Family Storytime: Road Trip!

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Starting this week is our new Summer Reading Storytime schedule! Family Storytimes will now be on Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. See you then!

This week’s storytime theme is “road trip”! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime and our recommendations for you to read at home:


Truck Full of Ducks by Ross Burach

Sheep in a Jeep
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple


Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor


Sign Off by Stephen Savage


My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer, illustrated by Jules Feiffer

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

Get Ready Song: If You’re Ready for a Story, Clap Your Hands (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands

Hello song: Clap Everybody and Say Hello
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
No matter what the weather!

Verses: For June we are learning how to say hello in Italian which is “Ciao”! Then we repeat again with the signs for clap, hello, and weather.

Song: Drive, Drive, Drive Your Car (tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Drive, drive, drive your car,
All around the town!
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Up the hills and down.

Turn, turn, turn the key,
Make the engine roar.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Let’s go to the store.

Press, press, press the pedal,
Give the engine gas.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Now we’re going fast.

Turn, turn, turn the wheel,
That is how we steer.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Let’s just park right here.

Flannel/Felt: Twinkle, Twinkle Traffic Light (tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
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.

Song: Drivin’ In My Car from Ralph’s World (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFlKUCtFmdM)

Song: This is the Way the People Ride
This is the way the people ride,
People ride, people ride,
This is the way the people ride,
So early in the morning.

Verses: babies, bunnies, puppies, kitties, etc!

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi
I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

Verses: Clap my crazies… Jump my jiggles… Yawn my sleepies… finish with a fast shake your sillies!

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
To all our friends at storytime,
We wave goodbye like this!

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting June 3rd until July 26th:
Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30, 10:15, and 11:00

No Family Storytimes week of July 29th and all of August.

Family Storytimes starting September 4th until Summer Reading: 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

Family Storytime: Yellow!

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Starting next week, June 3rd, is our new Summer Reading Storytime schedule! Family Storytimes will now be on Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. See you then!

This week’s storytime theme is “yellow”! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime and our recommendations for you to read at home:

Yellow Bird, Black Spider
Yellow Bird, Black Spider by Dosh and Mike Archer

The Honeybee
The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall and Isabelle Arsenault

Yellow Ball: Molly Bang: 9781930900790: Amazon.com: Books
Yellow Ball by Molly Bang

Lemons Are Not Red (Ala Notable Book(Awards)) (Neal Porter Books): 9781596431959: Seeger, Laura Vaccaro, Seeger, Laura Vaccaro: Books - Amazon.com
Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Counting to Bananas by Carrie Tillotson: 9780593354865 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books
Counting to Bananas words by Carrie Tillotson, pictures by Estrela Lourenco

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

Get Ready Song: If You’re Ready for a Story, Clap Your Hands (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands

Hello song: Clap Everybody and Say Hello
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
No matter what the weather!

Verses: For May we are learning how to say hello in Polish which is “Cześć! (Chesh-ch)”! Then we repeat again with the signs for clap, hello, and weather.

Song: The 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: horn/beep beep beep… wipers/swish swish swish… doors/open and shut… lights/blink blink blink

Song: Bananas Unite!
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas,
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas,
Chop bananas, chop, chop bananas,
Chop bananas, chop, chop bananas,
Mash bananas, mash, mash bananas,
Mash bananas, mash, mash bananas,
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas,
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas,
Go bananas, go, go bananas!
Go bananas, go, go bananas!
Bananas unite!

Rhyme: “Five Little Bees”
One little bee blew and flew.
He met a friend, and that made two.
Two little bees, busy as could be–
Along came another and that made three.
Three little bees, wanted one more,
Found one soon and that made four.
Four little bees, going to the hive
Spied their little brother, and that made five.
Five little bees working every hour–
Buzz away, bees, and find another flower.

Fingerplay: Ten Fluffy Chicks
Five eggs and five eggs,
That makes ten. (hold up two hands)
Sitting on top is the Mother Hen. (fold one hand over the other)
Crackle, crackle, crackle; (clap three times)
What do I see?
Ten fluffy chicks, (hold up ten fingers)
As yellow as can be!

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi
I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

Verses: Clap my crazies… Jump my jiggles… Yawn my sleepies… finish with a fast shake your sillies!

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
To all our friends at storytime,
We wave goodbye like this!

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting June 3rd until July 26th:
Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30, 10:15, and 11:00

No Family Storytimes week of July 29th and all of August.

Family Storytimes starting September 4th until Summer Reading: 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

Family Storytime: Dogs!

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This week’s storytime theme is “dogs”! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime and our recommendations for you to read at home:


Boop! words by Bea Birdsong, pictures by Linzie Hunter

Dog's Colorful Day : A Messy Story About Colors and Counting
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Pudgy: A Puppy to Love
Pudgy: A Puppy to Love by Pippa Goodhart, illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church


We Want a Dog by Lo Cole


A Dog Needs a Bone! by Audrey Wood

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

Get Ready Song: If You’re Ready for a Story, Clap Your Hands (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands

Hello song: Clap Everybody and Say Hello
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
No matter what the weather!

Verses: For May we are learning how to say hello in Polish which is “Cześć! (Chesh-ch)”! Then we repeat again with the signs for clap, hello, and weather.

