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Preschool Expo

26 Jan

This is one of those program ideas that doesn’t work for all communities, but is really beneficial for ours.  Our library is situated in a suburban community of about 30,000 residents.  We have 20+ childcare and preschool options for families and for the past few years, we partner with our local Mom’s Club to present a Preschool Expo for one evening where we invite as many centers as possible to fit in our meeting room.  We also bring in other community resources to share their materials with families.

Families get the chance to ask questions, meet teachers and directors and see what makes each school special. They can also learn about the latest in seat belt and car seat safety, the programs offered by our Parks & Rec department and this year for the first time we offered babysitting.

Our middle school volunteers and our children’s librarian pulled out crayons and paper, books and toys and were available to babysit to allow parents to spend the time they need to interview the schools of their choice with out their  little ones pulling on them and getting bored.

We used to offer this program every other year, but we feel it’s a valuable resources and we’ve just started offering it every year.  With 100 people in attendance last night, I think it was a great educational resource for families and a great way to connect the Mom’s Club and the library together!

Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School

30 Aug

Back-to-SchoolSo for my back to school Top Ten list, I went with not-so-typical back to school books – mainly focusing more on being yourself, gaining self-confidence and not making snap decisions about how people look; rather than your typical first day of school nerves.  So, without further ado…

  1. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  2. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
  3. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
  4. One by Kathryn Otoshi
  5. Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  6. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  7. You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
  8. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  9. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  10. My Teacher is A Monster! No, I Am Not. by Peter Brown

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Family Storytime Theme: Fire-Breathing Dragons

10 Jun

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Opening: Hello” with sign language
Hello, friends. (x3)
It’s time to say hello.

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

Early Literacy Tip: “Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.” – Mem Fox’s 10 Read-Aloud Commandments

Book 1: There Was an Old Dragon by Penny Parker Klostermann

Transition: “Five Little Ducks”
Five little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck called with a
“Quack, quack, quack”
But only four little ducks came swimming back.

Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…
One little duck…

Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
The sad mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack.”
And the five little ducks came swimming back.

Wiggles:See the Little Bunny Sleeping
See the little bunnies sleeping
til it’s nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them
with a merry tune
Oh, how still.
Are they ill?
Wake up soon!
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hope, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hope, hop, hop

Book 2: Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen

Transition: “I Really Love to Dance” – Laurie Berkner Band, Buzz Buzz (with shaker eggs) 

Book 3: Who Wants a Dragon? by James Mayhew

Closing:Goodbye” with sign language
Goodbye, friends. (x3)
It’s time to say goodbye.

Blogging A to Z: Zoo

30 Apr

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Booklist:

  1. The Underpants Zoo by
  2. Zoo Ah-Choooo by Peter Mandel
  3. From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
  4. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  5. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
  6. Two At the Zoo by Danna Smith
  7. My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Micahel Hall
  8. A Sick Day for Amos McGhee by Philip C. Stead

Songs & Rhymes:

The Lions at the Zoo Go Roar, Roar, Roar
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar.
Roar, roar, roar.
Roar, roar, roar.
The lions at the zoo go roar, roar, roar.
All day long!

The snakes…go hiss, hiss, hiss.
The hyenas…go ha, ha, ha.
The monkeys…go eee, eee, eee.
The birds…go tweet, tweet, tweet.

Kangaroo
Jump, jump, jump (jump)
Goes the kangaroo. (jump)
I thought only one – (hold up one finger)
But now I see two! (hold up two fingers)
Mommy and her baby
With his head popping out (wiggle thumb from fist)
He holds on tight (hug self)
As they jump all about! (jump around)

Alice the Camel
Alice the Camel has 5 humps
Alice the Camel has 5 humps
Alice the Camel has 5 humps
So go, Alice, go!

Alice the camel has 4 humps…
Alice the camel has 3 humps…
Alice the camel has 2 humps…
Alice the camel has 1 hump…
So go, Alice, go!

Alice the camel has no humps…
Because Alice is a horse!

Goin’ to the Zoo
Mummy’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow, Zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow,
Mummy’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow
And we can stay all day.

Chorus: We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo
How about you, you, you?
You can come too, too, too
We’re going to the zoo, zoo, zoo.

Look at all the monkeys swinging in the trees,
Swinging in the trees, swinging in the trees,
Look at all the monkeys swinging in the trees,
We can stay all day.

(chorus)

Look at all the crocodiles swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water, swimming in the water,
Look at all the crocodiles swimming in the water
We can stay all day.

(chorus)

Yes, Mummy’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow,
Zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow,
Mummy’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow
And we can stay all day.

Blogging A to Z: Yoga

29 Apr

Letter Y

During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Booklist:

  1. Babar’s Yoga for Elephants by Laurent de Brunhoff
  2. The ABCs of Yoga for Kids by Teresa Anne Power
  3. You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo
  4. My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids by Baron Baptiste
  5. I Am Yoga by Susan Verde
  6. Little Yoga by Rebecca Whitford
  7. Stretch by Doreen Cronin
  8. Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story by Mariam Gates

Planning Resources:

Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help You Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger by Helen Garabedian

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your ChildGrow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better by Helen Garabedian

Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story by Sydney Solis

Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn

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