Library Preschool storytimes Wednesday and Saturday at 11AM will play many of these tunes for us.  Come out for a listen and satisfy your curiosity.

If you can’t make it to our live music renditions of the traditional fiddle tunes Laura’s Pa played, you can still hear them!  Stream or download them for free by logging into Freegal.  There are three full albums based on Pa’s fiddle music available there: Image result for pa's fiddle project charles ingalls cdImage result for pa's fiddle project charles ingalls cdImage result for pa's fiddle project charles ingalls cd
Freegal Albums of Pa’s Fiddle Music
 (you’ll need your library card barcode number and your pin to log in)

2016 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner Announced!

Front CoverCaldecott Medal Winner:

Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe.

“A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe.

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.”  –Publisher’s Description

HRL’s copy is currently on order, and will appear in our catalog shortly.  Until then, feast your eyes on Steptoe’s many other works, including poetry collections, biographies, and picture books.  You can find her works in HRL’s collection here:  Javaka Steptoe

Caldecott Honor Books

Du iz tak? by Carson Ellis – JE Ellis

  • As a tiny shoot unfolds, a myriad of insects peer at it and wonder what it could be.




 Leave Me Alone!  illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol – on order at HRL.

Publisher’s Weekly calls this graphic novel a “fizzy collision of old-fashioned fairy tale elements with space-age physics.”

Check out Vera Brosgol’s other works here: Vera Brosgol



Front CoverFreedom in Congo Square illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

This story chronicles slaves’ duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.


Front CoverThey All Saw a Cat  illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel 

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

For past Caldecott Medal Winners, see our post 2016 Caldecott Medal Winner and Honor Books and our booklist: Caldecott Award Winners 2015

Online Resources: Download and Stream with Freegal

In Part One of our series on Your Child’s Library on Demand we focused on the various free online resources you can download to your computer or your child’s electronic devices, including dates and information on free workshops at the Bowman and Handley libraries.

Part Two focused on navigating the Blue Ridge Download Consortium and downloading eBooks to your eReader.

Part Three introduced the OverDrive application for tablets and phones for downloading audiobooks, movies, and more, including instructions on how to download the app, sign in, and checking out available resources.

Today we will look at the Freegal music site and how you can use your library card to download and stream music. It’s legal and it’s completely free through your Handley Regional Library card!

Through Freegal you can download up to 5 songs a week in an mp3 format, and stream music for up to 3 hours a day for personal use with your Handley Regional Library card. You can do this directly from your computer, or download the app for your Apple device (iPhone/iPad/iTouch), Android phone or tablet, and any Amazon Kindle Fire 3rd generation and up. (Barnes & Noble tablet devices are not compatible with the Freegal Music app at this time.)

Note: Though this wasn’t the case for OverDrive and the Blue Ridge Download Consortium, you will need your library PIN to sign up for Freegal. You should have been assigned a PIN number when you received your library card. If you do not remember what it is, your library circulation desk can assign you a new one by stopping by the circulation desk or giving them a phone call. Library locations, hours, and phone numbers can be found here.

In our previous post in this series we walked you through downloading the OverDrive app to your individual devices. The process is the same for the Freegal app. So, if you’re on an Apple device, head to your App Store and search “Freegal”. You’ll find this in Google Play for your Android device, and if you have a Kindle you’ll want to shop your Amazon App Store. If you are on a computer, you can find the link through the Handley Regional Library website under eBooks & More, or click here.



If you’re on your computer, you’re already there! You will be prompted to login and taken to the login page. Your login page gives you a great overview on how Freegal works, with more details under the FAQ section on the upper right.

If you’re on a device, you will need to find the Handley Regional Library before proceeding. Below is how this looks on an Android, but the process is similar on an Apple or Fire.


You’ll enter your 14 digit library card number, then your unique 4 digit PIN.

Once you have logged in, you will then need to agree to the terms of service, then you are ready to search for music.

Two important areas on your front page to note include the top bar, which lets you know how many downloads you have remaining this week, and your current streaming limit for the day. The links on the left will show you your former playlists and downloads.


Your app will look like this, with your search and current download session at the top and your playlists at the bottom.


All set? Let’s find a song!

In the search box, we’ll type in “Owl City” to see what they have on Freegal.


From here you can click or tap the arrow on the left and the song will start streaming through the flash player on the bottom of the screen. To the right of the song, choose more options on the right to download, or add to a playlist. If you choose playlist, you will be prompted to then select a playlist, or create a new one.


The app works the same. The blue arrow on the left will stream the song immediately, and the arrow on the right will download the song. You can also tap on the name of the song for more options, or refine the search to songs, albums, or videos by tapping the above tabs.


It’s that easy! Freegal is very user friendly and you will soon find yourself creating playlists and downloading your weekly songs with ease. You’ll find children’s music, many of today’s popular songs, classics, karaoke music, and even music videos. (Music videos take up two downloads.)

This is the final installment of our Online Resource series. Make sure you take a look at the Handley Regional Library section under the “eBooks and More“, where you’ll find links to other resources, including Mango and Zinio, all available to you through your local library!