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Tick-Tock Goes the Clock

Fingerplays and rhymes are a great way to encourage early literacy. Here is one that I have done in storytime, and  both toddlers and children enjoy. 

 

How to become a ★ STAR ★ @ the library!

In December 2013, there were 269 children who played the Polar Express I Spy game! This month, our I Spy game will give children the opportunity to become a star ★ of the library!

Stop by the front desk to let us know that you would like to take part in this fun and educational game. Upon completion, each child  will earn a star which will be placed  on our star bulletin board. They will also get to choose a prize from our treasure chest.  You may play as often as you would like, but please be aware that  prizes are limited to one treasure box prize, per child, each month.

Frosty Tales

I just checked the weather and it is currently 75°F in Houston. Anyone else, wanting to feel the brisk winter air?  Melt away our warm winter weather by picking out a few of these frosty tales. 

 The Adventures of a South Pole Pig 

 

Psst, Psst... Continued.

  No Fits, Nilson!  Zachariah OHora.

Psst...Have You Seen These Yet?

About this time of year, I begin to see several booklists  for "best books" of the year. You can find these lists on blogs, websites and journals, and many are outstanding resources for anyone who is interested in discovering more about books.  However, occasionally, I feel that items are overlooked and not given the due recognition that they deserve.

Below you will find a few of the picture books that have not been acknowledged on multiple sites, but  I feel are worth your time to discover. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have. 

The Polar Express Adventure Continues

As a child, my grandfather always set up his vintage model train at Christmas. At that time, toy trains were often thought of as "toys for boys," but luckily my grandfather did not buy into that nonsense. He knew, that in my eyes, his single Lionel "toy" train was truly a thing of beauty, and I looked forward to seeing it every year. I know that there are a lot of people, young and old alike, who still enjoy trains.

Puppet Show for Children

Wednesday, December 11th at 1:30 pm

Pre-school children (3 - 6 years old) and their families are invited to see a special edition of Story Pals Storytime. Please be aware that space is limited. Check out a few of the books below to extend your child's experience.  I have included both traditional renditions of The Gingerbread Man, as well as, some really fun fractured fairytales

Experience Art in Houston

Are you new to our community? Or, maybe, you are looking for a fun activity to do with the family? Houston has so many wonderful places to visit;  one of my favorites is the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Before your visit the museum, stop by the library, and pick up a few of the book suggestions that I have provided. Sharing books together with your child, provides a great  opportunity to reflect upon that they think and to make fine art more relevant to them. 

According to the MFAH website, there are several ways you can enjoy the museum without having to pay admission. 

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