Kid and Tween STEAM: STEAM Magic

Kid and Tween STEAM: STEAM Magic

Combine science and magic in these four simple STEAM activities!

Things you will need include:

  • pen or pencil
  • scissors
  • two cups
  • about 30 coins or glass stones of at least two different colors (with at least one penny)
  • a sheet of paper
  • an index card

 

Kid and Tween STEAM: STEAM Magic

Combine science and magic in these four simple STEAM activities! Things you will need include: pen or pencil scissors two cups about 30 coins or glass stones of at least two different colors (with at least one penny) a sheet of paper an index card  

Kid and Tween STEAM: Cardboard Constructions

Try this cardboard square construction challenge! Things you will need include: about 15 squares of cardboard (we did 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") scissors

Kid and Tween STEAM: Butcher Paper Creations

What will YOU make with three large pieces of butcher paper? There are so many possibilities! Pick up yours today.

January Kid and Tween STEAM

Check out our January kid and tween STEAM Take N' Go kits below. Each will be available through curbside pickup. Instructions will be available on our website and our YouTube channel. Butcher Paper craft - available starting January 5th See what you can make with some...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Classic Games

Try these two classic and easy to play games: Hare and Hounds and the Roman game of Bear. You will need: - Three playing pieces/glass stones of the same color - One playing piece/glass stone of a different color - Game board (easy to draw)  

Kid & Tween STEAM: Turkey Racers

Try this cause/effect turkey racing competition! Things you will need include: tape permanent marker scissors string two balloons a straw craft feathers

November Kid and Tween STEAM Activities

Check out November's upcoming kid and tween Take n' Go kits! Kit 1: Turkey racers made from balloons and feathers, available for pickup starting Tuesday November 10th. Kit 2: Hare and Hounds and classic games, available for pickup starting Tuesday November 24th....

Kid and Tween STEAM: Stained Glass Spiderwebs

Get a stained glass effect with this tissue paper spiderweb craft. Things you will need include: glue scissors variety of tissue paper contact paper spiderweb shape paperclip and string for hanging if desired

Kid and Tween STEAM – Pumpkin Patch Maze

Experiment with balance and gravity with this pumpkin patch marble maze. Things you will need include: glue or tape scissors green paper orange pom poms a marble

October Kid and Tween STEAM

Check out our October kid and tween STEAM Take N' Go kits below. Each will be available for pickup at the Youth Reference desk. Instructions will be available on our website and our YouTube channel. Pumpkin Patch Marble Maze - available starting October 13 Learn about...

Book Babies: Walking, Walking

Book Babies: Walking, Walking

Book Babies: Walking, Walking

Learning to walk can be both fun and frustrating for your little one, but there are things you can do to encourage him. Try wrapping a scarf or blanket around your baby’s chest and under his arms, then stabilize him with the blankets as he learns to balance himself with his free hands. For more fabulous activities and ideas, go to www.teachinglittles.com. And, of course, try out some of the books and activities below!

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Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Moving to music, dancing, swaying, running, and jumping help young children feel rhythm and begin to understand how their bodies work. Such movements also help them gain muscle control and improve balance. All of this contributes to a child’s gross motor development.

- Lambert

Activity

Sing “Walking, Walking” with your child with your child as you walk outside or around the house while modeling how to “Stop!” at the end of the rhyme.

Books Presented

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

During the course of a walk, a young boy identifies animals of different colors.

Wiggle Waggle by Jonathan London

Fish swim in the water and birds fly in the air, and some animals walk on the ground, just like you. Jonathan London and Michael Rex invite you to hop, flop, and wiggle in an animal parade that will make you want to jump out of your seat and bounce along, too!

