Storytime: Hugs!

Storytime: Hugs!

Storytime: Hugs!

“You never forget the first time you hug your child. Holding them in your arms and feeling the warmth of their body is a wonderful experience. There’s nothing like it! But did you know there are scientific benefits besides feeling all warm and fuzzy? It’s true.” To discover the science behind hugging and some great activities, click here.

Join us Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Using books and stories to help children think of their own solutions to problems helps them develop develop problem solving skills. Researchers have found that having ideas for tackling problems helps children in learning new tasks and handling social situations.

Activity

Find a book that revolves around a problem-solving situation to read with your child such as Karma Wilson’s, “Bear’s New Friend.” Introduce the book by setting up the problem. Then, when you approach the problem, ask your child what she might do to solve the situation. You can also read through the whole book and go back to the problem.

Books Presented

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spiky or soft.

Hug by Jez Alborough

Bobo the chimp seeks hugs among various jungle animals and their young, but he does not get what he wants until he is reunited with his own parent.

 

Don't Hug Doug (He Doesn't Like It) by Carrie Finison

Doug doesn’t like hugs. He thinks hugs are too squeezy, too squashy, too squooshy, too smooshy. He doesn’t like hello hugs or goodbye hugs, game-winning home run hugs or dropped ice cream cone hugs, and he definitely doesn’t like birthday hugs. He’d much rather give a high five—or a low five, a side five, a double five, or a spinny five. Yup, some people love hugs; other people don’t. So how can you tell if someone likes hugs or not? There’s only one way to find out: Ask! Because everybody gets to decide for themselves whether they want a hug or not.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Looking for a Hug!

I’m looking for something warm and snug,
You open your arms and give a great big _______________!
Bug?
Rug?
Slug?
Mug?
Doug?
(Pull out each goofy answer from the magic hat until you give the right one! (a great big HUG).

I Can Hug

I can hug, hug, hug
I can hop, hop, hop
I can kiss, kiss, kiss
I can stop, stop, stop
I can nod my head for yes,
And I can shake my head no,
And I can sit down very slow.

I Have a Little Heart

I have a little heart (place hand over heart])
It goes thump, thump, thump (pat chest 3X)
It beats even faster when I jump, jump, jump (jump 3X)
I get a special feeling when I look at you (point to eyes, then audience)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two! (Hug yourself)

Crafts and Activities

Tigger and Winnie the Pooh love hugs!

A hugging craft ♥

Additional Books

One Hug by Katrina Moore

 A young boy discovers many different kinds of hugs and ways to show love as family members and friends gather to welcome his immigrant relatives from China.

If You're Groovy and You Know It, Hug a Friend! by Eric Litwin

Set to the rhythm of the classic children’s song, Groovy Joe invites the reader to laugh, sing, explore, and best of all, hug a friend.

Hug? by Charlene Chua

How many hugs is too many? This girl’s had enough! This humorous picture book explores compassion and the importance of setting boundaries. After coughing up a hairball, a girl’s cat doesn’t feel well. So the girl offers to give her cat a hug, which makes the cat — and the girl — feel better. More and more animals ask for hugs… How much more of this can she take? The story shows how important hugs can be to our happiness — even the most unlikely of creatures sometimes need one! — but that doesn’t mean they’re always welcome.

I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey

A tiny porcupine just wants a cuddle. All of the other animals turn him away because of his prickly spikes. But finally the porcupine meets an animal who’s happy to hug — a snake! 

More Story Times

Storytime: Hugs!

"You never forget the first time you hug your child. Holding them in your arms and feeling the warmth of their body is a wonderful experience. There’s nothing like it! But did you know there are scientific benefits besides feeling all warm and fuzzy? It’s true." To...

Storytime: Hats

Let's learn about the letter "H"! There's hopping, horses, happy, hands, and... HATS! Hats are not only great for pretend play, they also have a purpose such as protection, like a bicycle helmet, or shade, like a sun visor. Some people wear hats for their job like a...

