If you missed our Cars and Trucks Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to get your own storytime on the move. 

From Storytime

Toot toot beep beep by Emma Garcia

Can you make as much noise as a book full of traffic? Lots of opportunities for audience participation here, but ends quietly.

BLUE CAR, BLUE CAR (Follows the pattern of Brown Bear, Brown Bear)

     Blue Car, Blue Car what do you see? I see an Orange Airplane looking at me.

     Orange Airplane, Orange Airplane what do you see? I see a Yellow Bus looking at me.

     [Follow the pattern with Brown Tractor, Green Taxi, Purple Balloon, Red Ship, etc.]

     For your final verse, finish with: I see my passengers looking at me!

If you missed our Shape Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to get your own storytime in shape. 

From Storytime

They all saw a cat by Brendan Wenzel

In simple, rhythmic prose and stylized pictures, a cat walks through the world, and all the other creatures see and acknowledge the cat.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT SHAPE THIS IS? (Tune: Mary had a little lamb)

     Do you know what shape this is, shape this is, shape this is?

     Do you know what shape this is, shout it out for me. [Triangle, Square, Circle, Star, Heart, etc.]

Music can inspire us during our worst times, or be the backbone of a celebration. Check out some of these stories about the people behind the music, and check the links for where to listen to their tunes.

Little Melba and her big trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown

A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources. Her music can be interloaned through MeL.

With rhythmic swirls of words and pictures, Suzanne Slade and Stacy Innerst beautifully reveal just how brilliantly Gershwin reached inside his head to create his masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue. It's a surprising and whirlwind composition of notes and sounds and one long wail of a clarinet-dazzling and daring, just like George Gershwin himself!

Read about the beginnings of hip hop and break dancing. 

If you missed our Music Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a storytime that will get your toes tapping at home. 

From Storytime

Hiccupotamus by Steve Smallman

The jungle animals are having a musical celebration! Mouse squeaks, Bird tweets, and Centipede taps his feet. Then more animals hear the music and want to join in, as Monkey, Warthog, and Crocodile bring their own music-making talents to the group. But what is that silly Hippo doing?

 

FIVE LITTLE DRUMS (Built on the framework of one of my favorite fingerplays):

     Five little drums making music at the show (hold up 5 fingers)

     One fell down and started to... ROLL! (roll your hands)

     It bounced offstage and landed with a BOOM.

     How many drums are left in the room? (repeat until all the drums have rolled away)

 

If you missed our Gray Storytime this week, don't be blue. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a colorful storytime that you can do at home. 

From Storytime

My body is tough and gray by Joyce L Markovics

Similar to the Guess What series, this book offers a series of clues for the reader to solve.

I dream of an elephant by Ami Rubinger

Elephants of many colors are described in couplets that invite the reader to complete the rhyme using color-themed clues.

LEGO® Build Day

LEGO

In preparation for our 2017 LEGO® Fantastic Beasts Building Contest, join us in the Friends Activity Room for two hours of free play with our stock of LEGO® and Duplo Blocks. This time is set aside to experiment and explore, build and get inspired. You cannot take your creations home, but the ideas you generate here might serve you well for the contest in January. Not interested in competing? Join us anyway. This is an open opportunity to build and create with friends or family. No registration required.

 

 

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, December 27 -
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room

Dance Your Fanny Off

Dancing Children

Enjoy a half hour of tunes that will make you want to grab a dance partner and get on your feet. Intended particularly for new walkers up to 5 years old, dancing is a great way to have some fun and build gross motor skills. No registration required.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, December 19 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Wednesday, December 28 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Community Room
Saturday, January 7 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room

ABC Activity Time

Parent and Child

ABC Activity Time will run for six weeks from November 7 through December 17. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Each playtime is preceded by a storytime, and takes place on

  • Mondays @ 10:30 AM 
  • Tuesdays @ 10:30 and 7:30 PM 
  • Wednesdays @ 10:30 AM 
  • Thursdays @ 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM
  • Fridays @ 1:30 PM
  • Saturdays @ 10:30 AM

PLEASE NOTE:

Specific locations are listed below.

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, and there will be no programming on those days.

There will be no storytime on Tuesday, December 13, but we encourage you to attend our Winter Snow Spree.

Upcoming sessions

Friday, December 9 -
1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, December 10 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, December 12 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, December 13 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Note:
Please attend our Winter Snow Spree this evening instead.
Tuesday, December 13 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, December 14 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, December 15 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, December 15 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, December 16 -
1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, December 17 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room

Family Storytime

Storytime

Family Storytimes will run for six weeks from November 7 through December 17. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Each storytime is followed by a half hour of free play, and takes place on

  • Mondays @ 10:00 AM 
  • Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM 
  • Wednesdays @ 10:00 AM 
  • Thursdays @ 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM
  • Saturdays @ 10:00 AM

PLEASE NOTE:

Specific locations are listed below.

The library will be closed on Thursday, November 24, and there will be no programming that day. 

There will be no storytime on Tuesday, December 13, but we encourage you to attend our Winter Snow Spree.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, December 10 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, December 12 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Note:
Please attend our Winter Snow Spree this evening instead.
Tuesday, December 13 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, December 14 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, December 15 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, December 15 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, December 17 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room

 

If you missed our Leaf Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a fall storytime that you can do at home. 

From Storytime

In a simple, evocative conversation with nature, a young girl witnesses how the season changes from summer to autumn.

 

THE LEAVES ON THE TREES (to The Wheels on the Bus)

     The leaves on the trees turn orange and brown… all over town.

     The leaves on the trees come tumbling down… all over town.

     The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish… all over town.

     The leaves on the ground get raked right up… all over town.

     The trees all around are bare and cold… all over town.

     The trees show the seasons go round and round… all over town.