Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Who loves to read? We love to read! Summer is a great time to establish reading habits with your children, and this year’s summer reading theme is “Tales and Tails.” So, pick up a “tale” about something with a “tail” and have fun with the activities and books we have planned for this summer.

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Make Books a Part of Your Daily Routine — The more that books are woven into children’s everyday lives, the more likely they will be to see reading as a pleasure and a gift.

Activity

At Meal Times- Sing or read a story during a moment of quiet nursing or to gather the kids around the noisy breakfast table.

- www.zerotothree.org

Books Presented

Who Has this Tail? by Laura Hulbert

Short and fuzzy, long and scaled: no matter their size and shape, tails aren’t just hanging around–they’re useful! This book invites readers to guess the owner of nine tails, and then turn the page to see the animal and its tail in action.

Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow

After their mama reads to them, it’s bedtime for the Five Little Monkeys. But they can’t resist reading just one more book . . . or three! Soon Mama is so tired of trying to get her monkeys to quiet down and go to sleep, she picks up their books and takes them with her. At last, the monkeys are ready to settle down . . . until they hear strange sounds from down the hall. Could it be that Mama likes to read in bed too? 

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Ten Reading Monkeys

One little, two little, three little monkeys.
Four little, five little, six little monkeys.
Seven little, eight little, nine little monkeys
Ten little monkeys reading in bed.

Ten little, nine little, eight little monkeys
Seven little, six little, five little monkeys
Four little, three little, two little monkeys
One little monkey reading in bed.

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Create this swinging monkey craft!

Additional Books

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

Monkeys, toucans, and alligators unleash mayhem.

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins

Readers can explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book.

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Dog loves books so much that he decides to open a book store.

Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewdney

Throughout the school day, the teacher helps Llama Llama and the other children practice their letters, shows word cards, reads stories, and brings them to the library where they can all choose a favorite book. By the end of the day, Llama Llama is recognizing words and can’t wait to show Mama Llama that he’s becoming a reader!

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Clippity-clop, clippity-clop! Whoa... STOP! Children love everything about horses: they way they run, eat, and when they talk to each other. Find out a little more about these appealing creatures with these books and activities.Join us Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays...

Summer STEM: Binary Code Animals

Summer STEM: Binary Code Animals

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program was made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

Learn about binary with these code art animals!

Things you will need include:

  • Colored pencils
  • A pencil
  • Our printable template

This craft was inspired by 100 Easy STEAM Activities by Andrea Scalzo Yi.

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

APRIL Kid + Tween Activities

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Kid + Tween STEAM: Q Tip Bow & Arrow

Have lots of fun with this very mini bow and arrow! Materials needed: Popsicle sticks Q-tips Duct tape (to decorate) Dental floss From home: pencil, nail clippers, marker, and scissors Note: soak popsicle stick in a bowl of warm water before starting

Kid + Tween STEAM: Halley’s Comet Catcher

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Kid + Tween STEAM: Pigpen Cipher

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Kid + Tween STEAM: Pom Pom Poppers!

Have lots of POPPING fun with this Pom-Pom Popper! The kit includes: Paper clips Balloons Rubber bands Launch material Directions: 1 - Cut the bottom off of the paper cup.2 - Tie a knot at the open end of the balloon.3 - Cut the top 1/2 inch of the balloon off,...

Kid + Tween STEAM: Catapult!

LOOK OUT!  This awesome catapult will send things FLYING. Here is what you will need to put this together:   10 pencils  Spoon 16 rubber bands Soft launching materials (pom-poms, marshmallows, etc)

Kid + Tween STEAM: Blubber Bag & Bird Feeder

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Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies Now Live

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies Now Live

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies Now Live

Story Time Now Live

 

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies are now LIVE in our Community Room starting June 15th!

Story Time

Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
NEW After Dinner Story Time Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (This is the same program as the other two, but now offered in the evening!)
Each week’s Story Time Take n’ Go kit will be available during our live Story Times, and any extras will be at the Children’s Reference Desk at the end of the week.

Toddler Time

Ages 11-23 months
(for walking toddlers)
Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m.

