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Published on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Whole Green WorldBabysitter singsEarly Literacy Aside: You may have noticed when I read the book that I not only pointed to the pictures but also to the words. The words are so distinct. It is as if they are part of the artwork. Pointing to the words as well as the pictures helps your child focus on the print. They can see that pictures and words represent real things, part of print awareness, one of the six early literacy skills that will later help them to read.

Published on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Early Literacy Aside: Singing songs together not only helps with phonological awareness, hearing sounds, but they also are an enjoyable way to start developing expressive language, talking! Young children repeat what we say. This is the first step for them to express their own thoughts. Songs like this one, Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, have a repeated phrases which makes it easier for toddlers to learn. Let’s try it.
    Song: "Five Little Monkeys"
    Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
    One fell off and bumped his head.
    Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
    “No more monkeys jumping on the bed.”
    Repeat for 4, 3, 2, 1
    (For babies, bounce child to the rhythm. For older children, use five fingers to represent the monkeys and make appropriate actions.)

Book Club Pick of the Month

Published on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Image of Titanic sinkingThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, April 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss A Night to Remember by Walter Lord -- the definitive, classic tale of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago.  Copies are available at the reference desk.

Discussion of "The Bell Jar"

Published on Friday, March 9, 2012

Book cover of Sylvia Plath's The Bell JarThe West End Book Club will meet to discuss The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Tuesday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor. 

Copies are available at the Reference Desk. 

Please join us!

Published on Friday, March 9, 2012

Shout! Shout it Out!
Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseEarly Literacy Tip: Singing the alphabet song is one way to introduce children to letters. Part of letter knowledge, one of the early literacy skills that helps children be ready to read in school, is knowing the names of letters. At first your child may not relate the letters they sing to the written letter. That’s okay; this is a first step.

Rhyming Sounds

Published on Friday, March 2, 2012

I can read with my eyes shutHide and Sheep
Early Literacy Aside: We just read a book with rhyming words. To emphasize rhyming words, here is a song you can sing after you and your child have talked about two rhyming words. Let’s say you have noticed that ball and tall rhyme. Here’s the song. This helps develop your child’s phonological awareness, learning to hear the smaller sounds in words.

A tisket a tasket
Let’s make a rhyming basket

Singing Nursery Rhymes

Published on Friday, March 2, 2012

Goldie and the Three BearsViolet's Music
Early Literacy Aside: Singing slows down language so that children can hear the smaller sounds in words. This helps children learn to sound out the words when they learn to read.

Nursery Rhyme: Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down
And broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after

Books we read:

Published on Thursday, March 1, 2012

Graphic to promote scavenger huntPlease join us for a hunt of facts, figures and more from the library's collections March 10, all day.  Follow the clues and win. 

Have fun, pick your brain and learn something new.  Help celebrate Read-In at the library! 

Prizes go to the top 10 scavengers.

Published on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
In an effort to attract attention to child hunger in the District, the West End Library will be hosting a food drive from March 10 to 31. Please drop off donations of low sodium canned goods and whole grain dry food at the Hunger Station, conveniently located on the first floor between the Circulation and the Information Desks.

This drive is in anticipation of the soon to be released film based on Suzanne Collins' popular Hunger Games trilogy.  All goods received will benefit Martha's Kitchen.

Published on Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ride and Sing.  I’m a terrible singer. However, when I sing for my daughter or for a story time group, the kids ask me to sing more. Which means: your child will also love your voice when you sing. If you are shy, try singing in a place with some background noise or in the car. You can sing a familiar rhyme such as “Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb, Mary had a little lamb whose fleece is white as snow.  And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went…” As you sing, your child will learn these songs  and begin to sing along with you. 

The Cuddle Book
by Guido Van Genechten