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
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?
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:
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.
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)
You are invited to join us this Saturday, December 6 at 10:00am, as we celebrate the holidays with the Mayor’s Holiday Party for Children at the Central Library. There will be music, refreshments and a storytime hosted by Mayor Cluck.
Symphony Arlington will be at the party to share a fun, engaging performance that will have the children laughing as they learn more about the symphony and even how to conduct a musician.
CATS (Creative Arts Theater and School) "Caleidoscope" Touring Group will also be joining us to share a special musical theater Christmas performance.
Don’t forget to support both community groups by attending their performances this holiday season. Symphony Arlington will host their Holidays With the Symphony on December 8. CATS also starts their performance of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on December 5.
Make sure you stop by the photo booth for a family picture with our book themed trees. You can share your pictures with us by using the #APLHoliday hashtag!
Thanksgiving is just days away and I cannot wait. One of the reasons is that this is a special time for my family to get together to tell stories, laugh, and just take time to be with each other. The other is because my dad makes so many yummy dishes for the day. He loves to cook, and each year he starts several days before the holiday to prepare the meal. I now enjoy making my own delicious side dish of sweet potato cassarole to bring to the family feast. I encourage you to check out one of many the tantalizing cookbooks the library has to offer. That way you can help make scrumptious goodies for this holiday or your next family gathering.
There are some things that even the youngest child can identify in just a glance. Holding steady amongst items such as dogs, cookies, and fire trucks, are superheroes. During the week of November 17, children at several storytime programs at the Arlington Public Library were treated to a visit from Superman and Wonder Woman. Armed with capes for all the children to wear during storytime, the pair helped read stories, sing songs, and make superhero crafts.
While a mask and cape are generally the trademarks of a superhero, there are many times when our heroes are simply everyday people. Recognizing that children sometimes need heroes to help them out in everyday life, the library invited Superman and Wonder Woman to storytime in support of CASA of Tarrant County’s innagural Superhero Run on Saturday, December 13, at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is an organization that speaks up for abused and neglected children by training court-appointed volunteer advocates to make recommendations for safe, permanent homes where children can thrive. The Superhero Run will benefit children who otherwise might not receive the help they need.
For more information about CASA, visit http://www.speakupforachild.org
Information and registration for the Superhero run can be found at http://www.casatarrantsuperherorun.com
French author Hervé Tullet's innovative book Press Here was published in the United States in 2011. Since then, Press Here has inspired many other "interactive" picture books that challenge traditional picture book formats and encourage play.
A few of the recently published interactive picture books are Tap to Play by Salina Yoon, Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson, and Don't Push the Button by Bill Cotter.
Harper Collins Publishers describe Tap to Play as an "interactive video-game-inspired picture book," but all of these books are clearly app-inspired as well. They have clean formats, simple illustrations, and are promoting play by giving small challenges to the reader like "flip the book" or "push the button." Even the book titles invite the reader to physically manipulate the book, whether that means to press, tap, push, shake, or turn the book around. These interactive books are unique in that they don't have any lift-the-flaps, die-cuts, or sensory pages. The images are flat, asking the child to use their imagination to make the book come to life.
After reading several interactive picture books, I asked, "why this new book trend and why now?" These new picture books are reminiscent of the digital app style-without the sounds and moving images. These books are spanning the divide between physical books and apps by demonstrating how the physical book can be as engaging and interactive as an app, while at the same time complimenting the design and innovation of app technology.
Why now? The book vs. app controversy is complicated and divided, but interactive picture books compliment the unique nature of each form by combining our technology-based culture with the traditional picture book. These books allow children to participate in the reading experience in fresh, exciting ways that are familiar to children who use digital media and still engaging for children who do not. Interactive picture books are spanning the divide between the physical book and apps and-BONUS!-they are really fun to read.
What is your opinion on interactive picture books? Do you have a favorite? Try reading an interactive picture book at home or in school and let us know what you think!
FACT: Kids love to sing.
FACT: Kids love repetition.
FACT: After the five-hundred and fortieth time singing their child’s favorite catchy song, caregivers want to retreat to a corner of the world where sound doesn't exist.
Let’s face it. Sometimes you just can’t handle one more verse of Wheels on the Bus, one more sing-a-long to Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, one more round of Here We Go ‘Round The Mulberry Bush. When these moments come, here are a variety of singers and songs to explore for all generations to enjoy. The following CDs can be found here at the Arlington Public Library:
FOR THE FOLK-Y
Tumblebee - Laura Veirs
You are My Little Bird - Elizabeth Mitchell
FOR THE FUNKY
House Party - Dan Zanes
Here Comes Science - They Might Be Giants
FOR THE NOSTALGIC
Jazz for Kids – assorted artists
The Johnny Cash Children’s Album – Johnny Cash
FOR THE MOVIE LOVER
A SUGGESTED PLAYLIST FOR NAPS AND QUIET TIME
“Everybody Wants to Be A Butterfly” – Michael Levine and Eric Litwin
“Honey Bee” – Zee Avi
“Catch a Falling Star” – Perry Como
“P.S. I Love You” – covered by Nellie Mckay
“Moon River” - sung by Audrey Hepburn from the Breakfast at Tiffany’s soundtrack
“Pure Imagination” – covered by Jamie Cullum
“Wild Horses” – covered by Alicia Keys and Adam Levine
“Lullaby” by Billy Joel
“Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” – covered by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
“Lullaby” - Dixie Chicks
“Hushabye Mountain” – covered by Stacey Kent
For more information on how music contributes to childrens' growth and development, visit PBSparents.
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