Friday, January 30, 2009

February is African American History Month

Join us in story time this month as we celebrate African American History Month as well as Valentines Day.

Wednesdays: Story hour for ages 0 to 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Thursdays: Story hour for ages 3 to 6 at 11:00 a.m.
All programs take place in the library auditorium. Registration is NOT required.

February 4 & 5: African American History
February 11 & 12: Valentines party
February 18 & 19: Construction
February 25 & 26: Slumber party!! Wear your pajamas!!

Don't miss Dr. Seuss's birthday: coming March 4 & 5

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Froggy Gets Dressed, by Jonathan London: Frogs are supposed to sleep all winter but when it snows outside, Froggy just can't wait.

Snowbaby Could Not Sleep, by Kara LaReau: Snowbaby's parents come up with a special gift to get Snowbaby to fall asleep.

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats: This is the classic tale of a little boy who plays outside in the snow and then tries to bring home a snowball.

Snowballs, by Lois Ehlert: Ehlert's beautiful art and vivid color photographs of "found" objects turn this simple story about a family of snowpeople into a fun guessing game.

Snowmen at Night, by Caralyn Buehner: After people go inside for the night, snowmen gather at the park to play games and party until the sun comes up.


Five little snowmen, all saying "Hi!"
Each has a hat and a bright-colored tie.
The sun came out and it stayed all day, and one little snowman melted away.
(Continue until there are no snowmen left.)


A chubby little snowman had a carrot nose (point to your nose)
Along came a bunny and what do you suppose? (hold up two fingers and "hop" bunny)
That hungry little bunny was looking for his lunch (make bunny look around)
He ate that snowman's nose right up: (pretend bunny chomps off nose)
Nibble, nibble, crunch!


I'm a little snowman, short and fat. (squat down, hold arms out to sides)
Here is my broomstick, here is my hat. (hold one arm out stiffly, pat head with other arm)
When the sun comes out I melt away: (Hold arms in circle above head)
Down, down, down, down--(swish arms back and forth)
Oops! I'm a puddle! (touch floor or lie down on floor)


Blow up some white balloons. Put on some wintry music, such as "Skating" from the Charlie Brown Christmas album. If you have more than one child, they can have a snowball fight with the balloons. If only one child, play a game in which the child tries to keep one or more balloons from touching the ground.

Penguins! Penguins!


Penguins! by Liz Pichon: Some hilarious and amazing penguin photographs show up on a camera after it has been dropped into the penguin's habitat at the zoo.

Little Penguin by Patrick Benson: Pip wonders why she's such a little penguin. She swims in the ocean and makes friends with a little sperm whale named William.

Flannelboard poems:

Six little penguins off an iceberg did dive,
One bumped his beak and then there were FIVE.
Five little penguins swam the ocean floor,
One saw a whale and then there were FOUR.
Four little penguins spun around, wheeeeeee!
One spun off and then there were THREE.
Three little penguins with nothing to do,
One went fishing and then there were TWO.
Two little penguins having lots of fun,
One fell off and there there was one.
One little penguin, when the day was done,
went home to sleep and then there were NONE.

Song: (To the tune of "I'm a little teapot")
I know a little penguin
Who sat on some blocks.
He swam in the ocean
and climbed on some rocks.
He snapped at a seagull, he snapped at a seal
He snapped at a fish--
Oh, what a meal!

If you're a penguin and you know it (To the tune of "If you're happy and you know it")
If you're a penguin and you know it, flap your wings (flap, flap)
If you're a penguin and you know it, flap your wings
If you're a penguin and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're a penguin and you know it, flap your wings.

(Other verses are waddle your feet; bite a fish)