Storytime season is restarting so I’m going to share some of my storytimes. This session I’m doing the 3rd - 5th grade programming every other Thursday and I’m sharing the Friday Family with two other people so these won’t be regular but they’ll be fun!
Song: Glad to See You by Peter Allard from Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol 2
This is my regular hello song. Love it!
Book: Where’s my Teddy? by Jez Alborough
Who doesn’t love this book?
Song: Put your Finger On by Parachute Express from Feel the Music
We have a new librarian who was watching my storytime today and she mentioned that this song was in her head so I had to do it.
Flannel: Let’s Play In the Forest based on the book by Claudia Rueda
A coworker made this flannel ages past. It’s a big posterboard Wolf and you put the clothes on him as he says he’s putting them on. I love putting them in the wrong places and waiting for the kids to help me put the songs on the feet or whatever.
Book: The Woods by Paul Hoppe
I didn’t mean to have two books about little white boys going into the woods to find their stuffed animals in this storytime - I had too many owl books so I was replacing a few and ended up with no owl books and a different theme! Ooops!
Song: Boots! by Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner
Oh em gee - this is one of my favorite storytime songs. I usually talk the letters through with the kids beforehand:
“Who here knows how to spell Boots? Awesome! Let’s figure it out! It begins with a buh - buh - buh sound … YES! B! And the oooooo comes from two vowels put together, so it’s a tricky one. ooooooo… Y’all are so good! O - O! And Tuh, Tuh, Tuh - T! Great! And it ends with a snake’s sssssss. S! So put it all together and it’s (here I usually put the letters up on the flannel board) B - O - O - T - s!”
Book: Who Hoots? by Katie Davis
I had originally planned on going Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal but I had 5 minutes left in my storytime which is not enough time for a whole song plus a goodbye song so I grabbed my trusty fill-in book. A fill-in book is one of those books with no story just good stuff (grab Who Hoots if that makes no sense and you’ll see!) that you don’t have to read the whole book for. I always have one of these during storytime (other favorites are the Do [BLANKS] Have [BLANK] books by Melanie Watts or Patricia Hubbel’s transportation series (Trains! Steaming! Pulling! Huffing!)
My standard goodbye. When she sings “Goodbye to all the wiggle worms” I always shout “Who here’s a Wiggle Worm?” and we all wiggle. It’s the best.
Cover for Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, sequel to Seraphina.
Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.
As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
On sale March 10th, 2015.
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Do any of y’all’s libraries do something different with your Summer Reading Program (like - other than “read this many books/minutes and get a prize) like Nashville or Downer’s Grove? I would love love LOVE to hear about it. One summer reading ends and we start planning the next one right away, eh?
You know those basic lessons we try to teach to our littlest patrons? The ones we hope will foster empathy, growth, thoughtfulness in them? The ones we hope will make them better people as they grow? They can – and should – apply to us too. It can be a much easier first step if you’ll just think of it along those lines.
Stop. Consider. Listen. BELIEVE. Change.
from We Can Do Better: Continuing the Conversation on Anti-Racism by Angie Manfredi
Your must-read post. Whether you’re a librarian or not, this is about being a better person and understanding another person’s lived experience.(via catagator)
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So we do this storytime here on the Riverwalk that is huge. We regularly get 6-800 people at it. It’s more like a revival than a storytime? A book revival! I’m organizing my props for King Bingood’s in the Bathtub and suddenly I’m wildly nervous. So. I’m focusing on how cute my masquerade masks are! TONIGHT WE DANCE IN THE TUB!
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A book of good sports websites from 1999 that I am soooo weeding. What’s the over/under on how many of these websites still exist?
I love paracord. So when I was trying to think up maker programs that can be done inexpensively in only 45 minutes for our maker club at work (I work as a children’s librarian) I naturally got to thinking about paracord.
The kids ended up all making an emergency paracord bracelet to take home, but in order to make it “maker” I started with an exercise to show them how paracord works and how different knots should be used for different situations. For further information of the connection between knots and physics, check out this paper by Sir Michael Atiyah.
I was pleasantly surprised with how well this turned out as a program. The kids got really into it, debating which knot they thought would work best, and coming up with testing methods on their own, such as tug-of-war to test the knot’s strength. Definitely maker!
I love this
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My 3rd - 5th graders are about to learn what a stick bomb is and it’s going to be great.
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HAPPY STAR WARS READS DAY, Y’ALL!
WE ARE HAVING SO MUCH FUN! So when you first come into the children’s department you see our craft. You can cut out Princess Leia’s buns or Yoda’s ears and stick ‘em to a headband to wear proudly.
Over in the Early Literacy center we’ve set up a book display of Star Wars books (it is Star Wars reads day, afterall) (EEEE! As I type this there is a little boy sitting there reading a Star Wars book! SUCCESS!)
Our photobooth is off the hook! Well, not exactly, but I quite like it. I’ve made a backdrop of stars (and declared that this is what the sky looks like over Tattoine if you’re at the south pole on midsummer’s night), we’ve put out our lightsabers, and my awesome coworker has lent us her Star Wars masks (from this etsy shop).
We also have a “vote for your favorite Star Wars character” spot where you can put a pom pom in a parmesan cheese tube and at the end of the day it should be obvious who is the best (hint: Not Vader).
So far the quote of the day is, “Quick! I need a picture of her buns!” (A small child was making herself Princess Leia’s buns craft but she didn’t know why so we needed to show her what Princess Leia’s buns look like.
Passive programming is my favorite. It doesn’t take much time, and it makes a lot of kids happy. We’ve been open half an hour alnd already 9 kids have been enjoying it.
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Today’s Waiting on Wednesday is another gem I noticed while ordering books. There Are No Animals In This Book, Only Feelings by Chani Sanchez, Jeff Koonz, et all. Random House says (of this book):
Masterworks of contemporary art teach kids about feelings and how they can be expressed in art.
The bold work of contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, and Alex Katz is totally accessible to small children, and in this gorgeous, ground-breaking picture book, these works of art speak to children about emotions.
Children will recognize love, surprise, hurt, and other powerful feelings in these images, which accompany a fun-to-read aloud narrative with a silly twist at the end that is sure to delight younger readers.
Parents can enjoy the art as well as the opportunity to engage their children in a light-hearted discussion of feelings and how they affect ”the beginnings of emotional intelligence.”
Sounds absolutely awesome, yes?
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