November is National Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, or Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month. We've gathered some of the newest books in our collection celebrating Indigenous people, that can be enjoyed all year round. For more recommendations, check out 11 Books to Read for National Native American Heritage Month.

Looking for more recommendations?  Fill out our form to get an individualized list of reads sent to your email! 

 

 


    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie

Gratitude can have a big impact on our lives. It has been proven to be effective in improving mood, increasing ability to cope with emotions, decreasing stress, and so many other positive benefits. Let’s practice showing our gratitude in a creative way - with a scavenger hunt! Use the list below to find what sparks your joy and makes you smile.

  1. Something you enjoy looking at
  2. Something that is useful to you
  3. Something that is your favorite color
  4. Something that makes you smile when you see it
  5. Something that smells good
  6. Something that makes you laugh
  7. Something you enjoy in the morning
  8. Something you enjoy at night
  9. Something that means a lot to you
  10. Something you love to spend time with
  11. Something that reminds you of the people you love
  12. Something you created
  13. Something you like to share with others
  14. Something that makes you feel calm
  15. Something you love

 

Looking for more fun activities? 

Gratitude for Kids - 9 Ways to Practice Gratitude with Kids ⋆ Journal for Kids

 

Learn more about why gratitude is so important:

Why gratitude is important for kids? | WOW Parenting

8 Reasons Why Gratitude is Important for Kids — Peake Academy

The Positive Impact of Gratitude on Mental Health | Psychology Today

 

We’d love to hear about your experience with the scavenger hunt! Chat with us at the Youth Services Reference Desk, or email us at youthservices@balibrary.org.


   Youth Services Assistant Librarian Jessica 

 

If you can't make it to Baby Time this month, or if you just can't get enough and want to recreate it at home-we've got you covered! Here are all of the wonderful rhymes we'll be sharing in our November sessions.

 

 All the Little Babies

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

 

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

 

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

 

Little Bo Beep

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,

And can't tell where to find them;

Leave them alone,

And they'll come home,

Wagging their tails behind them.

 

London Bridge

London bridge is falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

London bridge is falling down

My fair lady.

 

Spots, Spots, Spots

Spots, spots, spots, spots, spots, spots, spots, spots

A leopard has lots of spots

What a lot of spots he got

A tiger's stripes are always nice

But a leopard has lots of spots

Spots, spots, spots, spots, spots, spots, spots, spots!

 

From Wibbleton to Wobbleton

From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is fifteen miles.

From Wobbleton to Wibbleton is fifteen miles.

From Wibbleton to wobbleton,

From Wobbleton to Wibbleton,

From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is fifteen miles.

 

Jelly on a Plate

Jelly on the plate

Jelly on the plate

Wibble wobble, wibble wobble

Jelly on the plate

 

Sweeties in the jar

Sweeties in the jar

Shake them up’ shake them up

Sweeties in the jar

 

Candles on the cake

Candles on the cake

Blow them out’ blow them out

Phew' phew' phew'

 

Baby Hokey Pokey

You put your arms up

You put your arms down

You put your arms up

And you wave them all around

You tickle, tickle, tickle

And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle

The baby hokey pokey is fun!

 

You put your legs up

You put your legs down

You put your legs up

And you wave them all around

You tickle, tickle, tickle

And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle

The baby hokey pokey is fun!

 

You put your baby up

You put your baby down

You put your baby up

And you wave her all around

You tickle, tickle, tickle

And you wiggle, wiggle, wiggle

The baby Hokey pokey is fun!

 

Looking for something to do with your little one? See a list of the library’s upcoming events for young children.

 


    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie 

We have a new line of Backpacks in the Youth Department! These are the Beginning Reader Kits - a set of nine backpacks designed for pre-readers and beginning readers. There are games, BOB Book sets, and other activities to do that will introduce and build reading concepts. The kits are: CVC Words, Letter Recognition, Word Recognition, Sight Words 1 + 2, Rhyming, Word Families, Word Building, and Storytelling. Find all nine kits in our catalog to see the contents of each kit and to place any of them on hold. If you check any out, be sure to let us know what you think by filling out the provided comment card!

 

 

Be sure to check out our other kits as well! STEM KitsEarly Learning Kits, and Board Games are all available in the Youth Department!


