Friday, July 29, 2016

It's Time to Say Goodbye

Today I am announcing that August 19 will be my last day as Children's Librarian. Bellevue Public Library has been a tremendous part of my life since I first brought my children here in the late 1980s. After almost 20 years of employment at the library, I am going to enjoy semi-retirement while exploring some volunteer opportunities. I look forward to focusing specifically on early childhood education by working with little ones and their parents in the Metro area.
It has been an honor and a tremendous blessing to work with such an exemplary staff, and to meet and share literature and life with so many wonderful children and families in our community.
While I'll still be at the library often - as a patron and a volunteer - I would love to see you and your family one last time before I retire. The staff will be hosting an Open House on Monday, August 15 from 3-6 PM. I hope you can join us for cake and refreshments, lots of laughter and photos... and some goodies for the kids!
~ Mrs. B.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Baby & Me ~ February 9 & 11, 2016

This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on February 9 & 11, 2016.

Book:
Hug You, Kiss You, Love You by Joyce Wan 








Songs:


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

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


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are. 


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

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



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 (blustery) (Tuesday)/ (windy) (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:


Pizza, Pizza Pumpernickel
Pizza, pizza pumpernickel,
(gently pat child's legs in rhythm on the underlined syllables)
My little baby shall have a tickle.
(continue patting child's leg )
One on the nose,
(gently tickle child's nose)
And one on the toes,
(tickle toes)
And one on the tummy
(gently pat child's leg in rhythm on the underlined syllables)
where the pizz-a goes!
(gently pat child's tummy in rhythm on the underlined syllables)



I Saw a Snake Go By One Day
(© Lois Simmie)  

I saw a snake go by one day (make snake motion with arm)
Riding in his Chevrolet (hands on steering wheel)
He was long (extend arms to show "long")
And he was thin (arms show "thin")
And he didn't have a chin. (point to chin)

He had no chin,
But what the heck (shrug)
He had lots and lots and lots of neck! (touch or tickle baby's neck)


Our activity this week was Board Books!








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).

Toddler Storytime ~ Love!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on February 10, 2016.

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support all or most 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).



Writing:

Children were supplied with crayons to use with their Green Box activity (see below).
Reading:

Te Amo, Bebe, Little One by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Maribel Suarez





Three Little Words by Clemency Pearce, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw



Singing:

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

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



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!)


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

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






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?

Today our green box contained heart-shaped sewing cards.  Children used white chenille stems to "sew" around the hearts.

Talking:
I began storytime by introducing the theme of Love and Valentine's Day.  I encouraged the adults to talk with their young ones about friends and family members who they love.

Playing:
Today we got out the giant beach ball, sat in a circle, and pushed the ball back and forth across the circle.  This was a great way for me to practice all the kids' names as I helped direct the ball to certain children who had not yet had a few chances to catch the ball. The kids did a great job of waiting patiently for the ball to be rolled to them and they also showed some terrific moves in rolling the ball across the floor!


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

Toddler Storytime: New books for January 2016!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on January 6, 2016.

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support all or most 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).



Writing:



Reading:

Tony Baroni Loves Macaroni by Marilyn Sadler, illustrated by Lucie Crovatto






Wild Feelings by David Milgrim





Singing:

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

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



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!)


Can You Make a Happy Face?
(tune: "Muffin Man")
Can you make a happy face,
A happy face, a happy face?
Can you make a happy face?
Show it to me now!

additional verses:
...angry face
...sleepy face
...sad face
...silly face


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

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






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?


Talking:
Adults were encouraged to talk with their children about the meaning of the words "stubborn" and "clumsy", both found in Wild Feelings by David Milgrim. The children were also asked about their favorite pasta in preparation for reading Tony Baroni Loves Macaroni by Marilyn Sadler.  Everyone was also encouraged to learn and repeat this phrase which is spoken 4 times during the story: "No, Nonna, please!  Just macaroni and cheese!"

Playing:


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

Baby & Me ~ January 12 & 14, 2016

This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on January 12 & 14, 2016.

Book:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle








Songs:


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

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


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are. 


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

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



Clap Your Hands, 1,2,3
(tune: “This Old Man”


Clap your hands, one, two, three.
Play a clapping game with me.
Now your hands have gone away.
* Bring them back so we can play!
(last time: “We’ll play this game another day!”)




Where is Baby?
(tune: "Frere Jacques")

Where is (child's name)?  Where is (child's name)? 
(Cover child's face with a blanket or scarf)

There you are!  There you are!
(pull cover away)

I'm so glad to see you!  I'm so glad to see you!

Peek-a-boo!  Peek-a-boo!

(cover and uncover child's face again)


Rhymes:

Good Morning, Toes!

Good morning, toes,
Good morning, toes,
And how are you today?
I trust you had a good night's sleep
And now you're ready to play!
Help your little one identify other parts of his/her body as you continue this rhyme:
Good morning, knees...
Good morning, arms...
Good morning, tummy...


Cuckoo Clock

Ticktockticktock,
I'm a li...ttle cu-ckoo clock
Ticktockticktock,
Now I'm stri-king one o-clock.
Cu-ckoo!


Our activity this week was Board Books!











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).

Toddler Storytime ~ Snow!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on January 13, 2016.

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support all or most 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).



Writing: Chalk snowmen drawings on dark construction paper was our Green Box activity this week.



Reading:

Snow Happy by Patricia Hubbell, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata






Hello, Snow! by Hope Vestergaard, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott




Singing:

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

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



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!)



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

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






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?

Today we used chalk to make snowmen on dark-colored construction paper.

Talking:
Five Little Snowmen

Five little snowmen standing out of doors.
This one melted and then there were four.

Four little snowmen underneath a tree.
This one melted and then there were three.

Three little snowmen with hats and mittens, too.
This one melted and then there were two.

Two little snowmen outside in the sun.
This one melted and then there was one.

One little snowman trying hard to run.
He melted, too, and then there were none.

Playing:
Pretend to be a snowman, then start melting!




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

Baby & Me Storytime ~ January 19 & 21, 2016

This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on January 19 and 21, 2016.

Book:
Peek-a-Boo! by Roberta Grobel Intrater








Songs:


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

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


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are. 


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

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



You Are My Sunshine

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.

You make me happy when skies are gray.
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away!


Clap Your Hands, 1,2,3
(tune: “This Old Man”


Clap your hands, one, two, three.
Play a clapping game with me.
Now your hands have gone away.
* Bring them back so we can play!
(last time: “We’ll play this game another day!”)


Rhymes:

It's Snowing

It's snowing!  It's snowing!
How the wind does blow!
Snowflakes falling from the sky.
Oops!  One landed on my...nose!

Have fun with your little one by continuing this rhyme, choosing other parts of her body where a snowflake might land and unexpectedly tickle her!  Snowflakes might land on Baby's neck, toes, ears, back, tummy, knee, etc.


Our activity this week was Musical Instruments!








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).