November 9, 2016 | Thorndyke
Sometimes the world is a rough place, so I'm taking a minute today to remind myself to be kind to others. It can be hard to show kindness when we're feeling angry or scared, but nothing makes me feel better than finding something nice to do for someone else. So if you're looking for books that might help you show understanding or compassion to someone who needs it, these are some of my favorite. I hope they inspire you, too. If you have your own inspiring books, please share them as a comment below.
When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.
October 17, 2016 | strande
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.
In a simple, evocative conversation with nature, a young girl witnesses how the season changes from summer to autumn.
October 5, 2016 | ms.amelia
The United Nations is celebrating 2016's World Space Week from Oct. 4-10th. Check out some of these picture books dealing with the moon, the stars, aliens, and astronauts.
A young child thinks about what it would be like to be an astronaut and go out on a mission into space. The book uses actual terminology, such as gravity, orbit, and satellite, in easy to read, simple sentences paired with colorful drawings.
A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.
October 3, 2016 | strande
If you missed our Breakfast 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 yummy storytime that you can do at home.
A collection of brief poems about all different kinds of foods--from cereal and oranges to pasta, potato chips, and peas. We read the very first poem about yummy breakfast smells.
October 1, 2016 | strande
If you missed our Lion-themed 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 roaring good storytime that you can do at home.
Young children are natural problem solvers and always looking for answers, especially when it involves animals. Using the photos and text, readers rely on visual literacy skills, reading, and reasoning as they solve the animal mystery. Clearly written facts give readers a deeper understanding of how the animal lives. More in this fun series can be found in the nonfiction collection.
September 19, 2016 | strande
It's Talk Like a Pirate Day! If you missed our Pirate-themed Storytime, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a storytime fit for a scalawag that you can do at home.
Pig brothers Dink and Fergus love playing at the beach, but when Dink wakes up from his nap in a grumpy mood, Fergus invites Dink to play with his new pirate ship of sand and gives him the starring role as pirate captain.
September 17, 2016 | strande
Did you miss our courage storytimes this week? Don't worry, here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a brave storytime you can do at home.
We sang "Silly Bird" to warm up, but Caspar Babypants has a lot of other fun songs!
September 12, 2016 | strande
Did you miss our Pet Storytime at the Farmer's Market last week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a cuddly storytime you can do at home.
We tried a few different rhymes and songs. We sang "The Wheels on the Bus," but added noises for all the different pets on the bus (I think the Elephants on the Bus were my favorite). We also acted out this rhyme while making all the appropriate animal noises:
Can you hop like a rabbit? Can you jump like a frog?
Can you waddle like a duck? Can you wag like a dog?
Can you fly like a bird? Can you swim like a fish?
Can you sit back down and be still like this?
August 19, 2016 | Thorndyke
Our Final Party for Connect Your Summer is tomorrow. There will be so many wonderful things to see and do. You can see how much fun I had last year at the party, and I heard a rumor that there may be a few Star Wars characters walking around again. I am looking forward to celebrating another fun Connect Your Summer, and hope to see you at the party tomorrow.
While I had so much fun participating in CYS this year (I managed to read all about bears), I'm already looking forward to fall and more new books. So don't forget to stop inside the library before or after our party to check out just a few more books to get you through until school starts again. Some of my favorite non-bear picture books this year have been:
Gobbled by a snake, a crafty boy finds a find a way out of his predictament by encouraging the snake to eat an increasing number of animals.