Posts Tagged ‘SRP 2012’

Lemonade Literacy: Books and Sensory Activities with Summer’s Favorite Drink

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Does anything taste better on a hot, summer day than the sour sweet taste of lemonade?

Mix up a batch of lemonade with your kiddos and enjoy some picture books all about this yummy treat!

Old-Fashioned Lemonade


  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

Sensory Exploration with Lemonade

As you are making the lemonade, talk to your child about what you are doing and why. Let him play with the lemons and taste them–Oh, that’s sour! Smell the lemons too–is the smell different than the taste?  Lemons are really yellow! What else is yellow? What kinds of things can you find in your house that are yellow?

Even the smallest child can help measure the sugar…where does the sugar go when it is mixed in? Talk about how the sugar dissolves into the water and makes it sweet. Finally, taste the finished product. Is it still sour like a lemon? Is it sweet like sugar?

Now take your hard earned treat, find a cozy spot and read more about lemonade fun…


Stay Angry, My Friends: Red Birds + Green Pigs = Big Fun at the Library!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Thanks everyone who made our Angry Birds carnival such a huge success!

Can’t get enough of that Angry Bird stuff? Here are some fun new titles that will keep your angry feathers ruffled and your green piggies giggling!

The Starry Night Sky: Books and Early Literacy Activities for Backyard Fun!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

This week at the Westerville Public Library we are talking about the starry night sky….so we are exploring the stars, the night time and all of the things that happen under the starry night sky…

At night we like to catch fireflies…

Try this firefly finger play at home!

I caught a little firefly, I held it carefully (catch a firefly and cup your hands)
It tickled as it crawled around and lit its light for me. (tickle as your fingers crawl around your hand)
I watched it for awhile and then I set it free! (put your arms up like you are setting your firefly free)
My firefly flew around my yard happily! (wiggle your fingers like little fireflies flying around the yard)

At night we like to look at the stars…

Try this at home! Have fun and practice your early literacy skills at the same time with these activities:

  • Sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with  your child. Be sure to exaggerate the vowel sounds or clap along with the tune. This helps develop your child’s phonological awareness –how sounds make up words– and it is a great way to build pre-reading skills!
  • Stay up late one night and star gaze…you don’t need a deep knowledge of the constellations to enjoy star gazing, you can make up your own constellations and then use those characters to invent myths or tell bedtime stories! Telling stories builds narrative skills and is good old-fashioned fun!
  •  Describe the stars and how the grass feels when you lie in it…talk about how you are feeling and about how much you and your child love each other.  Besides warm fuzzies, your child will be expanding his vocabulary as you talk.
  • Catch some fireflies and keep them as overnight visitors…explain that if your are gentle and return the insects to where you found them it is ok to keep them for a bit. Then check out books at the library that explain the parts to the insects body and how their magical lights really work. The curiosity that leads to discovery is a large part of print motivation–the joy of reading and exploring books!

The fun doesn’t end there! Join us at the library on Friday all day long to make a star and moon or solar system mobile to take home. We’ll provide the craft stuff and you provide the creativity!

Want more summer reads? Check out these starry night sky picks:

Are You Dreaming Big Yet? Summer Reading is Here!

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Summer Reading is off and running! Have you signed up yet? What are you waiting for?

Pick your age group and follow the link to get into the reading fun!

Once you are signed up–start reading! You’ll earn reading stars to show off your progress and when you finish the program you can take home your own book to keep forever!

Here are suggestions for finding books for kids and here is a link to our Dream Big inspired reading list! Have fun, stay cool and read on!