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Flannel Friday Roundup for Friday, January 2nd!

I'm excited to be back hosting the first Flannel Friday Roundup for 2015.

Here are the submissions for your viewing pleasure:

Do you want to build a snowman? Lisa does and will show you how it's done.  A related post by Kathryn has some winter themed shapes for you to admire. 
Nikki has winter socks and snowflakes to share. 
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? Amy is planning a wonderful looking Sesame Street themed program and has a cute twist on Little Mouse featuring our favorite muppets. 
A new rhyme to me is the super fun One, Two, Three, BLOW that Katie found. This one seems perfect for when your toddlers just need to move at storytime. 
Speaking of rhymes, here's a Storytime prop favorite: a rhyme cube by Katie. 
Felt boards can be digital too! As with all things, there's an app for that. Here is a wonderful review by Katrina Bergen of the Felt Board Smoothie app posted at Little eLit. 
Speaking of tech at storytime, Pop Goes the Library is…

Drive In Movie 2: The Sequel

So last year I threw a drive in movie and it was awesome. I set it up basically the same as last year, so I will direct you to my write-up of that for details. But this year, I had to take it up a notch, with personalized license plates!

I downloaded a license plate font (free!) and a license plate template (also free!) and all it cost the library was time it took me to type in 25 kids' names and a little bit of paper and ink. And how fun, seriously? The parents went nuts for this.

This year, I showed Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus, thanks to a suggestion from Sarah. The kids loved it, gleefully shouting "NO!" at all the right places. 
This is such a fun program to host and a good way to use up leftover craft supplies. It might be one of my favorites that we hosted all year long. I'm planning to do a "Fly-In Movie" in the spring and we will make rocket ships out of cardboard boxes. Can't wait!

Winter Wonderland Storytime

I held a special "winter wonderland" storytime outside of our regular storytime. I wanted to be able to do some things we don't have time or space for during my regular storytimes. I held this program in mid-December but specifically did not include any references to Christmas or other winter holidays. Even though this is Michigan, we had basically no snow the whole week of this program.

We did the following rhyme to start:
Let's All Do A Little Clapping
Let's all do a little clapping (Repeat 3x)
And spread a little cheer.
..tapping (on the floor), waving, etc.

Everyone participated in this action rhyme and I'm toying with making it part of my opening routine when regular storytimes resume in January.

Then we did Snowball, Snowball on the flannel board, which was a perfect transition into our book, Snowballs by Lois Ehlert. After the story, we did a few scarf rhymes including one that I adapted to better fit the winter theme (original words have rain instead …

Reindeer Program 2014: Winter Wreath Craft

Remember last year's reindeer program?  It's an annual event for us and a great way to celebrate the winter season too even if it is freezing cold. Rather than rehash all the details, I thought I would share our craft project for this year with you: winter wreaths!

We used Ellison dies for the mittens, snowflakes, snowperson. The smaller shapes are foam stickers probably from Oriental Trading (where the idea for this craft came from). We also used a circle die cut on our Ellison machine to punch out the middle of 450 paper plates for this craft. A ribbon loop is taped on for hanging. One of our pages used markers to decorate the mittens. Cute, right? In 2013, we did two crafts and I am glad we cut back to one for this year because we had 784 people attend this program and I can't imagine trying to squeeze everyone in. We still had two stations but they had the same craft at both.

In lieu of a second craft, we added a game from Oriental Trading:  Gingerbread House Bean Bag …

Here Stands a Lovely Christmas Tree Flannel Board

Today is Flannel Friday's Holiday Extravaganza, hosted by our fearless leader, Mel! I won't be doing a Christmas (or winter holidays) storytime, but I spotted this rhyme in Easy-To-Make Puppets And How to Use Them by Fran Rottman (1978 edition) and I thought I would share a quick clip art flannel board:

Here Stands a Lovely Christmas Tree
Here stands a lovely
Christmas tree,

Christmas tree, Christmas tree,
Here stands a lovely Christmas tree, 
So early in the morning. 

Here is a horn for the 
Christmas tree,
Christmas tree, Christmas tree,
Here is a horn for the 
Christmas tree,
So early in the morning. 

The original words used drums and lights for additional verses. I decided not to do the drum (couldn't find a clip art piece I liked quickly enough) but added a star and gifts instead. I thought this would be cute for a home or religious setting like a Sunday school class.

I used Open Clip Art Library clip art. Since all of the images are licensed for Creative Commons sharing, here i…

Tween Book Club: Smile

For November, my tween program was a book discussion of one of my favorite graphic novels Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Only three kids joined me for this program, sadly, but they really enjoyed the book and we had a fun discussion. They also liked the craft (which I think would be a fun passive program activity on its own) and YouTube videos.

As the kids came in, I gave them a word search I made featuring characters from the book (PDF). This was to keep them busy for a few minutes and served as a sort-of ice breaker.

