Brrrr-- It's cold outside! But we're still having fun at the library. There's one more week of storytime, and then we'll take a break. Don't worry, though, we still have some fun planned. How about celebrating National Cookie Day at the library? On Thursday, December 4th at 4pm you can let loose your inner Cookie Monster! The whole family can enjoy a story and frost a cookie. Then make decorative paper fortune cookies with custom-made fortunes perfect for gift-giving! Brrrrrr!
Star in the Night Sky -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week
The night sky is full of marvelous sights. Share these sights with the children in your life. Point out how the clouds drift past the moon. Try to find the Big Dipper. Sing the song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” together. Does your family have a special tradition that involves the moon or the stars in the sky? If not, why not create one? Talking about and learning about the world around us is a wonderful way for children to learn about their place on the planet and even in their own family or community.
Library books and DVDs to share with your children:
All About Stars (DVD CHILD 523.8 ALL ABO STARS)
Astronaut Piggywiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox (jj FOX)
Constellations: A Glow-In-the-Dark Guide to the Night Sky by Chris Sasaki (j 523.8 SASAKI)
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (jj JEFFERS)
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle (jj CARLE)
Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats (jj KEATS)
Spacetrekkers: Explore Planets, Stars, Comets, and More (DVD CHILD 520 WAY COO SPACETR)
Spacey Riddles by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg (j 818 HALL)
There’s a Great Bear in the Sky and Other Facts About Stars by Helen Taylor (j 523.8 TAYLOR)
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jane Cabrera (jj CABRERA)
Community Helpers -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week
You see them everywhere in our community. These people keep you safe, deliver your mail, bake your bread, pick up your trash, help you feel healthy, drive our buses, and even help you find books in the library. Learning about community helpers is a great way for young children to learn about the world they live in.
Teaching young children about community workers is also important for those rare emergency situations. Children need to know that a stranger in a weird uniform who is coaxing them out of a burning building is a safe person to follow. Children need to know who to go to if they become lost in the library or store. We want our children to be prepared with an understanding that it takes a whole lot of people, our community, to make our town the great place it is!
Please come to preschool storytime on Friday, October 24 at 10 am for a chance to meet an important “superhero” community helper, a police officer! An officer from the Puyallup police department will be on hand to read stories to the children and talk about Halloween safety. This is a great opportunity to shake hands with and ask questions of one community helper.
Want to explore other community helpers with books? Then check out these great children’s books:
Crafts for Kids Who are Learning About Community Workers by Kathy Ross (j 745.5 ROSS)
Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman (j 331.7 KALMAN)
Quinito’s Nieghborhood/El Vecinadorio de Quinito by Ina Cumpiano, illustrated by Jose Ramírez
Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins (jj MARKES)
The Village Garage by G. Brian Karas (jj KARAS)
When I Grow Up… by Heidi Goennel (jj GOENNEL)
When Poppy and Max Grow Up by Lindsey Gardiner (jj GARDINER)
Whose Gadgets Are These? by Amanda Doering Tourville (j 617.6 TOURVIL)
The World Around Us (Based on Timothy Goes to School and Other Stories) by Rosemary Wells (jj WELLS)
Yesterday was so much fun at Preschool Storytime! Our theme was "green" so we had stories about a green caterpillar, a green hummingbird... even a green monster (Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley). The kids were adorable as they chanted "Go Away" to make the monster disappear, bit by bit. Then they made their own green monsters. They made happy monsters, and scary monsters, and huggy monsters.. lots of variety, and lots of fun. Storytime Is Back!
Welcome September with Seasonal Books
If you do a Google search for September holidays, you find many strange and interesting holidays celebrated this month. Here are some children’s books and other materials to help you celebrate the month of departing summer.
Math at bedtime? Sure! Why not!?
For many parents, reading a book at bedtime with their child is a no brainer. There are so many good reasons to do this. It builds vocabulary, strengthens critical thinking skills, sparks imagination, and gives your kiddos a little one-on-one time. So of course, this means the same could be said of doing a little math at bedtime, right? The good people at Bedtime Math agree with me. They have a whole webpage devoted to making kids “love math like playtime or dessert.” I downloaded their app onto my iphone. My son and I use it whenever we have to wait (doctor’s office, restaurant, get to soccer practice a little early, etc.). We learn a little something on the topic of the day and then solve a few math problems around it. The math problems are divided into three different levels. At age 8, he can easily work through the first two levels. We are now working on the third and hardest level.
I encourage all the parents out there to think about incorporating a little more mathematics into your everyday life, bedtime or otherwise. Need some ideas? Then take a look at the Bedtime Math website or check out one of their books. Happy calculating!
Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)
Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)
We are so proud of all the kids who have been reading, reading, reading, as part of the Fizz, Boom, Read program this summer! The drawings are all done, but if you haven't picked up your prizes, you still have a little bit of time left. Be sure to claimthem before school starts! Summer Reading prizes
Tween Recommended Reads
It might be the end of August, summer reading is over and school has not yet started, but we still need to keep our kids reading! Sometimes it can be hard to keep tweens interested in a good book. Lucky for us the good folks at the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) created an eclectic list of great books perfect for the tween reader. If you are in need of some book recommendations for your 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, then go to http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/Tween13_RecReadsList.pdf for a pdf version of this list.
If you enjoy stories, join us at South Hill Mall for Family Storytime at 11am each Thursday through August 28. We'll be by the fireplace in the Food Court. You can listen to an old favorite, or discover a new one. See you there! Stories at South Hill Mall
Where Kids and Grown-up Have Fun with Science and Technology
Learning more about the science and study of celestial objects, space, and the physical universe is even easier to do at the Puyallup Public Library. The children’s librarians are now members of NASA’s Space Place community. As members, the librarians receive a small display about various space topics once every three to four months. This display is put up in the children’s non-fiction area at the end of a shelf (only a few steps from J 520, the Dewey Decimal Number for astronomy!).
A new display about infrared radiation and the Herschel Space Observatory just went up. This display is packed full of information and pictures. The display that just went down was about the art and beauty of space photography. I invite you to come take a look at this new display in the children’s area of the library.
To learn more about space and astronomy I encourage you to take a look at the Space Place website at SpacePlace.NASA.gov. This website is full of activities and information for children as well as parents. Explore fun facts, games, puzzles, coloring sheets, videos, photos, and so much more. Then, don’t forget to check out some books or videos on the topic. Your library has plenty for you to look at about our solar system and beyond. You will be seeing stars in your eyes!