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Storytime: October 22, 2014

Another week of theme-less storytime!

Book: The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horáček

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Rhyme: Animals

Let’s hear you roar like a lion!
Let’s see you jump like a frog!
Let’s see you snap your jaws like a crocodile!
Let’s hear you howl like a dog!
Pretend you’re an elephant with a big, looooong, truck.
Pretend you’re a monkey. Let’s see you jump, jump, jump!
And now you’re a mouse. Just let me see
How very, very quiet you can be.
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Book: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

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Song: “Jump Up, Turn Around” by Jim Gill

Flannel: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

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Rhyme: “Monster, Monster”

Monster, monster, turn around.
Monster, monster, touch the ground.
Monster, monster, reach up high.
Monster, monster, squint your eyes.
Monster, monster, show your teeth.
Monster, monster, stamp your feet.
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Book: Who Is Driving? by Leo Timmers

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Storytime: October 15, 2014

Week 5 of a 6 week session of theme-less evening family storytime!

Book: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

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Song: If You’re a Kitty and You Know It

If you’re a kitty and you know it, lick your paws.
If you’re a kitty and you know it, lick your paws.
If you’re a kitty and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you’re a kitty and you know it, lick your paws.

show your claws
swish your tail
say “Meow!”
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Book: Turtle Island by Kevin Sherry

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Rhyme: Stretching

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.
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Flannel Story: The Singing Pumpkin

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Song: Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael- “Dance, Freeze, Melt” from Rockin’ Red

Book: Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

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Comics Count

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Over at my library’s blog, I posted about why comics count as reading. I listed the benefits of reading comics and gave a short booklist of some of my favorites. I’ve heard too many parents say that comics aren’t really reading yada yada yada, so I’m hoping this post might help convince them otherwise! Read the post here: Comics Count.

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Storytime: September 17, 2014

As I noted in my last storytime post, I’ve gone THEME-LESS this session. Instead, I’m doing any books and rhymes of my choosing. Here was week 2 of the 6 week session:

Book: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

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Song: “Octopus (Slippery Fish)” by Charlotte Diamond

Slippery fish, Slippery fish
Sliding through the water
Slippery fish, Slippery fish
Gulp, gulp, gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by an…
Octopus, Octopus
Squiggling in the water
Octopus, Octopus
Gulp, gulp, gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a…
Tuna fish, Tuna fish
Flashing through the water
Tuna fish, Tuna fish
Gulp, Gulp, Gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …
Great white shark, Great white shark
Lurking in the water
Great white shark, Great white shark
Gulp, gulp, gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a…
Humungous Whale, Humungous Whale
Spouting in the water
Humungous Whale, Humungous Whale
GULP, GULP, GULP!
PARDON ME!

Finger Puppets: Too Much Noise!

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Book: You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

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Rhyme: Stretching

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.
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Book: The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort

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Storytime: September 10, 2014

It’s taken me a while to get around to posting my storytimes so I’m going to play catch-up over the next few days! This fall, I’m back to doing my weekly evening family storytime. Participants sign up for a 6 week session. For the first time ever, I’ve decided to go theme-less (I’ll write a post about this eventually). Instead, I’m just doing any books or rhymes that suit my fancy. I’m using the same Hello and Goodbye songs that I’ve always used. This was my first storytime of the new session:

Rhyme: Hickety-Pickety Bumble Bee

Hickety-Pickety Bumble Bee
Won’t you say your name for me?
Miss Jenna
Let’s clap and say it.
Miss-Jen-na (clap with syllables)
Let’s say it loud!
Miss-Jen-na!
Let’s say it quiet.
Miss-Jen-na.

-Go around and do this will all the kid’s names

Book: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

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Rhyme: Stretching

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.
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Flannel: The Enormous Turnip

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Song: “The Freeze” from Kids in Motion by Greg & Steve

Book: Hug Machine by Scott Campell

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Song: Five green and speckled frogs

Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs – Yum, yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs.
(continue countdown)

Book: Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton

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Storytime: Books

During the summer, we have a weekly “picnic storytime” for all ages. The kids bring a picnic lunch to have during the storytime. The staff rotates who leads the storytime, and when it was my turn, I chose the theme “Books!” This storytime is different than my normal ones because I used a lot less movement since the kids would be sitting and eating.

Books:

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The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty
Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
I’m Not Reading! by Jonathan Allen

Folder Story:

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Lovely Ladybug. (This didn’t fit into my theme at all, but it was a great way to get participation from the kids without making them move)

Songs & Rhymes:

Both from the wonderful Jbrary!

Let’s Take a Look

Let’s take a look
at this book
Here is the cover
We open it wide
Here are the pages hidden inside
There are words and pictures
We look and we look
And when we are finished
We close up the book

The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
For your friends are my friends
and my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

The more we read together, together, together
the more we read together
the happier we’ll be.
Read big books and small books
Read short books and tall books
The more we read together
the happier we’ll be.

