Thursday, February 11, 2016

Baby Love Storytime

I came across an adorable new book to share at my Baby Storytime!  It's fit the "theme" from the past several weeks about loving relationships.  This one is from the point of view of an older sibling.

Song/Rhymes/Bounces

Words for most of these can be found here

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Good Morning to You
Little Bear
Jingle Bells
Roly-Poly
Wheels on the Bus
(verses: wheels; babies--go bumpity bump; horn--goes beep, beep, beep (touch baby's nose on each "beep"); mommies--say "I love you!"; wheels)

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hey Diddle, Diddle
Toast

Tickle the Clouds
Read Aloud Book

I Love You Baby
by Giles Andreae; illustrated by Emma Dodd


Shared Reading

A variety of board books about loving baby including

I Love You More
by Sebastien Braun

You Are My Baby: Meadow
by Lorena Siminovich

Play and Learn
Now that tax season is here we have to hurry right out of the room so AARP Tax Aid can get in to set up.  It was kind of sad having everyone gone by 11:30!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Hugs and Kisses Storytime

Since I will not be doing storytime next week (Valentine's Day) I decided to do my "love" storytime a week early (actually this storytime is appropriate for any time of the year!)

Books

Hugless Douglas
by David Melling

No More Kissing!
by Emma Chichester Clark

Songs

H-E-A-R-T
(tune: Bingo)

There is a shape that I can make that shows that I love you
H-E-A-R-T
H-E-A-R-T
H-E-A-R-T
A heart shows that I love you!

In my experience I have found that children are more successful when letters are taken from the end of the word.  Give it try sometime!

There is a shape that I can make that shows that I love you
H-E-A-R-(clap)
H-E-A-R-(clap)
H-E-A-R-(clap)
A heart shows that I love you!

There is a shape that I can make that shows that I love you
H-E-A-(clap)-(clap)
H-E-A-(clap)-(clap)
H-E-A-(clap)-(clap)
A heart shows that I love you!

There is a shape that I can make that shows that I love you
H-E-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
H-E-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
H-E-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
A heart shows that I love you!

There is a shape that I can make that shows that I love you
H-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
H-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
H-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
A heart shows that I love you!

There is a shape that I can make that shows that I love you
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)-(clap)
A heart shows that I love you!

If You're Happy and You Know It

Clap your hands
Stomp your feet
Shout "Hooray!"
Do all three

Play and Learn

I did this storytime twice.  Once with a large group and the next with a smaller group.  I tailored my activities for each group.

Large Group

Beads on a pipe cleaner
To shape into a heart or make into a bracelet.

Small Group

Conversation Heart Sort and Count

Both Groups

Heart Matching
Play and Learn toys such as: Train, wooden beads, blocks

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Baby Storytime

This week's Baby Storytime really didn't have a "theme", which is OK!  We used the same set of board books for shared reading that we have for the past couple of weeks.

We had several new families today--it was a little rough getting started, but soon the babies and parents were engaged!

Songs/Rhymes/Bounces
Words for most of these can be found here

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Good Morning to You
Little Bear
Jingle Bells
Roly-Poly
Wheels on the Bus
(verses: wheels; babies--go bumpity bump; horn--goes beep, beep, beep (touch baby's nose on each "beep"); mommies--say "I love you!"; wheels)
Pease Porridge Hot
Toast
Parachute (If You're Happy and You Know It)

Read Aloud Book

Say Hello Like This
by Mary Murphy

Shared Reading

A variety of picture books including:

Dadda
by Jimmy Fallon

Sweet Child of Mine
by Caroline Jayne Church

Play and Learn

We ended storytime with the parachute.  It's interesting how one baby can set the mood for all the rest.  In the past the babies have loved shaking the parachute and crawling underneath.  Today, I had one baby who did not like the parachute and cried, even when his mother moved him to another part of the room.  Other babies became more "leery" of the parachute and only a few crawled under.  We'll give it a try another time!

I had two families (first time coming) come at the very end of play and learn so I extended the play part for another 10 minutes.

Shoes and Socks Storytime

I will be repeating this storytime with another group next month so hopefully I won't have such a huge group and I can do a few of the other things I had planned!

