Time for Twos Storytime – Thursday 10/30/14 – Noisy & Quiet

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 – Thursday 10/30/14 – Noisy & Quiet

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:


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 – Wednesday 10/29/14 – Boo to You!

Miss Lisa will be reading Halloween stories this week (nothing is scary – just fun!).  Children may come in their costume (as long as it is appropriate).  It’s fun to dress up on Halloween and pretend to be someone different for a change.  And it’s even fun to be a little scared of hearing “BOO” on Halloween night!

Our Spook-tacular stories:


Miss Lisa also has a brand new pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern flannel board for us to enjoy this week!  And maybe we’ll do a little dancing to the Monster Mash!  Looking for some more Halloween fun?  My Pinterest board has lots of ideas – including some super fun treats to eat!

Please stay safe this Halloween!  Trick-or-treat in a group and only to houses in neighborhoods that you know.  Carry a flashlight and wear reflective colors so you can be seen by cars.  Check your children’s costumes to make sure they can see properly through masks, and that capes and costume pieces aren’t too long.  Be sure to check your children’s treats before letting them dig in!  Happy Halloween!

Toddler Time – Wednesday 10/29 – Sounds like Fun!

Tonight we are reading about SOUNDS.

Sounds are a great way to help teach your little one about the world.  We’ve talked about animal sounds earlier this fall, but any sounds are great for learning!  AND – we get to read one of Miss Lisa’s favorite baby storytime books tonight!

I love this story!  The illustrations are so colorful and fun, and the book is just fun to read!

We also have a cute bounce rhyme to do this week.  We sound like cuckoo clocks!

Tick, tock!  Tick, tock!
I’m a little cuckoo 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!

What kind of sounds do you encounter during your day?  Does an alarm clock wake you up?  What sound does your phone make?  What sounds do you hear on your way to the library?

Lots of NOISY and QUIET activities posted on my Pinterest – have some fun with these!

Preschool Storytime – Halloween

Hello everyone! Boo! This week will talk about Halloween, pumpkins, scarecrows, costumes and trick or treating. We will not be doing anything scary.

Song – So Happy You’re Here by Hap Palmer

Book – The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – by Linda Williams-Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!


Flannelboard – Ten Little Pumpkins

Ten Little Pumpkins all in a line

One became a jack – lantern

then there were nine.

Nine little pumpkins peeking through the gate

An old witch took one

Then there were eight

Eight little pumpkins, there were never eleven

A green goblin took one

Then there seven

Seven little pumpkins

Full of Jolly tricks

A white ghost took one

Then there were six

Six little pumpkins

Glad to be alive

A black cat took one

Then there were five

Five little pumpkins

By the barn door

A hoot owl took one

Then there were four

Four little pumpkins

As you can plainly see

One became a pumpkin pie

Then there were three

Three little pumpkins

Feeling very blue

One rolled far far away

Then there were two

Two little pumpkins

Alone in the sun

One said so long

And then there was one

One little pumpkin

Left all alone

A little boy chose him

Then there were none.

Ten little pumpkins

In a patch so green

Made everyone happy

One Halloween.

Credit – Childhood

Book – We’re Off to Find the Witch’s House – by Mr. Krieb -It’s Halloween night, and as the moon rises, four children set off to find the witch’s house. On their way they encounter a host of silly, spooky characters, from a skittle-skattling skeleton to a shirking, lurking Dracula. Can they make it all the way to the witch’s house? Or will their fears get the best of them?

We're Off to Find the Witch's House

Fingerplay – “Five Little Pumpkins”

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate, (show 5 fingers)
The first one said, (1 finger)
“Oh, my, it’s getting late.” (hands on cheeks)
The second one said, (2 fingers)
“There are witches in the air.” (point up and look up)
The third one said, (3 fingers)
“But we don’t care.” (wag pointer finger)
The fourth one said, (4 fingers)
“Let’s run and run and run.” (move arms like you’re running)
The fifth one said, (5 fingers)
“I’m ready for some fun.” (punch up w/both fists)
“Whooo!” went the wind,
and out went the light, (clap on “out”)
And the five little pumpkins (5 fingers)
rolled out of sight. (roll arms)

Credit – http://www.themotherhuddle.com/halloween-fingerplays-and-songs/

Book – Five Little Monkeys Trick or Treat – by Eileen Christelow- Five little monkeys dress up for Halloween. They are going trick-or-treating with their favorite babysitter, Lulu.  “Don’t lose the rascals!” Mama tells her. But soon those mischievous monkeys meet their friends and decide to try “the best Halloween trick ever!” Will Lulu be fooled? Or will those rascals get tricked by their own monkey business

Song – Witches Brew
Words and Music: Hap Palmer

Instant Sing Line: I got magic, Alakazamakazoo.

Dead leaves, seaweed, rotten eggs, too
Stir them in my witches brew
I got magic, Alakazamakazoo

Spider web, moldy bread, mucky mud, too
Stir them in my witches’ brew
I got magic! Alakazamakazoo

ooo – My witches’ brew – ooo
What’s it gonna do to you? Boo!

Floor wax, thumb tacks, purple paint, too
Stir them in my witches’ brew
I got magic, Alakazamakazoo

Finger nails, lunch pails, apple cores, too
Stir them in my witches’ brew
I got magic, Alakazamakazoo

ooo – My witches’ brew – ooo
What’s it gonna do to you? Boo!

Wrinkled prunes, mushrooms, motor oil, too
Stir them in my witches’ brew
I got magic, Alakazamakazoo
I got magic, Alakazamakazoo

“Dead leaves, seaweed…”
Children pretend to throw ingredients in a cauldron.
“Stir them in my witches’ brew.” Children do stirring motion.
“I got magic, Alakazamakazoo.” Children pretend to cast spell using any hand movements they feel are appropriate.
“Boo!” Make a sudden scary movement.

Closing song – “Shout and Whisper” by Hap Palmer

-Miss Ellen

Time for Twos – Fall – October 23, 2014

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 pine cone, 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 – October 23, 2014 – Fall & Leaves

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:


Bounce Rhyme – Bockety Boo!

This little horse goes bockety, bockety.
This little horse goes bockety, bockety.
This little horse goes bockety, bockety,
Bockety, bockety, BOO!

Nursery Rhyme – Hickory Dickory Dock

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.