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Share a Story: Bathtime Storytime

Did you miss our bathtime storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own splashy storytime.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme from SurLaLune Storytime

   One elephant in the bathtub, going for a swim. 
   Knock, Knock, (Clap twice) 
   Splash, Splash, (Slap knees twice) 
   Come on in! (Motion with both hands to come in) 
   Two elephants elephants in the bathtub… etc.
(Until…) 
   Five elephants elephants in the bathtub, going for a swim. 
   Knock, Knock, Splash, Splash, They all fell in!

Get out of my bath! by Britta Teckentrup

Ten pigs: an epic bath adventure by story and pictures by Derek Anderson

Animal baths by Bob Barner

Share a Story: Purple Storytime

Did you miss our purple storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own colorful storytime.

From Storytime

Try this counting rhyme, which can be adapted to just about anything!:

 

     Five little eggplants, sitting in a bowl. (Hold up 5 fingers) 
     One fell out and started to roll. (Roll your hands) 
     It bounced on the table (Slap your knees)
     And hit my feet - how many eggplants are left to eat? 
     (Repeat until all the eggplants are gone)

Sally and the purple socks by Lisze Bechtold

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley

Putumayo Kids presents Rock & roll playground [sound recording] — We used Let's Shake for our Parachute Song, but it's a great one to just boogie down to!

Share a Story: Circus Storytime

Did you miss our circus storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own big top storytime.

From Storytime

A small surprise by Louise Yates

Wolf won't bite! by Emily Gravett

The acrobat by Alborozo

Jim Gill sings moving rhymes for modern times [sound recording] by Gill, Jim

Snacktime! [sound recording] by Barenaked Ladies

This is fun! [sound recording] by Caspar Babypants

Share a Story: Clothing Storytime

Did you miss our getting dressed storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own clothing storytime.

From Storytime

I love my hat by Douglas Florian ; illustrated by Paige Keiser

Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes by story by Eric Litwin (aka Mr. Eric) ; art by James Dean — This is a pretty easy story to memorize and pull out in the grocery line, at bathtime, or anytime the little ones are getting squirrely.

Clothesline clues to jobs people do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook ; illustrated by Andy Robert Davies

Jim Gill sings The sneezing song and other contagious tunes [sound recording] by Gill, Jim — A round of Silly Dance Contest is always a welcome treat.

Share a Story: Monster Storytime

Did you miss our monster storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own spooky storytime.


From Storytime

Have fun singing "If You're a Monster and You Know It" to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It." Make up your own actions to go with the song.
And try a version of the Chocolate Chip Ghost.

Yeti and the bird by written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen

Share a Story: Bug Storytime

Did you miss our bug storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own buggy storytime.


From Storytime

Try a round or several of Itsy Bitsy Spider between stories.

I'm trying to love spiders: (it isn't easy.) by words & pictures by Bethany Barton

Bee dance by Rick Chrustowski

Step gently out by poem by Helen Frost ; photographs by Rick Lieder

Share a Story: Camping Storytime

Did you miss our camping storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own camping storytime.

From Storytime

Don't forget to sing a round of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!

A stick is an excellent thing: poems celebrating outdoor play by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Scare a bear by written by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

Quiet night by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by John Manders

Touch the brightest star by Christie Matheson

Handmade Garden Projects

Handmade garden projects: step-by-step instructions for creative garden features, containers, lighting & more by Lorene Edwards Forkner — Would you like to give your garden a little something extra? By reusing materials and with a little DIY effort, you can add depth and interest to your garden. This book has it all, from pathways to structures to furniture to containers to storage and more. Check out the author's blog for lots more info and inspiration.

Same Place, More Space

Same place, more space: 50 projects to maximize every room in the house by Karl Champley, with Karen Kelly ; illustrations by Arthur Mount

You may recognize author Karl Champley from DIY Network's Wasted Spaces, and fans of that show will find similar ideas in this book. In addition to ideas for taking advantage of unused storage space, this book goes further, offering how-tos for rearranging floor plans and uses of space to get the most out of your home. Included here are instructions and diagrams for multi-use furniture, use-specific remodeling, and lots more.

Terrariums

Have you ever made a terrarium? They're all the rage lately and they're so easy to make. Check out this tutorial for terrarium ornaments, and take a look at some of the resources we have here at the library:

Terrarium craft: create 50 magical, miniature worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello & Kate Bryant; photography by Kate Baldwin

The new terrarium: creating beautiful displays for plants and nature by Tovah Martin and Kindra Clineff

Indoor gardens by Lori Kinstad Pupeza

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