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Share a Story: All About Me Storytime

Did you miss our All About Me storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a celebratory storytime of your own.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 
     I have ten little fingers and they all belong to me. 
     I can make them do things, would you like to see? 
     I can shut them up tight; I can open them wide; 
     I can put them together; And I can make them all hide. 
     I can put them up high; I can put them down low; 
     I can fold them together, And hold them just so.
     Source: rif.org
Another fun action song to try: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Happy in our skin by Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Lauren Tobia


Wild about us! by written by Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by Janet Stevens

Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox ; [illustrations by] Helen Oxenbury

Share a Story: Pumpkin Storytime

Did you miss our pumpkin storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a squash storytime of your own. It can be hard to find pumpkin stories that aren't focused on Halloween, but most of these stories manage to incorporate pumpkins without the holiday.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 
   Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
   The first one says, "oh my, it's getting late!"
   The second one says, "there is frost in the air."
   The third one says, "but we don't care!"
   The fourth one says, "let's run and run and run."
   The fifth one says, "are you ready for some fun?"
   Then woooooo went the wind and OUT (with a clap) went the lights,
   And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.


Pumpkin time! by written by Erzsi Deàk ; illustrated by Doug Cushman

Share a Story: Counting Storytime

Did you miss our counting storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own 1-2-3 storytime.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 
   There were 10 in the bed 
   And the Little One said: "Roll Over, Roll Over" 
   So they all rolled over and 1 fell out. 
   There were 9 in the bed
   And the Little One said... 
   Continue until... There was 1 in the bed 
   And the Little One said: "Good Night!"

Counting crows by Kathi Appelt ; illustrated by Rob Dunlavey

Let's count goats! by words by Mem Fox ; goats by Jan Thomas

Bear counts by Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman

1-2-3 peas by Keith Baker

Share a Story: A Fine Dessert

We had a great time reading A Fine Dessert and making the delicious Blackberry Fool that went with it. We looked at how making this simple dessert has changed over 300 years and then tried out some of the different technologies used.

If you missed it, create your own culinary adventure at home with some of the following stories. 

 More Stories About Food (with recipes!)

Hasty pudding, Johnnycakes, and other good stuff: cooking in colonial America by Loretta Frances Ichord ; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Bring me some apples and I'll make you a pie: a story about Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley

Once upon a time in the kitchen: recipes and tales from classic childrens stories by Carol Odell, illustrated by Anna Pignataro

Share a Story: Bathtime Storytime

Did you miss our bathtime storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own splashy storytime.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme from SurLaLune Storytime
   One elephant in the bathtub, going for a swim. 
   Knock, Knock, (Clap twice) 
   Splash, Splash, (Slap knees twice) 
   Come on in! (Motion with both hands to come in) 
   Two elephants elephants in the bathtub… etc. (Until…) 
   Five elephants elephants in the bathtub, going for a swim. 
   Knock, Knock, Splash, Splash, They all fell in!

Get out of my bath! by Britta Teckentrup

Ten pigs: an epic bath adventure by story and pictures by Derek Anderson

Animal baths by Bob Barner

Share a Story: Purple Storytime

Did you miss our purple storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own colorful storytime.

From Storytime

Try this counting rhyme, which can be adapted to just about anything!:  
     Five little eggplants, sitting in a bowl. (Hold up 5 fingers) 
     One fell out and started to roll. (Roll your hands) 
     It bounced on the table (Slap your knees)
     And hit my feet - how many eggplants are left to eat? 
     (Repeat until all the eggplants are gone)

Sally and the purple socks by Lisze Bechtold

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley

Putumayo Kids presents Rock & roll playground [sound recording] — We used Let's Shake for our Parachute Song, but it's a great one to just boogie down to!

Other Stories and Songs

Chicken, pig, cow and the purple problem by Ruth Ohi

Share a Story: Circus Storytime

Did you miss our circus storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own big top storytime.

From Storytime

A small surprise by Louise Yates

Wolf won't bite! by Emily Gravett

The acrobat by Alborozo

Jim Gill sings moving rhymes for modern times [sound recording] by Gill, Jim

Snacktime! [sound recording] by Barenaked Ladies

This is fun! [sound recording] by Caspar Babypants

Other Stories and Songs

Tree ring circus: based on a true story by written and illustrated by Adam Rex

Share a Story: Clothing Storytime

Did you miss our getting dressed storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own clothing storytime.

From Storytime

I love my hat by Douglas Florian ; illustrated by Paige Keiser

Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes by story by Eric Litwin (aka Mr. Eric) ; art by James Dean — This is a pretty easy story to memorize and pull out in the grocery line, at bathtime, or anytime the little ones are getting squirrely.

Clothesline clues to jobs people do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook ; illustrated by Andy Robert Davies

Jim Gill sings The sneezing song and other contagious tunes [sound recording] by Gill, Jim — A round of Silly Dance Contest is always a welcome treat.

