Category: saturday story time

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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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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Of Monkeys and Trees and Saturday Storytime Things

Of Monkeys and Trees and Saturday Storytime Things

Saturday Storytime 8.3.13
attendance: 44
Miss Mouse was wearing her pigeon dress
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind monkeys. They found her right away so we needed to look for the cheese. Instead of yelling Miss Mouse, Miss Mouse! come out come out come out… We sang “the cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone, Hie Ho the deerie oh, the cheese stands alone.”  Until we finally found it.
fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap.
Book 1:Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard One of my favorite titles
Song: Humpty Dumpty by Wiggleworms 
Book:  It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle. A newer title with just the right bit of scariness.  
Fingerplay:  Roll Roll Sugar Babies.  

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Summer Time Vacation Time Saturday Storytime

Summer Time Vacation Time Saturday Storytime

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 63
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind picnic items: She was behind the basket
Miss Mouse was wearing a picnic dress. She had a basket filled with good things: cupcake, croissant, cheese (of course), and a carton of orange juice.
fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap.
Book 1: It’s Vacation Time by by Lerryn Korda.  Delightful.
Song: Ants in your Pants by Johnette Downing.  I’d never heard of Johnette Downing until yesterday’s Flannel Friday roundup. And then this morning I notice Ants in Your Pants song on the iPod, just before story time.  I loved it.  We were having  a grand time shaking the shrew from our shoe, and swarms on our arms when CRASH a kid hits the ground crying.  No mom.  Someone offered to get another librarian.  I stopped the music and went straight to …

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Mother’s Day Saturday Story Time

Mother’s Day Saturday Story Time

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 32 It was a very young story time — I would say the average ages for 2-1/2 years old.  Kinda young …. and it turns out the group participation ascpect of my plans sort of sunk to the ground….
Miss Mouse was wearing her cardigan sweater and boa. We talked about Mother’s Day
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind the blue flower
fingerplay: hickory dickory dock
Book 1: Over in the Meadow by Paul Galdone.  I’ve never done this book in story time and I think I picked the wrong Saturday to do it. This group was too young and they just didn’t feel the rhymes and pattern.  I love the pictures!
Song: I’m a Little Teapot by Wiggleworms 

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Moos, Baas, and La-la-las: Saturday Storytime

Moos, Baas, and La-la-las: Saturday Storytime

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 33
Miss Mouse was wearing missing. Went to visit her friend groundhog. Sent a postcard
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind farm animals. She was hiding behind the goat
fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap.
Prop Song: Interrupted Groundhog in which I didn’t have the bear or the second page of the script. I was winging it.
Song:Knuckles Knees
Fingerplay:Roll Roll Sugar Babies. We clucked our way through it like ducklings.
(a new storytime feature) iPad app: Moo Baa La La La I’ve been wanting to do this in story time for a very long time…. we finally bought an AppleTv. It was a lot of fun. I’ve been doing story time long enough to remember we used to do filmstrips (though I never did)… this was an interactive version of a long held story time tradition
fingerplay: A-Ram Sam Sam A girl — maybe 8 0r 9 — came in today and told me she used to come to story time and do A-Ram Sam Sam and that she taught it to her younger sister. I thanked her for reminding me. It’s like riding a bike, once you A-Ram Sam Sam you don’t forget.
Book: Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
Song Medley: I’m a Little Teapot/Two Little Blackbirds/Humpty Dumpty by the Wiggleworms
Book: If You’re Happy and You Know It.

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Book: The Little Red Hen
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)