Easy Reader Book Club 11/30/2017

Our selection in November is Mr. Putter and Tabby Ring the Bell by Cynthia Rylant. Our club will meet Thursday afternoon, November 30th from 4:00 – 5:00. The book begins on a crispy fall day as Mr. Putter collected apples. Tabby loved to attack the leaves while Mr. Putter raked when the doorbell suddenly rang. Mr. Putter reminisced fondly about how he missed school. Mr. Putter went next door to see Mrs. Teaberry and told her about an idea to visit the local school with her dog Zeke and Tabby the cat. The teacher whole-heartedly agreed for the animals to visit during show and tell but therein lay the problem. What tricks did Tabby perform besides sleeping and purring? What did Zeke do except gobble cakes, knock over water bowls on his head, and smile while being pet? Come in with a copy of your book. We’ll play games, have snacks, and discuss characters in the book, and have fun all around!

Click here for a Jeopardy Game on this book!

August 22nd 2017

We begin preschool storytime with the theme of spiders. Literature used for this Wednesday afternoon includes Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider, Eric Kimmel’s Anansi and the Magic Stick. Dave Holland, one of our summer performers who presented Make the World Better One Beat at a Time, provided a CD of his music and a blues rendition of The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Children will learn this song Wednesday afternoon, the 22nd of August at 4:00 pm.


Preschool Storytime August 29th

Our theme this week concentrates on humorous stories of cats. The picture above is the front cover of a picture book by Sarah Weeks whose glamourous pussy is infuriated by a rival of the puppy variety into her luxurious surrounding. Coming to consensus with her new housemate becomes a hilarious adventure. Rob Scotton, who penned the Splat the Cat series is next with the story of Splat and the Cool School Trip. Splat and his buddies at school take a field trip to the zoo in an adorable adventure. A new title appeared on our shelves this summer entitled They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel. This picture book is converted to a digital format and will be shown to the children on the 29th. A preview of the movie can be accessed here:

Watch this cartoon about the cat came back

Preschool Storytime 09/05/2017

As a review from the previous week, we will revisit the youtube video of The Cat Came Back and a short story Counting with Tiny Cat by Viviane Schwartz.  The theme for the 6th of the month of September is fairy tales, more specifically those written by Hans Christian Anderson. The first is a retelling of The Princess and the Pea, illustrated by Dorothee Duntze. Copyright date 1984, while the book is dated; the story and illustrations are timeless. The illustrations, elaborate and engaging are captured digitally and projected onto the wall. Renaissance period music will be demonstrated for the children. The second story; The Emporer’s New Clothes, teaches an invaluable allegory for children to see people and things with their own eyes rather than going along in consensus with others. In keeping with our goals of educating parents about digital resources for children, caregivers will be introduced to World Book Online, how to access it, and how to use their library cards to find fairy tales and songs for young children.

September 19th Storytime

Every good storytime deserves to focus on some character who hates going to the library. For this week, that someone is Missy who tells us her librarian, Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t) by Barbara Bottner. The second choice is an anthology of short stories to read together, You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman. The third selection won an academy award for the best animated short feature of 2012. The story is The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce. The Youtube video may be found here.

Storytime September 26th

Storytime will feature the theme of Rosh HaShana with sharing of apple slices and honey. Children shared honey bran muffins to usher in the New Year. Hoopla resources were shown with the picture book, Rosh HaShana is Coming! by Tracy Newman. Patricia Polacco’s book, a sequel to The Keeping Quilt, called the Blessing Cup was paraphrased for the children. A Youtube video of a shofar blasting was shown as well. In all, we had about 15 children ranging from infant to age 5.