Walk On! A Guide for Babies of All Ages by Maria Frazee

Trying something new is never easy. Like walking, for instance. With useful tips, common pitfalls, and Marla Frazee’s adorable illustrations, this book is perfect for anyone–from a baby to a graduate to a grown-up–who’s about to take a scary first step.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

Rhyming text compares babies who, although born in different places and in different circumstances, each have ten little fingers and ten little toes.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Walking, Walking

 

Walking, walking,
Walking, walking,
Hop, hop, hop!
Hop, hop, hop!
Running, running, running,
Running, running, running,
Now let’s stop!
Now let’s stop!

Mamalisa.com

As I Went Walking

As I went walking to town one day
I saw a ____ along the way!
And what do you think that ____ did say? ____

– Adapted from Macaronisoup.com

The Horses Are Walking

The horses are walking*, they’re walking along, walking along, walking along.
The horses are walking they’re walking along. Whoah! Whoah! Whoah!

*Trotting, running, walking

Adapted from Jbrary

Additional Books

Walk and See 123 by Rosalind Beardshaw

Join an autumnal adventure through the countryside with lots to see and count – all the way to twenty.

Little One Step by Simon James

As three duckling brothers cross forest and field to return to their mother, the older ones encourage the youngest by teaching him a game that earns him the name of Little One Step.

More Book Babies

Book Babies: Let’s Go to the Zoo!

You only have to go as far as a book to visit the zoo with your baby or toddler! When you read a book with your child, make animals noises and sing nursery rhymes about the animals you find in your "zoo" book . You can find some of these books and rhymes below.Join us...

Book Babies: Walking, Walking

Learning to walk can be both fun and frustrating for your little one, but there are things you can do to encourage him. Try wrapping a scarf or blanket around your baby's chest and under his arms, then stabilize him with the blankets as he learns to balance himself...

Book Babies: I Love You!

"Children love books that reaffirm your love for them. Especially as they grow older and learn to deal with their emotions, it’s important for them to know that you love them, no matter how much they may sometimes misbehave." - yogibrarian.wordpress.comJoin us live...

Book Babies: Let’s Get Dressed!

Getting dressed is a great opportunity to practice singing, talking, and playing with you child, and you do it every day! It doesn't take a lot of time to add a song, match a shoe, and talk about why we wear clothes. It's also a great way to "see" how your child is...

Book Babies: Happy n’ Sad, Mad n’ Glad

Are you happy? Sad? Glad? Or mad? From the moment they are born, babies and toddlers love looking at faces to see how you are feeling. It helps them to organize their own thoughts and emotions. So have fun with these activities and books with your child as you explore...

Book Babies: Baby Panda Bears

Today come and teach your baby about pandas with these fun books and activities.Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library....

Book Babies: Food

Enjoy these food-themed books, songs, and activities!Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we...

Book Babies: Penguin Fun!

Today come and teach your baby about penguins with these fun books and activities.Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library....

Book Babies: Bouncin’ Up and Down in Santa’s Sled

Happy holidays! This week in Book Babies we did Christmas-themed books and activities.Join us live Wednesdays at 9:45 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library....

Book Babies: Turkeys!

Turkeys, feathers, and family hugs! These things can be enjoyed anytime of the year, but we love them around Thanksgiving. Try counting feathers with your child, look at the colors, and see how many hugs you can give away this week.Join us live Wednesdays at 9:45 AM ...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Moving to music, dancing, swaying, running, and jumping help young children feel rhythm and begin to understand how their bodies work. Such movements also help them gain muscle control and improve balance. All of this contributes to a child’s gross motor development.

- Lambert

Activity

Make a playlist of favorite songs for you and your child, and encourage your child to develop gross motor skills by dancing, running, and jumping to the music.

Books Presented

Whose Feet Are These? by Peg Hall

Examines a variety of animal feet, noting how they look different and function in different ways.

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

A toe-tapper babies will love–the classic Seussian book about opposites: “Wet foot, dry foot. Low foot, high foot…”

Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig

Easy-to-read, rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.

Funny Fingers, Funny Toes by Laura Damon

A creature demonstrates the many uses of our fingers and toes.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Ring Around the Rosie

Ring around the rosie,
A pocket full of posies:
“A-tishoo! A-tishoo!”
We all fall down!

