Festive fun for babies & toddlers

I love you Father ChristmasDespite the fact that Christmas is almost upon us, Ballymun Library had a great turnout to last Tuesday’s sessions.  At the Baby Book Club we read That’s Not my Lion from the publisher Usborne’s ‘That’s Not My...’ series of books.  We will also learned a new song titled ‘I’m a Lion’ which was sung to the tune ‘Three Blind Mice’.

Next week, we will read I Love You Father Christmas by Emma Dodd.  This is a lovely story all about Santa Claus and is guaranteed to put families in the Christmas spirit.


It's Roary-time at Ballymun Library

Counting by Julia DonaldsonLast Tuesday, 6 December, Ballymun Baby Book Club had lots of fun with numbers and counting using the book Counting from the book series Tales from Acorn Wood by author, Julia Donaldson and illustrator, Axel Scheffler.  Maria taught the group a new rhyme entitled ‘I Can Count’ to complement the story. 

There are lots of ways to incorporate counting in children’s routines such as:

(a) Counting food (cheerios, grapes)
(b) Climbing stairs
(c) When your child is swinging in the park
(d) How many books you borrow from the Library!

The 12 Elves of Christmas at Cabra Library!

elfAs Christmas approaches, Santa is sending an elf to Cabra Library. Our library elf will hide in the library during the day, and at night return to the north pole to report back to Santa on children's behaviour. Now our library elf is quite mischievous and won't be hiding in the same place each day, just so you know! Sunday is a rest day, don't forget.

As a little challenge, and a lot of fun, we would like children to try and find our library elf in their different hiding place on each of the 12 days of Christmas! Starting this Saturday (10th Dec). But to find our elf you will need to use the clue we will post each day. Otherwise you never will and won't be in with a chance to win our daily prize!

Help! The wolf is coming to baby & toddler book club!

Zeki loves Baby ClubLast Tuesday, Ballymun Library Baby Book Club read Zeki Loves Baby Club.  The story centres on baby Zeki who loves to attend a Baby Club every Wednesday.  Zeki gets the opportunity to have lots of fun through singing songs and meeting his baby friends – just like the Baby Book Club! This book also contains a number of suggested songs and activities to do with your baby/toddler at the end of the story so it is well worth reading!  We sang ‘If You’re Happy and You Know it’ to complete the storytelling session. Check the availability of Zeki Loves Baby Club in the library catalogue.

That's not my elephant...Next Tuesday, 29 November, Maria will introduce 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 will read That’s Not my Elephant.  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.

What's next for Ballymun Library Baby & Toddler Book Club

Betsy goes to the DoctorLast week, the Baby Book Club read the story 'Who's on the Farm' by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.  The babies learned all about their favourite animal characters from the previous week's story What the Ladybird Heard using large fun flaps as the story was read.  The Farmer In the Dell was sung by the group following the story. Check out Who's on the Farm in the library catalogue.

With winter approaching and colds and flus more common, Betsy Goes to the Doctor by Helen Stephens was a perfect reading choice for the toddlers. In this story, poor Betsy has a sore ear.  Her trip to the Doctor turns out to be far more fun and exciting than she imagined.  She even gets a sticker at the end of the visit!!  This is an ideal story for reassuring little ones who might be nervous about the experience of visiting the Doctor.  We sang Miss Polly Had a Dolly to accompany the story.

Baby and Toddler Book Club November reads

LadybirdBallymun Library's fun book clubs for babies and toddlers aim to foster a love of reading in our youngest borrowers. Last week, the Baby Book Club read the story What the Ladybird Heard which was written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks.  This is a brilliant rhyming tale which is perfect for teaching younger readers about animals and animal sounds.  There's an added fun dimension of trying to find the ladybird, the heroine of the story, on every page. We sang Old MacDonald Had a Farm to round off the storytelling session.
What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? which is Illustrated by Annie Kubler was the chosen book read to the toddlers.  This is a funny, finger-puppet story about a wolf who loves to eat at any time of the day.  We sang Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf to accompany the story.

Spooktacular reads at Ballymun Baby & Toddler Book Club

Halloween at Ballymun LibraryThe Baby and Toddler Book Clubs at Ballymun Library hosted Hallowe’en themed story sessions on Tuesday 25 October.  Everyone dressed up for the occasion and had a ‘spooktacular’ time! 

At the baby session, the book Spot’s Spooky Fun by Eric Hill was read.  This is a lovely story where Spot has the difficult task of deciding which costume to dress up in for Hallowe’en.

The toddlers heard the story Usborne Noisy Spooky Book.  This picture book has an attached sound panel which brings an interactive element to the storytelling.  It was a big hit with the toddlers who loved the ghoulish sound effects that accompany the story! The groups learned spooky Hallowe’en rhymes and the children received goody bags.

Baby and Toddler Book Club

Baby with bookIt’s never too early to introduce your child to a love of books.  Dublin City Libraries holds a vast array of books suitable for all ages, even newborns! The Baby & Toddler Book Clubs have been running successfully at Ballymun Library since September 2016.  The aim of the clubs is to encourage a love of books and reading between parents/carers and their children in an informal and relaxed setting. Read on to find out more about these book clubs and see what books they are reading!

What happens at the book clubs?

Summer Stars Book Reviews

Mr GrumpyCongratulations to all who participated in the Be a Summer Star Reading Challenge. Our libraries were buzzing this summer with so many children getting involved and reading lots and lots of books.

We also got some amazing book reviews and drawings from our readers from Coolock, Donaghmede, Inchicore, Marino and Rathmines Libraries for you to check out. Thank-you to all our fantastic reviewers!

So if you are wondering what to read next, why not get some advice from our Summer Stars?

Right: Mr Grumpy by Lynn, aged 9

Storytime is such fun!

StorytimeEvery Tuesday morning there is storytelling for our younger folk at Pearse Street Library, and we will have you know there is a bit of play involved as well! As you will see from the photo slideshow below the children have a great time, and get totally involved in the fun. We aim to please!

Storytime at Pearse Street Library takes place from 10.30am to 11.30am on Tuesday mornings. Tel 01 6744888 for more information.