Monday, January 30, 2012

Birthday Storytime - Toddler/Pre-School

Toddler Time:

Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli

A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas

Birthday Monsters by Sandra Boynton


All of the above books plus -

Happy BirthdayMonster! by Scott Beck

I used the same two Flannelboards from my Baby Birthday Storytime.  Both of those flannelboards can orginally be found at Mel's Desk.

Jelly in the Bowl
Jelly in the bowl, (cup hands and wabble around)
Jelly in the bowl.
Wiggy waggy,
Wiggy waggy,
Jelly in the bowl.
Cookies in the jar, (creat jar with hands and shake)
Cookies in the jar,
Shake ‘em up,
Shake ‘em up,
Cookies in the jar,
Candles on the cake, (display all ten fingers)
Candles on the cake,
Blow them out, (“blow out” fingers)
Blow them out,
Candles on the cake.

This song I found on Awesome Storytime's blog.

Balloons, Balloons (This song was courtesy of my boss.  I am not sure where she got it.)

Balloons, balloons that float by my head, here is a balloon and it is RED
Balloons, balloons so shiny and new, here is a balloon and it is BLUE.
Balloons, balloons, that wave up and down, here is a balloon and it is BROWN.
Balloons, balloons that wiggle and wink, here is a balloon and it is PINK.
Balloons, balloons that hide in and between, here is a balloon and it is GREEN.
Balloons, balloons that shiver like jello, here is a balloon and it is YELLOW.
Balloons, balloons that reach to the light, here is a balloon and it is WHITE.
Balloons, balloons that float in a circle, here is a balloon and it is PURPLE.
Balloons, balloons that float high and stop, here is a balloon and it just went POP!

Birthday cakes with candles for the kiddos to color and decorate with foam stickers.

I just passed out half sheets of constuction paper for the craft.  It fits nicely on it.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Birthdays Storytime - (Babies)

Baby storytime has been a bit rough on me. At the beginning of December, I had one storytime that I just lost control of, or at least that was how I felt.  The moms were talking so much that time and things just felt as if they were spirling out of control. So this time I turned to Mel at Mel's Desk for some help.  She has amazing resources for storytimes, especially Baby Storytimes.  I leaned heavily on her Birthday Storytime for ideas for mine.  I knew that if I had a well thought out storytime I could consentrate more on keeping the mom's in line.

Hi Blueberry! by Barney Saltzberg

The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli


Ten Little Candles
Ten little candles on a birthday cake
Puff! Puff! (Blow out those candles!)
Now there are eight.
Eight little birthday candlesticks
Puff! Puff!
Now there are six.
Six little candles and not one more
Puff! Puff!
Now there are four.
Four little candles, white and blue
Puff! Puff!
Now there are two.
Two little candles, we’re almost done
Puff! Puff!
Now there are none.

Down Around the Corner
Down around the corner at the bakery shop
Were five little cupcakes with candles on top
Along came someone with a nickel to pay
And they bought a cupcake and they took it away
Down around the corner at the bakery shop
Were four little cupcakes…

Open Shut Them
The More We Get Together

I really like how Mel and Mel's Desk uses A-Hunting We Will Go.  I tried that this time and it went really well and I plan on incorporating it at every Baby Storytime.  I used the same rhymes Mel used: snake/cake, fish/dish, whale/pail, and cat/hat.

I am so very thankful for the resources that Mel shares with her readers.  If you haven't checked out her blog, I HIGHLY recommend it.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review- My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian

If you are looking for something similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this is your book. It is not written in diary form, but it is illustrated, as the main character, Derek, illustrates his vocabuarly words to help with his reading. Fun story of a boy who gets noticed for his skateboarding stunts, gets to be a stuntboy in a movie, deals with a hurtful situation with his best friend, and tracks down his family's kidnapped monkey. Derek learns a lot about friendship, responsiblity, and life in this story.

A fun, fast read.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Zombie Day

During Christmas break, we had a Zombie Day here at the library!  I was so looking forward to this program!
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) has an amazing amount of resources for us librarians.  One thing they offer are kits.  And one of the newest ones they put together is this Zombie kit.  I knew I HAD to have that kit and so the planning began.  Our teen program is just started, and since school began in August I have seen the number grow from 4- 10.  So exciting!  However, I learned quickly that if school is out, we do not have hardly any teens. (The high school is across the street, so most of my regulars just walk here after school.).  I was a little nervous if I would have anybody show up or not since it was over Christmas break.  But in the end I had 14!!  Most were teens that had never come to a program before.  Yahoo!!

The kit came with a book titled Zombie Cupcakes.  I was totally in love with that book!  There are some hilariously awesome cupcakes in there but I tried to find a few that I thought I could tackle.
I ended up making Zombie Head cupcakes, T-Virus cupcakes (for my Resident Evil fans), and Bloody Bite cupcakes. 

(Clearly I could not get these to look flesh colored.  So I decided these were the Jersey Shore cast members, being that they are so tan, and they got turned into Zombies.  We could all hope, right?!)

The kit also game with so many things including several board games, a tabletop bowling game, a pull apart zombie, an emergency inflatable brain, magnetic poetry, Zombie Feltie Book, and How to Speak Zombie book.  Along with so much more!

Here are a few snapshots of what we did:

We played Oh No Zombies! along with Zombies board game. (Both of these games are SO SO fun! If you are looking for a board game, these are definitely ones to consider!)

Tabletop Zombie Bowling

And our magnetic poetry!

(Check out the story at the top of the board.)

Everyone just hung out and had a great time together!  (I forgot to get everyone's permission to post pictures so I cannot post any with the teens in them. Bummer.) Everyone left with a prize of a free book.
Days like these are why I love my job so much. :)

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