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

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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.


Learning to Read

School is well and truly back in session, and for many of the children in our community this marks the start of the journey to becoming an independent reader. In classrooms and homes all over the country, young children are developing the reading skills which will enable them to get lost in the magical world of books.

This is a very exciting time in a child’s development, and as parents and caregivers we have an important part to play in supporting and encouraging our early readers. One of the easiest things that we can do to help is read aloud to children. Sharing and listening to books by reading aloud is one of the best ways to ensure a child’s success in reading.
Reading aloud:
  • is a great excuse to spend time with children
  • allows you both to enjoy the sound and rhythm of language and explore the way words join together to create stories
  • opens doors to knowledge and fantasy
  • encourages a child’s imagination to run wild
  • continues the age old art of storytelling
  • helps to grow a child’s vocabulary and their ability to communicate
  • sets them on the path to becoming a life-long reader
  • IS FUN!


Another easy way to help support an early reader is to visit the library. Here at Handley Regional we love working with children and their caregivers at this very special time, and we have a huge range of resources available.
On our Parent Teacher shelves in the Children’s Room you can find many useful titles dealing with learning to read.
And for the very important new readers themselves our shelves are full of wonderful choices – we have something for everyone! In addition to our fantastic range of picture books, the Easy Reader shelves are a great source of reading material for beginning readers.
Come and visit us at your local library and we’ll help to make sure that those first steps into independent reading are full of excitement and enjoyment. And don’t forget that once a child turns five they are eligible for their very own library card – a must for every reader, big and small!
I’ll leave you with the words of Frederick Douglass – “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”