Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Red, White, and Blue Story Time

Our most recent Story Time was a celebration of the Fourth of July. To start the celebration we read festive books including Meet our Flag, Old Glory by April Jones Prince and Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer. We also read Yankee Doodle by Patti Goodnow and sang the tune.

Of course, no Independence Day celebration is complete without a parade and fireworks. We made red, white, and blue streamers and marched around the library to the music of John Philip Sousa before settling down for a "virtual" fireworks show.

There will not be a Story Time this week (sorry!) because of the holiday, but please join us again on Friday, July 10 for more books and more fun.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Our Chamber of Commerce Director Reads

Debe Youngberg, Director of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce, read a story at the family story time called Our Community Reads at the library on Thursday. Besides reading, she told children about her childhood experiences at the library. Some of her favorite books were ones that are still popular today: Curious George, Little House On the Prairie, and The Boxcar Children.

The next event in the Our Community Reads series will be on Thursday, July 9, at 6:00, featuring the guest reader, the editor of the Belgrade News, Andy Malby .

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fun at 1:00 Music Rocks

We had lots of rockin' fun at today's summer program with retired teacher JoAnne Ellison, who led us in reading and singing old favorites. Using recycled materials, the kids created their own maracas to add rhythm to "B-I-N-G-O," and "This Land is Your Land." Watch a brief glimpse of the excitement in the clip below.

We will not meet next Wednesday in celebration of the July 4th holiday. On July 8th, our guest presenter is the Montana Raptor Conservation Center with their live animals and fascinating stories.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Belgrade Adult Book Club

The Belgrade Adult Book club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month. This month book club is on, Thursday, June 25th, at 6:30 p.m. The selection of the month is, The Surrounded, by D'Arcy McNickle. Please join our growing group!

Friday Story Time "At the Beach"

The Friday story time theme was "at the beach". Ms. Angela and Mr. Jason read Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt, On the Way to the Beach by Henry Cole, Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer, and Beach Riddles by Jennie Spray Doering. We sang songs and had a "whale" of a time. Join us next week for our red, white, and blue theme to celebrate an early Fourth of July weekend (we will not have story time the on 7/3).

Dancing Takes Center Stage in Summer Program

Tanya's Dance Co. put on a spectacular show for our second Be Creative day. Dancers performed a variety of dances from lyrical to hip-hop that delighted all viewers. The library rocked with leaps, bounds, twirls, and handstands. After the performances Tanya herself taught our Be Creative participants a fun step. You can see a clip from the lesson below. We are all very greatful to Tanya's Dance Co. for sharing their dynamic dancers! You can learn more about Tanya's Dance Co. at: http://www.tanyasdanceco.com/

Our Community Reads with Fireman Rich Whitaker

Belgrade Fire Department fireman Rich Whitaker was kind enough to stop by to read and discuss books as part of the Our Community Reads program. Fireman Rich read "Dot the Fire Dog" by Lisa Desimini, and talked about his favorite books growing up and the importance of fire safety. He also gave a tour of his fire engine and allowed the children to climb aboard and explore the inside. Thank you Fireman Rich for taking the time to visit!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Library Book Sale

Thanks to the Belgrade Library Foundation and our wonderful community, we are proud to announce the total earnings from the June, 2009 book sale are $2,320.91. We have met the Thrivent Grant challenge, so our total profit is $3,320.91! Thank you for all your support!

Library sale helpers Catherine McMullen and Chrysti Smith helped customers find book treasures during the book sale.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Welcome to our Library

We have been thrilled with the response to our programs. Be sure and stay tuned for many more exciting programs!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Home Run Story Time

Touch 'em all! Friday Story time was all about baseball. We read "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer and illustrated by Christopher Bing, "Roasted Peanuts" by Tim Egan, "The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team" by Stan and Jan Berenstain, and "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog" by Mo Willems. Of course, no baseball game is complete without singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" which we sang with gusto. Wear your flip-flops and join us again next Friday (Ms. Angela will be back!) for a summer-themed story time.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Summer Reading Program Begins Yo Ho!

Pirates and parents gathered at the library today to kick off the Summer Reading Program. With help from Education Specialist Angie Hewitt of the Museum of the Rockies, children participated in a treasure hunt, made pirate hats, talked about the dangers of scurvy (not really), and read "Roger, the Jolly Pirate" by Brett Helquist. A good time was had by all. If you missed our kick-off event, don't despair! You can pick up a reading log at any time and join the fun. And be sure to join us next Wednesday at 1 PM for Tanya's Dance Company.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Belgrade News

The Belgrade News recently published an article about the library's many summer offerings. To read the article, click here.

Batter Up

Be sure to wear your baseball hat and jersey for story time this week. All our stories and songs are about our summer pastime. So show your support for the home team and visit us for story time this Friday at 11:05 AM.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Story Time at la Biblioteca

Ms. Evangelina, who teaches a local Spanish immersion program for children, was our guest for a special story time this Friday. Ms. Evangelina was kind enough to read us "El Cumpleanos de Nemo" - a Spanish language counting book about the Disney/Pixar character Nemo. We also read "No David" by David Shannon in both English and Spanish. For more Spanish language titles, please check our Spanish/bilingual book section in the Children's area. For more information regarding the Spanish immersion program, please contact Ms. Evangelina at (406) 600-5224 or send her an e-mail. Gracias Ms. Evangelina!