   Youth Services Assistant Librarian Claire 

 

Fall is in full swing! It’s time for some slightly scary vibes. Take a break from scary books or movies and take a crack at writing your own! Here are some journal prompts to spark your creativity and get you into an eerie, creepy crawly state of mind.

There is no right or wrong way to use the prompts. Use one or all of them and write as little or as much as you’d like. All that matters is that you have fun! 

  1. As the clock struck midnight, the witch said…
  2. The black cat was very…
  3. I was carrying my hot chocolate back inside when…
  4. The house was so quiet you could only hear…
  5. My favorite October night is when…
  6. I couldn’t believe it; everywhere I looked I saw…
  7. They got a tingle down their spine when they heard…
  8. Once the potion begun to brew it looked….
  9. The crunch of fall leaves beneath my feet was not the only sound I heard…
  10. I entered the corn maze with my friends, and we decided to….
  11. Fall time reminds me of….
  12. All of a sudden there was a big, scary looking…
  13. The mysterious object started floating and…
  14. There was a creak in the steps as I climbed the staircase to…
  15. As we sat around the bonfire, we thought it would be fun to…
  16. There was a loud snap! We turned around and saw…
  17. The night was drawing near, bringing a full moon…
  18. They said there was nothing to be afraid of but…
  19. He could not remember how he had gotten here. The last thing he remembers is…
  20. She faced the monster head-on and said…

Looking for other activities to do with your little one? See a list of the library’s upcoming events for young children.


   Youth Services Assistant Librarian Jessica

 

If you can't make it to Baby Time this month, or if you just can't get enough and want to recreate it at home-we've got you covered! Here are all of the wonderful rhymes we'll be sharing in our October sessions.

 

 All the Little Babies

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

 

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

 

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

 

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,

all the king's horses and all the king's men

couldn't put Humpty together again.

 

 

Diddle Diddle Dumpling

Diddle, diddle, dumpling, my son John

Went to bed with his trousers on.

One shoe off, and the other shoe on.

Diddle, diddle, dumpling, my son John.

 

 

Pizza, Pickle, Pumpernickel

Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel,

My little one shall have a tickle!

One for your nose,

And one for your toes,

And one for your tummy, where all the food goes!

 

 

Baby Goes Bumpy Boo

Baby goes bumpy boo.

Baby goes bumpy bye.

Baby goes bumpy bee.

On top of my knee.

I bounce you to the left.

I bounce you to the right.

I bounce you up and down.

I bounce you out of sight.

Baby goes bumpy boo.

Baby goes bumpy bye.

Baby goes bumpy bee.

On top of my knee.

 

I bounce you very fast.

I bounce you very slow.

I bounce you up and down.

And back we both will go!

 

 

I Bounce You Here, I Bounce You There

I bounce you here, I bounce you there

I bounce you, bounce you everywhere.

I tickle you here, I tickle you there

I tickle you, tickle you everywhere.

I hug you here, I hug you there,

I hug you, hug you everywhere!

 

 

Cheek, Chin

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin,
Cheek, chin, nose.
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin,
Cheek, chin, toes.
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin,
Up baby goes!

 

 

 

Looking for something to do with your little one? See a list of the library’s upcoming events for young children.

 


    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie 

Who doesn't love a morning when nothing is going on and the whole family can sleep in?  In the fall and winter months, our bodies call us to relax and sleep a bit longer as the days get shorter and the air gets cooler. Animals feel this pull to sleep longer during these seasons too, but for some of them, they sleep the entire season away! This is called hibernation and you can learn more about it with your family.

Before hibernating animals can snooze away the winter, they have to pack on the pounds. The extra fat helps them to survive during a time when there is little or no food. So, the fall months are busy for the animals who are at work finding food to eat.

For big hibernating animals, like brown bears, it takes a lot of eating to prepare for hibernation. At Katmai National Park in Alaska, they celebrate Fat Bear Week. Fat Bear Week is an annual competition to determine which bear is the largest in order to advance  to the next round. Voting begins October 5th and concludes on the 11th . Jump online to vote for your favorite fat bears until one is crowned the champion.

While you’re at it, check out these books about hibernation:

Looking for more hibernation-inspired activities? Try having a family pajama night where everyone snuggles in together for a movie and favorite snacks. Building a fort is optional. You can also go on a nature walk to observe how animals in your backyard or on  trails are preparing for winter. For example, can you see squirrels hiding away food for the winter months? Do you notice fewer birds around because they have flown south?

