Sunday, January 22, 2017

Winter Baby Storytime

So excited to be with my babies after having a day off last Friday!


Hands are Clapping
Hello Song
Little Bear
When Cows Get Up in the Morning
Tiny Little Babies
Jingle Bells
The Wheels on the Bus
Pease Porridge Hot

Read Aloud Book

No Two Alike
by Keith Baker

Play and Learn

Parachute (recording of Jingle Bells)

Coloring--I covered a table with white butcher paper and collapsed the legs so it was laying on the floor.  Several children wandered back there to color, a few even walked or laid on it!  It was a fun new activity to try.  We will definitely do it again sometime!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Home Sweet Home Storytime

Another storytime I developed after reading a new picture book (Good Night Bat) that I really liked.  I actually found quite a few other "home" books.


Good Night Bat Good Morning Squirrel
by Paul Meisel 

Whose House?
by Barbara Seuling; illustrated by Kay Chorao


ABC Welcome Song

The Ants Go Marching

Hop, Hop, Stop!

Play and Learn
  • Color and cut matching game (animals and their homes) from KidzClub
  • Puppets
  • Blocks
  • Felt Button Chain
  • Tangrams
  • Pool Noodle Blocks
  • Sort plastic animals by where they live

Monday, January 9, 2017

Marble Mazes

I've started a new weekly program at my smaller library for families and elementary-aged kids.  I call it Thursday Things--meaning every Thursday we will have something going on at the library!  However, the "higher ups" made me assign a topic to each week AND they changed the name of it to "Thumbs-Up Thursdays" (which I really don't like!)  The goal is to have programs that will be very simple--meaning low prep and low cost.   Here's the weekly themes:

and the 5th in March--Building

So we started off with a super fun STEM activity--Marble Mazes.

Cardboard (boxes, tubes...)
Craft sticks (regular & Jumbo)
Paper plates
Colored paper
3 oz Dixie cups
Masking tape
Hot glue
And of course, Marbles.

(We could have probably used a box cutter, but the wanted the kids to the as much as possible on their own).

For our purposes I explained that we wanted the marble to get from one spot to another in an fun and interesting way.  I used the pictures of the completed project from these websites to help get them thinking. (FrugalFun4Boys, another one from FrugalFun4Boys, and BuggyAndBuddy).  I did NOT give them any "instructions".

We had five families (14 people) which is a good size for our small library.  The kids were super creative and very engaged.  They came up with some really fun designs.  One dad really get into the process too!

 Three girls played with this marble maze for about an hour--adding to it, decorating it, racing marbles...It was so fun to watch!

I'm so excited our first program in the series went so well!  I'm excited for the other activities we will be doing through April!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Baby Storytime--Winter

We're celebrating more winter in Baby Storytime!  We had a nice group today, now that the holidays are over.

I forgot my notebook at my desk; so we just winged it.  I know we've been doing the same songs for a while because I remembered most of them! :)

Hands are Clapping
Hello Song
Little Bear
When Cows Get Up in the Morning
Where is Thumpkin? *new*
Jingle Bells
One Bright Scarf

Read Aloud Book

Into the Snow
by Sharon Phillips Denslow; illustrated by Nancy Tafuri

Shared Reading

A variety of board books featuring winter and/or snow including...

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Baby Loves Winter
by Karen Katz

Play and Learn
It's been a while since I pulled out the tunnel.  Several were "brave enough" to go through!

One of my babies that has been coming since he was 3 or 4 months old is now WALKING!!  That is always so exciting; but sad too because it won't be long until he moves up to toddlers!

Snow Storytime

It has been very cold and snowy SNOW was a perfect theme for today!


The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats

Winter is for Snow
by Robert Neubecker


Five Little Snowmen (flannel)

5 little snowmen standing in a row
Each with a hat and a big red bow!
Out came the sun and shone one day
And 1 little snowman melted away.

Continue counting down to zero

Jingle Bells

Five Little Snowmen

5 little snowmen playing on the sled
One fell off and bumped his head
Frosty called the doctor and the doctor said, 
"No more snowmen playing on the sled!"

Continue counting down to zero

Play and Learn

Open Ended Snow Art
white paper circles in a variety of sizes, white paper squares in a variety of sizes, blue & black full sheets of paper, white chalk, white construction paper crayons, scissors, glue

The children cut out snowflakes, made a snowman, made a blizzard (cutting lots of paper into tiny pieces!), and enjoyed using white chalk on dark paper.  I was very pleased with how this worked out; children were very creative and engaged!

Alphabet Magnets

Wooden Beads



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Gingerbread Houses

We were so excited to host another school-age program before Christmas...A Gingerbread House Build!  We had 60 people attend!  Kids of all ages (3-adult) had fun creating gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, icing, and goodies (pretzels, mini-marshmallows, gumdrops, Fruit Loops and mini candy canes).  If I were doing the program myself I would have made up cups that were a "variety" because kids would only take two cups.

Check out these awesome creations!

Art at the Library

I have connected with the STEAM magnet school in the district to have art work displayed every 6 weeks or so.  Here are the first two displays for November-January.

2nd Grade Water Colors
Spider Webs

4th Grade Mixed Media
Picasso Instruments