Storytime: W is for Working Together

Storytime: W is for Working Together

Storytime: W is for Working Together

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Let’s work together to create a happy, healthy, carefree childhood for every child. Raising children isn’t easy, but doing it as a team is good for you and your child. When both parents or caregivers involve the child in family routines, rules, and responsibilities, you create an environment for communication, accomplishments, and emotional growth. It also helps you to feel more confident in your parenting.

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

April National Child Abuse Prevention Month Tips

  • Be a nurturing parent. Children need to know that they are special, loved, and capable of following their dreams.
  • Help yourself. When the big and little problems of your everyday life pile up to the point you feel overwhelmed and out of control- take time out. Don’t take it out on your kid.
  • If your baby cries… It can be frustrating to hear your baby cry. Learn what to do if your baby won’t stop crying. Never shake a baby- shaking a child may result in severe injury or death.

                www.preventchildabuse.org/resources/ten-ways-to-help-prevent-child-abuse/

Activity

Working together, create a shopping list with your child. Talk about what you might need and what you might want. then take the time to talk about how you might get those things. You could end the activity with a trip to the grocery store.

Books Presented

Book cover for Paint It Out by Ethan Long

Paint it Out! by Ethan Long

When an effort to paint a mural results in knocked-over paint cans and spattering brushes, Horse reluctantly accepts help from Buggy.

Book cover for The Fish of Small Wishes by Elana K. Arnold

The Fish of Small Wishes by Elana K. Arnold

Once, there was a girl named Kiki, who found a fish on the asphalt. The fish was very hot and very dry. But when Kiki put it in the bathtub, it started swimming, and growing, and speaking. “I want to grant you a wish for saving me,” it said. Alas, this fish was only a fish of small wishes, and Kiki’s wish was too big. Unless there was a way for both their dreams to come true.

Book cover for We Are Going to Be Pals! by Mark Teague

We Are Gong to Be Pals! by Mark Teague

A talkative cattle egret explains to a rhinoceros that in addition to having a symbiotic relationship, they also have a friendship built on communication, kindness, and a respect for boundaries.

Book cover for Put It on the List! by Kristen Darbyshire

Put It on the List! by Kristen Darbyshire

When family members see the consequences of forgetting to write things on the grocery list, they not only do better at keeping the list up-to-date, they also help with the shopping to ensure they never again eat pickled grubs.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Bubble, Bubble, Pop!

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water.

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble…POP!

Source: Jbrary

Paint with me

Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle
Grab your brush and paint with me.
Paint a flower, paint a tree.
Paint it fast, and paint it slow.
Paint up high, then paint down low.
Paint in zig-zags, circles too.
How I love to paint with you!

Source: The Loudest Librarian

Let’s Be Friends

Tune: London Bridge
Let’s be friends with one another
One another, one another
Let’s be friends with one another
Let’s be friends today
(You can… jump with a friend, clap with a friend, march with a friend, dance with a friend.)

Source: Storytime Katie

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page featuring a bunny mom and child shopping at the store.

W is for Working Together

Horse head craft made from paper plates and yarn.

Horse Head Paper Plate Craft

Additional Books

Book cover for Stacey's Remarkable Books by Stacey Abrams

Stacey's Remarkable Books by Stacey Abrams

Every Thursday, Stacey finds joy in the school library and her passion for books, but when she meets Julie, a new student struggling with reading, they form a bond and inspire other classmates to share stories, fostering a love for reading together.

Book cover for I am Stuck by Julia Mills

I Am Stuck by Julia Mills

It stinks to be stuck. Turtle is stuck on their back, unable to flip over. “Try wiggling your feet,” advises Duck–nope. Still stuck. “Try wagging your tail,” Kangaroo suggests–nope again. Armadillo says that rolling in a ball might work–Turtle tries…but rolls ALL the way over and is stuck again. Possum wonders if Turtle is playing possum, but Turtle says no. “It doesn’t hurt. But I feel scared, frustrated, and alone.” Possum flops over with Turtle. They smell honeysuckle. They hear a bird singing. They watch clouds together. Turtle feels a bit better, but then it rains. Now, Turtle is cold and wet…”but I don’t feel stuck.” Possum says, “I feel like my butt fell asleep.” And the duo giggle so hard, they both flip over. They discover being stuck is not so bad when you’re together.

