Baby Time, September 15, 2014

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Hello!

We had another fun Baby Time this Monday morning. A new road is being built behind the library, so some of our friends were able to see the large construction vehicles working.

I shared a favorite book during story time called Goodnight Moon by Brown. The toddlers were eager to grab their own copy of the book to follow along with me while I read the story.

Here’s a good tickler we learned today that you can do with your child while she is sitting on your lap or getting his diaper changed:

Round and round the haystack went the little mouse. (circle baby’s tummy or palm with your index finger)

One step, two steps, in his little house. (tickle baby under his arm or chin)

PLAYTIME

I set up a few different inspired play stations for the babies/toddlers to explore. I wanted to see how the children would respond to these experiences. We just started up a new story time session, so I am trying to figure out what interests each child.

Finger Painting: Heidi was not hesitant at all with the paint. She used both her hands to spread the paint over the board. Harper gave it a try, but was more interested in other activities. She did feel more comfortable with painting when she had her Grandpa join her.

Soapy Water: Amelie, Tatum, Mia, and some other children loved playing in the water. Some children like Major liked the rubber duck toy that was in the water, but most of the children were more focused on splashing and moving their hands around in the water.

Shredded Paper: Nate explored the shredded paper in the box. He was a little nervous to actually go inside the box. His attention was focused on one piece of shredded paper, which he picked up from the mass and carried it around the room. Wyatt later played in the paper. He tossed a bunch of papers in the air with grand movements.

Light Table: Almost all of the children played at the light table. The items in the container were easy for them to pull out and put on the table to look at closely. The light table is a staple at Baby Time, so the children who had been to Baby Time before were used to playing  with the materials.

Thanks to everyone who came to Baby Time. I love starting my week with you. I can’t wait to learn and play again with everyone next Monday.

~Miss KT, Early Childhood Librarian

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Toddler and Preschool Story Time 9-11-2014

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Hi everyone!

We had so much fun in story time this morning! Our toddlers enjoyed learning about snakes with a prop story of Ungerer’s Crictor and the poem “I’ve Been Eaten By a Boa Constrictor”. We also looked at real snakes in Nic Bishop’s Snakes! My favorite moment was playing peek-a-boo at the end of “I’ve Been Eaten by a Boa Constrictor” when I had pulled a large trash bag all the way up in front of my face!

 

In preschool story time today, we practiced our colors by talking about what everyone was wearing. We read Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and practiced making predictions based on what Pete had stepped in on his journey. We all laughed at Dog during our flannel story Dog’s Colorful Day, and we looked at the tempera illustrations when reading Where the Wild Things Are by Sendak. At the end, we painted new backdrops for our fish tank as part of our emerging Nature Connect space and practiced color mixing.

 

Please enjoy this week’s slideshow! I can’t wait to see everyone next Thursday for story time!

-Miss JoAnna

 

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Cancellation

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The program Attract Birds to Your Backyard here at Highland Square Branch Library on Tuesday, September 16 has been cancelled.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  If interested in the topic, check with us at the library to find books like the following on this topic.

         

 

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Baby Time Is Back!

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September 9, 2014

Hi,
Baby Time is back at Highland Square! I was so happy to see familiar and new faces at this morning’s story time. Baby Times are now offered every week on Mondays at 10:10 am. The program is a mix of stories, songs, rhymes, finger plays, and movement activities appropriate for very young children. The book featured this morning was WHERE IS BABY’S BELLY BUTTON? by Katz. A favorite rhyme we shared was the lap jog:
Two fat sausages in a frying pan. (bounce baby on knee)
One went pop (lift baby)
and the other went bam! (lower baby)

Each story time concludes with a play time. Watch the slide show to see what some of our friends were up to during play time.

- Miss KT, Early Childhood Librarian

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Toddler and Preschool Story Time Reflections: September 4, 2014

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This past Thursday, Miss JoAnna led toddler and preschool story time here at Highland Square. The toddlers explored different animals that live in ponds, such as frogs, fish, and ducks. We read Who Sees You? At the Pond by Dijs and Jump Frog Jump! by Kalan. We also sang and danced to the Mitch the Fish folder story and Raffi’s Shake Your Sillies Out. Once Miss JoAnna blew her train whistle, we all played with toys, the light table, and a sensory table filled with plastic bugs and rubber.

 

During preschool story time, we began our art exploration series by learning about Jackson Pollock and splatter painting. We read It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Shaw, Rabbityness by Empson, and I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Beaumont. We looked at some pictures of Jackson Pollock’s artwork and talked about the different ways you could create splatter art, such as dripping paint or flicking paintbrushes. After we shook our sillies out to Raffi, we create splatter art using shoe boxes, rubber bands, and paint.

 

Please enjoy our pictures! We look forward to seeing everyone next week at 10:10 for toddler story time or 11:15 for preschool story time!

 

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Gardeners, not ready for summer to be over yet?

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With the last winter being so long and this summer being so rainy, some plant loving people may not be ready for summer to be over.  If your green thumb is still tingling for more projects, consider making a miniature or fairy garden.  You just need to find some small items, like furniture out of dollhouses, or create your own, using things out of your yard like sticks and pretty small stones, and let your imagination lead you. To get ideas, the library has materials like MINIATURE GARDENS:  DESIGN & CREATE MINIATURE FAIRY GARDENS, DISH GARDENS, TERRARIUMS AND MORE–INDOORS AND OUT by Katie Elzer-Peters, to help you get started.

