Saturday, January 26, 2013

1000 Books Week Thirty-Five

Our poor Star Readers have been sick! We hope they get better soon! This bug that's going around has been pretty nasty!

If you're near the library today, come to our Family Literacy Event, with our Special Guest Star, Ronald McDonald! He'll be here from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, reading stories, working some magic, and talking about literacy and the Library. Register for this free event now! Call us at 403-887-2130! Snacks and drinks provided!

Our last Star Reader of the Week was Brock (feel better soon!).

This week's Star Reader is Kyler! Congratulations!

Our last Book of the Week was "Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath", a silly rhyming tale about five mucky monkeys.

Our thirty-fifth Book of the Week is "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons", by Eric Litwin.

"Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books." - Harper Collins
Stay tuned for our next Star Reader and Book of the Week!

Friday, January 25, 2013

February Newsletter

Letter L

View full imageLetter L –Lemons, lions, ladybugs, lambs, legs, library, leopards, lunch, lanterns
2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s

View full imageStorytime – Welcome Song
Storytime is starting, starting, starting.
Storytime is starting, come and listen to me.

Fingerplay: One Little, Two Little, Three Little Lions
One little, two little, three little lions,
Four little, five little, six little lions, 
Seven little, eight little, nine little lions,
View full imageTen little lions say, "Roar, Roar, Roar!

Flannel board: Mary Had a little lamb, Little Boy Blue

Song: Five Little Ladybugs
Five little ladybugs climbing up a door,
One flew away then there were four.
View full imageFour little ladybugs sitting on a tree,
One flew away then there were three.
Three Little ladybugs landed on a shoe,
One flew away then there were two.
Two little ladybugs looking for some fun,
View full imageOne flew away and then there was one.
One little ladybug sitting in the sun,
She flew away and then there were none.

Craft- Paper Plate Lion
View full imageMaterials: paper plate, yellow and orange construction paper cut into strips, pompom, googly eyes, markers, glue
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Glue strips around outside of paper plate. Glue on pompom for a nose and googly eyes. Draw on mouth and whiskers.
Idea for craft from Rainbows Within Reach

Saturday, January 19, 2013

1000 Books Week Thirty-Four


More and more kids are winning prizes for reading! Keep up the good work!

Our last Star Reader of the Week was Jace!

This week's Star Reader is Brock! Congratulations!

Our last Book of the Week was "Andrew, Where Are You?", written by our very own local author, Christine Noble.

Our thirty-fourth Book of the Week is, "Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath", by Eileen Christelow.

"When five little monkeys eat some ice cream and play in the mud, they become icky, sticky monkeys . . . and Mama says it’s time for a bath! But even after those silly little monkeys scrub themselves clean, they find a way to get mucky all over again. Toddlers will giggle over the wild monkey antics, rhyming refrains, and
expressive, up-close monkey art in this brand-new board book."
- HMH Books
Don't forget, next Saturday (January 26th), is Family Literacy Day. Our Special Guest, Ronald McDonald, is coming to read stories to the kids. Register for this free event now, space is limited! Don't forget to pick up your Reading Bingo sheets to enter into our Family Literacy Draw for a wonderful basket of goodies from the Henday Association!
Stay tuned for our next Star Reader and Book of the Week! 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Letter K

Letter K –Kittens, kangaroos, koalas, karate, kings, keys, kiss, kiwi and kites
View full image2’s and 3’s, 4’s and 5’s

Storytime – Welcome Song
Storytime is starting, starting, starting.
View full imageStorytime is starting, come and listen to me.

Read first story Cat, Pouch! or Kiss, Kiss, Yuck, Yuck

Five little kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
View full imageThey nod their heads to the children so (bend fingers)
They run to the left, they run to the right (run fingers to the left and then to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight (stretch fingers out tall)
Along comes a dog who's in for some fun (hold up one finger from opposite hand)
View full imageMEOW! See those little kittens run (let fingers run).

