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11/02/2020
FCPL Storytime: While We Can't Hug

Good morning! Join Ms. Liz as she reads the brand-new book "While We Can’t Hug" by Eoin McLaughlin. Learn others ways of showing even though we can't hug everyone we may want to right now.

Hearts in Hands
(Tune: “London Bridge”)
Now’s the time to make a heart.
Form a V-it’s the place to start.
A big hump on one side,
And now another.
This heart shows the love we have for each other!

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Hedgehugs" by Steve Wilson
"The Love Letter" Anika Denise

Special thanks to Faber for allowing us to share this story.

Join Ms. Liz as she reads "While We Can’t Hug" by Eoin McLaughlin. See below for more information about the storytime. Hearts in Hands (Tune: “London Bridge”...

Calling local artists! We invite you to submit your work to our new virtual gallery of art, the Fairfax Community Arts C...
11/01/2020

Calling local artists! We invite you to submit your work to our new virtual gallery of art, the Fairfax Community Arts Collection!

You'll be able to share your work at a series of online exhibitions.

Learn more and submit your art: bit.ly/FCPL_artsubmissions

10/31/2020
FCPL Toddler Storytime: Here Comes Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Join Ms. Karen for a special Halloween edition of Toddler Storytime!

Join Ms. Karen as she reads "Here Comes Halloween" by Becky Ward.

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom, climb onto my broom
Zoom, zoom, zoom, climb onto my broom
If you want to fly tonight
To give a spook and give a fright
Zoom, zoom, zoom, climb onto my broom
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… BOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Special thanks to Cartwheel Books for allowing us to share this story.

Join Ms. Karen as she reads "Here Comes Halloween" by Becky Ward. See below for more information about the storytime. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom Zoom, zoom, zoom, clim...

It's getting spooooooky! Our librarians have curated a list of spooky stories for you to enjoy this Halloween weekend! C...
10/31/2020

It's getting spooooooky! Our librarians have curated a list of spooky stories for you to enjoy this Halloween weekend! Click for the full list: bit.ly/FCPL_SpookyStories

Good morning! Join Ms. Jan as she reads "Plumply Dumply Pumpkin" by Mary Serfozo. This storytime comes with an optional ...
10/29/2020
FCPL Storytime: Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin

Good morning! Join Ms. Jan as she reads "Plumply Dumply Pumpkin" by Mary Serfozo.

This storytime comes with an optional activity: bit.ly/Pumpkin_Finger_Puppets

Pumpkin Stew
Pumpkin stew, pumpkin stew
What shall we put in our pumpkin stew, pumpkin stew? (ask child for something to add to stew)
Spoken: Chop chop chippity chop,
Cut off the bottom, cut off the top.
What we have left, we’ll put in the pot.
Chop chop chippity chop.
Pumpkin stew, pumpkin stew,
We’ll put some carrots in our pumpkin stew. (continue adding other ingredients to stew. Include some silly ones like “ice cream” or “marshmallows”)

Two Little Pumpkins
(Tune: Two Little Blackbirds)

Two little pumpkins sitting on a hill (show two pointer fingers or two pumpkin finger puppets)
One named Jack and one named Jill (wiggle one finger, then the other)
Roll away Jack, roll away Jill, (roll hands around each other and hide each one behind back)
Roll back Jack, roll back Jill (bring back one finger, then the other)

Pumpkin Finger Puppets Template: http://bit.ly/Pumpkin_Finger_Puppets

Other books your child may enjoy:
"It’s Pumpkin Time!" by Zoe Hall
"Pumpkin Trouble" by Jan Thomas

Special thanks to Margaret K. McElderry Books for allowing us to share this story.

Join Ms. Jan as she reads "Plumply Dumply Pumpkin" by Mary Serfozo. See below for more information about the storytime. Pumpkin Stew Pumpkin stew, pumpkin st...

10/27/2020
FCPL Storytime: Leonardo the Terrible Monster

Is it bedtime?? Join Ms. Jane as she reads "Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems.

Five Little Monsters
Chanted to "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed"

Five little monsters sleeping in my bed.
One crawled out from under my spread.
(Curl fingers into claws and growl)
I called to Papa and Papa said,
"No more monsters sleeping in your bed!"
(Point and shake finger)
Continue until there are no little monsters and say,

No little monsters sleeping in my bed.
None crawling out from under my spread.
I called to Papa and Papa said,
"There are no more monsters, go to bed!"

