Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Preschool Storytime - July 4th Reboot

See my first July 4th Storytime for Preschool. 

Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed by Carole Peterson HUM

Hello to your toes yes indeed yes indeed yes indeed
Hello to your toes yes indeed my darling
Knees – shoulders - friends

Fourth of July Mice by Bethany Roberts
Biscuits's Picnic by Alyssa Capucilli

Can't Wait to Celebrate by Jim Gill from Jim Gill's Irrational Anthem

Folder Story
I used the Grand Old Flag folder story that made back in December to teach patterns to a different group. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Teen Black Butler Picnic

Last fall I read this great idea for a Black Butler High Tea. Sarah Stumpf Teen Librarian, posted in Teen Services Underground about her program. Her group had hot tea with biscuits.  For my Black Butler Picnic I served iced tea, cookies and orange sherbet.  In addition to Sarah's  inspiration for the program she also provided  templates  for Sebastian's  tattoo and a Black Butler Trivia Power Point. To find both files simply join Teen Services Underground and search for Black Butler. Or under the files listing at the top of the page you will find files downloadable for Black Butler Tattoo step by step.pub and Black Butler.pptx

I did a lot of decorating with doilies because I had them from previous crafts and they made everything look fancy.  I also copied a lot of Black Butler art from the internet and cropped them with clip art frames that looked old or gilded. I hung these in groups around the room and at the end of the night I let the teens take them home. Next time I would make more posters but since I didn't expect over 20 teens not everyone got a poster. I am kicking myself a little for not thinking to make some cool faux candelabras with all the paper towel rolls I have squirreled away. Hopefully I can do this for Halloween and go a little goth. 

First we made our tattoos using liquid eyeliner pens.  A few kids couldn't wait and used their own makers which I don't suggest since their parents aren't likely to be amused.  This activity gave people time to wander in, meet and greet a little before we chose teams for trivia.  My tattoo is the bottom left one that's about the size of a postage stamp. 

My teens divided into two teams; The Butlers and The Chainsaws.  Each team them chose someone to keep score.  Since I didn't want them to get too loud we made up a few rules.  Anyone who knew the answer had to confer with their team, then either raise their hand or stand up.  Last time we did trivia everyone got really excited and there was a lot of yelling.  The winning team got a selection of Pocky, Yan Yans and Panda snacks from the supermarket's international aisle to share. 

Tattoos and trivia took about 20-30 minutes.  After everyone got more snacks we settled in to watch the first three episodes of Black Butler on Netflix.  I think everyone went home happy.  I don't know how I will top this for next year.  I will definitely provide more food because they were like locusts tonight. 

Thank you Sarah Stumpf and Teen Services Underground!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Preschool Storytime - Zoo

Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed by Carole Peterson HUM

Hello to your toes yes indeed yes indeed yes indeed
Hello to your toes yes indeed my darling
Knees – shoulders - friends

Snappy Little Zoo by Dugald Steer
What's for Lunch by Ann Garrett

Bananas by Jim Gill for Music Play for Folks of All Stripes
Monkey Dance by Wiggles for Yummy Yummy
Kangaroos Hopping by Exercise Party

Felt animals pilfered from our
 Little Engine That Could set. 
Zoo Hide and Seek - repeat the chant and hide one of the characters, letting the children guess who is missing. 

Zoo keeper zoo keeper
What can we do
An animal is missing from the zoo

This cute rhyme that also works with my zoo animals set is from This Storytime's a Zoo by Abby the Librarian

I went to visit the zoo one day
Saw an elephant along the way! 
And what do you think I heard him say? [elephant noise]  

Monday, June 20, 2016

A Library In Need - Just.One.Book.

Library budgets are always tight and libraries without a librarian aren't as shocking as they once were.  A tiny town in California that had long since given up on libraries, librarians and access to books has started an exciting project called Just.One.Book. 

Can you help? Here's what they need.   
We need racially diverse books. We need graphic novels. We need women’s studies. We need science. We need series. We need film. We need comics. We need music. We need biographies of important people. Looking for Young Adult. Classics. We want zines! Contemporary. Poetry. Everything that would make a difference in a young person’s life. Writers send us YOUR BOOK. We have many non-readers who we’d love to turn on to reading. We need a way to take this tiny area and bring it into the 21st century. We have a whole bunch of kids who don’t like to read because all they’ve ever been given is things that are either dull , dated, or dumbed down.
Read the post that started the JUST. ONE. BOOK project on the Throwing Chanclas  blog. You can find updates like Just.Two.Bookstores where your money supports local independent booksellers
To donate your one book, visit the school's Amazon Wishlist

7/18/16 - An update - JUST. ONE. BOOK. ONE MONTH IN.



Thursday, June 16, 2016

Teen Animanga Fortune Teller

I liked the Book Fortune Teller so much I just knew I had to make a version for my Teen Animanga Club. To print an editable Publisher file with my cute text and a blank copy for your teens to write on, just click the orange download button below. For a quick printable PDF click here



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Preschool Storytime - Father's Day

Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed by Carole Peterson HUM
Hello to your toes yes indeed yes indeed yes indeed
Hello to your toes yes indeed my darling

Knees – shoulders - friends

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney
I Want My Daddy by Tracey Corderoy

Grandma Mose was sick in bed
She called for the doctor and the doctor said,
"Grandma Mose, you're not sick
All you need is a cinnamon stick"
Get up, shake, shake, shake, shake
Get down shake, shake, shake, shake
Turn Around shake, shake, shake, shake
Get out of town shake, shake, shake, shake

Egg Shakers
Milkshake from Songs for Wiggleworms (with egg shakers)

Both songs are from Give Your Storytime a Shake on JBrary.

if you’re happy and you know it give a shake
if you’re happy and you know it give a shake
if you’re happy and you know it give a shake
if you’re happy you know it and you really want to show it
if you’re happy and you it give a shake

clap – tap

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dance Party

I Know New Way to Say Hello - from Exercise Party.  I used the tune and we added other things beyond the original lyrics. 

