Friday, January 30, 2015

Flannel Friday Missing Duck - Yikes!!

Little Duck, Little Duck....
               where are you Little Duck??

Whew!  Here he is.  And he's ready to play.  That's my guy!  And I have something he loves today...TRUCKS!  Yep!  Big beautiful trucks.  So cool.  Honestly, what little guy doesn't love trucks?  And these are the trucks from Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia, one of our favorite books.

Little Duck, please go check out the trucks.  We brought them here for you.  Yellow, green, orange, purple and blue.  

This new "take" on Little Mouse, Little Mouse comes from Erin, who posted about a fox in a box last week and made mention of ducks in trucks. Please visit Erin's creative blog post.  And thank you Erin because I actually had all the pieces to do this...already made.  I owe ya, girl! 

Adhering to Piper's rules of full disclosure...because we all know that almost 3 yr olds will always blab tell the truth:  the little duck is truly a gosling.  He's part of my set of Oliver Dunrea's characters, Gossie and Friends. 

Hey, wait a minute...where's Little Duck?  Ut-oh!  Where did he go??  Do you know?

Little Duck, Little Duck,
Are you in the blue truck?

Not there

Little Duck, Little Duck,
Are you in the purple truck?


Little Duck, Little Duck,
Are you in the Orange Truck?

Little Duck...are you in that orange truck??
We think you are....

Yes!  We found you in the orange truck.  Yay!

This game has been a hit for as long as I can remember.  It is often the flannel I suggest as a first flannel when someone wants to take a ride on the flannel story telling street.   A simple rhyme with mouse/house, cat/hat, fox/box, duck/truck ... and the kids do indeed love the anticipation of finding the missing character.  Everyone wins with this flannel.  Go ahead...take a spin!  

P.S. (Piper Script): I still love the pirate house and mouse best!!

Flannel Friday is an outstanding resource for everyone working in children's services.  Please visit the Flannel Friday blog and you will discover the FB page, the Twitter #, the amazing and addicting Pinterest pages.  Join Flannel Friday!  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Take Your Child to the Library Day meets Pigeon!

Pigeon Party! 

The event is February 7th, 2015 and we have Mo Willem's Pigeon taking it to the next level.  At the request of said Pigeon we will even have a theme song.  Do you know Go Fish, Party Like a Preschooler?  The Crazy Dance song on that CD will from-here-on be known as The PIGEON DANCE!  What can I say? He's a pushy pigeon!

As our plans develop I am loving this day more and more.  Yesterday I worked on creating the 5 Little Pigeons Jumping on the Bed.  I will need to make them a very cool bed as well.  Here are some photos of my flannel process:
Pigeon Shadows
(Which makes me think - Why a Groundhog on Feb 2nd when Pigeon is way cooler?) 

Two little pigeons jumping on the bed!

Crafting this flannel set has been a blast.  They make me so happy and I am finding my inner pigeon voice. It's very sassy!  Of course! 

The program will include "Feed the Pigeon"  He's looking for cookies.  Check him out!

It's a bean bag toss!  

There is one thing I need from Pigeon before we can get-our-party going, but he's not cooperating.  Hmmm.

 Honestly...what's a librarian to do?  Advice?  Anyone?  

As always, we are grateful to the creative crew at Flannel Friday.  Their inspiration is awesome.  And many thanks again to ~K~ who inspired my flannel pigeons with her blog post.

P.S. (Piper Script) :  I'm ready to Party Like a Pigeon!!!! If you would like to join this international event please click here for info and registration

Friday, January 9, 2015

Take your Child to the Library Day

Take your Child to the Library Day!
from the tiny state of Connecticut comes 
A Very Large Initiative!

Art created by CT author/illustrator Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Join the movement, BIG or small, make that step - there's still time!

There's also a Face Book page - just click

This year Piper and I have enlisted the help of know...The willems' infamous character!  Yes, I wrote infamous!  We're inviting you to join us for Take Your Child to the Library Day but you should be will be all about the Pigeon.  And by that I mean ALL. ABOUT. The PIGEON.!!!

We'll be offering a library open house with refreshments from 10am til noon on February 7th.  Our teen volunteers will assist with fun-for-the-family games: 
     Follow the footprints and find the Pigeon
     Feed the Pigeon, (bean bag aka hotdog toss!)
     5 Little Pigeons jumping on the flannel board bed
     a make and take Pigeon puppet.

If you follow our blog you know that we make lots of art in our little branch. Feb 7th is the day to bring both your little artist and your inner artist to our library.  We will have a community art project to decorate the library, we love these.  

So, now you know.  It's time to celebrate the library.  Plan some fun at your library or visit a library.  The Take Your Child to the Library blog has a list of participating libraries, click here.   

And feel free to run with the Pigeon...I mean fly with the Pigeon idea.  There are coloring pages and mazes available on line with Hyperion  Thanks for visiting Piper Loves the Library.  We both love Pigeon and his amazing creator...Mo Willems.  

P.S. (Piper Script) We'd love to know what you're doing for Take Your Child to the Library Day.  Leave a comment.

Many thanks to Flannel Friday group ever!  Oh and please go
check out the Storytime ABC blog for the Pigeons Jumping on the Bed!  Hopefully mine will look as good!