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

 

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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…

Prairie Pastimes Storytime @ HRL

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Inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved stories of her pioneer youth, our storytimes this week focus on life and leisure on the prairie.  Music was a big part of Laura’s childhood, and it continues to be a big part of childhood today for good reason: music is a key element in helping children learn many early literacy skills that will one day help them begin to read on their own.  Not only do our storytimes frequently incorporate music, but the library maintains a large collection of children’s and adult music available for checkout. We also make the Freegal service available free to anyone who has a library card with us.  Freegal allows you to stream 3 hours of ad-free music per day, plus download up to 5 songs, yours to keep, each week.  Learn more about using this service here: Download and Stream with Freegal.

At Bowman Library’s preschool storytimes this Wednesday and Saturday at 11am, we’ll be hosting a special guest, the fiddle player Sean Costello of the Amber Waves Band, to play some of the exact fiddle tunes Laura’s Pa played for her.

Books to Share:

 

You can find the books and CDs listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: #prairiepastimes. 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



Hey, Diddle Diddle
(bounce to rhythm )
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon. (jump baby up)
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon. (tickle tummy)

Fiddle-I-Fee
I bought me a cat and the cat pleased me,
I fed my cat under yonder tree.
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

I bought me a hen . . .
I bought me a duck . . .
I bought me a goose . . .
I bought me a sheep . . .
I bought me a pig . . .
I bought me a cow . . .
I bought me a horse . . .

Cock-a-Doodle Doo
Cock-a-doodle doo
(Pat the soles of feet together)
My dame has lost her shoe.
My master’s lost his fiddling stick
And doesn’t know what to do.

Here We Dance Looby-Loo
Here we dance looby loo. Here we dance looby light. (circle right, then left)
Here we dance looby loo.  All on a Saturday night. We put our arms in,
We arms in.
We take our arms out.
We give our arms a shake, shake, shake,
And we turn ourselves about.

This is the Way Knee Bounce
This is the way the ladies ride:
Clip Clop, Clip Clop.
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trit Trot, Trit Trot.
This is the way the farmers ride:
Hobbledee! Hobbledee! (very bouncy)
And down in the ditch! (roll child off your knee and catch them just off the floor)

Hush Little Baby
Hush little baby don’t say a word
Papa’s gonna buy you a mocking bird

And if that mocking bird don’t sing
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring gets broke
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat don’t pull
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull turn over
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart

And if that horse and cart fall down
You’ll still be the sweetest baby in town.

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.

Cock-a-Doodle-ROAR! Rooster and Dragon Tales @ HRL

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Happy New Year!  This Saturday is Chinese New Year.  This year is the year of the Fire Rooster, so we’re taking our cues from Chinese culture and folktales and sharing stories about roosters and dragons.

Books to Share:

  • Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin – JE Lin
  • A Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.

  • How the rooster got his crown retold and illustrated by Amy Lowry Poole – J 398.20951 Poo
  • In the early days of the world, when the sun refuses to come out for fear of a skillful archer’s arrows, a small rooster saves the day by coaxing the sun out with his crowing.

  • D is for dancing dragon : a China alphabet written by Carol Crane and illustrated by Zong-Zhou Wang.
  • “This A to Z children’s pictorial covers topics such as Beijing, Dragon Dance, Himalayan Mountain Range, Mongolians, and the giant panda. Each subject is introduced with a simple rhyme for younger readers. Expository text is also included for older readers”–Provided by publisher.

  • The rooster’s antlers: a story of the Chinese zodiac retold by
    Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by YongSheng Xuan – J 398.2 Kim

  • Bob by Tracey Campbell Pearson.
  • While looking for someone to teach him how to crow, a rooster learns to sound like many different animals and finds that his new skills come in handy.

  • Cock-a-doodle-doo : a farmyard counting book / by Steve Lavis.
  • A counting and identify-the-animals-and-their-sounds book. One by one (and two, three, four all the way to ten!) the animals on the farm wake up to the rooster’s crow. Youngsters will love counting and identifying the animals, imitating their sounds, and playing hunt and find as they locate the little mouse that travels from page to page. Never before have the myriad activities of a barnyard been duplicated with such rollicking good humor!