The king has sent his daughter
To fetch a pail of water.
“A-tishoo! A-tishoo!”
We all stand up!

Lambert

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Feet

Head, shoulders, knees and feet,
knees and feet
Head, shoulders, knees and feet,
knees and feet
And eyes and, ears and, mouth and teeth!
Backwards-
Feet, knees and shoulders, head,
shoulders, head
Feet, knees and shoulders, head,
shoulders, head
And teen, mouth, ears and eyes!

– Adapted from childhood

We Like Feet!

(tune “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
We like feet, yes we do!
Especially when they __[action]___ with you!

-Gina
 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Pick up these friend story time kits today.

Additional Books

Gakky Two-Feet by Micky Dolenz

Although the other hominidees tease him, Gak prefers to walk on two legs instead of four, and one day his difference turns out to be helpful, just as his mother said it would.

Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson

Rhyming text, accompanied by labeled illustrations that identify parts of the body, encourages readers to wiggle and twist, stomp and zig-zag, and hug and shrug.

Be Where Your Feet Are! by Julia Cook

Be Where Your Feet Are! reinforces the concepts of mindfulness and being present in a way children will remember, while showing how good life can be when we learn to appreciate the world — and people — around us.

What if You had Animal Feet!? by Sandra Markle

What if you had animal feet? will teach kids about the amazing variety of feet in the animal kingdom and their specialty functions! From cheetahs’ fast feet to mountain goats’ nimble climbing hooves, to flies’ sticky feet!

More Story Times

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that "F" is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully...

Story Time: Pandas!

Today we learned about pandas with Peter Panda! Check out our books, songs, and activities below.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Be sure to share factual books with your young children. Follow their...

Story Time: Pizza!

We explored Pizza Pie Cafe this week and learned more about this tasty dish.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Naming and categorizing things can be fun for children of all ages. Help children make sense...

Story Time: Penguins with Sharee Barton

Today we learned about penguins with National Geographic educator Sharee Barton! Check out our books, songs, and activities below. Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip We often build our on our children's...

Story Time: “P” is for Purple

"P" is for purple! Start off the new year with some fun purple-themed books.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Sharing books that talk about how characters behave in various kinds of relationships can...

Story Time: Mele Kalikimaka

Did you know that Mele Kalikimaka is how they say, "Merry Christmas" in Hawaii? It looks like Santa went to Hawaii for a quick vacation before the holidays. Check out some of these books about Hawaii and take a "book" vacation with Santa!Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30...

Upcoming March Teen Craft: Keyring Dream Catcher

Upcoming March Teen Craft: Keyring Dream Catcher

Upcoming March Teen Craft: Keyring Dream Catcher

Our first teen craft take n’ go kit for March will be keyring dream catchers, available starting Thursday, March 4th.

Late March Teen Activities

Teen Anime Club: My Hero Academia movie  Monday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room.   Teen Take N' Go: Mosaic Stash Box Our second teen craft take n’ go kit for March will be mosaic stash boxes, available starting Thursday, March 18th. Instructions will...

Teen Craft: Keyring Dreamcatchers

Ashley from the Teen Action Council teaches us how to make keyring dream catchers! You will need the following supplies: keyring string scissors bead toothpick needle (optional)

Early March Teen Activities

Monday, March 1st at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room.   Have a say in what goes on at the library for teens. Shower Moments and Other Muses Monday, March 8th at 4:30 in the Community Room This month we will watch a webinar from www.teenauthorbootcamp.net called...

Upcoming March Teen Craft: Keyring Dream Catcher

Our first teen craft take n' go kit for March will be keyring dream catchers, available starting Thursday, March 4th.

