Time for Two Storytime – Peekaboo! – Friday, November 22, 2013

How can we be at our last week of storytime already?  I hope that you’ll join us for either our holiday programs or the Parent-Child Workshops during December.  Our regular storytimes will resume in January – be sure to call us in the new year to sign up for the next session!

Our theme this week is “peekaboo,” a game I am sure your toddlers are great at playing!  We will be reading:

We will be acting out Pop! Goes the Weasel, a classic song, and using the colorful scarves to hide and peek.

Be sure to check our Pintrest page for lots of fun toddler games and peekaboo ideas!

PLEASE!  One HUGE favor to ask of all of you!  The Children’s Services department is conducting a Storytime Survey to help us provide your family with the best children’s library programs.  Please complete the survey online, or ask for a paper copy at the library.  Your feedback is valuable!

I had such a great time during our Fall Time for Twos program.  I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season, and that I’ll see you back for more Time for Twos in January!

Lapsit Storytime – Peekaboo! – Thursday, November 21, 2013

This week is our final storytime for the fall session.  I encourage you all to attend some of our Holiday Programs or the Parent-Child Workshops this December while we are on a storytime break.  Remember to give us a call in January to sign up for the Winter storytime session.

This week we are reading stories about “peekaboo!”  Peekaboo is the perfect baby game – it doesn’t require special equipment and it helps your baby understand basic concepts like “object permanence” (that is, objects still exist even if you can’t see them).  Plus, it’s just so much fun for baby!

Our books this week:


Rhyme – Boo!  It’s Me!

Peekaboo baby
Look and see
One, Two, Three
It’s me!

We will be modifying the traditional Pop Goes the Weasel for our Bounce Rhyme.  And our Nursery Rhyme is Little Miss Muffett.

PLEASE!  One HUGE favor to ask of all of you!  The Children’s Services department is conducting a Storytime Survey to help us provide your family with the best children’s library programs.  Please complete the survey online, or ask for a paper copy at the library.  Your feedback is valuable!

Thank you all for a great fall session of Lapsit Storytime.  I truly enjoy planning programs for your babies!  Thanks for sharing your little ones with me each week.  Have a fun and safe holiday season, and see you in January for more storytime!

Family Storytime – Playtime! – Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Oh my goodness, how time flies!  This is our last storytime for the fall session!

But don’t get too sad just yet….  We have a lot of holiday programs happening this December!  You can check the schedule here – notice that we still have programs on Wednesdays at 6:30!  Read the schedule carefully – some programs require registration in advance!  Hope to see many of you at these programs!

For this week’s storytime, we are reading about something we all love to do – PLAY!

Our books:


We will be acting out the rhyme Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, which is a classic!  Be sure to try this one during the week too.  How many new verses can you think up for the teddy to try?

Our song is a “rewrite” of Row, Row, Row Your Boat – we’ll wiggle instead of rowing!

Wiggle Your Toes

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your toes
Wiggle them up and down!
Wiggle them fast, wiggle them slow,
Wiggle them all around!

For additional verses, try wiggling fingers, ears, arms and legs!

Our Pintrest page has lots of fun playtime ideas on it this week!

We will also shake our maracas one final time!  Don’t worry – the maracas will be back in January!

Our Winter 2014 Storytime schedule will be available very soon!  Miss Lisa will hand them out at storytime, but it will also be available on the library’s webpage soon.

PLEASE!  One HUGE favor to ask of all of you!  The Children’s Services department is conducting a Storytime Survey to help us provide your family with the best children’s library programs.  Please complete the survey online, or ask for a paper copy at the library.  Your feedback is valuable!

One last thing, THANK YOU!  Our new Family Storytime has been so successful!  Miss Lisa truly enjoys planning the weekly programs and sharing in storytime fun with all of you!  Can’t wait to start our new session in January!  Have a happy and safe holiday season!

Fall 2013 Storytime Survey

Fall 2013 Storytime Survey

We enjoy being able to provide quality children’s program to our library families.  In order to continue to ensure we are meeting your needs, please take a moment to complete our brief Storytime Survey.  Your responses will help us improve our current programs and create new programs in the future.

The 10-question survey can be completed online at:


While the online survey will most easily provide us with results, paper copies of the survey will be available at your storytime session during the week of November 18, 2013.

Thank you for helping us evaluate our programming, and for being a part of our Storytime Family this fall!

Time for Twos Storytime – Parts of the Body – Friday, November 15, 2013

This is another fun week for two-year-olds, as they are so good at naming the parts of the body!  This is a great age for you to let your toddler be smarter than you: point out parts of the body and occasionally call it the wrong name.  Your toddler will be so proud that they know where their elbow is and you don’t!

Our books this week:


Rhyme – Dance Your Fingers

Dance your fingers up!
Dance your fingers down!
Dance them to the side!
Dance them all around!
Dance them on your shoulders!
Dance them on your head!
Dance them on your tummy!
Now put them all to bed.

We will be singing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – this version is a little different from others, but I like the fun costumes the kids wear!

Don’t forget to check our Pintrest page for fun “parts of the body” activities to do with your child!

Lapsit Storytime – Parts of the Body – Thursday, November 14, 2013

How did we get to the middle of November?????  After today, we have just one more regular storytime for the fall session.  I will have handouts for both our holiday schedule as well as January storytime for you soon!

This week we will be looking at our body.  For the babies, we will focus on simple parts – eyes, nose, ears, fingers, toes.  You can help expand your baby’s vocabulary by pointing out different parts of baby’s body – when dressing, taking a bath, or playing.  Point out elbows, knees, throat, back, chest and more.  Your baby will not only learn about her body, but also new words that she will master in no time!

Our books:


We will use the “This Little Piggy” rhyme to tickle some toes!

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy cried “wee, wee, wee” all the way home.

Our bounce rhyme is “Pizza Pizza Pumpernickel”

Pizza pizza pumpernickel
My little guy should have a tickle!
One for his nose!
One for his toes!
And one for his belly where the hot dog goes!

We will also take a look at the classic nursery rhyme “Jack and Jill.”

Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
and Jill came tumbling after.

Don’t forget to visit Pintrest for activity ideas to do with your child at home!

Family Storytime – Classic Picture Books (Part II) – Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I can’t believe we are nearly to the end of storytime.  After this week, we have just one more week of regular storytimes.  Be sure to visit our webpage for our Holiday program schedule soon!

This week, we are revisiting the Classic Picture Books from earlier this season.

Our books today include:


A little background for our stories:

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel – by Virginia Lee Burton – is our oldest book this week, published in 1939.  This book highlights changing times in America.  The old-fashioned steam shovels are unable to find work in the big cities, as they have been replaced by newer, faster models.  To try to find work, Mike Mulligan takes his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, to a small town in the country, where they are able to tall their way into building the new town hall.  The characters teach us all a little about hard work and determination, while the illustrations take us back to a much simpler time.

Harry the Dirty Dog – by Gene Zion – was published in 1956.  This is a story that Miss Lisa’s mother read to her often when she was a little girl!  Children will relate easily to Harry’s reluctance to take a bath, but they will also be comforted when they see that Harry is loved even when he is dirty.

The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash – by Trinka Hakes Noble – was originally published in 1980, which means Miss Lisa most likely heard this story when she attended storytime at the Allentown Public Library.  This story is just so silly that kids can’t help laughing!  This story is great to highlight sequence and cause and effect, as the story centers around the silly events that unfold on a class field trip to the farm.

Don’t forget to visit our Pintrest page, where there are lots of fun book-related activities to go with all three of our weekly stories!