Time for Twos Storytime – Noisy & Quiet – Friday, November 1, 2013

This week we are going to be NOISY & QUIET!  I am sure your toddlers are REALLY good at the noisy part, right?

While it’s just fun to just make noise, we are also reinforcing the concept of opposites.  We do this every week when we recite “This is Big, Big, Big.”  You can reinforce the concept of opposites at home with simple observations such as “that tree is very big, but this acorn is very small.”  Sensory play is a great way to reinforce opposites – think about sticky, slimy, smooth, rough, shiny, bumpy and gooey.

Our books this week include:


Flannelboard & Rhyme – Popcorn

Five little kernels, sizzling in the pot.|
All of the sudden, one went POP!

Repeat for 4, 3, 2, 1

Rhyme – The Quiet Mouse

Here’s a quiet little mouse,
Living in a quiet little house.
When all was as quiet as can be
OUT!  Popped he!

Action Rhyme – Loud & Quiet

Quietly, quietly now a sound
I’m listening and thinking as I look around.
No sounds as I nod.
No sounds as I clap.
No sounds as I tap my hands on my lap.
Loudly, loudly, stomp & clap!
Loudly, loudly, stomp & clap!
Loudly, loudly, stomp & clap!
All that noise, well fancy that!


Don’t forget to check Pintrest!  Lots of Noisy & Quiet activities there!

Lapsit Storytime – Noisy & Quiet – Thursday, October 31, 2013

Boo!  Happy Halloween to those of you who celebrate it!

This week’s storytime theme is something that babies will enjoy – being NOISY & QUIET!   The babies can learn a lot from this theme – how to be NOISY (most babies don’t need to learn this, they are great at it on their own!) and QUIET, following directions (“Can you be NOISY?”), opposites , and vocabulary (how many different ways can you say NOISY?  Loud?  Booming?  Big?  Explosive?).  Plus, we can just have fun making different noises!

Our books this week include:


Bounce Rhyme – Tick, Tock

Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cockoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
It’s one o’clock!

Tick tock, tick tock,
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
It’s two o’clock!
Cuckoo!  Cuckoo!

Flannelboard Rhyme – Popcorn\

Five little kernels, sizzling in the pot.
All of the sudden, one went POP!

Repeat for 4, 3, 2, 1

Nursery Rhyme – Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory dickory dock.

We will also get another chance to explore the sensory bottles this week.  As your baby plays with the bottle, point out if the bottle is NOISY or QUIET.

Don’t forget to check Pintrest for other Noisy & Quiet ideas!

Family Storytime – Leaves! – Wednesday, October 30, 2013

We are continuing our fall storytime with a whole week all about LEAVES!

Our books:


Leaves (Rhyme)

The leaves are falling down.
The leaves are falling down.
Whisper, whisper, whisper, whisper.
The leaves are falling down.

Five Little Leaves (Rhyme)

5 little leaves on the tree next door,
one fell off and then there were 4.
4 little leaves all over the tree,
one fell off and then there were three.
3 little leaves where the wind blew,
one fell off and then there were two.
2 little leaves sitting in the sun,
one fell off and then there was one.
1 little leaf in the tree all alone,
the wind blew and blew, and then there were none.

Autumn Leaves are Falling Down
to the tune of “London Bridge”

Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
all around the town.

Verse 2 – Take a rake and rake them up.

Verse 3 – Let’s have some fun and jump on in.

Don’t forget to check out Pintrest for lots of crafts and activities about fall and leaves!

Time for Twos Storytime – Fall – Friday, October 25, 2013

Fall is my favorite season!  I love the beautiful leaves, the crunchy apples and the cool nights!  So of course we will do some fall stories this week!

Our books:


I have lots pinned over on my Pintrest page – fall crafts, activities and fun!  Be sure to check it out.  There are several different “sensory” activities pinned.  Fall is a great time of year to spend a little extra time making sure each of our senses gets to experience something new!  TOUCH a bumpy pinecone, LOOK at the colorful leaves, SMELL pumpkin bread baking in the oven, TASTE different varieties of apples, and LISTEN to the geese honking as they fly overhead.  Be sure to share these experiences with your toddler, taking time to explain what they are experiencing.  Remember – they haven’t had many Falls!  This may be new to them!

