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What else can I do in storytime: Puppetry!

This is post #4 in my series of other activities to incorporate into your storytimes. We also talked about music, creative dramatics, and parachute activities.

Puppetry There are lots of fun ways you can incorporate all kinds of puppets, from stick puppets you make yourself and the kids can wave during the story to putting on an actual puppet show. (A great book for one person puppet shows designed for storytime is Puppet Plays Plus: Using Stock Characters to Entertain and Teach Early Literacy, which allows you to use pretty much any puppets you have access to at home or in your library.) You can also perform simple puppet shows of picture books like Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.

What else can I do in storytime?: Creative Dramatics

This is post #3 in my What Else Can I Do in Storytime series. Previous Posts were on Music and Parachute Play. Today we will be talking about Creative Movement!


I have a set of Get Up and Go! dice from Discount School Supply and I really recommend them, although you. I roll a die and the kids make the shape of the letters. I start with the letters they can do by themselves and add the cards for letters they can make together (in groups of 2-3). One die I use this way and the other die has each side labeled with a different nursery rhyme. You can use them seperately on different days (or use the Letters die in preschool storytime and the Rhyme die in baby storytime) or you could use them together and have the older kids sing a rhyme in the shape of a letter. You could also have kids call out things that begin with the letter on the die.

Movement stories such as those in Helen Landalf's Movement Stories for Young Children: Ages 3-6 are a big hit with kids. The book is out-of-print …

What else can I do in storytime? Music!

This is my 2nd post in my series called What else can I do in storytime? (Previous posts: Parachute Play!)

It's always fun to just get out the instruments and bang away, but if you're looking for some more structured activities, I highly recommend 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children. You can use tambourines, triangles, and rhythm sticks just to name a few. I like to use egg shakers and here are some songs you can use:

Butter Boogie
Shake it up,
Shake it down,
Shake it, shake it all around.
Shake it high,
Shake it low,
Shake it, shake it to and fro.
Shake it over,
Shake it under,
Pretty soon we will have butter!

I Know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner (Off her Whaddaya Think of That CD)
(The kids will echo these lines)
Well, I know a chicken.
And she laid an egg.
Oh I know a chicken.
And she laid an egg.
Oh my goodness.
It's a shaky egg.
Shake 'em fast! (Repeat with different shaking directions/Slow/Up and Down/All around/Soft/Loud)

Alabama, Mississippi b…

What else can I do in storytime? Parachute!

I'm always looking for new non-reading activities to include in my storytimes, so this is the first post in a series of my favorite activities and resources for more ideas.

Parachute games
We generally sing a few songs that involve different parachute movements:

The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round (Turn the parachute around in a circle)
The kids on the bus go up and down (Lift the parachute up and down)
The door on the bus goes open and shut (Everyone walks into the middle and then back out)

If you're happy and you know it, shake the chute...
If you're happy and you know it, lift the chute...
If you're happy and you know it, spin the chute...

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men,
He marched them up to the top of the hill (raise the chute)
And he marched them down again (lower)
And when they're up, they're up (raise)
And when they're down, they're down (lower),
And when they're only half-way up, (raise half-way)
They…

Winter Bulletin Board

In honor of yesterday's first snow, here is a quick shot of our "Let it Snow!" bulletin board.

Have a great winter!

Puppet Show backdrops

I've blogged about my library's puppet shows before, but just to catch you up, the youth services staffers here have been performing puppet shows for decades. Our puppet shows are extremely popular and one of our most reliably-attended programs other than storytimes. I really enjoy the creative and technological challenges involved in staging them and always look forward to the next production.

I'm required only to do puppet shows during winter and spring breaks but I have taken to the idea of doing them seasonally. In the summer, we kicked off the reading program with "Under the Sea Stories." I chose 3 short puppet scripts and wrote introductions to them delivered by a pirate puppet.

For Halloween, we performed"The Princess & The Pumpkin" which is a twist on "The Princess & the Pea" written by Marilyn Lohnes. I originally intended to write an additional scene but ran out of time. I'm a big fan of Lohnes' books (Fractured Fai…

Birthday Card!

