National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Lyndsey

Ghosts by Raina TDid you know September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month? This celebration has been around since 1968 in honor of the great influence and contributions Hispanic Americans have made in the United States.

To celebrate, you can come to DBRL’s Spanish Story Time/Hora de cuentos en familia! Learn new words while listening to stories and songs in Spanish. This program is for native and non-native speakers alike and is for ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration is not required.

Our libraries also have books in Spanish that include board books, picture books and chapter books. A few of my favorites include “Fantasmas” by Raina Telgemeier, “Con cariño, Amalia” by Alma Flor Ada and “La granja de los siete establos” by Roberto Aliaga. You can check out the rest of our Spanish collection here.

These titles are great if you and your child would like to learn more about Hispanic culture and famous Hispanic Americans: Continue reading “National Hispanic Heritage Month”

Boost Your Child’s Balance With This Kit

Posted on Monday, September 3, 2018 by Kristy

PAL Bag 3

Is your little one learning to coordinate their arms, legs and other body parts to accomplish goals (like walking independently or kicking a ball)? If so, PAL Kit 3: Gross Motor Development for children ages birth-2 will be perfect for them! We have just updated this kit with brand new toys, including a fun bowling set and activity scarves to encourage your child to move, dance and play.

PAL Kit 3 also includes several books, and each of them incorporate movements that you and your child can act out together. One my favorite books in the kit is “Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood. As you read “Silly Sally,” encourage your child to jump, dance and sleep along with Sally and the animals. For infants, act the story out on their bodies.

Interested in checking PAL Kit 3 out? If so, place a hold online to pick it up at your library or bookmobile.

DIY Rainbow Dancing Wrist Bands

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Kristy

Employee holding DIY rainbow streamer
Erin loves to show off her dancing skills!

Do your kiddos love moving and grooving? If so, try out these super simple DIY rainbow dancing wrist bands! We use these all the time at the library, and they’re an awesome and colorful way encourage dancing and self expression with your little ones.

What you need:

  • Shower curtain rings or adult-sized hair elastics
  • Colorful ribbon, cut into 12″–18″ lengths (You’ll want at least three, though having a rainbow of colors is pretty cool.)

What you do: Continue reading “DIY Rainbow Dancing Wrist Bands”

Check Out Instruments for Little Ones

Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 by Lyndsey

Play as Learning Kit 7Ready to rock out with your little ones while encouraging early literacy skills? Then check out  our PAL kits, which are full of toys, books and CDs for kids ages birth-2.

One of our favorite PAL kits is getting a brand new look, complete with new activities, books and instruments. PAL kit 7: Encouraging Music and Movement will now feature shakers, a tambourine and a mini piano! Move and groove with your instruments and rainbow wristbands while listening to “The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band.”

When you’re all tired out from dancing, sit down and enjoy one of the four new books included in the kit. “Touch and Feel Farm” is a classic sensory book that will delight any child. “Dancing Feet!” “I Can Dance” and “Let’s Dance, Little Pookie” are rhyming books that teach kids about dance and invites them to join in the fun.

Interested in checking PAL 7 out? If so, place a hold online to pick it up at your library or bookmobile.  

Sing Along With Stories

Posted on Monday, July 30, 2018 by Kristy

I absolutely love hosting story times here at the library. I enjoy reading, singing and playing with little ones, and over the years I’ve discovered several stories that allow me to combine all of these things. Below are some books where you can mix singing and reading while even adding in motions and fun! These are some of my favorite story time picks and are sure to have your little ones demanding an encore.

