Category: story time plans

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
Make Some Noise Saturday Storytime 1.3.15

Make Some Noise Saturday Storytime 1.3.15

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 45
Miss Mouse was wearing her very pretty ribbon dress. She was still celebrating the New Year
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind party hats.
fingerplay: Clap, Clap Your Lap
Book 1: The Seals on the Bus by Lonny Hort
I was heckled. Instead of errping like a seal a first grader said over and over, “I’m too old for this. I’m too old for this.” It was true.  She was there because her little sister was there and her father was a sitting farther away not parenting either of them. As I was turning pages, I leaned in and suggested that maybe she should sit next to her dad.  It got better after that. 
Song: Humpty Dumpty by Old Town School of Folk Music, Wiggleworms
Prop story: Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern. Do you know this folk tale? Peter is tired of his house noises, so he consults a wise man who really confuses things.  I use puppets for the animals and instruments for the noise…the tea kettle noise=jingle bells.  Leaves on the roof=shaky eggs. bed creaked = tambourines. floor squeaked = clappers.  In the end it’s a cacophony of sound and everyone gets to participate.
song: Shake Your Sillies Out (Raffi the live version)
fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Book: If you’re happy and you know it by David Carter

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Flannel:Mona Mouse’s Party Dress
  • Book: Moo by David LaRohelle
Halloween Light Saturday Storytime 10.25.14

Halloween Light Saturday Storytime 10.25.14

Saturday Storytime: We have our official Halloween storytimes on Monday and Tuesday.  I gathered material they weren’t using those days and added some other non-Halloween things as well.
attendance: 55
Miss Mouse was wearing her SuperMouse outfit.
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Well, it was cats, but Miss Mouse doesn’t hide behind cats.  She left a note and was in her basket.
fingerplay:Hickory Dickory Dock
Book 1: Ten Orange Pumpkins by Steven Savage It was very fun tracking the cat!
Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies.  We Meow, Meow, Meowed like a cat.
Song: I’m a Little Teapot/Two Little Blackbirds by Wiggleworms
Book: In a Dark Dark Wood an old tale with a new twist by David Carter.
speaking of boo… Fingerplay:   See my big and scary eyes.
Song 2: Knuckles Knees by Jim Gill
Flannel: Kitty Face. This is a homegrown story based on Monkey Face.  Kitty draws a picture of her dad at school. Her pirate, vampire, witch, Wolfman, and Bat friends help her fix it. If you know me, you know I love Monkey Face. This was a great one. And everyone was mesmerized by it.  

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Book: What Am I? Halloween by Anne-Margaret Lewis. This was sort of easy, so I read the clues without showing the pictures.
Story Cards: Boo? Boo Who? Homemade.  Ghost shapes, can you guess who the ghost is?  The last card is the ghost of Miss Mouse.
Book: It wouldn’t be Saturday Storytime if we didn’t end with If you’re Happy and You know it by David Carter

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

National Pig Day Storytime 3.1.2014

National Pig Day Storytime 3.1.2014

Saturday Storytime

A toupee!
A toupee!

It turns out that this was my last story time for a few months. The library where I work is undergoing a renovation starting in April and the program room will be closed, renovated, or used for storage. I’m sort of glad I didn’t know it was my last storytime….I think I might have gotten emotional about it.  What makes it so serendipitous is that March 1 is National Pig Day and piggy storytimes are my favorite storytimes.  When I first started working here, I had a lot to learn.  My co-worker at the time really knew her storytime stuff and I modeled my programs after hers.  Piggy storytimes became my go to, when I needed to pull something together.

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Snowy Saturday Storytime with Miss Amanda

Snowy Saturday Storytime with Miss Amanda

Saturday Storytime 12.21.2013

For seven years I worked with a very talented young woman, Miss Amanda.  She’s amazing at storytime. Amanda got married and had a baby.  And chose to be a working mom. Until she didn’t and resigned from the library to be a stay at home mom.  Not one to waste her talent, she applied for a part time job at the Naperville Public Library, where they very wisely snapped her up.  She does storytime there.  Her kids are older now and her daughter asked her why she doesn’t do storytimes at their home library (the one I work at). She emailed me and asked if we would arrange for her to do a Saturday storytime. I, very wisely, said, “hey, let’s do one together!!”  I like to learn from the masters.

This is our storytime.  It was fun.  The process of putting it together was fun.  Watching how she’s grown in her craft was fun.  Doing it with her was fun. I don’t think we’ve lost our rhythm.
attendance: 44
Miss Mouse was wearing the Pigeon dress.

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Preschool visit: Snow! (and a bit of zoom too)

Preschool visit: Snow! (and a bit of zoom too)

Preschool Visit:  The local school district’s preschool came for a storytime visit today.  The preschool is open to anyone, but I believe it focuses on early intervention.  There were a few storytime faces in the crowd, but most of this group aren’t library users.  We just had our first snowfall of the year: 3 inches.  Enough to have some fun…..
attendance:  55 plus 7 teachers
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind snowflakes.

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Gingerbread Storytime 2013

Gingerbread Storytime 2013

For the last few years, the library where I work has been involved with the local downtown association’s Thanksgiving weekend celebrations.  It starts out with Gingerbread storytime at the library (that’s us), a parade down Main Street and Mrs. Claus on a firetruck (I think), a marching band, and ending with lighting the Christmas Tree.

This year we had 305 people attend Gingerbread storytime.  205 in the large meeting room and 100 in the program room.  There were four of us doing storytime; two in each room.   Like last year, we adapted old (and new) storytime favorites and gave them a gingery twist. (These stories are almost exclusively prop stories.)

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T is for turkey

T is for turkey

Early Storytime
attendance: 20
This storytime will look very similar to the one I did last Saturday.  Same storytime week.  I added one different thing…
Letter of the Day: T
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind the cranberries  Miss Mouse told a joke: What kind of key do you use at Thanksgiving? a tur-key
What is hiding in the sock? a turkey
fingerplay: Clap. Clap your Lap
Book 1: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes.  A sweet little book.
Fingerplay: Ram Sam Sam

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Thanks a Lot… Saturday Storytime

Thanks a Lot… Saturday Storytime

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 55
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Thanksgiving food.  She was behind he corn —  and they found Miss Mouse right away.  So we looked for the cheese, singing “The cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone. Hie Ho the Deerie Oh, the Cheese Stands alone.” Ultimately Cheesie was behind the Mashed Potatoes (duh).
Miss Mouse: told a football joke: Where do hungry football players play?  The Supper Bowl  
fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap.
Book 1: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes.  A sweet little book. 

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Early Literacy Elephant Ears

Early Literacy Elephant Ears

Early Storytime
attendance: 18

Letter of the Day: E
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Ears. She was behind Mickey Mouse Ears
What is hiding in the sock? an Elephant
fingerplay: Hickory Dickory Dock
Book 1: I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems.  I really do think this is the best Elephant and  Piggie  book out there. At least it’s my favorite. 
Fingerplay: An Elephant goes Like This and Like That
Flannel: An Elephant never Forgets
Book 2: Moo by David LaRochelle.  If you haven’t seen this book yet, Run, don’t walk to your library’s catalog.  It’s great!!

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