Teen Craft: Duct Tape Pens

Learn to make duct tape flower pens! You will need the following supplies: exacto knife (preferred) or scissors ruler cutting board (or use the metal plates we handed out) at least two colors of duct tape pen

Teen Craft: Paper Lanterns

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these paper lanterns! You will need the following supplies: scissors a pencil a marker or a pen a box (we used a Kleenex box) to use when poking holes a ruler a push pin or awl yarn scrapbook paper a pipe cleaner a piece of straw a...

Teen Crafts: Mini Piñata

Learn to make a mini piñata! You will need the following supplies: scissors glue gun foam plate crepe paper white tissue paper white paper candy

Upcoming February Teen Crafts

Check out February's upcoming Teen Take n' Go craft kits! Teen craft 1: Paper lanterns, available for pickup starting Thursday February 4th. Teen craft 2: Duct tape pens, available for pickup starting Thursday February 18th.  

Teen Craft: Fabric Masks

Learn to make a fabric mask. You will need the following supplies: scissors needle thread ruler fabric about 1 foot by 2 feet yarn for around the ear tie paper plate large white piece of paper (11x17)

Upcoming Teen Crafts in January

Check out January's upcoming teen Take n' Go craft kits! Teen craft 1: Fabric face masks, available for pickup starting Thursday January 7th. Teen craft 2: Mini piñatas, available for pickup starting Thursday January 21st.  

Teen Craft: Duct Tape Pens

Teen Craft: Duct Tape Pens

Teen Craft: Duct Tape Pens

Learn to make duct tape flower pens! You will need the following supplies:

  • exacto knife (preferred) or scissors
  • ruler
  • cutting board (or use the metal plates we handed out)
  • at least two colors of duct tape
  • pen

Late March Teen Activities

Teen Anime Club: My Hero Academia movie  Monday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room.   Teen Take N' Go: Mosaic Stash Box Our second teen craft take n’ go kit for March will be mosaic stash boxes, available starting Thursday, March 18th. Instructions will...

Teen Craft: Keyring Dreamcatchers

Ashley from the Teen Action Council teaches us how to make keyring dream catchers! You will need the following supplies: keyring string scissors bead toothpick needle (optional)

Early March Teen Activities

Monday, March 1st at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room.   Have a say in what goes on at the library for teens. Shower Moments and Other Muses Monday, March 8th at 4:30 in the Community Room This month we will watch a webinar from www.teenauthorbootcamp.net called...

Upcoming March Teen Craft: Keyring Dream Catcher

Our first teen craft take n' go kit for March will be keyring dream catchers, available starting Thursday, March 4th.

Teen Craft: Duct Tape Pens

Learn to make duct tape flower pens! You will need the following supplies: exacto knife (preferred) or scissors ruler cutting board (or use the metal plates we handed out) at least two colors of duct tape pen

Teen Craft: Paper Lanterns

Celebrate Chinese New Year with these paper lanterns! You will need the following supplies: scissors a pencil a marker or a pen a box (we used a Kleenex box) to use when poking holes a ruler a push pin or awl yarn scrapbook paper a pipe cleaner a piece of straw a...

Teen Crafts: Mini Piñata

Learn to make a mini piñata! You will need the following supplies: scissors glue gun foam plate crepe paper white tissue paper white paper candy

Upcoming February Teen Crafts

Check out February's upcoming Teen Take n' Go craft kits! Teen craft 1: Paper lanterns, available for pickup starting Thursday February 4th. Teen craft 2: Duct tape pens, available for pickup starting Thursday February 18th.  

Teen Craft: Fabric Masks

Learn to make a fabric mask. You will need the following supplies: scissors needle thread ruler fabric about 1 foot by 2 feet yarn for around the ear tie paper plate large white piece of paper (11x17)

Upcoming Teen Crafts in January

Check out January's upcoming teen Take n' Go craft kits! Teen craft 1: Fabric face masks, available for pickup starting Thursday January 7th. Teen craft 2: Mini piñatas, available for pickup starting Thursday January 21st.  

Book Babies: I Love You!

Book Babies: I Love You!

