Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Party!

Friday night the Bellevue Public Library hosted their annual Family Halloween Party!  We had a nice turn out and a lot of fun with crafts and games!  A special thank you to our wonderful Jr. Friends for their help and also the assistance of four additional adults.  Your help was invaluable!!  Here are some pictures of the after hours event!

E is for Elephants...and other big animals!


I've Got an Elephant; by Anne Ginkel; illustrated by Janie Bynum

Big Little Elephant by Valeri Gorbachev

Both Days
Tiny Little Fly, by Michael Rosen and Kevin Waldron


One Little Elephant
(sung to: Five Little Ducks)

One little elephant went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
He had such E-Nor-Mous fun
He called another elephant to come

Continue counting up to five.

On the Way to Library
(sung to: Here we go 'round the Mulberry Bush)

Here we go marching down the street, down the street, down the street
Here we go marching down the street, on the way to library!


Elephant, Elephant

Elephant, elephant turn around
Elephant, elephant stomp on the ground.
Elephant, elephant raise your trunk high
Elephant, elephant touch the sky
Elephant, elephant never fear
Elephant, elephant flap your ears
Elephant, elephant sway left and right
Elephant, elephant say good night.

Nursery Rhyme

Hey Diddle, Diddle

Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

What other big animal jumped over the moon?  Answers included:  horse, elephant, giraffe, lion, and giant!

Enrichment Activities

Give the elephant a trunk

Elephant puzzle

Pattern Blocks

Elephant dot-to-dot

Thursday, October 24, 2013


The library hosted a special Halloween Party for our patrons in 5th through 8th grades!  Gordon cleverly named it HalloTween.  This is our 2nd year doing this program.  Here's information about last year's.

Here are pictures from the event...and a little info about the projects.

 Graveyard Pudding (Dirt pudding--chocolate pudding with whipped cream, crushed Oreos, tombstones made from vanilla wafer and icing...and don't forget the gummy worms!)

Mini Day of Dead Sugar Skulls to decorate with icing.

Bubble Slime (cornstarch and dish soap)


Snacks!  Popcorn with M&Ms, candy corn, and pretzel M&Ms covered with vanilla almond bark!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

P is for Pumpkins

A fall theme...with a bit of a Halloween twist!  Presented at Kindercare on October 7 and Welcome School on October 22.


The Bumpy Little Pumpkin, by Margery Cuyler;
illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow?  by Wendell Minor

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins  by Dianne Ochiltree;
illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Ten Orange Pumpkins  by Stephen Savage

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater

Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell

And there he kept her very well.

Pumpkins on the Ground

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (Crouch down)
How’d you get so big and round? (Stretch arms out wide and then make circle)
Once you were a seed so small (Pretend to hold a seed)
Now you are a great big ball! (Make huge circle with arms)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (Crouch down)
How’d you get so big and round? (Stretch arms out wide and then make circle)

Hop and Stop

Hop!  Hop!  Stop!
Hop!  Hop!  Stop!
Run a little, run a little
Sit down, plop!