Real Heroes

Some of our books about heroes in real life

So far this summer, we’ve had fun with stories and activities about all kinds of superheroes. But this week in Ready, Set, Kindergarten! we focused on real-life heroes. Our amazing kids were able to name so many different kinds of real-life heroes: firefighters, police officers, soldiers, and lots more. We read some fun stories, we played “Who Am I” (hint: all the answers were real-life heroes), and we sang, danced, and acted silly.

All the kids also made their own hero’s helmet or hat.

A paramedic (one of our new words!)

Two firefighters (and one is Batman!)

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Battle of the Books team plays life-size board game

Our grades 4-6 Battle of the Books team has been having so much fun at practices. This week, we played a life-size version of Hurry to the Top of the Heap, a game from one of the Battle books, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

All the team members have been working hard–and having fun–reading the BOB books and answering trivia questions. At previous practices, we’ve used our brand-new buzzer system (thank you OPL Friends!), played Heads Up, and more.

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We are growing up!

Some of our books about growing up

Today’s Ready, Set, Kindergarten! was all about growing up. All the kids are growing up and are very proud of all the things they can do by themselves. We had fun reading “I Can Do it Myself!” and repeating that phrase, too.

We also had fun singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with different emotions, such as silly, surprised, and scared. Some of these emotions showed up in our craft, too. These self-portraits showed a range of emotions.

This is Me: I’m silly!

This is Me: I’m happy!

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You can also see our Pinterest board, with all the books we’ve been reading, by clicking here.

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A Super Time at a Superhero Storytime!

Superbear came to storytime instead of Beary!

Today during Ready, Set, Kindergarten! we heard some super stories about superheroes. We heard about a superhero who thought his superpower came from his super-crazy hair, a superboy with a superpig as a sidekick, and even a supertruck!

Some of our books about superheroes

We played the superhero action game again, and we heard about how Ben made his crazy superhero costume.

All the kids made their own superheroes, too.

This superhero is 5 years old!

This superhero has lovely long hair!

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Super Hero Training Academy was in session

Tonight some new Super Heroes earned their certificates at the Ossining Library. Ace, Stormy and several others showed their super strength, super courage and super brains by participating in all of the Super Hero Academy activities.

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Super families!

Some books about family heroes

We started our summer preschool storytime today! Our Summer Reading Game theme this year is Every Hero Has a Story, so we’re going to hear stories about different kinds of heroes. Today we read some stories about heroes in our families, like Mom and Dad. We also played a fun game with music and superhero actions.

Everyone also made a portait of their family.

 

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If you haven’t joined the Summer Reading Program yet, drop by the Children’s Room and sign up.

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Pat Schories came to Ossining!

Author/Illustrator Pat Schories with OPL Children’s Librarians Debbie & Marci

Our 2015 Summer Reading Program and our 1,000 Books Project Kick-off took place on Saturday, June 27th. Pat Schories came to our Budarz Theater and showed us photos of the office where she illustrates the “Biscuit” books written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, and where she writes and illustrates her own books. We saw a photo of her dogs who serve as models for Biscuit and Jack, the star of her series of wordless books. We learned about all of the steps in the book creation process and saw slides of some of her books, including her newest one, “Pants for Chuck.” After her presentation, Ms. Schories made some impromptu sketches for us: Biscuit and his “B” Things, Biscuit in the Pool and Biscuit Playing Tennis. All of Pat Schories’ books are available in the Children’s Room.

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