Book cover for The Wheels on the... Uh Oh by Sue Tarsky

The Wheels on the... Uh Oh! by Sue Tarsky

In this twist on the classic song, the bus gets a flat tire and everyone needs to work together to get the bus going again.

Book cover for Daddies and Daughters Stick Together by Aissatou Balde

Daddies and Daughters Stick Together by Aissatou Balde

When their mother goes into the city, Diari and her little sister, Fatima, are excited because they get to cook, learn, dance and play with Daddy because he knows that a little love and imagination go a long way.

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April 2024 Kids & Tween Activities

April 2024 Kids & Tween Activities

April 2024 Kids & Tween Activities

National Library Week Book Nook Contest

Step into a world of tiny wonders during National Library Week! Our Book Nook Contest invites you to explore Small Adventures to Amazing Places! From fantastical realms to cozy real-world corners, you may create a miniature diorama of anything from your imagination. Need an example? Find one of our book nooks in the Adult display case. Submissions open April 1st through the 8th, with winners announced on April 10th. Need a box? Our Front Circulation desk will have a limited supply. All participants will receive a prize! Get all the details and entry forms at the Circulation Desk or on our website. Remember, your creations are yours to keep after the 10th. If they are not picked up by April 15th, they will be repurposed for Library use. Join the fun and let your creativity shine!

Blockfest 2024!

Let’s celebrate National Library Week! Join Madison Library District and Eastern Idaho Public Health for an afternoon of block building fun at Blockfest 2024! Explore math, science, and literacy skills as we stack, build, create, and topple our blocks! Socks are required. No sign-up needed; just drop in when you’re available. Join us in the Community Room on Wednesday, April 10th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This event is great for ages 8 months to 8 years old with an accompanying adult. See you there!

Story Time

This month at Story Time, we’re shining a light on Child Abuse Awareness Month with curated books and engaging activities designed to bring families closer together. Join us each week as we focus on working together, walking together, and waiting together.

Toddler Time kicks off Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:30 AM, inviting little ones aged 10-23 months and their caregivers to bond over songs, stories, and sensory activities.

For preschoolers (ages 2-5) and their accompanying adults, Story Time awaits on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM, as well as Wednesdays at 10:30 AM, promising imaginative adventures and shared moments.

If your bundle of joy isn’t yet walking, don’t miss Book Babies on Wednesdays at 9:30 AM for infants aged 0-9 months and their grown-ups, featuring songs, stories, baby sign language, and sensory fun.

NEW! SPANISH STORY TIME! ¡Estamos encantados de presentarles la Hora del Cuento en Español! Únase a María D. Carvajal Castro, B.S. de Salud Pública del Este de Idaho los lunes a las 10:30 a.m. Para edades de 2 a 5 años y sus mayores.

Please note: There will be no Story Time activities April 8-10 as we welcome you to Blockfest instead! Also, Story Time activities will pause from April 29 until June 10 as we gear up for Summer Reading. Fear not! We’ll resume the 2nd Week of June.

Chess & Game Club

Learn the art of chess and other games with the master of fun and strategy, Nick Allison. Tweens and teens ages 9-18 are welcome to join every Monday in April from 4:30-5:30 PM in the Community Room. Game supplies will be provided.

Tuesdays for Kids & Tweens

Join us every Tuesday at 4 PM for fun-filled activities for kids and tweens ages 6-11! This April, unleash your creativity and curiosity with our exciting lineup:

  • April 2: Dive into the world of architecture and construct famous buildings from around the globe at STEAM.
  • April 9: Let your imagination swim free with LEGO Club for ages 6-18 as we build an ocean teeming with undersea creatures.
  • April 16: Explore chemical reactions and craft secret messages with friends in another engaging STEAM adventure.
  • April 23: Tech-savvy kids and tweens won’t want to miss Tech 4 Kids ‘n Tweens, where we delve into the wonders of technology with Cubelets, Makey Makey, robots, Squishy Circuits, and more! 