Storytime: Tiger Tales

"The wonderful thing about Tiggers... Is Tiggers are wonderful things!" Of course they are! Especially TIGERS. This week in Story Time we learned that tigers have patterns in their fur, live on the other side of the world in Asia, and and have very large paws. Try...

Storytime: Trains

Chugg chugg! Choo, choo! Off we go! Hop aboard a terrific train with these books, songs, and activities. Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When your children have...

Storytime: Tools

"T" is for tools! Explore the world of tools and construction with your child using these books and activities. You can also talk with your child about what a tool is... an object that that is used, especially in your hand, to do or make something. Then try making...

SEPTEMBER Kid and Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK! Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back! Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:September 7th: Raya and the Last DragonSeptember 14th: Peter RabbitSeptember 21st: Spirit: UntamedSeptember...

Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky - it's a bird!Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help...

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

When you talk with your child about the water, it's also fun to show them concept terms of "over" and "under." Ask them what lives over the water... like ducks and other water fowl. Then ask them what lives under the water... perhaps fish and tadpoles. Finally, it's...

Storytime: Forest Friends

"Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!" Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the...

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil,...

OCTOBER Kids + Tweens Activities

OCTOBER Kids + Tweens Activities

OCTOBER Kids + Tweens Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK!

Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back!

Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room.

SCHEDULE:
October 5th: Boss Baby: Family Business
October 12th: Scooby-Doo: Straight Outta Nowhere
October 19th: Space Jam: A New Legacy
October 26th: Hocus Pocus

Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.

 

 

BOOKS FOR BOYS BOOK CLUB

The book for October is Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker. Follow the tale of two young fox kits trying to survive the perils of the wild.

Thursday October 14th at 6:30pm in the Community Room.

Boys 8-11 with accompanying adult.

 

 

 

 MOTHER DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB

The book for October is The Frog Princess by ED Barker. What happens when a princess kisses a frog and turns into one herself? 

Thursday October 28th at 6:30pm in the Community Room.

 

 

 

 

 KID + TWEEN STEAM KITS

For ages 6-11. Every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
Pick up at the Front Circulation Desk.

October 4th: Blubber Bag
October 18th: Catapult!

 

 

 

 

GAME AND CHESS CLUB

Every Monday in the Community Room, 4:30-5:30pm.

Learn the art of Chess and other games with the master of fun and strategy, Nick Allison. Game supplies will be provided.

For ages 9-18.

 

 MAKE IT @ YOUR LIBRARY – CARDBOAD DAY!

What can you make with a carboard box? A cat? A castle? Or perhaps you’ve got you mind set on something huge and incredible like a dragon!!! What ever your imagination inspires, we’ve got the tools, and some you can keep, too! So come one and all for our cardboard challenge day!  

Saturday, October 23rd 11am-3pm
For ALL ages

 

 

 

 STORYTIME – LIVE IN COMMUNITY ROOM

STORYTIME – New day added!
Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays at 10:30am
Tuesdays at 6:30pm

TODDLER TIME –time change 
Mondays & Tuesdays at 9:30am

BOOK BABIES – time change
Wednesdays at 9:30am

Take n’ Go Kits will be available during Storytime. Any extras will be distributed at the end of the week at the Children’s Reference Desk.

 

 

 

October TEEN Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB   It's Halloween month so we're doing an Anime Cosplay! Dress up in a cosplay, watch some Anime, and enjoy treats with our Anime Club! Wednesday, October 13th, from 4:30-5:30pm in the Community Room. For ages 12-18. Masks encouraged but not required....

OCTOBER Kids + Tweens Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK! Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back! Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:October 5th: Boss Baby: Family BusinessOctober 12th: Scooby-Doo: Straight Outta NowhereOctober 19th: Space...

Kid + Tween STEAM: Blubber Bag & Bird Feeder

Our first Take N' Go STEAM kit for October is learning how creatures survive and thrive in cold climates. The kit comes with a super cool BLUBBER BAG, plus supplies to make a bird feeder. You will need: Crisco (from the Blubber Bag)  Pine cone String Sunflower seeds...

