Friday, November 26, 2010



1.                   Storytime – Welcome Song

2.                  Read first story “Big Bad Wolf” or "Little Red"

3.                  Song: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
 Who is afraid of the big bad wolf,
The big bad wolf,
the big bad wolf,
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf 
Tra, la, la, la, la

4.           4.             Read second story “The Wolf's Chicken Stew", " What's the Time, Grandma Wolf?" or “The 3 Little Pigs”.

5.                 Flannelboard: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

7.            6.          Craft:    Wolf Finger Puppet
Materials:  construction paper, markers, scissors, glue
Colour Wolf Finger Puppet. Glue  puppet to construction paper for strength. Cut out around outside and finger holes.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Warrior Cats Book Party

Fans of the hit junior/young adult series “Warriors” by Erin Hunter join us as we, at the Sylvan Lake Municipal Library, prepare for the upcoming release of the newest book in the series Night Whispers.

We will celebrate all of the Warrior Cats with on-line trivia, we will choose a cat name and clan, play cat games, and make a cat clan t-shirt on November 20th from 1-2 pm. 

Refreshments will be provided. 

Registration is necessary for this free program and enrolment is limited, they can be made by calling the Sylvan Lake library. 

Friday, November 19, 2010


1.                   Storytime – Welcome Song
2.                  Read first story “Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee”, "Hi, Cat!", "What Will Fat Cat Sit On?" or "Millions of Cats"
3.                  Poem: Cat Talk
Cats can meow.
Cats can growl.
Cats can purr.
Cats can yowl.
Cats can arch their backs and hiss,
Just like this…! (Bend over, arching back, hold hands up like paws and hiss.)

4.                  4.                    Read second story “Have You See My Cat?", “Mama Cat Has Three Kittens”, “Top Cat”, "Cats Night Out"

5.                  Fingerplay: Kitty Cat, Pounce
Kitty cat, kitty cat (creep fingers)  Sneaks out of the house.
Kitty cat, kitty cat  Creeps up to a mouse
And…pounce! (make “jumping” motion with fingers)
Kitty cat, kitty cat (creep fingers)  Creeps up to a bird.
Kitty cat, kitty cat  Is not even heard
And…pounce! (make “jumping” motion with fingers)
But the mouse ran (make fingers “run”)
And the bird flew away (flap hands)
So kitty cat, kitty cat finds  A ball of yarn (make circle with hands)
To play…pounce! (make “jumping” motion with fingers)

6.                  Song: Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty Song
Soft kitty, warm kitty
Little ball of fur. Make fist of left hand for kitty

Lazy kitty, pretty kitty,
"Purr, purr, purr." Pet kitty with right hand

Flannel Board: Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
 the cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon!

7.                   Craft:    3D Cat and Carpet.
What You Need: construction paper, glue, markers, two googly eyes, wall paper, scissors.
How You Make It: Use scissors to cut cat shape from folded construction paper. Glue on googly eyes and draw nose, mouth and whiskers. Colour cat. Cut out carpet shape from wall paper for cat to stand on.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Governor General's Award Winners for 2010



Dianne Warren, Regina, Cool Water(Phyllis Bruce Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
The place is a small Saskatchewan town, the time spans barely more than a day. In this exquisitely constructed novel, Dianne Warren makes each moment shine; her narrative flows seamlessly from character to character, all stunningly depicted. The implied silences of her elegant minimalism amplify the lush prose. Cool Water immerses readers in the difficulties and joys of everyday life.

Kim Thúy, Longueuil (Quebec), Ru(Éditions Libre Expression, Groupe Librex; distributed by Messageries ADP)
This is an exemplary autobiographical novel. Never is there the slightest hint of narcissism or self‑pity. The major events in the fall of Vietnam are painted in delicate strokes, through the daily existence of a woman who has to reinvent herself elsewhere. A tragic journey described in a keen, sensitive and perfectly understated voice.


Richard Greene, Cobourg (Ontario), Boxing the Compass(Signal Editions, an imprint of Véhicule Press; distributed by LitDistCo)
Richard Greene’s Boxing the Compass leaves us feeling unmoored, adrift across time and voice. The matchless long poem at its heart pulls us back to our always-moving selves, on an always-moving earth. We follow him in his offbeat but strangely familiar travels. 