This is also a great time to let you know about our “holiday” books.  Most of our books about actual holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc) are kept in storage until 6 weeks prior to the holiday.  Then we bring them out and shelve them in one convenient location for you.  If you haven’t checked out our holiday books yet, be sure to ask a library staff member where you can find them!

Lapsit Storytime – Fall – Thursday, October 24, 2013

Seasons and holidays are such an exciting time for your babies.  For some, this may be their first fall!  For others, it’s the first time they can really notice the bright golds and oranges, or touch the crunchy leaves.  Take the time to really let your baby experience the new season – with all 5 senses!

TOUCH – Let your baby touch crunchy leaves, or feel the cool, frosty window in the morning.  My Pintrest page has several “sensory” activities pinned to give you a good idea of how to introduce new items to little hands.

HEAR – While outside, allow your baby time to listen to the geese honking as they fly overhead.  Explain what is making that sound.  “Those are geese flying!  Geese are birds.  They have wings.  Hear how loud they are!”  Fall is a great time to LISTEN as you take a walk.  Can you hear the leaves?  The wind?  A football game?

SEE – The colors of fall are truly beautiful.  Show your baby a tree with colorful leaves.  Compare it to one that is still green or has already lost all of it’s leaves.  Point out the different apples in the grocery store – there are green, yellow, pink and red ones!

SMELL – Fall is a great time for smells!  Apples, pumpkins and other fall harvest foods smell wonderful while they are being prepared.  Fall nights are filled with the smoky scents coming from neighbor’s fireplaces.

TASTE – Don’t forget those little tastebuds!  Your baby may have been too young to try some fall foods last year (or not even born yet!).  If they are old enough, allow them to taste apples, apple cider, pumpkin pie, butternut squash or pumpkin bread.  And don’t forget the sweet treats that go along with Halloween!

Our books this week:



Many of our fall-themed books are kept in our “holiday” collection (for Halloween or Thanksgiving).  These are not kept within our regular collection, but kept all together in one easy-to-find location for you.  Ask a library staff member to help you locate the holiday books if you are unsure of where they are.

Family Storytime – Fall – Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall is my favorite season!  I just love the cool, crisp days, breaking out sweaters, the crunching of the leaves, and the brilliant oranges, reds and yellows of the season.

Of course, we need to do a fall-themed storytime!

Our books:


One of my all-time favorite rhymes:

The Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree,
two shiny apples smiled down at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could,
And down came the apples – MMMMMMM good!

Five Little Squirrels

Five little squirrels sitting in the tree,
The first one said, “What do I see?”
The second one said “There are acorns on the ground.”
The third one said “Those acorns I found.”
The fourth one said “I’ll race you there.”
The fifth one said “Allright!  That’s fair!”
So they shook their tails and they ran with glee,
And they ate those acorns 1-2-3!

This is a good time to highlight our “holiday” book collections.  Many of our general “fall” books live on the shelves all year long, shelved by their subject matter (stories, leaves, seasons, apples, etc).  But books on Halloween or Thanksgiving are kept in storage for most of the year.  We bring out holiday books about 6 weeks before the holiday is celebrated, giving you two full check-out periods to enjoy the books.  Ask a library staff member where you can find the holiday books.

Reading PALs!

Do you have a new or struggling reader in your house?  Our Reading PALs group meets on Thursdays from 4:00 – 4:45 PM.  The children practice their reading skills by “buddy reading” with a volunteer mentor (students from Muhlenberg College).  The children also have an opportunity to play literacy games that reinforce concepts like sight words, spelling, writing skills, and fluency.

Registration is suggested for the program, but walk-ins are accepted.

Please call Children’s Services to reserve a spot for your child today!  610-820-2400 ext. 4.