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Eat Pete!" By Michael Rex
"Let’s Play Monsters" by Lucy Cousins

Special thanks to Hyperion Books for Children for allowing us to share this story.

Join Ms. Jane as she reads "Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. See below for more information about the storytime. Five Little Monsters Chanted to ...

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."What literary character said it? Drop your guesses in the comme...
10/23/2020

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

What literary character said it? Drop your guesses in the comments!

Where are our Agatha Christie fans? First published as a novel in the U.S. 100 years ago this month, The Mysterious Affa...
10/21/2020

Where are our Agatha Christie fans? First published as a novel in the U.S. 100 years ago this month, The Mysterious Affair at Styles launched the career of her fictional detective, Hercule Poirot. Meet Mr. Poirot or re-read a favorite: bit.ly/FCPL_HerculePoirot

Drop your favorite Hercule Poirot story in the comments so others can see your recommendations!

10/20/2020
FCPL Storytime: The Farm that Mac Built

Good morning! Join Ms. Liz as she reads "The Farm That Mac Built" by Tammi Sauer!

Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb his fleece was white as snow.
Mary had a big giraffe, big giraffe, big giraffe,
Mary had a big giraffe whose neck was vey long.
Continue with rhinoceros/horn, camel/very round

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Bob" by Tracey Campbell Pearson
"Three Hens and a Peacock" by Lester L. Laminack

Special thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing us to share this story.

Join Ms. Liz as she reads "The Farm That Mac Built" by Tammi Sauer . See below for more information about the storytime. Mary Had a Little Lamb Mary had a li...

10/19/2020
FCPL Mother Goose on the Loose - October 2020

Join Ms. Jane and Ms. Liz as they read "Up, Up, Up, Down" by Kimberly Gee and "Baby Bear, Baby Bear What Do You See" by Bill Martin, Jr. as well as nursery rhymes songs that will lay the foundation for learning to read.

Join Ms. Jane and Ms. Liz as they read "Up, Up, Up, Down" by Kimberly Gee and "Baby Bear, Baby Bear What Do You See" by Bill Martin, Jr. as well as nursery r...

Get comfy, grab your favorite autumnal beverage (something pumpkin spice, obviously) and curl up with one of these cozy ...
10/18/2020

Get comfy, grab your favorite autumnal beverage (something pumpkin spice, obviously) and curl up with one of these cozy reads: bit.ly/PSL_titles

Today is Black Poetry Day. In recognition, our librarians have curated a list of work by Black poets. Check it out: bit....
10/17/2020

Today is Black Poetry Day. In recognition, our librarians have curated a list of work by Black poets. Check it out: bit.ly/BlackPoetryDay

10/16/2020

Join us for a special broadcast of FCPL Storytime featuring the book "Go Away, Big Green Monster" by Ed Emberley. Plus, we'll share a Paper Plate Monster craft activity that preschoolers can do using these materials found in your home:

• Monster template (color or black and white)
• Large paper plate
• Lime green tissue paper
• White construction paper or card stock
• School glue
• Kid-friendly craft scissors
• Crayons or markers

Find the monster templates and learn more about Early Literacy in Action and all our digital activities at http://bit.ly/fcpl-digital-activities.

10/16/2020
FCPL Toddler Storytime: Five Little Pumpkins

Good morning! Join Ms. Karen for a seasonally-appropriate Toddler Storytime! She's reading "Five Little Pumpkins" by Iris Van Rynbach.

Join Ms. Karen as she reads "Five Little Pumpkins" by Iris Van Rynbach. See below for more information about the storytime. Five Little Pumpkins Five little ...

Are you finding your social media feeds full of news stories of varying quality? If you're struggling to differentiate f...
10/15/2020
Credible Fact-Checking Resources | Library

Are you finding your social media feeds full of news stories of varying quality? If you're struggling to differentiate fact from fiction, here are some resources that can help:

Fairfax County, Virginia - Use library-recommended websites for reliable fact-checking and bias identification.

10/12/2020
FCPL Storytime: The Cow Loves Cookies

Good morning! Join Ms. Liz as she reads "The Cow Loves Cookies" by Karma Wilson. See below for more information about the storytime.