Mother Daughter Book Club

Join us for a magical evening at Mother Daughter Book Club! On Thursday, April 4th at 6:30 PM in the Community Room, we’ll discover the enchanting world of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Open to girls ages 8-11 and their accompanying adult(s).

Family Friendly Films

Grab the popcorn and join us for Family Friendly Films at the Library! This April, immerse yourself in cinematic magic with our lineup:

  • April 5: Experience the wonder of Wonka (rated PG) in this repeat performance!
  • April 19: Discover the enchantment of Wish (rated PG) for a heartwarming movie experience.

Whether you’re seeking new adventures or classic favorites, join us in the Community Room at 3:30 PM for an afternoon of movie fun on the big screen! See you there!

Books For Boys

Boys 8-11 and their adult sidekicks: prepare for a discussion-packed Books For Boys on Thursday, April 18 by reading Ban This Book by Alan Gratz! Join us in the Community Room at 6:30 PM where you’ll receive your challenge to read another book from a “Banned” list and talk about it as a family.

Open Recital

Calling all aspiring performers! Join us for our Open Recital on April 22nd at 6:30 PM in the Community Room. Whether you’re a seasoned musician or just starting out, all ages, all skill levels, and all instruments are welcome! Don’t miss your chance to share your talents with our library community. Simply submit your application through our website to secure your spot. Participants under 18 must also have a parental permission form which is available at the circulation desk. Spread the word to your family and friends so you can perform for an audience! Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We can’t wait to listen to you!

September Adult Events

Take a Break Book ClubTake a Break and join our adult book club on Sept. 21 at 6:30 PM! Ages 18+ will meet in the Community Room to discuss Jane Austen’s classic, Sense and Sensibility. Adult MakersFriday, September 15 is Adult Makers! We will be making noodles from...

September Kids & Tween Events

Story TimeJoin Miss Gina, Grace, and Marybeth for Preschool Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies! For September, we will have fun with the letter F and farm animals! Preschool Story Time is for ages 2-5 and meets Tuesdays at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM or Wednesdays at...

September Teen Events

Hauntings - Library Teen Virtual ConventionTeens are invited to join the annual Library Teen Virtual Convention! Inspired by all our favorite ghost stories, spooky folklore, and mysterious cryptids, this year's theme is HAUNTINGS! The Convention is hosted on Discord...

July Teen Activities

CHESS AND GAME CLUB Learn the art of chess and other games from the master of fun and strategy, Nick Allison. Game supplies will be provided. Mondays from 4:30-5:30 PM in the Community Room. For Ages 9-18TEEN ACTION COUNCIL Teen Action Council gathers to discuss plans...

July Adult Activities

INDEPENDENCE DAY CLOSURE The Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. No items will be due but the book drop will remain open. Thank you! "ALL TOGETHER NOW" BLOCK PARTY This is the Block Party everyone will be talking about this...

July Kid & Tween Activities

CHESS AND GAME CLUB Learn the art of chess and other games from the master of fun and strategy, Nick Allison. Game supplies will be provided. Every Monday from 4:30-5:30 P.M. in the Community Room For ages 9-184TH OF JULY CLOSURE The Library will be closed Tuesday,...

June Kids and Tween Activities

SPECIAL STORY TIME Join us for a special story time with local author Ruth Nielson! She is the author and illustrator of I Am Remarkable: A Journey of Self-Discovery. Ruth will lead our little ones in a yoga session, so please bring a towel or mat for your child to...

June Adult Activities

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB Share your writing with other storytelling enthusiasts or join to make friends! Join the Creative Writing Club for ages 18+. We will share your favorite piece of writing and talk about why writing is our passion. Wednesdays, June 14 & 28 at...

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...

Storytime: March is for Eric Carle

Storytime: March is for Eric Carle

Storytime: March is for Eric Carle

Eric Carle is one of the most celebrated authors/illustrators in the world. His picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has been translated into more than 66 languages and sold more than 50 million copies. He believes “that children are naturally creative and eager to learn.” And his desire was “to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.” We hope you and your child have fun with Eric Carle, his books and the accompanying activities. For more information on Eric Carle, go to https://eric-carle.com/ .

