Saturday, May 28, 2016

May Book Club

We are trying a lunch book club to see if it fits into our schedules better.

Mysterious Benedict Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart
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Front Lines
by Michael Grant

Ratscalibur
by Josh Lieb

Sin Eater's Daughter
by Melinda Salisbury

Infinite in Between
by Carolyn Mackler
For fans of The Fault in Our Stars

Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson

The books I shared:

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook
by Leslie Connor
Perry has been raised in a low security prison.  He is a happy and well-like kid-some in the prison refer to him as their "Sun".  When a new county district attorney discovers this highly unusual situation he is determined to help Perry...but does Perry need his help?  A sub-plot: Perry needs to find out the truth of his mother's conviction she won't tell him.  Bonus: Perry is helped by the local librarian.

Time Travelers [Gideon the Cutpurse]
by Linda Buckley-Archer
An older series that's been on my "to-read" list for a long time!  Just after they met Kate and Peter are sent back in time to 1786 England where they meet the notorious Tar Man who steals the anti-gravity machine that had brought the children to the past.  They are befriended by Gideon, cut-purse and gentleman, who assists them in their quest to retrieve their machine and get back to their time.

Summerlost
by Ally Condie
A tender story of Cedar Lee facing living in a new town a year after the death of her father and brother.  She befriends Leo and they "work" at the local college's Summerlost Festival (similar to a Shakespeare on the Green).  Together they set out to earn enough money for Leo to take a trip to England and to solve a mystery surrounding a former Summerlost actress.  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Baby Storytime

I was scheduled for a morning meeting today...but we finished early so I got to do Baby Storytime after all!! Made my day!  I am "in-between" themes since we ended Spring last week and I didn't quite have all the books for June.  It was fun anyway...and we probably really don't need a theme, but it keeps my creative juices flowing.

Songs/Rhymes/Bounces

Clap, Clap, Clap
Hello Song
Little Bear
I Have a Little Duck
Tiny Little Babies
The Rain is Falling Down
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Hey Diddle Diddle
Jack and Jill
Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Parachute with Jim Gill's Alabama, Mississippi

Read Aloud Book

Baby Party
by Rebecca O'Connell; illustrated by Susie Poole

Shared Reading
An assortment of board books

Play and Learn

We ended with the parachute which was a ton of fun!  The babies loved shaking it, putting our puppets in it, and crawling under it!  I've found myself putting out less toys during our play and learn part--they babies are happy and content with what's there and it seems to help them focus on one thing a bit longer.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

ECEAP Outreach Storytime for May

I visited oodles of ECEAPs (Early Childhood Education and Assistant Program~~State-funded Head Start) this month!  Since they were all Pre-K I did the "Hiccups, Burps, Sneezes, and Snores" theme. So fun and popular with the kids!

Books

Bear Snores On
by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman

Little Penguin gets the Hiccups
by Tadgh Bentley

Hiccupotamus
by Steve Smallman; illustrated by Ada Grey

Songs

Let Everyone Clap Hands Like Me

Let everyone clap hands like me (clap, clap)
Let everyone clap hands like me (clap, clap)
Come on and join in the game
You'll find that it's always the same (clap, clap)

Let everyone hiccup like me (hic, hic)

Let everyone sneeze like me (aaah! choo!

Let everyone snore like me (zzzzz)

Let everyone jump up like me (jump, jump)


I Can Walk on Two Feet

I can walk on two feet, on two feet, on two feet
I can walk on two feet all day long.

Additional verses:
Run
March
Jump
Tiptoe
Hop on one foot
Walk

My Hands

My hands upon my head I'll place
Upon my shoulders, on my face
At my waist and by my side
And then behind me they will hide
Then I will raise them way up high
And let my fingers fly, fly, fly
Then clap, clap, clap
And 1, 2, 3
Let's sit down quietly.


Magnet Board

Four Hungry Ants
I found clipart on Google of an ant, a salad, a cake, and a pepper shaker; printed, laminated, put magnet on the back, used while reciting the rhyme.

Four hungry ants marching in a line
They came upon a picnic where they could dine
One marched into the salad
Then he marched into the cake
Then he marched into the salad...
But that was a mistake!
Aaaah! Aaaah! Choo!

Continue down to through 1.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Baby Storytime--Spring!

One last spring storytime before it starts feeling too much like summer around here!

Songs/Bounces/Rhymes

Clap, Clap, Clap
Hello Song
Little Bear
I Have a Little Duck
Tiny Little Babies
The Rain is Falling Down
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Pease Porridge Hot
Acka Backa Soda Cracker
One Bright Scarf

Read Aloud

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By Eric Carle

Shared Reading

A variety of board books that have a "spring-ish" feel including:

Butterfly: Colors and Counting
by Jerry Pallotta; Shennen Bersani

Charley Harper's Count the Birds
by Zoe Burke


Play and Learn
It's always fun to see a little one go through the tunnel for the very first time!  Such pride on their faces when they get all the way through!  It's been awhile since we had a big enough crowd that we needed two bins of toys--it was great to have so many!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Guerrilla Storytime

An internal blog post
I attended WLA’s pre-conference all about storytimes.  Part of that session was a guerrilla storytime!  I have been intrigued with the idea of a guerrilla storytime and was so excited to learn the ins and outs of doing one!
American Libraries journal explained that the “theory of Guerrilla Storytime is to create a chance to show the power of storytime in actual practice and offer youth services librarians a chance to meet in person and build their professional networks.”
A group of youth services librarians, and others if they feel so inclined, sit in a circle for an informal sharing of best practices in storytime.  Often a question is posed such as “What do you do when the children are restless during storytime?”  Anyone can then answer the question.  Then someone else can add their ideas and soon you have an armload of ideas that others have used (and that work)!  This usually organically morphs into more questions and more responses and ideas, however, if there is a lull, pre-written questions can be passed out to spark more ideas.
And it’s not just talking!  You get to demonstrate your silly dance, sing your good-bye song, showoff your favorite parachute activity, and the best part…everyone joins in!

