Baby Lap Time Rhymes

Repetition is vitally important for babies. For my Saturday Baby Lap times, parents and guardians come with their child(ren) for the same songs and rhymes. The point is that there is routine in what we do. This can be an easy way to each children into school with creating a routine and get the concept across. For those who do not have time to show up or can make it to Baby Lap Time at the Main Library, here are rhymes that we do.

When preforming these rhymes it is to get babies familiar with vocabulary and movement. I highly suggest on having your baby face you for facial expression cues and so they your child can mimic faces and work with their facial muscles.

Cheek Chin

Directions: Touch baby’s body part when saying the rhyme and lift baby at “up baby goes”

Cheek, Chin, Cheek, Chin, Cheek, Chin, Nose.

Cheek, Chin, Cheek, Chin, Cheek, Chin, Toes.

Cheek, Chin, Cheek, Chin, Up Baby Goes!

Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Directions. Place baby on lap while doing light bounces, lift baby at “Up goes you” and hug baby at “I love you”

Acka Backa Soda Cracker, Acka Backa Boo!

Acka Backa Soda Cracker, Up Goes You!

Acka Backa Soda Cracker, Acka Backa Boo!

Acka Backa Soda Cracker, I Love You!

Babies Fingers

Directions: Touch and Point body parts on baby.

These are Baby’s Fingers

These are Baby’s Toes

This is Baby’s Bellybutton (start to make circles on the stomach)

And Around and Around it Goes!


I hope you have enjoyed these rhymes!

Please join me on Saturdays from 10:30-11AM on Saturdays for Baby Lap Time!

Sofialyn Durusan-Main Library

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Holiday activities to do with your kids

My boys are three and one, so this is the first year that my older one has been interested in the upcoming winter holidays.  I wanted to put together some kind of calendar to count down that didn’t involve chocolate every day (… ok, truth: my calendar will involve daily chocolate.  Theirs will not.), so I put together a list of activities that we can do together in the lead up to the holidays.

I’ve seen a ton of adorable DIY Advent calendars online, although this idea could be adapted to any winter holiday.  I had section of old wooden fence that I took apart and made into a Christmas tree shape similar to this tutorial, but you could also just print this list and have the ideas ready to draw from a jar.

  • Make paper snowflakes for the windows
  • Hang lights on the outside of the house
  • Make cookies for the neighbors
  • Go to the bookstore to pick out this year’s holiday book
  • Host a cookie swap
  • Buy pet supplies and take them to the Licking County Humane Society (check out their wishlist here)
  • Make a card for the mailman
  • Take treats to the fire station
  • Make latkes (recipe here)
  • Watch a holiday movie
  • Make homemade marshmallows and have hot chocolate
  • Check out holiday books from the library
  • Go to The Polar Express at the Midland (Friday, 12/11 at 7:30pm – call 740-345-5483 for tickets)
  • Make a gingerbread house
  • Go ice skating (check out the Lou and Gib Reese Ice Arena’s Public Skate Calendar here)
  • Make pinecone bird feeders
  • Buy toys to donate to kids in need
  • Take a drive to look at Christmas lights
  • Read a Christmas book (or two!)
  • Go to the Zoolights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Make popcorn and cranberry garlands
  • Cut apart brown paper bags and decorate them with paint and stamps for wrapping paper
  • Gather up change for the Salvation Army bell ringers
  • Make luminarias for the front walk (tutorial here)
  • Drink eggnog with cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Start (or continue!) a holiday journal.  Write down big events from the year and some holiday activities you did this year and then pack the journal away to revisit next December.

Here are a few more activities around Licking County to get you in the holiday mood:

November 27th ,6-8pm – Licking County Courthouse Lighting

November 27-29, evening and matinee performances – The Central Ohio Youth Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Midland Theatre (call 740-345-5483 for tickets)

December 2nd, 5pm – Santa visits the Hebron Library

December 2nd, 6-8pm – Village of Utica Christmas Walk on Main (stop at the Hervey Memorial Library to decorate a cookie!)

December 5th, 1-3pm – Nutcracker Celebration at the Main Library

December 5th, 1-9pm – Candlelight Walking Tour in Granville (information here)

December 9th, 6:30pm – Winter Festival at Camelot at the Main Library

December 17th, 5pm – Holiday Movie Night at the Buckeye Lake Library

December 18th, 6-8pm – Holiday Glow Light Party at the Miller Library


What are some of your holiday traditions?

-Elizabeth, Emerson Miller Library, Newark

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Book Review: Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick

Hilo Cover Art

A great graphic novel about Hilo, a boy who crashes to Earth and can’t remember who he is or where he came from. He is discovered by D.J., a boy who thinks he was never good at anything except being friends with Gina. When Gina moved away, D.J. lost the one thing he was good at and he has been lonely for many years. He doesn’t fit in and home or school. Then Hilo crashes to Earth and D.J. discovers that Gina has just moved back. Now D.J. has friends, but will he and Gina be able to help Hilo find out who he is and how he got here? Will Hilo learn that “Aaaah!” is not really an Earth greeting? Or why going to school in silver underpants is not a good idea? Read this fun graphic novel to find out.

