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Bayne Library Haunted Virtual Escape Room

It is rumored that Bayne Library is haunted, are you brave enough to enter our virtual escape room to find out for yourself? Click here to begin!

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What is Ted Reading?

Did you guess Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambualt?

Ted loves the alphabet and he loves reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom over and over again. He says it’s a modern classic! Try BookFlix right now for a fun read-aloud version. You can fill your book cart for future borrowings from the library catalog. You’ll find more resources like the companion book, Chicka Chicka 123 as well as foreign language versions and more. Our Alphabet Pinterest Board is the place to go to find more Ted-approved alphabet activities. Until next time, I’ll meet your at the top of the coconut tree!

Imagine Your Story At Bayne Library

It’s summer, so that means it’s time for Summer Reading! This year we are going virtual.

Join our online all ages Summer Reading program by visiting Set-up an Individual or Family account and then add your readers! Once your account is registered select Imagine Your Story at Bayne Library as your summer challenge. There is also an app you can download to make tracking a snap. Just search for the Beanstack Tracker in your app store.

Once you enter, you can earn raffle tickets that you can use for a chance to win a gift card to one of our favorite Bellevue businesses:

Earn raffle tickets by telling us your favorite book you read during the week or participating in a fun activity that is suitable for ages 0-100!

A huge thank you goes to the Friends of Bayne Library for sponsoring our Summer Reading Program and supporting our local businesses! We would also like to thank the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for making this virtual program possible.

Want even more summer fun? Be sure to check out starting June 15th for activities, games and more with some of our favorite Allegheny Regional Asset District partners!

What is Ted Reading?

Teddy Bear with mask on sitting with sandwiches.

Or maybe we should ask “What is Ted eating that looks so good?” Ted made a trip to Good L’oven Cookie Shop for some delicious sandwiches today. So, what is Ted Reading?

Teddy Bear with mask on holding "The Bear Ate Your Sandwich"

It’s “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach, of course. Here’s a fun You Tube read aloud of the book or put a copy in your book cart for later.

If you’re really into bear stories, here are a few e-books you may enjoy:

Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland – Learn the true power of a hug!

I Know a Bear by Mariana Ruiz Johnson – A tale of friendship and caring

Corduroy by Don Freeman – The classic tale of a lost and found bear.

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield -A beautifully written and illustrated tale of leaving but never truly leaving home behind.

Feeling crafty? Check out our Animal Crafts Pinterest board for some fun bear crafts. And remember, watch out for bears, and dogs, when there are sandwiches around!

What is Ted Reading?

We are missing everyone, especially our youngest patrons who brighten our work days with their smiles, stories, and antics at the library. Although our worlds seem much smaller lately, we can look forward to a time when our worlds will open up again. Until then, can you guess what favorite Dr. Seuss book Ted is Reading?

What is Ted Reading?

Did You Guess “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss?

Remember, your library card is a passport to lots of wonderful resources. If there are school aged children at home who love geography, they might enjoy these books on Overdrive.

The Everything Kids’ State Book by Brian Thorton – Explore our 50 States.

This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe – Learn about kids from other lands and cultures.

No Way….Way! USA A Smithsonian Publication – Lots of weird & wacky facts.

Young non-fiction fans should visit TrueFlix – topics include Animals, Geography, Famous People & more. Give it a try.

InfoBits lets kids dive deeper into topics of interest. It’s a great place to find news articles, videos, photos and more, perfect for kids who love to learn about their world.

Imaginative Play – Postal Workers

For our Imaginative Play post this week we are going old school. Do you love the excitement of receiving a letter or a package in the mail? Let’s set up a pretend post office and pretend to be one of our important community helpers – postal workers.

Public Domain image of post office

Getting started: Check your paper recycling bin for used envelopes, junk mail flyers, and old magazines. If you have some recycled cereal or other small food boxes, these can be wrapped in recycled brown grocery bags and become packages to be delivered. Next, gather crayons, markers, pencils and pens to begin your stack of mail.

Parents, engage your child by asking them to make a list of family and friends who should receive a letter or package. Older children may enjoy copying the names and mailing information from an address book. Encourage younger children to sound out names and practice writing the first letter of the name on the envelopes. Later, see if they can remember the names when they “deliver” the mail. If you have a stash of return address labels, cut off the decorative portion for use as “stamps” or you can use any old stickers you may have. Remember to save some for selling at your post office. Practice fine motor skills by supplying kid- sized scissors and allowing your child to use tape to wrap the packages and seal the envelopes. Explain to your child the difference between the addressee and the return address.