SEPTEMBER 09 – 15th Teen Activities

TEEN CRAFT - STICKY NOTE ART   Use your creativity to make STICKY NOTE art!  Available starting September 9th. Pick up at the Front Circulation Desk.  For ages 12-18.   YOUNG LEAGUE OF WRITERS We will be discussing what a trope is as well as how to use them...

September Kids + Tween STEAM Craft

Find out why cats' eyes glow with this craft! Materials needed: Clean can Scissors 4x4 black trash bag piece Rubber band Flashlight

SEPTEMBER Kid and Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK! Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back! Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:September 7th: Raya and the Last DragonSeptember 14th: Peter RabbitSeptember 21st: Spirit: UntamedSeptember...

SEPTEMBER Adult Activities

September Adult Book Club The Library Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, September 16th, at 6:30pm in the Community Room. There has been a change of book; the book for September is Sold by Patricia McCormick. Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her...

AUGUST Adult Activities

NO AUGUST ACTIVITIES Enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you at activities in September!    EXPLORATION KITS The Adult Exploration Kits are back on the shelves! Each kit is built to take you on a journey of learning. There are a myriad of subjects to...

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Make a cute little animal from pipe cleaners and beads. The kit includes beads...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Hats, hats, and more hats! Did you know that learning to put on and take off a hat is one of the developmental milestones for a baby? In addition, getting dressed and undressed can be a learning experience , too. Try some of these songs, rhymes, and activities to turn an everyday activity into fun activity with your child.

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

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
When you read a book with your child, running your finger under the printed words helps her to know that it is the text you are reading, not the pictures. Did you know that without our guidance, 4- year- old children will give 95 percent of their visual attention to the pictures?

- Lambert

Activity

Read “Hats are not for Cats” by Jacqueline Rayner or another book with your child, and run your finger under the title as you read the words. If the book has a repeated phrase, run your finger under those words as well. Encourage your child to say the repeated phrase while pointing at each word as he says it. Then encourage him to point at the words.

Books Presented

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

These catchy stanzas frolic through the Australian author Sue Williams’s simple, funny read-aloud picture book that tracks a crazy-haired boy’s stroll through the countryside. The boy sees a black cat, then a brown horse, then a red cow, and so on, and before he knows it, he’s being trailed by the entire menagerie!

Who's Wearing a Hat? an Usborne baby book

Who’s wearing a hat? Is it the orange cat? Lots to look at and talk about in this colorful new title from Usborne. Babies will marvel at the colorful pictures and the fun rhyming questions and will share a delightful moment or two with their parents with this enjoyable new series. Do cows sing? Do cows coo? All I know is cows go–moo! Lift the flaps to find lots more barnyard animal sounds!

Pop-Up Peekaboo: Meow! by DK Publishing

A fun pop-up book!

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Giddyap, Giddyap

Giddyap, giddyap, ride to town
Giddyap, giddyap, up and down.
Giddyap fast
Giddyap slow
Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap, WHOA! 

Clipity-Clop

Horsey, Horsey don’t you stop, just let your feet go clippety-clop.
(clap/bounce in rhythm)
Your tail goes swish,
(slide palms together)
And the wheels go round,
(roll hands)
Giddy-up we’re homeward bound!
(clap/bounce in rhythm)

Silly Hat Song

Tune to This Old Man

On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
[Repeat using foot, elbow and knee]

These Are Grandma’s Glasses

These are Grandma’s glasses
This is Grandma’s hat
This is the way she folds her hands
And lays them in her lap
Here are Grandpa’s glasses
And here is Grandpa’s hat
And here’s the way he folds his arms
And takes a little nap

Baby Put Your Pants On

Tune of Shor’nin Bread

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
(move baby’s legs)
Baby put your pants on, one, two, three
(gently poke baby’s belly)
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, one, two, three

Leg to the left, leg to the right
(move legs)
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them up tight
Leg to the left, leg to the right
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them up tight

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, one, two, three

As I Was Walking to Town One Day

As I went walking to town one day
I met an elephant on the way
And what do you think that elephant did say?
(trumpet like an elephant!)
But I kept walking!
Choose other animals to keep the song going!

