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Five Great Apps

Apps for phones and tablets have become something very exciting for young children. It is important for children to be technologically literate, but not all applications are good teaching tools. Luckily, there are some excellent and fun apps for children ages 0-5 that, with parental guidance, can be used as learning experiences.

Here are five apps that we think are great for child-parent learning experiences:

 Endless ABC

This is a colorful and engaging alphabet app that teaches words and letter sounds. Children drag letters to their matching outlines in order to create words, and the letters make the corresponding sound as they move. Friendly monster characters theatrically act out definitions for words to teach the children their meaning.



 Baby Sign and Learn

Did you know that babies 6-months and older can begin communicating with sign language before they can speak? This app is a great way for you and your child to learn sign language together! Remember that the app is a tool, and your baby will only really learn how to communicate with sign language if you use it consistently during the day.



 Lingo Zoo

This friendly puzzle game allows children to drag and drop puzzle pieces in order to create an animal. When the animal is pieced together, not only does it make its sound, it teaches the English and Spanish name for the animal.



 Musical Me!

With this app, children interact with colorful little characters to learn about notes, rhythm, pitch, and instruments through nursery rhymes. They will get to create their own music, play memory games, and make some silly creatures dance!





 There's a monster at the end of this book


Grover comes to life in this interactive book, which allows children to turn pages and reselect certain words to be re-read. Children will have a great time watching Grover fall into all sorts of shenanigans while he reads them a story.

1/20/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: PreK, Booktivity

Ideas to Celebrate MLK Day

There are a lot of ways that you can celebrate MLK Day with your family this weekend! Don't miss this opportunity to talk to your children about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his role in our history.

One way to celebrate MLK day is to have a birthday party for Dr. King. Make a cake together and decorate it, but instead of making a birthday wish, talk about your dreams and what Dr. King's dreams were. Another extension of this is to talk about injustice in your community and what your family can do to make life better for the people around you. It's ok to start small, like donating food or sending encouraging notes to your neighbors.

Over the weekend, take some time to read with your kids about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. These books and DVDs will help you learn more about his work, family, and beliefs.

For a list of family activities to celebrate MLK day in Arlington,visit

Whatever you choose to do, let's celebrate the legacy of this amazing man!

1/16/2015 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:

Bilingual Storytime Songs


Hello Everyone!

Do you know that Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Itsy Bitsy Spider can be song in Spanish? Here are some song for you to sing with your little one!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star/Estrellita.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Estrellita, ¿dónde estás?
Me pregunto que serás.
En el cielo y el mar.
Un diamante de verdad.
Estrellita, ¿dónde estás?
Me pregunto que serás.


Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica/My Body Makes Music

My body, my body makes music (2x)

My hands say
clap clap clap
My feet say
boom, boom,boom
My mouth says
la la la
My waist says
cha cha cha!

Mi cuerpo, mi cuerpo hace musica (2x)

Mis manos hacen
clap clap clap
Mis pies hacen
boom, boom, boom
Mi boca hace
la la la
Cintura hace
cha cha cha!

Mi cuerpo, mi cuerpo hace musica!


Everybody knows I love my toes/ Todo mundo sabe que yo amo a mi deditos

Everybody knows I love my toes.
Everybody knows I love my toes.
I love my mouth, my ears, my eyes, and my nose.
But everybody knows I love my toes.

Todo mundo sabe que yo amo a mi deditos.
Todo mundo sabe que yo amo a mi deditos.
Yo amo mi nariz,..boca, …oidos y ojitos
Pero todo mundo sabe que yo amo a mi deditos!


10 Little Fingures/10 Deditos

2 little hands, 10 little fingers
2 little hands, 10 little fingers
2 little hands, 10 little fingers
Count them all with me!

1 little, 2 little 3 little fingers
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers,
7 little, 8 little 9 little fingers
And 1 more makes 10.

Dos manitas, diez deditos,
Dos manitas, diez deditos,
Dos manitas, diez deditos,
Cuntalos conmigo

Uno, dos, tres deditos
Cuatro, cinco, seis deditos
Siete, ocho, diez deditos
Y uno ms son diez.

I hope you found some new songs to sing to your child! Remember you and your little one can learn many more songs at your local library branch storytime or check out one of our many nursery rhymes CDs!





1/15/2015 by Virginia W. Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Music, Storytime

Bethany's Top 5 of 2014

Here is the SHORT list of my favorite books of 2014:

1. West of the Moon by Margi Preus

West of the Moon is my vote for this year's Newbery or Printz award. It is one of those novels that falls between the children's and young adult age ranges, and it is a refrshingly unique, enchanting tale about a Norwegian girl named Astri. 

2. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

I loved this book. Albie struggles socially and academically, always feeling "almost" good enough. Many young readers will relate to Albie, and his story is an excellent addition to the ever-growing multicultural genre. If you enjoyed R.J. Palacio's Wonder, this is a must-read for you.

3. The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

I know, I know, everyone loves this book, but I still claim it as a favorite. Novak knows how to make kids laugh, and that makes this book VERY fun to read aloud!

4. Tap to Play by Salina Yoon

Building on the interactive book trend of the last few years, Tap to Play is inventive and creative. It engages children in a variety of ways and links the mental act of reading to the physical book. It's a great choice for young pre-readers. 

5. Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers

Oh, Oliver Jeffers, you've done it again! Admittedly, I am going to love anything by Jeffers, but Once Upon an Alphabet truly is a remarkable accomplishment. This is my vote for the Caldecott this year.

