Friday, May 27, 2011

Summer Reading is here!

Our summer reading program kicks off next week.  The theme this year is One World, Many Places.  We have lots of guests invited to come share about place they have been to or are from and we will have the puppet and magic shows this summer.

Come join us this summer.  Sign up starts on May 31st, there will be a kick off gathering on the 1st at 10:30 at the library for those that can attend.  Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Where is SUMMER!

What is SUMMER?

Summer was the topic of our storytime today.  Perfect day for it as it was snowing!!!  This is the tree out front of the library.

We read the following books:
       Summer by Acorn
       Thumper's Summer Day
       and Summer Stink's by Marty Kelley


Craft for the day was to make a paper plate sun.
I took small paper plates and had them painted yellow.  I did this in advance to save time.  Then you draw a face on the plate.
Take orange and yellow construction paper and trace child hand and cut out.  Depending on what size plate you use will determine how many hands you need.  I used small plates and figured 4 hands of each color would work.  If your child has a very small hand you will need more.

Glue the yellow hands around the back and then the orange ones for the rays for your suns.  Let dry and display.  Here are pictures of the kids with their suns.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Water Week at the Library!

Today we talked about water at the library.
We shared stories with the kids about people and things that you do in and around water.  Some of the stories we share this week were:
Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman and Jacky Davis
A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley
A fish out of water

Craft for this week we made water rings.  You take a large craft button, 1 piece of pipe cleaner and cut a small piece of sponge.  You thread the pipe cleaner through the button and twist it around your finger like a ring, take the piece of sponge and place it over the twist then twist the pipe cleaner around to hold the sponge.  Then you take and fold the pipe cleaner down to the sides and  and cut of the ends ( you don't want the sharp ends to poke anyone).  You may place a jewel type decoration on the top with glue if desired. Then you can wet the sponge, shake hands with someone and get there hand all wet.  Kids love them, even boys!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Today we talked about Frogs.  The books we read where:
5 Green and Specked Frogs
Frog on a Log
The Wide-Mouthed Frog, by Keith Faulkner - illustrated by Jonathon Lambert

We also showed the kids pictures of different frogs and showed them they could be many different colors than green, from a book by Thomas Marent called frog.

Some other great books that you could share with the kids about frogs are:
There was an old monkey who swallowed a frog by Jennifer Ward, illustred by Steve Gray.
Finklehopper Frog by Irene Livingston
Bye-Bye, Big Bad BullyBug by Ed Emberley
Too Many Frogs! by Sandy Asher
Stick by Steve Breen
Frog Went a-Courtin', pictures by Feodor Rojankosky

 Our craft today was to make a frog puppet.  Supplies needed are a brown sandwich bag; red, green, black and white contact paper.  You can have the kids color or paint the paper bag however they would like.  We had them color on them however they wanted.

From the green paper you need 2 large circles and 2 arms.  From the red a strip for the tounge and from the white and black 2 circles.  The white needs to be a little smaller than the green ones and the black need to be the smallest.

Glue the black circle to the white one and then glue to the green circle.  Glue this to the part of the bag that would be the bottom if the bag was opened.  Take the red strip and glue it under the flap, you can take a pencil and curl this to make the tounge curl.  take the 2 arm peices and glue them to the sides, make sure you don't glue the sides together or it might tear when you place your hands inside the bag to make your puppet move.

I want to thank everyone one for there help today as we had a great turnout.  Here are some pictures of the kids and the great time they had.

 Thank you kids for making storytime fun!