Crafts and Activities

Make an adorable SPIDER HAT with your little one!

More Book Babies

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Hats!

Hats, hats, and more hats! Did you know that learning to put on and take off a hat is one of the developmental milestones for a baby? In addition, getting dressed and undressed can be a learning experience , too. Try some of these songs, rhymes, and activities to turn...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Cats

Meow - cats and kittens!Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Trains

Children find trains fascinating. It could be its speed and motion as it moves on the track. Or perhaps it's the unique sounds that it makes as it passes by. What ever it is, trains wake up excitement, curiosity, and creativity in a child's mind. So, with plenty of...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Construction Site

Having fun and learning in the construction zone!Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months Welcome SongsHere We Are Together Here we are together, together,...

SEPTEMBER Kid and Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK! Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back! Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:September 7th: Raya and the Last DragonSeptember 14th: Peter RabbitSeptember 21st: Spirit: UntamedSeptember...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Bird Tails

Cheep, cheep! Tweet, tweet! Quack, quack! Oh, how babies love the sounds of our feathered friends. Help your child explore the world of birds with the following activities.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Tuesday @...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Frog and Toad Tails

Ribbit, ribbit... HOP! Enjoy learning about tiny tadpoles to big frogs with these books and songs. Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10 months Toddler Time: Tuesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 11 - 23 months  Welcome SongsHere We Are...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Pig Tails!

Many of us can remember, "This little piggie went to market, this little piggie stayed home..." Try expanding your "piggie repertoire" for your little one with these books, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays.Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:45am in Community Room Ages 0 - 10...

Book Babies + Toddler Time: Rabbits & Bunnies

Whether bouncing like a bunny or hopping like a rabbit, toddlers and babies love these fluffy animals. Try reading some of the books below or doing the activities with your child for a fun-filled learning time about bunnies & rabbits. Book Babies: Wednesday @...

Book Babies/Toddler Time: Old McDonald’s Farm

What does a cow say? Mooo! Animal sounds are a precursor to speech development and are easy sounds for a baby to form. So, have fun with those farm animals and watch your baby's eyes light up when you quack like a duck or neigh like a horse!Book Babies: Wednesday @...

Storytime: Hats

Storytime: Hats

Storytime: Hats

Let’s learn about the letter “H”! There’s hopping, horses, happy, hands, and… HATS! Hats are not only great for pretend play, they also have a purpose such as protection, like a bicycle helmet, or shade, like a sun visor. Some people wear hats for their job like a police officer or a construction worker. Others wear hats for fashion! So, grab some hats with your child and have fun pretending and learning about the part of clothing that’s totally on top!

Join us Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

When you read a book with your child, running your finger under the printed words helps her to know that it is the text you are reading, not the pictures. Did you know that without our guidance, 4- year- old children will give 95 percent of their visual attention to the pictures?

- Lambert

Activity

Read “Hats are Not for Cats” by Jacqueline Rayner or another book with your child, and run your finger under the title as you read the words. If the book has a repeated phrase, run your finger under those words as well. Encourage your child to say the repeated phrase while pointing at each word as he says it. Then encourage him to point at the words.

Books Presented

Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza

When a squirrel uses his red hat to mark the spot where he buried an acorn, he sets off a chain of events involving other creatures, each of which finds an unusual use for the chapeau.

Hats Are Not For Cats by Jacqueline K Rayner

A patronizing, plaid-hat-wearing dog informs a cat that hats are only for dogs but the cat, joined by others, dons a wide assortment of hats proving, at last, that hats are for everyone.

 

This is Not My Hate by Jon Klassen

A little fish thinks he can get away with stealing a hat.

Do You Believe in Unicorns? by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Is that a horse wearing a hat, or is it a unicorn in disguise? It all depends on how you look at it in this charming story about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

 

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Silly Hat Song
Tune to “This Old Man”

On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?