Book Babies: I Love You!

“Children love books that reaffirm your love for them. Especially as they grow older and learn to deal with their emotions, it’s important for them to know that you love them, no matter how much they may sometimes misbehave.” – yogibrarian.wordpress.com

Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“Playing with scarves is a simple way to have fun with your little one. It’s also a great way to enhance their development. From building positive sensory-motor skills by feeling the silky texture of a scarf to developing fine motor skills while playing catch, there are endless ways to make use of this common household item. Plus, it’s great one-on-one time with you.”

- www.firstthingsfirst.org

Activity

Find a scarf at home. You can purchase these or make them yourself from lightweight fabric. Then do some of the rhymes and songs listed below with your child. Or visit this website for some more ideas.

Books Presented

To the Moon and Back for You by Emilia Bechrakis Serhant

In this picture book, illustrated by the #1 New York Times bestselling artist of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, families of different shapes, colors, and sizes must cross deserts, navigate rough seasons, and climb mountains–all to find their miracle babies.

I Yoga You by Genevieve Santos

Parents and children learn how to say “I love you” through yoga as they move through their day together in a perfectly mindful way.

Baby's Best Friend by Suzanne Curley

Rhyming text and photographs celebrate the special bond between babies and their puppies.

Peek-a-boo, Me and You by Dubravka Kolanović

A latest entry in the novelty board book series that includes Bedtime, Baby features oversized, sturdy tabs that also function as lift-flaps in a game of peek-a-boo designed to help babies better understand the concept of object permanence.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Flutter, Flutter Butterfly

(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)

Flutter, flutter butterfly,
Floating in the summer sky.
Floating by for all to see.
Floating by so merrily.
Flutter, flutter butterfly.
Floating in the summer sky.

Kdla.ky.gov

 

Peek-a-Boo

(Tune: Frère Jacques)

Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo, (place scarf in
front of your face and pull it away)
I see you! I see you! (place scarf in
front of your face and pull it away)
I see your button nose, and I see your
tiny toes. (touch baby’s nose and toes)
Peek-a-boo, I see you! (place scarf
in front of your face and pull it away)

Where is Baby?

(Tune: Frère Jacques)

Where is baby? Where is baby?
Hold scarf in front of your face.
There he is! There he is!
Remove scarf quickly.
I’m so glad to see you.
I’m so glad to see you.
Peek-a-boo!
Peek-a-boo!

Kdla.ky.gov

Put the Scarf on Your Head

Find the music here:  http://listenlearnmusic.com/2010/01/put-scarf-on-your.html

Put the scarf on your head, like this.
Put the scarf on your head, like that.
Put the scarf on your head,
Whether it’s purple, blue or red.
Oh, put the scarf on your head.

Put the scarf on your shoulder, like this.
Put the scarf on your shoulder, like that.
Put the scarf on your shoulder,
Well, at least it’s not a boulder.
Oh, put the scarf on your shoulder.

Put the scarf on your arm, like this.
Put the scarf on your arm, like that.
Put the scarf on your arm,
‘Cause what’s the harm?
Oh, put the scarf on your arm.

Put the scarf on your lap, like this.
Put the scarf on your lap, like that.
Put the scarf on your lap,
It’s such a snap.
Oh, put the scarf on your lap.

Put the scarf on your knee, like this.
Put the scarf on your knee, like that.
Put the scarf on your knee,
That’s where it ought to be.
Oh, put the scarf on your knee.

Put the scarf on your toes, like this.
Put the scarf on your toes, like that.
Put the scarf on your toes,
Yes, this is where it goes.
Oh, put the scarf on your toes.

Kdla.ky.gov

Additional Books

I Love You by Fiona Byrne

 A great book for close-up time, “I Love You” is perfect for you and your little one to read together. There are pictures of animals with their cute babies to look at, and heart-warming rhymes to share.

Love You, Baby! by Sarah Ward

Illustrations and simple rhyming text explore the love of a parent for his or her young child. On board pages, with die-cut hearts that become progressively smaller as the text advances.