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Once a month, the Highland Square Branch Library’s Book Discussion Group gets together to converse on a chosen topic.  On Thursday, August 28 at 6:45pm, we are discussing Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.  This accounting tells the experiences of Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.  As warnings increase in severity, their family makes the decision that Kathy should evacuate with their children, while Zeitoun stays behind to try to care for all his rental properties.  Day by day, the experiences of those who stayed behind, and what it was like to be a refugee are shown through both these strong people’s words.

Our book discussion group is always looking for new members.  Anyone interested should call 330-376-2927 or stop in at the Highland Square Branch Library to find more information.

 

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Crafters, have the rainy summer blues?

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This Saturday, August 9, we are having a workshop for adults from 2-4pm at the Highland Square Branch Library. We will have wooden pinwheels that you can decorate with paint, beads, decoupage, or more.  End this rainy week with a touch of summer fun.  Please call us to register at 330-376-2927 or visit us at the Highland Square Branch Library.

Still have the summer blahs?  Here are some books with great craft ideas!

   

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Valentine’s Day and The Winter Olympics

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Trying to decide between watching Men’s Super Combined- Slalom or having a romantic movie date this Valentine’s Day?   Maybe it would be a great day to marry the two ideas and watch a documentary about two great Olympic Athletes, and follow it with a romance.

For a dvd on Olympians, enter the world of extreme snow boarding and learn about the rivalry between fierce rivals Shawn White and Kevin Pierce in HBO’s Documentary, The Crash Reel.  These half pipe legends face each other in Vancouver’s Winter Olypmics, until a devastating crash threatens the life of one, while the other finds glory.

As a romantic movie choice, try Valentine’s Day.  On a single day, a group of people from Los Angeles face obstacles as romances are found or lost. A young boy wants to give his first love flowers, a florist plans to propose to his girlfriend, grandparents struggle with their marriage, a couple meets on a plane and more as people face the challenges of love in this intertwined story of relationships.

Just have time for one movie?  Try The Cutting Edge.  After a disastrous Winter Olympics, the Captain of the American Hockey Team, Doug Dorsey’s Hockey career is over after a devastating injury. Kate Moseley, part of the Figure Skating pair, has a disastrous fall.  Not willing to give up their Olympic dreams, they end up paired together to compete in figure skating at the next Olympics.  Enjoy as these two strong willed people learn to fight together, and fall in love in the process.

Kristi~Adult Services Librarian~Highland Square Branch Library

 

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How Do You Know It’s Winter?

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As this long January comes to a close, with day after day of weather below zero degrees and even worse wind chill, the question is more when will winter end, than how do we know it’s winter?  Allan Fowler’s children’s reader, How Do You Know It’s Winter? talks about snow, skating and sledding, but with the temperatures as cold as they have been, for many it’s been best to stay at home, get a blanket and a hot beverage, and read a good book!  Here are some books we have at the Highland Square Branch Library, inspired by the cold weather.

 

The World of the Polar Bear, by Norbert Rosing, contains page after page of polar bear photographs, as well as pictures of the arctic environment, and other plants and animals that reside there, with this book being organized by season.  Among the many things we learn is that baby polar bears like to play by pulling on their mother’s ears, a mother polar bear will call back her straying cubs by making a puffing sound called chuffing, and that baby cubs will nap on their mother’s backs.

Look Inside an Igloo, by Mari Schuh, is a children’s book that explains how the Inuit build igloos by cutting blocks of hard snow, using tools of bone.  Then they stacked the blocks in a circle and packed soft snow between the blocks.  Cutting a doorway, they built a tunnel with snow blocks for an entrance.  Finally, a block of clear ice was used for a window, which let light in.  As the snow froze to ice, the igloo became a strong home.

Snow is Falling, by Franklyn Branley, discusses how water vapor freezes into snowflakes, which can fall as single flakes or form clusters.  Snow has beneficial effects on our environment.  By covering plants, it acts like  blanket, keeping the wind, ice and cold from hurting them, helping many plants survive winter.  The blanket of snow also keeps wind and cold from worms, mice, moles and chipmunks, which stay underground all winter.  Finally, melted snow helps bring water for wells, streams and rivers.

Face to Face with Penguins, by Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott, is the story of how this married couple went to the island of South Georgia, to be immediately welcomed by a group of King penguins, which stopped several feet away to inspect them.  Fascinated by the birds, they wrote this book about what they learned.  Penguin’s heart beat slows from its normal 60-70 beats per minute to 20 when it is underwater, to preserve oxygen and lengthen the period it can stay under water.  They also can pop out of water like rockets, then grasp an ice slope with their claws to climb up ice slopes, since they have no hands to pull their bodies up.  Also, penguins lay their eggs in an area called a rookery, and often keep them warm by balancing the eggs on their large feet.

Chocolate Desserts to Die For!  The Complete Guide for Chocolate Lovers, by Bev Shaffer, shares her passion for chocolate.  Many of us really want chocolate over the holidays, when it’s cold, or pretty much any other time at all.  This book has a guide for chocolate tasting, helping you rate chocolate to find your favorite,  based on some criteria like flavor, whether they evolve over time, interact with each other, or have different phases.  Does it have bitterness, acidity or astringency?  Is it mild or severe?  And how does it rate on its three phases, being what you feel in a few seconds, what you feel while it slowly melts, and what you feel once you have swallowed it.  If rating your chocolate is not enough for you, enjoy the recipes in this book like Gooey Caramel Pecan Brownies, Simply Sublime Double-Chocolate Pudding, and Fudge Nut Deep-Dish Pie.

Hopefully learning about these books will bring you a little winter cheer.  For some winter reading, brave the cold and stop in to see us at the Highland Square Branch Library.

Kristi~Adult Services Librarian~Highland Square Branch Library

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