Snake Stories at Handley Regional Library

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Snakes Alive! finished it’s Handley Regional Library Tour with two shows at Bowman Library.  Thrilled kids got to touch and even hold live snakes and lizards.  Thanks again to Ron Cromer for bringing his slithery friends to visit us! Keep … Continue reading

Be a Friend Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Storytime Friends, this week we’re reading all about friendship.  Join us at storytime at one of our branches or read along at home.  Find the times and locations here: Calendar of Events

Books to Share:

 All of these books can be found in the HRL catalog by searching for the tag:  #beafriend

Rhymes and Songs: 

Where is Thumbkin?
Tune: Frere Jacques

(Begin with hands behind back)
Where is Thumbkin? Where is thumbkin?
Here I am. Here I am.
(hands forward, thumbs up)
How are you today, sir?
(Wiggle thumbs as if ‘talking’ to each other)
Very well, I thank you.
Run and play. Run and play.
(hands run behind back)

Where is Pointer? Where is Pointer?
Where is tall man? Where is tall man?
Where is ring man? Where is ring man?

Make New Friends
Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.

A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I’ll be your friend.

A fire burns bright,
it warms the heart.
We’ve been friends,
from the very start.

You have one hand,
I have the other.
Put them together,
We have each other.

Skinnamarink
Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

I love you in the morning,
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening,
Underneath the moon…

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

The More We Get Together
The more we get together
Together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

 

Worker Wednesday: A Bowman STEM Activity for Preteens and Teens

The Bowman Library will be offering a summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) program aimed at preteens and teens beginning July 5th.

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Each Wednesday at 5:30 pm we will have something different to explore with special presenters and hands on activities for preteens and teens, ages 9 to 17. Space is limited so registration is required to participate, but observers are welcome. Space is limited on most dates so book mark this page to have a direct link to the registration page for each event!

July 5th – Squishy Circuits! 
legoDiscovering and making electrical circuits!

See a demonstration of a Tesla Coil in action, then get hands-on to learn about electricity by creating and lighting your own circuit with conductive play dough.

July 12th – Sound Waves

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Discovering sound waves and musical pitch.

Learn how sound is created and explore musical terms with pitch. Use this knowledge to create music with Boomwhackers in different octaves, observing how the size changes the sound.

July 19th – Stone Stacking (ages 11-17)
steinmann-60007_640_burnedDiscover the challenge of stone stacking!

Local Stone Stackers will demonstrate their patience and knowledge of balance as they build creative stone  structures. There will be 8 teams creating their rock stack. (This event is for ages 11 – 17 for strength requirements and safety for all participants.)

July 26 – Animal Habitats
squirrel-47528_1280Discover the wonder of animals and their homes–burrows, nests, dens, dams.

Valley Wildlife Care will talk about how animals prepare their homes within a habitat that provides shelter and nearby food.

August 2 – Wood Plank Construction
keva_burnedTake the challenge to build with KEVA planks and construction materials.

Groups of teens will work together on challenges using wooden planks. Who can build the tallest tower? The widest bridge? Recreate a complex structure or a maze!

August 9 – Build-A-Band (All Ages Welcome!)
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Discover how to build a band with sound, style, and musicians!

Teens and their families will enjoy a performance by the Amber Waves Band while they learn about the instruments that make up a bluegrass band and their individual roles.

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!

 

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

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!

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

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!

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

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!

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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.

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: 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: 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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http://www.babysignlanguage.com/dictionary/c/car/

 

 

 

Train in Baby Sign LanguageTrain
http://www.babysignlanguage.com/dictionary/t/train/

 

 

 

Good Morning in Baby Sign LanguageGood Morning
http://www.babysignlanguage.com/dictionary/g/good_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.

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