The Complete Baby and Toddler Cookbook by America's Test Kitchen

Being a new parent usually means an overload of information on how to keep your baby healthy and happy. But what information should we trust as parents? America’s Test Kitchen, with their years of expertise and their tried-and-true testing methods, has opened their test kitchens for the first time ever to include the youngest of foodies: babies and toddlers!

The Whole World I Love It by Jade Maitre

How much do I love you? A children’s book about a parent’s love.

More Book Babies

Book Babies: Let’s Go to the Zoo!

You only have to go as far as a book to visit the zoo with your baby or toddler! When you read a book with your child, make animals noises and sing nursery rhymes about the animals you find in your "zoo" book . You can find some of these books and rhymes below.Join us...

Book Babies: Walking, Walking

Learning to walk can be both fun and frustrating for your little one, but there are things you can do to encourage him. Try wrapping a scarf or blanket around your baby's chest and under his arms, then stabilize him with the blankets as he learns to balance himself...

Book Babies: I Love You!

"Children love books that reaffirm your love for them. Especially as they grow older and learn to deal with their emotions, it’s important for them to know that you love them, no matter how much they may sometimes misbehave." - yogibrarian.wordpress.comJoin us live...

Book Babies: Let’s Get Dressed!

Getting dressed is a great opportunity to practice singing, talking, and playing with you child, and you do it every day! It doesn't take a lot of time to add a song, match a shoe, and talk about why we wear clothes. It's also a great way to "see" how your child is...

Book Babies: Happy n’ Sad, Mad n’ Glad

Are you happy? Sad? Glad? Or mad? From the moment they are born, babies and toddlers love looking at faces to see how you are feeling. It helps them to organize their own thoughts and emotions. So have fun with these activities and books with your child as you explore...

Book Babies: Baby Panda Bears

Today come and teach your baby about pandas with these fun books and activities.Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library....

Book Babies: Food

Enjoy these food-themed books, songs, and activities!Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we...

Book Babies: Penguin Fun!

Today come and teach your baby about penguins with these fun books and activities.Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library....

Book Babies: Bouncin’ Up and Down in Santa’s Sled

Happy holidays! This week in Book Babies we did Christmas-themed books and activities.Join us live Wednesdays at 9:45 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library....

Book Babies: Turkeys!

Turkeys, feathers, and family hugs! These things can be enjoyed anytime of the year, but we love them around Thanksgiving. Try counting feathers with your child, look at the colors, and see how many hugs you can give away this week.Join us live Wednesdays at 9:45 AM ...

March Mother Daughter Book Club

March Mother Daughter Book Club

March Mother Daughter Book Club

Hello Mother Daughter Book Club friends! Welcome to our American Girls discussion page. For our March 4, 2021 meeting, we will highlight our library’s incredible collection of American Girl books, and you can help us! Here’s what you need to do:
1. Check out an American Girl book. You can find them in our catalog here.

2. Read the book together.

3. Create costumes for yourselves in the time period of the American Girl book you chose. (This is totally fun, but also totally optional.)
4. Find a “companion” book that takes place in the same time period as your American Girl book or explains something that your main character likes so you can share it with our book club.
5. Come to our Mother Daughter Book Club meeting on Thursday, March 4 @ 6:30- 7:30 p.m. in your costume for an American Girl fashion show! We will all get to tell each other about the book we chose.
*We will hand out a Take ‘n Go craft at the meeting.

On our Facebook event page, you can talk with other MDBC members, and if any of you want to get together, read the same book, and do your “fashion” show together, you can connect to do planning here. You can also post thoughts about your book.

March Kid and Tween Programs

You won't want to miss our March Kid and Tween STEAM activities! Starting Tuesday, March 9th, you can come pick up our paper towel experiment kits at the front desk. Our bottle experiments will be available a couple weeks later on the 23rd. Hello Mother Daughter Book...

