Wednesday, July 16, 2014


“There was a farmer who had a dog and Bingo was his name-o.”  As a child I hated singing that song because I could never remember which letters to say or when to clap or how many times to clap.  It was never a fun song for me, instead it caused me stress!  I have learned/developed four “tricks” that has made this song fun to sing with preschool children!

1. Think beyond just Bingo the dog!  What other words have five letters you can sing about?  I have sung about teddy, donuts, hippo, daddy, heart, green, and rainy using the tune to Bingo.  Some of the songs I found online and others I made up myself.

2.  Display the letters of the word.  This is a perfect time to discuss the importance of letter recognition with the parents and caregivers!  I like to put the letter on one side of a card—you can write it out, print it out, or use die cut letters.  Point to each letter as you sing.  I also review the letters before we sing the next verse.

3.  On the other side of the letter card glue a picture of hands clapping.  When we “take away” a letter and replace it with a clap we just turn the card over.  Now the children can visually see the letters to sing and the number of times to clap.  You can use magnets or strings to hang the letter/clap cards.

4. Sing the song “backwards”.  I saw this on a storytime blog and decided to try it—and it has worked extremely well.  Take the letters away from the back first.  Having the claps come at the end instead of the beginning helps the children sing the letters and then clap the correct number of times.  So the second verse of R-A-I-N-Y  goes like this:
There is a day when I get wet
And rainy is the weather
And rainy is the weather!

Link to Teddy
Link to Heart

Friday, June 20, 2014


I have accepted a position as a Librarian on the Developing Young Learners team at the Spokane County Library District.  I will continue to post my ideas for children's programming and storytimes, but it will be several more weeks, as I am currently going through training at my new position.

I am excited to be able to present a weekly Baby Lapsit beginning in the fall and later this summer I will begin an "all ages" storytime three times a month.

Being a member of a large team as well as a large library district will take some adjusting!  My library experiences have only been with a single library within a city and being on a team of two!  But I am excited for this new opportunity for growth in my professional development!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fizz, Boom, Read!

Summer Reading is here again!!  

And we are going to have a great time with our science theme this year!!

This year we tried something new--having a week of pre-registration for the reading club--instead of signing up on the first day of the program.  Children can start recording their days on Tuesday--our first day of the Summer Reading Program.  Our program runs from Tuesday, May 27 through Friday, July 11th.  All of our programs are free and open to the public.  Some events do require pre-registration.

Some of our programs will include:
  • Kickoff event with Wildlife Encounters
  • Park and Read at Washington Park every Monday at noon
  • Legos @ your library every Tuesday from 10-11 AM
  • Mad Scientist University (for students entering 1st - 6th grades)  Four Tuesday afternoon sessions in June
  • Baby & Me Storytime every Wednesday and Thursday at 9:15 AM
  • Power Up and Read Storytime every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 AM
  • Song and S'mores
  • Stories and S'mores
  • Evening storytimes
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • And a Storytime Play Day!!

Visit our library's website for more details!!

We will also continue our reading program--with small prizes as reading incentives.  (Read more about our reading program here). We have a special early literacy program for children birth through prekindergarten...

and our regular reading program for children going into kindergarten through 6th grade.

Hop, Hop, Horray!

It's Frog Jumping Day!  (May 13th!)  So most of the month of May we focused on FROGS at our Do It Yourself Table!

Here are the five activities children could when they visited the library...

Create a jumping frog craft (from  I fell in love with these adorable frogs!!

Play the Frog Food File Folder Game (from File Folder Fun)

Do a frog crossword puzzle (from

Put the life cycle of a frog in order (from

Color a frog picture (from

Monday, May 5, 2014

R is for Rabbits

Outreach Storytime for Welcome School and Kindercare


What Noise does a Rabbit Make?  by Carrie Weston; illustrated by Richard Byrne

Tiny Rabbit's Big Wish  by Margarita Engle; illustrated by David Walked

Dinnertime!  by Sue Williams; illustrated by Kerry Argent


5 Little Bunnies  (words by Tammy Henry)
Sung to: 5 Little Ducks

5 little rabbits went out to play
Over the hills and far away
When Mother rabbit went thump, thump, thump

4 little rabbits came back; jump, jump!

