Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Preschool Storytime - July 4th Reboot


See my first July 4th Storytime for Preschool. 

Opening
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


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

Music
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. 

Bells
Ring Those Bells by Carole Peterson from H.U.M. 

Bread and Butter Storytime Chant from Jbrary's Just Add Rhythm Sticks. 
I edited the lyrics slightly to work with my hand bells.

Bread and butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let's tap our sticks as quiet as we can

...loud as we can
...slow as we can
...fast as we can
...high as we can
...low as we can
...nice as we can


Little Jingle Mouse is from Toddler Story Time - Roar! I'm a Dinosaur! on Library Village 

Little Jingle Mouse 
I heard a little jingle,  (jingle bells softly)
Right inside my house.
It sounded like the jingle
Of a little jingle mouse.
He jingled to the ceiling,  (jingle bells high over head)
he jingled to the floor,  (jingle bells on the floor)
He jingled till he fell asleep,  (hold jingle bells in arms like a baby)
And he began to snore...
(snooore, snooore, snooore)  (jingle bells very gently with a tiny, squeaky snore)


Mailbox - Fox
Door - Dinosaur

Tube Puppet 
I wrapped a paper towel tube with red checkered paper to look like a picnic blanket.  In word I copied an clip art and added the numbers.  Then I printed the ants and pasted them on construction paper.  I cut it all into strips and stapled the strips at the top so they won't turn unless I move them. 


Five Hungry Ants - count the ants first and then repeat the rhyme, rolling back one ant each time until they are all gone. 

5 hungry ants,
marching in a line,
came upon a picnic
where they could dine.
They marched into the salad,
they marched into the cake,
they marched into the pepper….
Uh oh, that was a mistake!
AHHHH-CHOOO!
4 hungry ants….etc….


Closing
We Clap Our Hands Like This - Tune Farmer in the Dell. Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songs on Storytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime. 

We clap our hands like this

We clap out hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends
We clap our hands like this.


We blow a kiss like this

We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends
We blow a kiss like this.


We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.


Crafts 
For our craft I envisioned a kid safe sparkler.  Each child got a large craft stick or tongue depressor. I cut red and blue suns with our ellison die cut, I think it looks more like a starburst or a flare anyway.  The kids pasted the the two stars on their stick and then added crinkle cut colored paper between the stars or on the stars or on the stick. Ironically it is hot in the building so we had a fan in the storytime room.  The kids really enjoyed seeing the streamers fly in the breeze from the fan. 


Laura
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Teen Black Butler Picnic

Howdy
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!

Laura

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Preschool Storytime - Zoo

Opening
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


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

Songs
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. 
Felt
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]  

Drums
Coffee Can Drums
Sing along song with the kids trying the rhythm on their knees or with drums. We use plastic one pound coffee cans as drums. 


We’re Walking to the Drum by Kathy Reid-Naiman from I Love to Hear the Sounds

We’re walking we’re walking
we’re walking to the drum
we’re walking we’re walking
we’re walking now we’re done


Tip toeing
Stomping
Running


I Know a Giraffe - I feel I have been singing this song for a long time and I still don't know where I first heard it. 

I know a giraffe
he plays the drums
he wakes me up 
whenever bedtime comes
with a rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat

(repeat with the kids suggestions for types of animals or us all farm animals or all zoo animals depending on your theme) 

Closing
We Clap Our Hands Like This - Tune Farmer in the Dell. Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songs on Storytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime. 

We clap our hands like this

We clap out hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends
We clap our hands like this.


We blow a kiss like this

We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends
We blow a kiss like this.


We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.


Crafts
The day's craft was a tiger paper bag puppet made using our ellison die cut. 

Laura
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Monday, June 20, 2016

A Library In Need - Just.One.Book.

Howdy
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.

Laura

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Teen Animanga Fortune Teller

Howdy
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



Laura

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Preschool Storytime - Father's Day

Opening
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

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

Song
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


everyone can shake shake shake
everyone can shake shake shake
everyone can shake shake shake shake
and now lets make a stop

tap – clap – wave


Felt - Hat Game
Introduce the hats by style or color.  Then have the kids hide thier eyes so you can place the cat under one of the hats. Ask the kids what color or style hat the cat is hiding under then having them say 'kitty cat, kitty cat are you under the .... hat.'  I thought this was a cute idea and my kids like games.  Today they really struggled taking turns so we weren't able to play for very long.  This might be the sort of activity better suited to a portable felt board where you can more easily control the kids' access to the shapes.

Filmstrip
Fix It by David McPhail


Closing
We Clap Our Hands Like This - Tune Farmer in the Dell. Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songs on Storytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime.

We clap our hands like this
We clap out hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends
We clap our hands like this.

We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends
We blow a kiss like this.

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.


Craft
For today's craft I found these heart frames left over from our larger heart ellison die. I pasted the frames onto white finger paint paper.  Then I gave the kids green and yellow finger paint so they could fill the heart and the rest of the paper with their love. 

Laura

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dance Party

Opening
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


Laura

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Quick Pic - Book Fortune Teller

Howdy
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. 

Laura

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Preschool Storytime - Summer

Opening
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

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


Songs
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

Felt

Ice Cream Colors


We have ice cream, the best in town,
Let us begin with chocolate brown.


Now, let us scoop us some bubble-gum pink,
It is sweet and yummy, the best, some think.

Ice Cream Colors

Here is ice cream minty and green,
It is the creamiest I have ever seen.


Yellow ice cream is lemony and tart,
We like its taste from the very start.


Scoops of blueberry would make my day,
Look at all this ice cream, hip, hip hurray!


Red ice cream is a strawberry delight,
All these scoops are a heavenly sight.


Vanilla white is a popular flavor,
It tastes very good to an ice-cream craver.


Purple ice cream really gives me a kick,
Good and yummy till the very last lick.


Ice cream, ice cream, what a cool sensation,
We love ice cream in any combination!


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

Closing

We Clap Our Hands Like This - Tune Farmer in the Dell
Borrowed from Opening/Closing Songs on Storytime Katie who borrowed it from Rhymes for Toddlers on Sunflower Storytime.


We clap our hands like this
We clap out hands like this
We clap our hands with all of our friends
We clap our hands like this.

We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss like this
We blow a kiss with all of our friends
We blow a kiss like this.

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye with all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Ladybug Craft

Craft
I found half of this craft in our stock pile of leftovers. Its just a giant bin of crafts that weren't used up at previous activities.  I do love brass fasteners so I liked the idea of the wings moving on our ladybug. The head, body and wings were all different pieces.  I wanted to minimized supplies for our first day back to storytime so I just glued all the heads on the bodies ahead of time.  This meant all the kids needed were two brads, crayons and their pipe cleaner. The pipe cleaner was threaded through two holes in the top of the ladybug's head.  Which if you think about is the back of the bugs head so don't ask me why I drew eyes on my craft; anatomically I think thats the complete wrong place. Overall the kids liked it.  Next time I would make a template with the head already attached.


Laura


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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Teen Battleship Tournament

Howdy
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. 

Laura

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