I put together a playlist of neat YouTube videos featuring Telgemeier to show the kids and compiled discussion questions from The Mother Daughter Book Club (PDF) and Pierce County Library System (DOCX).The playlist also includes the video on how to play this month's Minute to Win It game: Baby Blockin'. The kids each got a plastic dinner plate and 5 wooden baby blocks and had 60 seconds to balance them on top of their head.

Our craft was emoji portraits. I found em…

Minute to Win It Round 3

Time for another Minute to Win It program!  We had one parent mention to us that one of our local districts is now getting out of school so late that it is hard to make it to the library in time for our 4:00 programs. We will be looking at pushing them back a little bit later to try and make things more convenient for our families.

But! Onto the fun part--the games! We have done two Minute to Win It programs in the past and they are such a joy to plan. I love seeing our normal supplies get twisted into games and I also enjoy the logistical aspects of putting this program on. Each one requires a slightly different set up.

The games I chose this time around were: Stack Attack, Floatacious, Back Flip, Don't Blow the Joker, and A Bit Dicey.  I put together a YouTube playlist so you can learn the rules:



Here's a list of the supplies you need for each game (per player in each round):

Back Flip: 6-8 pencils
Stack Attack: 28 plastic cups (video says 36, whichever works better for you)

Librarian Approved Horse Picture Books

A while back, I asked on the Flannel Friday Facebook page for recommendations for good (non-historical fiction preferred) horse picture books. I've been doing a huge weeding project and I noticed our horse books circ like crazy (some over 100 times!!) and get pretty worn. But I always seem to have a hard time finding things of high quality that are still in print (not all of these are still in print, but I'm including them because there are Ways Around That.)  The good people in the Flannel Friday community always come through though and here's a list of what we came up with...

Horse Picture Books for Preschoolers

Brett, Jan. Fritz and the Beautiful Horses.
Cantrell, Charlie. A Friend for Einstein: The Smallest Stallion.
Dockray, Tracy. The Lost and Found Pony.
Doyle, Malachy. Horse.
Goble, Paul. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
Haas, Jessie. Appaloosa Zebra: A Horse Lover's Alphabet.
Hart Addy, Sharon. When Wishes Were Horses.
Hoban, Russell. Rosie's Magic Horse.
H…

The Turkey Finger Puppet Rhyme

I won't be doing a Thanksgiving storytime this year, but I spotted this rhyme in Easy-To-Make Puppets And How to Use Them by Fran Rottman (1978 edition) and I thought I would share:

The Turkey
"Gobble, gobble,"
Says the turkey.
"Soon 'twill be
Thanksgiving Day--
Will you eat me? 

How you treat me! I will run away." 

I found a quick turkey finger puppet to pair it with.

This week is Flannel Friday's Thanksgiving Extravaganza and Miss Mollie is hosting! Happy Thanksgiving flannel-making to everyone!

Five Superheroes

A few months ago, I weeded a book by Rachel Isadora called 123 Pop, a counting book featuring illustrations in the pop art style. The pages were beginning to fall out but I thought I could use them for a few flannel boards, especially with the 2015 summer reading program theme "Every Hero Has a Story." 

I found a rhyme on Jbrary called 5 Superheroes and I love it! It pairs perfectly with Isadora's superheroes. If you don't happen to have a used copy of this book to repurpose, I spotted some cute superheroes on Open Clip Art. So, here we go! 

The words are: 
5 superheroes ready to fly
Here comes the villain, Stop that guy!This superhero can save the day.Off (s)he flies - up, up, and away!
Count down from 4, 3, 2, 1



I still haven't decided whether I want to use the pieces as a magnet board or with felt glued on the back. And they have to be laminated still too! 

This week's Flannel Friday is hosted by Hannah at Lovin' the Library.

Storytime Rescue: Emergency Program Planning

I have been working on developing a contingency plan for if I have to cover a storytime at my or another branch in an emergency. I have pulled some books from my branch's professional storytime collection as well as my personal collection at home that can work well with a wide variety of ages and that I am comfortable reading to an unknown audience. I also do a lot of these books at my regular storytimes and preschool visits.

The books that I have set aside for this are:

Bark, George by Jules FeifferHi, Pizza Man by Virginia WalterCows in the Kitchen by June CrebbinIt Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
I also included some well known songs that encourage participation:

If You're Happy and You Know ItThe More We Get TogetherHead, Shoulders, Knees and Toes I did not include any recorded music because in a pinch I don't want to mess around with an unknown CD player (let alone try to find it at a different branch!)

I also do Little Mouse and my Bingo draw and tell. I hav…

Announcing Michigan's KidLib Unconference 2015!

Save the date, friends! The MIKidLib Unconference will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015 in Kalamazoo. Any future/current/retired library type person interested in youth services is invited to join us whether you live in Michigan or are willing to come visit! Last year we had 95 attendees (in February!), and I know there are tons of wonderful libraries on Michigan's West Coast, so I expect to see a great turnout again.