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Children like to explore works of art that use a variety of materials and approaches to color, line, shape, texture, pattern, and space. Find a number of different illustrations for a song or a rhyme that your child already knows. Look at the pictures together and help her see and talk about their similarities and differences. Having fun making comparisons is one way to help your child develop an appreciation and love for art. ~ Lambert

Activity

Encourage your child to create a piece of art like Eric Carle. Paint several sheets of paper with watercolors, let them dry, draw a simple pattern on a blank piece of paper, cut out shapes from the dried watercolor paper and paste them on to the canvas like a puzzle. For a video on how Eric Carle creates a collage, go here

Books Presented

Book cover for Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle

Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle

A young boy encounters all sorts of cats while searching for the one he lost.

Book cover for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.

Book cover for Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

Papa, Pleas Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

A child asks her father for the moon, but when he reaches it, it is too big to carry home.

Book cover for From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.
Book cover for The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle

The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle

Ducks growing out of bananas? A mouse catching a cat? What’s wrong with this book? Yes, there’s something strange, something funny, and even downright preposterous on every page of this book. But it’s not a mistake–it’s nonsense! And it’s also surrealism.

Book cover for The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. The pictures may be felt as well as seen.
Book cover for The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Follows the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food, until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

Book cover for The Greedy Python by Richard Buckley

The Greedy Python by Richard Buckley

A hungry python tries to swallow every animal that he sees in the jungle.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Have You Seen My Cat?

Have you seen my cat?
My furry, tabby cat?
Is he under the ________ hat?

The Color I See

Red, red is the color I see.
If you’ve got red, then show it to me.
Stand up, take a bow, turn around.
Bring up your red and sit back down.

Yellow…
Blue…
Green…
Purple…
Orange…

Source: Verona Storytime

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re looking for the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re looking for the moon.
We think that we will take a look underneath the ________ book.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re looking for the moon. 5,4,3,2,1

Adapted from Jbrary

S-N-A-K-E

Tune: Bingo
I had a snake
he was so green
as green as snakes can be!
S-N-A-K-E, S-N-A-K-E, S-N-A-K-E, 
he is my favorite snake!

Can You Shake Your Egg?

(Tune: Have You Ever Seen?)
Can you shake your egg with me,
egg with me, egg with me?
Can you shake your egg with me
and put it on your (head, knee, belly, etc.)?

Source: Verona Storytime

Spider on the Farm

(Tune: Old MacDonald)
A busy spider lived on a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.
And on that farm she met a _________ *
E-I-E-I-O.
With a _____   _____ here,
And a _____   _____ there.
Here a _____ , there a _____ ,
Everywhere a _____  _____ .
A busy spider lived on a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.
*horse, cow, sheep, goat, pig, dog, cat, duck, rooster…
And she caught a fly in her web… Yum! Yum!

Shake My Sillies Out

I’ve gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I’ve gotta clap, clap, clap my crazies out…
I’ve gotta jump, jump, jump my jiggles out…
I’ve gotta yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out…
I’ve gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out.

Source: Hope Harrison

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page featuring all of the animals from the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear coloring page

Standing cat craft

Standing Cat Craft

Coloring page featuring a house, the moon, and a cat.

House and Moon coloring page

Moon Phase Viewer craft

Moon Phase Viewer

Coloring page with the Very Hungry Caterpillar being help up by balloons.

Very Hungry Caterpillar on Balloons

Cupcake Liner Caterpillar Craft

Cupcake Liner Caterpillar

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Storytime: February Something New Just for You

Storytime: February Something New Just for You

Storytime: February Something New Just for You

For the last storytime of each month, we will present books that are “new” to our library, and perhaps new to you! Here are four of our favorites with an activity to go with each one of them. Enjoy!

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Did you know that dialogic reading is actually shared reading? It’s when the adult helps the child become the teller of the story. The adult becomes the listener, the questioner, and the audience for the child through conversation while reading a book together. For more tips and information on dialogic reading, pick up a free pamphlet at the Children’s Reference desk.

