Thursday, October 16, 2014

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The Eensy Weensy Spider...came to Story Time!
This week our story time topic was spiders. We read Halloween Bugs by David A. Carter, A Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, and Spider Sandwiches by Claire Freedman with our Jr. classes.  We read Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Graham, The Spider and the Fly by Mary Botham Howitt with Illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi, and The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out (Big Time!) by Troy Cummings with our preschoolers.

We did a couple of spider finger plays and of course we had to sing the Eensy Weensy Spider song.

I created a spider web with some chairs and some yarn and the children pretended to be little bugs and climb under the web without getting caught by the spider. To add to the challenge, I hung some bells on the web. If they touched the web they would be caught when the bell rang and alerted the spider.

For our craft we created a web for our spider using a paper plate and some black yarn.

Next Week: Flies and bugs
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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Story Time with the Stars!

This week we read books about stars in our classes. We read Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field, How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers, The Stars by Martha Rustad, Flashlight by Betsy James, and Star Climbing by Lou Fancher. I loved using The Stars non-fiction book in the mix. I approached it with an introduction, what you might not know about stars. As we read, it was great to stop and ask, "Did you know stars are burning?" it made for some nice discussion.  We used the book and CD When You Wish Upon a Star. The book has paintings by Eric Puybaret which illustrate the words of the song from Walt Disney's film, Pinocchio, the CD contains the song performed by Judy Collins. After we played the song we did an activity with a magic wishing wand and repeated the poem Star Light, Star Bright. Each child got to tell us their wish when the magic wand pointed to them. The best wish of the week was for a unicorn!
Another fun activity we did was play a shooting star game. I made some "stars" out of tinfoil. They were cheap and easy and the best part is  they are so light weight they can't really hurt if they hit you. Then we held up a hula hoop and the children tossed their stars through. We started out low and they rolled them through then I raised it higher and they tried again. We played several rounds until the hula hoop was up to the ceiling. I was surprised at how much the kids loved such a simple game. Some even asked if they could take their stars home. 
For our craft we made a star necklace with a simple star die cut and some yarn. We decorated the star with colored salt.  The salt is easy to make, just add a few drops of food coloring to a Ziploc baggie full salt. Mash it around until it is the color you want, adding more food coloring if you want it darker. Pour out onto a paper plate to dry overnight before using. Apply glue to your project and sprinkle, much like applying glitter. I used salt shakers from the dollar store.


 Next Week we will change our focus toward Halloween and talk about spiders!

Michele Schumann,
Children's Librarian

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Story Time Review

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When the Moon Hits Your Eye...
This week for our Story Time classes we discussed the moon. We read The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek, Papa Please Get Me the Moon by Eric Carle, Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, and Hello Moon! by Francesca Simon with our Jr. classes. We added Ten Moonstruck Piglets by Lindsay Lee Johnson and The Boy and the Moon by James Carroll for our preschool classes.


We did some space finger plays and the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with our Jr. kids. We sang the song Aiken Drum and used some picture props on the flannel board to help everyone remember the words. I also used the flannel board to introduce the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle. After we had done the rhyme the traditional way we mixed up the pictures so we ended up with a silly nonsense rhyme, something like... Hey diddle diddle the cow and the fiddle the dog jumped over the spoon, the little cat laughed to see such a thing and the dish ran away with the moon.

 For our older kids we did an activity on the white board. I used a picture of the moon taped on the
board and we talked about the legend of how some people say the moon is made of green cheese. Then I asked the kids to decide of what they thought the moon could be made of. We listed the answers on the board around the moon. One especially thoughtful child decided that since the moon floats in the sky it must be made of a balloon. Other answers included wood, bricks, bubbles and plastic.

For our craft we created a night sky picture with black construction paper, a yellow cut out of the moon and some star stickers. Our take home pages were a space objects page and a circle pre-writing practice sheet.

Next week: Stars and Space
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian


Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Welcome Back to Story Time!
Finally our fall session of Story Time has begun. We started this week with the theme of Bedtime. I read Goodnight Dog by Ed Heck, Goodnight Tiptoe by Polly Dunbar and  Put Me to Bed! by Nicola Smee with our Jr. Story time classes. We read What! cried Granny: an almost bedtime story by Kate Lum, What's Under the Bed? by Joe Fenton, Floop in the Dark by Carole Tremblay and Sleepy, oh so Sleepy by Denise Fleming  with our preschool classes.

 I showed them the Van Gogh painting Starry Night and we talked about how you know that it is time for bed.

We sang Rock-a-bye baby and rocked an animal puppet to sleep. Most of the kids know this song so they could sing along easily. We did the rhymes/songs No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, 5 Bears in the Bed, and Mother Hen and her Chicks. We also did the following finger play:
Here is the baby, (hold up one finger)
Here is her bed, (hold up the other hand palm up)
Here is her pillow, (wiggle thumb on "bed" hand)
So lay down her head, (lay finger across bed)
Pull the covers up nice and tight,  (fold fingers over baby)
Then rock her and kiss her (rock and kiss baby)
And tell her good night. (whisper) (if baby isn't asleep hold up finger and cry, then begin again)
Of course, the baby never goes to sleep the first time. So I ask the children what they think the baby could need to go to sleep. They give answers from a bottle or teddy bear to a diaper change or a lullaby. We do the rhyme again as many times as we can allowing for our schedule, making sure that the baby has what it needs each time. If they mention that she needs a bedtime story we always read her one of ours. And of course, she is asleep at the end.

