Thursday, June 14, 2018

Music and Movement - Welcome

Music and Movement is a nine week group of preschool storytimes that last from 35-45 minutes with an emphasis and keeping the kids extra active.  There is no craft at the end.  Ideally each class will use two hand outs such as shakers, scarves, drums, bells, ribbon wands and rhythm sticks. 

Opening 

I know a New Way to Say Hello by Big Jeff for Exercise Party 


I know a new way to say hello
Say hello say hello
I know a new way to say hello
All you do is wiggle your ears

Stomp your feet 

Move your hips

But I still like the old way to say hello
Say hello say hello
All you do is wave your hands

Books 
Dance With A
nimals :Shake Your Tail and Stomp Your Feet by Susan Kelly

Like a Windy Day by Devin Asch  - read in with scarves and have the children act out the motions 
Tap to Play by Salina Yoon

Songs
Windy Day by Carole Peterson for HUM Highly Usable Music
What A
re You Wearing by Carole Peterson for Baloney
Hula Mula for Exercise Party + egg shakers
Milkshake for Songs for Wiggle Worms+ eggs shakers

Tube Cube

Song
Stand Up Sit Down Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
now stand up again, and turn around
you can keep standing up, but not for long
cause this is the stand up, sit down,
stand up, sit down song

stand up if you're ___ years old
and sit back down again

stand up if you're ___ years old

and sit back down with your friends
(repeat until I get everyone)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Happy Trails - Moving on From the Library

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I have been immersed in the library world since I worked as a library aide in high school. After working in public libraries for 17 years I have decided to completely change my career.  In three months, because I couldn't in good conscience leave before Summer Reading, I will starting school to be a License Massage Therapist. I know being an LMT couldn't be further from my current profession.  Ironically it is a career path I looked into when I was unemployed a few years ago.  I dismissed the idea because how could I turn my back on my masters degree and all my years of experience.  It felt like I was admitting I made a mistake in being a librarian.  I decided to follow massage as a career because I think it will contribute to my own mental health as well as the mental and physical health of my clients.   I still desire to help people and make them feel better; but I cannot keep up with the needs of the library world anymore. 

Happy trails to all the colleagues and patrons I have met along the way.  

Laura


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Fundraiser


Update 3/7/18 - Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, I have raised 2,395$ with your support.

Howdy

I always joke about shaving my head but now I am finally going through with it. Yup, March 23rd, 2018 I’m shaving my head with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money and fund cures for kids with cancer. Join me in raising awareness and money for childhood cancer research.

Every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer – that’s 300,000 kids every year. St. Baldrick’s exists to find cures for these brave kids. By raising money and shaving my head, we are helping to fund the most-promising childhood cancer research in the world.


My hair will be donated to Wigs for Kids. Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due  medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

Please help support this cause and my efforts to educate about childhood cancer with your donation to St. Baldrick's today. 


Laura

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Preschool Storytime - Bathtime

Opening
The More We Get Together (And Read Together): Storytime Welcome Song by Jbrary

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together
The happier we'll be
For your friends are my friends
and my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we'll be


The more we read together, together, together
the more we read together
the happier we'll be.
Read big books and small books
Read short books and tall books
The more we read together
the happier we'll be.


Books
Animal Baths by Bob Barner
Get Out of My Bath by Britta Techentrup
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mardi Gras - School Age Program

Howdy
Our Mardi Gras Program was for kids 5+ and we hosted this program at night.  Next time I think we'd consider an after school event as the turnout was low.  During any of the craft time we played the cd Jazz for Kids; Sing, Clap, Wiggle and Shake.  

Book - 
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

Felt - Princess and the Pea and the Pancake
Using the story The Princess and the Pea by Harriet Ziefert, I rewrote the story so that the pea is hidden under 10 pancakes, 10 splashes of maple syrup and 10 pats of butter.  I cut the shapes for each ingredient.  I passed all the shapes out randomly and then had the kids add them to a plate I brought so we could see how high the stack got. I will include the rewritten script at the bottom of the post. 

Craft - Make jester hats using the templates at the link below. You will need construction paper in three colors , scissors, glue and a stapler or tape.