Family Storytime: Black History Month!

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This week’s storytime we are celebrating Black History Month! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime:


A Library by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Erin K. Robinson


You Matter by Christian Robinson


What Does Brown Mean to You? by Ron Grady


I Am Enough by Grace Byers, pictures by Keturah A. Bobo

Here are some songs and/or rhymes we might do in storytime:

Song: Head and Shoulder by Ella Jenkins (known as The First Lady of Children’s Folk Song)

Flannel: Twinkle Twinkle Traffic Light (invented by Garrett Morgan in 1923 after witnessing an accident
Twinkle twinkle traffic light,
On the corner shining bright.
Red means, “Stop.” Green means, “Go.”
Yellow means, “Go  very slow.”
Twinkle twinkle traffic light,
On the corner shining bright.

Rhyme: Peanut Butter and Jelly (Although he did not invent peanut butter [the Incans did], George Washington Carver made more than 300 different uses for peanuts like shampoo, paper, soap, and glue!)
Peanut butter, peanut butter, jelly, jelly.
First you take the peanuts, and you crush ‘em, crush ‘em.
Peanut butter, peanut butter, jelly, jelly.
Then you take the grapes, and you squish ‘em, squish ‘em.
Peanut butter, peanut butter, jelly, jelly.
Then you take the bread and you spread it, spread it.
Peanut butter, peanut butter, jelly, jelly.
Then you make a sandwich, and you eat it, eat it!
Peanut butter, peanut butter, jelly, jelly.

Song: Super Shaker Song by Culture Queen (a Children’s musician and arts manager from Baltimore, Maryland)

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting January 2nd-May 31st: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30, 10:15. and 11:00, Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 except the 3rd Friday of each month unless otherwise stated in the calendar

Family Storytime: Mo Willems!

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This week’s storytime we are featuring the author Mo Willems! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime:


Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! words and pictures by Mo Willems


Watch Me Throw the Ball! by Mo Willems


That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Amazon.com: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale: 0884939682625: Willems, Mo: Books
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster: Willems, Mo: 9780786852949: Amazon.com: Books
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Here are some songs and/or rhymes we might do in storytime:

Song: Wheels On the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town

(verses: babies/up and down… wipers/swish… horn/beep… door/open and shut…)

Flannel: One little blue fish
One little blue fish swimming in the water, (Make a fish with your hands)
Swimming in the water, swimming in the water (Move your fish back and forth)
One little blue fish swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, (use your pointer fingers to draw circles leading up)
Pop! (Clap your hands)

Verses: go through the different colors of the fish felt

Song: If You’re a _____ and You Know It
If you’re an elephant and you know it, shake your ears
If you’re an elephant and you know it, shake your ears
If you’re an elephant and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you’re an elephant and you know it, shake your ears!

If you’re a pig and you know it, say oink, oink
If you’re a pig and you know it, oink, oink
If you’re a pig and you know it and you really want to show it.
If you’re a pig and you know it, oink, oink!

If you’re a pigeon and you know it, strut your stuff.
If you’re a pigeon and you know it, strut your stuff.
If you’re a pigeon and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you’re a pigeon and you know it, strut your stuff.

Song: Did You Ever See a Bunny? (tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie?)
Did you ever see a bunny, a bunny, a bunny,
Did you ever see a bunny, that hops so slow?
It hops, and hops, and hops, and hops,
Did you ever see a bunny, that hops so slow?

Verses: so fast… backwards… on one foot

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting January 2nd-May 31st: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30, 10:15. and 11:00, Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 except the 3rd Friday of each month unless otherwise stated in the calendar

Family Storytime: Lunar New Year (Dragon)!

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This week’s storytime we are celebrating Lunar New Year! This year will be the Year of the Dragon. Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime:


The Tray of Togetherness by Flo Leung


Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors written by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin


Chloe’s Lunar New Year by Lily LaMotte, illustrated by Michelle Lee


12 Lucky Animals: A Bilingual Baby Book by Vickie Lee, illustrated by Joey Chou

Here are some songs and/or rhymes we might do in storytime:

Rhyme: Swing Your Dragon Tail
Turn around once and swing your dragon tail,
Turn around twice, flap your wings, and shake your scales,
Turn around three times, stomp your feet and roar,
Jump up high then sit down on the floor.

Flannel: 5 Little Dragons (tune: 5 Little Ducks)
5 little dragons went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mother dragon said, “It’s time for your snack,”
And only four little dragons came back.

Repeat until none, then:
No little dragons went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
Mother dragon said, “It’s a really good snack!”
And five little dragons came roaring back!

Song: Dragon Dance (tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
See the dragon hop, hop, hop.
Hop, hop, hop. Hop, hop, hop.
See the dragon hop, hop, hop,
On Lunar New Year’s Day!

