early literacy

ABC Activity Time

Mom with Child

ABC Activity Time will run for six weeks from September 12 - October 22. 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

NOTE that specific locations are listed below, and the library will be closed on Monday, October 10. There will be no programming that day.

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 12 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, September 13 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, September 13 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, September 14 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 15 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 15 -
7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Friday, September 16 -
1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, September 17 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, September 19 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, September 20 -
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Friends' Activity Room

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Family Storytime

Storytime Patrons Listening

Family Storytimes will run for six weeks from September 12 through October 22. 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

NOTE that specific locations are listed below, and the library will be closed on Monday, October 10. There will be no programming that day. 

Upcoming sessions

Monday, September 12 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, September 13 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, September 14 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 15 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 15 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, September 17 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Monday, September 19 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Tuesday, September 20 -
7:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Community Room
Wednesday, September 21 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room
Thursday, September 22 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room

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

From Storytime

Read to tiger by S. J. Fore

A little boy who wants to read his book keeps being distracted by a tiger who is busy chomping on gum, growling, and practicing karate kicks.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, April 18. 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 matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, April 18-May 28:

  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Community Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM(Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM(Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM  (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM  (Friends' Activity Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM  (Friends' Activity Room)

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

 

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

From Storytime

If you plant a seed by Kadir Nelson

While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

 

"Dig a Little Hole" Action Rhyme from SurLaLune Storytime

​     Dig a little hole. (dig)

     Plant a little seed. (drop a seed)

     Pour a little water. (pour)

     Pull a little weed. (pull up and throw away)

     Chase a little bug. (chase or shoo)

     Heigh-ho, there he goes! (shade eyes)

     Wait for some sun. (make sun)

     Grow a little rose. (bring hands up and smell a flower)

 

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

From Storytime

Sweep up the sun by Helen Frost

Simple poetic language and close-up photographs invite readers to take flight with the birds outside their windows.

 

You'll find many variations of this rhyme. Here is the one adapted for this week's bird storytime:

     Six feathered birds, so glad to be alive;

     One flew away and then there were five.

     Five feathered birds flying over my door;
     One flew away and then there were four.
     Four feathered birds singing in my tree,
     One flew away and then there were three.
     Three feathered birds looking at you,
     One flew away and then there were two.
     Two feathered birds sleeping in the sun,
     One flew away and then there was one.
     One feathered bird looking like a hero,
     He flew away and now there are zero!

 

 

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")

 

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.

Read Aloud web badge

Canton Public Library is proud to participate in Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a national campaign to have every child being read aloud to for 15 minutes every day starting at birth. This month, the Read Aloud movement emphasizes that reading aloud (1) helps build children's vocabulary, (2) promotes healthy brain development, and (3) continues to benefit a child even after s/he can read independently.

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