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Back to School with Tumblebooks

Did you know that your library card gives you free access to HUNDREDS of eBooks, audio books, and graphic novels through Tumblebooks? Use your card to log-in to arlingtonlibrary.org to search the Tumblebooks catalog. Tumblebooks Junior has books and games for grades 3-6, including graphic novels of favorite series like Geronimo Stilton and Lego Ninjago!

Tumblebooks even has educational games that help improve math, reading, and writing skills. Whether at home or in the library, check-out Tumblebooks this fall!

 

Storytime Interview: Miss Bethany

You can visit Miss Bethany's Night Light storytimes at the First United Methodist Church of Arlington on Tuesday nights. Family Playtime starts at 5:30 p.m. and storytime begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Arlington Public Library is on storytime break for the month of August but we will start back up in September!

You can sing along with Miss Bethany's as she sings her favorite storytime song:

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I ate a word".

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I ate a book".

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I ate a library".

I was sittin' on a fence post
 chewin' my bubble gum
 (smack-smack-smack-smack)
 playin' with my yo-yo
 (doo-wop doo-wop)
 
 When along came Hermie The Wormie
 and he was this big.
 And I said
 "Hermie, what happened?"
 He said "I burped".

8/25/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime

Storytime Interview: Miss Dawn

You can visit Miss Dawn's Toddler Time storytimes at the Lake Arlington Branch at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays as well as her Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Thusdays.

The Arlington Public Library is on storytime break for the month of August but we will start back up in September!

You can sing Miss Dawn's favorite storytime song while you wait:

Five little monkeys swinging in the tree

Five little monkeys swinging in the tree
teasing Mr. Alligator can’t catch me….can’t catch me
along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be
and snapped that monkey out that tree

Four little monkeys swinging in the tree
teasing Mr. Alligator can’t catch me….can’t catch me
along came Mr. Alligator quiet as can be
and snapped that monkey out that tree

(continue with 3,2,1, and no more monkeys)

8/20/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime

Storytime Interview: Miss Shannon

You can visit Miss Shannon's Toddler Time storytimes at the South West Branch at 10:15 a.m. on Thursdays.

The Arlington Public Library is on storytime break for the month of August but we will start back up in September!

While you wait, you can sing some of Miss Shannon's favorite storytime songs:

8/17/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime

Storytime Interview: Miss Tamera

You can visit Miss Tamera's Bouncing Babies storytimes on Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. located at the Lake Arlington Branch, as well as Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. at the Southwest Branch.

The Arlington Public Library is on storytime break for the month of August but we will start back up in September.

While you wait, you can sing along to Miss Tamera's favorite storytime song:

Open Them, Shut Them

Open them, shut them

Open them, shut them

put them in your lap

open them, shut them

open them, shut them

give a little clap

creep them, creep them

creep them, creep them

right up to your chin!

open up wide

but don't put them in!

8/13/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime

Storytime Interview: Miss Virginia

You can visit Miss Virginia's storytime on Tuesdays at 10:30a.m. at the Southwest Branch

The Arlington Public Library is on storytime break for the month of August but we will start back up in September.

While you wait, you can sing and dance to Miss Virginia's favorite bilingual storytime song:

Mi Cuerpo (You can listen to the song here.)

Mi cuerpo, mi cuerpo hace musica (2x) 

Mis manos hacen             clap clap clap

Mis pies hacen                 stomp stomp stomp

Mi boca hace                    la la la

Cintura hace                    cha cha cha!


My body, my body makes music (2x) 

My hands say                    clap clap clap

My feet say                       stomp stomp stomp

My mouth says                  la la la             

My waist says                    cha cha cha!
 

Watch our blog all month long for more of our storytime interviews! 

8/11/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime, PreK

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

Early Literacy Winner and grandma hold toyThe library's early childhood literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0 to 24 months. 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 toddlers!

Declan and his grandma, Jeanette  have attended Southwest branch’s Bouncing Babies storytime regularly since he was a couple months old.  They enjoy so much the songs and music at this session. Also, the family continues storytime fun at home by singing Declan’s favorite storytime song, Mother, Father, and Uncle John.

