Silly Songs and Stories

I am really looking forward to silly singing and storytelling with my talented banjo buddy, Noah Haiduc-Dale, on December 29 at 10 am at the Downtown Library. We have a ridiculous story/song involving lots of snorts, clucks and quacks, to get the whole family in on the act. Noah has been entertaining us this past session at storytime and we love to march and dance to Jim Gill songs!

Bear Bits - Put your Fur On

Put your fur and ears on and prepare for Bears. Ms Rachel is doing Bears this week in Preschool Storytime. There are sooooooo many bears to go around. Here are just a few.
Bears On Chairs and how to share.
Time To Sleep in book and on DVD by Rabbit Ears Productions.
You can find We're Going On A Bear Hunt in a book/CD Kit that will lead you on the hunt. You can also hunt bears in Arabic Language and in Urdu.
Teddy Bear Teddy Bear is a classic jump-rope rhyme.
Happy Bear Days to you!!

Snowy Blowy Not-So-Showy

Waiting for Winter, Anna’s Wish and Carl’s Snowy Afternoon are my three picks for a classy, quiet lap-read with just a little touch of winter magic. For a rowdier experience, you can join us at the Downtown Library Tuesday 10 am storytime on December 8th for Rabbit’s Gift and How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?

Kid Bits - Shoes & Socks

Shoes and Socks and silly stories. Try these favorites from Ms. Rachel's list.
Shoe Town begins with one small mouse and a shoe.
New Socks points out the importance of new socks.
Blue Hat Green Hat actually gets down to shoes and socks.
Shoe Baby journeys in a shoe.
Then find "tunes to move to" in the Youth CDs:
"Blue Suede Shoes" on Rock 'n Roll
"Walk, Walk, Walk" Around The Block on Rise and Shine by Raffi.

PreK Bits - GO, Go, go!

Kids LOVE things that GO and books and songs about things that go. Here are some very good ones to share.
The Wheels On The Race Car. Guess what tune you use?
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I'm Off To The Moon
Duck On A Bike
Row, Row Row Your Boat
The DVD Cars Boats Trains and Planes
and of course ... Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!
Do you know we have pre-packaged sets for you to check-out called WHEELS to GO. Each bag contains items on themes for preschool ages.
Explore and discover Stories To Go: Transportation.
See what you think!

Halloween Party

You will never see a cuter bunch of witches, ghosts, black cats, and other outrageous costumed creatures than at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Friday, October 30th for storytimes at 9:30 and 10:30 am. After storytime head to Main Street for Trick-or-Treat heaven!

Kid Bits - Billy Goats and Gunniwolf

G is for Gunniwolf and Goats Gruff. The Gunniwolf is not scary when illustrated by Barbara Upton. Tom Roberst tells a classic version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. For a Mexican version you can find The Three Cabritos who outwit Chupacabra at the bridge. And then there is an updated telling by John and Ann Hassett called the The Three Silly Girls Grubb. It is a treat of a twist as each girl meets Ugly Boy Bobby at the bridge who is going to "Eat your lunch!" on the way to school.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

You will meet the most colorful tree and a spunky girl on a magical journey at next week’s autumn storytimes on Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am at the Downtown Library.

Kid Bits - T is for Turnip

This week is dedicated to a Russian version of "The Enormous Turnip" in Ms. Rachel's Storytime. You can enjoy different versions of this tale in the following titles:
The Enormous Turnip by Kathy Parkinson is a traditional telling of the story.
Grandma Lena's Big Ol' Turnip is a southern contemporary retelling of the tale.
The Enormous Turnip story for "beginning readers".
Big Pumpkin the Halloween version with a witch and all the costumed "monsters" helping.

Fifth Avenue Fun!

If ladybug had her way, she would never raise a wing to fly, she is just that lazy! One sneeze from enormous elephant changes all that. Everything is upside down and topsy turvy at next week’s storytimes on Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am at the Downtown Library.

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