Blue moo [sound recording]: 17 jukebox hits from way back never by lyrics by Sandra Boynton ; music by Boynton & Ford — The One Shoe Blues is a great song, whether you have a parachute or not.

Share a Story: Monster Storytime

Did you miss our monster storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own spooky storytime.

From Storytime

Have fun singing "If You're a Monster and You Know It" to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It." Make up your own actions to go with the song.

And try a version of the Chocolate Chip Ghost.


Yeti and the bird by written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen

Oh no, Little Dragon! by [by Jim Averbeck]

Share a Story: Bug Storytime

Did you miss our bug storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own buggy storytime.

From Storytime

Try a round or several of Itsy Bitsy Spider between stories.

I'm trying to love spiders: (it isn't easy.) by words & pictures by Bethany Barton

Bee dance by Rick Chrustowski

Step gently out by poem by Helen Frost ; photographs by Rick Lieder

Share a Story: Camping Storytime

Did you miss our camping storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own camping storytime.

From Storytime

Don't forget to sing a round of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!

A stick is an excellent thing: poems celebrating outdoor play by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Scare a bear by written by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

Quiet night by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by John Manders

Touch the brightest star by Christie Matheson

Rocketship run [sound recording] by the Laurie Berkner Band

Handmade Garden Projects

Handmade garden projects: step-by-step instructions for creative garden features, containers, lighting & more by Lorene Edwards Forkner — Would you like to give your garden a little something extra? By reusing materials and with a little DIY effort, you can add depth and interest to your garden. This book has it all, from pathways to structures to furniture to containers to storage and more. Check out the author's blog for lots more info and inspiration.

Same Place, More Space

Same place, more space: 50 projects to maximize every room in the house by Karl Champley, with Karen Kelly ; illustrations by Arthur Mount

You may recognize author Karl Champley from DIY Network's Wasted Spaces, and fans of that show will find similar ideas in this book. In addition to ideas for taking advantage of unused storage space, this book goes further, offering how-tos for rearranging floor plans and uses of space to get the most out of your home. Included here are instructions and diagrams for multi-use furniture, use-specific remodeling, and lots more.

Terrariums

Have you ever made a terrarium? They're all the rage lately and they're so easy to make. Check out this tutorial for terrarium ornaments, and take a look at some of the resources we have here at the library:

Terrarium craft: create 50 magical, miniature worlds by Amy Bryant Aiello & Kate Bryant; photography by Kate Baldwin

The new terrarium: creating beautiful displays for plants and nature by Tovah Martin and Kindra Clineff

Landscaping for Your Home

Landscaping for your home by Catriona Tudor Erler — Curb appeal is extremely important to many homeowners. Buyers look for good landscaping when scoping out a possible purchase, and attractive exteriors help raise property values even if you're not planning to sell anytime soon. This book is a how-to DIY guide for many projects, as well as offering inspiration and ideas that can be as easy as adding a sundial or a container garden. Whatever the scope of your landscaping project, you will likely find this book helpful.

Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls

Ultimate guide : walks, patios & walls by senior editor, Kathie Robitz — One of the things that really brings a professional look to a landscape is the use of stone and other mediums that contrast with plants. This book offers step-by-step instructions and design inspiration for a wide variety of walks, patios, and walls, with skill levels ranging from easy to challenging to difficult.

Wild Color

Wild color : the complete guide to making and using natural dyes by Jenny Dean — This guide not only provides instructions on how to dye your own yarn, it also includes an extensive, detailed list of plants you can use to make your own natural dyes. In addition, there is a handy chart for determining what dyeing method is best for which types of fiber, and each plant listing shows swatches of what colors you can expect to create with it. Many of these plants may already be growing in your garden!

The Revolutionary Yardscape

The revolutionary yardscape: ideas for repurposing local materials to create containers, pathways, lighting, and more by Matthew Levesque — When I see a garden or yard with cool planters, trellises, or other accoutrements, I always think about how pricey it would be to do the same in my garden. But with this book, you can make your own goodies from previously used materials — save some cash and go green at the same time. This book has lots of tips for making old items seem new. Isn't it time to add some useful art to your landscape?

Refresh Your Home

Refresh your home: simple projects and tips to save money, update, and renovate by editors of the Family handyman — Do you ever watch home improvement shows and then look around at your house and think that it's never that easy in your own home? This book has 500 projects, ranging from installing a dimmer switch to mixing your own window cleaner to building a deck planter. It also includes a ton of tips for choosing the best tools and products for the job.

Eco Books

Eco books : inventive projects from the recycling bin by Terry Taylor

Handmade books sound neat, but how easy is it to actually make one? Turns out, pretty easy! You can take materials you have around the house and make them into books in a variety of styles. This book shows how to make forty different types of books ranging from easy (complete in an afternoon or less) to more advanced styles that might take a little longer. You can also reuse a ton of different materials for the covers, including egg cartons, cardboard, fabric, an old mouse pad, cereal boxes, and lots of others.