Just wanted to show off my first foray into card marking. I had a lot of fun with this project: my niece's first birthday card. There were a few hiccups along the way, but I am proud of the end result.

Not bad for a first attempt, no?
Happy Birthday, C!

My Quick, Easy, and Fun Daycare Storytime Plan!

I was asked to visit the a.m. and p.m. classes of one of the preschools in town. I wanted to share what I do on these visits in the hopes that it will help any struggling youth librarians trying to think of something to do. A lot of librarians just do a normal storytime, but usually the teacher wants you to also discuss library cards, how to treat books, etc. and this is a really simple way to get all that in.

First I introduce myself. And then I use a storytelling method. Most days (and today) I use a scroll story version that I made of It Looks Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw. I'm sure that it looks like a really time-consuming thing to do, but what took the most time was measuring and cutting it. You could prep a whole bunch of blank scrolls if you just had enough fadeless paper.

Next I read a really interactive story. One that works perfectly with this audience is Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas. The kids always get a huge kick out of this story. Giggles galore. Ap…

"Bee a Reader" Poster

Here is a fun poster I made just to experiement with the layering capabilities on the Cricut. I think it is very cute! You could easily adapt this idea into a bulletin board or display. Take a look!:

What do you think?

Painting project

I thought it would be fun to try and use my Cricut for a painting. It didn't turn out perfectly, but it was a lot of fun & a learning experience! I will definitely try this again in the future.

First I cut out an owl shape (3 layers) using the Create a Critter cartridge. I believe it is 10 or 11 inches--I think I used the fit to page option.


Then I traced it onto the pre-stretched canvas.

And then I painted it. 

I am pretty satisfied with it for a first attempt. Next time I will work on my brush strokes a bit. 

Unshelved Book Club Display

I put this display up on a Friday afternoon and I love the touch of color it has added. Since we are a basement youth department, any time I can bring some color in it adds interest and cheer. This is a fun and easy display that anyone could do. Gene & Bill encourage librarians (and booksellers and educators) to use their comic for good. My biggest problem was that many of the books that Unshelved has covered in its Book Club strips were already checked out. I did put some of the checked out books up anyway. People can always put them on hold if they want to read those books, right? :)



Do you Dewey?

One of the first projects I wanted to tackle when starting my current job was updating the Dewey posters we have hanging in the kids' nonfiction section. After two years, I've given up on finding a commercially produced product that I like enough to purchase and have started to make my own. This has been a really fun project so far!

And a sneak peek of a few scrapbooking-inspired ones that I have started (still have some work to do--some of these aren't even glued down--, but was excited to share!):










Bulletin Board Using Projection Art

This year's summer reading program (SRP) theme was "Make a Splash: READ!" so I did a bulletin board of a mermaid sitting on a rock in the ocean. The kids who signed up for the SRP were able to color a sea creature and write their name on them. Then I stapled them to the bulletin board. It was very cute, in my unbiased opinion.

I wish I had taken a picture of the whole board, so you could see it, but I don't think I did. Here is a picture of the centerpiece, a mermaid that I traced using the template in Projection Art for Kids, which I borrowed through ILL:



I didn't like the way the tail was drawn in the original picture, so I redrew it for my bulletin board. It is one of my favorite parts of this mermaid.

By the way, Projection Art for Kids is a great book for if you want to paint your own murals in your kids' rooms. You could also use it in any setting where kids will be (dentist's office, doctor's office, daycare, library, school, etc.) The book s…

Passion for Fashion Display

Here is a fun display I made to showcase some of our newer sewing/jewelry-making/crafting books. I just wish the area where the display case hangs was better lit, but I think you can get the idea:


I made a clothesline from some twine we had at the library and made clothes out of fabric torn from upholestry sample books given to me by a retiring interior decorator. I searched Google Images for paper doll clothes & printed out some vintage designs. I used full pages to balance the display's title sign. The letters "SEW ON" are stickers from a kid's paperback Valentine's Day book that we didn't want to leave in a circulating copy. I also cut out some dresses that I found in my paper doll clothes search. 
It was hard to get the top and bottom (books) in one shot, given the display case has glass and is in a hallway, so here is the bottom section:




