Here at the Children's Library we know storytime wouldn't be the same without music!
Why is music an important part of storytime? Singing, one of the Every Child Ready to Read early literacy practices, helps kids learn new words and letter sounds as they are stretched out to fit the rhythm of the song. Music without words is also beneficial because it helps children learn about rhythm and patterns. Finally, music is fun! The more kids associate having fun with reading, the more they'll want to read.
Here at the Children's Library, storytime isn't just about books. We follow each of our Tales for Twos and Preschool Storytimes with a craft in our craft room. Crafting not only encourages creativity, but it also develops early literacy skills that will help children learn to read when they get older.
Maybe you only have a few minutes to stop by the library to pick out books, or maybe your child really, really loves books about dinosaurs. Either way, a Book Bundle from the Children's Library is just the ticket!
What's a Book Bundle? It's a bundle of 5 books on a topic hand-picked by our awesome librarians and tied up with a ribbon. Book Bundles can be checked out for three weeks, just like regular books. Some of the available topics include: trains, colors, zoos, numbers, elephants, ABC's, and siblings.
The Central Children's Library will be having a sock hop on Saturday, December 7th at 2pm! This program is open to all ages and will include dancing, music, games, and a sock craft. Wear your favorite socks, shed your shoes, and get ready to dance, dance, dance.
Get ready by practicing your sock hopping skills at home. It's a great indoor activity for a cold winter day and it's even better when paired with a book.
Have you read a banned or challenged book? My guess is you probably have and didn't even know it! Banned Books Week celebrates our freedom to read, seek, and express ideas of all kinds.
So what does it mean for a book to be challenged or banned? "A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials" (BBW Press Kit).
Some challenged and/or banned children's books include:
Do you have something fun planned for Father's Day this year? How about sharing a book with dad? This special day is a great reminder of the importance dads play in their children's literacy development.
Children learn by watching and imitating. Be a positive male role model for the kids in your life by reading and sharing stories. This shows children that you think reading is valuable, achievable, and, most importantly, fun!
Looking for ways to share your enthusiasm for literacy beyond books? Check out the wonderful ideas from the folks at Reading Rockets, such as reciting nursery rhymes, singing songs, playing games with letters or words, and telling stories about your childhood.
Not sure what you want to read today? Looking for something new or different? Check out the UnWrap a Surprise display in the Children's Library this week!
The children's librarians have handpicked some of our favorite books and wrapped them in colorful paper so you can take home (and unwrap) a surprise book. Other than the label - "Picture Book," "Beginning Reader" or "Chapter Book" - the wrapping won't give you any other clue about the story inside.
So stop on by and pick out a book, it might just become your new favorite!