Jenn – Hervey Memorial, Utica

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What are You Thankful For?



Interactive Board-What are you thankful for

Come Visit the Buckeye Lake Library!

Write your idea on a feather and put it on a turkey!                                   



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Fun time at The Buckeye Lake Fall Festival

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Book Review: Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

serafinaYears ago, Serafina’s father helped build the Biltmore mansion. The house has many secrets — and Serafina is one of them. She sleeps most of the day and prowls the house at night, catching rats and observing the midnight life of the house. She does not, however, venture into the woods surrounding the estate, because her father has often warned her of the many dangers that lurk there. But when danger comes to Biltmore, Serafina may be the only one who can stop it — if she is brave and daring and willing to move beyond the confines of her hidden life.

This book has fascinating notes of mystery and suspense. It’s definitely on the creepy side, though it has its moments of sweetness as well. This is an enjoyable read, one that will appeal to kids who enjoy books like The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier and Doll Bones by Holly Black.  — Misti, Children’s Librarian, Main Library

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Book Review: A Blast from the Past – Wende and Harry Devlin Books

Cranberry Halloween

Any parents or grandparents remember the Wende and Harry Devlin Cranberry and Old Black Witch books? These were some of my favorite books when I was a kid. I loved the stories about Maggie, her grandmother, and Mr. Whiskers in the Cranberry books. I also remember making the blueberry pancakes from the recipe on the back of the Old Black Witch! book. Were they delicious on their own or more so because the recipe came from a beloved book? This is a great time of year to introduce these books to your children or grandchildren. Try them all: Cranberry Autumn, Cranberry Halloween, Cranberry Thanksgiving, Old Witch Rescues Halloween, and Old Black Witch! And something else to try – the Cranberry books all have a recipe at the end of the story.

Jenn – Hervey Memorial

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Fall Festival at the Buckeye Lake Library

Join us at the Buckeye Lake Branch of the Licking County Library on Saturday, October 24th from 12:00-2:00 p.m. for a fun filled afternoon. We will be serving hot dogs and light refreshments while supplies last. Children and Teens get your face painted and have fun making fall themed crafts. Don’t forget to come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume.

Fall Festival at Buckeye Lake

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Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

swordsummerMagnus Chase has been on his own since his mom died, living on the streets of Boston. When his homeless buddies tell him that his uncle is looking for him, Magnus knows he’s in trouble. Soon, he finds himself in an action-packed chase-and-fight sequence that results in his death. Now, usually it’s not a good thing when a book’s hero dies less than 50 pages into the story — but Magnus has previously unsuspected ties to Norse mythology, so when he dies heroically, a Valkyrie whisks him away to Valhalla, where he joins the hordes of heroes awaiting Ragnarok. There’s just one problem: Magnus has some unfinished business on Earth. Could it be that he’s one hero that Valhalla just can’t hold?

To me, this book feels like a return to Riordan’s strengths. While I enjoyed the Heroes of Olympus series, it did have some weaknesses — particularly when it came to the sheer number of point-of-view characters. This book zeros back in on a single first-person perspective (a friend who also read the book refers to Magnus as “an older, rougher Percy Jackson,” and I think that sums him up pretty well, though there’s still nothing content-wise to discomfit upper-elementary and middle-school readers). Riordan also brings back the witty chapter titles that will have some readers (or at least this one) snorting with laughter at times. The pace is a breakneck as ever, with the usual assortment of monsters and villains, just from further north this time. Riordan works his usual magic with the mythology, seamlessly blending it into the modern world with plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor to hold everything together. There are also a few sly references to Riordan’s earlier works, not to mention a cameo appearance by a certain other Chase — readers who haven’t encountered those earlier books won’t feel lost, but Riordan’s fans will love those little inside jokes. Bottom line: if you like Riordan’s style, you’ll definitely like this book — and if you’ve never picked up the others, you can start here without worrying about what you’ve missed in earlier books.

This first book in Riordan’s exciting new series will be released on October 6th.  Use our online library catalog to reserve your copy today!

–Misti, Children’s Librarian, Main Library

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Benefits of Audiobooks

Audiobooks are a wonderful way to hear a story on the go. Instead of listening to the radio on a car ride or the TV in the background as you work around the house while the kids are studying try putting on an audiobook if you haven’t already tried it.

The benefits of an audiobook are

  • That is introduces books above a child’s reading level
  • Models interpretive reading
  • Teaches critical listening
  • Highlights humor in books
  • Introduce new vocabulary or difficult proper names or locales
  • Showcases to the listener unfamiliar speech, dialects, accents, and colloquial languages
  • Provides a read-aloud model
  • Provide a bridge to important topics of discussion for parents and children who can listen together while commuting to sporting events, music lessons, or on vacations

As with many other things there are cons, such as:

  • The pace of the audiobook maybe too fast or slow
  • The voice reading maybe irritable
  • Using a CD player or a cassette player in this day and age

But, I would give audiobooks a try. It is a wonderful way to get a good story in when you are on the go.

Sofialyn-Main Library


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