These Are Grandma’s Glasses

These are Grandma’s glasses
This is Grandma’s hat
This is the way she folds her hands
And lays them in her lap
Here are Grandpa’s glasses
And here is Grandpa’s hat
And here’s the way he folds his arms
And takes a little nap

Crafts and Activities

Make a fun hat!

Additional Books

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Two turtles find a hat that looks good on both of them, but, with fairness in mind, they decide to leave it be, until night falls and one of the turtles changes its mind.

I Had a Favorite Hat by Boni Ashburn

At the end of summer, a girl’s mother wants to put away her favorite beach hat but the girl asks to keep it out, then decorates it for each holiday and season from autumn through spring.

Hats Off to You! by Karen Beaumont

Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn, and Claire are busy trying on different hats, uncertain which ones to wear to the street fair.

Whose Hat is This? by Sharon Katz Cooper

Put on your thinking cap and guess whose hat is whose. There are hard hats and soft hats, square hats and round hats. There are even very tall hats. Some workers wear special hats to help them do their jobs. Can you guess whose hat is whose? Learn all about the different hats worn by construction workers, police officers, firefighters, and more.

More Story Times

Storytime: Hugs!

"You never forget the first time you hug your child. Holding them in your arms and feeling the warmth of their body is a wonderful experience. There’s nothing like it! But did you know there are scientific benefits besides feeling all warm and fuzzy? It’s true." To...

Storytime: Hats

Let's learn about the letter "H"! There's hopping, horses, happy, hands, and... HATS! Hats are not only great for pretend play, they also have a purpose such as protection, like a bicycle helmet, or shade, like a sun visor. Some people wear hats for their job like a...

Storytime: Tiger Tales

"The wonderful thing about Tiggers... Is Tiggers are wonderful things!" Of course they are! Especially TIGERS. This week in Story Time we learned that tigers have patterns in their fur, live on the other side of the world in Asia, and and have very large paws. Try...

Storytime: Trains

Chugg chugg! Choo, choo! Off we go! Hop aboard a terrific train with these books, songs, and activities. Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When your children have...

Storytime: Tools

"T" is for tools! Explore the world of tools and construction with your child using these books and activities. You can also talk with your child about what a tool is... an object that that is used, especially in your hand, to do or make something. Then try making...

SEPTEMBER Kid and Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS ARE BACK! Madison Library District is bringing FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHT back! Every Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:September 7th: Raya and the Last DragonSeptember 14th: Peter RabbitSeptember 21st: Spirit: UntamedSeptember...

Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky - it's a bird!Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help...

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

When you talk with your child about the water, it's also fun to show them concept terms of "over" and "under." Ask them what lives over the water... like ducks and other water fowl. Then ask them what lives under the water... perhaps fish and tadpoles. Finally, it's...

Storytime: Forest Friends

"Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!" Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the...

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil,...

Kid + Tween STEAM: Blubber Bag & Bird Feeder

Kid + Tween STEAM: Blubber Bag & Bird Feeder

Our first Take N’ Go STEAM kit for October is learning how creatures survive and thrive in cold climates. The kit comes with a super cool BLUBBER BAG, plus supplies to make a bird feeder.

You will need:

  • Crisco (from the Blubber Bag) 
  • Pine cone
  • String
  • Sunflower seeds (or any seeds approved for bird feed)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: paper towels for cleanup 

Kid + Tween STEAM: Blubber Bag & Bird Feeder

Our first Take N' Go STEAM kit for October is learning how creatures survive and thrive in cold climates. The kit comes with a super cool BLUBBER BAG, plus supplies to make a bird feeder. You will need: Crisco (from the Blubber Bag)  Pine cone String Sunflower seeds...

September Kids + Tween STEAM Craft

Find out why cats' eyes glow with this craft! Materials needed: Clean can Scissors 4x4 black trash bag piece Rubber band Flashlight

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Make a cute little animal from pipe cleaners and beads. The kit includes beads...

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Let's have some fun with soap and a microwave! What happens to an ordinary piece...

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!It's the Circle of Life... Use the supplies in the kit to learn about nature's...

