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This Little Piggy

August 20, 2015

Watch as Miss Ramarie and Wren demonstrate the “This Little Piggy” rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!

Our fall storytime session starts next week!

Babes in Arms
Davis – Tuesdays at 10am
Haggard – Wednesdays at 9:30am

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Suburban Dare

July 21, 2015

It’s not too late to sign up for Suburban Dare!! You still have until August 31st to complete a reading goal and as many citywide dares as you can!

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And for kids and teens, don’t forget to come in to the library when you finish your reading goal to pick up your FREE book!

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App Time: It Was a Cold, Dark Night and Wiggle and Stomp

July 11, 2015

cold This week we started with Collins Big Cat’s book app It Was a Cold, Dark Night which is available in iTunes for free.

This is a very cute story about Ned the hedgehog trying to find a home for the winter. He looks in several places where there are other animals making their homes before finding the right one for him. The highlighted narration is great for beginning readers to follow along, and there are some interactive elements to tap on as well as a few sound effects. The app also has a quiz to review the story after reading it as well as a great “story creator” feature, which allows kids to use the different backgrounds, items and characters to create and record their own story. Collins Big Cat has several other book apps as well.cold 2

 

We also talked about the Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp activity app which is by the Smithsonian Institution. This one is available for free from iTunes or Google Play.

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Wiggle and Stomp is a very simple activity app which teaches some vocabulary, focusing mostly on animals and verbs. Children get to follow the zoo keeper around the zoo and take pictures of animals doing various actions. Once they get a verb correct three times, it is added to their zoo photo book. They can then go back and look at the pictures any time as well as print out coloring sheets of those animals. This app is perfect for verb recognition and some quick animal facts!

 

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Tick Tock

June 23, 2015

Watch as Miss Nina and Wren demonstrate the “Tick Tock” rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!

Our summer storytime session goes until August 1st!

Babes in Arms
Davis – Tuesdays at 10am
Haggard – Wednesdays at 9:30am

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Here We Go

May 22, 2015

Watch as Miss Nina and Wren demonstrate the “Here We Go” rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!

Summer storytimes will begin on June 8th. Babes in Arms will be at Davis on Tuesdays at 10am and at Haggard on Wednesdays at 9:30am.

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App Time Session 15: Moon Man Dan and Astronaut Trainer

April 25, 2015

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This week, we looked at Moon Man Dan by Pickled Pepper Productions, Ltd., which is available in iTunes for free.

Moon Man Dan lives on the moon and is in charge of lighting up the moon at night. When something lands on the moon, he has to figure out with it is and how to get it back where it belongs. The Nooms are Moon Man Dan’s adorable moon friends who live on the moon along with the MoonMoos (moon cows). This app story is perfect for preschools because it’s very interactive. Every page has things to tap on, some have little puzzles to solve, and there it includes information on the Hubble Telescope along with some pictures of galaxies. There is also a video to watch and a nightlight feature.

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Our activity app this week was Jetpack Journeys: Astronaut Trainer, available in iTunes for $.99.astro

This is a great educational app to get kids interested in space. There are five game aspects, including building rocket ships, putting the planets in order, and flying rocket ships. As they go through the games, there are coins that children can collect. They then unlock different space facts (a lot of which were new to me!) that are kept in a fact book that they can go back to and look at any time. There is not much in the way of instructions, but it is intuitive enough for kids to figure out on their own. The background music is soothing and unobtrusive, and there are no in-app purchases.

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Ten Little Fingers

April 21, 2015

Watch as Miss Nina and Wren demonstrate the “Ten Little Fingers” rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!

Our spring storytime session goes until May 9!

Babes in Arms
Davis – Tuesdays at 10am
Haggard – Wednesdays at 9:30am

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App Time Session 14: Otter on His Own and MarcoPolo Ocean

April 18, 2015

otterThe first app we used this week in App Time was Otter on His Own from Oceanhouse Media’s Smithsonian Collection. It is available through iTunes and Google Play for $2.99.

This app is based on a book by the same name, but the illustrations have been updated and allow for some interaction. It would make a great addition to digital libraries for kids ages 4-10, especially as it has plenty of non-fiction educational content. The book follows a young otter pup as he grows up and goes from depending entirely on his mom to being able to go off on his own. In this digital version, kids can read on their own, listen to the story with highlighted narration, and tap on different items they see on the screen to find out what they are, which is great for vocabulary development.

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We then looked at the activity app MarcoPolo Ocean, which is available through iTunes for $2.99ocean

MarcoPolo Ocean is a great way to continue your exploration into the sea. This app has five puzzles kids can do in addition to the free play aspect of diving deep into the depths of the ocean. They can assemble a coral reef, herring, orca, boat or submarine. As they build, the narrator will give them facts about some of the parts. They can then add animals to their ocean and interact with them during the open-ended play. You can also check out the Sago Mini Ocean Swimmer app, which has a simpler version of ocean exploration, but is free.

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Horse Named Ron

March 20, 2015

Watch as Miss Nina and Wren demonstrate the “Horse Named Ron” rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!

Our spring storytime session goes until May 9!

Babes in Arms
Davis – Tuesdays at 10am
Haggard – Wednesdays at 9:30am

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Say Say Oh Baby Rhyme

February 19, 2015

Watch as Miss Nina and Wren demonstrate the Say Say Oh Baby rhyme that we use in our Babes in Arms storytimes at the Davis and Haggard Libraries, which is suitable for pre-walkers 0-9 months old. Try this rhyme at home and then come to Babes in Arms to learn more!

Our spring storytime session goes until May 9!

Babes in Arms
Davis – Tuesdays at 10am
Haggard – Wednesdays at 9:30am

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