For your post office: Set up a counter with pens, markers, pretend stamps and a stamp and ink pad if available. If you have a pretend cash register set that up as well. Use empty storage or shoe boxes to sort the incoming mail. A toy shopping cart is a great item for delivering the mail. Check the kitchen for a food scale and use that to weigh your mail. Use this “math moment” to introduce the concepts of more/less and light/heavy.

Mail carriers: Check your closet to see if you can create a uniform. Postal workers usually wear a blue uniform, but anything comfortable will work. If you have any blank labels, create a name tag using blue and red colors. Create a mail sack using a recycled brown grocery bag or a lightweight box. If you need more inspiration check our Imaginative Play/Post Office Board on Pinterest.

Delivery: Practice letter/number recognition. Set up different places around the house to deliver the mail. Use post it notes on different doors, marking them with a letter or a number. Have the mail carrier check their sack for the matching piece of mail. You could slide the mail under the door or create a “mailbox” for each.

More fun: Create a “Thank You” sign and leave it near your mailbox to brighten the day of your postal carrier! They are important community helpers! If you’d like to write us a real letter or draw us a picture, we’d love to receive mail from you!

Smart Cookie – Update

To all of our readers who signed up for the Be A Smart Cookie program, you can return your reading logs directly to Good L’oven Cookie Shop in Bellevue to claim your sweet reward. We realize that because of our continued closure, many of you are re-reading the books you have checked out, books from your own shelves and e-books. These all count! The important thing is that you are reading! We miss seeing each of you and congratulating you on reaching your goal, but the staff of Good L’oven is excited to see you too! (Please check their website for their modified schedule.)

Our sincerest thanks to Good L’oven Cookie Shop for their generosity in sponsoring this program for the last five years!

Got Legos?

Got Legos?

We’re missing our weekly Lego sessions at the library. If you’ve got Legos at home, we thought you might want some inspiration. Overdrive has a great selection of Lego themed books available. There are building guides, picture books, easy readers and books that explore the history and art form of Legos.

Hoopla, available with your library card, also has a great selection of Lego themed movies and books for your enjoyment.

Have you ever wondered about the history of Legos and how it all began? This short animated YouTube video tells the story of Lego inventor, Ole Kirk Christiansen, a Danish carpenter turned toymaker. He had many obstacles to overcome before Legos (from a Danish phrase which means “play well”) became a success. From its beginnings in the 1950’s to the year 2000 when it was named “Toy of the Century” by Fortune magazine, Lego has become a staple of childhood. It has often been called “the ideal toy” because of its endless creative possibilities.

How many Legos do you have? Visit the Guinness Book of World Records site and find out about a man in Australia who has 1.2 million Lego bricks and 8,000 mini figures! If you don’t have that many, visit our Lego Pinterest board for some ideas to inspire you! Share what you’re building with us on social media – we’d love to see!

What is Ted Reading?

Bonjour! Welcome to week nine in the continuing saga of What is Ted Reading?

Ted loves this classic tale of little Madeline’s adventures in Paris! Click here for a fun read aloud of this book. If you would like to learn a little bit of the French language, try Little Pim, an online language learning tool for kids. Your library card number is your passport to a whole world of resources. If you’re really a Madeline fan, Hoopla has a great selection of the Madeline television series for viewing.

Kids and armchair travelers of all ages may enjoy exploring France and other countries on the National Geographic Kids website. It contains beautiful photographs of each country as well as maps and descriptions of the people and wildlife of each country.

Looking for some Madeline crafts? Visit our Pinterest Children’s Book Craft board to find a hat you can create to look “magnifique” just like Ted.

Au revoir, until we meet again.

What is Ted Reading?

More Adventures of “What is Ted Reading?”

Until we can visit the zoo again, let’s enjoy some stories like Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire. For more animal explorations you might want to try the National Geographic Kids website. Your budding zoologists will love it. They can learn about animals from all over the world, view short videos of animals in their natural habitats, take quizzes to test animal knowledge, even play games. Feeling crafty? Visit our Animal Crafts Pinterest board.

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