Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Spring Brings Fresh Breezes to Story Time

Aaaaahhhhhh. . .the reading bug is a happy bug today. February is almost over, and March will be blowin' in next week. Keep your eyes on the "sky" of the children's room because our spring decor is on the way.

Woof, woof. . .what makes that sound? A DOG, right? This week we're talking about dogs in story time. Bring your favorite stuffed pooch on Wednesday or Thursday this week when we'll read stories, sing songs, and watch a movie about dogs.

Meanwhile, here are some great books to read while you're waiting for story time to roll around.

Any Clifford book
Any Spot book
Good Boy, Fergus by David Shannon
Chewie Louie, by Howie Schneider
McDuff and the Baby, by Rosemary Wells
Our New Puppy, by Isabelle Harper & Barry Moser

Here's a crafty idea for a rainy day: Dog Headband

Cut a long strip of brown or black construction paper. Bend it into a circle, fit to child's (or your) head, remove and staple. Cut off any excess paper.

Using brown construction paper, make two dog ears. They can be upright and triangular, or long and droopy. . .be creative.

Decorate your dog ears with cotton balls and/or magic markers. Mark the places you want them to go on your headband, then staple in place. Voila--your doggy headgear!

For extra fun, you can ask for a little makeup on the end of your nose. Bow-wow-WOW!

Send me your picture!

Look below for the March story time schedule. Please note that as of March 1, story times at the Broadway branch have been discontinued.

March 5 & 6: Under the Sea
March 12 & 13: Frogs (and other green things)
March 19 & 20: Bunnies [Bring a basket]
March 26 & 27: Oooooh. . .that's naughty!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine's Day

What will you be doing for valentine's day?
We'll be reading books, decorating cookies, and watching a movie at the Lee County Library. Story time is for children ages 3 to 5 and takes place every Wednesday at 10 and every Thursday at 11. Come "check us out". . .

Meanwhile, it's raining in Sanford so you may need a cheap, easy, and fun-to-do pre-Valentine's Day craft. Make a bag to put your valentines in.

1. Glue a heart-shaped paper doily to an ordinary brown paper lunch-size bag. (Glue modestly--it goes right through the holes in the doily.)You could also cut a heart shape from construction paper or any other colorful paper you like.
2. Whip out the glitter glue--follow the outlines around the heart or put dots all around it. Set it aside to dry while you read one of these wonderful valentine's stories.

Froggy's First Kiss, by Jonathan London. (Froggy falls head over heels for Frogilina, the pretty new girl in his class. Did Froggy eat caterpillars for breakfast, or is it LOVE??)

I Need a Valentine, by Harriet Ziefert. (Margery wants a valentine. Lift the flaps and see if she gets one.)

Little Bill: Happy Valentine's Day, by Robert Scull. (Little Bill has lots of love to share on this special day.)

How Do I Love You?, by Leslie Kimmelman. (Little Alligator's mom loves him every day, even when his feet are muddy.)

There are lots of other great Valentine's Day books at the Lee County Library. Come in and check them out.

Has the glue dried on your valentine bag yet? Good! Now decorate it with heart stickers and you're ready to collect your cards. A great movie to watch is
"Franklin's Valentines."

Now is the time for me to go, so I'll see you in the next story time!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Reading Bug Checks In

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. . .70 degrees-ish, but clouding up. We did Dinosaurs in story time today.

Made dino hats. Could be dino necklaces, depending on the size of the head involved.
1) Cut the center out of a paper plate.
2) Stick foam dinosaur stickers around the edges; leave spaces in between.
3) Squirt many colors of glitter glue in the empty spaces. You can write your name
if you want to.

We sang a dinosaur rock song. Remember "Big Brother and the Holding Company"? It was Janis Joplin's band. Here's verse 1 of an oldie but goodie. I'm not making this up. It's on Janis's first album, the one with the cover by R. Crumb. Check it out. Kids will love it.

I'm a Pterodactyl
I'm a Pterodactyl
Flyin' for your love,
Flyin' for your love,
Flyin' for your love, for your love.

Read two dinosaur books:

Dinosaur, Dinosaur by Byron Barton
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen

Showed a good dinosaur movie:

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, based on the book by Jane Yolen
Scholastic/Weston Woods

Stay tuned for Valentine's Day!