Thursday, July 21, 2011

Story Time

Julie Roach shares a favorite book,
Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen.
Julie says, "Library programs for
children also model ideas for parents
and caregivers: you can sing and
share stories at home, in line at the
grocery, or the doctors office.
Take what you do here out into the
 It is 11 am in the "Snail Room" on the third floor of the main library. You are sitting on a cushiony, sculptured carpet of large round beach pebbles in shades of orange, yellow, and tan, surrounded by babies, toddlers, parents, grandparents and caregivers. Julie Roach, Head Children's Librarian, encourages you to sing clap, stamp, mime, and most importantly listen as the high-energy half-hour sequence of stories and songs begins.

The first book, Finn Throws a Fit really gets your attention.  It's by David Elliot with illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering. You sing along with "Eentsy Weentsy Spider" and "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes", but you feel a little lost on Little Cloud by Eric Carle.  Everyone else seems to know it by heart! Of the 45 participants, large and small, many are regulars. Your goal is to be like Sidd, whose mom Sridevi has been bringing him to the library since he was 5 months old.  You leave the library singing "Bingo" quietly to yourself and looking forward to your next visit, when you'll know all about Little Cloud just like everyone else.

Children's programs will continue on the same schedule throughout the summer. For a complete listing, see Events and Programs on the Cambridge Public Library website at

There are always great things happening at the library! For more information on how you can get involved with the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library click here.

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