Monday, March 24, 2008

April Pre-School Story Time Schedule

We invite you to bring your pre-school aged children to the Lee County Library for story time on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or Thursdays at 11 a.m. Programs usually last 30 to 45 minutes and include books (of course!), movement, rhyme, songs, and a flannelboard story or activity. We usually conclude with a short movie.

Parents, please note that there will be NO public story time on Wednesday, April 9, as we will be hosting a veritable hoarde of 3rd graders all morning. Also note that there will be a special story time on Friday, April 18 at 11 a.m. in honor of "The Week of the Child."

April 2 & 3: Hooray for Spring!
April 10: "Be Kind to Spiders" week
April 16 & 17: National Library Week--Discover the World @ Your Library
April 23& 24: Earth Day Celebration: Clean It Up!
April 30 & May 1: The Zoo

Sunday, March 16, 2008

It's not easy being green

Top o' the mornin' to ya on this St. Patrick's Day! I'm having a major holiday anxiety attack with two holidays falling within the same week.

Since green is the color of the day, let's talk about a terrific book that will entertain young and old alike. "Little Pea" is the tale of a young legume who must suffer through at least five bites of candy before he can scarf down his favorite dessert: spinach. Even the toddlers were chuckling as little pea forced down his daily dose of candy (yuch, blech, pleh) in order to be rewarded with his leafy green dessert.

Try playing a guessing game about green foods before you read "Green Foods" by Patty Whitehouse (nonfiction, Heinemann Library). What are some big green foods? How about some small green foods? Crunchy green foods? Soft green foods? Green drinks? This would make a good flannel board activity, too.

This week in story time, it's bunnies galore. Cowboy Bunnies. . .Little Bunny Foo-Foo. . .Is it just me or do there seem to be an inordinate number of bunny books?

Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

We all lived in a yellow submarine

Well, it's finally happened in my lifetime. The Beatles have apparently slipped from their niche as a cultural marker. First, competitors in a teen academic bowl could not supply the first names of the fab four. And just last Wednesday someone referred to what was obviously a copy of the yellow submarine as a "choo choo train." It's a serious blow, let me tell you.

The aforementioned yellow submarine (created by the lovely and talented Allison Briggs) was a major feature of story time this week. I'm still trying to figure out how to create a link to the photos we took of children "on board" the banana-colored bateau. Meanwhile, I'm posting a couple extra-cute ones here for you to enjoy.

Here are some activities for an "Under the Sea" theme.

Make Jellyfish
1) Use small white paper plates.
2) Cut tentacles from various colors of crepe paper. I made ours from lavender, turquoise, light blue, and blue-green strips that were about 12 inches long.
3) Place the plate right side up. Overlap the tops of the crepe paper strips and secure to the plate with two or three staples. When you turn the plate upside down, the strips should dangle beneath the plate like tentacles.
4) This is optional, but we stuck puffy foam fish on some of the tentacles, as if the jellyfish had caught them.

Let the children move their jellyfish up and down as if bobbing in the ocean while you sing this song (to the tune of "Allouette")

I'm a jellyfish drifting in the ocean
I'm a jellyfish drifting in the sea.
Wiggle, wiggle, splash, splash, splash
Wiggle, wiggle, splash, splash, splash
Dive right in (Dive right in)

Repeat using the names of other fish: angel fish, tuna, swordfish, shark, etc.

Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
Shark in the Park by (oops!! memory lapse!! will add later)
Swimmy, by Leo Lionni

The night before, place some Swedish fish (gummy fish) in a heat-proof, clear bowl. In a separate bowl, dissolve a package of blue jello according to the package directions, then pour it into the bowl containing the gummy fish. They will "float" up as you pour in the jello. Chill, then dive right in! (Dive right in!)