Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Get Craft Happy During Our December 27, 29, and 30th Create a Craft Drop-In Craft Program!

Get out of the winter chill by dropping by during our Create a Craft, drop-in craft spectacular, on December 27th, 29th, and 30th during the hours of 11-2 pm.

The tables will be stocked full of crafts for children of all ages to decorate and design to their heart's content.

Some of the crafts that kids can make include Miss Jennifer's crafts (made for children 2-8 years). These crafts include a heart-y snail craft, smitten with mittens craft, glam goldfish collage, and a rockin' star windsock! See the photos below for a preview of these cute and funky creations!

See you there!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Kick It Up Read! Winter Reading Program January-February 2012

Winter Reading Clubs 
When the winter chill sets in, Kick It Up- Read! The reading program runs from December 27th and continues through March 3rd. We welcome and offer incentives to the little ones who enjoy a good picture book, our emerging readers, as well as those who are proficient readers as they progress through the program. Sign up ASAP to take part in our celebration of reading!

Special Events 

Flying High Sports and Rec Center presents
Kick Up Your Heels With Hip Hop 
Sunday, January 22nd - Two Sessions!
2 pm ages 4 -7
3 pm ages 8 and up
Friends Meeting Room
If you want to learn how to dance like J. Lo, or groove like Justin, then this is for you! A fusion of high-energy dance styles equates to this dance style that is hip hop which is featured in many music videos.

Bill DeJesus presents
Breaking Boards with Mr. Bill 
Saturday, February 11th at 2 pm
Friends Meeting Room
Join Mr. Bill as he demonstrates Korean Traditional Martial Arts. This is a version of unarmed combat for self-defense. It involves the skilled application of punches, flying kicks, blocks, dodges, and interception with the hands and feet to the rapid destruction of the opponent. Especially for children and young adults.

Action Comics with Alan Ozark 
Thursdays at 6:30 pm January 12, 19, 26, & February 2nd
Youth Services Program Room
You will learn the basics of how to draw comic characters in action!

Weekly Reading Activities 

Baby Tales for Children 6 -23 months 
Tuesdays at 10 am, January 17 - February 21
This story time allows parents and children to interact through stories, dance, songs, and books within a playgroup setting.

Toddling Twos
Mondays at 10 am, January 16 - February 20
Toddle on down to this breezy and interactive story time that includes marvelous books, flannel boards, tons of music and cute-as-a-button craft.

Terrific Threes and Fours 
Wednesdays at 4:30 pm, January 18 - February 22
Preschoolers will wiggle and giggle in this fun-filled story time which includes a whimsical craft, dancing, and of course, books.

Grades K-2
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm, January 17 - February 21
The children will enjoy a story or two and embellish it with a creative craft.

Saturday Storytime for K-2
Saturdays at 11 am, January 21 - February 25
Something new for those who cannot make our weekday program, these sessions will feature a simple story and themed craft.

Especially for Teens 

Cram Crew 
Monday through Thursday
6 - 8:30 pm
The activity room is open Monday through Thursday nights in January and February for teens grade 6 and up to gather to complete homework and socialize with peers. When a break is needed from studying, the library offers an assortment of games to play. As always, a librarian is available to assist you with reference questions.

Library Hours 

Sunday 1-5 pm
Monday - Thursday 9:30 am - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday 9:30 am - 5 pm

Oak Brook Public Library 
600 Oak Brook Road 
Oak Brook, IL 60523


Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's Playtime!: Playtime after December 13th Baby Tales Lap-sit Storytime

After a fun storytime filled with bathtime tales, games, songs, and dances, our littlest patrons relaxed and had fun with an assortment of bright and colorful toys, art materials, and books. See the following photo I captured of these little cutie pies in action!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

We May Be Having Our Last Storytimes of the Year, But There Are Still So Many Fun Things To Do At the Library!

We will be finishing up our last storytime sessions of 2011 for the kindergartners (today at 4:30 pm) and the preschoolers (Wednesday at 4:30 pm). The babies and toddlers ended their storytimes on Monday and today at 10 am.

But don't worry, even though our storytimes do not begin again until the week of January 16, 2012, we still have plenty of things for our little patrons to do.

During winter break, you can enjoy a fun prize-filled bingo game open to children of all ages. Winter Break Bingo will be held in the YS Program Room on Tuesday, December 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Children will also love creating easy-to-make crafts on Tuesday, December 27th, Thursday, December 29th, and Friday, December 30th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. We will have the YS Program Room crammed full of ready-to-make crafts that children of all ages can make and do! So come on down and bring your friends to our crafting bonanza, Create a Craft.

Registration is not required for these programs.

