Virtual Storytimes

September 30, 2020

We’ll be reading stories about friendship this morning. We can do such simple things to be a good friend to each other.
Today’s stories are Little Blue Truck, by Alice Schertle and Strictly No Elephants, by Lisa Mantchev. Family Storytime is for families with young children and includes movement rhymes, early literacy tips, and activities to go along with the stories.
Early Literacy Tip: Even though it can get a bit dull for adults, reading your child’s favorite stories again and again is a way for them to recognize letters and words and be encouraged to continue reading. If there’s a particular thing your child enjoys reading about (the moon, trains, animals, dump trucks, elephants) seek out other books about these topics and have them at hand to read too. It’s always more enjoyable to read about something we like.

Here is something that you can try out at home that goes along with the stories we read . . .Create a welcome sign for your room or your home. Get out a piece of paper and your favorite art making supplies. You can spell out the word “welcome,” try writing a few of the letters in that word, or you can draw pictures. Thanks for joining in! Do something for a friend or family member today!

Family Storytime Week 5

We'll be reading stories about friendship this morning. We can do such simple things to be a good friend to each other. Today’s stories are Little Blue Truck, by Alice Schertle and Strictly No Elephants, by Lisa Mantchev. Family Storytime is for families with young children and includes movement rhymes, early literacy tips, and activities to go along with the stories.Early Literacy Tip:Even though it can get a bit dull for adults, reading your child’s favorite stories again and again is a way for them to recognize letters and words and be encouraged to continue reading. If there’s a particular thing your child enjoys reading about (the moon, trains, animals, dump trucks, elephants) seek out other books about these topics and have them at hand to read too. It’s always more enjoyable to read about something we like.Here is something that you can try out at home that goes along with the stories we read . . . Create a welcome sign for your room or your home. Get out a piece of paper and your favorite art making supplies. You can spell out the word “welcome,” try writing a few of the letters in that word, or you can draw pictures.Thanks for joining in! Do something for a friend or family member today!

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Friday, September 11, 2020

September 23, 2020

Join us to read Bear & Hare: Where’s Bear?, by Emily Gravett, and Number One Sam, by Greg Pizzoli. This storytime is for families with young children of multiple ages to participate in together. We will read, do movement rhymes, share early literacy tips, and share activities to go along with the stories!
Today’s Early Literacy Tip:
As you read with your child, count objects on the page together to help strengthen early math skills. We’ll do that in the stories we read today!

Here are some things you can do at home to go along with our stories:
Create your own racetrack at home and race your toy cars through it. How many cars make it through your racetrack?
Number One Sam printable maze:
http://2015.paonebook.org/images/docs-pdf/OneBookMaze.pdf
Thank you all for joining in today!

Family Storytime Week 4

Join us to read Bear & Hare: Where's Bear?, by Emily Gravett, and Number One Sam, by Greg Pizzoli. This storytime is for families with young children of multiple ages to participate in together. We will read, do movement rhymes, share early literacy tips, and share activities to go along with the stories!Today's Early Literacy Tip:As you read with your child, count objects on the page together to help strengthen early math skills. We'll do that in the stories we read today!Here are some things you can do at home to go along with our stories:Create your own racetrack at home and race your toy cars through it. How many cars make it through your racetrack?Number One Sam printable maze:http://2015.paonebook.org/images/docs-pdf/OneBookMaze.pdfThank you all for joining in today!

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

September 16, 2020:

Join us to read Red House Tree House Little Bitty Brown Mouse, by Jane Godwin. This storytime is for families with young children of multiple ages to participate in together. We will read, do movement rhymes, share early literacy tips, and share activities to go along with the stories!
Today’s Early Literacy Tip:As you read, have your child tell you a story based on the illustrations. Observing the illustrations and using your imagination to come up with a story allows you both to become involved in the storytelling.
Here are a couple activities to go along with today’s story!Color these houses and add your own Little Bitty Brown Mouse hiding somewhere! http://www.getcoloringpages.com/coloring/74510Or draw a few colorful houses and add a Little Bitty Brown Mouse to your drawing!

