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Take a Trip to the Zoo

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Do you love the zoo? You can recreate the fun at home!

Try This Fingerplay

 The spotted giraffe is tall as can be,

(raise one arm as high as you can),

His lunch is a bunch of leaves off a tree,
(nibble with fingers of hand of outstretched arm)

He has a very long neck and his legs are long too,
(point to raised arm and legs)

And he can run faster than his friends at the zoo!

Read These Books

Check out more great books about the zoo.

Try These Activities

  • Talk with your child about the animals in a box of animal crackers. What sounds do those animals make? What do those animals eat?
  • Play “Monkey See, Monkey Do” with your child and copy his/her silly actions. Then have your child take a turn copying your silly actions.
  • After reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle, take a walk around your neighborhood to see what you can hear. Are there birds chirping? Do you live near a busy street? Ask your child to be still and use his/her “animal ears” (made by cupping your palms around your ears) to listen for sounds.
  • For more ideas on how to take zoo fun home, visit Kid Territory, hosted by The Zoological Society of San Diego.
Sing This Song
Here’s a trick: while you sing this song with your child, have fun pretending to be the animals mentioned.
We Are Going To The Zoo
(to the tune of: London bridges)

We are going to zoo,
To the zoo, to the zoo.
We are going to the zoo,
Won’t you join us too?

We’ll see lions, tigers too,
Tigers too, tigers too.
We’ll see lions, tigers too,
All at the zoo.

We will find some chimpanzees,
Chimpanzees, chimpanzees.
we will find some chimpanzees,
Swinging from the trees.

We will look for kangaroos,
Kangaroos, kangaroos.
We will look for kangaroos,
Hopping at the zoo.

How do you do the zoo?

Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears Storytime Fun!

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Get your child into the story with these extension activities that go along with the classic tale of a nosey little girl and family of bears…

1. Read the story! Check out a few versions of the Three Bears and compare them–which is your favorite? Why? Is Goldilocks the same in every book?

2. Take care of your “locks”–did you forget your golden locks? Improvise! Use a towel or a small blanket as pretend hair. Talk to your child about “locks” and explain the different meanings of the word. What a great way to incorporate vocabulary! Try to keep your locks (or towel or whatever) on your head as you recite this silly rhyme and do the motions…

Goldilocks, Goldilocks, turn around.
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, touch the ground.
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, shine your shoes.
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, read the news

Goldilocks, Goldilocks, Do the twist
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, jump like this

Goldilocks, Goldilocks, Comb your hair
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, go upstairs.
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, turn out the light.
Goldilocks, Goldilocks, say GOOD NIGHT!

3. Read a variation–now that you have enjoyed the story, explore other retellings! Here are a few of our favorites:

4. Retell the story!

Draw an empty house to use as your stage. Then print out the figures from here, color them and cut them out to use retelling the story! Practice telling the story with your child–ask him to tell you how the characters are feeling or what happens next. Don’t be afraid to tell the story differently or to add elements…have fun with it!


Prepositional Fun! Rosie’s Walk is an Action Tales Star!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

In Action Tales, the Narrative Skills Storytime, today we explored the world of prepositions through the eyes of a very savvy hen named Rosie.


In Rosie’s Walk, by Pat Hutchins, Rosie decides to stretch her legs around the farm yard–unaware that a hungry fox is close on her heels! Rosie walks ACROSS the farmyard, AROUND the pond, PAST the mill, THROUGH the fence and UNDER the beehives. the fox tries to follow her but gets held up in hilarious ways!

Read the story with your child and then try a few of these extension activities to keep the fun going and STILL be home in time for dinner…just like Rosie.

  • Create a farmyard in your living room! Use couch cushions, pillows and blankets to represent the different locations in the story–try going OVER the cushion that your are pretending is a haystack or AROUND the blue blanket that you are pretending is a pond.
  • As you read the book, look for vocabulary opportunities–does your child know that Rosie lives in a “hen house” or that the “mill” is where grain is made into flour? Talk about the story setting–have you ever been to a farm? When? What was that like?
  • Use the masks that you can print from this page and take turns pretending to be the fox and then Rosie to explore telling the story from different view points. Maybe you want to pretend to be the fox and then you can practice falling IN the pond, instead! How does it feel to be the fox? How does it feel to be Rosie, the hen?
  • Find prepositions in your home–is the book ON the table or IN the basket? Make up some silly prepositional phrases and let your child “fix” them–the silly teddy bear shouldn’t be ON Daddy’s head! The teddy bear should be ON the couch, etc…

Bedtime, already!?