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: #roosteranddragonstorytime  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

I Love My Rooster

I love my rooster, my rooster loves me
And I feed my rooster on the green-berry tree
And my little rooster says cock-a-doodle doo
Deedoodle-eedoodle-eedoodle-eedoo

I love my cow…
I love my duck…
I love the lion…
I love my elephant…

Five Little Firecrackers

Five little firecrackers getting ready to zoom (hold up five fingers)
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle (build anticipation by sizzling hands low to high)
BOOM! (clap hands high above head)

Continue counting down 4, 3, 2, 1…..

Five Red Dragons

Five red dragons
Making such a roar
One danced away
And then there were four.

Four red dragons
Dancing ’round a tree
One danced away
And then there were three

Three red dragons
Dancing ’round you
One danced away
And then there were two

Two red dragons
Dancing in the sun
One danced away
And then there was one

One red dragon
Having lots of fun
She danced away
And then there were none

Rooster’s Feathers
(cut several simple feather shapes out of paper or felt)

Do you have a red feather,
A red feather, a red feather?
If you have a red feather,
Bring it up here now.

Continue poem, calling out other colors.

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

Dragon, dragon, dance around.
Dragon, dragon, touch the ground.
Dragon, dragon, shake your head.
Dragon, dragon, tongue so red.
Dragon, dragon, stamp your feet.
Dragon, dragon, coming down the street!

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.

Image Courtesy: https://www.vecteezy.com/vector-art/124045-chinese-new-year-rooster-red-packet

5 Favorite Snowflake Stories: Storytime @ HRL

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Welcome back, Storytime Friends!  After watching Frozen last week at Handley Library’s Family Film, we’re welcoming snow and ice at our storytimes this week.  Don’t forget to come to Handley Library and meet Elsa this Saturday.  You can find more information on our calendar here: Meet Elsa.

Books to Share:  

  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian – J Martin
  • A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.

 

 

  • Snip, snip … snow! / Nancy Poydar – J Poydar
  • Sophie wants it to snow and anxiously awaits a predicted snowstorm. Includes instructions for making paper snowflakes.

 

 

 

  • Millions of snowflakes / by Mary McKenna Siddals ; illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles – J Siddals
  • In this simple, baby-friendly tale, a child rejoices in the falling snow.

 

 

 

  • Before morning by Joyce Sidman ; illustrated by Beth Krommes – J Sidman
  • Let snow fall overnight and change the world before morning, making it “slow and delightful and white.”

 

 

 

  • The story of snow : the science of winter’s wonder / by Mark Cassino ; with Jon Nelson ; illustrations by Nora Aoyagi – J 551.57 Cas 2009
  • This book about the science of snow features photos of snow crystals in their beautiful diversity and includes how snow crystals are formed into different shapes and snow-crystal-catching instructions in the back of the book.

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: #snowflakestories   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

Snowflake, Snowflake
Snowflake, snowflake dance around,
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground,
Snowflake, snowflake, soft and white,
Snowflake, snowflake, snowball fight!

Colorful Mittens

(Sung to the tune of “Six Little Ducks”)

Colorful mittens for me and you
Red ones, yellow ones, blue ones too.
But the one pair of mittens

that rhymes with fellow,
They’re my favorite mittens,
they’re the color yellow!

Continue with rhymes pairs for each color:
bed/red                                      shoe/blue
bean/green                               crown/brown
sink/pink                                    track/black

Snow is Falling Down
The snow is falling down  (flutter fingers – sing down the scale)
Hushhhhh (touch floor gently)
The snow is falling down (flutter fingers – sing down the scale)
Hushhhhh (touch floor gently)
Whisper Whisper Whisper Whisper (flutter fingers)
The snow is falling down (flutter fingers – sing down the scale)
Hushhhhh (touch floor gently)

I’m an Icicle
I am a frozen icicle hanging in the sun (stand straight)
First I start to melt,
then I start to run (sag body)
Drip, drip, drip, drip,
melting can be fun! (sink to floor)

Snowflake, Snowflake, Fancy Free
(tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Snowflake, snowflake, fancy free,
Snowflake, snowflake, dance with me.
First on my head, then on my toes,
Then on my nose, where the cold wind blows,
Snowflake, snowflake, turn around,
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground.

Snowflake, snowflake, fancy free,
Snowflake, snowflake, dance with me.
Touch my ear, then my knees,
Snowflake, snowflake, I’m about to freeze!
Snowflake, snowflake, turn around,
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground.

5 Little Snowflakes
One little snowflake with nothing to do,
Along came another and
Then there were two.

Two little snowflakes laughing with me,
Along came another and
Then there were three.