Five Cookies:
Down around the corner at the bakery shop.
Were five little cookies with sprinkles on top.
Along came [child’s name] with a nickel to pay.
And they took that cookie away.
Continue counting down until there aren’t any cookies left.

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Chickens to the Rescue" by John Himmelman
"Moo!" by David LaRochelle

Special thanks to Margaret K. McElderry Books for allowing us to share this story.

Join Ms. Liz as she reads "The Cow Loves Cookies" by Karma Wilson. See below for more information about the storytime. Down around the corner at the bakery s...

10/11/2020
FCPL Storytime: How to Find a Fox

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwO1ogolEA8

Good morning! It's time for a story (and a little exercise). Join Ms. Jane as she reads "How to Find a Fox" by Nilah Magruder.

Foxy Loxy,
Touch your toes. (touch toes)
Foxy Loxy,
Touch your nose. (touch nose)
Foxy Loxy,
Pat your head. (pat head)
Foxy Loxy,
Go to bed. (lay head on folded hands)
Foxy Loxy,
Wake up now. (stretch arms above head, yawn)
Foxy Loxy,
Take a bow. (bow)
Foxy Loxy,
Touch the ground. (touch floor)
Foxy Loxy,
Turn around. (turn in a circle)
Foxy Loxy,
Sit back down. (sit)
Foxy Loxy,
Don't make a sound. (finger to lips)

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Do Like a Duck Does" by Judy Hindley
"One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller" by Kate Read

Special thanks to Feiwel and Friends for allowing us to share this story.

Join Ms. Jane as she reads "How to Find a Fox" by Nilah Magruder . See below for more information about the storytime. Foxy Loxy, Touch your toes. (touch toe...

10/09/2020
FCPL Storytime: A Tree for Me

Good morning! Join Ms. Jan as she reads "A Tree for Me" by Nancy Van Laan.

Four Little Leaves
Four leaves hanging from a tree,
Looking as lovely as can be.
Whoosh went the wind and one leaf said, I’ll meet you on the ground, I’m the color red.
Three little leaves hanging from a tree,
Looking as lovely as can be,
Whoosh wind the wind and another fell down,
This little leaf was the color brown.
Two little leaves hanging from a tre,
Looking as lovely as can be.
Whoosh wen the wind and blew that little fellow,
Another leaf fell. It was yellow.
One little leaf hanging from a tree,
Looking as lovely as can be.
Whoosh went the wind, and the tree did lean,
Down came the leaf, it was still green

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Oliver Finds His Way" by Phyllis Root
"We’re Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen

Special thanks to Alfred A. Knopf for allowing us to share this story.

Join Ms. Jan as she reads "A Tree for Me" by Nancy Van Laan. See below for more information about the storytime. Four Little Leaves Four leaves hanging from ...

If you or anyone you know is looking for a job right now, we have some resources you should know about! Learn how to imp...
10/03/2020
Job Hunt From Home With Help From Your Library | Library

If you or anyone you know is looking for a job right now, we have some resources you should know about! Learn how to improve your resume, prep for interviews and even explore new careers. All you need is a library card!

Fairfax County, Virginia - Fairfax County Public Library offers free job search, resumé writing, networking, interview practice, career training and other tools available 24/7 with your library card.

10/03/2020
FCPL Storytime: The Three Billy Goats Buenos

Good morning and happy weekend! Join Ms. Jane as she reads "The Three Billy Goats Buenos" by Susan Elya.

Three Billy Goats Gruff (from Pennsylvania Center for the Book)
Three little goats went walking (hold up 3 fingers)
one lovely summer’s day.
They crossed a bridge to get some grass (fingers walk up arm)
but a troll got in their way!
They tricked the troll and down he fell (dive arm)
into the water wet.
Now three little goats are getting fat (hold up 3 fingers)
and the troll hasn’t come back yet! (shake head)

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Three Cool Kids" by Rebecca Emberley
"The Three Billy Goats Gruff" by Paul Galdone (available as an e-book)

Special thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for allowing us to share this story.

Join Ms. Jane as she reads "The Three Billy Goats Buenos" by Susan Elya . See below for more information about the storytime. Three Billy Goats Gruff (from P...

10/02/2020

We’ve received questions about a proposed Drag Queen Storytime. As with all FCPL programming, we encourage parents & caregivers to attend the events they wish. This storytime is an established program aligned with the American Library Association's key action areas of diversity and equitable access

To learn about a similar program, check out this news story:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/drag-queen-story-hour-offers-a-different-kind-of-page-turner

10/02/2020
FCPL Toddler Storytime: Piggies

Good morning! Join Ms. Karen for a special Toddler Storytime edition as she reads "Piggies" by Don Wood.

