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Hermie the Worm

Check out this fun song about a silly worm while we are on Storytime Break.

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I ate a word".

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I ate a book".

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I ate a library".

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I burped".

5/22/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:

Spring Activities to do at Home

It isn't Summer just yet, so enjoy these spring themed activities while we are on storytime break.

Seeds and flowers are really enjoyable for young children, and adults, to play around with. The Fantastic Fun and Learning blog and Life Over C's blog both provide fun activities involving seeds for you to do at home with the children. These crafts and activities provide great learning experiences for children that parents can be a part of.

For a beautfiul flower sensory suncatcher activity, check out the Hands On As We Grow blog for a cheap and easy sensory idea that will engage children of all ages.

While you are experimenting with these seed themed activities you can sing this song to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell:

The farmer plants the seeds
The Farmer plants the seeds
Hi, Ho and Cheery O
The farmer plants the seeds.

(Use the following verses.)
The sun begins to shine
The rain begins to fall
The plants begin to grow

 

Be sure to stop by the library and check out some great books about flowers, seeds, and Spring!


 

 

Songs with Albert

Since there are no storytimes this month, Albert the mouse wants to share his favorite song with you!

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together; the happier we will be.
Because your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together; the happier we will be.

Additional verses: The more we sing together... & The more we read together...

5/14/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime, PreK

Two Little Blue Birds!

I missed my stoytime kiddos this past week. I hope you are all still reading and singing and learning!

Below is one of my favorite storytime songs that you can learn, or if you already know it, keep practicing!

 

 

TWO LITTLE BLUE BIRDS

 

Two little blue birds sitting on a hill,

One named Jack, one named Jill.

Fly away Jack, Fly away Jill.

Come back Jack, Come back Jill!

 

Two little blue birds floating on a cloud,

One named Soft, the other named Loud.

Fly away Soft, Fly away Loud.

Come back Soft, Come back Loud!

 

Two little blue birds playing in the sky.

One named Low, the other named High.

Fly away Low, Fly away High.

Come back Low, Come back High.

 

Two little blue birds sitting on a stick,

One named Slow, the other named Quick!

Fly away Slow, Fly away Quick.

Come back Slow, Come back Quick!

5/13/2015 by Ashley W. Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime, PreK

Congratulations Kate! This month’s Early Childhood Literacy Basket Winner!

Kate and her mom reading a book togetherThe 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!

1 ½ year old Kate is our latest winner.  She and her mom enjoy attending Bouncing Babies storytime at the Southwest branch. Kate’s favorite part of storytime is all the singing and playing with the other children.  Also, the family continues storytime fun at home by reading her favorite bunny book and singing songs in Spanish.

We hope Kate and her mom will love all the books, music cd, and the soft snuggle 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!

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2014)

5/11/2015 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime, PreK

May Storytime Break - The Itsy Bitsy Spider

We know how much you miss us during this month's storytime break, so every Thursday we are going to post a video with some of our favorite storytime songs for you to practice along with. Right now we are very busy getting ready for a SUPER Summer Reading Club but we are excited to see everyone back for storytimes in June!

 

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout

down came the rain and washed the spider out

Up came the sun and dried up all the rain

and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

 

The Great Big Spider

(use your Great Big Voice)

The great big spider went up the water spout

down came the rain and washed the spider out

up came the sun and dried up all the rain

and the great big spider went up the spout again

 

The Teensy Weensy Spider 

(use your Teensy Weensy voice)  

The teensy weensy spider went up the water spout

down came the rain and washed the spider out

up came the sun and dried up all the rain

and the teensy weensy spider went up the spout again

No storytimes in May? AH!

The library does not have storytimes during the month of May to prepare for Summer Reading Club-more details on that soon! If you find yourself missing your weekly storytime, here are a few ideas to do with your kids!

Have you been to River Legacy Parks? You haven't?!! Check-out their May calendar of events for some outdoor family activites! You can also download free activity sheets to bring with you to the Living Science Center.

 

It's already starting to get hot and baking with your kids in the kitchen doesn't sound good, so here's an easy 5-minute homemade ice cream recipe! (As if you ever need a reason to make ice cream...) The best part is that you don't need an ice cream machine, just some plastic baggies!

 

This is three-step activity:

1. Find a large cardboard box.

2. Dig out all of your craft supplies.

3. Let your kids go bananas!

For very young children, you could make a cardboard box into a sensory box using these ideas from the Meri Cherry blog.

 

After you do all of these and you're still looking for something to fill the storytime hole this May, you could also go to your local PUBLIC LIBRARY and check-out some books, cds, dvds, and interactive games! You may even spot some of your silly storytime leaders there...

5/5/2015 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime

El Dia

Come join us this Saturday for our El Dia Celebration at the Univeristy of Texas at Arlington!

Let's Go to the Circus!

Everybody loves the circus!

We had so much fun at our Teddy Bear Carnival event this past Saturday that it made me want to share a few activities and books that I used for my preschool circus-themed storytime several weeks ago.

I set up by laying our parachute on the ground where the kiddos usually sit. I called it our “circus ring” and they loved the idea. When we sang the songs, we stood around the parachute and acted them out too.

Circus Songs:

Clown Song

Sung to: "I'm a Little Teapot"

 

I'm a little clown short and fat.

Here is my tummy, here is my hat.

I can do a trick as you will see,

Just turn around and look at me.

 

Circus Song

Sung to: "I've Been Working on the Railroad"

 

I am walking through the circus,

Happy as can be.

I am walking through the circus,

Just to see what I can see.

I can see the clown laughing.

I can see the elephant, too.

I can see the lion sleeping.

Look out! He sees you.

 

I did a flannel activity where I had five felt popcorn seeds and five felt “popped” pieces. Like this:

I used the rhyme:

 

Five little kernels sizzling in the pot
All of a sudden, one went POP! (count down)

 

This is great practice counting backwards!

 

We did a really cute craft that transformed the kiddos into elephants! Just cut out the pieces from construction paper and glue!

They loved stomping around the circus ring and making elephant sounds. I had them follow me in a circle while we sang:

 

Five big elephants - oh, what a sight,

Swinging their trunks from left to right!

Four are followers, and one is the king.

They all walk around in the circus ring.

 

We took turns being the “King” elephant and also tried standing on one leg, balancing a ball on our “trunks”, and twirling around.

These are great books and activities for a circus day at home!

4/29/2015 by Ashley W. Add a Comment Share this:

Spring Break Puppet Bonanza Videos!

For those of you who missed our Spring Break Puppet Bonanza, you can experience a little bit of the fun through these videos!

The first is an adaptation of The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. It is a storytime favorite!

 

 

This is an adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Music by Ben and Bethany Fort based on Sendak's phenomenal text.

 

We'll see you Wild Things again next year!

4/23/2015 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:
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