Three little snowflakes looking for some more,
Along came another and
Then there were four.

Four little snowflakes dancing a jive,
Along came another and
Then there were five.

Five little snowflakes having so much fun.
Out came the sun and
Then there were none.

Craft Suggestions

A great craft for a mixed-age group, paper snowflakes can be a complex or as simple as you want to make them, giving enjoyment to toddlers through adults.  This craft gives kids an opportunity to practice scissor skills.  Try some of the patterns included in this ebook you can download right at home: Snowflakes for all seasons by Cindy Higham.

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.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayDecember 7th marks the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  This is a great opportunity to learn about this important turning point in the history of the United States and of World War II.  To aid in your learning, here is a selection of the books available in the Handley Regional Library’s collections:

Non-fiction

Book Jacket for: Remember Pearl Harbor : American and Japanese survivors tell their stories

Remember Pearl Harbor : American and Japanese survivors tell their stories by Thomas B. Allen – J 940.54 All

Book Jacket for: Attack on Pearl Harbor : America enters World War II
Attack on Pearl Harbor : America enters World War II edited by Peter Darman – J 940.54 Att
“In this enthralling volume, readers learn that in the days that followed the Pearl Harbor attack, the Japanese attacked Burma, Malaya, Hong Kong, and the Philippines, and swept aside weak Allied resistance. Then, in February 1942, Great Britain suffered a catastrophe when the Japanese captured the vital port of Singapore. Period photographs and 4-color maps of battles provide readers with an incredible learning experience, along with spellbinding eyewitness reports as sidebars. The volume’s editor, Peter Darman, holds a military history degree from the University of York in England.

Book Jacket for: Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor by Stephen Krensky – J 940.54 Kre
“Offers young readers a guide to the events that led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the episodes that followed as a result of it.”  A Ready-To-Read Level 3 book.

Book Jacket for: Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor by Andrew Santella – J 940.54 San
“Learn about the key events and people that are connected to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941.”

Book Jacket for: Attack on Pearl Harbor
Attack on Pearl Harbor by Shelley Tanaka – J 940.54 Tan
“The true story of the day American entered World War II.”

Book Jacket for: I'm still scared

I’m Still Scared by Tomie DePaola – JB De Paola
“Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the air raid drills and the need to darken windows at night fill first-grader Tomie with fear, but with reassurance from his parents, he finds a way to cope with living during a time of war.”

Historical Fiction

Book Jacket for: Red berries, white clouds, blue sky
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas – J Dallas
“It’s 1942: Tomi Itano, 12, is a second-generation Japanese American who lives in California with her family on their strawberry farm. Although her parents came from Japan and her grandparents still live there, Tomi considers herself an American. She doesn’t speak Japanese and has never been to Japan. But after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, things change. No Japs Allowed signs hang in store windows and Tomi’s family is ostracized. Things get much worse. Suspected as a spy, Tomi’s father is taken away. The rest of the Itano family is sent to an internment camp in Colorado. Many other Japanese American families face a similar fate. Tomi becomes bitter, wondering how her country could treat her and her family like the enemy. What does she need to do to prove she is an honorable American? Sandra Dallas shines a light on a dark period of American history in this story of a young Japanese American girl caught up in the prejudices and World War II.”

Book Jacket for: Early Sunday morning : the Pearl Harbor diary of Amber Billows
Early Sunday morning : the Pearl Harbor diary of Amber Billows by Barry Denenberg – J Denenberg
“Acclaimed author Barry Dennenberg has written a moving story of one girl’s devastating experience at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. In her diary, twelve-year-old Amber describes moving to Hawaii in 1941 and experiencing the horror of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.”

Book Jacket for: A boy at war : a novel of Pearl Harbor
A boy at war : a novel of Pearl Harbor by Harry Mazer – YA Fiction Mazer
“While fishing with his friends off Honolulu on December 7, 1941, teenaged Adam is caught in the midst of the Japanese attack and through the chaos of the subsequent days tries to find his father, a naval officer who was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona when the bombs fell.”

Book Jacket for: Under the blood-red sun
Under the Blood-Red Sun
by Graham Salisbury – YA Fiction Salisbury
“Tomi was born in Hawaii. His grandfather and parents were born in Japan, and came to America to escape poverty.

World War II seems far away from Tomi and his friends, who are too busy playing ball on their eighth-grade team, the Rats.