Here’s to more cozy nights in with family and friends as we transition to a new season.


   Youth Services Assistant Librarian Karen 

 

Grow Your Mindset

Putting yourself out there or trying something new can be a scary process.  The What-If’s creep in and may even prevent you from trying something new.  However, if more focus is placed on the journey and learning rather than the outcome, it can open the door to so many possibilities. 

Here are some wonderful books that emphasize the saying; “Progress Over Perfection.”

 

 Looking for more recommendations?  Fill out our form to get an individualized list of reads sent to your email! 


   Youth Services Assistant Librarian Erin 

 

When you are feeling big emotions it can be hard to think straight. When this happens, take a mindful moment and practice 5-4-3-2-1 mindfulness!

5-4-3-2-1 mindfulness can be done anywhere and at any time! By noticing what is around us, in the present moment, we can help ourselves gain control over our emotions. To use this skill follow along with the directions below.

5

Name five things that you can see right now 

4

Name four things that you can touch right now

3

Name three things that you can hear right now

2

Name two things that you can smell right now 

1

Name one thing that you can taste right now

 

Want to learn more about mindfulness? Check out our Early Learning Kits here:

Feelings and Emotions

Mindfulness

Mindfulness 2

 


   Youth Services Assistant Librarian Jessica 

 

If you can't make it to Baby Time this month, or if you just can't get enough and want to recreate it at home-we've got you covered! Here are all of the wonderful rhymes we'll be sharing in our September sessions.

 

 All the Little Babies

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

All the little babies go bouncin’, bouncin’

All the little babies go bouncin’ now.

 

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

All the little babies go swayin’, swayin’

All the little babies go swayin’ now.

 

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

All the little babies say hello, hello

All the little babies say hello now.

 

Are You Sleeping?

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?

Brother John? Brother John?

Morning bells are ringing! Morning bells are ringing!

Ding, ding, dong. Ding, ding, dong

 

Roses Are Red

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

Sugar is sweet,

And so are you.

 

Tickle That Tum Tum

Tickle that tum tum,
Here my fingers come!
Tickle that tum tum,
Here my fingers come!
Because they TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE TICKLE
When they see a pretty baby with a plump tum tum.

 

10 Plump Peas

10 plump peas in a peapod pressed

One grew, two grew, so did all the rest

They grew and grew and did not stop

Until one day the pod went POP!

 

You Be the Ice Cream

You be the ice cream,

And I’ll be the freezer.

You be the lemon,

And I’ll be the squeezer.

You be the hotdog,

And I’ll be the bun.

You be the baby, 

And we’ll have some fun!

 

Head and Shoulders Baby 1, 2, 3

Head and shoulders baby 1, 2, 3

Head and shoulders baby 1, 2, 3 

Head and shoulders baby 1, 2, 3 

Head and shoulders, head and shoulders 

Head and shoulders baby 1, 2, 3!

 

Knees and toes baby 1, 2, 3 

Knees and toes baby 1, 2, 3 

Knees and toes baby 1, 2, 3 

Knees and toes, knees and toes 

Knees and toes baby 1, 2, 3!

 

Back and tummy baby 1,2,3 

Back and tummy baby 1,2,3 

Back and tummy baby 1,2,3 

Back and tummy, back and tummy 

Back and tummy baby 1,2,3!

 

Looking for something to do with your little one? See a list of the library’s upcoming events for young children.

 


    Youth Services Specialist Stefanie 

Hey, Barrington Area Library cardholders, if you've got a little scientist at home, be sure to take them to the Discovery Center Museum in Rockford, Illinois... but take advantage of our Explore More Illinois program first!

Boasting more than 300 interactive exhibits, the Museum is sure to appeal to kids and families fascinated by science -- whether it's space travel, agriculture, the human body, or even sports science, the Museum has it! Kids can send messages in Morse code, visit a planetarium, manipulate a miniature hot air balloon, witness the formation of a small tornado... and more!

Barrington Area Library cardholders can receive up to two additional, free admission passes with purchase of two admission passes.

 

For more information, visit this page, accessible through the Barrington Area Library homepage. Please be sure to check offer availability prior to reservation. You can also contact us at exploremore@balibrary.org.


  Youth Services Librarian Chris 

 

Need a book to read during summer vacation? Here are some filled with summer adventures!

 Have you signed up for the Summer Reading Program yet? Do so here!


   Youth Services Assistant Librarian Claire