Create Your Own Storytime: December 13, 2011 Baby Tales Storytime

Storytime Topic: Bathtime

Books: Animal Baths by Bob Barner (JE Barner)
Busy, Busy Mouse by Virginia Kroll  (JE Kroll)

Opening Song
"Hi , Hello, and How are You? (Tune: "London Bridge)

Dancing with Shakers or Scarves
Song: "Rubber Duckie" (Sesame Street Platinum All-Time Favorites cd)

Song/Fingerplay Before Books
"These are My Glasses" by Laurie Berkner

Open and Shut Them (Source:http://www.scribd.com/doc/28624245/Baby-O-Activities-Booklet)

Flannel board
Elephants in the Bathtub (Source: http://storytimekatie.com/2011/01/)

"It's Bath Time" (Tune: "You Are my Sunshine") (Source: http://www.squidoo.com/preschoolsongs)

Noisy and Quiet
Storytime leader uses a variety of sounds such as instruments, reading a book, clapping hands, a squishy ball etc. to show the difference between noisy and quiet.

(altered idea from http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/?p=868)

Closing Song with Bubbles
"Now It's Time to Say Goodbye" (Tune: "London Bridge")

(Play with toys and read books to your baby)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Toddling Twos December 12th Storytime Topic: Snow

We're going to have snow much fun when our Toddling Twos December 12th Storytime topic is snow. We'll read a blizzard of snow-themed books, play a Santa Sack Game where children learn the difference between big and little, find missing hats in a Winter Hat Scavenger Hunt and make a penguin in an igloo craft.

*This storytime is filled and closed to further registration. Please call the Youth Services Reference Desk at 630-368-7734 or check out out website www.oak-brook.lib.il.us to learn about our other youth programs.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December 13th Baby Tales Lap-sit Storytime for 6-23 Month Olds Topic: Bath time

Splish, splash I was taking a bath! What baby doesn't love the joy of a bubbly bath, a rubber duckie, and the refreshing feel of a terrycloth towel after bath time? I certainly don't know of any. During my December 13th Baby Tales Storytime for children 6-23 months we will explore the joys of bath time.

We'll dance to the splashy and flamboyant Sesame Street classic "Rubber Duckie", listen to bath-themed books, hear the difference between quiet and noisy sounds in my noisy/quiet sounds game, enjoy parent/child interaction through the classic fingerplay/action rhyme Open and Shut Them and learn about body parts through the fingerplay Rub-A-Dub-Dub.

Afterwards, your baby will love our playtime session where a bounty of  baby-friendly toys, art, and  reading materials will encourage social interaction and cognitive development.

Spots are still available for this storytime. Please call the Youth Services Reference Desk at 630-368-7734 to register. Limit 10 children per storytime. 

Prancing Reindeers in the Library! Reindeer Paws Family Funfest on December 4th Photos

We had several little prancers join us for our December 4th Reindeer Paws Family Funfest this past Sunday. We played lots of great games including Pin the Carrot on the Snowman and Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light, danced to a rousing jingle bell dance, read a ton of holiday tales including Llama, Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney, and colored the lovely penguin coloring page you will see in the pictures below.

Our little prancers also left with a goody bag stuffed with cute little gifts to add just a little more holiday cheer.

Coloring and chilling out

Bucket Ball toss game

Catching Bubbles

Pin the carrot on the snowman game

Warm and Cozy coloring sheets

Hey There Baby Bug! Baby Tales Lap-sit Storytime December 6th Topic: Bugs

Bring your baby bug to our December 6th Baby Tales Lap-sit storytime for 6-23 month olds when our storytime topic is all about bugs! Your little ones will go buggy over the fun and interactive activities I have planned today. We will dance with scarves to the song "The Ants go Marching", learn about item textures in a feel and touch game, see the classic nursery rhyme Little Miss Muffet come to life in a felt board story, and listen to plenty of bug stories!

Spots are still available for this storytime. Please call the Youth Services Reference Desk at 630-368-7734 to register. Limit 10 children per storytime. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Toddling Twos December 5th Storytime Topic: Mice

Squeak on into the library during our December 5th Toddling Twos storytime when our storytime is all about adorable and squeaky mice! We'll read mice stories, search for a mouse in colorful houses, dance with wintry puppets to "Jingle Bell Rock", and enjoy lunch with a very hungry mouse in a pip-ingly perfect flannel board story.

Little ones will leave with a very special friend which they will make named "Squeaky the Mouse"!

*This storytime is filled and closed to further registration. Please call the Youth Services Reference Desk at 630-368-7734 or check out out website www.oak-brook.lib.il.us to learn about our other youth programs.