I know a new way to say hello, say hello, say hello
I know a new way to say hello all you do is blink your eyes
wiggle your ears
stomp your feet

but i still like the old way to say hello, say hello, say hello
i still like the old way to say hello, all I do is wave my hands

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)

Eggs Shakers 
Shaky Shaky by the Wiggles from Yummy Yummy

Mango Tree – call and answer song you can r
epeat with lots of other fruits

Shake, shake, the mango tree.
Shake, shake, the mango tree.

Mango yellow, mango green
Mango yellow, mango green

One for you, and one for me.
One for you, and one for me.

Book Break - If You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Far, far, far, we're going to the stars (x 2)
If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship
Far, far, far, we're going to the stars
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Fun, fun, fun we're going to the sun....

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re going to the moon.

Bean Bags

Dance Freeze Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red

Drive the Fire Truck - see the video version by the Toronto Public Library

Book Break - Wiggle by Doreen Cronin. Every time the book used the word wiggle the kids had to shake their bean bags. 

Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill from The Irrational Album

Closing - scarves

Wind, Oh Wind - King County Library System
wind oh wind oh wind oh wind I say
what are you blowing away today?
Scarves scarves scarves I say
I’m blowing the scarves away today

Reach Up High from Exercise Party



Friday, June 10, 2016

Quick Pic - Book Fortune Teller

Here is another Pinterest discovery you can use in your teen department.  These Book Fortune Tellers were inspired by Literary Hoots's post Fortune Teller Library Display. At Literary Hoots you can find a printable for the poster and four variations of the fortune teller. I ended up using the form to make my own so I can easily change them out or print extras as the original disappear. 

*update* - My teens may think the fortune tellers are their's to keep. I put this display out Friday afternoon and I've had to print three more.  Staff suggested I just leave them the printed sheets and let the teens take the time to fold them up to at least save myself some time. 



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Preschool Storytime - Summer

Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed by Carole Peterson HUM
Hello to your toes yes indeed yes indeed yes indeed
Hello to your toes yes indeed my darling

Knees – shoulders - friends

Cheers for a Dozen Ears by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Zoomer's Summer Snowstorm by Ned Young
Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson

Bananas by Jim Gill from Music Play for Folks of All Stripes 
Reach Up High from Exercise Party (with scarves)
Head and Shoulders from Songs for Wiggleworms

There was a tree
All in the wood
The pretties little tree that you ever did see
The tree was in a hole and the hole was in the ground

And the green grass grew all around all around

and on that tree...there was a branch
and on that branch...there was a nest
and in that nest...there was an egg
and in that egg...there was a bird
and on that bird...there was a wing
and on that wing...there was a feather
and on that feather...there was a bug

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Teen Battleship Tournament

For me Pinterest is a trove of programing temptation.  I have seen some great idea about making giant size board games.  The one that caught my eye was a great big battleship game.  I decided to have a table top sized battleship tournament with my teens.  We played for an hour and a half.  If I had let them stay longer I think we could have played for at least two hours.  Our program was in the evening so eventually we had to close the library. 
Room set up before the program.

Individual battleship set up with 
cell phone and manga novel 
to keep the board from rolling up. 
The basic set up was 1 table for supplies like the laptop, makers and game boards, 1 table for drinks and snacks and 6 tables for gaming. Each table had a divider to prevent peaking. These are made of sheets of foam board.  I cut 2 or 3 long notches in the bottom and added cardboard feet. Each teen got the following -  2 ft square battleship board made from newsprint to track their ships and the opponents guesses, a marker, a mini board to track their own guesses and a fleet of paper ships consisting of a battleship, aircraft carrier, destroyer, submarine and cruiser.  I had measured the board so each square is 1 inch so the boats are the corresponding length to cover the correct number of squares, ie the battleship is 5 inches long and an inch wide. The boats are made of black construction paper with staples. I had planned for 7 tables of gaming but the room seemed so crowded that I just set up 6 tables for gaming.  It took me a few days to make all 35 boats but only because I made them while at the desk so I had to stop and start a lot. I originally used a bracket in a word document to track the players.  My teens insisted we had to have a randomizer to make things fair and merrily found one online. I projected the bracket on the screen so that we could see who to play next. We had an odd number of teens that night so I got to play a few rounds myself.

Teens waiting to yell "You Sunk My Battleship."

I totally underestimated how excited the game play would get and we all got quite loud.  At some points we couldn't hear well.  I also had a few teens who had never played the game before so I had to break away a few times to explain the rules again.  To make the game go faster the traditional way to play is with 7 boats instead of 5.  I think I just got tired of making boats so I cut back to 5. 

I was able to pack up all the game pieces in a box and I'll stow them for a later program.  We are going to play large version of chess and checkers next month.