Posts Tagged ‘storytime’

If your book club is between books, there may be something for you in the library’s book group kits.  At the www.aclibrary.org home page, do a title or keyword search for “book group kit” to find a list of titles.  Each kit consists of a bag that contains one study guide and ten copies of the title, so members of your book club won’t have to go and find their own copy.

Childcare providers and parents can search for “story times to go”.  The search results will list thematic kits containing books and materials for children.  The materials come in a blue bin and may include a DVD, puppets and books, depending on the theme.

Holds can be placed as usual on titles in group kits and story times to go.  Check them out.

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Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytime is beginning for the fall session next week! There are 6 different sessions to choose from, on different days and times. Storytime begins on September 24th and ends on November 9th. These storytimes are designed for children ages 3-5 years old that are not in Kindergarten. There is no registration – just drop in! We read a variety of stories, do fingerplays and action rhymes, listen to music, tell felt board stories and more.


Mondays: 2 pm (9/24-11/5)

Tuesdays: 7 pm (9/25-11/6)

Wednesdays: 12:15 pm (9/26-11/7)

Wednesdays: 4:30 pm (9/26-11/7) –> this session is bilingual, Japanese & English

Thursdays: 4:30 pm (9/27-11/8) –> this session is bilingual, English & Mandarin

Fridays: 11:30 am (9/28-11/9)

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The ever popular bilingual English Chinese Baby Bounce for babies under 2 years old is going to resume this Thursday, 6/14, at 1 pm.  There are 3 meetings in June, 6/14, 6/21 and 6/28

Bring your baby and join us for 20-minute of fun in singing, rhyming, story reading in both English and Mandarin Chinese.  No registration is required.

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Another year has gone by.  I’d like to share a video of the major events at our library in 2011.  It was another busy year with many fun and/or educational family activities.  The happy faces in this video make me feel rewarded and look forward to the coming year.  Enjoy the video and have a wonderful 2012!

*Video quality can be adjusted to HD but the playback may lag on some computers.

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Each month we will have a book party right here at the Fremont Library! We will read a story or two, and then do a craft or have a snack related to our books/theme for the day. We want to show you how much fun you can have with books and stories. Crafts and related snacks help children remember the story and remember it fondly.

Our book party will meet in the Storytime Theater in the children’s area of the library. We are meeting on Tuesday, October 11th at 5:30 pm. Please be right on time if you are attending, as we have another group in the room right at 6 pm. We hope to see you there as we share a Halloween story and craft!

For more information, contact Mary Ayers at (510) 745-1408 or email at mcayers@aclibrary.org.

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Schools in Fremont started last Wednesday.  As you are getting ready for another year of learning, don’t forget to visit your local library.  Besides the many books you can check out, there are programs that may be helpful for you, too!

At Centerville Library, we offer different activities and  programs for different age groups.  Due to the limit of seats, some programs require sign-ups and they are all being accepted starting the first day of this month until full. 

🙂 Volunteer opportunities for teens

We are currently recruiting qualified teen volunteers for our 5th year of Read-With-Me and Read-To-Me reading programs.  These programs have been Centerville Library’s most popular on-going ones.  We are looking for responsible teens who are interested in working with children.  Click on this link for details.

🙂 Read-With-Me Reading Program for children grades 1-6

This is an one-on-one reading programs for elementary children.  Children meet with their trained teen helper very week to improve reading.  Up to 57 seats may be available but because it is so popular that 37 sign-ups have alreday been received on September 1, the first day of registration.  If you have a child who needs help in reading, please submit your registration form as soon as possible.

🙂 Preschool Storytime Plus and Mandarin/English Bilingual Storytime Plus for ages 3-6.

Both storytimes include stories, songs, finger plays, crafts, and other activities.  The Preschool Storytime Plus is conducted in English on Tuesdays at 1:30-2:10pm.  The Bilingual Storytime Plus is conducted in both Mandarin and English on Thursdays at 11:30am-12:10pm. Sign-ups are recommanded by calling us at 510-795-2629, or email Chien at cchang@aclibrary.org or Elizabeth at egamell@aclibrary.org

🙂 Kids Book Club for grades 4 and up.

The Centerville Kids Book Club will meet on the second Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30pm.  We will discuss our current book selection as well as any other books we have read recently.  If you have never been to a book club before, this is a great time to check it out!  Sign up at the Information Desk and pick up our current book selection. Our book selection for October is:  Masterpiece  by Elise Broach

For a complete list of Centerville Library’s programs, please take this LINK.

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I thought I would share some of my favorite picture books that we’ve used in preschool storytime. These are perfect for children ages 3-5 years old (and younger children that will sit for stories).

  Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin 
  The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson 
  The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen 
  Snip! Snap! What’s That? by Mara Bergman 
  Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems 
  The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri 
  Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont 
  Bubblegum, Bubblegum by Lisa Wheeler 
  Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
  Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson


Hope you will enjoy one or more of these picture books with your little ones. Find them now using our catalog at http://encore.aclibrary.org/iii/encore/home?lang=eng.

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Do you enjoy playing with babies?  Do you want to  introduce them to the library world by having fun together singing, reading and do some body movement? 

We are recruiting more volunteers to expand our very popular storytimes for the very young.  If you are interested in learning how to lead storytimes for babies and their mothers, please contact the Children’s Desk at (510)745-1421 during the library open hours or you can send an email to jtsou@aclibrary.org.  These storytime for babies will be running once a week for about 40 minutes each time in every other month.

The upcoming training sessions are scheduled  on two consecutive Tuesdays, 4/12 and 4/19 at 2-4 p.m.

Come and give it a try.  Believe me, it’s rewarding to see the smiles on the babies’ faces.

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Click on the present to see what’s inside!

Many of the pictures in this multimedia poster have a link to the video of the event. Click on some of them and enjoy!

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Preschool storytime is starting this week at the Fremont branch. It’s not too late to register, so give us a call at 745-1421 or come in to the library to sign up your child ages 3 – 5 years.

Choose one of the following English-only sessions:

Mondays at 7 p.m.
Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Fridays at 12:15 p.m.

OR if you prefer a bilingual session, choose from one of these:

Mondays at 1:30 p.m. English/Spanish
Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. English/Hindi
Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. English/Mandarin

Remember, you can only register for one session and children need to be at least three years old (and not older than five).

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