If You're a Monster and You Know it book cover “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” by Eric Litwin 
 “Row Row Row Your Boat” by Jane Cabrera 
 “Old MacDonald Had a Truck” by Steve Goetz
 “If You’re A Monster and You Know It” by Rebecca Emberly 
 “The Seals on the Bus” by Lenny Hort 
 “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont
 “Barnyard Dance” by Sandra Boynton 
 “The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen  
 “The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk” by Kabir Sehgal 

Navigating the World of Social Behaviors

Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Molly

Child SharingThe world is an amazing place for young children. Growing up is an adventure, and everything must be tasted, smelled, touched. And yet, bridging the gap between childhood and adulthood is far from a walk in the park. Mastering basic fundamentals, such as walking and talking, is no small feat. Add to that the long list of appropriate social behaviors kids must learn. For instance, while eating food is encouraged, biting another person is taboo. Whereas holding a toy for the first time might garner smiles and applause, not sharing toys is frowned upon. With so many “rules” or social norms to absorb, it’s no wonder children find this whole becoming-an-adult thing confusing!

A great way to help your child confidently navigate the world of appropriate social behaviors is by introducing them to fictional characters who struggle with the same issues. This is where the library can be an awesome resource!

DBRL shelves numerous books on teaching social behaviors. Here’s a few to get you started. Continue reading “Navigating the World of Social Behaviors”

Books We Love: Animal Handprints

Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 by Megan

Animal handprint art

What has two thumbs and loves this book? ME! From the moment I flipped through Handprint Animals” by Henu Mehtani and saw that I could turn my handprint into a walrus or a sheep, I was hooked! If you have a handprint, paper, paint and googly eyes, then you have all the makings for some fine art. Sadly, this book doesn’t include instructions on how to paint a unicorn. However, it does have instructions for a narwhal, which, as we all know, are the unicorns of the sea. Check out this book to see how you can make your own handy-works of art!

Animal Handprint book

Celebrate National Jello Day!

Posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Brianna

jelloToday is National Eat Your Jello Day! Yep. It’s a thing! Eating jello is of course incredibly enjoyable, but did you know there are all kinds of other fun things to do with jello? One of my favorite things about jello is the way it feels, which makes it great for sensory activities. If you want a fun and easy experience for little one, try making a jello sensory bin.

jello mix

  1. Make some batches of jello, following the instructions on the box. If you use different colors and flavors, it will add to the fun.
  2. Put all your jello in a bin. A clean dish tub works great for this.
  3. Throw in some partially frozen fruit. This will create various textures and temperatures for your child, as well as providing a tasty addition to the snack.
  4. Set your kiddo up next to the bin, and watch the sensory fun happen!

Continue reading “Celebrate National Jello Day!”

Summer Reading Book Lists for Kids

Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 by Erin

Books outdoors

One of the hardest things to do after reading a great book is finding what to read next. I want a book that I know will be worth my time. When working with youth, finding the right book can help foster their love for reading. That’s where book lists come in!

DBRL Kids & Parents has many book lists, including our own Summer Reading book lists. But if you have already exhausted those, check out The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) books lists below. ALSC is a branch of the American Library Association that is dedicated solely to children, and their book lists are always superb.

I’ve adapted the book lists to display each book’s location at DBRL. Happy reading!

Summer Reads for Kids

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2018 by Mitch

Summer is but a breath away. Your children know it, and somewhere deep down (even through all the denial) you do too. How do you prepare your kiddos for the long summer days? You can start a list of amazing brand new books to read with them! Here’s just a few new books coming to the library soon.

Nothing Stopped Sophie” by Cheryl Bardoe and Barbara McClintock
Nothing stopped Sophie Germain. Not her parents who tried to get her to sleep. Not her professors who couldn’t imagine that a girl could calculate like the boys could. Not even an unsolvable math problem could stop Sophie. This children’s biography is perfect for keeping your kiddos motivated to learn through the summer.

My Feelings and Me” by Holde Kreul
Sometimes emotions flair up as hot as the summer sun. Sometimes they’re as chill as winter. “My Feelings and Me” is a fantastic discussion starter about feelings, without the labels of “good” or “bad.” With beautiful art, this book could help navigate some of those long hot days in your home.

Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewdney and Reed Duncan
A whole new world opens up for Llama Llama as he learns the alphabet. And he can’t wait to show his Mama Llama I’ll bet!

Click here to see an entire list of new children’s books coming soon. Put them on hold to make sure you don’t miss them once they hit our shelves. And don’t forget to check in with us as Summer Reading starts May 30th!