Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Special Holiday Program for Families!

Get your tickets now for a special FREE holiday program sponsored by the Lee County Library and the Friends of the Lee County Library.

Rags to Riches Theatre will be presenting a performance of "The Gingerbread Boy" on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in McIver Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 203 Hawkins Avenue, Sanford (next door to main branch of the library).

This family-friendly performance is FREE and open to the public BUT you will need a ticket to get in. These will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk of the library during normal business hours. Seating is limited, so don't delay!

For more information, call the Lee County Library at (919) 774-6045.

The library is closed on Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28 for Thanksgiving. It reopens on Saturday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m.

Happy Turkey Day!

We were very thankful for Carrie Enyart of the Lee County Cooperative Extension last Thursday, November 20. She showed up with "Tom," an enormous Bourbon Red turkey who was very well behaved throughout the program.

We also made pinecone turkeys, and this is an easy craft for you to do if you're looking for something to keep the little ones occupied. They make great place markers for your Thanksgiving table.

You will need:

pinecones--try to find some that have "open" splines on them. Tightly closed cones won't really work for this activity.
construction paper--red, yellow, orange and one color for the head. (Or, choose your own colors. Psychedelic turkey, anyone?)
googly eyes (or just draw your own eyes)

Cut out three long "feathers," one of each color.
Cut out a head.
Cut out a yellow beak and a curved red wattle. (This is that jiggly piece of cartiledge-y stuff that hangs down on the turkey's beak.)

Glue the tail feathers together in a fan shape.
Glue the beak and the wattle to the head.
Draw or attach googly eyes.

Insert tail feather section into widest section of pinecone.
Insert head into narrowest part of pinecone.
You can try to glue these in, but it may not help.
If using for place cards, insert name card in middle of bird.

See photo!

And while you're working, you can say these little poems:

I have a turkey, big and fat.
He spreads his wings and walks like that. (Put hands on hips and strut.)
His daily corn he would not miss,
and when he talks he talks like this:
Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!

The turkey is a funny bird.
His head goes "wobble, wobble."
And he says just one word:
Gobble, gobble, gobble.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am thankful for all of you and your beautiful children. I am also thankful for Ms. Delisa Williams, the children's librarian assistant.

Story time will resume on Wednesday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 4 at 11:00 a.m. See you then!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Story time was for the birds. . .and pigs. . .and goats today

What an exciting day at the Lee County Library today! We want to thank our 4-H friends for bringing their beautiful animals to story time. We had Lucky the Goat,(owned by Karen McCaffery) Porkchop the Vietnamese Potbellied pig (owned by Jordan), as well as Mr.& Mrs. Ed Silver Wyandot (black and white chickens owned by Katie and D.W. Heldt).

4-H meets at the McSwain Center/Cooperative Extension Service at 2420 Tramway Road, and they are actively seeking new members between the ages of 5 and 18. For more information, contact Carrie Enyart, County Extension agent, at (919)775-5624 or Brandy Heldt at (919) 353-8914.

Don't miss next week's visit by a real live turkey!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Farm Animals!

This is our story time theme for the week of November 10th, 2008. Just cock-a-doodle-do it!

Books to read
Cock-a-moo-moo, by J. Dallas-Conte
Here a chick, there a chick, by S. McDonald
Click, clack, splish, splash, by D. Cronin
Wake up, Big Barn! by S. Chitwood
Dooby Dooby Moo, by D. Cronin
Farm Flu, by T. Bateman
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, by Stevenson (?)

Songs & Motions

Old MacDonald (of course!)

Over in the Barnyard (to the tune of "Down by the station")

Over in the barnyard, early in the morning
See the little baby (pigs/chicks/cows/other animals of your choice) all in a row
See the busy farmer scattering their breakfast
Gulp gulp, snort snort (or peck peck, cheep cheep or moo moo moo moo)
Off they go!

Ten Fluffy Chickens

Five eggs and five eggs (hold up each hand)
That makes ten (wiggle fingers)
Sitting on top is mother hen (put one fist on top of the other)
Cackle, cackle, cackle (Clap hands three times)
What do I see? (Open hands wide)
Ten fluffy chickens, looking at me (hold up ten fingers, then make "glasses" in front of eyes)

Story time theme for November 5 & 6: Bears!

Bear Books to read:
My Brown Bear Barney, by D. Butler
My Bear and Me, by B. Maitland
Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?, by B. Martin
Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson
Bear Feels Scared, by Karma Wilson
Don't Worry Bear, by G. Foley
Old Bear, by K. Henkes

Songs & Motions

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (anonymous)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear show your shoes
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear now say "boo!"
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear go upstairs
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say your prayers
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn out the light
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say "goodnight!"

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (to the tune of "The Ants Go Marching")
from "Songs for the Flannelboard," by Connie Walters, 1989

Oh, here is great big papa bear, uh-huh uh-huh
And here is medium-size mama bear, uh-huh uh-huh
And here is little baby bear, he's the one with the fuzzy hair
And they all lived in the woods, deep in the woods.

Well, papa bear he likes to build, uh-huh uh-huh
And mama bear she likes to cook, uh-huh uh-huh
And baby bear he likes to play, he plays baseball outside all day
And they all lived in the woods, deep in the woods

A little girl named Goldilocks, uh-huh uh-huh
Went knocking on the Three Bears Door, uh-huh uh-huh
She walked into their house that day, no one was there they had gone away
They were walking in the woods, deep in the woods.

The bears came back and found a mess, uh-huh uh-huh
An empty bowl, a broken chair, uh-huh uh-huh
They went upstairs to baby bear's bed, Goldilocks screamed and bumped her head!
And she ran into the woods, deep in the woods!