We used to use construction paper to try and lighten up the background, but it was constantly fading and looked unpr…

Carnival Decorations

My library hosts an annual Carnival the Saturday after Labor Day. Kids in the summer reading program earn tickets which they use to play games and win prizes at Carnival. This year was our 39th year of Carnival festivities, and my 2nd Carnival. Since my Cricut had just arrived, I siezed the opportunity to make some signs for the games and other activities. I hope you like them! If you have any questions, I can attempt to answer them in the comments or you can always email me.

I used the following cartridges for this project:
Accent Essentials Shape Cartridge (Used to cut the spiral the lollipop is fashioned from, this cartridge came with the machine)
Plantin SchoolBook Cartridge (Most of the words were cut from this cartridge, which also came with the machine)
Cricut Create A Critter Catridge (Used for the giraffe on the balloon animals sign, but nothing else as it only arrived the night before Carnival)
Cricut Lite Carousel Cartridge (All the Carnival/Circus images and fonts are from th…

Fall Events Bulletin Board

One of my first Cricut projects was to put up a bulletin board promoting all of our fall events. I am pretty proud of how it turned out.
I used two cartridges: My Community Cricut Classmate Cartridge, which I bought new from Amazon.com and Plantin SchoolBook Font Cartridge, which came with my machine. All the text was cut using Plantin and the storytime, library, puzzle piece, and book are all available on My Community, which is a great cartridge for youth librarians as it also has fairy tale and nursery rhyme characters (Three Little Pigs, Little Old Woman & Shoe, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack & The Beanstalk, etc.) as well as community helpers, buildings, behicles, and scenery (roads, trees, etc.) The leaves and papers were from the Clearance section at our local Jo-Ann Fabric store (50% off the giant designer paper packs last week!).

Here is a shot of the entire bulletin board:

And some detail shots: 


I'm not super happy with this, and am brainstorming other option…

Taking a Display Cue from Scrapbooking

I recently acquired a Cricut Expression personal cutting machine (i.e., a die cut machine) and have been brainstorming lots of fun ways the Cricut could be used to create library displays and/or bulletin boards. There appears to be a sad lack of library blogs focusing on making the library aesthetically pleasing in such simple ways as an appealing bulletin board, but here is a compilation of some neat ideas I have found.

Ideas using Cricut (by ProvoCraft) Machines and Cartridges

The Cricut message board is very active and there is a section exclusively for educators. Some teachers have posted their steal-worthy ideas and it is definitely worth checking out. A few I printed out for my ideas file were:


This owl-themed classroom from a Scraphabby Southernbelle.

"Smart Cookies" idea from message board member bdonley

Hot Library Technician, a public school employee, has many ideas posted on her blog. Two of my favorites are "Whoever You Are, Wherever You Are: READ" and a b…

Game ON! Bulletin Board

Here is a fun little bulletin board I whipped up this afternoon using some video game graphics I found on a Google Images search, some scrapbooking paper from the 50% off section at Jo-Ann Fabrics, a color printer, glue stick, stapler, poster board, and a lot of patience. This was inspired by an awesome display done by The Imaginary Librarian, who I hope will not mind me blatantly ripping her off.



Detail Shots:





Angry eyebrows.


















It'sa meeeeeeeeeeeee, MARIO!














I love this stack from DCWV. It's The Generation Tech stack and there are cardstock sheets themed after games (Pacman, Space Invaders), cell phones, Mac OS, and other technologies. Great for teen bulletin boards or if you have a teen of your own. 





















If I were to do it over again, I might have used blue poster board, but I do like how the black posterboard pops. And you don't see black as a background on a bulletin board often, so I like that too. It probably took about 2 hours, but I was also working the desk so I was interupte…

Music LP sign for youth department

I spent part of this afternoon working on a new sign for the music corner of our youth department. I combined craft foam, an old LP from Goodwill and scrapbooking paper, and stickers from the dollar store. It probably cost me less than $5 to make this and I think it will definitely add some personality to our department. Plus it was fun to make! I made a similar sign at my old library where I cut out musical notes and the letters of "MUSIC" from craft foam and this is basically the next stop.

