Kid Bits - Snowy Days

Snow is here! And "snowy" books are all around.
Here ya go!
Snowy Day ... think footprints.
Katy And The Big Snow ... think snowplows.
The Mitten:an old Ukrainian folktale ... think warm and cozy.
All You Need For A Snowman ... better dress warm.
The Missing Mitten Mystery ... where can it be?
Then watch Stranger In The Woods, created by wildlife photographers Jean Stoick and Carl Sams II.
And many many more stories about winter.
Make your picks.

Silly Stories!

Here’s a cozy AADL tradition for the whole family. Join us on Wednesday, December 29 at 10:00 am at the Pittsfield Branch for silly stories. Betsy Beckerman will lead us in goofy songs, StoryLaura will tell a couple of ridiculous tales, and we will put notes and narration together for Pete Seeger’s classic, Abiyoyo!

Kid Bits - Cookie Season

Who likes cookies?
Who likes stories?
Who likes cookie stories?
If the answer is "We Do !!" try these:
Gingerbread Girl a "sister story" for Gingerbread Boy.
Cow Loves Cookies and you'll find out why, too.
Who Took The Cookies From The Cookie Jar? ... 'nuf said.
The Doorbell Rang an early math lesson for division.
Mr Cookie Baker has long day of baking.
No More Cookies is"the answer" in this story.
I like cookies, too =)

PreK Bits -Kangaroos

Kangaroos came to Storytime @ Malletts Creek today.
The baby kangaroos do not want to hop too far away from Mama. They know her Pouch! is a safe place to think about being brave.
Katy No Pocket is a story about Katy who was born with no pocket, and cannot carry baby Freddy with her. They have a fabulous solution by the end of the story.
What Did You Put In Your Pocket? adds surprising contents to the pocket every day of the week until Sunday when in goes the "spinky spanky hanky".
Look at Kangaroos to study photos of real kangaroos, how they look, where they live, and what they do.

PreK Bits - Boxes Are Best!

What to do with a good Box ?
Dog And Bear:Three To Get Ready with three stories in one, including "Alphabetical Order".
The Birthday Box
Sitting In My Box
Not A Box or other other titles in the Web Catalog.
For “family book read-aloud” pick up the diaries of a cardboard genius and read Star Jumper or Gravity Buster by Frank Asch.
You might get ideas …about what to do with a really good box?

Dog Bits - Say "How-do-You-do"

Dogs are great fun, but if you don't own one, you may not know how to meet one on the street. You also have to consider the issues before you take the responsibility. Books are a non-threatening way to anticipate new scenarios. The following titles give solid pointers:
May I Pet Your Dog? A How-To Guide For Kids Meeting Dogs
A fine guide to say How-Do-You-Do to canine friends.
A Dog's Body: dog body language phrase book helps translate dog behavior for human understanding.
Can we Have One? helps think through what it means to have a pet.
Paws, Claws, Feathers and Fins is a DVD for kids 4-12 years. It points out that taking care of a pet may be fun, but it is also hard work.
For those who enjoy silliness, check Alan Snow's How Dogs Really Work and enjoy the illustrations =)

PreK Bits - "Q" is for Quilts

Winter is coming and we need to add blankets to keep cozy and warm.
Ms. Rachel shared quilt stories in Preschool Storytime this week with the following:
A Far-Fetched Story about each quilt piece from the family.
"I'm Makng A Blanket For Baby" which is a poem full of favorite songs to"keep baby rocking all night long".
Owl At Home has an unpleasant experience with "Strange Bumps" in his bed.
If someone in your house loves blankets, you may like these titles too:
No More Blanket For Lambkin
Owen from the same author of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.
Soft House with more than one way to use quilts.
Choose other stories behind quilting in the Library Catalog.

Kid Bits - The Skin I Live In

A Parent says .... “Now that my child is in Kindergarten, he/she is asking about differences in skin colors. What can we read to support the conversation?”
Here are suggested titles to read together:
My Two Grannies
All Of Me
Who Will I Be Lord?
The Skin You Live In
Shades Of People
The Colors Of Us
... and here are two books published by UNICEF that provide fabulous photos of children from global cultures and what their days are like.
A School Like Mine: A Unique Celebration of schools around the world
A Life Like Mine

PreK Bits - Mice R Nice

In Preschool Storytime, Ms. Rachel told stories of “The Mouse And The Wind” and “The Journey”, two stories from Mouse Tales by Arnold Lobel.
We sang Uh-Oh! and presented rhymes from I Made a Mistake by Miriam Nerlove. This title is no longer in print, but you can read a STORY SHELF copy in the DownTown Youth Department. You may borrow a copy through MelCat, aka interlibrary loan, an extension of AADL services.

If you would like to meet more famous mice, read these books:
Anatole a French mouse who wishes to earn an honest living as a cheese-taster.
Angelina Ballerina a mouse who wants to be a ballerina.
Doctor DeSoto the mouse dentist who agrees to work on Fox’s bad tooth.
Mitt The Michigan Mouse, the first book in a series by Kathy-Jo Wargin. The stories of Mitt & Minn are easy chapter books that make nice read alouds for families with younger listeners.


The Downtown Library will be filled with the tiniest and most colorful trick-or-treaters
you have ever seen on Friday, October 29th for the 9:30 am and 10:30 am Halloween storytimes. After stories and songs we’ll give out bags and candy to kickoff the Main Street Treat Parade which begins at 11:00 am. To get in trickster mode, check out two brand new treats, Hallowilloween and AlphaOoops! H is for Halloween.

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