Family Storytime Week 3

Join us to read Red House Tree House Little Bitty Brown Mouse, by Jane Godwin. This storytime is for families with young children of multiple ages to participate in together. We will read, do movement rhymes, share early literacy tips, and share activities to go along with the stories! Today's Early Literacy Tip:As you read, have your child tell you a story based on the illustrations. Observing the illustrations and using your imagination to come up with a story allows you both to become involved in the storytellingHere are a couple activities to go along with today's story!Color these houses and add your own Little Bitty Brown Mouse hiding somewhere! http://www.getcoloringpages.com/coloring/74510Or draw a few colorful houses and add a Little Bitty Brown Mouse to your drawing!

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Monday, August 17, 2020

September 9, 2020:

Join us to read What’s Your Sound Hound the Hound, by Mo Willems, and Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug, by Jonathan Stutzman. This storytime is for families with young children of multiple ages to participate in together. We will read, do movement rhymes, share early literacy tips, and share activities to go along with the stories!

Today’s Early Literacy Tip:Really young readers are on the move readers and may not necessarily want to sit still for a story. They are listening more than you think, so time spent reading is always worth it. You can also add movements, special sounds, or objects in as you read to make the book more interactive. We’ll show examples of that as we read today!
Here are some activities you can try after we read together:
Since our stories today had lots of animals and one tiny T-Rex, we’re sharing some printable animal masks, so you can do some pretending and animal noise making at home. And maybe give some dinosaur hugs.

Animal Maskshttps://www.firstpalette.com/craft/printable-animal-masks.html

Dinosaur maskshttps://itsybitsyfun.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Dinosaur-masks-to-Color.pdfhttp://www.supercoloring.com/sites/default/files/cif/pdf/2019/03/dinosaur-mask-outline-coloring-page.pdf

Thank you for joining in today!

Family Storytime Week 2

Join us to read What's Your Sound Hound the Hound, by Mo Willems, and Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug, by Jonathan Stutzman. This storytime is for families with young children of multiple ages to participate in together. We will read, do movement rhymes, share early literacy tips, and share activities to go along with the stories! Today's Early Literacy Tip: Really young readers are on the move readers and may not necessarily want to sit still for a story. They are listening more than you think, so time spent reading is always worth it. You can also add movements, special sounds, or objects in as you read to make the book more interactive. We'll show examples of that as we read today!Here are some activities you can try after we read together:Since our stories today had lots of animals and one tiny T-Rex, we’re sharing some printable animal masks, so you can do some pretending and animal noise making at home. And maybe give some dinosaur hugs.Animal Maskshttps://www.firstpalette.com/craft/printable-animal-masks.htmlDinosaur maskshttps://itsybitsyfun.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Dinosaur-masks-to-Color.pdfhttp://www.supercoloring.com/sites/default/files/cif/pdf/2019/03/dinosaur-mask-outline-coloring-page.pdfThank you for joining in today!

Posted by Vandergrift Public Library on Monday, August 17, 2020

September 2, 2020:
Join us to read Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly!, by Mo Willems, and Kite Day, by Will Hillenbrand. This storytime is for families with young children of multiple ages to participate in together. We will read, do movement rhymes, share early literacy tips, and share activities to go along with the stories!

Today’s Early Literacy Tip: Kids recognize letters by around age 4. While you are reading together, point out words that begin with the same letter to your child to help them become familiar with the letter and begin to associate certain words with that letter. We’ll do that in the stories we read today!
After reading Kite Day together try making a kite of your own:
Really simple and easy kite using things you have at home:https://www.icanteachmychild.com/kid-made-kite-craft-windy-day/
For more adventurous kite flyers:https://buggyandbuddy.com/make-kite/ Note: If you do not have wooden dowels, you can use sticks that you find in your yard!
Kite Day printable board game:http://2016.paonebook.org/images/KiteGame.pdfThank you for joining in!


For our first week of Tuesday Tales, we will be using the theme of transportation to talk about different movements and sounds!

Questions to think about: What are vehicles?What are some different type of cars and trucks that you see on the road?How do you travel from place to place? Airplane? Bike? Car? Boat?

