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Eid Al Adha

One of the most important days of the Muslim calendar, Eid al-Adha is a celebration of Ibrahim. Muslims mark the occasion with a feast shared with people in their community.

Eid al-Adha. This fascinating book highlights the customs of this special religious holiday, including the clothing, prayers, food, and gifts.

The lost ring : an Eid story. Rahma's family is preparing for Eid, and Islamic festival, and she has been looking forward to making samosas with her Grandma, who is visiting. When Grandma loses her precious gold ring, Rahma thinks she remembers where she saw it last.

An eid for everyone. Even though the two Eids are quite different, they both emphasize charity and celebration with friends and family. This is a book that emphasizes these similarities between the two Muslim celebrations.

Man khabaʼa kharūf al-ʻīd? Who Hid the Eid Lamb is an Arabic children's story book about the Eid. Grandmother Fatoum tells her grandchildren how as a child she got attached to the lamb meant for the Eid sacrifice. The story is retold in flashback and set in a Palestinian village. The illustrations show the beautiful embroidered dresses of the village women folk and help transport the children to another time and place.

Nabeel's new pants : an Eid tale. While buying gifts for his family to wear to the mosque on Eid a shoemaker is persuaded to get new pants for himself, but the only pair available is too long and no one seems to have time to shorten them.

Muslim holidays. Briefly describes the beliefs of Muslims and eight of the special celebrations that are part of the Islamic faith.

books compiled with help from Noura Zentari

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9/26/2014 by Melissa Jeffrey Add a Comment Share this:

Fall in love with fall children's books!

Owl Craft image by The Educators' Spin On It

The Fall season is officially upon us. With temperatures dropping and leaves beginning to fall, what better way is there for you and your children to get into the spirit of the season than with some fun children's books about fall? This week at the Arlington Public Library, we will be reading some of our favorite books about fall, such as Who Loves the Fall? by Bob Raczka. Follow along with the children in the story as they leap into a pile of leaves, pick their own apples, attend fall festivals, and go pumpkin hunting among many other fun fall activities. We will also read about The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri as he gets ready for winter and is too busy to enjoy the fall to nibble a pumpkin with mouse  or play with his animal friends.

Of course fall fun wouldn't be complete without some fun crafts and activities to do with your children. Check out this homemade owl rubbing I found on The Educators' Spin On It blog or make a leaf crown thanks to instructions by The Imagination Tree.

Leaf crown image by The Imagination Tree

Don't forget to check out these books about fall at your library!

A Book! Book! Book! Storytime

I wanted to start off the semester with a book and library-themed storytime.  For my first picture book, I chose Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. This is a fun and silly picture book about a group of farm animals who go into a public library.  I used farm animal toys to help the students recognize the story patterns and to make it more interactive. This text goes over really well with PreK students!

I chose Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw for my second picture book.  This is my favorite picture book about the library for PreK students.  I especially like how the author points out that no one tells Lola to "Shh!" at the library and depicts her singing and playing- the library is fun, not quiet!

I also used some really fun book-themed songs.  I did a variation on "If you're happy and you know it" so that, instead of clapping, we inserted library actions: "If you're happy and you know a book, swipe your card, turn the page, check it out, etc."

I tweaked the classic "Herman the Worm"  to "Herman the Bookworm" so that Herman could eat a word, a book, and an entire library (the students pointed out to me that this was absolutely ridiculous).

One of my new favorite action rhymes is "Let's Take a Look at this Book."  Be prepared to do this one 2-3 times so the students can really learn it!

Here are a few other book-themed books that you can check out from the library:

What are some of your favorites?

9/16/2014 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:

5 Tips to Encourage Reading

1. Make reading fun!

      Find ways to encourage reading by getting involved in library events or having a family movie night for a movie based off a book you read together. Most importantly, give books as gifts! Children will always be excited to receive a gift and a book will be more appealing if it is a surprise.

2. Let them pick what they read.

      Giving children the choice of what they get to read not only provides them with a sense of control, but also allows them to choose a book that they are interested in. If a child is reading a book they chose, then they are more likely to enjoy it.

3. Keep books around the house.

     When children grow up seeing books in the house, they will understand that books are important and easily accessible. Trips to the bookstore and libraries will also reinforce the value of books in your child's eye.

4. Read to set an example.

     Parents are a child's first and most important teacher. What they see you do is often mirrored in what they do. If your child sees you reading for fun then they will see reading as a form of entertainment.

5. Talk about books.

     When something is important to us, we like to talk about it. Take time to discuss with your child what they are reading and what they think about the book. This gives the family something to talk about, making it a great bonding opportunity.

9/10/2014 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Books

Second Saturday Storytime

Our Second Saturday Storytime is this Saturday!

Come join us at the Southeast Branch this Saturday for our Family storytime all about Animals.

This special storytime starts at 10:30 and is for especially for families.  We will have fun music and crafts for all ages!

A visit to the Library is the perfect way to begin your Saturday!

