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
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
One of my co-workers created this. I think she intended it to be temporary. I found it on her desk and asked if I could do it for my Thanksgiving storytime as well.
The story: Momma Cat makes pie for her family. Everyone gets a piece with one left over.
Momma Mouse finds the pie and splits the remaining piece of pie amongst her brood. Everyone gets a piece.
Momma Ant finds enough crumbs for her family. Everyone gets a piece. All for Pie, Pie for All, indeed.
The premise is very simple. Miss Diane made a pie (she’s a pastry chef by training, so even her fake pie looks good.) Then she cut the pie up into pieces. The pie crumbs are taped on. I read the book and took the pie pieces off as the story dictated. Note: the book says Momma cat made an apple pie, this one is clearly a cherry pie.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all. Hope it’s filled with pie.
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 Pumpkinsby 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.
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 itby David Carter
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. …
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. …
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. …
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 …
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. …