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Now that the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, it is harder to get the kids to go to bed! How about heading to bed 20 minutes before bedtime for talking, snuggling and some transition time between play and sleep. Once you get them there, then you can sweeten the deal with some fun and funny bedtime stories!

Kids ROCK!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Parents often ask us: Where in the world do you find the great rock-n-roll kids’ music that you use in your storytimes like Saturday Tales?

Well, we get it at the library!

We believe that parents and kids have more fun when music is involved in storytime and there is a lot of great music out there for kids. Here are  some of our favorite rock-&-rollin, not-your-granny’s albums for kids….

Little seeds grow….

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Friday April 22 is Earth Day, but you can have fun exploring nature with your child everyday! Here is a fun fingerplay you can teach your child about flowers in the spring time:

Flowers in a Row (to the tune of Down by the Station)

Out in the garden (crouch down), Early in the Springtime,
See the pretty flowers, grow in a row! (slowly raise up)
See the little bees, flying down to greet them! (wiggle fingers around like bees)
Buzz, Buzz, swish-swish, high they grow! (stretch tall on tippy toes)

Here are some easy ways to explore nature with your child:

  • Take a walk! Talk to your child about the plants and animals in your neighborhood. How many red flowers can you count? What does that rough tree bark feel like?
  • Collect leaves, twigs, acorns and other small pieces of nature from your yard. Glue your bits of nature to a piece of paper to make a collage.
  • Plant seeds for small flowers like marigolds in a paper cup or small flower pot. Let your child water the plant and watch it grow.
  • Visit the library for books about bees, squirrels, fish or any other natural topic your child shows an interest it!

Fridge poetry with NO lost pieces!

Monday, April 18th, 2011

In the spirit of National Poetry Month, here is a fun web site where you and your child can compose neat-o poems on a virtual fridge, without worrying about all those pieces that fall off and end up under the fridge with the dust bunnies! Click on the picture of the fridge to get started!  If you can’t get enough of kitchen-time rhyme, check this out.

This just in….

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

When you come into the Youth Services Department, the first thing you see after the red wall is our new books pyramid with all the great new kids’ books that the library has to offer.

Look Ma, New books!

Look Ma, New books!

But you don’t have to come to the library to see what is new or to reserve new books–all you need is our web site and your library card! From our home page you can see our new books and reserve them before they are set out on display. If you use an RSS reader you can subscribe to any of our “new at the library” feeds and never miss a hot new release!


Tuesday, April 12th, 2011


Today is APRIL 12 and there is a lot going on at the library! Not only is it Beverly Cleary’s birthday, but it is also D.E.A.R. day! D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything And Read and it is a lot of fun! Telling kids to read is great, but it is also important to show kids that you value reading, this helps your child develop print motivation or an interest in reading and an enjoyment of books. We are all busy so when we drop everything and read it sends a message that reading is valuable…so much so that we will drop everything to do it! Read today and make reading a part of your routine everyday!

Come to the library for great books to read aloud and FREE D.E.A.R. stickers! Wear your sticker with pride to show how much reading means to you!

Is there a librarian in the house?

Monday, April 11th, 2011

This week is National Library Week! Do you have  a favorite library memory or did a librarian change your life? We’d love to hear about it!  Here are a few of our favorite books about libraries and librarians:

The story of RoseAleta Laurell who arrived in Lockheart, Texas to be the head of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library. The library was outdated so she spent a week on the library roof to raise money and interest in the library.
A first-grade girl who does not like to read stubbornly resists her school librarian’s efforts to convince her to love books until she finds one that might change her mind.
Melvin discovers that the public library is the place where he can find just about anything–including three librarians who help in his quest for knowledge.
The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, sets out to stop a group of librarians bent on destroying a shipment of video games, while a group of students known as the Breakfast Bunch provides back-up.
When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do.
A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend.

When Lola’s favorite book is not on the library’s shelf, her older brother, Charlie, tries to find another book she will enjoy.