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Showing posts from July, 2010

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.


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…

Summer Storytime: Crocs/Gators

Last week's theme was frogs and alligators. We read:

A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan. I always find a volunteer to wear our gator puppet on his/her head while I read this book aloud. Their facial expressions and reactions are just priceless. Definitely better than if I just read it myself. In a pinch, I have done it with an alligator on my head, but it is funnier with another person.

Snip Snap: What's That? by Mara Bergman
I love the "YOU BET THEY WERE" refrain!

The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson
A couple of the kids guessed early on that the "log" the frog is sitting on isn't really a log, but they didn't seem too bothered. It is not the only surprise in this book. I adore Wilson's books.

Summer Storytime: Dogs and Cats

We are already at Week 3 of our summer reading program and I wanted to post my first storytime outline for posterity (some prosperity would be nice. Kids, don't forget to tip your librarian!):

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoesby Eric Litwin.

This is an adorable book and the kids loved it at every single storytime. You can download the song Pete the Cat sings (actually it is the whole book) for free from the HarperCollins Kids Website. What I have done with this track is to split it apart in Audacity, the open source music editing software program, and then covert it back to MP3 files which I then dumped into a playlist on iTunes and now I play it off my iPod. Formerly I used an iPod dock speaker, but then that broke and I discovered a cheaper option the iHome portable MP3 Player Stereo Speaker which I got at WalMart for $19. I like this option a little better because it uses a cord into the iPod's speaker jack, so you could play audio off anything with a headphone jack. It als…