Stuffed Animal Sleepover

This past Friday we hosted our first Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime! Kids brought a stuffed animal friend with them to an afternoon storytime. Miss Lizzie told a story about Poppy (written by Dick Gackenbach); a stuffed panda who is too upset to sleep until he finds the perfect thing to wear to bedtime. Teaching our stuffed animal friends how to do the Hokey Pokey we listened to the Wiggleworms rendition of the Hokey Pokey. We also read “Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein about a little red chicken who wants to hear a bedtime story, but cannot help interrupting the stories to give spoiler alerts to characters within the books. Using sign language we sang our closing song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” with our voices and hands. Children then tucked their friends into bed and left. Our library mascot, Copa the Coyote, took pictures of what happened during the sleepover. On Saturday morning kids came back to the library to retrieve their friend, as well as, view a slideshow of the shenanigans that took place at the sleepover. Kids left with some pictures of the festivities and a picture frame keepsake. Below is the slideshow of the sleepover-enjoy!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover 2011

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Friday Nov. 18 @ 3:30!

Bring your stuffed animal to the library Friday November 18 at 3:30 for stories, songs and a craft. You’ll go home while your stuffed animal stays behind at the library for sleepover fun. Pick up your stuffed animal on Saturday, November 19 at 9:30 along with a photo of all the fun and watch a slideshow. Your stuffed animal will be spending the night, so please don’t bring a stuffed animal you need to get to sleep.
Registration is required, only one stuffed animal per child please. Register at http://ow.ly/7pHuq !

Storytimes are coming!

After a whirlwind summer of the Summer Reading Program we will be getting back to our regular monthly programming beginning the week of September 12! Here are the days and times:

Babytime (ages 0-22 months)-Mondays @ 9:30

Toddler Time (ages 18-36 months)-Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10:15*

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6)-Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 11:15*

*-tickets will be handed out 15 minutes before the program

We have some additional fun programs happening this fall, so be sure to check the Queen Creek Branch Events calendar at www.mcldaz.org !

Spring Break!

To celebrate spring break Toddler and Preschool Storytimes joined forces this week! Ms. Karrie told us about Saint Patrick who lived a long time ago in Ireland and used music to save Ireland from lots of snakes! People celebrate him on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, with Irish food and crafts. Listed below are two Irish inspired songs we sang:

I’m a Little Leprechaun (Tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I’m a little leprechaun,

leprechaun, leprechaun.

I’m a little leprechaun

Who likes to dress in green.

I dress in green from head to toe,

head to toe, head to toe.

I dress in green from head to toe

I wear green all day long!

5 LITTLE SHAMROCKS

1 green shamrock, in the morning dew,

Another one sprouted, and then there were two.

2 green shamrocks, growing beneath a tree;

Another one sprouted and then there were three.

3 green shamrocks, by the cottage door;

Another one sprouted,

And then there were four.

4 green shamrocks, near a beehive

Another one sprouted, and then there were five.

5 little shamrocks, bright and emerald green,

Think of all the luck these shamrocks will bring!

With the weather warming up  “Hurray for Spring!” by Patricia Hubbell was just the right book to read, celebrating all the delights of spring, such as, flying kites, talking to ants, and picking yummy berries. The colorful illustrations and lyrical words will make kids want to explore the springy world around them!

How did the chicken get to bed? By reading a book! In “Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein, Little Red Chicken wants her papa to read her a bedtime story, but with each tale comes interrupted commentary by Little Red Chicken. The sweet natured outbursts of Little Red Chicken are sure to be hit with all ages.

Earlier in the day we got a tip that a leprechaun was hiding out in the library, so we went on a leprechaun hunt. Here was our fun interactive adventure you can do too:

Going on a leprechaun hunt. I’m not afraid.
Let’s go! Oh. look! I see a grassy field.
Can’t go around it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go over it. Let’s go through it.
Let’s go! Swish, swish, swish, swish.
Oh, look! I see a giant tree.
Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go through it. Let’s climb it.
Let’s go! Climb, climb, climb.
Oh, look! I see a river.
Can’t go over it. Can’t go around it. Can’t go under it. Let’s Swim it.
Let’s go. Swim, swim, swim.
Oh, look! I see a dark cave.
Can’t go around it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go over it. Let’s tiptoe into it.
Let’s go. Tippy, tippy, toe.
It’s really dark in here. Better turn on my flashlight.
Oh, no. I see something!
It’s mean! It’s green! It’s a leprechaun! Let’s go!
Run! Run! Swim! Swim! Climb! Climb! Swish! Swish!
Whew…safe at home again!

Here is the instructions on how to make fun, festive gel bags:

  1. Fill a quart-size food storage bag with inexpensive green hair gel.  You may also use clear gel and add green food coloring. (You can get very inexpensive gel at a dollar store.)
  2. Add confetti and/or glitter – gold works well with the green for this theme.
  3. “Burp” the bag to remove most of the air.
  4. Insert the bag into another bag seal side down. “Burp” this bag as well.

This idea can be used for any holiday – just change the colors!  Try some interesting and creative add-ins.  This is a great sensory experience for the kids and makes for an inexpensive activity that can be repeated over and over.