Declan and his grandma will have hours of fun with all the books, music cd, and the bubble bee toy that were in this month's basket!

You too 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.
  3. Enter your completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after acquiring 8 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, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and the Citizen Investor Grant. (2014)

8/10/2015 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime, Contests

First Grade Dropout

 What could you do that would be so embarrassing to make you never want to return to school again?

First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick is a must read.

This realistic fiction picture book captures the heart of the average elementary school student. The narrator is a likable everyday kid who makes a blooper but not without the witness, judge, and jury of his classmates.  They sentence him to desk slappin', foot stompin', finger pointin',  belly bellowin' laughter.  Instantly, he's shamed and convicted of crime he wished he had never committed especially in front of his friends.

What could go so terribly wrong that makes the author want to dropout, cast a spell, go back in a time machine, or change his identity? Every student, teacher and parent can relate to his blunder and his post-blunder feelings.  Read this book, laugh, and sympathize, but find out why this pupil almost became a First Grade Dropout.

Preview this book on GoodReads.

Great classroom read-aloud or parent pair and share book to discuss how to handle mistakes.

Browse other books about first graders:

     

    

 

 

Storytime Interview: Miss Sarai

You can visit Miss Sarai's Wee Read storytime on Mondays at 10:30a.m. at the East Branch Library. 

The Arlington Public Library is on storytime break for the month of August, but we will start back up in September.

While you wait, you can sing Miss Sarai's favorite storytime song at home:

Five Little Monkeys 

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

One little monkey jumping on the bed
He fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

No little monkeys jumping on the bed
None fell off and bumped his head
So Momma called the doctor and the doctor said
Put those monkeys back in bed!

Watch our blog all month long for more of our storytime interviews!

8/6/2015 by Kayla Parker Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Storytime

Kinder Book Roundup: A Picture Book Guide to Kindergarten

Kickoff to Kindergarten with Arlington Public Library

Do you have a child going to kindergarten this fall? Kinder can be scary for both kids and their parents. To help families make the adjustment easier, many school districts try to host  "Kindergarten Roundups" or some type of pre-registration at elementary schools for children who will turn 5 years old on or before September 1.

The roundups give parents and children a chance to visit the school and learn about policies and the everyday routines for future students, usually in the spring before your little one enters kinder.  If you missed kindergarten roundup, no worries. Below are 20 random picture books of old and new that may help you and your child ease into the transition of kindergarten.

Join us for a special  Kindergarten Kickoff Storytime on Saturday, September 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Southeast Branch Arlington Public Library. Bring a backpack!  Your child won't want to miss the Backpack Parade.

Kindergarten Book Roundup

20.  Countdown to kindergarten by McGhee, Alison, 1960-

19.  Kindergarten diaries  by Portis, Antoinette.

18.  Kindergarten countdown by Hays, Anna Jane.

17.  Mom, it's my first day of kindergarten! by Yum, Hyewon.

16.  Off to kindergarten by Johnston, Tony, 1942-

15.  My kindergarten  by Wells, Rosemary.

14.  Welcome to kindergarten  by Rockwell, Anne F.

13.  I'm telling you, Dex, kindergarten rocks!by Davis, Katie (Katie I.)

12.  Kindergarten cat  by Lewis, J. Patrick.

11.  Polka-dot fixes kindergarten  by Urdahl, Catherine.

10.  Kindergarten, here I come! by Steinberg, David, 1962-

9.    Eliza's kindergarten pet  by McGinty, Alice B.

8.    The last day of kindergarten by Loewen, Nancy, 1964-

7.    Planet Kindergarten  by Ganz-Schmitt, Sue.

6.    Kindergarten luck  by Borden, Louise.

5.    The night before kindergarten by Wing, Natasha.

4.    The twelve days of kindergarten : a counting book  by Rose, Deborah Lee

3.    The day my mom came to kindergarten  by Fergus, Maureen.

2.    Miss Bindergarten gets ready for kindergarten by Slate, Joseph.

1.    Ready for kindergarten, Stinky Face? by McCourt, Lisa.