Family Storytime

Storytime

Family Storytime provides an opportunity for caregivers to actively engage with their children under age 5. Together with a Youth Librarian, you can build early literacy skills in a welcoming environment through meaningful stories, songs, and play. Encourage a love of language and reading while practicing listening and cooperative tasks. We look forward to sharing this experience with you. Every Family Storytime is followed by a half hour of ABC Activity Time. No registration required.

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March is Music in our Schools Month. Music makers come from all cultures and backgrounds, and sometimes the music we enjoy the most comes from surprising sources. Check out some of the musicians and composers featured below. When possible, links to their music are also listed. 

A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity's discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Listen: The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra

Describes how Juan García Esquivel, a Mexican composer popular in the 1950s and 1960s, developed his experimental style of music, based on mariachi and other Mexican music, jazz, the human voice, and the use of unusual instruments.

Listen: Nuevo (featuring Jean Garcia Esquivel)

Tells the story of Arthel "Doc" Watson, a blind country boy who found music in the sounds around him and learned to play that music on his guitar, eventually becoming a Grammy-winning musician.

In case you missed our Hide and Seek storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own peekaboo storytime at home.

From Storytime

A father and daughter play hide-and-seek in the midst of the animals near their house in Thailand.

 

THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF HIDE AND SEEK

     Three little billy goats hiding from the troll (hold up three fingers)

     One sneaks across the bridge, ducks, then... ROLLS (roll your hands)

     He rolled so fast the troll didn't even see him.

     How many billy goats are left to hide and seek with? (repeat until all the billy goats are gone)

In case you missed our Dog storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own canine storytime at home.

From Storytime

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook | video | e-video

What's going on with George? When George's mother says bark, George meows, or quacks!̀.

 

PUPPY ROLL

     Five little puppies all digging a hole (hold up five fingers)

     One fell in and started to roll… (roll your hands)

     She rolled to the bottom, she didn’t get hurt.

     How many puppies are left digging dirt? (count how many puppies are left)

     (Repeat until all the puppies are at the bottom of the hole)

If you missed our soup storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to create your own tasty storytime at home.

From Storytime

Soup for one by Ethan Long

One little fly thinks he is getting a big bowl of hot soup to himself, but one after another unwelcome pals join him right up to the last slurp. Count them one to ten. Have fun finding the sneaky spider in each page spread.

 

FIVE CARROTS ROLL

     Five little carrots in my soup bowl

     One fell off my spoon and started to… ROLL!

     It bounced down the table and rolled down the hall.

     How many carrots are left in my bowl? (repeat until all the carrots have rolled down the hall)

If you missed our Hibernation storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to create your own cozy storytime at home. 

From Storytime

Although Squirrel's friends warn him that bears eat squirrels, and Bear's friends remind him that squirrels make a good midnight snack, their friendship remains strong.

SLEEPY BEAR (Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)

     Where is brown bear? Where is brown bear?

     Here I am. Here I am.

     How are you this winter?

     Very tired, thank you.

     Go to sleep. Go to sleep. [repeat with other hibernating animals: bat, groundhog, frog, dormouse]

     From Preschool Education & Music

Our JBIO collection features a wide variety of great stories about real people. These subjects might be well-known, or relatively ordinary. They might be extroverted and exuberant or shy and passionate. Maybe the people in these tales look just like you, or maybe they're like no one you know. Meet someone new in 2017 by checking out some of the following biographies. The list begins with books for younger readers and ends with more advanced titles, but each story might hold wider appeal than its first impression.

A biography of the scientist known as the "Shark Lady," reveals how she turned a childhood passion into her life's work, devoting herself to studying sharks and educating the public on the graceful, clever sea creatures.

Recounts the life and accomplishments of the environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Also available in: video | e-video

A picture book biography of mathematician Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, by the award-winning author/illustrator Fiona Robinson.

If you were snowed in and missed our Winter storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to create your own chilly storytime for snowy weather. You can also catch this storytime via the Library's Facebook page.

From Storytime

Best in snow by April Pulley Sayre

A photographic non-fiction picture book about the wonder of snowfall and the winter water cycle.

 

WINTER HOKEY POKEY

     You put your mittens in, you put your mittens out,

     You put your mittens in, and you shake them all about.

     You do the Winter Pokey and you turn yourself around.

     That's what it's all about! [Repeat, with a boot, your hat, and a snowsuit]

If you missed our Sheep storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to create your own warm and wooly storytime. 

From Storytime

One more sheep by Mij Kelly

Sam's sheep must find a way to keep him awake long enough to count them, so that he will not open the door to let in what he thinks is a stray sheep, but might be an enemy in disguise.

A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing. You can also look for the green sheep in Spanish, or in a Board Book format.

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