Giving Thanks at Storytime!

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Happy Thanksgiving!
At Handley Regional Library, we want to say “Thank you!” to all of our wonderful patrons. You give us reason to give thanks every day.  In that spirit of gratitude, here are 7 of our favorite books about gratitude and thankfulness for you to share with your families.

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: Bear says thanksBook Jacket for: Thank you, ThanksgivingBook Jacket for: Giving thanks

  • Bear says thanks by Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman.
  • Thank you, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim.
  • Giving thanks by Jonathan London ; paintings by Gregory Manchess.

Book Jacket for: Day by dayBook Jacket for: Thanks for Thanksgiving

  • Day by day by Susan Gal.
  • The thankful book by Todd Parr.
  • Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes ; illustrated by Doris Barrette.

You can find these books at Handley Regional Library by searching the catalog for the tag #GiveThanks

.Book Jacket for: Giving thanks : a Native American good morning message

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Giving thanks : a Native American good morning message / by Chief Jake Swamp ; illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr.

Songs and Poems to Share

“Thanks a Lot” can be found on Baby Beluga – J CD Raffi

If You’re Thankful and You Know It, Clap Your Hands

If you’re thankful and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
clap your hands.

If you’re thankful and you know it,
stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
stomp your feet.

If you’re thankful and you know it,
shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it,
shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
shout “I am!”

Turkey and Stuffing (Tune of “Where is Thumbkin”)

Turkey and stuffing,
Turkey and Stuffing,
Pumpkin pie.
Ten feet high!
We were so much thinner,
Before we ate our dinner.
Me-oh-my!
Me-oh-my!

Turkey Wore His Rainbow Feathers
(Tune of “Mary Wore Her Red Dress”)
Turkey wore his red feather,
red feather, red feather.
Turkey wore his red feather all day long.
(Continue adding color feathers and singing)

Last Verse:
Turkey wore his rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers.
Turkey wore his rainbow feathers all day long.

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am!
Here I am!

How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away.
Run away.

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 Vectezy.com by frankmib6

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Talkin’ Turkey: Thanksgiving Stories

Thanksgiving Stories

Storytimes aren’t just for in the library – take storytime home with you or take it on the road as you travel over the holidays!  Bring along a selection of stories, teach some new rhymes, and sing songs together as a family to entertain your kids while on the road.  And what better theme than a collection of silly, sweet stories about Turkeys?

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: Turkey surprise
Turkey Surprise by Peggy Archer – JE Archer
“A turkey hides from two brothers looking for food for Thanksgiving Day, and they end up finding something better to eat.”

Book Jacket for: I'm a turkey!
I’m a Turkey by Jim Arnosky – JE Arnosky
“In spoken-word song with rhyming text, a turkey describes his life in a large flock, always looking out for other creatures that might find him tasty.”  Don’t forget to stop by Scholastic’s webpage and download a free mp3 of Jim Arnosky’s companion song, “Talkin’ Turkey.”

Book Jacket for: 10 fat turkeys
10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston – JE Johnston
“Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious counting story about ten goofy turkeys roller-skating on a fence, doing a noodle dance, and more! Give thanks! This Thanksgiving favourite is now available as a board book with foil cover.”

Book Jacket for: Run, Turkey run
Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr – JE Mayr
“The day before Thanksgiving, Turkey tries to disguise himself as other animals in order to avoid being caught by the farmer.”

Descriptions in quotation marks are provided by publishers.

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.

Songs and Poems to Share

Albuquerque Turkey
(Tune: “My Darlin’ Clementine”)

Albuquerque is a turkey
and he’s feathered and he’s fine.
And he wobbles and he gobbles
and he’s absolutely mine.

He’s the best pet you can get,
yet better than a dog or cat.
He’s my Albuquerque turkey;
and I’m very proud of that.

Albuquerque is a turkey,
and he’s happy in his bed.
‘Cause for our Thanksgiving dinner
We’ll have pizza pie instead!

Turkey and Stuffing (Tune of “Where is Thumbkin”)

Turkey and stuffing,
Turkey and Stuffing,
Pumpkin pie.
Ten feet high!
We were so much thinner,
Before we ate our dinner.
Me-oh-my!
Me-oh-my!

Three Turkey Gobblers

The night before Thanksgiving when I had gone to bed,
I heard 3 turkey gobblers, and this is what they said:
The first turkey said, “I think I’d better go
And hide behind the haystack where no one will know.”
The second turkey said, “I think I’ll find a tree
And hide high in the branches where no one will see.”
The third turkey said, “I think it would be lots of fun
To hide the farmer’s hatchet and run, run, run!”
And then on Thanksgiving morning when the farmer came around,
Those three turkey gobblers could not be found.

Old Tom Turkey

Old Tom Turkey lived on a hill.
Gobble, gobble, gobble (Waggle head back and forth)
If he’s not gone he lives there still.
Gobble, gobble, gobble
A duck came by and said hello,
Quack, quack, quack. (Flap your arms like wings)
Gobble, gobble, gobble.
Goodbye now friend, it’s time to go.
Quack, quack, quack.
Gobble, gobble, gobble.

We hope to see you at one of Bowman Library’s storytimes:
Toddler Storytime – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Storytime – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Storytime – Saturdays @ 11AM

Check the calendar for storytime schedules at the Handley and Clarke County Libraries and for special events throughout the system.

Let’s play!

It’s National Game and Puzzle Week!

From November 24th to November 30th the spotlight is on games – particularly those you can play with others. With Thanksgiving upon us and Christmas just around the corner, this is the prefect time to gather together family and friends, and play!

At Bowman Library we started the week with games and puzzles galore…here are some shots of our gamers and puzzlers in action…

puzzles1puzzles2National Game & Puzzle Day-BL 001Playing games, be they board, card or dice, is a great deal of fun but did you know that games also offer many benefits for people of all ages?

  • Playing games creates quality time and opens lines of communication for parents and children.
  • Games stimulate mind and body, improve memory, build bonds and foster great imagination.
  • Games help players develop social skills, including following rules and turn-taking.
  • Games help teach fair play and good sportsmanship.
  • Games fit well into school lesson plans or as an icebreaker at meetings.
  • Games help sharpen vocabulary, spelling, math, creative writing, critical thinking and more – all under the guise of having fun!
  • Playing games enables individuals to learn about themselves and the world.
  • Games are a great way to bring people together during the holidays.

IMG_2588IMG_2585So what are you waiting for? Winter is here which means more time inside – the perfect opportunity to get together with family and friends and play. Games and puzzles make great Christmas gifts too. We are always happy to make recommendations and suggestions so drop in and see us.

Does your family have a favorite game? Is there a game you’ve got your eye on for Christmas? We’d love to hear all about it. Send an email to hrlyouthscope@gmail.com

Until next time – happy gaming!