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Posted by Mrs. T. on 10/12/12
Anyone who lives in the area has certainly noticed the smell of skunks this summer and fall. According to a recent Chicago Tribune article, the presence of skunks has increased this year due to the warm winter and dry summer. Although you don't want to get too close, you and your child may have even seen some skunks in your backyard. The library has books that can help you in educating your child about the critters who live in our backyards. Here's a LIST with books about skunks.
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Posted by Ms. L on 10/10/12
Fall is a great time to read about those fun-loving, pesky, and yes, even scaredy squirrels.  Here are a few good titles to start with:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Ms. L on 10/09/12
Fall is a great time to take a walk with your child and talk about all of the wonderful colors, sights, sounds, and smells of the season.  In addition to simply enjoying time spent together, these types of observation walks are also a good opportunity to engage your child’s senses, build vocabulary, and talk about everyday science, such as why do leaves change colors?  (For the answer, click here.)
 
Here are some fun fall fingerplays to share as you explore:
 
Autumn Leaves
(To the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down, all over town.
The cold wind blows them all around…
They’re drifting gently to the ground…
Take a rake and rake them up…
 
Fall Leaves Whisper
All the leaves are falling down (Flutter fingers downward)
Orange, green, red, and brown. (Futter fingers)
If you listen, you'll hear them say, (Cup hands around ears)
"Wintertime is on its way." (Whispering)
 
I'm a Little Pumpkin
(To the Tune of “ I'm a Little Teapot”)
I'm a little pumpkin, fat and round.
Here is my face making a frown.
I'm a little pumpkin, tall and thin.
Here is my face, making a grin.
I'm a little pumpkin, I've got style.
Here is my face making a smile!
 
Two Little Apples
(To the tune of Barney’s “I Love You, You Love Me”)
Way up high, in a tree
Two little apples smiled at me.
So I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples, mm-mm good.
(Repeat with one apple)
 
 
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Posted by Kidbrarian on 09/20/12
Wouldn't it be nice if our kids were thrilled to practice their math skills or were happy to work on their vocabulary? Well, here comes an app for the iPad that turns learning into fun. The Futaba Classroom Games app turns your iPad into a game board for up to four players. Players are presented with a question and a choice of four answers. First one to choose the right answer gets the point. One outstanding feature is the ability to build your own game content. Challenge your kids to make up their own game to see if they can stump you!
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Posted by Ms. L on 09/12/12
Enjoy some of these great books that we read aloud in storytime this week!
 
Baby Time: Peek-a-Pet
 
 
Follow up the book with this fun fingerplay!
 
Gray Squirrel
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,
Shake your bushy tail.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,
Shake you bushy tail.
Wrinkle up your little nose,
Put an acorn in your toes.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,
Shake your bushy tail.
 
Kids’ Time: Duck! Rabbit!
 
Family Time: The Wheels on the Bus
 
Storytime is every other week at the library.  For a complete storytime schedule, visit our Kids’ Events Calendar.
 
 
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Posted by Ms. L on 09/12/12
“Once upon a time there were three dinosaurs and a poorly supervised little girl named Goldilocks.” Wait, that’s not how the story goes!  Check out Mo Willems' latest book and hilarious version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  In this book, Goldilocks eats pudding, not porridge, and the three dinosaurs, not bears, are “definitely not hiding in the woods waiting for an unsuspecting kid."  Both parents and kids will enjoy this laugh-out-loud story where the first chair is “Too tall,” the second chair is “Too tall,” and the third chair is, “TOO TALL!”
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Posted by Kidbrarian on 09/11/12
Recently, many of you have come in looking for realistic fiction for your first school reading assignment but are not really sure what it is. Realistic fiction is a story that could really happen. That means no magic wands or talking animals or fairies that appear and disappear. It can be funny or sad. It can be full of action or thoughtful. If you are in need of a suggestion, give us a call or drop by the desk for some ideas. We love to help! 
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Posted by Ms. L on 08/27/12
We’ve created a new page on the Kids’ World site to share information with you about our services and resources for children with special needs.  Take a look at our social story for young children.  You can use the story to help prepare your child for a visit to the library.  On the site, you’ll also find booklists, program descriptions, and helpful hints about searching our catalog for items that can meet your child’s needs.  Find the link at the bottom of the Parents’ page, or simply click here: http://ahml.info/kids/special_child_at_the_library
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Posted by Mrs. T. on 08/24/12
What a huge topic this is for a little blog! We see so many families come through our doors. Around this time everyone is helping their kids prepare for school. New clothes, new bedtime, new rules about homework, etc. It's all a part of the preparation - for back to school. I wanted to see what we had on our shelves that would help with advice and thoughts about this momentous time of year. I created a short list of titles but we have many, many more. From academics, to bullying to different learning styles. We have it all. Sometimes just browsing a book will help you sort through your own thoughts about a topic. So take a look at the list, If you have questions please come in and ask us. We can direct you to the answers. Have a great school year!.  
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Posted by Ms. L on 08/21/12
The best thing you can do to help your child get ready to read is to read aloud to your child every day.  Shared reading is a great way for children to build early literacy skills.  Join us for storytime at the library the week of August 27 and check out this week's read-aloud recommendations:
 
Baby Time (Infants to 18 months): Clip-Clop
Toddler Time (19-35 months): Mama Cat has Three Kittens
Kids Time (ages 3-6): Bark George
Family Time (All kids through 6 years): Dimity Duck
 
Storytime is every other week.  For a complete schedule, visit our Kids' Program calendar
 
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