On the Same Page: Regency Ball and Concert

Regency Ball and Concert Friday, February 26, Via YouTube If you just finished learning the dance steps, we know you’ll want to try them out. Have an intimate ball in your living room as our trio plays tunes from the era. If you’re not a dancer, think of it as a cozy...

Kid and Tween STEAM: STEAM Magic

Combine science and magic in these four simple STEAM activities! Things you will need include: pen or pencil scissors two cups about 30 coins or glass stones of at least two different colors (with at least one penny) a sheet of paper an index card  

March Mother Daughter Book Club

Hello Mother Daughter Book Club friends! Welcome to our American Girls discussion page. For our March 4, 2021 meeting, we will highlight our library's incredible collection of American Girl books, and you can help us! Here's what you need to do: 1. Check out an...

On the Same Page: Regency Dance Lesson

Regency Dance Lesson Friday, February 26, Via YouTube Join us to learn steps to some basic dances of the time period. It will be helpful to have a small group working together. Four would be ideal, but we know you can figure things out with fewer if necessary. Watch...

On the Same Page: A Good Long Walk

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On the Same Page: Selfie Scavenger Hunt

This February, be on the lookout for things that tie in to our On the Same Page book Persuasion. See if you can get a photo of each of the following items. So that we’ll know it wasn’t something you just Google searched, we want to see you in the picture as well!...

Kid and Tween STEAM: Cardboard Constructions

Try this cardboard square construction challenge! Things you will need include: about 15 squares of cardboard (we did 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") scissors

How Jane Austen Rewrote Romance with Professor Jacqueline Harris

Join BYU-Idaho English Professor Jacqueline Harris as she answers questions and helps us understand how Austen's Persuasion differs from her other novels, what she changed about the heroine, and the original discarded ending. Watch the presentation.

February Books for Boys

This month we will be reading Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan. We will meet via Zoom. For boys ages 8-11 and accompanying adult. It's a party about a book! Play games, make a cool craft, and eat a tasty snack.

Story Time: Friends!

Story Time: Friends!

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child “how” to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don’t forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you will great links, songs, videos, and books about friends. And remember… your child will always find a friend in the library!

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Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“Research shows that establishing friendships is an important developmental goal for children under the age of seven. Friendships developed during the preschool and early school years give children valuable contexts in which to learn and practice skills related to social, cognitive, communicative, and emotional development.”

- Exchangefamilycenter.org

Activity

Print off the “How to Play with Friends” game circles at https://www.powerfulmothering.com/how-to-play-with-friends-a-preschoolers-visual-guide-and-game/. Then play Charades with your child taking turns acting out the activity on the game circle. Take time to talk about why that activity is good for playing with friends. You can also read a book about friendship and talk about how to be a good friend.

Books Presented

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences.

Join In and Play by Cheri Meiners

It is fun to make friends and play with others, but it is not always easy to do. You have to make an effort, and you have to know the rules, like ask before joining in, take turns, play fair, and be a good sport. In simple words and real life illustrations, this book teaches the basics of cooperation, getting along, making friends, and being a friend.

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

Gerald the elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends.

Big Friends by Linda Sarah

Best friends Etho and Birt love going up Sudden Hill and sitting in simple cardboard boxes imagining they are kings, soldiers, astronauts, or pirates until Shu asks to join them, and their “two-by-two rhythm” is disturbed.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Sesame Street: Be a Good Friend (with Gwen Stefani)

If You’re Friendly and You Know It

(Tune: If you’re happy and you know it)
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re friendly and you know it,
then you really want to show it,
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands!

– Literaryhoots.com

Make a Heart

I put my hands together, (hands together like praying)
This is how I start
I curve my fingers right around, (curl fingertips)
And I can make a heart!
 