Books

Dog in Boots
by Greg Gormley; illustrated by Roberta Angaramo

Sally and the Purple Socks
by Lisze Bechtold

Songs/Rhymes

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
Jump
Stomp
Tiptoe
Hop on one foot

If You're Happy and You Know It

Play and Learn

Socks coloring sheet--color and decorate a pair of socks!
Blocks
Magnet sorting
Beads
Musical Instruments

Friday, January 29, 2016

January Book Club

Our January children's/teen lit book club...

Guardians of Childhood
by William Joyce and Laura Geringer

Phoebe and Her Unicorn
by Dana Simpson

Anybody But Ivy Pocket
by Caleb Krisp

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures
by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

Flora and Ulysses
by Kate DiCamillo

Carry On
by Rainbow Rowell

Conrad's Fate
by Diana Wynne Jones

Sunny Side Up
by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm
A kids graphic novel in the same vein as "Sisters"
Sunny had big plans for the summer with her best friend, until she is abruptly sent to stay with her grandfather, who lives in a retirement community in Florida.  Through flashback chapter we learn about a secret Sunny has been harboring that has been eating away at her.

Ash and Bramble
by Sarah Prineas

What if the Godmother in fairy tales was evil?
Can Pin unravel the mystery of the Godmother and Story so she can choose her own destiny?
A clean fractured fairy tale for teens.

The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation
by Daniel James Brown
An amazing story of perseverance, family, friendship, and trust.  
Although I haven't read the full version, I enjoyed the Young Reader's Adaptation.  I felt there were enough details to not only tell the story, but convey the emotions and feelings of Joe and other members of the rowing crew.

Echo
by Pam Munoz Ryan
Audio

This is one book that has been on my "to read" list most of 2015.  I had started it once, but for some reason or another I didn't get too far into it.  So on this attempt I decided to listen it--which was an excellent idea because the audio version is amazing!
Four stories intertwined around a very special harmonica--a harmonica that choose its owner and changes that person's life.  It's amazing how all the stories come full circle.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Night Out at the Library

I've been trying to work with an elementary that are just down the street from the library, but we really don't see many of the kids after school.  I thought if I offered a program geared completely to them it would bring in families and then hopefully they would use the library more.

I wanted to do it in the fall, but ran out of time between submitting the idea and the actual event date, then it was the holidays so I pushed it back to January.

I've been in contact with the principal since November planning the date and activity and she started having the announcement go out in the school newsletter.  The library made 400 flyers so each student was able to take one home. I planned for 150 students , plus family members for a total of 300.  I knew that was probably a bit high, but I certainly didn't want to run out of anything!

Here's what I had planned for the night:


The class with the most students attending will receive a prize!


Kids put their name into their teacher's "pocket"

Scavenger Hunt around the library to solve the riddle:  When is an apple like a library book?



Craft:  Cardboard Spinners


Legos (an flyers to promote the monthly Lego Club)


New Books!  I brought 20 more over from the main library, so we'd be sure to have a good selection!




Refreshments!  Friends of the Library bought cookies for the evening!


The program went from after school (3:30) until we closed (8 pm).  I didn't have any "Jr. Friends" to help, so I hoped I'd be able to bop from welcoming new families, to assisting in crafts, to reader's advisory.  I wasn't quite sure how it would work if we got a big influx all at once.

Unfortunately we had a very small turnout, but the ones who did come had a good time!  So it's back to the drawing board for new and improved ideas to get our neighbors into the library!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Baby Storytime--Parent and Baby Love (2)

Rhymes/Songs/Bounces
Words for most of them can be found here

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Good Morning to You
Little Bear
Jingle Bells (using the CD "Where is Thumbkin?)
Roly-Poly
Three Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Pat-a-Cake
Hey Diddle, Diddle
Jack and Jill
Toast
Scarf Song

Read Aloud


Mommy Mine
By Tim Warnes; illustrated by Jane Chapman

Shared Reading
A variety of board books depicting parent/child relationships including

Daddies and Their Babies
by Guido Van Genechten

I Kissed the Baby!
Mary Murphy

Play and Learn