Book Babies

Ages 1-10 months
(for babies not yet walking)
Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m.
As always, we will post all our books, crafts, songs, and literacy tips on our blog at madisonlib.org/kids-corner.
We’re so excited to be able to offer these programs live! A big thank you to those who have joined in our online Story Times – we’ll see you at the library!

November Kid and Tween Activities

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Help us celebrate our first 100 years by participating in our photography contest! Our theme is: “Capturing 100 years”. Submit an original photo and see if you win! All forms and rules are available below. October 17th – December 10th Ages 6+...

October Kid and Tween Activities

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT Come enjoy family films at the Library! Every other Friday, 3:30 pm in the Community Room! October 7th: Cars (2006; G)October 21st: Monsters, Inc. (2001; G) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.STEAM - HARRY POTTER...

September Kid and Tween Activities

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT Come enjoy family films at the Library! Every other Friday, 4:00 pm in the Community Room! September 2nd: Babe (1995; G)September 16th: Iron Giant (1999; PG)September 30th: Anastasia (1997; G) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone...

Library Closed for Labor Day

The library will be closed Saturday September 3rd and Monday September 5th for Labor Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this year. Our next open recital will be held Monday, October 17, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.  We will have a recital for invited performers on Monday, November...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

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Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

June 1st-12th Teen Activities

June 1st-12th Teen Activities

June 1st-12th Teen Activities

Summer Reading

Sign-ups start June 7th in the Community Room

Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. Our program for teens has lots of events and parties. 

The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless!

Teen Short Story Writing Contest
Monday, June 7th at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
 
  • Participants must be ages 12 – 18 to enter
  • Open to Madison Library District residents only
  • 2,000 word maximum
  • Limit 1 short story per person
  • Must include an animal as part of the main story
  • No photos or illustrations
  • Work must be original, not previously published, and titled
  • Submissions that are deemed inappropriate, culturally inaccurate or possess negative stereotypical characterization will be disqualified

HOW TO SUBMIT:

  • Email your original work to Gina Miller or bring a hard copy into the library.
  • Subject line must say: “Tail”ish Tales Contest.
  • Please include your name, age, and phone number in the email.
  • Paste or type your short story in the email itself. Attachments will not be opened.

DEADLINE:

All entries must be received by Monday, July 26th, 2021.
Winners will be announced on Friday, July 31st, 2020 via Facebook, Instagram and email.

PRIZES:

First prize- Scrivener writing software ($50 value).
Second prize- Fat Cat’s movie date pack.
Third prize- Florence’s Candy box of chocolates.

All three winners will receive publication online at www.madisonlib.org and an award certificate.

For more information please email Gina Miller.

Teen action council have a say in what goes on at the library for teens
Teen action council have a say in what goes on at the library for teens
Teen Action Council
Monday, June 7th at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
 
Have a say in what goes on at the library for teens.
Summer Reading Kickoff: Interactive Movie

Friday, June 11th, 7-9 p.m. in the Community Room

Kick off the Teen Summer Reading program in style. Join us for an interactive movie night—eat gummy worms with Timon and Pumba, coconut candy with Zazu, etc—as we watch Disney’s The Lion King.

November Kid and Tween Activities

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Help us celebrate our first 100 years by participating in our photography contest! Our theme is: “Capturing 100 years”. Submit an original photo and see if you win! All forms and rules are available below. October 17th – December 10th Ages 6+...

October Kid and Tween Activities

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT Come enjoy family films at the Library! Every other Friday, 3:30 pm in the Community Room! October 7th: Cars (2006; G)October 21st: Monsters, Inc. (2001; G) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.STEAM - HARRY POTTER...

September Kid and Tween Activities

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT Come enjoy family films at the Library! Every other Friday, 4:00 pm in the Community Room! September 2nd: Babe (1995; G)September 16th: Iron Giant (1999; PG)September 30th: Anastasia (1997; G) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone...

Library Closed for Labor Day

The library will be closed Saturday September 3rd and Monday September 5th for Labor Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this year. Our next open recital will be held Monday, October 17, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.  We will have a recital for invited performers on Monday, November...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

June Kid and Tween Activities

June Kid and Tween Activities

June Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading

Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room

Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages. 

The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless!

You won’t want to miss our Summer STEM program for ages 6-11! Unlike the rest of the year, starting June 15th we have a new activity every single week through the end of July! Pick them up at the Front Circulation Desk while supplies last.