– Veronastorytime.com

F-R-I-E-N-D

(Tune: There Was a Farmer Who Had a Dog)
___(name)__ is so very __(positive attribute)__.
And she/he is our good friend.
F-R-I, E-N-D, F-R-I, E-N-D,
F-R-I, E-N-D
And she/he is our good friend.

Adapted from childhood

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Pick up these friend story time kits today.

Additional Books

A Friend Like You by Andrea Schomburg

Squirrel and Bird are very different, but willing to try new things–and they’re the best of friends.

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind.

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

Bear and his friends persuade a bashful owl to play with them.

The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable–he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

More Story Times

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Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

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Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

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Story Time: Pandas!

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Story Time: Pizza!

We explored Pizza Pie Cafe this week and learned more about this tasty dish.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Naming and categorizing things can be fun for children of all ages. Help children make sense...

Story Time: Penguins with Sharee Barton

Today we learned about penguins with National Geographic educator Sharee Barton! Check out our books, songs, and activities below. Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip We often build our on our children's...

Story Time: “P” is for Purple

"P" is for purple! Start off the new year with some fun purple-themed books.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Sharing books that talk about how characters behave in various kinds of relationships can...

Story Time: Mele Kalikimaka

Did you know that Mele Kalikimaka is how they say, "Merry Christmas" in Hawaii? It looks like Santa went to Hawaii for a quick vacation before the holidays. Check out some of these books about Hawaii and take a "book" vacation with Santa!Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30...

Book Babies: Let’s Get Dressed!

Book Babies: Let’s Get Dressed!

Book Babies: Let’s Get Dressed!

Getting dressed is a great opportunity to practice singing, talking, and playing with you child, and you do it every day! It doesn’t take a lot of time to add a song, match a shoe, and talk about why we wear clothes. It’s also a great way to “see” how your child is feeling from the clothes they choose to wear.

Join us live Wednesdays at 10:00 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Even though babies will not actually understand number words and concepts, rhymes with numbers prepare them for the idea of numbers and for counting by rote or imitation. Later they will connect the concept to the words.

- Lambert

Activity

Recite and play “Old Shoes, New Shoes” with your child by gathering shoes into a pile, then have them pick one, pair it to its match, and then sing the song together.

Books Presented

Get Dressed, Sasquatch! by Kyle Sullivan and Derek Sullivan

In the Pacific Northwest, the trees are always green, the eagles are always stern and Sasquatch is always, well, naked. But what happens when a rule-touting ranger shows up to ask Sasquatch to put some clothes on? Find out in this story of mountainous fun and evergreen hilarity.

Nita's First Signs by Kathy MacMillan

Nita communicates with her parents in sign language to ask for snacks, play ball, and express love.

Let's Dance, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton

A rhyming text about learning to dance is illustrated with Boynton’s familiar pig characters.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Baby Put Your Pants On

(Tune: Mama’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ Bread)

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on,
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3.

Repeat with other articles of clothing (socks or tights, shoes, etc.)

Now that we’re dressed, now that we’re dressed,
Now that we’re dressed, let’s go outside and play.

Now that we’re dressed, now that we’re dressed,
Now that we’re dressed, we’ll have a great day.

– Adapted from Youthscope.wordpress.com

 

Charlie Chaplain Went to France

(use when changing diapers, with baby laying on back, move feet to rhythm)
Charlie Chaplin went to France
To teach the ladies how to dance.
First he did the rumba, rumba, rumba
Then he did the kicks, the kicks, the kicks
Then he did the samba, the samba, the samba,
Then he did the splits, the splits, the splits.

– Youthscope.wordpress.com

 

Old Shoes, New Shoes

Old shoes, new shoes,
(Child) is wearing (description) shoes
One, two, three, four,
Now I tap them on the floor!

– Youthscope.wordpress.com

 

Additional Books

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

Lamby Lamb by Christopher Raschka

The narrator uses reverse psychology to get a young sheep dressed.

Touch and Feel Winter by Scholastic Inc

Offers textured images of things related to winter, including warm clothes, reindeer, and hot chocolate.

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