Ballymun Library

Firing imaginations and teaching skills through books

Hugs and kissesBallymun Library received our largest attendances to date last week as the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs were packed to capacity!  Despite the sizeable gatherings, both sessions listened attentively to the book choices and joined in enthusiastically with the songs. It’s fantastic to see a love of books and reading develop amongst the groups.  It’s also becoming clear what a brilliant social opportunity the clubs are for adults and children alike.  Many of the toddlers, in particular, are good buddies and play with each other following the book readings.

At the Baby Book Club we returned to the idea of books promoting loving relationships between adults and children.  We read a beautiful book written by Judi Abbot entitled ‘Hugs and Kisses’.  This is a very cute story which is written in very simple language about different animals sharing hugs and kisses with each other.  We also sang ‘You Are Special’ to the tune of ‘Good Night Ladies’ to accompany the book.

First steps towards reading!

That's not my hedgehogWe had a full house again for the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs last week. It’s wonderful to see how the clubs are steadily growing in popularity.  One of the babies stole the show by taking her first few steps at the first session!  A very special moment and one we were all thrilled to share with her surprised Mum!!  No doubt she’ll be flying around the Library by the next session!!!

We returned to the publisher Usborne’s series of tactile books last Tuesday with ‘That’s Not My Hedgehog’. This series is aimed at very young children.  The books are designed to develop sensory and language awareness.  Each page contains bright pictures and patches with various textures. The books are ideal to read at home, on trips and at bedtime.  We sang ‘A Hedgehog is Very Prickly’ to the tune of ‘One Finger, One Thumb keep moving’ to complement the story.

"Bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes"

It's a Little BabyMaria Sheahan (Librarian and Book Club Facilitator) read ‘It’s a Little Baby’ by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb with the Baby Book Club last week.  This book introduces your baby to the concept of hide-and-seek with its lift-the-flap features.  We covered a simple action rhyme entitled ‘Peekaboo’ to accompany the story.  Julia Donaldson has written many wonderful books for children of all ages  You will find plenty of her stories available for loan at Dublin City Libraries.

Spring into Storytime at Ballymun Library

Cheep! Cheep!‘Spring into Storytime’ is a national story-time initiative in public libraries which ran during the month of April. It celebrates the importance of families reading together and sharing stories – values that are central to all Baby and Toddler Book Club sessions at Ballymun Library. With an attendance of 30 people at the Baby Book Club, we certainly sprang back with gusto following the Easter break!  It was wonderful to see such an enthusiastic crowd present! 

To date, stories with lift-the-flap features have proved very popular with Baby Book Club Members.  With this in mind, we kicked off this session with the story ‘Cheep! Cheep!’ by Sebastien Braun.  This book encourages little ones to talk.  The lift-the-flap element on each page is designed to teach children about animals and the noises they make. The children were enthralled!  We sang our old favourite song ‘Old MacDonald’ to round off the story.

Easter fun at Ballymun Library

Easter egg huntA very special visitor came to Ballymun Library before the Baby and Toddler Book Club sessions on Tuesday 4th April – the last ones before the Easter Holidays.  Maria Sheahan (Book Club Facilitator) invited the Easter Bunny to check out what a marvellous facility the Library is and to leave some treats for the children.  He certainly didn’t disappoint us!

Photo right: Treats left by the Easter Bunny

Egg-cellent Easter fun for your baby & toddler

Spot goes to the parkLast Tuesday,  Ballymun Baby Book Club read ‘Spot Goes to the Park’ by Eric Hill.  This is a lovely, simple story about a dog called Spot.  Spot and his friends go to the park and do all kinds of activities there.  This book also has a lift-the-flap feature on each page which the babies loved.  Eric Hill has written a number of books for babies about the character Spot.  If you like this series, then check out the list of books already read by the Book Club for more titles.

Learning is fun with a good book!

PeekabooThere are many books available through your local Library that contain interactive aspects to help you as a parent teach your children about different concepts.  These concepts can range from learning about colours, numbers, animal names to letters of the alphabet, potty training – the list is endless! Maria Sheahan (Librarian & Book Club Facilitator) illustrated how fun and learning can go hand in hand by choosing this book type for both clubs along with appropriate songs and rhymes.

Guess how much I love you!

 That's not my fox...The chosen book read by the Ballymun Library Baby Book Club last Tuesday was 'That's Not My Fox'. We had already covered ‘That’s Not My Lion’ and ‘That’s Not my Elephant’ from the publisher Usborne’s ‘That’s Not My...’ series of books. Each page of these books contains bright pictures and patches with various textures.  The series aims at developing sensory and language awareness among young children and the books are great to read at home, on trips and at bedtime.  We sang ‘I’m a Foxy, Foxy Fox’ to the tune of ‘London Bridge’ to complement the story.

'Small Talk' at our Baby & Toddler Book Clubs

Small talk: BedtimeAfter taking a break over the Christmas period, Ballymun Library book clubs were back with a bang last Tuesday! It was fantastic to see such a great attendance at both clubs with regulars returning and some new members showing up.

Baby and Toddlers Love Stories!

ElephantLast Tuesday, Maria introduced the Baby Book Club to a beautiful series of books entitled ‘That’s Not My...’.  The publisher, Usborne, produces a variety of colourful board books aimed at very young children.  We read That’s Not my Elephant from this series.  Each page of this book contains bright pictures and patches with different textures.  The book series is designed to develop sensory and language awareness.  It’s perfect for reading to babies and toddlers when you’re at home, out and about and at bedtime.  We will be covering many books from this series over the coming weeks. We also practised wiggling our fingers and touching our toes to the rhyme ‘An Elephant’.