JULY Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Final month of Summer Reading - last day to sign-up is July 24th and program ends July 31st.  Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The...

Summer STEM: Outdoor Art

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!How tall is a giraffe? Find out with the Outdoor Kit! Have even more fun creating...

Summer STEM: Binary Code Animals

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program was made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Learn about binary with these code art animals! Things you will need include:...

June Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Saturday, June 26 from 12-4 PM in the Community Room Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The possibilities are endless! You won't want to miss our...

Storytime: Tiger Tales

Storytime: Tiger Tales

Storytime: Tiger Tales

“The wonderful thing about Tiggers… Is Tiggers are wonderful things!” Of course they are! Especially TIGERS. This week in Story Time we learned that tigers have patterns in their fur, live on the other side of the world in Asia, and and have very large paws. Try reading some of these books and singing the rhymes together. Then, in the words of the adorable Tigger, you and your child can, “Consider yourself pounced!”

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Have your preschooler tell you the story. By age 5, children can sit still for longer books and can create their own stories based on the pictures.

Activity

After reading a book with your preschooler, ask him to tell you the basic plot of the book or make up stories based on what he sees on each page. You can also pretend play the story and act it out with one another.

Books Presented

Tigers by Kate Riggs

A kindergarten-level introduction to tigers, covering their growth process, behaviors, the habitats they call home, and such defining physical features as their striped fur.

Who is the Beast? by Keith Baker

 A tiger is confused by jungle animals fleeing from a beast until he discovers he is the beast they are fleeing from.

 

Oh No! by Candace Fleming

 A series of animals falls into a deep hole, only to be saved at last by a very large rescuer.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Are you bored with being so proper? Do you want to have more fun? Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild. But does he go too far? Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature. From Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown comes a story that shows there’s a time and place for everything…even going wild.

 

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Little Tigers

Five little tigers out for a stroll
One tripped on a rock and started to… ROLL.
She bounced down a hill and landed with a flop.
How many tigers are left walking through the swamp?
(count down until there are no more tigers)

The Jungle Song
Tune to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

Tiger, tiger, orange and black,
He’s got stripes upon his back.
When he growls, sharp teeth I see.
He’s as scary as can be!
Tiger, tiger, orange and black,
He’s got stripes upon his back.

The Tiger
Tune to “Frere Jacques”

Orange and black, great big cat
(hold hands wide to side)
Four big paws (hold up hands)
Long sharp and claws (curve fingers like claws)
Through the jungle running (pretend to run)
Do you see her coming? (shade eyes)
What a sight! Will she bite? (clap hands)

I’m a Little Tiger
Tune to “I’m a Little Teapot”

I’m a little tiger in the jungle.
Here are my stripes.
Here is my tail.
When I get excited you will see
Just how loud that I can growl.

Crafts and Activities

Tiger Coloring Page

Paper plate tiger craft!

Additional Books

A Tiger Like Me by Michael Engler

A little boy—um, no, a tiger!—tells us all about what he gets up to on an ordinary day: how he wakes up in his tiger den, what he eats for breakfast at his feeding spot, and how little tigers feel when they are wide awake, hungry, thirsty, or in the mood for adventures. But at night, even the wildest of tigers is happy to curl up in bed with Tiger-Mom and Tiger-Dad and become a cuddly little tiger cub.

I Am a Tiger by Karl Newson

Despite the evidence, Mouse insists that he is a tiger–or maybe a crocodile.

Tiger Cubs by Ruth Owen

Young readers will learn about what some people consider to be the most beautiful wild cats in the worldSiberian tigers. Born in the bitter cold of Siberia in a safe hideaway of tall bushes or rocks, the cute little cubs of this species are well cared for by their mothers. They cuddle, lick, and nurse their babies and keep them safe. Through gorgeous pictures and simple text, readers will see how the babies learn all about hunting and living on their own in this coming-of-age introduction to tiger cubs.

Under My Bed

There’s a tiger under the bed! Luckily Mum knows just what to do…

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