Materials: A comfy reading spot and Song sheet:( https://docs.google.com/…/1eM8SAAL_6ZZ-KrPfhi6SIJG2zW…/edit… )

For our second week, we will be using the theme of dinosaurs to discuss and practice different sounds and movements!
Materials:
o A comfy reading spot
o Scarf or dish towel
o Songs & Rhymes
o Playdoh
o Dinosaur toys (if you have any)

Here are the songs and rhymes that you and your child will enjoy for this week’s storytime: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WJGSeruwmZ9T_cLnkHVf9ZK6fSXvtibPTI04GfV5gTo/edit?usp=sharing

For our third week, we will be using the theme of emotions and feelings. Sometimes feelings are hard to explain to little ones or it is hard for little ones to verbalize their feelings to an adult, that is why reading books to children about emotion and feelings can help a great deal. These emotions can range from happy or sad to worried or frustrated. Join Miss Vanessa for stories, songs, and craft ideas.

Suggested Materials:
o A comfy reading spot
o Songs & Rhymes
o Bubbles (if you have any)

Here are the songs and rhymes that you and your child will enjoy for this week’s storytime: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OXFazGoOkZxbgGtQpWijVI5wmTyMaiZagk3DjzyHJFs/edit?fbclid=IwAR1o23ORVLZIHMgaZ4I5AZ12TZ0b8l-V1iybKYin89fe5gDA3y_HgkpzG8A

3-2-1 Blast off! It’s almost impossible not to be awed by Space. Right? For our final week, we will be sharing stories and songs all about Space 🚀Suggested materials:
o A comfy reading spot
o Songs & Rhymes

Here are the songs and rhymes that you and your child will enjoy for this week’s storytime:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WRg204o4h_uR1etDaqwk6q1UU26AUwpeJnjx0KHbHD8/edit?usp=sharing


Check out Miss Sara’s April storytimes below:

  • Week 1: Bears: We read “Bear Says Thanks” and “Bear’s Loose Tooth” by Karma Wilson, with permission from Simon & Schuster. If you do the art making at the end of the video, feel free to share a picture by emailing it to sara.mcguire@wlnonline.org or posting it on our Facebook page. We can then add it to our front desk picture frame!
  • Week 2: Mo Willems: We read a couple of Mo Willems’ Pigeon books. (Thank you Mo Willems for letting libraries and educators share your stories during this time!) If you want to do some art making with me to go along with these stories, you can have a couple things with you:- A piece of paper (any kind will do)- Crayons or markers.We will be doing a drawing of a cookie for Mo Willems’ Duckling. If you do the art making at the end of the video, feel free to share a picture by emailing it to sara.mcguire@wlnonline.org or posting it on our Facebook page. We can then add it to our front desk picture frame! Also, check out the video description on the YouTube page for links to cookie recipes and other things to do at home.
  • Week 3: Spring: We read Planting a Rainbow and Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert. Here are some things you can have with you to make a Lois Ehlert inspired butterfly:- A piece of white paper- Scraps of colorful pieces of paper or whole pieces of colorful paper that can be cut up- Kid scissors- White glue or glue stick (you can substitute tape if you don’t have glue at home)- Crayons or markers. Check out some of Miss Sara’s seedlings and make a butterfly of your own. If you do the art making at the end of the video, feel free to share a picture by emailing it to sara.mcguire@wlnonline.org or posting it on our Facebook page. We can then add it to our front desk picture frame!
  • Thank you Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for letting educators share your books during this time!
  • Week 4: Friendship: We read The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, by Dan Santat and Not Quite Narwhal, by Jessie Sima. Since both of these books are about friendship, here are a couple of things you can have with you during storytime: 1. A reading buddy (this can be someone special or a stuffed animal or other toy you want to have with you while we share our stories) 2. Paper and crayons, colored pencils, or markers so you can draw a picture for your friend. If you do the art making at the end of the video, feel free to share a picture by emailing it to sara.mcguire@wlnonline.org or posting it on our Facebook page. We can then add it to our front desk picture frame! Thank you Simon & Schuster and Dan Santat for letting us share your stories!)
  • Week 5: Mo Williems: We read a couple MO WILLEMS stories: Waiting Is Not Easy! and Today I Will Fly! Here are a couple of things you can have with you: Paper for drawing, Crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils. If you have a printer at home, these are fun Mo Willems activity pages for you to keep creating stories at home! Check them out here
  • If you do the art making at the end of the video, feel free to share a picture by emailing it to sara.mcguire@wlnonline.org or posting it on our Facebook page. We can then add it to our front desk picture frame!