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  • DIY Storytime – Under the Sea

    Do-It-Yourself Storytime
    Theme – Under the Sea

    Enjoy this DIY storytime whenever you like!

    BOOKS:

    clarkStory: Clark the Shark

    • Written by Bruce hale
    • Illustrated by Guy Francis
    • Published by HarperCollins
    • Presented by StorylineOnline and read by Chris Pine

    Clark the Shark loves his life. But he loves everything just a bit… too much.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgZRMptA0Lk

    This discussion guide for Clark the Shark includes craft instructions for a paper envelope shark.
    https://www.rif.org/sites/default/files/Support_Materials/ClarktheShark-TeacherActivityGuide.pdf

     

     pout pout fishStory: The Pout-Pout Fish

    • Written by Debora Diesen
    • Illustrated by Dan Hanna
    • Published by Farrar Straus Giroux
    • Presented by Little Readers

    Pout-Pout Fish can’t help but be gloomy until someone shows him a better way to be.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8aHcU1NJPM

    Kids can make Pout-Pout Fish masks to help them talk about their feelings.
    https://playgroundparkbench.com/the-pout-pout-fish-helping-emotional-children-with-big-feelings/

    swimmy Story: Swimmy

    • Written and Illustrated by Leo Lionni
    • Published by Scholastic
    • Presented by Grandma Annii’s Storytime

    The little red fish are afraid of being eaten by the big fish until Swimmy shows them how to work together.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUKJjVXT0Ko

    STEAM Activities – This site shows different ways kids can create a big fish like the one in Swimmy.
    https://preschoolsteam.com/steam-storytime-for-preschoolers-swimmy/

     

    SONGS:

    Baby Shark Dance –  Sing and Dance!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZsoesa55w

    The Little Mermaid – Under the Sea
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC_mV1IpjWA

     OCTOPUS’S GARDEN –  Muppet Show
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-blaYP-0Ug

    RHYMES & FINGERPLAYS:

    Teasing Mr. Shark
    (count down fingers as fish disappear)

    Five little fishes, swimming in the sea                  (hold up five fingers)
    Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
    Along comes Mr. Shark, mouth open wide         (position arms like a giant open mouth)

    SNAP!                                                                        (clap arms together to close mouth)

    One little fish down inside.
    Four little fishes, swimming in the sea                 (hold up four fingers)
    Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
    Along comes Mr. Shark, mouth open wide         (position arms like a giant open mouth)

    SNAP!                                                                        (clap arms together to close mouth)

    Two little fish down inside.
    Three little fishes, swimming in the sea               (hold up three fingers)
    Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
    Along comes Mr. Shark, mouth open wide         (position arms like a giant open mouth)

    SNAP!                                                                        (clap arms together to close mouth)

    Three little fish down inside.
    Two little fishes, swimming in the sea                  (hold up two fingers)
    Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
    Along comes Mr. Shark, mouth open wide         (position arms like a giant open mouth)

    SNAP!                                                                        (clap arms together to close mouth)

    Four little fish down inside.

     

    One little fish, swimming in the sea                      (hold up one finger)

    Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
    Along comes Mr. Shark, mouth open wide         (position arms like a giant open mouth)

    SNAP!                                                                        (clap arms together to close mouth)

    No little fishes swimming in the sea
    Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
    Along came a rumble from down inside
    BURP!
    Excuse yourself, Mr. Shark!

    A Fish Alive

    One, two, three, four, five              (count fingers on left hand)
    I caught a little fish alive                (catch fingers on right hand with left hand)                                          

    Six, seven, eight, nine, ten        

    Then I let it go again.                     (release fingers quickly)
    Why did you let it go?
    Because it bit my fingers so.         (shake right hand)
    Which finger did it bite?

    This little pinkie on the right!          (point to little finger on right hand)
    The Fish in the Sea

    (tune: The Wheels on the Bus)

    The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim                         (pretend to swim)
    swim, swim, swim,
    swim, swim, swim
    The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim
    In the deep blue sea.

    The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch               (hands make pincer movement) hands)
    pinch, pinch, pinch
    pinch, pinch, pinch
    The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch
    In the deep blue sea.

    The squids in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle            (wiggle all over)
    wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
    wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
    The squids in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
    In the deep blue sea.

    The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp          (open & close arms like a mouth)
    chomp, chomp, chomp
    chomp, chomp, chomp
    The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp
    In the deep blue sea.

     

    The crabs in the sea go skitter, skitter, skitter                 (wiggle fingers like they are walking)
    skitter, skitter, skitter
    skitter, skitter, skitter
    The crabs in the sea go skitter, skitter, skitter
    In the deep blue sea.

    The whales in the sea go spout, spout, spout                (Put arms over head, open & close hands)
    spout, spout, spout
    spout, spout, spout
    The whales in the sea go spout, spout, spout
    In the deep blue sea.

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  • Science Video Tuesday! Rain Clouds

    Ms. Melissa, from the Children’s Department and her awesome helper, Carter are back with another Science Kids From Home Video!

