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!

Words for most of these can be found here

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Good Morning to You
Little Bear
Jingle Bells
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
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:

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!


Dog in Boots
by Greg Gormley; illustrated by Roberta Angaramo

Sally and the Purple Socks
by Lisze Bechtold


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:
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!
Magnet sorting
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.

by Pam Munoz Ryan

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)

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?)
Three Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Hey Diddle, Diddle
Jack and Jill
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

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Bathtime Storytime

I was able to present a bathtime storytime time at two libraries!  The first time we had to do the storytime in the children's area because we were getting new carpet in our meeting room (Hallelujah!)  But because we were in the children's area we had just a few, simple play and learn activities.


Who Needs a Bath?
by Jeff Mack

Who's in the Tub?
by Sylvie Jones; illustrated by Pascale Constantin
Image result for who's in the tub

Get Out 0f My Bath!
by Britta Teckentrup

Flannel Board/Song

Five Little Piggies
Five little piggies rolled in the mud
Oh, my goodness! They need a scrub!
The farmer took one piggy out
"Oink, oink, oink!" that pig did shout.

The other side of the pig is "clean" so I turn a dirty pig over and place it on the flannel board "clean".  Before moving to the next verse I always have the kids count the number of clean pigs and the number of dirty pigs.  I try to "sneak in" math terms.

Four little piggies rolled in the mud
Oh, my goodness! They need a scrub!
The farmer took one piggy out
"Oink, oink, oink!" that pig did shout.

Continue until none are left

No little piggies rolled in the mud
They look so nice after their scrub
The farmer turned his back...and then....
Five little pigs rolled in the mud again!

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Slow Motion
Super Speed!

Play and Learn

Storytime in the children's area
Lacing Cards
Dinosaurs Sort

Regular Play and Learn
Water Play! (with duckies)
Button Sort

Every once in a while I will stumble upon a CD that actually goes with the theme.  I did this morning when I pulled out Raffi's Everything Grows with the first track being "Bathtime"!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Animals in Winter Storytime

This is one of my favorite storytimes to do in the winter!  I will probably do this same theme for my outreach storytimes this month


Quiet Bunny and Noisy Puppy
by Lisa McCue

Don't Wake Up the Bear!
by Marjorie Dennis Murray; illustrated by Patricia Wittman


ABC Welcome Song

Are You Sleeping?
We used the animals from Quiet Bunny and Noisy Puppy:  bear, frog, birds, puppy, and bunny!

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Little bear,  Little bear?
Wake up little bear!
Wake up little bear!
Grrr, Grrr, Grrr!
Grrr, Grrr, Grrr!

Bird--fly (or flap)

Sit Down Song
Hop, hop, STOP!
Hop, hop, STOP!
Run a little, run a little
Sit down, PLOP!

Play and Learn


Crazy Straw Busy Bag

Wooden Beads


Animals in Winter coloring sheet from Scholastic

Baby Storytime--Baby and Parent Love

First baby storytime since December 18th!  It was great to see the babies and their moms today!  Although it was a fairly small group, with four returning families and one new, it was a lot of fun!

Words to most of the songs can be found here

Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Good Morning to You!
Little Bear
Jingle Bells
When Cows Get Up in the Morning
Hey Diddle, Diddle
If You're Happy and You Know It
Tickle the Clouds

Read Aloud Book

Daddy Hug
by Tim Warner; illustrated by Jane Chapman

Shared Readings

A variety of board books depicting parent/child relationship including

You and Me, Baby
by Lynn Reiser and Penny Gentieu

Hug You, Kiss You, Love You
by Joyce Wan

Play and Learn