Jim Gill's Nationwide Campaign for Play
Wednesday, March 6th
The Lovatt Room
Get ready to sing, clap, dance and sneeze along during this visit
by award-winning musician and author Jim Gill. Jim Gill’s
distinctive music play creates the spirit of a family room in the
concert hall and is an invitation to children, parents and grandparents
to sing and play together!
Jim Gill is an an award-winning musician and author offering more
than a show to watch, it's an opportunity for family play. He strums
energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances
and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games
that he creates. The concert will feature songs from his newest
CD release, Vote For Jim Gill! He will also lead families
in active favorites such as “Spin Again” and his “Silly
A musician and author with unique credentials among children's
artists, Jim is a child development specialist, completing his graduate
studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago
with a special emphasis on the study of play. Jim has released seven
award-winning CDs of music play for young children that are favorites
in family rooms, classrooms and playrooms. Jim is also the author
of two children's books. His latest, A Soup Opera, is a
sing-along opera inspired by concerts that Jim performs with symphony
orchestras. The book received an American Library Association award
View an example of Jim's work to be included in the concert:
From The Left (A Finger Play) on YouTube
"Alabama, Mississippi" on YouTube
this event on Facebook
Kids... Read the best books and vote on your favorite!
Voting open until March 15th
Children in grades K - 7 across Wyoming are invited to read the
top books for their age group and determine which one they think
is the best. Sponsored by the Wyoming Library Association and the
Wyoming State Reading Council, the Buckaroo Book Award provides
the opportunity for Wyoming children in grades K-3 to select favorite
books they have read or have listened to and to honor the authors
of these books. The Indian Paintbrush Book Award provides the opportunity
for Wyoming youth in grades 4-7 to select a favorite book and honor
its author. Participating helps Wyoming students:
• Become acquainted with the best contemporary authors.
• Become aware of the qualities of good books.
• Become accustomed to concepts of choice, critical reading,
and voting procedures which will help them participate in choosing
other book awards.
• To honor an author whose book has been enjoyed by Wyoming
the Grades K-3: Buckaroo Book Award nominee list
the Grades 4-6: Indian Paintbrush Book Award nominee list
Stop by the Children's Room for a voting card and to get started
reading the best books. Voting is open until March 15th, 2019. One
vote per child.
Preloaded Nook® HDs for kids available for check out
Any time is a great time to introduce a new way of enjoying books
to your kids — our preloaded Nook® HDs allow kids to enjoy
old and new favorites in a safe and age appropriate manner. Both
the Pinedale and Big Piney libraries have Nook HDs preloaded with
dozens of ebooks for preschoolers (most with a "read to me"
option), for early readers, and for 3rd graders and up. All Nook
HDs come with parental controls and do not access the Internet or
games — they are just for reading. Just power up and go! Nook
HDs check out for 3 weeks.
Ready4K: Text messages to boost your child's learning
Parents of preschoolers, you can now sign up for a new, free texting
service that delivers fun facts and easy tips to your phone. Called
Ready4K, the texting service shows parents how to boost children’s
learning and get them ready for kindergarten. In the last year, the University of Wyoming's Literacy Research Center and Clinic teamed up with Stanford University to develop and research Ready4K to make this service available in Wyoming. Research shows that
receiving these helpful texts can significantly increase children’s
learning. Parents and caregivers with children, ages 3 to 5, are
invited to sign up for the free service, which provides three texts
per week. The service is available in English and Spanish.
Learn more about
Ready4K and sign up
Baby and Me Story Time and Preschool Storytime
The Story Time Room
Baby and Me (ages 0-24 months) is held every Wednesday at 10:30
am. Preschool Storytimeis held every Wednesday at 11 am in the Storytime
Room. Siblings are welcome. Here's a peek at what we'll be having
Wednesday, January 9th: Art!
Wednesday, January 16th: Appreciate a Dragon!
Wednesday, January 23rd: Clouds!
Wednesday, January 30th: Fun with Ms. Mary!
This year we are using a text service to send reminders to Preschool
Storytime and Baby & Me patrons. To learn about this free service,
click here and choose Option B. Or simply text
the message @2c8k7d to the number 81010. Contact Michelle Humber
with questions, email@example.com
Winter MakerSpace (with snack!)
2:30 - 3:30 pm
The Storytime Room
Elementary school kids in grades K-5, join us every Friday in the
Storytime Room from 2:30 to 3:30 pm to get creative with a variety
of DIY projects and exploration. A healthy snack will be available.
Here's what we'll be working on in January:
Friday, January 11th: Raised Salt Painting
Friday, January 18th: Stained Glass Art
Friday, January 25th: Fun with Jenn!
Reading to preschoolers is beneficial for their
brain development and academic success. It is correlated with improved
attention spans and better concentration. Early reading also ignites
the child's creativity and imagination, teaches them sight words
and expands vocabulary.
The 1000 Books program is designed be a fun approach to establishing
strong early literacy skills. Parents, you can choose between a
sticker log to simply keep track of the number of books read, or
a book list log so you can have a record of what books the kids
have read. You do not need to turn anything in, but the kids will
get to have their photo on our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten bulletin
board when they read 100 books, will receive a sticker for every
100 books, and will receive a book gift to keep when they reach
1000 books. Get started fostering a lifelong love of reading today...
stop in to the Children's Room and bring home your book log today.