If I were to do it again, I would not have used rub-on stickers on the grooves of the record as that is why some of the transfers aren't perfect. Since it is a "rock and roll" themed piece of decor, I think it works, but other themes might require a more finished touch. I hotglued a binder clip onto the top and we will hang it from the ceiling sometime soon! Sorry for the less than awesome picture, it is from my cell phone camera. Oh well! Hope you like it!

A Day in the Life!

Hi everyone! I'm Anne, and I'm a youth services librarian in Mid-Michigan (Lansing area). Here is a day in my life: July 26, 2010. This is my Library Day in the Life!

11:30 Arrive at work. I am not scheduled to be here until 12 but today I arrived early to have some extra time to solve a summer reading snafu (we were 30 summer reading prize tickets short by the closing bell on Friday. Luckily it was a regular patron, so I told her I'd have them ready for her next stop in. Since this involves me using special paper in the copy machine and hauling out the Official Library Paper Cutter, I came in early to do it before the patrons arrive.) I will be alone on the children's department floor until 3:00, so it is extra important to arrive early. I also draw the winner of the middle school summer reading program and will notify him of his prize: a $25 gift card to the movie theater. The most imporant thing I do before opening is turn on the air-conditioning. It is HOT out today…

Picture Books With a Tune

I've been working on a list of some of my favorite picture books that allow you to mix it up by adding a song.
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont Just plain fun. I give kids paint brushes so they can act this one out.
May There Always be Sunshine by Jim Gill A nice sweet song. Makes a good closer to a storytime session. Can choose a couple pages to sing at baby storytime also.

The Soup Opera by Jim Gill One of life's little pleasures is to act this out with children. There is also a genius YouTube video. You're welcome! People still sing this song to me from when I did it at storytime in July of 2009. This one I have on an iPod playlist. I made puppets using paint stirrers from the hardware store and coloring pages of people in different occupations.

Pete the Cat by Eric LitwinDon't forget to download the song. Would also make a wonderful felt board story. This is another iPod book.

Punk Farm and Punk Farm on Tour by Jarrett Krosoczka You can download the …

Dinosaur Summer Storytime

This week's theme for summer storytimes is DINOSAURS! YES! Every once in a while, I have a parent come up to me and say "I don't know why, but my kid is really into dinosaurs," and I think to myself: "Gee, Probably because dinosaurs are totally awesome." They are. So, this week's storytime is dedicated to all the dino-nuts who are kids and all the dino-nuts who are kids at heart. Books The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell (ill. by Leonie Lord) What to feed a super hungry dinosaur?





Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland
Counting... in reverse. The ending is the best part.








Edwina, The Dinosaur who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems I would love to have a cookie-baking-dinosaur! Just sayin'!






How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen (ill. by Mark Teague) My favorite illustration is of the glaring dinosaur.





"Hi, Pizza Man!" by Virginia Walter (ill. by Ponder Goembel" Incidentally, Ponder Goembel is quite the name!A very …

Monkeys/Elephants Storytime

This week's theme for summer storytime is Monkeys & Elephants. The best part of the storytime is definitely the craft, where kids color the face of an elephant and then cut out the middle and put their arm through the mask as the trunk. Hilarity ensued. The craft pattern is from Never Pick a Python for a Pet: And Other Animal Poems by Tamara Hunt and Nancy Renfro.The book is long out of print, so if you would like a copy of it, e-mail me (address is in my About Me page) and I will send it to you. It is a great simple craft.

Books:

Furious George Goes Bananas: A Primate Parody by Michael Rex This one is a little long, but the kids that stuck with it seemed to enjoy it. I had to use my judgement on whether it was too long for the kids who were there or not. Adapting to your audience is one of the trickier parts of performing storytime.



Elephants Cannot Dance and I Am Going by Mo Willems. These are Elephant and Piggie books, and I like to act out the series without whatever poor s…