Thursday, April 17, 2014

Story Time Review

Story Time is Egg-citing!

This week we talked about eggs. It was a fun topic to bring in a little Easter without actually doing an Easter theme. We read Oliver by Christopher Franceschelli, Egg Drop by Mini Grey, Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler, Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman, Egg in the Hole by Richard Scarry, and The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown.

We played with our shaker eggs and we had a game of follow the leader with eggs. I filled plastic Easter eggs with small notes and had each child draw an egg one at a time. I would read the note and then we would do whatever activity it listed. Hopping like a bunny, singing like a frog and spin around 5 times fast were some that we did that were fun.

For our craft I just gave each child a paper with a white oval printed on it. Then I set out sequins, stickers paper shapes and other items that the children could decorate their egg with.

Our take home page was a dice rolling game. It had two rows of eggs each with numbers from one to six. To play the players get six markers like beans or buttons or pennies. They roll the dice and then place a marker over the number they roll. The first one to cover all the eggs wins.

Next week: Bugs
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarians

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wow! I didn't know that!

The Value of my Library
I just was reading about the value of libraries and thought our readers might be interested.
According to a report from the Utah State Library Division, the economic return to taxpayers’ investment in public libraries is $7.35 per public tax dollar (or $1.00) expended. The ROI (Return on Investment) was calculated by dividing the total economic value of public libraries minus the total direct benefit ($706,854,261 - $84,617,790 = $622,236,471) by the public tax support ($84,617,790) for all public libraries in Utah. This return per dollar of taxpayer funds comes back to taxpayers in the form of the value of public library services and the economic contribution of public libraries to the economy.

Wow talk about value for your money! Libraries rock. Join us for our National Library week celebrations this week. Check out our webpage, for a full list of activities.

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hippity Hop to Story Time!

This week we read about rabbits at Story Time. Our books were Big Bunny by Betsy Gail Rand, The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers, Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Rosenthal, Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes, The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky, and Oh So, Tiny Bunny by David Kirk. I used the song  Here is a Bunny by Carole Peterson from her CD Season Sings and Hop like a Bunny from the CD Toddlers on Parade

We did a fun activity with the flannel board. I drew some unusual carrots on 2x2 cards. Carrots that were squares or ovals or hexagons. Some that were green and yellow and purple too! Then I taped the carrots to the flannel board and taped some brown construction paper strips over the top to make dirt. Just the tops were sticking out. I had each child come up one at a time and pick a carrot, they showed what kind of carrot they got and then fed the carrot to a hungry bunny. The bunny I made with an empty #10 can. I taped a photo copy on the top of a rabbit face, with a whole cut out for the mouth. The children just slid the carrots through the hole into the can. They loved this activity. It was fun to tell them about real purple carrots, one mom said that they had even grown purple carrots in their garden last summer. 

For our craft we took a plain white paper plate and glued on some white rabbit ears. We used a pink pom pom for his nose and some cotton balls for his puffy cheeks. We glued on some googly eyes and drew a mouth and little tongue. Some children drew on whiskers as well. We could have also used pipe cleaners for whiskers but our Walmart was out of them the day I went shopping for supplies and I didn't have time to drive anywhere else to get them. 

Our take home pages included some bunny finger puppets to color and cut out and the finger rhyme 5 Little Bunnies.

Next week: Eggs, both the regular kind and the Easter kind
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Story Time Review

I Can Quack like that!

This week for our Story Time classes we read about ducks. We read Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup, Duck to the Rescue by John Himmelman, It's Quacking Time by Martin Waddell, 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle, The Fuzzy Duckling by Jane Watson and Ducks don't Wear Socks by John Nedwidek. I made flannel board pieces to tell the Ducks don't Wear Socks story. This book is a simple story about all the silly things a duck wears to try and make a serious girl smile. In the end she turns the tables on him and makes duck laugh by dressing up like a duck. I like this story because the duck is a mallard and gives the children a chance to see a different type of duck. They are not all just fuzzy and yellow.

Ducks Don't Wear Socks Flannel Board
We sang 5 Little Ducks with some stick puppets and sang Little Duckie Duddle by Carole Peterson from her CD Tiny Tunes. We played a game called Do like a duck does. I had several rubber ducks of different colors on the board and as we said the poem we would take down each duck and do the action. The poem is:
I am a little yellow duck,
as happy as can be.
You can be my special friend
If you talk like me!
Rubber Duck Poem/Flannel Board 

For each duck we changed the color and the action, we swam, walked, shook our tail feathers, and flapped our wings. It was a great wiggle activity and went well with the 10 Rubber Ducks story.

