Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Reading Week 1 (So far)

Hello Library Friends!
The first week of Summer Reading has arrived, silently but quite full of activity! This seems to set the tone for a pretty great summer.

This year the theme are One World, Many Stories for children preschool through entering fifth grade and You Are Here for children entering sixth through twelfth grades.

Here is what we've been doing (so far) this week:
Monday we finished decorating and coloring a map of the world in the family room. Readers can share WHERE in the world they have read using purple stickers. We are also going to read around the world during our storytimes and use animal stickers to show those places.

We also had a free Lego play. Children dropped in and played with Legos and created machines and had a contest to see who could build the best car.

Before: The 'Poem-tree'

During: It's so empty!
Hard at work and ...

...After. Where in the World have YOU read?

This young man read a book set in Canada

What are we going to build?

Tuesday we started storytime again. During Bibs-n-Books we read books about mice.
and a book about animal sounds around the world:
Mice Squeak, We Speak by Tomie de Paola.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley

Everywhere the Cow Says "Moo" by Ellen Weinstein, illustrated by Kenneth Andersson.

Tuesday afternoon some of our library friends from a local school had an early dismissal. They started a marathon game of Monopoly that continued when they came to the library on Wednesday! This is quite a creative bunch as the Monopoly game is missing quite a few traditional pieces the players came up with a Lego Man and a Stickpin, among other items, for playing pieces.

Wednesday evening during Sleepytime Tales we read books about bedtime and lullabies across the world. During our reading time we learned new signs to use while singing The More We Get Together (my new favorite sign is play) and we signed Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, as we sang it. Before we began our first book we learned the signs for 'good', 'night' and 'moon' and then read Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd and signed 'good' and 'night' each time we read the words.

We also read

We read Go to Sleep Gecko! : a Balinese folktale retold by Margaret Read MacDonald ; illustrated by Geraldo ValĂ©rio (with our friends shouting 'Gec-ko! Gec-ko' along with us) Hush (sorry; can't remember the author!) and Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping by Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins.

Thursday we welcomed our first guest, performer Peter Taney! He shared a history of musical instruments from around the world, and even had had instruments available for the audience to use!


Peter was wonderful! After his performance he let each child take a turn at playing his violin and we are super excited to have him back in July. He will perform July 29th during Friday Morning Live at the Twentieth Century Club located at 84 S Lansdowne Ave.
Peter's performance this week was made possible by a generous grant from the Friends of  the Lansdowne Public Library. His performance in July is being made possible by the Lansdowne Allied Youth Council.

Afterwards one of our new wonderful volunteers made samples of the hat craft we were going to use for Book Bunch. This turned into a craft circle with some of the most unique hats! The creativity didn't stop there...during Book Bunch we read Do You Wear Hats by Eileen Spinelli. The group made some cool hats.

Do YOU wear a hat?

A chain hat


Friday we plan to play games, set up the store and end our first week of Summer Reading with a game of Mario Kart.

It's not to late to join in on the fun. The summer reading program has many, many wonderful programs in store over the next seven weeks. Please call 610-623-0239 ext 5 or e-mail for more information.


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