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Baseball Storytime

I am a big baseball fan (Go TIgers!) so when I heard that the local minor league team would be sending a player to my branch for storytime, saying that I was very excited would be a bit of an understatement. While I think it could have gone smoother on both ends, the kids had a fantastic time.
We read a bunch of books on baseball and I read some of the baseball-themed poems out of Jack Prelutsky's new anthology, Good Sports: Rhymes About Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More. Incidentally, I remember reading a blog post that totally trashed this book (and sports poems) in general, because they are "all the same."
Another choice was The Jungle Baseball Game by Tom Paxton.

The big hit of the event was a nice, long game of frying pan baseball. The player (who was actually a pitcher, so this was especially funny to watch) used a frying pan to bat the "ball"--a bunch of grocery bags rubber-banded together--while the kids tried to catch it with pots.
Following that, w…

Here there be DRAGONS!

I'm not a big fantasty fan (just not my taste!) but I have to say that there are a lot of great picture books that have a dragon theme or plot. So many, in fact, that I had an incredibly hard time picking out which ones to read. Poor me, right? Here are those that passed the cut, as well as how else we filled our time:

1) The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. (A CLASSIC!)
2) There's No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent (The kids loved the part where the dragon picks up the house and runs down the street in it.

Activity: Turned off the lights in the library, gave the kids child-sized lanterns, and had them go on a "dragon hunt" where they discovered 2 of the library's stuffed dragons hiding in the adult non-fiction (a very "cave-like" area!)

Craft: Dragon kites. Used template from SITE HERE and attached crepe paper streamers. Simple, effective.

"Friends" Storytime

This week was my first storytime ever! It had a friends theme, and even though we have a centralized programming department, we are encouraged to supplement the tubs they send to us with selections from our own branches's collection. So, without further adieu, here is a list of what we did.

-Welcomed the children and introduced myself.

-Introduced theme and encouraged children to pick a stuffed animal "friend" to share their carpet square during the storytime.

-Read Sean Bryan's A Bear and His Boy which is a hilarious story, and a really easy one to think of questions to ask the children while reading it. My favorite was when the bear and his boy are browsing the stacks at the libary, I asked the children if they'd ever been to the library and about half of them said no. Has a great rhyme scheme and rhythm.

-Read Yo! YES! by Chris Raschka. This was a lot of fun to perform, as I split reading duties with one of my teen volunteers. We each read one half of the dia…