October 27, 2008

Eaglebear & Friends

Please join us on Monday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. for our annual celebration of American Indian heritage, led by Tomas Shash, also known as Eaglebear. Each year, Tomas and members of his family present songs, stories and dances of their Xicano and Apache cultures. This special event is great fun for the entire family. Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for sponsoring Eaglebear's visit.

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October 24, 2008

Halloween Circle Time

Our two Circle Times on Tuesday, Oct. 28, will be focused on Halloween. Bring your child (or have their caregiver bring them) in their Halloween costumes! (Adults also are welcome to wear Halloween costumes). We'll read a Halloween book and do some Halloween rhymes. We have two Circle Times: one from 10-10:30 a.m., and the second from 11-11:30 a.m. No need to register -- just come!

Posted by at 06:42 PM

Halloween Stories

Don't forget! On Monday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., popular local storyteller Candace Wolf will make her annual appearance at the library with a program titled “Good Old Halloween Storytelling . One important note: we are asking parents to refrain from bringing very young children; this is an event specifically geared to kids ages 5 and up. Please keep younger siblings at home so we can make this a spookily fun event for kids ages 5 and up! Please register by going to www.takomapark.info/library/registration.html or calling 301-891-7259.

Posted by at 06:36 PM

October 04, 2008

Bilingual Circle Time

At the Library today, we had planned to do a Bilingual Circle Time in Spanish and English. But our Spanish-speaking staffer stayed home ill, so we switched to a French and English Bilingual Circle Time since French is my second language. We all had fun, and may try to do it again, if there is interest! Meanwhile, we've re-scheduled the Spanish and English Bilingual Circle Time for next Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10:30-11 a.m. No need to register -- just come. If you're interested in some of the French nursery rhymes we tried today, read on.

Here are a few nursery rhymes in French to try. The Mama Lisa website (www.mamalisa.com/world/) is a great place to find nursery rhymes in other languages.

One note: I reworked the last line of Ouvre-les, Ferme-les to make it work better. It's not great French, but it works perfectly for the rhyme!

Ouvre-les, ferme-les
(Open Shut Them)

Ouvre-les, ferme-les
Ourvre-les, ferme-les
Donne un petit coup, coup, coup.
Ouvre-les, ferme-les
Ouvre-les, ferme-les
Pose-les sur tes genous, noux, noux
Glisse-les, glisse-les
Glisse-les, glisse-les
Jusqu’a ton menton, ton, ton.
Ourvre grand ta petite bouche
Main ne pas rentrer — NON!

Frere Jacques
(Are You Sleeping)

Frere Jacque, Frere Jacques
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matins! Sonnez les matins!
Din, din don. Din, din, don.

Sur le pont d'Avignon

Sur le pont d'Avignon
L'on y danse, l'on y danse
Sur le pont d'Avignon
L'on y danse tous en rond.

Posted by at 03:58 PM

Spanish Circle Time

Our popular Spanish Circle Time program returns on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. We have a new teacher -- Ms. Maria Garcia-Godos. Maria is a native of Peru and teaches Spanish to elementary school students. We are thrilled to welcome her and to start up our Spanish Circle Time program again. No need to register -- just come! PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PROGRAM WILL NOW BEGIN AT 11 a.m., INSTEAD OF 10 a.m.

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