Sunday, November 30, 2008

MOB and PAWS for a Story

Monday, December 1st will be the last meeting of the MOB -Moms on Books at the Sylvan Lake Library. We will be meeting in the cafe of the library from 10:30-11:30 am. Bring the kids, what your reading and yourself and have a coffee with me. We'll discuss what we've been reading and have a snack with the kids.

Tuesday, December 2nd from 4-5pm the Sylvan Lake Library will be hosting PAWS for a Story. For all those kids who want to practise their reading, Peek-A-Boo the Pug will be ready for you! Held in the cafe, drop in and spend some quality time with a furry friend!

Junior Book Club

Optical Illusions are everywhere! We spent Thursday afternoon reading Chapter 4 of The Legend of Spud Murphy. Then we made an optical illusion Dog, where his eyes follow you wherever you go. Finally we ventured to the computers to check out some optical illusion sites and try to boggle our eyes.

The last Junior Book Club Game On! is next week. It is our Chocolate Tasting Party!!
We will be looking at different crosssections of chocolate bars and trying to identify them. Then there will be the blind taste testing. Finally there will be the chocolate bar personality test. AND we will be finishing "The legend of Spud Murphy".

Hippo Storytime


1. Storytime – Welcome Song
Storytime is starting, starting, starting,
Storytime is starting come listen with me.

2. Read first story "Hippo Goes Bananas" or "Sophie and Sebastian"

3. Sing: Hippo Hop HokeyPokey
You put your clean foot in
You take your dirty foot out
You put your clean foot in
and you squish it all about
You do the Hippo Hop and you hop down in the mud (pretend to squat in the mud)
That's how a Hippo cools off
Other Verses...HandsHeadsRight footLeft footElbows

4. Read second story "Grandma, Where Are You?" or "Hilda Must be Dancing"

5. Finger play: Jungle Animals
This is the way the elephant goes (clasp hands together, extend arms, move back and forth). With a curly trunk instead of a nose.
The buffalo all shaggy and fat
has two sharp horns in place of hat (point fingers out from forehead).
The hippo with his mouth so wide-
Let's see what's hiding inside (hands together and open wide and close them).
The wiggly snake upon the ground
Crawls along without a sound (weave hands back and forth).
But monkey see monkey do
is the funniest animal I ever knew! (place thumbs in ears and wiggle fingers).

6. Craft Project Directions: Construction Paper Hippo
For your hippo, you will need some gray construction paper and another piece of colored paper to place your hippo on the templates, cut out a hippo body, head, ears, and legs. Glue or tape these to the background piece of paper creating a hippo. Next add a tail and face for your hippo with crayon and other materials. If you have time add a setting surrounding your hippo.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christmas Cheer

Christmas is coming.
Help kindle the spirit of Christmas by joining us, here at the library, on December 10th, from 7-8 pm. We are hosting our annual Christmas Cheer program.
There will be activities and crafts, as well as, snacks, music and friends.
This is a free, family event.
Please call to register as soon as possible, @403.887.2130.

Junior Book Club

Junior Book Club is now half over!
So far we have played Wii twice, were challenged to make an animal, real or imaginary, from candy, straws and toothpicks. We undertook Banana Jousting which made some very squishy bananas.
This last week was in honour of Anne of Green Gables. Tammy, one of our library techs who is from PEI, made raspberry cordial and gingersnaps from an Anne of Green Gables Cookbook for all of us to try. Then we made thaumatropes, which are a type of toy.
There are two weeks left in Game On! Junior Book Club. The next session is focused on Optical Illusions and finally the last week will feature CHOCOLATE. Tasting, personality types etc.
Book Club is on Thursdays from 4-5 pm.
I have been posting all the photo's from book club on our facebook site but I will be starting to post them here as well. I hope you enjoy them.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Classic Children Stories

Classic Children Stories

2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s
45 minutes

1. Welcome Song
Storytime is starting, starting, starting,
Storytime is starting, come listen to me.

2. Read first story "Where the Wild Things Are".

3. Sing: Head and Shoulders, knees and toes
Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes. Knees and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes.
Eyes, ears, mouth and nose.

4. Read second story "Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you see?" or "Millions of Cats" or "The Story of Ferdinand" or "Harold and the Purple Crayon".

5. Finger play: Where is thumbkin?

Where is thumbkin?, Where is thumbkin? Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.

Where is pointer? Where is pointer? Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.

Where is tall man? Where is tall man? Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.

Where is ring man? Where is ring man? Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.

Where is pinkie? Where is pinkie? Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.

Where is the family? Where is the family? Here we are. Here we are.
How are you today, sir? Very well, we thank you.
Run away. Run away.

6. Craft: Crazy Quilt – like Anne of Green Gables would have made and used.
Using bits and pieces of paper, make a crazy quilt by gluing them on a piece of construction paper.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Big Changes in the New Year!