Read second story Curious Kittens, Tiger

Song Rhyme: Koala Bear
Koala bear, koala bear, Turn around, (Turn around)
View full imageKoala bear, koala bear, Touch the ground (Touch the ground)
Koala bear, koala bear, Dance on your toes, (Dance on tip toes)
Koala bear, koala bear, Touch your nose (Touch your nose)
Koala bear, koala bear, Give a little clap, (clap)
Koala bear, koala bear, Take a nap (Put head on hands like sleeping)

View full imageFlannel board Hey Diddle Diddle

Rhyme: Five Little Kites
Five bright kites I bought at the store. (five fingers)
Along came a strong wind, and now I have four. (thumb)
View full imageFour bright kites flying over the sea.
Along came a big wave, and now I have three. (index)
Three bright kites, I'll give one to you.
Three bright kites, now I have two. (middle finger)
Two bright kites flew too near to the sun.
Poor little kites! Now I have one. (ring down)
One bright kite - that's enough for me,
I'll keep it away from the kite - eating tree!

Craft- Kangaroo Pocket Lacing
Materials:  two pocket shapes cut from construction paper and hole punched around edges, yarn, markers
Lace together pocket. Write a letter k on the front. Draw on if desired. Tie around waist.
Craft idea from Mommy and Me Book Club

Saturday, January 12, 2013

1000 Books Week Thirty-Three

I hope everyone is staying out of the chilly weather! Should be looking up next week!

Lots of excitement in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program this week. A big Welcome Aboard to Noah, who just joined up! Congratulations to Eleanor, Isabella, and Hailey for bringing back their reading sheets, and winning some prizes!

Our last Star Reader of the Week was Phoenix!

This week's Star Reader is Jace! Congratulations!

Blogger is still giving us issues with pictures, hopefully we'll get it fixed soon!

Our last Book of the Week was "Don't Laugh at Giraffe".

Our thirty-third Book of the week is, "Andrew, Where Are You?", by Christine Noble.


"Where did Andrew go? Andrew keeps
disappearing, upsetting his family in the
process. Will he keep hiding or will he finally stop?
Can you help his family find Andrew?"
Christine is a local author, who has graciously donated her books to the library. Check out her site:

Family Literacy Day is coming up, and the Sylvan Lake Library has a special guest coming to join us. On Saturday, January 26th, at 1:00 PM, Ronald McDonald will be here to engage and entertain. This program is free, registration required - call or stop by the Library to register, space is limited. We hope to see you there!

Stay tuned for our next Star Reader and Book of the Week!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

1000 Books Week Thirty-Two

Has everyone had a Happy New Year so far? Are you sticking to your New Year's Resolutions?

We're having some technical difficulties with blogger at the moment; it's not allowing us to upload any pictures. I will post the pictures of our latest star readers once this issue has been fixed.

Last week's Star Reader was Jacob.

This week's Star Reader is Phoenix! Congratulations!

Our last Book of the Week was "Wishes", by Jean Little.

Our thirty-second Book of the Week is: "Don't Laugh at Giraffe", by Rebecca Bender

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"All Giraffe and Bird do is bicker and make fun of each other. But for dignified Giraffe, it's a different thing altogether when the other animals laugh at him, too. Now it's up to Bird to make things right for his friend. Giraffe and Bird make the oddest pair. All they do is spat, squabble and get on each other's nerves. In the morning, Bird uses his loudest outdoor voice, so Giraffe makes a disgusting noise as he clears his phlegmy throat, so Bird tickles his neck, and...well, you get the picture. There's nothing Bird likes more than to have a laugh at the expense of his lanky friend, and one dry day at the pond, he gets his chance. Giraffe's awkward attempt to reach the water without getting his hooves wet raises a cackle from a flamingo, a chortle from the zebra, then a howl from the hippo. Soon everyone is having a good laugh...especially Bird. In fact, Bird is having a ball until he realizes that his mortified friend has left the pond without quenching his thirst. Now Bird is sorry. How will he get Giraffe back? Author/illustrator Rebecca Bender's hilarious illustrations accompany a story about empathy and the trials of friendship that will persuade young readers that it's okay to look goofy and laugh at yourself once in a while, especially when you have a good friend by your side." - University of Toronto Press

Stay tuned for our next Star Reader and Book of the week (hopefully our pictures will be back soon! We've had some cute ones!)