Sunday, January 29, 2012

Storytime Week 2: Who's Coming to Visit?

This week's theme is about visiting and having visitors.  It's in preparation for our Take Your Child to the Library Day next Saturday.  This day is planned as a celebration of children at libraries and is designed to encourage visitors, old and new, to visit their library.

This Week's Books:
Who is Tapping at My Window, by A.G. Deming and Monica Wellington
A Visitor for Bear, by Bonny Becker, ill. by Kady Denton
He Came with the Couch, by David Slonim
The Relatives Came, by Cynthia Rylant, ill. by Bonnie Kelly-Young
A Friend for Minerva Louise, by Janet Stoeke
My Friend Gorilla, by Atsuko Morozumi
Making a Friend, by Alison McGhee

This Week's Music:
Come on a My House, by Rosemary Clooney
Keep-a Knockin', by Little Richard
If I Knew You Were Coming, by Elaine Barton

This Week's Action Rhymes:

Knock, knock, who's there?
Two little feet that go tap, tap
Knock, knock, who's there?
Two little knees that go slap, slap
Two little hips that go wiggle, wiggle
One little tummy that goes jiggle, jiggle
Two little arms that go flap, flap
Two little hands that go clap, clap
Two little eyes that go blink, blink
One little head that goes think, think
Knock, knock, who's there?
Open the door and see.  
Knock, knock, who's there?
It's every part of me.

Knock on the door
Who's inside?
Knock once more
The door's open wide
Step once, step twice, 
Who do you see?
People who are nice
It's my family

This Week's Art/Craft: A lift-the-flap, who's coming to visit, card.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Family Game Night is February 1st

Okay, here's the thing:  I LOVE GAMES.  I grew up in a family where there was always a game in progress.  I learned to play Cribbage in kindergarten, and was playing Scrabble as soon as I could spell.  Family get-togethers today involve marathon games of Trivial Pursuit, Apples to Apples, Pitch and other card games, Cranium, and so forth.   As a family of four we like Sequence, Rat-a-tat Cat, Jenga, and Scattergories, among others.

One day, Ms. Eileen and I got to talking about games (her family is also a big fan) and we thought it would be fun to share games with our RML family.  So, on Wednesday February 1st, we'll have a big game night.  We'll start the evening with a large group game (maybe something like "Simon Says"), we'll end the evening with a big game of Pictionary (or some variation), and in between they'll be lots of games to try with your own family and others.

We'll have snacks, of course, and Ms. Eileen and I will bring some our favorite family games. Come out on a winter night and have some fun.  By the way, this will be best for families and their children age 5 and up. 

Don't forget to register!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Storytime Begins, Week One: First Snow

This week marks two important milestones; our first snow of the winter and storytimes return!  So, we'll celebrate both with our storytime theme of First Snow.

This Week's Books:
A Kitten Tale, by Eric Rohmann
Snow, by Uri Shulevitz
Snow Sounds, by David A. Johnson
A Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
Jingle-Jingle, by Nicola Smee
Where Did Bunny Go?, by Nancy Tafuri

This Week's Music:
Suzy Snowflake, by Rosemary Clooney
Aspenglow, by John Denver
Marshmallow World, by Johnny Mathis

This Week's Action Rhymes:
1 Snowflakes are falling on the ground
On our houses, on our town
On my nose, and in my hair
Snowflakes are falling everywhere

2 Let's all make a snowman
Make him big and tall
Now see if you can hit him
With a big snowball!

This Week's Art/Craft: Sponge painting 
And Five Little Snowmen Flannel board game!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy New Year and Fun Doings!

Happy New Year ! Okay, okay, I'm a bit late :)
There are lots of fun happenings about to occur at the Richmond Memorial Library. First up: Spring Storytimes.  Sign up begins on January 11 for Marlborough residents and on January 18th for all others.  Here's the run-down:

2 year olds: Monday or Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with parent or caregiver
3 year olds: Thursday at 2:00 p.m.
3-5 year olds: Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
4-6 year olds: Friday at 1:00 p.m.

Session I storytimes start the week of January 23rd and go for 5 weeks. Session II starts the week of  March 5th, also for 5 weeks. All storytimes include a craft and run from 30 minutes for the 2 year olds to 45 minutes for the older kids.  Your child must be the prescribed age at time of sign-up.

For the older kids, how about "The Next Chapter"?  This is a monthly program for kids in grades 2 through 4 where we'll discuss chapter books, share stories and other fun stuff.  Sort of like a book club, but better!  You can come each month or just once in awhile.  We'll meet kids at the Marlborough Elementary School, walk them to the library, have an afternoon snack and begin sharing our love of books.  Our first meeting is January 27, Friday, from 3:15 (when school gets out) to 4:00 (or so).  Sign-up is required.

Look forward to:
Family Game Night!  Wednesday February 1 at 6:30.  More info coming soon.
February 4th, Saturday, is Take Your Child to the Library Day! A guest reader will be here and we'll kick off a sticker scavenger hunt and maybe we'll have a few other surprises too.  
March is Cookie Month at the Library.  Hmmm, what could that mean?