We talked about bedtime routines and did an activity on the board about which bedtime activity should we do first. Get in pajamas then take a bath? Get in bed then turn off the lights? Get a drink then brush your teeth?

For our craft we had a die-cut paper doll that the children colored. I gave them each a picture of a pair of pajamas or a nightgown that they colored and glued on to get the paper doll ready for bed.

Our take home pages were a bed time routine chart and a pencil drawing of the Van Gogh painting to color on our own.

Next week: The Moon

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Family LEGO night

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Family LEGO Night

We held our second family LEGO night yesterday and it was a great time. We played a LEGO challenge game, LEGO bingo, had a bridge building challenge and time for free building. We displayed all the creations from the free build in our children's department and they look amazing, very creative!

Our bridge building challenge was a great success, with 3 teams building bridges that could hold 10 encyclopedias! The pictures below show the teams during the construction of these awesome structures. I unfortunately didn't get any photos during the bridge testing phase, since I was busy stacking encyclopedias up and getting them to balance too! If anyone got pixs, I would love it if you shared. :)

 Many thanks to all the families that attended!

Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian








Friday, July 25, 2014

Christian Fiction - First in a Series

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Did you know we've pulled all of the adult Christian Fiction titles and shelved them together so it's easier for those of you who love Christian Fiction to find the authors you already love as well as new ones who may become favorites in the Christian Fiction genre. Here's a list of some first in a series titles from that section. 

Need help finding our Christian Fiction section? Just ask at the front desk and they'll be able to point you in the right direction!


Priced to Move
Priced to Move
By Aiken, Ginny
2007-10 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800732271 CHECK CATALOG She Thought She Was Leaving the Rat Race Behind??? Gemologist Andie Adams is suffering a bad case of burnout in her stress-filled job in New York. So she jumps at the chance to ditch her wormy corner of the Big Apple for a home in Kentucky with her lovable but off-the-wall Aunt Weeby. After all, things should be slower paced in Kentucky???right? Wrong. Andie reluctantly joins the Shop-Til-U-Drop …More


A Lasting Impression
A Lasting Impression
By Alexander, Tamera
2011-11 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764206221 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Christy Awards (2012)

After an unwanted past, Claire strives to create something that will last as an artist among Nashville's elite society in the 1860s.
…More


Welcome to Last Chance
Welcome to Last Chance
By Armstrong, Cathleen
2013-08 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800722463 CHECK CATALOG The red warning light on her car dashboard drove Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But as she encounters the people who make Last Chance their home, it's her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life for Lainie's comfort--especially since she's on the run and …More


Candle in the Darkness
Candle in the Darkness
By Austin, Lynn N.
2002-11 - Bethany House Publishers
9781556614361 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Christy Awards (2003)

The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained. But awakening to the cruelty it encompasses, Caroline's eyes are opened to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. Her journey of maturity and faith will draw her into the abolitionist movement, where she is confronted with the risks and sacrifices her
…More


Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet?
Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet?
By Baumbich, Charlene Ann
2004-01 - Penguin Books
9780142003794 CHECK CATALOG Introducing the irrepressible Dearest Dorothy and the cozy country town of Partonville. For the legions of readers who enjoy books that celebrate life's simple pleasures, 87-year-old Dorothy Jean Wetstra and her beloved farming town of Partonville, Illinois, will become instant favorites. …More


Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp
Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp
By Behunin, Ben
2009-02 - Abendmahl Press
9780615276069 CHECK CATALOG Jake Kimball is afraid he agreed too hastily to spend the summer working his way through the mess Isaac Bingham, the old potter-God rest his soul-left behing. As Jake begins his work in the old studio, he becomes aware of a unique collection of mugs hanging from an overhead beam. When friends of the old potter stop by to sip peppermint tea from these mugs and tell their stories, Jake begins to …More


Truth Stained Lies
Truth Stained Lies
By Blackstock, Terri
2013-03 - Zondervan
9780310283133 CHECK CATALOG Can three sisters--a blogger, a cab driver, and a stay-at-home mom--with only a little courage and no experience, moonlight as private investigators to save their brother from a murder rap? The first book in "New York Times"-bestselling author Blackstock's new Moonlighter Series. …More


The Widow of Larkspur Inn
The Widow of Larkspur Inn
By Blackwell, Lawana
2007-06 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764202674 CHECK CATALOG Book one of "The Gresham Chronicles" takes readers to an 1860s English village, where recently bereaved Julia Hollis, determined to provide for her children, decides to renovate an old inn. With the help of the town's new vicar, it just might happen. But will a behind-the-scenes scheme jeopardize everything? …More