Craft instructions will be available on our website and on our YouTube Channel.

June 15: Binary Code Animals
June 22: Outdoor Art Kit
June 29: Toothbrush critters

Earn a gorilla!

Fill out the online form below and upload a photo of your child doing one of our STEM activities. Then come to the Children’s Reference Desk and talk to a librarian to take one of the gorillas in the children’s area home!

1 per child while gorillas last; for ages 6-11.

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!

Pokémon Game Day

Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room

All games, all ages! Bring your Switch, DS, cards, and/or Pokémon Go on your phone. Come and play, or learn the trading card game, how to build a winning team in the video games, and even do some Pokémon Go battles.

November Kid and Tween Activities

PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST Help us celebrate our first 100 years by participating in our photography contest! Our theme is: “Capturing 100 years”. Submit an original photo and see if you win! All forms and rules are available below. October 17th – December 10th Ages 6+...

October Kid and Tween Activities

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT Come enjoy family films at the Library! Every other Friday, 3:30 pm in the Community Room! October 7th: Cars (2006; G)October 21st: Monsters, Inc. (2001; G) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.STEAM - HARRY POTTER...

September Kid and Tween Activities

FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT Come enjoy family films at the Library! Every other Friday, 4:00 pm in the Community Room! September 2nd: Babe (1995; G)September 16th: Iron Giant (1999; PG)September 30th: Anastasia (1997; G) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone...

Library Closed for Labor Day

The library will be closed Saturday September 3rd and Monday September 5th for Labor Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this year. Our next open recital will be held Monday, October 17, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.  We will have a recital for invited performers on Monday, November...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

June Adult Activities

June Adult Activities

June Adult Activities

Adult Summer Reading

Explore
 Tails and Tales at the Library this summer by researching animals in all their habitats. Each time you complete a “Research Area” by reading 1000 pages of your choice, bring your log into the Library for a small reward.
If you successfully complete all Research by reading 3000 pages before Saturday, July 31st, you’ll be entered into our final drawings and receive five $1 coupons to use towards any unfortunate future fine incidents that may occur.
Come join your fellow community members on Thursday, June 17th at 6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion of both classic works and modern masterpieces.

 

Our book for June is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein:

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life … as only a dog could tell it.

Reading copies are available to check out at the Circulation Desk.

Adult Makers: Waste Canvas Critters
 
Add a design to a shirt or pocket. Kits will be available at the circulation desk beginning June 14th with an instructional video Friday, June 18th through our website and/or YouTube channel.
Pokémon Game Day

Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room

All games, all ages! Bring your Switch, DS, cards, and/or Pokémon Go on your phone. Come and play, or learn the trading card game, how to build a winning team in the video games, and even do some Pokémon Go battles.

November Adult Activities

SHORT STORY CONTEST Do you love writing? Enter the Madison Library District's short story writing contest! The theme is "Capturing 100 years". Give us your impression of what that means to you; fiction or non-fiction are accepted. All entries receive a prize! 1st...

October Adult Activities

SHORT STORY CONTEST Do you love writing? Enter the Madison Library District's short story writing contest! The theme is "Capturing 100 years". Give us your impression of what that means to you; fiction or non-fiction are accepted. All entries receive a prize! 1st...

September Adult Activities

LABOR DAY CLOSURE The Library will be closed from Saturday, September 3rd, through Monday, September 5th, for Labor Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!   CREATIVE WRITING CLUB Wednesdays, September 14th and 28th, at 6:00 pm...

Library Closed for Labor Day

The library will be closed Saturday September 3rd and Monday September 5th for Labor Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Open Recitals

Have a piece that you'd like to perform for the public? The library is holding a series of recitals this year. Our next open recital will be held Monday, October 17, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.  We will have a recital for invited performers on Monday, November...

Teen Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of our First Chapter Teen Writing Contest! Our top three submissions were: 1. Ainsley Burns' "A Dreamy Death" 2. Mary Palmer's What's in a Name" 3. Caitlyn Isle's "Haunted Home" Click on the titles above to read. Check them out!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

Closed for Memorial Day

The library will be closed Saturday May 28th and Monday May 30th for Memorial Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

MAY Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, May 4th. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: STAR WARS TRIVIA NIGHTTest your fandom level at our Star Wars Trivia Night! Wednesday,...

