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Open A Book to Discover A World of Creative Possibilities

 

 

 When children are given opportunities to explore, discover and create they develop skills, which can be applied to other areas of their lives; such as creativity and problem solving. So, open a book to expand the possibilities in your child’s life. 

 A Book about Color by Mark Gonyea.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage With A Book

 

September 15th - October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month.  Are you looking for a way to celebrate? Why not celebrate by reading a book?

Author Highlight, Gary Soto

Gary Soto's books, are sprinkled with Spanish expressions and phrases, and typically portray Mexican-American children and teenagers growing up in California. Although many of his characters are Mexican-American, all readers can easily identify with the situations and emotions of growing up that Soto presents.

Hispanic Heritage Month @ The Library

BOLT (Board of Library Teens) will present a Puppet Show based on Hispanic Folklore.

 

Do You Have A Bad Kitty Addiction?

Please, don't be mad at me!!!  I realize that it is only September and Christmas is several months away. So, why in the world would I even think of of Christmas yet?  It's Bad Kitty's fault. 

I, like many of you out there, love Bad Kitty.  So, when I discovered that Nick Bruel's newest book is on order, I knew instantly that I wanted to share the news with you. Therefore, it  simple did not matter that it is a Christmas book. 

Pre-School Storytime Songs this Week

As many of you know, Ms Susan is on vacation this week, and I had the opportunity to cover her programs. One of the songs we sang, was the "Letter Sound Song."  I like to teach this song to children who already have mastered letter recognition skills, which is the ability to recognize and name the letters in our alphabet.

Below are the words to the song and a suggested book that will pair nicely with it. Please be aware that this song only works with consonant  and short vowel sounds. Therefore, you will want to avoid using blends and long vowels. Examples of how letters sound.

Music @ Storytime

I use music in my storytimes because it supports the developmental and emotional needs of young children. Music is a universal language that everyone can appreciate. 

I hope that you are able to visit one of our programs, but if you are unable to make it, I would like  to encourage you to try a few new songs and fingerplays at home. Below are some favorites that the children enjoy.

Purple Dinosaurs and Twinkly Chimes...Really?

Music is and always will be a huge part of my life, and I enjoy sharing my love for music with children.

At times, however, I am troubled that children's music is not more musically complex.  Children have the ability to experience different types of music at any age, and consequently, it is through these opportunities that they develop an appreciation of diverse compositions and sounds. It's an insult to the intelligence of infants and young people to think that every children's music cd needs to be sung by a purple dinosaur, or that it must include twinkly chimes.

Start the School Year Off Right.

 Wow! I cannot believe that summer vacation is over, and school has begun!  I know that starting school is a huge event in the lives of children and their families. 

So, to start this year off correctly, I wanted to share a few of my all time favorite books, and a few new stories that I’ve included on my personal to read list. Most of the items on this list are packed full of humor and are sure to delight young students. I hope they will help make the transition from summer vacation to starting school a little bit easier. 

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