There will be some big changes in the new year at the library. We will be closed on Mondays starting in January. The library will also close at 8 instead of 8:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There will be increases in library yearly memberships also, from $15 to $20 for regular membership and from$10 to $12.50 for seniors. More updates will be coming with the arrival of our new librarian, Shannan Sword, near the end of November.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cookies Storytime

Theme Cookies
Age 2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s
Duration 45 minutes

1. Storytime – Welcome Song
Storytime is starting, starting, starting,starting.
Storytime is starting come and listen to me.

2. Read first story "Who ate the Cookie Dough?" by Karen Beaumont

3. Sing: C is for Cookie
C is for cookie, that's good enough for me (3X)
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C!

4. Finger play: Making Cookies
I am making cookie dough. (hold out arms in a circle, like a bowl)
Round and round the beaters go. (roll hands)
Add some flour from a cup. (shake a pretend cup)
Stir and stir the batter up. (stirring motion)
Roll them, cut them nice and neat. (rolling pin motion)
Put them on a cookie sheet. (place pretend cookies)
Bake them, count them 1-2-3. (counting motion)
Serve them to my friends for tea. (take a bite!)

5. Read second story "The Best Mouse Cookie" by Laura Joffe Numeroff and "Cookie Count" by Robert Sabuda

6. Craft: Cookie Monster Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Colour (where appropriate) and cut out the template pieces.
Glue the large rectangular piece on first to cover the tube.
Glue the head onto the front of the tube.
Glue on the arms and legs.
Glue the cookie into one of the hands.

Play with play dough and make pretend cookies with Cookie Monster.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Foxes Storytime

Theme Foxes
Age 2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s
Duration 45 minutes

1. Storytime – Welcome Song
Storytime is starting, starting, starting,
Storytime is starting come listen with me.

2. Read first story Dinnertime! by Sue Williams ; illustrated by Kerry Argent or The rooster and the fox retold & illustrated by Helen Ward.

One little, two little, three little foxes,
Four little, five little, six little foxes,
Seven little, eight little, nine little foxes,
Ten little foxes in their den.

4. Read second story Hungry hen by Richard Waring ; illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church. Or Rosie's walk by Pat Hutchins.

Fox has got a long red tail,
Shake that tail, shake that tail!
Fox has got a long red tail,
Shake that tail now!

Fox has got a pointy nose,
Wiggle that nose, wiggle that nose!
[Etc., Fox has two front paws, two pointy ears, two bright eyes, long pointy teeth etc.]

6. Craft: Fox Tail/Fox Mask
If you're looking for a unique craft, make fox tails and masks. Cut out of construction paper. Let the kids color, add googly eyes, whiskers, and a nose. Glue the tail on the back of the fox face.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Game On! Junior Book Club

This is now the second week of Junior Book Club. This week is ice cream and granola bars. We will also be choosing our novel. Then we have a halloween candy challenge. Take any five pieces of candy, 5 toothpicks and 2 straws. Make an animal, real or imaginary. After all this taxing mental stimulation we will definitely need to play the Wii. I think it will be Mario this week.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Storytime and Junior Book Club Has Started!

A new session of Storytime has started, it runs until the second week of December. There is still room in most of the sessions to register!

Game On! Junior Book Club has also started. This is a fabulous after school program that runs weekly on Thursdays for 6 weeks. The theme this time is Game On! We started by playing Jenga on the Wii as well as reading "Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich" which was very funny especially the parts about the Phantom of the Opera.
This upcoming week we will be using the Wii also, and starting on the chapter book we will be reading. Following weeks will include food fights -sword fighting with bananas, chocolate tasting, mind games, and a special Ann of Green Gables Day to celebrate Canadian Children's Book Week. There will be a reading by Ann, cordial and cakes.

Both of these programs require registration by calling the library.

Moms On Books and PAWS for a Story

Moms (and Dads) On Books has its next meeting Monday, November 3. It is held in the cafe of the library. We chat about what we have read, show and tell is great, drink a little tea and have a little snack with the little ones.
It is only for an hour from 10:30-11:30.
We really hope to see you there!!!

PAWS for a Story is on Tuesday, November 4th. This is a great time for kids to practise their reading. They get to read one on one with a dog (usually) in the cafe area of the library. Kids can bring their own reading material or use one of the many books we have here. PAWS starts at 4 and runs until 5 pm.

Both of these programs are drop-in, no registrations are required.

Halloween Party A Success!

We had at least 100 ghosts and goblins come to our Halloween Trick or Treat Party. We bobbed for marshamllows, played with playdough (thanks to Tara), made Monster Hands, and ventured into a mad scientists laboratory to see what was hiding there. Spooky.
It was an excellent time.