Silly Sidewalk Obstacle Course!

Silly Sidewalk Obstacle Course!

Silly Sidewalk Obstacle Course

Come see our sidewalk obstacle course outside the library from September 19 – October 3.

Upcoming October Teen Crafts: Ghost Rockets and Baby Yoda

Check out our October teen 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. Ghost Rockets - available starting October 1 We'll launch Alka-Seltzer rockets...

Kid and Tween STEAM – Infinity Cubes

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Book Babies – Birthday Box

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Story Time – Boxes

Story Time Boxes What's inside your magic box? Today in preschool story time we learned that "box" starts with the letter "B." Did you know that in 2006, the cardboard box was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame? That's because, when you use your imagination, a box can...

Teen Coding Craft

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Teen Yarn Craft

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Upcoming September 2020 Bibliomaniacs

September 2020 Madison BiblioManiacs Join us Monday, September 28, 4 PM via Zoom and talk about the books you're reading. Email Gina at gina.m@madisonlib.org for an invite.

September Adult Makers

September Adult Makers Market Bags Join us by watching the video below to make your market bag!

September Teen Dungeons and Dragons

September  Teen Dungeons and Dragons Teen Dungeons and Dragons on Wednesday, Sept 23 at 4pm! In this classic role-playing game, you create your character, choose how they interact with the story, and use dice to decide the outcomes of your actions. This event is open...

September Book Bingo

September Book Bingo Crayons It's book bingo! We have bingo pages available at the library. This month's theme is "Crayons." Read enough books that fit the challenges on the bingo paper to get a bingo, bring in your completed card, and get a prize. There is a bingo...

Wings of Fire Photo Scavenger Hunt

Wings of Fire Photo Scavenger Hunt

Tween Book Club

Wings of Fire Photo Scavenger Hunt

In preparation for our Wings of Fire book club discussion next month, we’ve hidden dragon eggs around Rexburg! Travel to each of the locations shown in the Google form below and search out the hidden eggs.

Once you find an egg, take a photo with it before putting it back where you found it for the next group. Email your photos to gina.m@madisonlib.org.

Kid and Tween STEAM – Infinity Cubes

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September Book Bingo

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Silly Sidewalk Obstacle Course!

Silly Sidewalk Obstacle Course Come see our sidewalk obstacle course outside the library from September 19 - October 3.

Wings of Fire Photo Scavenger Hunt

Tween Book Club Wings of Fire Photo Scavenger Hunt In preparation for our Wings of Fire book club discussion next month, we've hidden dragon eggs around Rexburg! Travel to each of the locations shown in the Google form below and search out the hidden eggs. Once you...

Kid and Tween STEAM – Holoprojector

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Upcoming Tween Book Club Kick-Off

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Upcoming Kid and Tween STEAM Activities in September

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Summer STEM – Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light – Lava Lamps

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Grab Lab – Hansel and Gretel’s Compass

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Story Time – May 19, 2020

Story Time – May 19, 2020

Story Time – May 19, 2020

Story Time – May 19, 2020

10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

In our storytime trip around the world, Cody is lost in the city!

Or is he? Can you help us find him? Make sure you fill out your passport and come along to the city. What will you find in the city? Find out in the following books and activities below.

Parent tip: when watching a read-aloud video with your children, try muting the volume and reading the story with your child.

​For the last few weeks in online storytime, we visited four different biomes around the world. Today is the final location we will visit. We have included a link to print off a passport so the children can keep a record of all the places we visited.

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

Helping children hear the smaller sounds in words, the syllables, by clapping them out is one way to develop the phonological awareness. Children can hear syllables more easily than each individual sound in words.

~ Lambert

Activity

Play this model and mock game with your child’s name or with a word that might be new to them or a challenge to say.

1) Super duper 1, 2, 3. Can you say this word with me?

2) Super duper 1, 2, 3. Can you clap this word with me?

3) Super duper 1, 2, 3. Can you snap this word with me?

4) Super duper 1, 2, 3. Can you tap this word with me?

5) Now let’s say it!

Books Presented

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
by Alice Schertle

The big city sure is a speedy, noisy place for a country truck like Blue. With everyone pushing to be first, soon there’s a giant traffic jam! But even a wrangle-tangle is no match for Little Blue Truck, who comes to the rescue in true Blue style.

The Wheels on the… Uh-Oh!
by Sue Tarsky

This bus is in trouble―it won’t be going through the town without a good mechanic! Can everyone work together to get the bus moving again?

Subway
by Anastasia Suen

Come along for the ride as a little girl and her mother hop on the subway. From spinning turnstiles and musicians performing on the platforms to people hopping off and on and lights flashing past in the tunnels, the sights and sounds of the subway have an energy all their own.

Little Elliot, Big City
by Mike Curato

Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds, and bigger buildings, Little Elliot, the polka-dotted elephant, leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy―like his friend Mouse.

Find it in our Catalog

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Driving ‘Round

Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Driving round in my little red car
Zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom!

-https://storytimekatie.com/2014/04/24/cities/

London Bridge is Falling Down

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady

Build it up with silver and gold
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Build it up with silver and gold
My fair lady

– Traditional

Five Little Houses

One little house all alone it stood
Then another was built
There grows the neighborhood.
Two little houses…
Three little houses…
Four little houses…
Five little houses
All together they stood
On a beautiful street in a happy neighborhood.

