Missed Storytime? Check Out These Tips

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Tip: By playing with each individual finger or toe, a child can better learn how each individual part can make up a whole, and gain additional awareness of their body. This rhyme can be used to accomplish this, while bonding with a child.

Kissy Kissy Fingers

Kissy Kissy Fingers
kissy kissy toes 
I love to kiss my baby 
on her kissy kissy nose

Weekly Storytime Tip! Little Red Wagon

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Tip: Repetition is key for learning language and a key part of developing good literacy habits. This rhyme is a good example, along with re-reading books. Sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten for more information.
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon 
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon 
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon 
Won’t You Be My Baby?

Missed Storytime This Week? Learn Apple Themed Tips and Tricks

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With the fall season approaching, take a look at Apple Themed Storytime activities, including an apple and worm lacing activity, using a paper plate, markers, crayons, scissors and yarn! Most all of our crafts can be replicated at home for more fun and convenience. Also take a look at our Afternoon Family (Slightly) Scary Storytime in October!

A Mouse in the House

Tip: Using simple stories combined with rhythm can be a great way to introduce kids to stories and help them remember.

Missed Storytime This Week? Check Out Our Special Fall Storytime Walk and Author Visit

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Last week, we featured a special Fall-themed “Do-It-Yourself” Storytime, with stories, sensory materials, and crafts that you can do with your child at any time. Take a look on our Instagram page, and be sure to check back in the winter for another Storytime walk. We also had a special Storytime with author Dahlia Richards. Take a look at her book about moving from Jamaica to the Chicagoland area.

Author Dahlia Richard’s, of Amoya’s Big Move, shares her story of moving to the Chicagoland area from Jamaica in a special, interactive Storytime!
Bounce and Stop

Bounce and bounce and bounce and stop (X3) 

Bounce, bounce, bounce to the top

tip: showing the contrast between movement and stopping is a valuable skill to incorporate into rhymes or songs and will allow children to understand the difference when they are older

Missed Storytime This Week? Check Out Our Dots and Circles Theme!

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To celebrate International Dot Day, our Storytime week featured dots and circles. We also have a passive activity in our Youth area to promote creativity and individualism that allows you to create freely. Feel free to take a look at additional activities online, or in our handouts, which features Process-Based Circle Painting.

Acka Backa Rhyme

Acka Backa Soda Cracker 
Acka Backa Soda Boo
Acka Backa Soda Cracker
Up Goes You (raise child up!)


(repeat)


Tip: Nonsense words can help children make new and complicated sounds!

Missed Storytime This Week? Check out our Emotions Theme!

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Check out our Storytime featuring different emotions! Speaking of emotions, we are excitedly launching our new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which can help you build strong early literacy skills and bonding. The library will have lots of storytimes and special programs to give you tips and encouragement along the way! Check out our Mood of the Day cups on this week’s craft!




“Slowly, Very Slowly”
Tip: This is one that engages the sense of touch, while also teaching opposites. Engaging multiple senses can help a child learn new things.


slowly,very slowly creeps the garden snail
slowly, very slowly, up the wooden rail 
quickly, very quickly, runs the little mouse 
quickly, very quickly, around the house 

Missed Storytime This Week? Learn More About Opposites!

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Take a look at all of the different rhymes, books, or make your own DIY Opposites Puzzle! Also, if you’re not already, be sure to sign up for our new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and earn prizes for books in Storytime and the reading you do at home. You can register using Beanstack, which is the same program used for Summer Reading.

You’re My Little Baby (I’m a Little Teapot Version)


You’re my little baby
soft and sweet
here are your hands
here are your feet


I love my baby so soft and sweet
here are your hands
here are your feet


tip: song does not have to rhyme and is great for body parts. It is easy to interchange body parts in the song. 

Missed Storytime this week?Check out these activities on School

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With school coming up, check out our activities, songs and making a paper backpack. Also take a look at our bookmarks on going back to school resources, so both children and adults can be prepared for the change in going back to school!


Participate in Storytime at Home with Weekly Videos

The Baby Hokey-Pokey


This tickle rhyme is great for body learning body parts and can be easily changed and adopted to learn new parts!


Put your arms in,you put your arms out, you put your arms in and you shake them all about
you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle (wiggle baby’s whole body)
and you tickle, tickle, tickle, (tickle baby)
that’s how the baby hokey-pokey goes! 


(repeat as many times with different body parts as you want!)

Missed Storytime? Check Out What’s happening!

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Check out some of the themes above, including crafts you can do at home!

Interested in our upcoming programs? Take a look at our newsletter and programs for September and October. We have several special all-ages storytimes as well as a new time for our Musical Storytime.

Interested in reading recommendations? Check out our bookmarks that you can take when you’re in the library, or ask one of the librarians for more options!