Friday, May 8, 2015

OmahaGives 2015: A Promotional Video for The Bellevue Library Foundation

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the Bellevue Public Library will participate in OmahaGives, a 24-hour fundraising campaign aimed at encouraging philanthropy and offering percent matches for donations made to qualifying nonprofits.  The Bellevue Library Foundation will be soliciting donations which, this year, have been designated for Youth and Young Adult Programming. 

The link below will take you to a video that shows some of the programs offered through the Children's Department. Here is the link to the video.  Enjoy!

We have a fun day planned at the library!  As soon as the schedule is complete I will post that info here:





I can tell you that we will have a Beatles cover band, a belly dancing performance, a Meet and Greet with some of our Pawsitive Reading dogs, a ROTC drill team demonstration, refreshments, a solo violinist, a beekeeping presentation, and more!
We will also hold a raffle for a number of prize baskets!  As soon as I have photos and descriptions of the baskets I will include it here:



I hope our wonderful patrons will consider donating as little as $10 to the Bellevue Library Foundation during OmahaGives on May 20!  (https://www.omahagives24.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=overview&fwID=1315)  


The library's books and other materials are the "brains", 
the collective knowledge and wisdom of our community, 
but our patrons are the heartbeat of the library!
                                             ~ Mrs. B.



Every Hero Has a Story - 2015 Summer Reading Program Promotional Video

The Summer Reading Program at the Bellevue Public Library will be held from May 26 - July 17, 2015.  We have a reading program for those children entering Kindergarten - 6th grade, as well as a Read-to-Me program for those from birth - Pre-K.  We will also be offering 56 programs, parties and storytimes during the 53 days of SRP!

Here is a sneak peek at "Every Hero Has a Story"!


video




Getting to Know...Mac Barnett!

I had the opportunity to meet author Mac Barnett at The Bookworm Bookstore on May 3, 2015. While just about everybody in Omaha was focused on getting investment advice at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting that weekend, I invested my time in learning more about one of my favorite authors.  And I got a great return on my investment! It was a chance to bond with my assistant, Michelle, while having the opportunity to rub shoulders with this blue chip author!  Interest was high and, since it was a free event, I left no broker than when I arrived!  My current assets did allow me to purchase several books for signing, although my big disappointment was not being able to purchase a copy of "Count the Monkeys" anywhere in the metro. I was even willing to pay more than the fair market price!  The next time I get to hear Mac speak I'll need to stock up on books ahead of time, which might yield a better selection of titles! Okay...enough investment talk! 

I first heard Mac speak a few years ago at the Nebraska State Reading Association annual convention and was anxious to learn more about him and enjoy his goofball sense of humor!

He started off by reading his newest picture book: The Skunk



Because of the acoustics at The Bookworm, as well as the fact that they were busy with many customers, I did not get the best sound quality.  I have added captions to this video, and the ones that follow, for those who might find it helpful.




So many unanswered questions. Who is this skunk?  Why is he following the man?  Why doesn't he like milk?...or does he just resent being served from a saucer?   What's a pocket watch? Is it the same as an iPhone?  


Even Mac seems perplexed...and HE'S the author!



Be sure to read the rest of this little gem to find out what this skunk is up to!


Next, Mac pulled out Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, which won a Caldecott Honor for illustrator Jon Klassen.  In fact, this is the SECOND time Jon Klassen has won a Caldecott Honor for illustrating a Mac Barnett story!  Do you know what the other book is? **

Here is a fun promo video made by Mac and Jon






The final book Mac highlighted was his most recent novel, The Terrible Two, co-written with Jory John and illustrated by Kevin Cornell.



This story is about two students in the idyllic little town of Yawnee Valley who try to outwit, outsmart, and out-prank each other.  

Before Mac read the first chapter from the book, he had to initiate us into his secret prankster society.  Here he is showing us the Mac Barnett/Jory John prankster two-finger signal.



More "magical" moments with Mac (Or, "The Case of the Case of the (Almost) Purloined Camera"):


Now that we know the secret hand signal, it's time to take the Prankster's Oath!