-Jbrary.com

A Hippopotamus Got on a City Bus

A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got on, got on, got on a city bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“You’re squishing us!” (hug baby)
A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on a city bus
and all, and all, and all the people said,
“Baaaack up!”
A cow, a cow, a cow got on a bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“Mooooove over!”

– Jlibrary.com

The Wheels on the Bus in London

Kiddiestv

The Elevator Song

Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
on a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we go out the door.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
and we turn around.

– Jbrary

 

Craft Activities

Print out this Times Square coloring page or color online.

Create simple and colorful popsicle stick cars to decorate and play with!

Create and decorate a stackable city using toilet paper rolls.

From

A Very Busy Day by Book Dash

Story Time – May 19, 2020

Story Time – April 7, 2020

Story Time – April 7, 2020

Story Time – April 7, 2020

10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

This week, we had fun with our family!

We listened to books, sang songs, learned a fingerplay about the members in our family, and saw how to make a My Hand Family Tree with things you might have at home! Below you will find not only the books presented, but links to other online books that you can share with each other. For the “read along” book videos, try muting the volume and reading the text with your child.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, now would be a good time to sit down with your child/ children and fill out the 2020 Census (we have included a link.) You might talk about how important the Census is for finding ancestors in your family tree. Have a happy family week!

Craft Activity

Use your child’s hand and arm to create the trunk of a Family Tree out of paper.  Cut more paper for the tree leaves.  Paper apples can be made for each member of the family.

Another Craft Activity

Use these fun templates to make a face for each family member.  Your child can then use play dough to fill in the features for each person.

Fingerplays and Movement Songs

A House for Me

This is a nest for Mr. Bluebird (cup hands together)
This is a hive for Mrs. Bee (make a fist)
This is a hole for bunny rabbit (make a circle with thumb and forefinger)
And this is a house for me (place fingertips together to form a roof peak over head).

-www.notimeforflashcards.com

With My Family

(Sung to the tune of The Muffin Man)

Tell me what you like to do
Like to do, like to do.
Tell me what you like to do
With your family.

(Sally*) likes to (clap her hands**)
Clap her hands, clap her hands.
Sally likes to clap her hands
With her family.

* insert child’s name

** insert chosen activity

–www.notimeforflashcards.com

These are Grandma’s Glasses

Recite first verse in a high pitched voice:
These are Grandma’s glasses (Make glasses over eyes with fingers)
This is Grandma’s hat (Place hands on top of head)
And this is the way she folds her hands (Clasp hands together)
And lays them in her lap (Place hands in lap).
Recite second verse in a deep voice:
These are Grandpa’s glasses (Make bigger glasses shapes over eyes with fingers)
This is Grandpa’s hat (Place hands over head to form a large hat)
And this is the way he folds his arms (Cross arms)
And takes a little nap (Place head on arms as if sleeping).

–www.notimeforflashcards.com

Books Presented

Baking Day at Grandma’s
by Anika Denise

Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can’t wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma’s!

Find it in our Catalog

Bark, George
by Jules Feiffer

Bark, George,” says George’s mother, and George goes: “Meow,” which definitely isn’t right, because George is a dog. What’s going on with George?

Find it in our Catalog

Splat and the New Baby
by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat can’t wait to be a big brother. So when his mom brings home a special little guest, Splat races from his room, only to find his mom holding . . . a crocodile?!

Hair Love
by Matthew A. Cherry

Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. When mommy does Zuri’s hair, she feels like a superhero. But when mommy is away, it’s up to daddy to step in!

Find it in our Catalog

Additional Books

Dog Breath
by Dav Pilkey

Hally, the Tosis family dog, has such bad breath that Mr. and Mrs. Tosis plan to give her away, until she proves to be an invaluable watchdog.

Find it in our Catalog

No Mirrors in My Nana’s House
by Ysaye Maria Barnwell

A little girl discovers the beauty in herself–and the beauty of the world around her–not by looking in the mirror but by looking in her Nana’s eyes.

Mama, Do You Love Me?
by Barbara M. Joosse

In this universal story, a child tests the limits of independence and comfortingly learns that a parent’s love is unconditional and everlasting.

Find it in our Catalog

Jazz Baby
by Lisa Wheeler

With a simple clap of hands, an itty-bitty beboppin’ baby gets his whole family singing and dancing.

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
by Patricia Polacco

There’s nothing worse than a rotten redheaded older brother who can do everything you can do better!

Dad and the Dinosaur
by Gennifer Choldenko

Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help. That’s why he needs a dinosaur.

Find it in our Catalog

Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate
by Carol Diggory Shields

A grandfather and his grandson enjoy sharing knock-knock jokes, playing games, hot chocolate, watching movies, reading books, playing baseball and just spending time together.

Find it in our Catalog

The 2020 Census

Make Sure You’re Counted!

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. 

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. The results of this once-a-decade count determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives. They are also used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:

Tip

During the first years of life, an important set of skills known as problem solving abilities are developed. Get into the habit of asking questions during your daily story time that develop higher-order thinking skills. Instead of just reading and your child passively listening, ask questions throughout, concentrating on solving problems.

-Tanja Mcilroy

www.empoweredparents.co/problem-solving-activities-preschoolers/

Activity

Help your child find a favorite book in your collection, or an e-book or “read along” video, and ask him questions similar to these:

  • Why do you think the bear did that?
  • Do you think his friend will be happy? Why?
  • What would you do if you were the monkey?
  • How do you think Peter can make things better with his friend?
  • If the crocodile had decided not to eat the rabbit, how could the story have ended?

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