Storytime has a new digital format. Join us for a combination of live and pre-recorded events to keep your 5 and under crowd active and engaged. If your kids miss singing and dancing along with Ms. Carol and Miss Bonnie, here they are with virtual songs, crafts, and stories!
We hope to see you again soon!
June 1 through August 26
Storytimes are back! Storytime helps your child practice pre-reading skills, develop an increased vocabulary and attention span, plus nurture a lifelong love of reading! Whether your child is wiggly or watchful, we are ready to welcome all children to storytime.
Tuesdays at 9:45 am
For ages 1-3 years old. Introduces the rhythm and beauty of language through stories, songs, dance, and fingerplay fun.
Storytime Your Way
Fridays at 9:45 am
For ages 2-6 years old. Start with a short story and wiggle for the youngest, and then progress through books that are a little more challenging. Stay for just one story, or longer if your child is engaged. Stories, wiggles, games, and songs help kids get ready for school – and have fun along the way.
To watch any of the videos in the Sing-A-Song series, please visit the YouTube playlist.
Want to pair this song with a book? Try out Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, available as an e-book from Tumblebooks with your library card.
Want to pair this song with a book? Try out All Aboard the Dinotrain by Suzanne Santillan and illustrated by Atilio Pernisco, available as an e-book from Tumblebooks with your library card.
Want to pair this song with a book? Try out Wiggle by Durga Bernhard, available as an e-book from Tumblebooks with your library card.
Here’s a polar bear craft you can make. Guess what I like to do? I like to glue on cotton balls instead of glitter, to make the bear fuzzy. It’s even better if your little one pulls the balls apart- which is great for hand-eye coordination and developing strength in those hand muscles needed for writing. Of course, crayons or markers are fun, too.
Here’s a caterpillar craft you can make. You can glue it onto paper if you don’t want to make a puppet!
How about making a mask? Masks invite kids to use their imagination—perhaps you will invent a new story!
Here’s a fun craft to make a turtle. If you don’t have a potato masher, your preschooler can draw the body.
Go outside and look at the clouds. Can you find some interesting shapes? Afterward, here are several crafts to go with It Looked Like Spilt Milk. I like the one with paint blots, but you can choose your favorite!
Here’s a math craft to go with The Doorbell Rang. And.... instead of making paper cookies, you could even use real cookies—YUM!
Carrot seeds are easy to grow, but they take 2-3 weeks to germinate. If you’d rather try the paper version, here’s a link to a coloring page. And if you want it to look like it’s growing in dirt, mix a little cocoa powder with a tiny bit of water and paint it over the carrot!
Here’s a fun moon craft for you!
Another option is to mix flour and water to make a paste. Create a moon by spreading a circle of this paste on some heavy paper or cardboard, then add texture by pressing a small object into the paste to make craters. Let it dry, and you have a 3-D moon!
Here is a pie craft you can make—and it smells good, too! If you want another option, weave strips of paper to make the top into a lattice crust. Great fine motor skill practice for little fingers!
Here are FIVE, count them FIVE activities to enjoy, based on this book.
My favorite is the Colorful Painted Handprint Keepsakes. Which one do YOU like best?
How about some science today? Check out these wind activities!
Encourage kids to make greeting cards for people who are special to them. They can draw pictures that show how they feel about the people. First, ask children to close their eyes and imagine the people to whom they are sending their greetings and why the people are important. Then, after children complete their greeting cards, suggest that they write greetings at the top of their cards or questions they might like to ask. If possible, deliver them to the special people.
Here are five activities to go with this week's story. Miss Bonnie's favorite is the Colorful Painted Handprint art project. Which one do you like best?