The hardest part though was jotting down the words of songs and rhymes and remembering the tunes that were used.
The Show Me Librarian has samples of questions that could be asked to help spark sharing.
I am hoping to do our own district Guerrilla Storytime!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May Outreach Storytimes (Daycares)

The theme for the month of May was Spring.  It was almost getting too late in the year for it, however, I had enough spring "things" sprinkled in that it didn't focus exclusively on the seasons changing.

Toddlers
3 of the following books, depending on age and interest

Kitten's Spring
by Eugenie Fernandes

Baby Loves Spring
by Karen Katz

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle

In the Garden
by Elizabeth Spurr; illustrated by Manelle Oliphant

Peek-a-Bloom
by Marie Torres Cimarusti; illustrated by Stephanie Petersen

Lola Plants a Garden
by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Itsy, Bitsy Spider

Plip-Plip-Plop
(tune: chorus of Jingle Bells)

Plip, plip, plop
Plip, plip, plop
Rainy, rainy days
Springtime showers water flowers
So they'll bloom in May
Plip, plip, plop
Plip, plip, plop
Rainy, rainy days
Springtime showers water flowers
So they'll bloom in May!

(I have the kids shake jingle bells during the song.  Then we use the bells to make our own "storm", soft and slow, to loud and fast, then back to soft and slow.)

There's Something in My Garden
A magnet board hide and seek

There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden
That I can't really see.
Hear its funny sound….
Ribbit-Ribbit-Ribbit
A frog is what I found!
Ribbit-Ribbit-Ribbit

Mouse (squeak-squeak-squeak)
Bird (tweet-tweet-tweet)
Bumblebee (buzz-buzz-buzz)

Rabbit (thump-thump-thump)


Preschool
3 of the following books (There is a wide range of how daycares define "preschool"!)


Spring Is Here!
by Will Hillenbrand

I Love Bugs
by Emma Dodd

Sleepyhead Bear
by Lisa Westberg Peters; illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle

We're Rabbits
by Lisa Westberg Peters; illustrated by Jeff Mack

Hello Springtime
(Magnet Board)
(tune: Good Night Ladies)

Hello springtime
Hello springtime
Hello springtime
We're glad you're here today!

Hello blue sky
Hello blue sky
Hello blue sky
We're glad you're here today!

Continue with additional springtime things you see outside:
Bunny
Raindrops
Sunshine
Rainbow
Flowers
Bluebird

There's a Ladybug in the Air
(each child got to hold/make fly a felt ladybug I had made)

There’s a ladybug in the air, in the air
There’s a ladybug in the air, in the air
There’s a ladybug in the air, she flies without a care
There’s a ladybug in the air, in the air.

There’s a ladybug in my hair, in my hair…
Try to catch her if you dare

There’s a ladybug on my toes, on my toes
She stopped there for a doze.

There’s a ladybug on my thumb, on my thumb
Chewing bubblegum

Chin
It makes me stop and grin

Chest
Time to take a rest!

Repeat 1st verse

Pre-K
2-3 of the following books

I Love Bugs
by Emma Dodd

One Duck Stuck
by Phyllis Root; illustrated by Jane Chapman

In the Rain with Baby Duck
by Amy Hest; illustrated by Jill Barton
My wonderful mentor, Mrs. B, taught me that you can sing Baby Duck's little songs to the tune of "Yankee Doodle"

The Very Lazy Ladybug
by Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle

999 Frogs Wake Up 
by Ken Kimura and Yasunari Murakami

Hello Springtime
(see above)

There's a Ladybug in the Air
(see above)

Ants' Picnic
magnet board

Four hungry ants marching in a line
They came upon a picnic where they could dine.
One marched into the salad, then he marched into the cake
He marched into the pepper, but that was a mistake
Aaah..Aaah...Choo!

Continue counting down 

Friday, May 13, 2016

It's Spring! Preschool Storytime

I finally got used to doing an "all ages" storytime and now I have been switched back to Preschool Storytime.  It was a lot of fun with a good size crowd!
Books

Spring is Here!
by Will Hillenbrand

What Does Bunny See?
by Linda Sue Park; illustrated by Maggie Smith

Magnet Board/Songs

Hello Springtime!
(magnet board)

Hello springtime
Hello springtime
Hello springtime
We're glad you're here today!

I give clues to children to guess what we will sing about next.  Such as "in the winter the ground is covered in white snow, but in the springtime there is now..."

Blue Sky
Green Grass
Sunshine
Raindrops
Rainbow
Bluebird
Butterfly
Bunny

Last verse: Springtime


I Can Walk on Two Feet

I can walk on two feet
On two feet, on two feet
I can walk on two feet
All day long.

Run
March
Tiptoe
Jump
Hop on 1 foot

Last verse: Walk

There's Something in My Garden
(magnet board)
There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden
That I can't really see.
Hear its funny sound….
Ribbit-Ribbit-Ribbit
A frog is what I found!
Ribbit-Ribbit-Ribbit

Mouse (squeak-squeak-squeak)
Bird (tweet-tweet-tweet)
Bumblebee (buzz-buzz-buzz)

Rabbit (thump-thump-thump)

Play and Learn

Five Flowers
Children draw five stems (adding leaves if desired), glue crumpled pieces of tissue paper on top for "flower"

Blocks
Puzzles
Giant Sandwich

Busy Bags
Whiteboards
Craft Stick Connectors
Colored Paper Clips