Activity

Try using a dialogic completion prompt. First, choose a book that has repetitive text like “The Princess and the Greedy Pea” or “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” Then, when reading with your child, begin a sentence, then leave it open for your child to complete.

Books Presented

Book cover for How To Party Like a Snail by Naseem Hrab

How to Party Like a Snail by Naseem Hrab

Snail is a party animal. Well … kind of. He especially appreciates the quiet things about parties, like confetti, using his indoor voice, and softly blowing out birthday candles. But parties tend to get pretty loud, and that’s when Snail disappears into his shell. But not to worry! Snail still has fun at parties – it’s just that from inside his shell nobody can tell he’s having a good time. And this means he doesn’t get many party invitations … So Snail decides to throw himself his very own quiet party. He plays hide-and-hide, he sways to his favourite lullabies, and enjoys a nice mug of warm milk. But that night, as he tucks himself in a blanket burrito, he starts to feel like something is missing. And that’s when Stump, who’s been there the whole time, chimes in with a suggestion. In the end, Snail realizes that he really does love parties, just not the rowdy ones. He and Stump put on their jammies, turn the lullabies down low, and “celebrate the shush” in their own quiet way.

Book cover for The Messiest Monster on Mill Street by Sarah Sparks.

The Messiest Monster on Mill Street by Sarah Sparks

Max’s messes are legendary–paint on the walls, spills on the floor, crumbs in his fur, and toys scattered everywhere. But Max never intended to be messy; there was simply too much to do and too much fun to be had. That is until one day when his mess becomes an uncontrollable monster of its own!

Book cover for The Princess and the Greedy Pea by Leigh Hodgkinson

The Princess and the Greedy Pea by Leigh Hodgkinson

This little pea is hungry! So hungry it swallows a sprout, slurps up some soup, munches the bread, gobbles the cake, noshes the pickle, guzzles the cheese, drinks all the tea, and even chomps down the table it’s all served on. After all that, it needs to sleep. But whose dinner did it steal? And whose mattress is the now-humongous pea resting under?

Book cover for Five Little Chicks by Lily Murray

Five Little Chicks by Lily Murray

Five little chicks went out one day; Over the hills and far away. Mamma Hen said, “Hurry back to me!” Now how many chicks can you see? Join this fluffy little family on a beautiful walk through the countryside. There’s so much to see as Mamma Hen and her brood wind through a flowery meadow, a bluebell wood, a field full of lambs and a busy farmyard. Along the way, they meet all kinds of baby animals and their parents. But wait – the chicks are disappearing one by one. Whatever are they up to? Lift the flaps to find the chicks and discover a fantastic surprise ending

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Fat Peas

Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (hold up five fingers)
One grew (hold up one finger)
Two grew (hold up two fingers)
And so did the rest (hold up the rest of your fingers)
They grew and they grew and they did not stop (open and shut hands)
Until one day, the pod went pop! (clap hands together on pop)

Source: Jbrary

If You See a Monster

(tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
If you see a ______ monster, ______ monster,______ monster.
If you see a ______ monster, *wave your hand hello.

*…pat your knees like this.
… cover your eyes and hide.

Slowly, Slowly

Slowly, slowly, very slowly
creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly 
up the garden rail.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly 
runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly very quickly
into his little house.

Source: Jbrary

Crafts and Activities

Coloring page of a cute snail in flowers and grass.

Something New Just For You

Homemade party hats, all decorated, sitting on a table.

Party Hats

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If you haven’t discovered the bold, colorful world of Eric Carle, you are in for a enchanting experience. “Eric Carle (1929-2021) was the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But that’s not the only reason why he received nearly 10,000 fan letters every year. Carle...

Kid & Tween Activities March 2024

Story TimeJoin us in March for a world of imagination and learning at Story Time! This month we’re celebrating author-illustrator, Eric Carle! Preschool Story Time (ages 2-5): Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 AM and Tuesdays at 6:30 PM. Toddler Time (ages 10-23...

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For the last storytime of each month, we will present books that are “new” to our library, and perhaps new to you! Here are four of our favorites with an activity to go with each one of them. Enjoy!Join us Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30...