12/31/2014 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:

Dawn's Top 5 of 2014

I read a variety of wonderful books this year which took me on spell bounded adventures, taught me something new or pulled at my heart.  Below are the five stories that I thought were my favorite reads of this year.

5. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
I really enjoyed reading this part science fiction, part historical novel,  Janie, a fourteen-year-old American girl meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows when her family moves to London in 1952.  Janie and Benjamin’s life unexpectedly transforms when his father is kidnapped. Through their search for the apothecary, they both uncover the secrets of the his sacred book and get swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war. This is 1st book in the series.

4. Almost Astronauts: 13 women who dared to dream by Tanya Lee Stone
I love to discover new story about history and this non-fiction book presents the story of the thirteen women connected with NASA's Mercury 13 space mission, who braved prejudice and jealousy to make their mark and open the door for the female pilots and space commanders that would soon follow.

3. Two Hands to Love You by Diane Adams
This is a sweet book of simple illustrations and rhymes that shows how the guiding hands of a family are always there to love and nurture a child, from birth to the first day of school.

2. Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid
Another picture book about Percy who loves balloons, but there is just one problem he is a porcupine.  I love his determination and creativity to find a way to keep them from popping. This is a great read aloud for Pre-K -1st grade!

1. Dead City by James Ponti
And my favorite book of the year was a surprise to me.  Each year I read many titles from the Bluebonnet list and this book is one for 2014. I was not sure that I would like this one at first though because it about zombies (I am not a fan of zombies.)  I gave it a try and it I was soooo good!  The book has zombies, yes, but also has a strong girl character, page turning adventure, an intriguing mystery, and great surprise end (which prompted me to read the 2nd book in this series.)
“Seventh-grader Molly has always been an outsider, even at New York City's elite Metropolitan Institute of Science and Technology, but that changes when she is recruited to join the Omegas, a secret group that polices and protects zombies.”

What was your favorite book you read in 2014?

Rainy Day at the Library

Frog Vs. Armadillo in the library!

Come check out some of our bookbundles. Can you find armadillo?

Every day is an adventure at the library!

12/19/2014 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:

Holiday Pajama Storytime

This past week children came to the library dressed in their favorite pajamas for a special holiday pajama storytime! After reading some festive holiday books and singing everyone's favorite holiday tunes, we finished the night by constructing reindeer hats and feasting on cookies and hot cocoa. 

We will be taking a break from storytimes for the rest of December but we will start back up the first full week of January 2015. Due to the Central library's closing there have been some changes to the spring storytime schedule so please check out our storytime page to find out more information on those times and locations .

Happy Holidays from the Early Learning Team

Get Ready for the Turning a Page Celebration

If you don't have the Turning a Page Celebration on your calendar for this weekend-stop reading and write this down!

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, from 2-6 p.m. at Central Library

Through the years, the George W. Hawkes Central Library has provided our community with wonderful memories and rich experiences. Turning a Page: A New Chapter for Arlington's Central Library is an opportunity for the public to celebrate the history, experience the present, and imagine the future of the Central Library.

Families can come to the children's section on Saturday to walk through the history of the Arlington Public Library and children will get to help us design the future library!

Some old and new picture books about the library

What's your favorite book about the library?

12/11/2014 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:

Will Hillenbrand Author Visit

Have you ever seen 500 preschoolers quietly sitting together, fully engaged during a 45-minute presentation?  We have!  On Friday, December 5, 2014, the Arlington Public Library hosted 1,115 AISD TLI preschool students and their families for a special visit from children’s book author Will Hillenbrand. 

Hillenbrand entertained the students by demonstrating his illustrating style and reading books starring his beloved characters Bear and Mole (the picture on the left is me wearing bear ears as part of our Bear and Mole theme). The AISD buses picked up the excited preschoolers from school in the morning and afternoon to drive them to the event, and after Hillenbrand’s presentation, each student received a signed copy of Hilenbrand’s book Off We Go! (funded through a TLI grant). During the evening session, families of AISD preschool students were invited to come enjoy Hillenbrand’s presentation and take a photo with him. It was a very fun event for everyone and will hopefully inspire many of these young students to become authors and illustrators one day!

Here are a few of Will Hillenbrand's books that you can check out from our library

And a book trailer for his newest book, Snowman's Story:

12/10/2014 by Bethany Fort 2 Comments - Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: PreK

Congratulations Daniel! This month’s Early Childhood Literacy Basket Winner!

The library's early childhood literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0-to-24-months-old. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for babies!

Two-year-old Daniel is our latest winner. He and his mom attend storytime at the Southeast and Lake Arlington braches. Daniel loves these sessions, especially during choral reading time when he can hold and look at a book himself. Mom Carrie continues storytime at home by reading his favorite book, Goodnight Moon.

Daniel and his mom enjoy the toy and books he won

We hope Daniel and his mom will love the books, music cd, and the bee counting toy that were in this month's basket!




You can enter your child (ages 0-to-24-months) in the monthly drawing for an early childhood literacy basket! Join us in all the fun at your local library!

Winning is simple:

1.    Pick up a frequent user card from your local library.

2.    Each time you and your child attended a library storytime or check out a book using My First Library Card, you will receive a stamp from a library staff member.

3.    Enter your completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after acquiring eight stamps.

4.    Your card may be drawn to win a basket full of goodies including books, an educational toy, and much more!

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2014)

12/6/2014 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime, PreK, Contests