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Storytime: Cake

Books:

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The Cake That Mack Ate by Rose Robart
My Pop Pop and Me by Irene Smalls
Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor
Jake Baked the Cake by B.G. Hennessy
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff
It’s My Birthday by Helen Oxenbury

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Rhymes & Songs:

Rhyme: “Make a Wish”

Big birthday cake (make huge circle with arms)
Ice cream in a dish (cup hands)
Here are the candles (wiggle fingers on one hand)
Now make a wish! (blow and make fingers into a fist)
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Rhyme: “A Birthday”

Today is everyone’s birthday
Let’s make us a cake (form cake with hands)
Mix and stir, stir and mix (stir)
Then into the oven to bake (push hands out)
Here’s our cake so nice and round (make a circle)
We frost it pink and white (spread frosting)
We put five candles on it (hold up hand)
To make a birthday bright!
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Then repeat the rhyme twice with tiny cake (small motions) and large cake (big motions).

Song: “This is the way…”

This is the way we mix the batter, mix the batter, mix the batter
This is the way we mix the batter, when we bake a cake!
This is the way we spread the frosting, spread the frosting, spread the frosting
This is the way we spread the frosting, when we bake a cake!
This is the way we eat our piece, eat our piece, eat our piece
This is the way we eat our piece, when we bake a cake!
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Flannel:

Five Birthday Candles

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Storytime: Jungle

We have a weekly Saturday morning all-ages drop-in storytime. My co-workers and I rotate who leads it. Last time it was my turn, my theme was “Jungle!”

Books:

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From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Starry Safari by Linda Ashman
The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera
Oh, No! by Candace Fleming

Rhymes & Songs:

Five Little Monkeys
(done in sign language)

Five little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator,
“Can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Alligator
Jaws open wide
And snap!
Goes another monkey
Deep inside

If You’re a Lion and You Know It
(tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you’re an elephant and you know it, STOMP your feet
If you’re a monkey and you know it, JUMP up and down (ooh ooh aah aah)
If you’re a crocodile and you know it, SNAP your jaws (motion with arms)
If you’re a lion and you know it, give a ROAR!
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Greg and Steve’s “Kids in Motion”

Animals

Let’s hear you roar like a lion!
Let’s see you jump like a frog!
Let’s see you snap your jaws like a crocodile!
Let’s hear you howl like a dog!
Pretend you’re an elephant with a big, looooong, truck.
Pretend you’re a monkey. Let’s see you jump, jump, jump!
And now you’re a mouse. Just let me see
How very, very quiet you can be.
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Free Comic Book Day

It’s taken me a while to get to writing this post, but this year, for the first time, my library celebrated Free Comic Book Day! FCBD is an annual event held the first Saturday in May. Its largest group of participants are comic book shops, but libraries and schools are welcome to get involved, too. The purpose of FCBD is to hand out free comics to patrons.

Free? What comics? Well, it’s free for the patrons, but the shops or libraries have to purchase the comics from the publishers (very cheap though). The comics themselves aren’t just any comics. They are comics specially made by the publishers for FCBD. They serve as great introductions to series to hook new readers.

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For my library’s celebration, we partnered with a local comic book shop to obtain the comics. I selected 14 kids or all-ages titles to be ordered as we were hosting the day in the Youth Services Department. I had teen volunteers at the table with the comics to explain the event and help children and parents choose comics. I had a limitation of one comic per child, but we did have leftovers so next year we will probably allow 2 comics per child.

Our most popular comic was Hello Kitty.

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Other than the comics, I printed out coloring pages and other activity sheets from Marvel and DC for the kids to take home. I had tables of displays from our graphic novel collection, separated by genre/theme (ex. “As Seen on TV,” “Superheroes,” and “Realistic”). These displays were important because my rational for bringing FCBD to the library was to increase the readership of our graphic novel collection. I also had a trivia box with the chance to win prizes including FCBD t-shirts, an Adventure Time hat, an Ariol poster, or a Dinosaurs poster.

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Celebrating FCBD in the Youth Services Department of my library was a huge success, and I look forward to making it even bigger and better next year!

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Storytime: Pigs

This week’s evening family storytime was all about Pigs! As I was preparing for this storytime, I had trouble finding pig-themed songs/ rhymes that I liked. I prefer ones that involve the kids standing up and using their whole bodies. So, for the first time, I adapted classic songs to make them my own- not near as painful as I thought it’d be! Hence, “Little Piggy” and “Piggy Wiggly” were born, and they were great fun!

Book: Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello

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Song: Little Piggy
to the tune of “Wheels on the bus”

The little piggy’s feet go trot trot trot
trot trot trot
trot trot trot
The little piggy’s feet go trot trot trot
All around the farm

Snout- sniff
Tail- swish
Mouth- Oink!

Book: Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda

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Flannel: The Old Woman and Her Pig

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Book: Piggies by Audrey & Don Wood

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Song: Piggy Wiggly
to the tune of “Hokey pokey”

Put your right hooves in
Put your right hooves out
Put your right hooves in
And you shake them all about

You do the piggy wiggly
And you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!

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Book: Z-Z-Zoink! by Bernard Most

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