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City’s First Readers

City’s First Readers, an initiative of the New York City Council, is a collaboration of nonprofits and libraries that work together to create opportunities for community driven early literacy programs that benefit children and families from all New York City neighborhoods.

I never even used to tell her colors like go get a yellow book, a green book, the book with the tomatoes, and now I find myself doing that…

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05 Dec, 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Virtual Saturday Storytime

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Join us for Virtual Saturday Storytime on Saratoga’s Facebook page at 10 am !

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05 Dec, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Virtual Saturday Storytime

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Join us each Saturday to hear new stories and favorite tales read aloud, interspersed with songs and rhymes. All ages welcome! **Registration required! We’re hoping to connect with our storytime crowd, so instead of broadcasting from the  Macon Library Facebook Page, we’re going to ask you to sign up, and then we’ll meet on Zoom, so that we can read, play, and sing together. You will need either a computer with audio and webcam or a telephone in order to participate. A link to access the Zoom meeting will be sent to registrants prior to the meeting, so please keep an eye out for the email (and check your spam folder if you don’t see it!) 

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05 Dec, 1:00 am – 11:00 pm

Holiday Virtual StoryTime. Books for the public to choose

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 Holiday Virtual StoryTime.   If you want to see the FaceBook post Go to https://www.facebook.com/ConeyIslandLibrary/.      Click on. POSTS on the left side of the page.  Go to Holiday Virtual StoryTime Please choose your favorite books from this Holiday List of books for Virtual StoryTime. Two StoryTimes will feature  books with the highest count of choices/votes.  The first StoryTime will feature books for Christmas and Hanakkah (12/12-15).   The second StoryTime will feature books for Christmas and Kwanzaa (12/21-24).   Please submit your votes by December 10, 2020 to:  stidwell@bklynlibrary.org. with a subject titled “Holiday Virtual StoryTime.” Suggestions are welcome!   Christmas   (J 226.052 B )The first Christmas : the King James version    2014      (J 394.2663 D) Tomie DePaola’s Christmas tree book. DePaola, Tomie, 1934-2020,  2019      (J 398.2094 C) Babushka : a Christmas tale.  Casey, Dawn, 1975-    2016        (J 811 R) ‘Twas the night b’fore Christmas : an African-American version.  Rosales, Melodye.  1996   (J-E BROWN). Christmas in the Barn. Brown, Margaret Wise  1910-1952. 1952    (J-E CABRERA) The 12 days of Christmas Cabrera, Jane,  2013     (J-E Corderoy) Christmas Extravaganza Hotel, Tracey Corderoy 2018     (J-E FOSTER) Jane Foster’s Christmas.  Foster, Jane, 1970- 2018     (J-E JEFFERS) Jingle bells Jeffers, Susan, 2017     (J-E) Waddell, Martin. Room for a little one : a Christmas tale  2004    J E Van Allsburg, Chris. The Polar Express  1985    (J-E MOORE) Moore, Clement Clarke. ‘Twas the night before Christmas  2019      KWANZAA (J-E KATZ) My first Kwanzaa.  Katz, Karen.   2003     (J-E Thomas). Santa’s Kwanzaa. Thomas, Garen Eileen.   2004     (J 394.2612 M) Kwanzaa .  Murray, Julie, 1969-  .    2019     (J 394.261 G) Kwanzaa : seven days of African-American pride  Gnojewski, Carol.   2004      (J-E WASHINGTON) Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa.  Washington, Donna L., 1967-   2010      (J-E WILLIAMS) A Kwanzaa celebration : pop-up book   Williams, Nancy.  1995   (J-E Saint James) It’s Kwanzaa time! : a lift-the-flap story Saint James, Synthia.   2001     (J 394.268 P) Seven candles for Kwanzaa. Pinkney, Andrea Davis.   1993     (J 782.42 C) The seven days of Kwanzaa  Cooper, Melrose. 2007   (J-E MEDEARIS)Medearis, Angela Shelf. – .Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story.  2000     HANUKKAH   (J-E SCHOTTER)Schotter, Roni.  Hanukkah!   2014      (J-E KIMMEL) Kimmel, Eric A. Hanukkah bear   2013   (J FIC KIMMEL) Kimmel, Eric A. Hershel and the Hanukkah goblins .    2014     (J-E PINKWATER) Beautiful Yetta’s Hanukkah kitten   Pinkwater, Daniel Manus, 1941-   2014    (J-E BARASH Is it Hanukkah yet?  Barash, Chris.   2015   (J-E JENKINS) All-of-a-kind family Hanukkah.  Jenkins, Emily, 1967— 2018     (J-E ALKO) Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama  Alko, Selina.   2012     (J-E STEIN) A Hanu  2016     (J-E BROWN) Hanukkah in Alaska   Brown, Barbara, 1964-  2013     (J-E FISMAN) Nonna’s Hanukkah surprise.  Fisman, Karen.  2015     J-E EHRENBERG) Queen of the Hanukkah dosas. Ehrenberg, Pamela, 2017     (J-E EVERIN)Kugel for Hanukkah?  Everin, Gretchen M.,    2019     (J-E KROLL) The Hanukkah mice.  Kroll, Steven.   2012     (J-E)Kropf.  It’s Hanukkah time!  Kropf, Latifa Berry.   2004     (J-E DA COSTA) Hanukkah moon da Costa, Deborah.   2007     (J-E LEHMAN-WILZIG).  Nathan blows out the Hanukkah candles   Lehman-Wilzig, Tami.  2011 .   (J-E HYDE) Emanuel and the Hanukkah rescue.  Hyde, Heidi Smith.  2012     (J-EGlaser).  Mrs. Greenberg’s messy Hanukkah   Glaser, Linda. 2004      (J-E BERLIN)The kvetch who stole Hanukkah. Berlin, Bill.   2010     (J-E KOSTER) Little Red Ruthie : a Hanukkah tale. Koster, Gloria.   2017       (J-E PENN) . The Miracle Jar : a Hanukkah story   Penn, Audrey, 1947- 2008      (J-E YACOWITZ) I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidel   Yacowitz, Caryn,  | 2014    