Closed Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day

Closed Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day

Closed Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day

The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 for Veteran's Day. No items are due. Thank you.

We’ll be closed Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day. No items will be due. As always, the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Library Closed for Labor Day

The library will be closed Saturday September 3rd and Monday September 5th for Labor Day. No items will be due and the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

August Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, August 3rd. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. NO PROGRAMS IN AUGUST To reset from Summer Reading and to accomodate our new infrastruture updates, there will be...

Library Closed for Infrastructure Updates

The library will be closed Thursday August 18th through Saturday August 27th for infrastructure updates. No items will be due and the book drop will also be closed. A word from the Director: "The Madison Library District is getting upgrades!  Our sorting machine has...

MAY Library Activities

TEEN ACTION COUNCILWednesday, May 4th. 4-5:30pm.  For ages 12-18. Come and have a say in what activities Teens do at the Library and meet new friends. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: STAR WARS TRIVIA NIGHTTest your fandom level at our Star Wars Trivia Night! Wednesday,...

APRIL Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB  Come and watch Ouran High School Host Club. There will also be a fun TEA PARTY! Wednesday April 13th. 4:30pm, Community Room. For ages 12-18. YOUNG LEAGUE OF WRITERS How can you incorporate HUMOR and COMEDY into your writing? Discuss with others at...

APRIL Kid + Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS  Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:April 19th: The Secret Garden (1949) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.     KID + TWEEN STEAM KITS For ages 6-11. Now in person!Every 1st...

APRIL Adult Activities

REGENCY TEA PARTY Saturday April 30th. 9am & 11am. This is a ticketed event. Join authors Sarah M. Eden, Joanna Barker, Sian Ann Bessey, and Esther Hatch for a Regency Tea Party. The event will include a Q&A session, behind-the-scenes insights, giveaways, and...

Closed April 2nd for Building Maintenance

We'll be closed Saturday, April 2nd for Building Maintenance. No items will be due. As always, the book drop will remain open. Thank you!

Closed for President’s Day

We will be closed Monday, February 21st for President's Day.  No items will be due. The book drop will remain open. 

FEBRUARY Teen Activities

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS  What adventures awaits our brave teens? Roll the dice and find out.  DnD will now have TWO events - every SECOND and FOURTH Friday of each month. Friday, February 11th, 3:30-5:30pm, Community Room.Friday, February 25th, 3:30-5:30pm, Community...

Book Babies: If You’re Happy and You Know It

Book Babies: If You’re Happy and You Know It

Book Babies: If You’re Happy and You Know It

Singing a book with your child can be a lot of fun, especially when it’s, “If You’re Happy and You Know It!” Try doing the ASL sign for “happy” as you sing with your child. You can also add other emotions such as “sad”, “hungry”, or “thirsty.”

Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Even if you can’t sing on key, be sure to sing to your child! Your child is not looking for a concert-quality song; he wants familiar sounds from a person who means a great deal to him. Singing together can be great fun; it doesn’t require and special equipment or cost any money.

- Lambert

Activity

Find a book you can “sing” such as “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” After you read the book, sing the song and do the hand motions with your child.

Books Presented

If You're Happy and You Know It! by Anna McQuinn

In this multicultural version of the traditional song, children from cultures all over the world clap their hands, stomp their feet, pat their heads, and much more. The accompanying animated singalong CD continues the interactive fun!

If You're Hoppy and You Know It by April Pulley Sayre

In rhyming text reminiscent of the traditional song, “If you’re happy and you know it,” presents various animals that are hoppy, sloppy, growly, flappy, or slimy, scaly and mean.

If You're a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley

Monsters sing their own version of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Bounce: So Early in the Morning

(bounce child on knees – with each new verse
The baby rides, the baby rides. bounce child faster)

This is the way the baby rides, 
This is the way the baby rides,
So early in the morning.