Danielle Fournier, Montreal, effleurés de lumière(L’Hexagone, Groupe Ville-Marie Littérature; distributed by Messageries ADP)
In an age when narration is increasingly present in poetry and the novel has appropriated every form and subject, Danielle Fournier succeeds, with extreme subtlety, in bestowing the most demanding narrative form upon poetry in effleurés de lumière. Her delicate writing is shaped by fragments of sheer joy.


Robert Chafe, St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador), Afterimage(Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by the publisher)
Afterimage is the remarkable story of Lise Lacoeur and her struggle with a gift for seeing into the future. Haunting and heart-breaking, moving and magical, this beautifully-written play digs deep into our universal desire to connect with those around us, and with our own personal vision.

David Paquet, Montreal, Porc-épic(Dramaturges Éditeurs; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia)
Lightly, yet without losing any of its depth, Porc-épic describes an absurd universe where vulnerable people feel a burning desire to be guided by their intuition. They all aspire to change their lives. With his tragic characters playing out their roles in a surreal world, David Paquet has created a darkly comic and profoundly touching work.


Allan Casey, Saskatoon, Lakeland: Journeys into the Soul of Canada(Greystone Books, an imprint of D&M Publishers / David Suzuki Foundation; distributed by HarperCollins Canada)
This book takes readers on an enchanting and enlightening journey across Canada, exploring a quintessential element of the Canadian landscape and its very soul – lakeland. With his gentle, exquisite and sometimes playful prose, Allan Casey conveys a powerful message about the value of Canada’s lakes, introduces us to the people who cherish them, and offers both a celebration of and lament for these precious and oft-abused natural treasures.

Michel Lavoie, Saint-Raphaël (Quebec), C’est ma seigneurie que je réclame : la lutte des Hurons de Lorette pour la seigneurie de Sillery, 1650-1900(Les Éditions du Boréal; distributed by Diffusion Dimedia)
Supported by an enormous amount of archival research, this historical work by Michel Lavoie retraces the claims of the Huron of Sillery for the restitution of the only concession ever granted to a group of Aboriginal people, in 1651. The consequences of their failure to win this restitution – from the trusteeship of the Jesuits to their petition before the courts in the 19th century – shape the colonial history of Canada in a fascinating way.

Children’s Literature – Text

Wendy Phillips, Richmond (British Columbia), Fishtailing(Coteau Books; distributed by Publishers Group of Canada)
In this highly-inventive, poetic narrative, four compelling characters take the reader on a wild ride through the dangerous terrain of friendships threatened by manipulative acts. Deftly switching voices,
Wendy Phillips creates a powerful momentum in Fishtailing that leaves the reader breathless.

Élise Turcotte, Montreal, Rose : derrière le rideau de la folie(Les éditions de la courte échelle; distributed by Diffusion du livre Mirabel)
Rose : derrière le rideau de la folie is a book that contradicts everything we thought we knew about young people’s literature, and renews the genre. Élise Turcotte’s style is polyphonic, rich, sensitive and intelligent. This album-poem, poem-story, story-testimonial reveals the pain of a disordered mind, and is told with enormous restraint and an honesty that is almost violent.

Children’s Literature – Illustration

Jon Klassen, Los Angeles [originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario],Cats’ Night Out, text by Caroline Stutson
(Simon & Schuster / A Paula Wiseman Book; distributed by Simon & Schuster Canada)
In Cat’s Night Out, Jon Klassen’s highly imaginative and clever illustrations, with their subdued, delicate colours and their minimal movement, mysteriously transform a smoky New York night into a grooving and pulsating background for his cool dancing cats.

Daniel Sylvestre, Montreal, Rose : derrière le rideau de la folie,
text by Élise Turcotte
(Les éditions de la courte échelle; distributed by Diffusion du livre Mirabel)
Rose : derrière le rideau de la folie reveals a chaotic, complex and terrifying graphic universe. By mixing styles and techniques,
Daniel Sylvestre plunges us into the very heart of the main character’s tormented world. Each element of this book comes together to eloquently create a demanding and masterly work, in which Rose’s madness is filled with meaning.


Linda Gaboriau, Montreal, Forests(Playwrights Canada Press; distributed by the publisher)
English translation of Forêts by Wajdi Mouawad (Leméac Éditeur / Actes Sud)
If a translation can allow us access to the sublime, Linda Gaboriau has done so with her brilliant translation of Wajdi Mouawad’s Forests. The full force and urgency of Mouawad’s emotionally‑charged world shines through her luminous translation. A triumph of language that speaks straight to the heart and soul.