Return of Storytime, YEAH!

I am so excited that after a month of planning, fall Storytime session started this week.  It was great to hear enthusiastic exclaims of “Ms. Dawn, Ms. Dawn” as several of my returning storytime kiddo entered the room.  I was also pleased to meet several new families that join us for the new storytime session. We all had a great time with this week’s theme, Wake Up and Get Dressed!   I hope you can come to a Storytime very soon.

Here are the books and songs we enjoyed

Toddler Storytime


A Child’s Good Morning Book by Margaret Wise Brown
As the sun rises, birds, horses, rabbits, flowers, bugs, and finally children get up to start their day.

Time to Get Dressed! By Elivia Savadier
While time flies by on a busy morning, Solomon is determined to dress himself, but his father intervenes and all goes smoothly--for a while.


We also sang "Dressed in the Morning" song to: "This is the way" tune (Original Author Unknown)

This is the way we get dressed in the morning, dressed in the morning, dressed in the morning
This is the way we dressed in the morning, so early in the morning!
This is the way we put on our shirt, put on our shirt, put on our shirt
This is the way we put on our shirt, so early in the morning!
(Act out each movement.....continue adding items of clothing depending on the
weather or season you want to discuss.  (Socks, shoes, pants, rain coat, sweater, etc.)

Preschool Storytime

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Ella Sarah’s parents make clothing suggestions but she knows the perfect outfit to wear for the day.  

Miss Mouse's Day by Jan Ormerod
Miss Mouse's day includes getting dressed, having breakfast, drawing, having a picnic lunch, gardening, and other activities before she gets a goodnight kiss and a cuddle.

Time to get Up, Time to Go by David Migrim
 From morning until night, a young boy stays busy by playing, doing chores, and eating.


"The Wake Up Song" by Lisa Loeb from her cd Camp Lisa

We listen to this lively tune that had us all clapping, jumping, and dancing. It was so much fun we listen to this song twice and I was energized for the rest of the day.

9/4/2014 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:

School's Back in Session

 Everyone loves a good book! Books help us learn new words, phrases, and ideas. They introduce us to new characters, places, and concepts.  We can travel the world and never leave our house, experience a new culture, or make new friends in between the lines of printed text.

Books make us laugh so hard we cry, tremble with fear, disgust us with anger or play along our emotions depending on the writing style of the author. Books document the stories that have been passed down from generations and capture the imaginations and thoughts of new ones. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure...nothing can take the place of a good book!!

Here are a few recommended readings to get your school year off to a great start!


Congratulations Luke! July's Early Childhood Literacy Basket Winner!

Luke and his mom Monica enjoy his books and toy

The library's early childhood literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0 to 24 months. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for babies!

Luke who just turned 2 years and his grandpa have been attending the Lake Arlington Branch Bouncing Babies session with Ms. Tamera for some time now.  His mom, Monica hears about the great songs her son learned at story time each week and how much fun he had during the play portion of the program.

We hope Luke and his mom will love all the books and the bee counting toy that were in this month's basket!

You too can enter your child (ages 0 to 24 months) in the monthly drawing for an early childhood literacy basket! Join us in all the fun at your local library!

Winning Is simple:

  1. Pick up a frequent user card from your local library.
  2. Each time you and your child attended a library storytime or check out a book using My First Library Card, you will receive a stamp from a library staff.
  3. Enter your completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after acquiring 8 stamps.
  4. Your card may be drawn to win a basket full of goodies including books, an educational toy, and much more!

    The library is able to provide the early childhood literacy basket due to generous grants from Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Arlington Alliance for Youth.
8/19/2014 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime, PreK

Another I Did It Winner

Preschool showing the books he won in the I Did Ticket Drawing

Pictured above is Adam, another proud winner of an Early Childhood Summer Reading Club prize packet. He won a very cool educational toy and two wonderful picture books that are often used in storytimes. Adam and his grandma were eligible for these great prizes because they had already finished reading ten books and completed six activities on their first summer reading brochure/log. They then continued by reading ten more titles, wrote them down on their “I Did It Ticket”, and turned in the drawing form.

The summer program has some to an end and we want to say thank you to the hundreds families that participated in our reading program and enjoyed so many great books this summer. It was so wonderful to see all the moms, dads, grandparents, and kids at the Final Celebration on August 2.  We had tremendous fun sharing stories, singing songs, and playing games with all the littles that afternoon.  Click here to view the photos.

8/13/2014 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:

SRC Final Celebration presents....


 Here Comes Woody (Woodtee)

Children's author and illustrator, Woody Kuon joins us for the Summer Reading Club -Final Celebration at Globe Life Hall of Fame on Saturday,  August 2. Kuon has over 80 books published and has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.  

Join us for a fully animated storytime from 4:45-5:15 p.m.  You WOOD'nt want to miss it!

            These titles (and more) authored or illustrated by Woody Kuon.....

  ....coming to an Arlington Library Branch near you!!

Click here to learn more about Woody Kuon