Storytime: V is for Violins and Violins play Music

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Storytime: V is for Veggies

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Storytime: V is for Violins and Violins play Music

Storytime: V is for Violins and Violins play Music

Storytime: V is for Violins and Violins play Music

V is for Violins! The violin is a string instrument. It has a wooden body and four tight strings, the musical sounds come from the vibrations of those strings. Vibrations can be made by plucking the strings or using a bow. Not all instruments have strings but all of them make music through vibrations. The vibrations can be made by air, hitting a drum, through metal, or even the vibrations of vocal chords when you sing. Have fun with your children and make some music. It doesn’t have to be concert worthy, just have fun!

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

Ages 2-5

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 wats familiar sounds from a person who means a great deal to him. Singing together can be great fun; it doesn’t require any special equipment or cost any money.

Activity

Sing “The Wheels on the Bus” using motions. Then try “The Band on the Bus” and create motions for the different instruments.

Books Presented

Book cover for A Neighborhood Walk, A Musical Journey by Pilar Winter Hill.

A Neighborhood Walk, A Musical Journey by Pilar Winter Hill

As she walks with her mother to a farmer’s market, Penelope hears the melodies of the city from musicians, bicycle bells, and more until one instrument beckons and fills her with magic. Includes author’s note about her first encounter with the violin.
Book cover for My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox.

My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox

A musical family with talents for playing a variety of instruments enjoys getting together to celebrate.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Band on the Bus

Tune: The Wheels on the Bus
The Saxophone on the bus goes
Toot-a-toot-swoosh
Toot-a-toot-swoosh
Toot-a-toot-swoosh
The Saxophone on the bus goes
Toot-a-toot-swoosh all through the town.

The Drum on the bus goes
Boom-bam-boom
Boom-bam-boom
Boom-bam-boom
The Drum on the bus goes
Boom-bam-boom all through the town.

The Flute on the bus goes
Flutter-flutter-whiz
Flutter-flutter-whiz
Flutter-flutter-whiz
The Flute on the bus goes
Flutter-flutter-whiz all through the town.

 

The Guitar on the bus goes
Twang-thump-twang
Twang-thump-twang
Twang-thump-twang
The Guitar on the bus goes
Twang-thump-twang all through the town.

The Cello on the bus goes
Pluck-pluck-pluck
Pluck-pluck-pluck
Pluck-pluck-pluck
The Cello on the bus goes
Pluck-pluck-pluck all through the town.

The Violin on the bus goes
Zing-hum-ding
Zing-hum-ding
Zing-hum-ding
The Violin on the bus goes
Zing-hum-ding all through the town.

Source: Pasadena Library

Crafts and Activities

Violin coloring page featuring Grover on the violin.

V is for Violin

A pellet drum made from paper plates, yarn, beads, and a straw.

Pellet Drum Craft

Additional Books

Book cover for Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss.

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss

Ten instruments take their parts one by one in a musical performance.
Book cover for The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom by Colleen A.F. Venable.

The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom by Colleen A.F. Venable

The band is assembled and the band director is ready to tell you all about the instruments, but an enthusiastic little drummer girl keeps interrupting
Book cover for A Fox Found a Box by Ged Adamson

A Fox Found a Box by Ged Adamson

When a little fox finds a radio, he shares the songs and music with his animal friends, but after it goes quiet, the little fox begins to hear the music found in nature.
Book cover for Tanka Tanka Skunk! by Steve Webb.

Tanka Tanka Skunk! by Steve Webb

Uses animal names to introduce rhythmic language and rhyme, as Tanka the elephant and his friend Skunk play drums to keep the beat.

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Storytime: V is for Valentine’s

Storytime: V is for Valentine’s

Storytime: V is for Valentine’s

V is for Valentine’s! Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love, but that doesn’t mean it is all mushy stuff. It is just as important to celebrate the love shown to children from caring adults and between friends. You don’t have to celebrate with gifts, kind words and actions go a long way in letting people know you care. So spread a little love in the world and maybe enjoy a new book about Valentine’s Day.