Following his presentation Mac stuck around for book signing and picture taking!






 "Watch it there, Michelle.  You're gonna give Mac writer's cramp!











My thanks to The Bookworm Bookstore for hosting Mac Barnett's visit to Omaha!



** Jon Klassen also received the Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn!




http://www.macbarnett.com/

https://www.ted.com/talks/mac_barnett_why_a_good_book_is_a_secret_door?language=en

http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Mac-Barnett/45720819




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pajama Storytime ~ April 14, 2015

This Pajama Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on April 14, 2015.

Books:

Pizza at Sally's by Monica Wellington



Silly Doggy! by Adam Stower




Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin, illustrated by Scott Magoon




This Little Pirate by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Amy Walrod



The Very Lazy Ladybug by Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle







Each Pajama Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Colors! ~ Toddler Storytime

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on April 8, 2015.

Books:


Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass, illustrated by






Magic Colors by PatrickGeorge






Songs:

Everybody Say Hello!
(tune: "London Bridge")

Everybody say hello, say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello, hello Wesley!

(Wesley is my turtle puppet who pops out of my apron pocket whenever we sing this song.  Then he sits quietly on his rock and listens to the stories and sings along with us.  At the end of storytime he says goodbye to the children, gives them high fives, eats pretend food from their hands, blows kisses, and plays hide and seek!)



If Your Clothes Have Any Red
(tune: "If You're Happy and You Know It")

If your clothes have any red, any red,
If your clothes have any red, any red,
If your clothes have any red,
put your finger on your head,
If your clothes have any red, any red.

If your clothes have any: 
...white...then please smile with all your might...
...yellow..smile just like a happy fellow...
...green...wave your hand so you are seen...
...black...put your finger on your back...
...blue...put your finger on your shoe...
...pink...give me just a little wink...




Playtime Activities:



What's in the Green Box?
(tune: "Sally Wore a Red Dress")

What's in the green box,

The green box, the green box?
What's in the green box 
For us to play?


Foam Floor Puzzle






Bean Bags Toss





Teddy Bear Counters











Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Baby & Me ~ April 7 & 9, 2015

This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on April 7 & 9, 2015.

Book:

Splash! by Roberta Grobel Intrater 









Songs:


Hello, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

Hello friends.
Hello friends.
Hello friends.
We're glad you came today!



The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together,
The more we get together the happier we'll be!
'Cause your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together the happier we'll be!

You can make up your own verses for this song!  Think up other things that friends can do together!  Here are a few suggestions:
The more we... 
play together
dance together
read together
clap together




Come Along and Sing with Me
(tune: "London Bridge")

Come along and sing with me,
Sing with me, sing with me,
Come along and sing with me,
On a (chilly) (Tuesday)/ (rainy) (Thursday).

Additional verses:
Come along and 
tap with me...
dance with me...
wave with me...


Skinnamarink

Skinnamarink-a-dink-a-dink
Skinnamarink-a-doo
I love you!
Skinnamarink-a-dink-a-dink
Skinnamarink-a-doo
I love you!

I love you in the morning
And in the afternoon.
I love you in the evening
And underneath the moon, oh,

Skinnamarink-a-dink-a-dink
Skinnamarink-a-doo
I love you!


Rhymes:

Eight Little Piggies

Two little pigs lived in a pen, 
(hold up thumbs)
Each had 4 babies and that made ten.
(show both hands)
These four babies were snowy white,
(wiggle fingers on one hand)
These four babies were black as night
(wiggle fingers on other hand)
All eight babies loved to play,
(wiggle all fingers)
And they rolled and they rolled in the mud all day!
(roll hands)


Icka Backa Soda Cracker

Icka backa soda cracker,
Icka backa boo!
Icka backa soda cracker
Up goes you!
(bounce baby side to side, then lift up on “up goes you”)

Icka backa soda cracker,
Icka backa boo!
Icka backa soda cracker
I love you!
(bounce baby side to side, then hug on “I love you”)


Our activity this week was musical instruments!



















video














Each Baby & Me Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).