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Nice Weather if You’re a Duck Storytime visit 4/20/2015

Nice Weather if You’re a Duck Storytime visit 4/20/2015

April means preschool visits.  Today I hosted three park district preschool classes.  As I left work on Saturday, I thought I knew what I was going to do. When I woke up this morning, it was raining and I thought, “nice weather if you’re a duck.” Thus was born this storytime.
attendance: 130 total
Miss Mouse was hiding behind umbrellas
Miss Mouse started quacking. I reminded her that ducks quack, mice say squeak.  She quacked again and I asked why.  She said it was fine weather for a duck.  We talked about that…I asked what everyone thought it meant and we agreed that ducks like water. And so when it rains, people will compare it to ducks.
fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap.
Book 1:  Do like a Duck does by Judy Hindley  I think this may be one of my favorite books to read aloud. It’s written in rhyme and it’s easy to read dramatically.
Fingerplay: A Duck  My niece taught me this. I think she learned it in Brownies.

[right arm as a wing, flapping] a duck, a duck a duck with a wing
[both arms flapping] a duck a duck a duck with two wings
[one leg pumping with both arms flapping] a duck a duck a duck with a foot
[both legs marching and both arms flapping] a duck a duck a duck with two feet
[add a pronounced bum] a duck a duck a duck with a tail
[add a duck beak] a duck a duck a duck with a quack quack quack

Book 2:  Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore.
Song:  Goldfish Song by Laurie Birkner
Flannel:  The Red Umbrella by Robert Bright
Book 3: after a good rain storm, let’s look for Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry.
Book 4:  If you’re Happy and you Know it by David Carter

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Flannel:  It looked like spilt milk
  • Flannel:  Round Robin by Kent
Weeding the Storytime Collection: an unconventional Flannel Friday

Weeding the Storytime Collection: an unconventional Flannel Friday

Our library is undergoing a renovation this year. It means collections are moving; new carpeting; new services. Sigh. It also means that we have to move stuff. Eventually, hopefully, everything in the library will be moved. And not for the sake of moving, but because we’re getting new carpeting (yay!) and suspending things in the air just hasn’t proven cost effective.

Also, visual clutter is a problem. If you’re a children’s librarian, you probably know visual clutter. Visual pollution comes to mind. And, if you’re a children’s librarian, you don’t even see your visual pollution. It’s just Daily Work and an essential part of our job. These materials are the tools of our trade. If the service we provide (storytime) is valued, then we need our stuff. It doesn’t always make sense to use a flannel once and throw it away. The whole notion is a) silly and b) wasteful.  It’s a waste of staff time and taxpayer money. So we keep it.

In our perfect world, we’d have doors on our story collection. But, it’s impractical. Opening and closing doors to closets is just a waste of time. We chose open shelves because it’s easier. and really, worrying about how it looks is just vanity.

However. This collection just keeps growing. Every once in a while, we’ll weed some books from our shelves. A few years ago, we weeded the the flannel boards. We reworked some too. But still, the files were crammed.

Enter, today’s staff meeting.

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Moo! by David LaRochelle

Moo! by David LaRochelle

moo cover Have you seen the book Moo by David LaRochelle (and the brilliant pictures by Mike Wohnoutka)?

It was published by Walker Books for Young Readers in 2013.  It is now my favorite story time book (tied with If You’re Happy and You Know it by David Carter).

The Story:  Cow is out in the pasture when he sees Farmer put a For Sale sign on a snazzy red convertible.  Cow decides to take the car for a stroll.  Things happen.

Why it works:  There are four words in this book: Moo. For Sale. Baa. The rest is context in conjunction with the pictures.

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Ouch.

Ouch.

This summer I had a two week storytime assignment. I was assigned a different day than I usually have, Tuesday. I tell you this, because I hope it has something to do with my story.

Last Tuesday I was excited about storytime. And by the time it ended, I thought it was a great session. We did the Cha-cha Slide. It was fun, I thought.

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Use My Sewing Machine

Don’t Let the Pigeon Use My Sewing Machine

We have the Pigeon app on the library’s iPads.  It’s an electronic madlib and I always finish the phrase “Don’t Let the Pigeon”  with “Use My Sewing Machine.”  It’s funny.  At least to me.

Have you noticed how busy that clever, fast talking pigeon has been?  He has his own fabric line.  A lot of children’s book illustrators have fabric made from their illustrations.  Most of it doesn’t appeal to me.  But the Pigeon fabric from Cloud9 Fabrics… pure love.  ♥  As soon as I saw it I knew that we’d have to make a dress for Miss Mouse.

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Q: What does Flannel Friday Mean to Me?

Q: What does Flannel Friday Mean to Me?

wffmtmrc smallA: Invisible Friends and Professional Development.

Let me explain.  In the summer of 2011, I was at the Iowa State Fair.  I had my phone out and I was checking my twitter feed.  Back then, Flannel Friday was mostly a community on Twitter.  It was a Friday and I wanted to check and see the different posts that were flying that week.  One of my friends said, “Oh, put your phone down and stop playing with your invisible friends.”  Little did he know.

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Getting ready for What Flannel Friday Means to Me!

Getting ready for What Flannel Friday Means to Me!

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Will you be participating in next week’s special Flannel Friday round-up?

It’s in preparation of the second anniversary of Flannel Friday (3.15.13). We’ll accept flannel posts in addition to posts that reflect the importance of Flannel Friday to your professional and online life.

  • If you don’t have a blog and want to share What Flannel Friday Means to Me (e.g. you), we have bloggers who are willing to guest host you. Let me know and I can set you up with someone.
  • If you have a blog and will be participating and would like a little blog bling (though not the sparkly kind), refer to the code on the right side of this blog.
Underwear Saturday Storytime

Underwear Saturday Storytime

Saturday Storytime September 1, 2012
attendance: 35
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Underwear…
Miss Mouse was wearing her pink chocolate dress and toting a magnifying glass. She wanted to tell everyone that Miss Mouse Mysteries have started. Find three clues and answer the question for a sticker!  Good times!
fingerplay: Clap, Clap, Your Lap.
Book 1: Bear in Underwear by Todd Doodler
Song:  Started what I thought was “Humpty Dumpty” by the Wiggleworms.  Oops, it was I’m a Little Teapot/2 Little Blackbirds.  Followed up by Humpty Dumpty.
Book 2:  Chicken Cheeks by Ian Michael Black.  Well, this is a fun book. Multi-syllabic synonyms for the business end of animals.  Perhaps my favorite: Duck-billed  platypus Gluteus Maximus.
fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Book 3:  The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach.  A fun look at the undies zoo animals might wear.
Song 2: Shake My Sillies out, the live version
Flannel: Dress the Pirate.  The dread pirate is in his underwear… let’s dress him!
Story cards: Underwear Do’s and Don’ts by Todd Parr.
Book 3: 
If You’re Happy and You Know it by David Carter

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Book: Silly Sally by Audrey Wood (big book)
  • Book: Mrs. Wishy Washy (big Book)