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Did you miss our Monday Balloons Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a light-hearted storytime you can do at home.
 

From Storytime

And away we go! by Miguel Ornia-Blanco

Mr. Fox is going to the moon. Away he goes in his hot air balloon. But wait. Can Elephant come too? Sure! Let's bring along some pizza. What about Giraffe? And Squirrel? Everyone is welcome in Mr. Fox's balloon, but look out--a surprise is in store for everyone too.

 

 

Counting Up Fingerplay:

     A bunch of balloons in my hand

     I tripped, one slipped, and…

     I lost the green (red, orange, yellow…) one, it floated away.

     How many balloons did I lose today?

 

Did you miss our Monday Manners Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a very polite storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

Horrible bear! by Ame Dyckman

When Bear breaks a little girl's kite, she thinks he is a "HORRIBLE BEAR!"--until she makes a mistake of her own and learns the power of saying "I'm sorry."

Song: If You're Happy and You Know It

This is a great song to add your own verses! We included two extras this week:

     If you're thankful and you know it say thank you.

     If you're sneezing and you know it cover your mouth (and of course say "ahhhchoo")

Dance Your Fanny Off

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Shake a tailfeather with your little one at Dance Your Fanny Off. We'll play thirty minutes of songs to get you movin' and groovin' to the beat. Each session will feature themed music so you can claim one of your Connect Your Summer On-the-Scene badges.

No registration required.

 

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

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National Dance Day Celebration

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Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can put on their dancing shoes. We're celebrating National Dance Day a day early with stories and a craft, followed by an open dance party. Stories will start at 3:00 and everyone will have a chance to make a ribbon stick before we start our freestyle dance party at 3:30. Grownups should come ready to move and groove with the little ones and have a great time.

Upcoming sessions

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Did you miss our Monday Art Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a creative storytime you can do at home.

From Storytime

A story inspired by the life of the influential French master artist considers how he transformed his dreary childhood community in northern France through his expressions of color and form.

We had a great time with the song "Stick to the Glue," but there are a lot of fun songs on this disc to enjoy.

Dance Your Fanny Off

This post contains suggestions for how to earn your Hit the Road: On the Scene badge.
Learn more and earn badges on the Connect Your Summer page.

Shake a tailfeather with your little one at Dance Your Fanny Off. We'll play thirty minutes of songs to get you movin' and groovin' to the beat. Each session will feature themed music so you can claim one of your Connect Your Summer On-the-Scene badges.

No registration required.

 

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Wings of Wonder Storytime

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Monarch Butterfly

Families with young children looking for some fun can join us for outdoor summer storytimes. All storytimes take place in our Wings of Wonder butterfly garden in the rear of the library so bring a blanket (in case of inclement weather storytime will be in the Community Room).

No registration is required. Drop-in for stories, songs, and summer fun. Don't forget to claim an On-the-Scene badge for our Connect Your Summer reading program.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Searching for something spooky, strange, or downright scary? Try one of these titles. Some are more silly than spine-tingling, but you'll find your fill of ghosties, ghoulies, and long-legged beasties.

Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

Bone dog by Eric Rohmann

Sam, very sad after his dog Ella dies, is persuaded to go out trick-or-treating and is surprised and delighted when Ella--his very own bone dog--comes to save him from a group of rowdy skeletons.

Leo : a ghost story by Mac Barnett
Also available in: e-book

Leo is a friendly house ghost--but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.

 

The following titles may be enjoyed by First Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.

Fiction

Fiction books for First Grade can be found in a variety of locations, including J PICTURE BOOK, J READER, KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL, and JFICTION. Click on each title for location and availability.

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka

Alex, whose birthday it is, hijacks a story about Birthday Bunny on his special day and turns it into a battle between a supervillain and his enemies in the forest--who, in the original story, are simply planning a surprise party.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Act 1 by Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Twelve-year-olds Jack and Louisa tell, in their separate voices, of his reluctant departure from New York City and Broadway stardom to live in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where new neighbor Louisa, a "musical theater nerd," urges him to audition for the local theater's production of "Into the Woods.".

Can you say catastrophe? by Laurie B. Friedman

"April Sinclair would like to blame someone for her mostly miserable life, and since her parents won't take responsibility, she blames the stork. Her teenage years kick off with a humiliating 13th birthday party, where one of her younger sisters reveals April's crush and the other puts on a show of peeing behind a tree like a boy. April can't wait to disown her loony family for a few weeks of summer camp with her two best friends. Meanwhile, she gets her first two kisses--from two different boys--and isn't sure how she feels about either one. But she's sure how she feels (horrified) when her parents cancel her camp plans in lieu of a family RV trip. Is there any silver lining to her summer?" More in this series can be found in JFICTION FRIEDMAN.

Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male/female interaction.