For our craft we made a duck from a paper plate, some feathers, and some construction paper feet, beak and head. Simple and cute glue activity. For our take home pages, I sent home a set of five little ducks for the children to color, so they could sing the 5 little ducks song at home and a maze titled  "Help the duck find the pond".

5 Little Ducks song puppets
    Next Week: Bunny Rabbits
    Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian
Paper plate duck craft

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Story Time Review

Heigh Ho! The Piggy Oh...
This week in Story time we continued our farm animal theme with pigs. We read the books Piggies by Audrey Wood, Ping Pong Pig by Caroline Church, Churchill's Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu, Piggy Pie Po by Audrey Wood, Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman and Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems.

In the book Ping Pong Pig the little pig jumps on a trampoline in an attempt to fly. So I pulled out the parachute and used a pig puppet to have the children assist the pig in "flying". It was great fun to try and get the pig to jump as high as the ceiling. In the end we discovered that pigs don't fly, just bounce.

I used the same pig puppet to sing the song, Pig on her Head by Laurie Berkner. It was fun to have the children come up one by one and we sang about the pig, their name and where the pig was sitting. On noses, necks, toes and ears we funny places for our pig to sit. It goes like this...
Laurie has a pig on her head
Laurie has a pig on her head
Laurie has a pig on her head
and she keeps it there all day!

Oliver has a pig on his nose
Oliver has a pig on his nose
Oliver has a pig on his nose
and he keeps it there all day!

...and so on, until everyone who wanted a turn had one.

I looked at  the end papers of the book Happy Pig Day for inspiration for our craft. In the front of the book the character Piggy is holding a sign that says I love Pigs. In the back the character Gerald(an elephant)
is dressed up in a pig nose and is holding a I love Pigs sign. So naturally we created a I Love Pigs sign and a pig nose to wear. To make the noses, we cut a paper tube into thirds, covered it with pink construction paper then taped a pink circle to the top. Punch two holes on the sides and tie some elastic string in the holes so we could wear them around our head. To make our signs I pre-printed the words and the heart and the children colored them in. Then we just taped the paper to a Popsicle stick. We practiced saying Happy Pig Day in pig, which is, "Oinky, Oink, Oink!"  We even wore our noses and waved our signs when we sang the goodbye song at the end of the day.

Next week: Ducks
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Story Time Review

Welcome back to Story time!
We had a great first week to our Spring session. We talked about farms and farm animals. We read, Say Hello! Like This by Mary Murphy, Flip Flap Farm by Axel Scheffler, Simms Taback's Farm Animals, Funny Farm by Mark Teague, Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Driving my Tractor with the CD by Jan Dobbins. It was fun to listen to the music that goes along with the story and we added 
some simple actions for the part of the
 story that goes, "Chug, Chug, Clank, Clank, Toot!"

We played a game with some of our animal puppets. I would like to be a...cow, goat, frog, pig, etc. Where would I live if I were a cow? What would I eat if I was a pig? How would I sound if I was a frog? It was fun to talk about the answers. Interestingly, I showed the monkey and asked where would I live? A little girl said, "The Zoo!" "That is true, but where else could I live?" I asked.  This stumped them! I guess they have never encountered a monkey in the wild, so this wasn't where they expected to find them.

We sang Old MacDonald and used a paper bag "barn" as a prop to put in different animals as we sang about them. At the end of class, we created a paper bag barn for each of the children to take home, so they could sing the song to their family. I gave each of the children a sheet of animals to color to put into the paper bag barn.

I showed the children some seeds and they tried to guess what kind of plant would grow from each seed. I had a large variety of sizes, from pumpkin to carrots. Many of the children wanted to touch the seeds to explore them that way. We discovered that pumpkin seeds are smooth and beet seeds are very bumpy and rough.

Next week: Pigs!
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bomerang donations

We just received a donation of four Boomerang yearbooks from the Box Elder High School from 1942 through 1945.  These are a wonderful bit of history and add to the missing years in our collection.  We are grateful to the family of Dawn Mills for donating these to us.

 We have one friend of our library who makes routine checks at the DI for these old yearbooks and who has found a few to add to our collection. If you are helping a loved one clean out their home and you find these old Boomerang yearbooks, please think of the library before you toss them out. I know the high school does have copies, but it is nice to have them at a place they are easier for everyone to access.

Our library collection starts with the year 1914 and we are missing 1919, 1921, 1927, 1929, 1931-1936, 1951, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968.  It would be nice to have the whole collection up to the current date but we'd probably run out of space so we're just hoping to fill in some of the spaces for the older books.