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Scientific studies have shown that children develop best when they have a strong, positive relationship with a nurturing adult. This helps not only their physical development, but their intellectual development as well. Hugs and kisses and be just as important as flash cards in getting a child ready for success in school. – “Reading Picture Books With Children” Megan Lambert

Activity

With your child, sing and dance to the song rhyme, “Skidamarink a-dink, a-dink,” and give your child a hug every time you sing, “I love you!”

Books Presented

Book cover for Mr. Goat's Valentine by Eve Bunting

Mr. Goat's Valentine by Eve Bunting

When Mr. Goat learns that it’s Valentine’s Day, he sets out in search of gifts for his first love, but his choices are a little unconventional

Book cover for Grumpy Monkey Valentine Gross-Out by Suzanne Lang

Grumpy Monkey Valentine Gross-Out by Suzanne Lang

Jim Panzee is very grumpy about Valentine’s Day until his buddy Norman shows him that the holiday is for everyone
Book cover for Valenslime by Joy Keller

Valenslime by Joy Keller

Ever since Victoria Franken brought her slime to life she and Goop have been great friends, but after realizing on Valentine’s Day that while she had many friends, Goop only had her, she tries to create a new slime friend for him.

Book cover for If You Were My Valentine by Lynn Plourde

If You Were My Valentine by Lynn Plourde

Big animals show how they’d give their love to little animals for Valentine’s Day and every day of the year.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Heart On Your Nose

Tune: If You’re Happy
Put your heart on your nose, on your nose.
Put your heart on your nose, on your nose.
It’s a heart for love and friendship
And a hug for everyone
Put your heart on your nose, on your nose.
Toes… Head… Knee… 

I Can Hug

I can hug, hug, hug
I can hop, hop, hop
I can kiss, kiss, kiss
I can stop, stop, stop
I can nod my head for yes,
And I can shake my head no,
I can sit down very, very slow.

Valentine Rhymes

This valentine is shaped like a square.
This valentine is shaped like a bear.
This valentine is shaped like a circle.
This valentine is the color purple.
This valentine is shaped like a rectangle.
This valentine is shaped like a triangle.
This valentine is shaped like a dove.
This valentine is made with love.

Five Little Hearts

Tune of “Five Little Ducks”
Down around the corner at the Valentine shop
Were five little hearts with polka dots.
Along came Mommy with a nickel to pay
And she bought a Valentine and took it away.

Little Heart

I have a little heart, (place hand over heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump (pat chest three times)
It keeps right on beating,
When I jump, jump, jump (jump three times)
I get a special feeling, when I look at you. (point to child)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two. (hug yourself)

Source: Jbrary

Heart

I put my hands together
(hold palms together)
This is how I start
I curve my fingers right around
(make heart with fingers)
And I can make a heart!

Source: Adventures of a Bookworm

Skidamarink

Skidamarink a-dink, a-dink
Skidamarink a-doo
I love you.
Skidamarink a-dink, a-dink
Skidamarink a-doo
I love you.
I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon.
I love you in the evening
And underneath the moon.
Oh, skidamarink a-dink, a-dink
Skidamarink a-doo
I love you.

Crafts and Activities

Gnome Valentine Coloring Page

V is for Valentine's

Kids Valentine's Day Garland

Valentine's Necklace or Garland

Additional Books

Book cover for How to Help a Cupid by Sue Fliess

How to Help a Cupid by Sue Fliess

Valentine’s Day is all about showing kindness to the most important people in your life–and if you’re caring and thoughtful, you can help Cupid spread love and happiness, too!

Book cover for I Love You A Rebus Poem by Jean Marzollo

I Love You: A Rebus Poem by Jean Marzollo

A poem with a rebus format, in which the speaker professes love equal to that of a bird for a tree, a flower for a bee, and a lock for a key.
Book cover for Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin

Click, Clack, Moo: I Love You! by Doreen Cronin

Little Duck is working hard making valentines for everyone and decorating for the Valentine’s Day dance, but what happens when an unexpected guest arrives?

Book cover for When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali

When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali

When an elephant falls in love, he does many foolish things, and never tells her how he feels–until one day the doorbell rings.

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