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Beach Storytime

My new library system creates themed tubs and sends them to the branches each week for storytime*.  The tubs are created by 2 of our intrepid youth services staff members at one of our other branches. They always include some fun stories and activities I haven't seen before, so I love this approach for expanding my storytime repertoire. I always use a few things, but then I supplement the tub's contents with my favorite stories as well.

 I'm lucky to work at a big branch that has two other staff members who do storytimes. I'm assigned the 2's and 3's groups (3 per week). This week I also covered the 4's and 5's and all-ages family storytime for a colleague who was off for a few days. I did just about the same things with each group.

This past week's theme was fish/beach/pond.

Books: 

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin SherryHooray for Fish by Lucy CousinsJump! by Scott FischerI have the kids stand up for this one and we all JUMP together…

"Filmore Fish and Friends" Puppet Story

I'm so lucky at my new library system to have extremely talented co-workers. One of them is the inimitable Miss Elizabeth at our other branch in the city. Here's a song she paired with these truly awesome semi-cannibalistic fish puppets.

Filmore Fish & Friends

Poor ole me swimming in the sea
Not one friend to swim with me
BURP (burp up a fish) 'Scuze me!
Hi Buddy! Let's do a Loop-the-Loop!

Poor ole me swimming in the sea
Not one friend to swim with me
BURP (burp up a fish) 'Scuze me!
Hi Pal!.... Let's do a deep sea dive!

Poor ole me swimming in the sea
Not one friend to swim with me
BURP (burp up a fish) 'Scuze me!
Hi Tiny!... Let's do a flying fish!

WHEEEE! 

I changed them a little to best suit my absolute failure of an ability to memorize:

Poor ole me swimming in the sea
Not one friend to swim with me
BURP (burp up a fish)
Hey, buddy! Wouldya swim with me? 

I used my deepest voice with the first verse, normal voice with the second, and highest for the last. I real…