Monthly Archives: December 2012

Happy NOON Year from Librerin!


I’m pleased to report that the NOON year was rung in with a definite BANG!  Our NOON year’s eve party was a huge success!  Thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us!  There is truly nothing I love better than having events at our libraries that families can attend together and have fun!  If you have any photos you’d like to share, please email me or share them with us (Lee County Library) on Facebook.  If you have any comments, please leave them here or feel free to call 759-2369.  We are hoping to do this again next new year’s, so your feedback is important!

Remember that all Lee County Library branches will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day.  Leesburg Lego Club will meet at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2.  On Thursday, January 3, Oakland Library will have preschool storytime and playgroup at 10:00 a.m. and crafts at 4:30 p.m., and Redbone Library will have crafts at 3:30 p.m.

Thanks for reading, and best wishes for a wonderful 2013!


Preschool Storytime–Christmas!


I’m doing two preschool storytimes now.  One is 10:00 a.m. every Tuesday at the Leesburg Library and the other is 10:00 a.m. every Thursday at the Oakland Library.  We have a playgroup after every storytime.

Opening song:  We hit our knees together (from Mother Goose on the Loose)

Opening rhyme:  Open them, shut them

Book:  How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.

007Activity:  Jingle bells bracelets.  I made these using jingle bells I had on hand and some pipe cleaners.  We used them briefly and in a closely supervised environment.  As I often do, I took the sequence from Mother Goose on the Loose:  “We ring our bells together”, ring up high/down low/in the middle, “Ring your bells”, up high/down low/in the middle, then we finished off with “Jingle Bells”.



004Story:  That’s not Santa!  About a year ago, when I was less than a month into my new career, I saw a wonderful children’s librarian tell this story to a group of preschoolers.  It was SO GOOD!  I found myself listening as enthusiastically as they were.  So this year, when I was putting together my own Christmas storytime, I was determined to include the story.  There is a beginning reader called “That’s Not Santa!” by Leonard P. Kessler.  But I really wanted to tell it as a story since it’s such a fun story to tell.  I ended up scanning some of Kessler’s illustrations and printing them out onto cardstock.  This story was a hit every time I told it!



003Poem: Rudolph, Rudolph.  I got this idea from Katie at Storytime Secrets.  I wish my stuffed Rudolph was a little bigger, but it’s such a fun idea I couldn’t resist.







Rhyme cube:  The wheels on the bus

Closing rhyme:  This is big, big, big (from Mel’s Desk)

Closing song: My hands say thank you

January Children’s Programs


All branches of the Lee County Library will be closed on January 1 for new year’s.  After that, the schedule will be as follows:


Leesburg Library–January 2 at 3:00

Oakland Library–January 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Redbone Library–January 17 at 3:30 p.m.

Babytime and playgroup

Leesburg Library–January 7, 14, and 28 at 10:00 a.m.

Oakland Library–January 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool storytime and playgroup

Leesburg Library–January 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 10:00 a.m.

Oakland Library–January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 10:00 a.m.

Redbone Library–January 7, 14, and 28 at 2:30 p.m.


Leesburg Library–January 8, 15, 22, and 29 starting at 3:00 p.m.

Oakland Library–January 3, 17, 24, and 31 at starting at 4:30 p.m.

Redbone Library–January 3, 10, 24, and 31 starting at 3:30 p.m.


All events are sponsored by the Lee County Library and are free and open to the public.  For more information call 759-2369.


NOON Year’s Eve Party!


Ring in the NOON year at the Oakland Library!  We’re having a special party to celebrate 2013 that’s just for kids!  Wear your fanciest party gear and join us for dancing, crafts, and balloon art.  We’ll dance to kid-friendly tunes until we countdown to 12:00 noon!

What:  NOON year’s eve party

Where:  Oakland Library, 445 Oakland Pkwy

When:  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, December 31

Sponsored by the Lee County Library.  Balloon art sponsored by Heritage Bank of the South.  Free and open to the public.  For more information call 759-2369.

Christmas programs (and Teddy Bear Sleepover slideshow!)



Wow!  What a week!  We started Saturday with a visit from Curious George at the Leesburg Spirit of Christmas Parade and Festival.  He wanted me to tell everybody that he had a great time visiting with all of you!

003On Tuesday night, we had our annual Puppet Show Extravaganza at the Leesburg Library.  Kids came in their pjs and enjoyed a puppet show of Pete the Cat Saves Christmas and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, along with some stories and of course teeth puppet caroling!


On Wednesday, we had stocking decorating at Smithville, and on Thursday we decorated stockings at Redbone!  Santa will love filling those personalized stockings!






018Last night we had a Christmas-themed storytime and teddy bear sleepover.  As usual, those stuffies got into some mischief!  But everyone had fun, and they are all eagerly waiting to return home.  Check out the slideshow here!

Thank you to everyone who made these programs a success!  And Happy Holidays!