Sophie Voillot, Montreal, Le cafard(Éditions Alto; distributed by Socadis)
French translation of Cockroach by Rawi Hage (House of Anansi Press)
Sophie Voillot has a keen sense of the author’s intentions, and succeeds in reproducing the dark, oppressive tone of the novel. She adopts a style in which irony is touched with violence, and seriousness is modulated by levity. Her sensitive translation honours this complex, multiform novel that juggles a chronicle of urban life with fantastic flights of fancy, and traces the portrait of a pitiless era and the unique characters that inhabit it.

Further information can be found at the Canada Council website.

Friday, November 12, 2010



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

3.      3.         Finger play: Elephant
The elephant walks like this and like that [Get down on all fours and walk back and forth.]
He's very tall, [Stand and stretch arms up.]
And he's very fat. [Stretch arms out to sides.] 
He has no fingers, [Hold hands up, making fists to hide fingers.]
But he does have toes, [Reach down and touch toes.]
And, goodness gracious, 
What a nose! [Grab nose between fingers and thumb of left hand; insert right arm through loop to form elephant's trunk.]

4.       Song: The Elephant Song

One elephant went out to play,
Upon a spider's web one day.
He had such enormous fun,
That he called for another elephant to come!

Two elephants went out to play. . .
(repeat to as many elephants as you like)

6.         Action Poem: Five Little Elephants

Five little elephants rowing toward the shore,
One fell in and then there were four.
Four little elephants climbing up a tree,
One slid down and then there were three.
Three little elephants living in the zoo,
One walked away and then there were two.
Two little elephants playing in the sun,
One fell asleep and then there was one.
One little elephant isn’t any fun,
Abra-ca-da-bra! Then there were none!

7.         Craft: Elephant
Materials: fun foam, googly eyes, straws, scissors, glue.

Cut out elephant head and legs. Punch hole for straw. Glue together legs and head and googly eyes. Insert straw for nose.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The 2010 Giller Prize Winner is Announced

Johanna Skibsrud Wins The 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize with her novel The Sentimentalists

Of the winning book, the jury remarked:
The Sentimentalists charts the painful search by a dutiful daughter to learn – and more importantly, to learn to understand – the multi-layered truth which lies at the moral core of her dying father’s life. Something happened to Napoleon Haskell during his tour of duty in Vietnam that changed his life and haunted the rest of his days. At the behest of his daughters, he moves from a trailer in North Dakota to a small lakeside town in Ontario where his family can only watch as his past slips away in a descending fog of senility. The writing here is trip-wire taut as the exploration of guilt, family and duty unfolds.”

Friday, November 5, 2010

C is for Cookie


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

2.                 Read first story "The Gingerbread Man", "The Doorbell Rang", "Mr. Cookie Baker"  or "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar"
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: Five Round Cookies 
Five round cookies as yummy as can be.
The first cookie said, “Please eat me!”
The second cookie said, “I have chocolate chips!”
The third cookie said, “I’ll taste good on your lips!”
The fourth cookie said, “I’m right here on the pan.”
The fifth cookie said, “Find me if you can!”
Then ding went the timer,
‘cause the cookies were all done.
We ate all the cookies and had lots of fun!
5.                 Read second story "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie", "The Last Chocolate Cookie", "Ginger Bear"  or "Mr. Cookie Baker"

6.                 Action Poem: Great Big Cookie

I am a great big cookie,  (circle hands over head)
Chocolately and round, (extend hands out to sides)
Filled with lots of chocolate chips, (point to chips)
The best that can be found. (rub tummy)

I am a great big cookie, (circle hands over head)
Take a bite of me. (make chewing motions)
Tasty, sweet, delicious, (extend hands out to sides)
I'm oh-so-yummy! (rub tummy)

I WAS a great big cookie, (circle hands over head)
The very best around. (extend hands out to sides)
Now there's nothing left of me, (shake head)
Just crumbs upon the ground. (sit down) 
8.                Craft: Cookie Monster Book Mark
Materials: blue fun foam, googly eyes, black fun foam, fun foam bookmark, scissors, glue.

Cut out cookie monster head shape from blue fun foam and black mouth shape from fun foam. Choose bookmark colour. Glue head to end of bookmark, glue eyes and mouth onto cookie monsters head. Write C is for Cookie on bookmark.

Share cookies with class.