Monthly Archives: August 2013

Preschool storytime–Art and colors!


art storytime mouse paintOur first week of fall storytimes!  I have really missed seeing everyone!  This week, we talked about art and colors, specifically mixing colors.  Before we got started, I turned on the bubble machine and sang “hello bubbles” and “one little, two little, three little bubbles”

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

Opening rhyme:  Two Little Dickey Birds (I like to have them make their “birds” flutter around before we say “Stop!” and start the rhyme.)

Book: Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  (E COLORS WALS)This book is just perfect for a discussion of primary colors and mixing colors.   Add in the humor of the white mice hiding from the cat on white paper, then taking a bath in the cat’s water dish?–priceless!  I love books that teach concepts without being didactic–and this is one!

art storytime mouse puppetsActivity: If you have a [color] mouse, stand up.  My predecessor made these amazing mouse finger puppets.  Every once in awhile I love to pass them out and do “Hickory Dickory Dock” as a fingerplay with them.  Since we were talking so much about colors, I handed them out and had the kids stand up as I called the color of their mouse before we did the rhyme.






art storytime color kittensBook: Color Kittens, by Margaret Wise Brown.  (E COLORS BROW)I thought that this was a good fit with Mouse Paint because it featured two cats mixing colors.  Plus, I think that the imagery Margaret Wise Brown uses to evoke all of the colors is just beautiful.  (This was one of my daughter’s favorites when she was about 3 years old–she always loved counting to three when the red rose tree turned to white!)  I read this one at the Leesburg storytime.








art storytime blue horseBook: The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse, by Eric Carle.  (E CARLE)  I used this one at the Oakland storytime.  I asked the kids if they knew “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.  When they said yes, I told them that this book was written and illustrated by the same person–then I explained what those terms mean.  Since the book features animals in unusual colors (orange elephant, etc) we talked about what colors those animals *usually* are.  Then we decided that artists can paint things either as they actually are, or how they are in our imaginations.








Closing game: rhyme cube (today was the Wheels on the Bus)

Closing rhyme: This is Big (Mel’s Desk)

Closing song: My hands say thank you

art storytime palette craftCraft:  We used the dot markers to mix colors!  The only thing I would caution is to use the yellow first when mixing colors! 🙂  The kids had a good time exploring the color mixing process.




Fall storytimes and crafts start soon!


I hope that everyone had a great first day of school!  Just a reminder–if you submitted a story for our Summer Readers Write book, your free copy of the book is available at the Leesburg Library.  If you need to pick it up at another branch, please give us a call at 759-2369 and we will send it over.  Also, those who turned in a summer reading log can pick up your certificate and coupon for FREE TCBY yogurt at any branch.

So now, on to FALL!  Babytimes and preschool storytimes will resume at Leesburg and Oakland libraries starting the week of August 19.  Crafternoons will also resume the week of August 19.  Redbone will continue to have a drop-in storytime on Monday afternoons from 2:30-5:30p and crafts on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:00p.  August calendars are available at each of our four branches.  Please note that Redbone, Leesburg, and Oakland will be doing the same craft each week.  We will specify the crafts on our monthly calendars, and you can also view a picture of the craft on our Facebook page.

This fall we will continue to offer our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  I am so thrilled with how many animals we have on our farms!  We have a few kids who are almost to 1000 books, and we just started a few months ago!  If your child starts pre-k this year, I encourage you to check out this program.  Even though 1000 books sounds like a lot, you can achieve it in one year by reading just 3 books a day!

All programs are sponsored by the Lee County Library and are free and open to the public.  Call 759-2369 for more information.  See you soon!

Voting now open–Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers


georgia peach book awardVoting for the Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers is now OPEN!  Every year, a list of twenty nominated titles is compiled by a committee of school and public librarians.  Then, it’s turned over to teens to vote on which is the best of the best!  The books that receive the highest ratings among voters are selected as the Peach Book and Honor Books.  Make sure your voice is heard!

I love a good book trailer (The one for Every Day by David Leviathan gave me goosebumps!), so here is a list of the nominees with some links to book trailers:

Ashfall, by Mike Mullin

Boy 21, by Matthew Quick

Curveball the Year I Lost My Grip, by Jordan Sonnenblick

The Disenchantments, by Nina LaCour

Erebos, by Ursula Poznanski

Every Day, by David Leviathan

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson

The Good Braider, by Terry Farish

Grave Mercy, by R. L. LaFevers

The Hunt, by Andrew Xia Fukuda

I Hunt Killers, by Barry Lyga

The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Leverage, by Joshua Cohen

My Book of Life by Angel, by Martine Leavitt

My Life Next Door, by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Never Fall Down, by Patricia McCormick

Pink, by Lili Wilkinson

The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater

Unwholly, by Neal Schusterman