This 2012 Notable Children’s Book is a charmer as brightly colored dots and the accompanying rhymes demonstrate antonyms and synonyms. A perfect choice to read to your toddler. Dot by Patricia Intriago.
Celebrate Family Gaming Day on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Amelia Branch with games and fun for all ages. Play our life-sized Candy Land game! Board games will be available all day long. For more information, call the library at 752-5580.
It’s time for a new Skippyjohn Jones book, Skippyjohn Jones and the Cirque de Ole! This series of picture books about a Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Chihuahua is adorable. The rhyming, rhythmic writing is fun to read and if my oldest nephew is a judge, giggle inducing to hear. In his latest adventure, Skippyjohn wants to perform his high wire act in the circus.
Two of our branches, Union Twp. and Bethel, are hosting pirate themed events. Join the fun!
Arrrr you ready to learn the in’s and out’s of piracy!? Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Union Twp. Branch on Saturday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m.
Kids 6-11 are encouraged to come in costume. Leave your landlubber ways behind! Learn how to talk, act and think like a real pirate. Bring your parrot and wear your best pirate duds! After the program, the whole family is welcome to join us to watch a pirate movie.
Space is limited so reserve your spot by visiting the branch, calling 528-1744, or register online.
Salty dogs, if yer 4-10 years old, join us fer a pirate party at the Bethel Branch on Wednesday, September 19 when the sun’s over the yardarm at 4:00 p.m. We’ll be makin’ our own pirate flags and huntin’ for library treasure. Of course, we’ll be practicin’ our pirate talk skills! Costumes arrrre welcome, but leave yer cutlass at home!
There’s only room for a few on this ship, so visit the library, call 734-2619, or register online to be sure you get a spot.
Children’s books about pirates.
During the month of June we are talking about our favorite animals, and for our first week Ms. Garria picked Elephants and Piggies (after all, she is a HUGE Mo Willems fan). As always, all three of our story times throughout the week were on the same subject but featured different stories and activities. Between Ms. Garria, Ms. Cheryl and myself we read quite a few!
- We are in a book! by Mo Willems
- Elephants Can’t Dance by Mo Willems
- Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman
- Piggies by Don and Audrey Woods
- Pigs Rock by Melanie Davis Jones
- Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- The Three Horrid Little Pigs by Liz Pichon
- How To Catch an Elephant by Amy Schwart
Mrs. Garria made us a special flannel board about Five Clean and Dirty Pigs, with a rhyme that was sung to the tune of Five Green and Speckled Frogs: (Repeat for numbers 5-1)
Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a big THUD
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs!
Our kids enjoyed watching the Piggies on our flannel board go from clean to dirty, and they had a great time making their own version for our craft. Everyone got a piggie cut out to make a dirty as they wanted with brown paint and sponges.
Our current StoryTime session will run through July 19. We have All Ages StoryTime Wednesdays at 10:30 and Thursdays at 11:30 and ToddlerTime Thursdays at 10:30 (with a special Gaming session for older kids while their younger siblings are in ToddlerTime!)
Hope we see you soon!
Hi! We’re in the swing of things here at the Union Township Library and summer programs are keeping us super busy. We started our Summer Reading Program at the beginning of June and one of the activities that kids can do to earn prizes is attend programs at the library. Needless to say, all of our programs are super popular, but none more so than Lego Club.
At our May meetings we have lots of extra building challenges. We worked in teams to build the tallest free-standing tower possible in a set time period (I think everyone enjoyed the smash of the towers falling more than the building of them). We also focused on our Summer Reading theme of Read: Morning, Noon and Night by building something that you see at night, and then building something from our favorite books.
We finished up with a free building session which featured lots of vehicles, robots, chess boards and even a TARDIS. You can see some of our creations on the Clermont County Public Library Flickr page, where Lego Club has their own collection of photos!
Can’t make it to Lego Club? Check out some of these awesome titles about everyone’s favorite bricks:
- The Cult of Lego by John Baichtal
- The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock your Imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz
- The Unofficial Lego Builder’s Guide by Allan Bedford
This summer at Amelia, we’re putting on our PJs and celebrating the summer reading theme, Dream Big!, with Pajama StoryTimes. Our first session was a big hit, especially because we had a delicious theme: pizza!
We read some great stories about making pizza, including The Pizza That We Made by Joan Holub, and even one about a boy who became a pizza, in Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig. Sam of Sam’s Pizza by David Pelham baked some yucky surprises (hint: they were all creepy crawly) into a pizza for his sister, and Curious George tried his hands (all four of them) at making and delivering pizza in Curious George and the Pizza by Margret Rey.
Because we also sang songs about making pizza, the literacy tip for this StoryTime involved one of the five practices for developing literacy skills, Singing. Kids can learn many things by singing songs, but two aspects that will help them get ready to read are new vocabulary (like the terms for pizza and baking) and hearing how smaller sounds work together to make words (such as the rhymes “man” and “can” or “cheese” and “please” in the song below). Singing with your child is a fun and easy way to develop these important skills.
Our favorite song of the evening turned out to be this adaptation of Pat-a-Cake:
Pat-a-pie, pat-a-pie, Pizza Man,
Make me a pizza as fast as you can!
Roll it, and toss it, and sprinkle it with cheese,
And don’t forget five pepperoni please!
The best part is acting out each step to make a pizza.
We concluded our pizza party by making two types of (paper) pizza. First, everyone helped decorate three large pizzas; with all the sauce and toppings we added, they became rainbow pizzas! (The pizzas were made from hula hoops and butcher paper.) After these gigantic pizzas went in the oven, the kids made their own personal pizzas to take home, paper plates cut into four slices (we also talked about fourths, halves, and wholes, a great early math lesson!) that everyone decorated beautifully.
I had a great time sharing stories in my jammies, and I hope you’ll join us for the next Pajama StoryTime at the Amelia Branch on Monday, July 23 at 6:30 PM, when we’ll be talking about the Tooth Fairy.
Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 pm
Help us welcome the Cincinnati Zoo for a special presentation of Wild Life Comes to You: nocturnal animals. Attendees will meet four animal ambassadors during the visit and discover more about the animals and their habitats. Staff will also demonstrate how to register for summer reading this year online!