Verses: shake its tail… dance around… stomp its feet… jump up and down… go to sleep…

Song: If You’re a Dragon and You Know It
If you’re a dragon and you know it, show your claws.
If you’re a dragon and you know it, show your claws.
If you’re a dragon and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you’re a dragon and you know it, show your claws.

Verses: wiggle your tails… breathe out fire… ask them for other dragon traits and make up your own!

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting January 2nd-May 31st: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30, 10:15. and 11:00, Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 except the 3rd Friday of each month unless otherwise stated in the calendar

Family Storytime: Cookies!

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This week’s storytime theme is “cookies”! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime:


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond


The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? words and pictures by Mo Willems


Tthe Smart Cookie by Jory John and Pete Oswald


Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-Up by Robert Sabuda

Here are some songs and/or rhymes we might do in storytime:

Movement: Making Cookies
I am making cookie dough                                  point to self
Round and round the beaters go                      roll your arms
Add some flour from a cup                                 pour from cup
Stir and mix the batter up                                   pretend to stir

Roll them, cut them nice and neat                   pretend to roll and cut
Put them on a cookie sheet                                pretend to lay out on sheet
Bake them, count them, 1, 2, 3                         count with fingers
Then serve them to my friends for tea          pretend to eat cookies

Rhyme: Ten Little Cookies
Ten little cookies laying on a plate
Mom eats two and then there are 8.

When Dad comes home, two cookies he picks
Leaving on the plate only 6.

Brother comes home, slamming the door.
He eats two cookies, then there are 4.

When sister comes home, there are still a few
She eats a couple, then there are 2.

Baby wakes up. His nape is done.
He eats a cookie, then there is 1.

The cat jumps on the table and eats the last one.
Poor dog!  He’s too late.  He only gets a crumb.

Song: “C Is For Cookie” the Cookie Monster song!
“C” is for cookie, that’s good enough for me.
“C” is for cookie, that’s good enough for me.
“C” is for cookie, that’s good enough for me.
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with “C”!

Song: Down Around the Corner: Bakery Edition
Down around the corner at the bakery shop,
Were 5 little cookies with sugar on top,
Along came someone with some money to spend,
And they took a little cookie to share with a friend.

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting January 2nd-May 31st: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30, 10:15. and 11:00, Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 except the 3rd Friday of each month unless otherwise stated in the calendar

Family Storytime: Tea!

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This week’s storytime theme is “tea”! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime:


Tea for Ten by Lena Anderson


Tea with Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg


Tea with Oliver by Mika Song


Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Here are some songs and/or rhymes we might do in storytime:

Song: I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a little teapot, short and stout,
Here is my handle, here is my spout.
When I get all steamed out hear me shout,
Tip me over and pour me out!

Rhyme: Here’s a Cup (Jbrary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8EeAYePudU)
You’ll need at least two people for this rhyme. This is to help encourage interaction between caregiver and child or between two children!
One person makes a fist and the other places hands on top to guide them.
Here’s a cup and here’s a cup, (Lift each paired hands slightly)
And here’s a pot of tea. (Bring hands together)
Pour a cup, pour a cup, (Motion hands as if pouring tea)
And drink some tea with me. (Bring one pair of hands to you and the other to your partner)

Song: These Are My Glasses by Laurie Berkner
(Make some finger glasses) Hello! I see you through my glasses.
Can you put on a pair of glasses? Hmm, let’s put them down.
Oh! I’ve got a book. Put your hands together and you can make a book, too.
Then you can open it, oooop!
GASP oh my goodness there’s a pink snake in there! Shut that book! Whoop!
Let’s look inside again. Open it up, oooop!
OH MY GOODNESS IT’S A purple dinosaur! CLOSE THE BOOK! WHOOP!

These are my glasses,                                (finger glasses up against eyes)
This is my book,                                           (put your hands together)
I put on my glasses,                                    (put your glasses on)
And open up the book.                              (open up the book)

Now I read, read, read,                              (bring “book” from side to side)
And I look, look, look,                                (“look” from side to side)
I put down my glasses,                              (put down glasses)
And WHOOP! Close up the book!           (whoop, close up the book!)

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting January 2nd-May 31st: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30, 10:15. and 11:00, Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30 except the 3rd Friday of each month unless otherwise stated in the calendar

Reduce Stress with Mindfulness

A six part series that serves as an introduction to mindfulness. Learn to promote your own wellness while cultivating a practice that includes skills that you can use anytime, anywhere. This series is best taken in order, but is not required. 

These sessions run on Tuesdays starting January 30 through March 5, from 10-11 a.m. at the Library. This series is for adults ages 18+. Registration is required. Supplies are limited.

Jan. 30: Introduction to Mindfulness
Feb. 6: STOP Practice
Feb. 13: Seated Meditation
Feb. 20: Walking Meditation
Feb. 27: Turning Toward Practice
March 5: Course Review & Building a Home Practice

See all classes here under the events tab. 

Family Storytime: Pandas!

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This week’s storytime theme is “pandas”! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime:


Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony


The Perfect Sofa by Fifi Kuo