But then Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese, and the United States declares war on Japan. Japanese men are rounded up, and Tomi’s father and grandfather are arrested. It’s a terrifying time to be Japanese in America. But one thing doesn’t change: the loyalty of Tomi’s buddies, the Rats.”

Book Jacket for: The bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
The bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis – J Tarshis
“History’s most terrifying moments are brought vividly to life in the action-packed fictional I SURVIVED series! Do you have what it takes to survive … the bombing of Pearl Harbor?

Eleven-year-old Danny Crane is alone on his favorite beach in Hawaii when the world is torn apart and World War II officially hits the United States. Does he have what it takes to find his way home in the midst of the bombs, the smoke, and the destruction of the day that will live in infamy?”

Book Jacket for: Pearl Harbor : a day of infamy
Pearl Harbor : a day of infamy by Steve White – J GN White
“Graphic novel depicting Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941, and the United States’s entry into World War II.”

Dinosaurs at Storytime

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Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Dinosaurs, dinosaurs

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton

  • Imaginatively and with a masterful use of color, shape, and composition, Byron Barton brings to life a unique and endearing vision of what the world may have looked like once upon a time.

Book Jacket for: Dinosaur kisses

Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein

  • For newly hatched dinosaur Dinah, the world is an exciting place. There is so much to see and do. She tries this — STOMP! And she tries that — CHOMP! Then she sees a kiss and knows just what she wants to try next. Who can she kiss? And after a few disastrous attempts, can she figure out how to give someone a kiss without whomping, chomping, or stomping them first? Young children will chuckle and cheer when Dinah finds just the right creature for her dinosaur kisses in this funny new picture book from David Ezra Stein.

Book Jacket for: How do dinosaurs say goodnight?

How do dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

  • Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.

Book Jacket for: Fossil

  • Fossil by Claire Ewart.
    • Upon finding a special stone, a child imagines the life of a pterosaur, the ancient flying reptile that lived, died, and was fossilized into that stone. Includes facts about fossils and how they are formed.

You may also like:
 by Paul Stickland

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Roam and Roar: Favorite Dinosaur Books  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

We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner

(Chorus) We are the dinosaurs, marching, marching
We are the dinosaurs
Whaddaya think of that?

We are the dinosaurs, marching, marching
We are the dinosaurs
We make the earth flat, we make the earth flat

We stop and eat our food
when we’re in the mood
We stop and eat our food on the ground
We stop and eat our food
when we’re in the mood
We stop and eat our food
and then we march around

(Chorus)

We stop and take a rest over in our nest
We stop and take a rest at the end of the day
We stop and take a rest over in our nest
We stop and take a rest
and then you’ll hear us say

(Chorus)

And then we ROOOOOAAAAAAR!
‘Cause we are the dinosaurs!

Dinosaurs
Spread your arms, way out wide
Fly like Pteranodon, soar and glide
Bend to the floor, head down low
Move like Stegosaurus, long ago
Reach up tall, try to be
As tall as Apatosaurus eating on a tree
Using your claws, grumble and growl
Just like Tyrannosaurus on the prowl

Dinosaur, Dinosaur
Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please

Dino-Pokey (to the tune of “The Hokey Pokey”)

You put your claws in,
You take your claws out,
You put your claws in,
And you scratch ’em all about.
You do the dino pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

Additional Verses:
feet in
feet out
stomp them all about

teeth in
teeth out
chomp them all about

tail in
tail out
wag it all about

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.

Your Next Young Adult Novel

Young Adult Novels are the latest phenomenon of the publishing world. If you haven’t looked into this very diverse genre, which has teens standing in line for their next book and raising up their favorite authors as the new super stars of modern literature, here is a fun quiz through quotev.com to help you find just the right book to get you started!

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Last summer Epic Reads, a great site for anyone who loves books, linked to a fun quiz:

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Summer has come and gone, but with the cool weather coming in, perhaps it’s an even better time to grab the fuzzy blanket and find a great read for the Thanksgiving break.

Parents who are looking for reviews on the books their teens are reading may enjoy the book section of Common Sense Media.  Age suggestions are given for many of today’s favorite Young Adult books, as well as topics for discussion.

For even more great reads for teens, the Bowman Library has a teen display always available, including selections from the Teen Advisory Board. If you are teen or preteen in middle or high school, consider joining them on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 pm.  Call Donna Hughes at 540-869-9000 x215 for more information.