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06 Dec, 1:00 am – 11:00 pm

Holiday Virtual StoryTime. Books for the public to choose

, NY

 Holiday Virtual StoryTime.   If you want to see the FaceBook post Go to https://www.facebook.com/ConeyIslandLibrary/.      Click on. POSTS on the left side of the page.  Go to Holiday Virtual StoryTime Please choose your favorite books from this Holiday List of books for Virtual StoryTime. Two StoryTimes will feature  books with the highest count of choices/votes.  The first StoryTime will feature books for Christmas and Hanakkah (12/12-15).   The second StoryTime will feature books for Christmas and Kwanzaa (12/21-24).   Please submit your votes by December 10, 2020 to:  stidwell@bklynlibrary.org. with a subject titled “Holiday Virtual StoryTime.” Suggestions are welcome!   Christmas   (J 226.052 B )The first Christmas : the King James version    2014      (J 394.2663 D) Tomie DePaola’s Christmas tree book. DePaola, Tomie, 1934-2020,  2019      (J 398.2094 C) Babushka : a Christmas tale.  Casey, Dawn, 1975-    2016        (J 811 R) ‘Twas the night b’fore Christmas : an African-American version.  Rosales, Melodye.  1996   (J-E BROWN). Christmas in the Barn. Brown, Margaret Wise  1910-1952. 1952    (J-E CABRERA) The 12 days of Christmas Cabrera, Jane,  2013     (J-E Corderoy) Christmas Extravaganza Hotel, Tracey Corderoy 2018     (J-E FOSTER) Jane Foster’s Christmas.  Foster, Jane, 1970- 2018     (J-E JEFFERS) Jingle bells Jeffers, Susan, 2017     (J-E) Waddell, Martin. Room for a little one : a Christmas tale  2004    J E Van Allsburg, Chris. The Polar Express  1985    (J-E MOORE) Moore, Clement Clarke. ‘Twas the night before Christmas  2019      KWANZAA (J-E KATZ) My first Kwanzaa.  Katz, Karen.   2003     (J-E Thomas). Santa’s Kwanzaa. Thomas, Garen Eileen.   2004     (J 394.2612 M) Kwanzaa .  Murray, Julie, 1969-  .    2019     (J 394.261 G) Kwanzaa : seven days of African-American pride  Gnojewski, Carol.   2004      (J-E WASHINGTON) Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa.  Washington, Donna L., 1967-   2010      (J-E WILLIAMS) A Kwanzaa celebration : pop-up book   Williams, Nancy.  1995   (J-E Saint James) It’s Kwanzaa time! : a lift-the-flap story Saint James, Synthia.   2001     (J 394.268 P) Seven candles for Kwanzaa. Pinkney, Andrea Davis.   1993     (J 782.42 C) The seven days of Kwanzaa  Cooper, Melrose. 2007   (J-E MEDEARIS)Medearis, Angela Shelf. – .Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story.  2000     HANUKKAH   (J-E SCHOTTER)Schotter, Roni.  Hanukkah!   2014      (J-E KIMMEL) Kimmel, Eric A. Hanukkah bear   2013   (J FIC KIMMEL) Kimmel, Eric A. Hershel and the Hanukkah goblins .    2014     (J-E PINKWATER) Beautiful Yetta’s Hanukkah kitten   Pinkwater, Daniel Manus, 1941-   2014    (J-E BARASH Is it Hanukkah yet?  Barash, Chris.   2015   (J-E JENKINS) All-of-a-kind family Hanukkah.  Jenkins, Emily, 1967— 2018     (J-E ALKO) Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama  Alko, Selina.   2012     (J-E STEIN) A Hanu  2016     (J-E BROWN) Hanukkah in Alaska   Brown, Barbara, 1964-  2013     (J-E FISMAN) Nonna’s Hanukkah surprise.  Fisman, Karen.  2015     J-E EHRENBERG) Queen of the Hanukkah dosas. Ehrenberg, Pamela, 2017     (J-E EVERIN)Kugel for Hanukkah?  Everin, Gretchen M.,    2019     (J-E KROLL) The Hanukkah mice.  Kroll, Steven.   2012     (J-E)Kropf.  It’s Hanukkah time!  Kropf, Latifa Berry.   2004     (J-E DA COSTA) Hanukkah moon da Costa, Deborah.   2007     (J-E LEHMAN-WILZIG).  Nathan blows out the Hanukkah candles   Lehman-Wilzig, Tami.  2011 .   (J-E HYDE) Emanuel and the Hanukkah rescue.  Hyde, Heidi Smith.  2012     (J-EGlaser).  Mrs. Greenberg’s messy Hanukkah   Glaser, Linda. 2004      (J-E BERLIN)The kvetch who stole Hanukkah. Berlin, Bill.   2010     (J-E KOSTER) Little Red Ruthie : a Hanukkah tale. Koster, Gloria.   2017       (J-E PENN) . The Miracle Jar : a Hanukkah story   Penn, Audrey, 1947- 2008      (J-E YACOWITZ) I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidel   Yacowitz, Caryn,  | 2014    

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