Thursday, May 29, 2008

Family Storytime Rhymes

Recently we sang a song at Family Storytime that is an old camp favorite. It's called, "Corner Master Store". It goes like this:

Leader - there were ants

Audience - ants!

L - ants!

A - ants!

L - dressed in fancy pants

All - in the store, in the store

L - there were ants

A - ants!

L - ants!

A - ants!

L - dressed in fancy pants

All - in the corner master store.

Chorus - My eyes are dim, I cannot see, I have not brought my spectacles with me!

Or fast chorus - My eyes are dim, I cannot see, I have not brought my specs with me! I have not brought my spectacles with me!

(You can then add other versus, such as the following:)

There were fleas eating up the cheese!

There were cats wearing fancy hats!

There were pigs dancing funny jigs!

There were slugs sitting on the rugs!

There were dogs balancing on logs!

Join us at Family Storytime in the Main Library Story Theater on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. for lots and lots more stories, singing, and fun!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

And the Caldecott Medal Winner for 2008 Is...

well, you'll have to click on the following link to find out more about the winner: Caldecott Winner.

The Caldecott is awarded "by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children" - American Library Association

Click on this link to find the book in our catalog. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sesame Street Live

Sesame Street Live is coming to Long Beach between June 6-8 at Long Beach Performing Arts Center Terrace Theater.

We are having a drawing for 4 free tickets at each Long Beach library location. We also have $2.00 off ticket coupons. Please visit us to enter the drawing.

Thank you,

LBPL Youth Services Staff

Friday, May 2, 2008

Tips for Parents - Babies and Toddlers

Starting at birth, you can help your child by doing things we do at library storytime like reading stories, singing songs, doing fingerplays and rhymes, and other movements, like dancing, to help your child learn the skills they need to learn to read. There are six pre-reading skills:

Telling a Story - The ability to describe things and events and to tell stories

Love of Books - A child's interest in and enjoyment of books

Seeing Letters - Learning to name letters, knowing they have sounds, and recognizing them

Making Sounds - The ability to hear and play with smaller sounds in words

Learning New Words - Knowing the names of things

Using Books - Noticing print, knowing how to handle a book and following the text on a page.

Read to your baby. It's fun. Not only will your baby enjoy being read to, but good children's books are so well written and illustrated that adults can enjoy them too! Please stop by Main Library or any branch to find many books for babies and toddlers. We have board books and nursery rhymes, as well as picture books. We also have many parenting books that provide lots of helpful information.