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!

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Snake Stories at Handley Regional Library

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Birthdays and Celebrations Storytime @ Handley Regional Library


Books:

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

Rhymes:

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

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

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

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

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

Songs:

Happy Birthday

Two for Tea – Jim Gill

Celebrate!

Sign Language:

Happy:

Cake:

Eat:

More:

Party:

Fireworks and Fun for the 4th of July Storytime

 

Happy Birthday, America!

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

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

Fireworks

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

 

We hope to see you at storytime!

 

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On the Sea Storytime at Handley Regional Library

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

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

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

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

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

If you’re a pirate and you know it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We hope to see you at storytime!

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Outer Space Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Ad Astra – To the Stars! for Storytime

Have you registered for your spot in the Planetarium show?  It’s coming up this weekend, on Saturday, June 17th, so be sure to register here before all the spots are filled!

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: #readforthestars

Space Stories: 


Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

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)

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

If You’re Going to the Moon
Tune:  “If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon and you want to get there soon
If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)

…wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
…wear your helmet (pat head, pat head)
wear your gloves (clap, clap)

Stars Fingerplay 
At night I see the twinkling stars
(fist up and open hands over your head)
And a great big smiling moon
(circle arms overhead)
My Mama/Papa tucks me into bed
(Lay pointer of one hand across the palm of the other hand)
And sings a good-night tune.
(Rock your hands back and forth)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle twinkle little star
(Hold hands up about shoulder height. Open and close hands)
How I wonder what you are
(Raise shoulders and hold hands out)
Up above the world so high
(Raise hands high in the sky and open and close them again)
Like a diamond in the sky
(Form forefinger and thumb from each hand in a diamond shape)
Twinkle twinkle little star
(Hold hands up about shoulder height. Open and close hands)
How I wonder what you are
(Raise shoulders and hold hands out)

Six Little Men in a Flying Saucer
Six  little men in a flying saucer
Flew round the world one day
They looked left and right
But they didn’t like the sight
So one man flew away
Wheeeeeeeee!!

(Continue counting down to zero)

 

We hope to see you at storytime!

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Read about Reading: Storytime at Handley Regional Library

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:

See a story you’d like to take home?  Find them in the library catalog here: #readingaboutreading

Book Jacket for: Book! book! book!

Book Jacket for: Reading makes you feel goodBook Jacket for: Read it, don't eat it!

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:

On a Day in Summer by Aileen Fisher

On a day in summer
where the path made a crook
a boy leaned on a boulder
and opened a book.

He didn’t hear the cricket
on the meadow’s floor
He didn’t hear the fledglings
begging, “More, more, more.”

He didn’t feel the shadow
sliding down the tree,
he didn’t see the closeness of a bumblebee.

He didn’t see the rabbit
or smell the yellow clover . . .
he wasn’t even hungry
til the book was over.

Books to the Ceiling by Arnold Lobel

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My piles of books are a mile high!
How I love them!
How I need them!
I’ll have grey hair by the time I read them.

–From Good Books, Good Times


Five Little Books Flannelboard

Five little books at the library
Five little books as great as can be
Along comes (name) with their library card
And takes one home to read!

Four little books at the library
Four little books as great as can be
Along comes (name) with their library card
And takes one home to read!

Three . . . Two . . . One . . .

Librarian in the Town (Tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The librarian in the town says
“Read a book, Read a book, Read a book”
The librarian in the town says
“Read a book”
All day long.

These Are My Glasses

These are my glasses  (make circles with fingers)
This is my book  (hold both hands palms together in front of you)
I put on my glasses  (put finger circles up to eyes)
and open up my book  (palms together, then hinge open)
And I read, read, read,  (clap hands to rhythm)
and I look, look, look.  (clap hands to rhythm)
I put on my glasses
and open up my book.

Big Books, Little Books

Big Books, little books (hold hands wide, then close)
Short books, tall (hands down low, then up high)
Thin books, fat books, (hold up flat hands, then make fists)
I love them all. (hug self)

We hope to see you at storytime!

 

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

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…

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.

 

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.