    Today, they are creating a Rain cloud in a Jar.
    Ms. Melissa guides you step by step on how to create a colorful rain cloud from the comfort of your own home!

    Stay tuned for more Science Kids From Home Videos from Ms. Melissa!

    For more Rain Cloud Fun and information:
    What Are Clouds Made Of?: https://www.youtube.com/watch…
    The Water Cycle: https://www.natgeokids.com/…/di…/science/nature/water-cycle/
    What is Rain?: https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/rain/400161

    #getyourscienceon #ScienceFromHomeVideos #StratfordLibrary #StratfordCT

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  • What’s Going On May 17 to 23, 2020

    pandaIt’s week 10. Are you hanging in there? Join us for games, trivia, drawing and other programs. This week’s picture? A panda, who is in luvvve with napping. It’s almost warm enough for you to start planning your panda tree house, right?!! (If anyone does build a tree house, we here at the Library are going to want to see pictures).

     

     

    Special Programs Coming Soon
    wimpy kid bookTuesday, 5/19, 4 pm. Draw with Josie. Ages 6-12. Josie will be drawing characters from Diary of a Wimpy Kids. Children need a pencil, paper, and a good eraser. Registration required. Click on Events to see the Calendar. 

    dogTuesday, 5/26, 4:30 pm. Read to Therapy Dogs.  Does your child want some reading practice? Read for 10 minutes on Zoom to our therapy dogs! Registration required. Click on Events to see the Calendar. 

     

     

     

    SpaceX Dragon CrewWednesday, 5/27, 4:15 pm.
    SpaceX Launch Watch Party
    Watch the scheduled SpaceX/NASA manned launch of the Dragon Crew rocket from Kennedy Space Center with us. Cheer on astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley as they make Dragon Crew’s first personned test flight. The launch is scheduled for 4:32 pm, so please be in the Zoom by 4:20 pm. Of course, if the launch window changes, we will reschedule our party to that time… whenever it is! Registration required. Click on Events to see the Calendar. 

    Weekly May Programs

    Mondays at 10:30 am
    Toddler Time
    Ages 1-2, siblings are welcome. Songs and rhymes to build literacy skills. Registration required. Click on Events to see the Calendar. 

    Tuesdays at 10:30 am
    Preschool Storytime
    Ages 3-5. Stories, songs, and sharing for our preschool families. Registration required. Click on Events to see the Calendar. 

    Wednesdays at 10:30 am
    Count Me In
    Ages 3-6. Celebrate the numbers with a story, a song and activities. Registration required. Click on Events to see the Calendar. 

    Wednesdays in May at 7 pm
    5/20 is Family Game Night – Minute to Win It
    Grades 3 and up. What challenges can you complete in 1 minute? Activities vary from remembering trivia to household challenges. Registration required. Click on Events to see the Calendar. 

    Thursdays at 10:30 am
    Online Baby and Caregiver Support Time
    A resource for babies up to 18 months and their grown-ups. Songs and rhymes will be shared, along with the opportunity for caregiver discussion and support. Registration required. Click on Events to see the Calendar. 

    Thursdays at 3:30-3:45 pm
    Alphabet Parade – (5/20 is the letter H)
    Let’s march our way through the alphabet, celebrating one letter each week (Surely the quarantine will be over by the time we get to Z (Laughing!)). Families should have crayons and paper, and be ready to march around their house looking for the alphabet everywhere! Registration required. Click on Events to see the Calendar. 

    Thursdays at 7 pm
    Good Night with Dolly
    Enjoy bedtime stories with Dolly Parton. She will read one of her Imagination Library books each Thursday. Storytime is on the internet, and no registration required. More information and tune in at https://imaginationlibrary.com/

    Fridays at 10:30 am
    Friday Fun
    Stories and songs for ages 2 to 5. Registration required. Click on Events to see the Calendar. 

    Saturdays
    Do It Yourself Storytime
    Check out a self-paced storytime, posted right here on the Kids page every Saturday. Themes will change each week.

    artemis fowl bookJoin our Artemis Fowl Book Group

    Please join our online book club for “Artemis Fowl”.  Together we’ll read the first book in the series prior to the June 12th release of the movie on Disney+. (See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl2r3Fwxz_o)

    Artemis is a criminal mastermind who attempts to steal fairy gold in order to restore his family’s fortune. The story is an action-packed fantasy filled with adventure that appeals to all ages and would be perfect for family members reading together.

    Members of the book club will receive, via email, optional discussion questions and loads of fun extras such as codes & ciphers, trivia questions, word searches, information about the author, and ideas for activities and crafts to go along with the story. Everything is optional and reading is done at your own pace. We look forward to reading with you!

    Ebook and downloadable audiobook versions of Artemis Fowl can be borrowed from the library using Hoopla and OverDrive.

    Please complete this registration form to join the book club: https://forms.gle/TAfnLzmKf5xq7LiK6

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