Song: If You’re a Dog and You Know it (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know it)
If you’re a dog and you know it, give a bark,
If you’re a dog and you know it, give a bark,
If you’re a dog and you know it, and you really want to show it,
If you’re a dog and you know it, give a bark!

Verses:
If you’re a dog and you know it, wag your tail…
If you’re a dog and you know it, dig a hole…
If you’re a dog and you know it, sit please!

Song: Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
Where, oh where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
With his ears cut short and his tail cut long,
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Song: Bingo
There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O! B-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-o. (continue on until all claps)

Fingerplay/Action Rhyme: Five Little Puppies
Five little puppies were playing in the sun. (hold up hand, fingers out)
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (bend down finger, do action)
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race.
This one saw a kitty cat, and he began to chase.
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round & round.
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound.

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi
I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

Verses: Clap my crazies… Jump my jiggles… Yawn my sleepies… finish with a fast shake your sillies!

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
To all our friends at storytime,
We wave goodbye like this!

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting September 1st until Summer Reading: 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

Family Storytime: Flowers!

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This week’s storytime theme is “flowers”! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime and our recommendations for you to read at home:


The Hidden Rainbow by Christie Matheson


What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani


Bears and Blossoms by Shirley Parenteau, illustrated by David Walker


Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert


Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

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

Get Ready Song: If You’re Ready for a Story, Clap Your Hands (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands

Hello song: Clap Everybody and Say Hello
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
No matter what the weather!

Verses: For May we are learning how to say hello in Polish which is “Cześć! (Chesh-ch)”! Then we repeat again with the signs for clap, hello, and weather.

Song: Planting Time (tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Dig, dig, dig the earth,                    (pretend to dig)
Then you plant the seeds,              (pretend to plant)
A gentle rain,                                   (wiggle fingers down)
The bright sunshine,                       (circle arms overhead)
And flowers you will see.               (open arms wide)

Rhyme: Five Little Flowers
Five little flowers growing in a row
The first one said, “We need rain to grow”
The second one said, “Yes, we need water!”
The third one said, “Whew, it’s getting hotter!”
The fourth one said, “Look, there are clouds in the sky.”
The fifth said, “I wonder why?”
Then “BOOM” went the thunder,
And “ZAP” went the lightning.
That springtime storm was kind of frightening.
But were the flowers scared? No, no, no.
They needed to grow, grow, grow.

Rhyme: Little Flower, Little Flower
Little flower, little flower, twist around.
Little flower, little flower, planted in the ground.
Little flower, little flower, spread your petals wide.
Little flower, little flower, now you hide.
Little flower, little flower, stretch towards the sun.
Little flower, little flower, in the wind, have fun!
Little flower, little flower, no more light.
Little flower, little flower, say good night.

Song: I’m a Little Tulip (tune: I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little tulip,
On my stem,                                                       (raise arms high)
Here are my green leaves,
See how they bend,                                           (bend forearms)
A tulip all alone
Might droop its head,                                        (bow head down)
But I am happy ‘cause I’m in a flower bed!    (raise head and arms then smile)

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi
I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

Verses: Clap my crazies… Jump my jiggles… Yawn my sleepies… finish with a fast shake your sillies!

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
To all our friends at storytime,
We wave goodbye like this!

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting September 1st until Summer Reading: 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

Family Storytime: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

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This week we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime and our recommendations for you to read at home:


A Normal Pig by K-Fai Steele


Lost and Found: What’s That Sound? written by Jonathan Ying, illustration by Victoria Ying


How to Wear a Sari by Darshana Khiani, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff


Punky Aloha by Shar Tuiasoa


Stormy Night by Salina Yoon

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

Get Ready Song: If You’re Ready for a Story, Clap Your Hands (tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands
If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story,
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands

Hello song: Clap Everybody and Say Hello
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
Clap everybody and say “hello”
No matter what the weather!

Verses: For May we are learning how to say hello in Polish which is “Cześć! (Chesh-ch)”! Then we repeat again with the signs for clap, hello, and weather.

Song: Bananas Unite!
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas,
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas,
Chop bananas, chop, chop bananas,
Chop bananas, chop, chop bananas,
Mash bananas, mash, mash bananas,
Mash bananas, mash, mash bananas,
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas,
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas,
Go bananas, go, go bananas!
Go bananas, go, go bananas!
Bananas unite!

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together, (sign: more, together)
The more we get together the happier we’ll be, (sign: more, together, happy)
‘Cause your friends are my friends, (sign: your, friends, my)
And my friends are your friends (sign: my, friends, your)
The more we get together the happier we’ll be. (sign: more, together, happy)

Song: 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)

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi
I’m gonna shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out,
And wiggle my waggles away!

Verses: Clap my crazies… Jump my jiggles… Yawn my sleepies… finish with a fast shake your sillies!

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
To all our friends at storytime,
We wave goodbye like this!

See you there!

Family Storytimes starting September 1st until Summer Reading: 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

Family Storytime: Star Wars!

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May the 4th be with you! This week we are reading about Star Wars! Here are some wonderful books we might read in storytime and our recommendations for you to read at home:


Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex