Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Hey Teens!

Don't miss the teen summer reading program volunteer orientation!

Would you like to volunteer at the library during the Summer Reading Program? Come to an orientation to get started! Please register for one session only. Training is required for all volunteers, so you can't volunteer without attending. Registration for Lovettsville begins May 24th for the session on Saturday, June 7, 2008 @ 2 p.m., and registration begins on May 29th for the session on Thursday, June 12, 2008 @ 7 p.m. If you are closer to another library in Loudoun County, click HERE to see when the other orientations are happening. Must attend the orientation at the branch for which you want to volunteer. So spread the word to your friends and stop by. For ages 12-18.

After the meeting, if you want to share any ideas on what kinds of programs and activities at the library, your opinion would be greatly appreciated! We really want to make this a fun place to hang out. Refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there!!

Don't miss out on Babygarten (TM)!!

Do you have a baby that is between the ages of 0 to 18 months? Are you available on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. for an hour? Would you like to give your child a head start in literacy? Then Babygarten (TM) is for you!

Join us at the library for a new session, starting May 7th, 2008, lasting 6 weeks. It is a fun, exciting and informational program for infants and their parents/caregivers. Click here to register. Space is limited so sign-up soon! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Check out the new Read-Along Books!

There is a new section within the picture book area, just for books that have a CD to read-along with. Everyday we are getting more of these titles, so you should come in and look at all of the classics and new stories that you'll be able to hear and follow!

Here is what came in today:

Minnie and Moo Go to the Moon by Denys Cazet
Minnie and Moo and the Musk of Zorro by Denys Cazet
A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin by David A. Adler
Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes
Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley and G. Brian Karas
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Round Trip by Ann Jonas
The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz
The Journey by Sarah Stewart

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Teen Photo Contest Winners

The winners have been announced for the LCPL Teen Photo Contest. Check out the LCPL website to see all of the entries.

1st Place - Row 3 Photo 3 of Jumping Girls
2nd Place - Row 9 Photo 3 of Girls in Pile
3rd Place - Row 2 Photo 4 of Teens Leaning Together


Thursday, April 24, 2008

National Poetry Month

There are a couple of new books that have come in that I wanted to share with you.

Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky
My Dog May Be a Genius by Jack Prelutsky
Don't Bump the Glump! and other fantasies by Shel Silverstein

April is National Poetry Month, and there are so many ways that you can bring poetry into your child's life everyday. Here are some resources that may be of interest:


A Child's Introduction to Poetry by Michael Driscoll
Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More! by Stephanie Calmenson
Haiku Activities: Asian Arts and Crafts for Creative Kids by Patricia Donegan
Miles of Smiles: Kids Pick the Funniest Poems: Book Three by Stephen Carpenter


Giggle Poetry
Teen Ink

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day Storytime

Today is Earth Day and to celebrate, we held a storytime at the library where we learned about the Earth, heard the Earth's song, made promises to help by recycling, reusing, and reducing, and made litter bugs out of recycled materials. There are many books at the library that can help show you how you can help the Earth and even a Recycle Kit that you can check out. To see more photos from our Earth Day Storytime, click here to go to Flickr.

Earth and Nature stories

Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry
Our Earth by Anne Rockwell
It's Earth Day! by Mercer Mayer
Franklin Plants a Tree by Paulette Bourgeois
The Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong

Earth Day Crafts and Non-Fiction Books and DVDs

It's Time to Recycle! [Kit] prepared by the Loudoun County Office of Solid Waste Mgt.


Earth Songs / music and stories by Susan Reed
Earth's Morning Song by Gordon Hempton


Ecologue - For Earth Day Ideas
The Nature Conservancy - Celebrate Earth Day 2008
The Wilderness Society
Kaboose - Earth Day crafts and activities for kids

Monday, April 14, 2008

Circus Storytime

Preschool Storytime

Chicken Chuck by Bill Martin Jr.
Dad Runs Away with the Circus by Etgar Keret
You See a Circus. I see... by Mike Downs
Deep in the Jungle by Dan Yaccarino

Other Circus books

The Circus Surprise by Ralph Fletcher
Patrick at the Circus by Geoffrey Hayes
Dimity Dumpty: the Story of Humpty’s Little Sister by Bob Graham
Moses Goes to the Circus by Isaac Millman
Emeline at the Circus by Marjorie Priceman
Dumbo by Mathew Price
Spot Goes to the Circus by Eric Hill

Action Rhymes

Silly Clowns

Five silly clowns, jumping all around,
Jump so high, then touch the ground.
One silly clown said, "I can't stay,"
So he turned around and hopped away.
Repeat with four, three, two, one.

Stand Up Tall

(Repeat action rhyme several times, increasing speed each time)

Stand up tall, hands in the air (All stand and raise hands in the air)
Now sit down in your chair (Sit down)
Clap you hands (Clap three times)
Make a frown (Frown)
Smile and smile (Smile)
And flop like a clown! (Wiggle and shake body and arms)


We Are Clowns Today (tune - The Farmer in the Dell)

We are clowns today,
We are clowns today
Heigh - ho the derry - oh,
We are clowns today.

Additional Verses:
We do tricks today....
We make faces today....
We fall down today....

Did You Ever See A Clown Sung to: "Did You Ever See A Lassie?"

Did you ever see a clown,
A clown, a clown?
Did you ever see a clown
Move this way and that?
Did you ever see a clown
Move this way and that?
Move this way and that way,
Move this way and that way.
Did you ever see a clown
Move this way and that?
(Have child form circle. One child in middle should perform actions. Take turns.)

Let's All Go to the Circus Today Sung to: "Mary Had A Little Lamb"

Let's all go to the circus today,
The circus today, the circus today,
Let's all go to the circus today
And watch the animals play.

Other Verses:
See the lions jump through the hoops...
At the circus today
See the big seals spinning balls...
At the circus today
See the little dogs jump and twirl...
At the circus today

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bedtime Storytime

Toddler Storytime

Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Bedtime by Joan Blos
When Sheep Sleep by Laura Numeroff

Preschool Storytime

Shhhh! Everybody's Sleeping by Julie Markes
Little Quack's Bedtime by Lauren Thompson
I Hate to Go to Bed! by Katie Davis

Rhymes & Fingerplays

Ten in the Bed
There were ten in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over." (rolling motion)
So they all rolled over and one fell out.
There were nine in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over, roll over."
So they all rolled over and one fell out...
(This is repeated until you get to the number one.)
There was one in the bed and the little one said,
"Good night!"

Bunnies' Bedtime
"My bunnies now must go to bed,"
The little mother rabbit said.
"But I will count them first to see
If they have all come back to me.
One bunny, two bunnies, three bunnies dear,
Four bunnies, five bunnies, yes, all are here.
They are the prettiest things alive,
My bunnies, one, two, three, four, five."

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around; (turn around)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground. (touch the ground)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe; (hold out foot)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, I love you. (hug yourself)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, climb upstairs; (pretend to climb stairs)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers. (fold hands in prayer)*
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light; (switch out light)
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say, "Good night." (tuck hands to face in sleeping position)

*this line is optional. Can be substituted with "jump in the air" or left out completely.