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast meat,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried "wee wee wee" all the way home.

Join Ms. Karen as she reads "Piggies" by Don Wood. See below for more information about the storytime. This Little Piggy This little piggy went to market, Th...

Good news, Fairfax parents! Board books are now back in circulation! As with all our returned materials, they will be qu...
10/01/2020

Good news, Fairfax parents! Board books are now back in circulation! As with all our returned materials, they will be quarantined for seven days.

09/30/2020
FCPL Storytime: Soaked!

Good morning! It's a beautiful day today, but if you got caught in the rain yesterday you'll love this storytime! Join Ms. Jan as she reads "Soaked" by Abi Cushman.

Five umbrellas
Five umbrellas by the back door, (hold up five fingers)
The red one went outside, and now there are four.
Four umbrellas as pretty can be, (hold up four fingers)
The ones went outside, now there are three.
Three umbrellas with nothing to do, (Hold up three fingers)
The green one went outside, now there are two
Two umbrellas watching for the sun, (hold up two fingers)
The yellow one went outside, now there are one.
Just one umbrella alone in the hall, (hold up one finger)
The orange went outside, and that was all! (make fingers into a fist)

Other books your child may enjoy:
"Red Rubber Boot Day" by Mary Lyn Ray
"Are You Ready to Play Outside?" by Mo Willems

Special thanks to Viking for allowing us to share this story.

Join Ms. Jan as she reads "Soaked" by Abi Cushman . See below for more information about the storytime. Five umbrellas Five umbrellas by the back door, (hold...

Get ready for a (safely socially distanced) night of classic whodunit fun!
09/29/2020

Get ready for a (safely socially distanced) night of classic whodunit fun!

Bring your masks, chairs, and blankets for a socially-distanced outdoor screening of the star-studded 1985 whodunnit, “Clue.” Community partners will be on hand, along with food trucks and other surprises. All proceeds support the programs and services of the Fairfax County Public Library.

Advanced tickets recommended. Details at: www.fairfaxlibraryfoundation.org/events

Our readers' advisors have made some great recommendations for our #MyPerfectRead Hispanic Heritage Month edition! Links...
09/28/2020

Our readers' advisors have made some great recommendations for our #MyPerfectRead Hispanic Heritage Month edition! Links to all of these titles in our catalog can be found via bit.ly/FCPLMyPerfectRead

Kylie's pick for our youngest readers: The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases / la Chancleta Perdida y Otros Casos Secretos by Alidis Vicente: Second-grader Flaca investigates three mysteries—what happened to her flip-flop? Who put something she is allergic to in her lunch? And why can't she seem to dance salsa? Charming and fun bilingual early reader.

Christina chose Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (a Sal and Gabi Novel, Book 1) by Carlos Hernandez for readers ages 9-12: What would you do if you had the power to reach through time and space and retrieve anything you want, including your mother, who is no longer living (in this universe, anyway)?

Kylie chose Voces Sin Fronteras by Latin American Youth Center Writers for teens. This bilingual collection of short essays accompanied by graphic illustrations was created by young adults who immigrated to Washington DC. Some are growing up without parents, some had perilous journeys to get here, some struggle to learn English or to do deal with traumatic events from their past. But all are hopeful. Teens, practice your Spanish or English and be inspired by these courageous and creative young writers.

Stephanie likes Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
for adults who enjoy fiction: When a young woman accidentally frees the Mayan god of death, she ends up with a life-or-death quest that takes her on a cross-country trip through Mexico and into the Mayan underworld.

And if you're a fan of nonfiction, Sharon likes Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz: In this lyrical debut memoir, Díaz charts her upbringing in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach and the role of her troubled parents and loving grandmother in her path to adulthood.

Who's planning to get some reading done this weekend? If you're looking for your next favorite book and liked Fiona Davi...
09/26/2020

Who's planning to get some reading done this weekend? If you're looking for your next favorite book and liked Fiona Davis's recently published novel, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, then try:

The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
Thieves of Book Row by Travis McDade
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

All of these titles can be found in our collection: bit.ly/Lions5thAve

Happy reading!

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