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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Apple Story Time: October 16-17, 2017

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray
Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr.
From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky *
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson *
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Theo LeSieg*
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Durbosarsky

Craft: Apple
This weeks' craft was based on the picture above.  The children colored pre-cut apple tops and bottoms, leaf and stem.  They then glued them to ends three jumbo craft sticks making up the apple core.  Seeds could be colored on to the craft sticks.

Literacy Extensions:
- Go on a field trip to pick apples.
- Try different types of apples and see which kinds are your family's favorites.

We found that the craft was easier to make if we taped the craft sticks together so they didn't move around while working with them.  We used masking tape at the top and bottom to tape them together.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sasquatch Story Time: October 10, 2017

Are We There, Yeti? by Ashlyn Anstee
The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! by Scott Magoon
Don't Squish the Sasquatch! by Kent Redeker *
Socksquatch by Frank W. Dormer *
Yeti, Turn Out the Light! by Greg Long *

Craft: Sasquatch
This week's craft was based on the picture at left.  The kids colored the sasquatch head before gluing on eyes and teeth.  It could be made into a bigfoot, sasquatch, yeti, etc. depending on how it was colored.

Literacy Extensions:
- The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot would be a great introduction for a conversation on telling the truth, lies, and exaggeration.
- After reading Yeti, Turn Out the Light make some shadow drawings.  Place various objects in front of a bright light and have your child try to trace the shadows.

Story Time was not held on Monday, October 9, 2017 as the library was closed for a staff development day.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall Story Time: October 2-3. 2017

Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky
Fall Ball by Peter McCarty
I Know It's Autumn by Eileen Spinelli
Moon Glowing by Elizabeth Partridge *
Red Are the Apples by Marc Harshman *
When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey *

Craft: Bat Clip
The children colored a bat body and bat wings before gluing them together.  The bat was then glued to a clothespin to clip onto the child's clothes.

Literacy Extensions:
- Moon Glowing gives information on four different animals' preparations for winter.  Choose some additional animals to learn about and check out books about them from the library.
- Go on a fall nature walk.  Try to find different colored leaves, acorns, animal prints, etc.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Building Block Award Nominees - Week 4: September 25-26, 2017

Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz *
Still a Gorilla by Kim Norman *
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman *

Craft: Gorilla
This week's craft was based on the picture at left.  The children colored a rectangle head with mouth and eyes, two ears, and a craft stick before gluing all the pieces together.

Literacy Extensions:
- Learn more about wolves and bunnies by checking out some books at the library.  See if your child can come up with ways they are similar and ways they are different.
- Extend the book Still a Gorilla by having your child act out the story.

The children voted this week for their favorite book for the Building Block Award.  You can vote online through the link on the Missouri Library Association's Building Block Award webpage.  Voting goes through December 31, 2017.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Building Block Award Nominees Story Times - Week 3: September 18-19, 2017

10 Little Ninjas by Miranda Paul *
Marta! Big and Small by Jen Arena *
There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins *
There's a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach *

Craft: Bear Headband
The children were given a bear head to color before gluing strips to it to make into a headband.

Literacy Extensions:
- Marta! Big and Small is a great way to introduce the Spanish language to children.  Check out a Spanish/English picture dictionary and see if your child can guess the meaning of the Spanish words.
- Ask your child to stretch their imagination by coming up with new verses to 10 Little Ninjas.

There's a Giraffe in My Soup was only read on Monday as the Tuesday story time group heard the book earlier this month.

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