No Place for a Lady
No Place for a Lady
By Brendan, Maggie
2009-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800733353 CHECK CATALOG Can a Southern belle tame the heart of a rugged cowboy? Readers will fall in love with "No Place for a Lady"'s Colorado setting and the spunky heroine who wants to claim it as her own. …More


Treason
Treason
By Brown, Don
2005-04 - Zondervan
9780310259336 CHECK CATALOG The stakes are high . . . and the entire world is waiting for the verdict.The Navy has uncovered a group of radical Islamic clerics who have infiltrated the Navy Chaplain Corps, inciting sailors and marines to acts of terrorism. And Lieutenant Zack Brewer has been chosen to prosecute them for treason and murder.Only three years out of law school, Zack has already made a name for himself, winning …More


The Centurion's Wife
The Centurion's Wife
By Bunn, Davis
Author Oke, Janette
2009-01 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764205149 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Christian Book Award (2010)

A sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity-- and the very personal story of Leah, compelled into a betrothal she never wanted, drawn by a faith she never expected... When her family's wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage. But despite her betrothed's striking countenance and position,
…More


Fire in the Night
Fire in the Night
By Byler, Linda
2013-05 - Good Books
9781561487950 CHECK CATALOG The Amish community of Lancaster is being terrorized by barn fires. David and Malinda Beiler's barn was the first to go. The clues are sparse, but Levi, the Beilers' oldest son, happened to be awake in the middle of the night and spotted a white vehicle driving past. …More


Accused
Accused
By Cantore, Janice
2012-01 - Tyndale House Publishers
9781414358475 CHECK CATALOG Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she's eager for some action. As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain of whom she can trust. …More


The Trouble with Tulip
The Trouble with Tulip
By Clark, Mindy Starns
2005-07 - Harvest House Publishers
9780736914857 CHECK CATALOG From the author of "The Million Dollar Mysteries" comes a brand new series ofadventure, sleuthing, and romance with a "chick lit" feel. …More


Blue Moon Promise
Blue Moon Promise
By Coble, Colleen
2012-02 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
9781595549150 CHECK CATALOG Lucy Marsh has lost everything but her determination to provide for her brother and sister. When she realizes her father's death was no accident, she decides to accept a proxy marriage in order to get her siblings out of harm's way. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas, and nothing there is as she expected. …More


Brink of Death
Brink of Death
By Collins, Brandilyn
2004-04 - Zondervan Publishing Company
9780310251033 CHECK CATALOG Terror rocks Grove Landing when a woman is murdered in her home. The victim's young daughter, Erin, witnessed the crime but is too traumatized to give a description. Desperate detectives ask neighbor Annie Kingston, with a background in art, to interview Erin for a composite. But what if Annie's lack of experience in forensic art leads Erin astray? The detectives could end up searching for a face …More


Out of Control
Out of Control
By Connealy, Mary
2011-08 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764209116 CHECK CATALOG In this humorous historical romance, a cowboy must choose between family bonds that could restore his trust or a love that could heal his heart. …More


A Case of Bad Taste
A Case of Bad Taste
By Copeland, Lori
2003-06 - Tyndale House Publishers
9780842371155 CHECK CATALOG Copeland introduces readers to the little town of Morning Shade with a lighthearted take on life. Frustrated author M.K. Diamond has a bad case of writer's block until she sees the perfect plot unfold in real life: a burglar who breaks into homes and "redecorates"--of all things. …More


Black: The Birth of Evil
Black: The Birth of Evil
By Dekker, Ted
2009-07 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
9781595547309 CHECK CATALOG A silent bullet from the night clips Thomas Hunter, and his world goes black. From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world--a world where evil is contained. Every time he falls asleep in one world, he awakes in the other--both facing catastrophic disaster. …More


No One to Trust
No One to Trust
By Eason, Lynette
2014-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800722081 CHECK CATALOG Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she's been living based on a lie. Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover story?
The search for her husband--and answers--takes Summer ever deeper into a world of
…More


The Choice
The Choice
By Fisher, Suzanne Woods
2010-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800733858 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Carol Award (2011)

Lancaster County has always been her home--but where does her heart belong? Debut contemporary fiction from the author of "Amish Peace."
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Love's Reckoning
Love's Reckoning
By Frantz, Laura
2012-09 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800720414 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Christy Awards (2013) INSPYs the Bloggers Awards for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature (2013)

On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in York. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's
…More


Day of War
Day of War
By Graham, Cliff
2011-06 - Zondervan
9780310331834 CHECK CATALOG Day of War is a gritty, intense, stylistic portrait of the Mighty Men of Israel---a rag-tag band of disgruntled warriors on the run with David, the soon-to-be King, whose legendary deeds are recorded in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11. …More


Daybreak: Days of Redemption
Daybreak: Days of Redemption
By Gray, Shelley Shepard
2013-02 - Avon Inspire
9780062204400 CHECK CATALOG In the first book in the new Days of Redemption series, readers meet three generations of the Keims, a close-knit Amish family whose many dark secrets are about to be exposed and nothing is as perfect as it seems. …More