Ages 0-2.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

Ready to get silly at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week? Get into goofiness galore with Sandra Boynton and farm animals with wacky ideas.

Baby Bits - Fall PlayGroups begin

Schools start-up, and Fall Library Programs begin.

Ms. Rachel greeted Baby PlayGroup this week with "Old MacDonald Had a Farm". You can sing along with some favorite performers in these recordings:
25 Best Toddler favorites;
Children's first songs with Kevin Roth;
Country blues for kids.

Baby Bits - Kisses and Tickles

I Kissed the Baby was the PlayGroup story told with flannels. This is the Final Week of Baby PlayGroups for the Summer Series.
Of course there are many ways to "Kiss The Baby", and pass on your personal lovey-doveys, until we start the Fall Series in September 2009.
I KISSED THE BABY by Jill Murphy is out-of-print in book format, but the title can be found on the Board Book shelves in the Library.
Look for more kisses for Baby in:
Counting Kisses

Dancing Babies!

If you are a member of the AADL storytime crowd then you know Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller. We have been bouncing to their wonderful songs for years, so why not get up and dance along? I can’t wait for circle dances, marches, and other baby moves at Dancing Babies on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch!

Baby Bits - What To Do with the BooHoo Baby?

"What DO You Do With The BooHoo Baby?"
PLAY with them. Here are some books that help you "play" with the Baby.
One Boy has peek-a-boo pages.
Time To Get Dressed makes dressing a game.
Not A Box reminds you of what you can do with one good box.
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? is a rhythm and rhyme game with pictures. Kumasan kumasan nani miteruno? is "Brown Bear" in Japanese, and can be found in the World Language Collections.

Baby Bits - GO! Go!

Miss Rachel did "stories on wheels" this week for Baby PlayGroups and Preschool Stories. We began with Shoe Baby! If you want to Go-GO with more stories, try:
Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! by Mo Willems.
The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O'Connell
The Bridge Is Up! by Babs Bell
The Boy On The Bus a sing-along book by Penny Dale.
For more songs to sing find these CDs:
Baby Jamz with "Wheels On The Bus".
For The Kids Three with "See You On The Moon"

Baby Bits - Bang My Spoon!

A great way to entertain the baby is to SING! "Sitting In My Chair, Big Chair, High Chair .... Bang my spoon" sings Hap Palmer in Baby's Busy Day. It's adapted from "Mama's/Papa's Little Baby Loves Shortnin' Bread". More recordings, perfect to sing with Baby, would be Laurie Berkner in Under a Shady Tree; multiple artists in in 101 Toddler Favorites; and Raffi in Corner Grocery Store.

Baby Bits - Beach

Folks ask ... What do BABIES like to read? Pick books with pictures of things they see in their everyday life. They are learning to say words, recognize things they see, and can extend into new places that are related.

Since it is summer now, I choose "beach" and "sea" books to try:
All You Need For A Beach shows kids and activities at the beach.
Senses At The Seashore uses photos of kids and clearly suggests items for all the senses.
Ocean Babies depicts all kinds of sea life.

Baby Bits - Froggies

Ms. Rachel did FROGGIES in Baby PlayGroup this week. Try some books and some songs from the following list:
Jump Frog Jump by Robert Kalan.
Sing "Five Green And Speckled Frogs" in Five Little Monkeys by Dennis Buck.
Sing "Five Little Frogs" with Raffi in Singable Songs For The Very Young.
Find other program songs we sing in With You by Gemini, our Local Artists.

Baby Bits - Books and Play

BABY PLAY GROUPS will return to all Branches AGAIN, the week of June 22!
Books for Babies and Toddlers often include playing a game. Counting, finding, touching, and learning are all fun games. Here are a few examples in Board Book format.
Counting Cockatoos
I Spy Little Bunnies
My Very First Book Of Shapes
Pat The Bunny
Do them once. Do them again!
Now you are a part of the FUN game.

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