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Lib Loop: Reading, singing a way to bond with children

The school bus driver from my childhood was named Alice.

Her crowd control method was to have us sing. We sang a lot —“We’ll be coming round the mountain,” “Wheels on the bus” (because you have to sing a bus song while on a bus), “Row, row, row your boat.”

Now, I find those songs (and memories of Alice) are in my life again for one of the best parts of my job, doing the weekly story time.

The songs we sing as children, and then pass on to the next generation teach us that we can all sing (really!). Songs expand our vocabulary. They give an underlying melody to our cultural experience.

Singing allows us to engage in movement and connection with children who are eager to move and eager to connect. Just like reading, singing with a child is a way to bond, express, and experience the world together.

Did you know that you can sing the alphabet to just about any tune? It is a bit of a brain teaser at first, but instead of the typical tune like “Twinkle, twinkle, little star,” try it to “Mary had a little lamb,” or “This old man.” Drop by the library and sing to the staff! Odds are we will sing with you.

Kings Beach Library

Thursday, June 15, 3-4 p.m.: “iPhones Explained.” Come learn some new tips and tricks for fully utilizing your iPhone.

Friday, June 16: Summer at your library begins! Stop by to pick up your Reader/Teen/Adult log and earn prizes for reading!

Story Time is every Tuesday from 10:30-11 a.m. We read books, sing, tell felt board stories, and do a craft. Join us!

Incline Village Library

Thursday, June 15, at 11:15 a.m.: Toddler Time. For children 18 months to 3 years featuring stories, music, and movement.

Friday, June 16, at 2 p.m.: Lifescapes Senior Memoir Writing. A writing program devoted to seniors, who write and share their memoirs. New members always welcome.

Wednesday, June 21, at 4 p.m.: Bilingual Story Time. Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts, in both English and Spanish. For all ages.

Tahoe City Library

Thursday, June 15, at 10:30 a.m. Join our gaggle of Story Time kids. There is always room for more children at the Tahoe City Library.

Friday, June 16. Summer at your library begins! Stop by to pick up your Reader/Teen/Adult log and earn rewards for reading!

Livia Lewin is the branch manager at the Tahoe City Library — 740 North Lake Blvd – downstairs, Tahoe City, CA, 96145 She can be reached at 530-583-3382 or

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