[Continue counting down to zero]

1 little rabbit went out to play
Over the hills and far away
When Mother rabbit went thump, thump, thump
No little rabbits came back; jump, jump!

But when the Daddy rabbit went "THUMP! THUMP! THUMP!"
5 little rabbits came back; jump, jump!

Have you ever seen a bunny?
Sung to: Have you ever seen a lassie?

Have you ever seen a bunny, a bunny, a bunny
Have you ever seen a bunny that hops like this?
It hops, and hops, and hops, and hops
Have you ever seen a bunny that hops like this?

Additional verses:

Have you ever seen a bunny that hops so slow

Have you ever seen a bunny that hops so fast

Have you ever seen a bunny that hops on one foot

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

B is for Bunnies!

Who can resist soft, cuddly bunnies in the spring?  I sure can't!

Toddler Storytime presented on Thursday, May 1

Opening Song
Note to Parents and Caregivers:  Children develop motor skills as they perform actions during songs. If they cannot do it on their own, help your child do the actions in the song. You can take your child's hands and help them do an action, however, if your child resists this or doesn't enjoy it, do the actions yourself and let your child participate in their own way.

Hands Are Clapping
(Tune: London Bridges)

Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping!

Toes are tapping… Tap, tap, tap
Fingers are wiggling… wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
Eyes are hiding… peekaboo!

My rabbit has two big ears and a funny little nose.
She likes to nibble carrots, and she hops wherever she goes.

Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson; illustrated by John Butler

Hop Little Rabbit
(Tune: Skip to My Lou)

Hop little rabbit, hop, hop,hop
Hop little rabbit, don't you stop
Hop little rabbit, one, two, three
Hop little rabbit, hop to me!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Note to Parents and Caregivers:  Notice that language slows down when we sing...especially in this quieting song. Children find comfort in singing familiar songs over and over again.

Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
This is a great book to read together one on one with your child as they will be able to look for and talk about many details in the illustrations.

Goodbye song
Note to Parents and Caregivers:  Clapping along to the rhythm in songs helps children hear the syllables in words.

This is the way we say good-bye
(Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wave goodbye, wave goodbye, wave goodbye
This is the way we wave goodbye – goodbye, goodbye, goodbye!

This is the way we clap goodbye...

Repeat wave

Activities with pom poms
Note to Parents and Caregivers: Developing fine motor skills, such as grabbing, grasping, and pinching, will aid in hand-eye coordination and strengthens muscles in fingers that are necessary for writing. Playing with pom-poms is a fun way for children to practice these skills. Watch your child closely as they play with pom-poms--or better yet, play with them!

Here are some ideas of ways to play with pom-poms!

1. Put lots of different color and size pom-poms in a large bowl or bin.  Offer spoons, measuring cups, ice cube tray, smaller containers, etc. and allow you child to to explorer and play.  Idea Link 

2. Pull out several color matching pom-poms sets.  Hold up a pom-pom and talk with your child about the color, then ask them to find one that looks the same.  As children get older you can use more color sets.  

3. Encourage your child to sort pom poms into groups by color.  A fun way to sort is to place a colored circle in the bottom of a cupcake tin and have the child place pom poms with the same color in that cup.  Idea Link

4. Tape a paper towel tube on the wall and show your child they can drop a pom pom down the tube.  Children are fascinated with this activity!  Idea Link  

5. Use a clean, recyclable plastic container with a lid (such as a Cool Whip container) and cut holes in the lid.  Put the lid on the container and show your child how they can put a pom pom on the hole and push it through!  Idea Link

Monday, April 28, 2014

Keep a Poem in Your Pocket

April has been National Poetry Day!  We celebrated this month at our Do It Yourself Table!  And April 24th was "Keep a Poem in Your Pocket" Day.  It was a little challenging to come up with a craft to go with poetry...but a kangaroo has a pocket to carry a poem in.  So a kangaroo became our "mascot" for poetry month!

Here's our kangaroo craft--with short (4 line poems) to put into its pocket!  (Idea adapted from this site)

Children were also invited to make up their own poems by cutting out words from old magazines and gluing them onto a paper.

 We also had a kangaroo maze and a kangaroo coloring page.