This is the way the farmer rides…
This is the way the jockey rides…

Piercecountylibrary.org

Bounce: I’m Bouncing

I’m bouncing, bouncing everywhere, (bounce child on knees)
I bounce and bounce into the air.
I’m bouncing, bouncing like a ball,
I bounce and bounce, then down I fall. (let child slip through knees)

Piercecountrylibrary.org

 

Action Rhyme: Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them, (using hands, suit actions to rhyme)
Open, shut them,
Give a little clap!
Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Hide behind your back!
Creep them, creep them,
Slowly upward, right up to your cheek.
Open wide your shiny eyes,
And through your fingers peek.
Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Give a little clap!
Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Lay them in your lap.

Piercecountrylibrary.org

 

If You’re Happy and You Know It

– Little Baby Bum

Activities

Muffin Tin Play

Pompom Sorting & Patterning — For this activity, grab some pompoms and a mini muffin tray. A regular muffin tray will work, but giant pom poms work great in the mini muffin trays. Create a pattern and encourage your child to copy the pattern in the following row.

• For babies, try ball pit balls and regular muffin tins to work on one-to-one correspondence. Or practice putting small toys in and out of the cups.

• Use a regular muffin tin and sort the pom poms by color into the different cups.

• Add measuring spoons, tablespoons, or tongs to target fine motor skills.

 

Sign Language

“Happy”

“Thirsty”

“Hungry”

“Sad”

Additional Books

If You're Groovy and You Know It, Hug a Friend! by Eric Litwin

Set to the rhythm of the classic children’s song, Groovy Joe invites the reader to laugh, sing, explore, and best of all, hug a friend.

If You're Happy and You Know It! by Jane Cabrera.jpg

An elephant, a monkey, and a giraffe join other animals to sing different verses of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.

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Story Time: Love to Laugh!

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter “L”. It’s good for the spirit, and it’s just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“A daily dose of laughter from reading funny books is good for the soul — and great for growing readers. Naturally, most children enjoy reading and listening to humorous stories. As parents, we can use this interest in silly books to boost literacy skills.”

- https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/raise-a-reader-blog/4-ways-humor-enhances-literacy-kids.html

Activity

“Grab a stack of funny books and let your child’s love for reading grow one giggle at a time!” You can find humorous books in our online catalog here.

Books Presented

Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliot

A collection of one-liners, knock-knock jokes, and tongue twisters.

There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems

Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head–two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.

A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas

Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow’s birthday.

The Croaky Pokey! by Ethan Long

Put your right hand in,
Put your right hand out,
Put your right hand in,
And wave it all about,

Hop the Croakey Pokey
As flies buzz all around,
Right in the froggy’s mouth!

Don’t miss the froggy fun in this hopping and bopping version of a favorite traditional song and game.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Laughing Song

Daddy did a funny dance, what’ll I do?
Daddy did a funny dance, what’ll I do?
Daddy did a funny dance, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle

*Chorus:
Ha ha, ha ha ha
Ho ho, ho ho ho
Hee hee, hee hee hee
It’s fun to laugh together

Mommy’s gonna tickle me, what’ll I do?
Mommy’s gonna tickle me, what’ll I do?
Mommy’s gonna tickle me, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

Brother made a silly face, what’ll I do?
Brother made a silly face, what’ll I do?
Brother made a silly face, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

Sister blew some bubblegum, what’ll I do?
Sister blew some bubblegum, what’ll I do?
Sister blew some bubblegum, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

Baby made a funny noise, what’ll I do?
Baby made a funny noise, what’ll I do?
Baby made a funny noise, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

– CoComelon
 

If You’re Happy and You Know It

 – Storybots, Netflix Jr.

I Love to Laugh

– Disney
 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Cut and fold this template to make your own laughing hippo! We adapted this craft from the link below, and made our own templates that you are welcome to use. We also used styrofoam for the hippo's teeth.

Additional Books

Don't Blink! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Win the staring contest and you don’t have to go to bed! An interactive bedtime story that gives young readers a chance to avoid bedtime, provided they don’t blink, but for every blink, a page turns, bringing the end of the story and sleep closer.

It's Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky

A collection of humorous poems such as “The Dancing Hippopotami,” “You Can’t Make Me Eat That,” “My Father’s Name is Sasquatch,” and “Dear Wumbledeedumble.”

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds

A platypus and a beaver who love surfing encounter a shark — with unexpected results. Using just the one word “dude” this almost wordless picture book shows how much gnarly fun the dudes have surfing together.

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Monkeys, toucans, and alligators unleash mayhem.

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