Did you take a quiz? Tell us which book you got!

Books for Tweens to Young Teens!

img_0199Too old for picture books, but not quite ready for the more mature Young Adult novels? The Bowman Library has created a display of great books, perfect for children in later elementary through middle school.

This month we will feature great reads for Native American Heritage Month. Older children can stop by to find both fiction by Native American authors, as well as non-fiction books describing the heritage and diversity of the first Americans.

Head around the corner of the display for additional selections from favorite classic authors, as well as some wonderful options from modern lists.

6 Fantastic Books Featuring Families Storytime @ HRL

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November is here and our thoughts turn to the upcoming family reunions that accompany the winter holidays.  These are a few of our favorite picture books that put the reader inside the warm and loving embrace of a family.  We’ll be reading these at our storytimes this week.  What picture book reminds you of your family?

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: I can do it too!

  • I can do it too! by Karen Baicker ; pictures by Ken Wilson-Max – JE Baicker (Board Book)

This heartwarming story reminds us how satisfying it is to grow up surrounded by love. I Can Do It Too! affirms a little girl’s growing independence as she, too, can begin to do all the things she sees her parents, relatives and neighbors do: pouring juice at breakfast, strumming a guitar, and even riding a bike! The simple cadence of text and direct-to-the-heart art result in a book as warm and generous as its message, providing reading pleasure for toddlers, older siblings, and the grown-ups who love them.

Book Jacket for: So much

  • So much by Trish Cooke ; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury – JE Cooke
  • With Oxenbury’s warm illustrations and Cooke’s rhythmic text, this cumulative story captures the joy of being a baby in a large, extended family. A Child Magazine Best Children’s Book.

 

 

Book Jacket for: What! cried Granny : an almost bedtime story

  • What! cried Granny : an almost bedtime story by Kate Lum ; pictures by Adrian Johnson – JE Lum
  • When her grandson Patrick arrives for his first sleepover, Granny’s resourceful efforts to provide him with a bed, pillow, and other necessities result in a sleepless night for both of them.

 

 

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The rattlebang picnic by Margaret Mahy ; pictures by Steven Kellogg – JE Mahy

  • The McTavishes, their seven children, and Granny McTavish take their old rattlebang of a car on a picnic up Mt. Fogg and have an exciting adventure.  A comical tall-tale featuring a large, extended family.

 

Book Jacket for: Big sister, little sister

  • Big sister, little sister by LeUyen Pham – JE Pham
  • Shows the part a big sister plays and the part a little sister plays in a family.

 

 

 

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  • Owl lake / Keizaburo Tejima – JE Tejima
  • As the sun slips down behind the lake and the sky darkens, Father Owl comes out and hunts for fish to feed his hungry family. Illustrated with the author’s woodcuts.

 

 

 
These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Family stories booklist for storytime .  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

Grandma’s Glasses

These are grandma’s glasses.
(Make circles around eyes.)
This is grandma’s hat.
(Cup hands and place on head.)
And this is the way
She folds her hands.
(Fold hands)
And puts them in her lap.
(Put them in your lap)

These are grandpa’s glasses.
(Make circles around eyes.)
This is grandpa’s hat.
(Pretend to put on a hat.)
And this is the way
He folds his arms
(Cross arms and fold.)
Just like that!

My Mama Likes . . .  (Sing to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)

My Mama likes bouncin’ me up and down.
Up and down, up and down.
My Mama likes bouncin’ me up and down,
because she loves me so.

My Papa likes swingin’ me side to side.
Side to side, side to side.
My Papa likes swingin’ me side to side,
because he loves me so.

My grandma likes givin’ me great big hugs.
Great big hugs, great big hugs.
My grandpa likes givin’ me great big hugs
because she loves me so.

If You Have a . . .

If you have a brother
A brother, a brother
If you have a brother
Please stand up!

(Repeat with other family members (mother, father, sister, grandma, grandpa, etc.)

Mother and Father and Uncle John

Mother and Father and Uncle John
(child on adult’s knees)
Went to town one by one
(bounce on knees)
Father fell off   (lean child to one side)
Mother fell off   (lean child to other side)
But Uncle John rode on and on.
(keep bouncing)
Yes, Father fell off  (lean to one side)
Mother fell off  (lean to other side)
But Uncle John rode on and on and on.  (bounce faster)

 

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.

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