Thank you to the Kalamazoo Public Library for graciously hosting this event. Registration will begin in January but you can mark your calendars be they print or digital now. Our official hashtag is #MIKidLib15 if you're on Twitter.

Also I'm super proud of how the website (my baby!) turned out-- thanks to an awesome Google Sites template-- so please OOH and AAAH.


Tween Program: Maze Maker

I'm trying something new this school year with my tween programming. I decided to branch out from book discussions and try a different type of program each month. I'm calling this experiment Tween Tuesdays and it meets from 4-5 pm once a month. The first month we experimented with marbles and mazes in a low-tech basically free program I called Marble Maker. But Maze Maker is probably a more accurate name.

One of my co-workers at another branch brought a maze craft project to one of our children's staff meetings and I loved the idea (which I believe she discovered through Pinterest). So that was the main project of this program. I set out straws, invisible tape, and copy paper boxes and lids and the kids designed their own mazes. I also let them keep one (dollar store) marble. We already had all of this stuff on hand (seriously we have thousands of plastic straws).

Then, out of pure serendipity, I spotted an idea for a pom-pom maze activity in 101 Kids Activities That Are …

The Fish With the Deep Sea Smile

Happy Shark Week, everyone! I'm sharing an adaptation of "The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile"* I just made with Scratch. I have been learning Scratch for about a week now and this is the first project I have done completely on my own. The otherprojects have been from Teach Your Kids Computer Coding which may be the best book I have read ever. Seriously.  More on that another time.

Please consider this project a rough draft, but one I had a lot of fun working on. I'm very curious to see what you think! There's still a few things I want to tweak but I didn't want to miss the deadline for Sharon's Shark Week Roundup.

Two previously shared shark-themed ideas were Filmore Fish and Six Silly Sharks.

*Words source

Mascot Mania! Library Baseball Program

I love baseball! So I was very excited to have a program featuring the local minor league baseball team's mascot, Lou E. Loon. Luckily, my library had done this program before, about 2 years before I came here, so all I had to do was
pull things out of storage. Recycling program ideas is a great way to minimize planning time. You don't need to reinvent the wheel, I promise.

Program details:
Date and Time: Thursday, August 7 from 11-12
Age Range: All Ages/Family Program
Attendance: 86
Cost: Free, except for the craft materials

The biggest tweak was that the 2011 edition of this program was a Dance Party. We love our dance parties here but decided something more low-key was in order this summer. So we changed to a simple craft and meet and greet program. We also put out some inflatable games for the kids to play.

I couldn't resist putting together a baseball-themed playlist for background music though. I am ever so grateful to Zooglobble for this awesome list of baseball so…

Parachute Playtime Round Two!

As I did last summer, I did a parachute playtime program again this year in August. I incorporated a bunch of familiar songs and added some new ones as well. This year I used a lot of songs suggested by Lisa and Nicole, thanks ladies! I went with more recorded music this year as I have been slowly familiarizing myself with a lot more children's music due to having a little one of my own who loves to dance. So I had some favorites to pull from my own experience in addition to songs that I have used in previous programs with kids at the library.

My playlist in iTunes looked like this:
I added 10 seconds of silence in between songs in the hopes of regaining the kids' attention and being able to quickly dole out instructions. I downloaded a free MP3 of silence to accomplish this. It sounds ridiculous but it works! I also have used that MP3 to make a silent ringtone for my iPhone before since my iPhone did not come with that option. The silence was not critical to the success of …

Flannel Friday: Little Pet in a Box

This week we did a pet-themed storytime for the last week of our summer session. I do not know how it got to be the last week already. I saw this adorable puppet rhyme on Jbrary's YouTube channel, and thought it would be perfect to introduce our pets theme, using this super cute dog puppet we have. 
As the Jbrary ladies pointed out, this rhyme adapts really well to whatever puppet-in-a-container set you may have. I think we actually do have the rabbit in the hat puppet they used but I found this one first. Here's the words I used: 
Little Pet in a Box Little pet in a box,  Sitting so still Will it come out?  Yes, it will! It looks to the left. It looks to the right.  It looks straight ahead... And pops out of sight! 
I decided not to name what kind of pet it was and let the puppy surprise the audience just to build some more anticipation. My group loved this and had me do it over and over! The puppet is Folkmanis

This week's Flannel Friday host isLibrary Village!

Minute to Win It Tween Program Round 2

Wow, I can't believe it has been six months since I did my first Minute to Win It tween program! We decided to offer a second program this summer, and tweaked the set-up a little bit to make it run more smoothly.The major change was that we divided the kids randomly into groups ahead of time and assigned each group a color coding. Kids were given a colored dot on their name tag. Before the program, I made a rotation of which color would get to play which game first. As long as each group had a turn going last and first, I wasn't too concerned about whether they had an even number of turns as the 3rd or 4th group. It wound up looking like this:

We started the program by watching a YouTube playlist I made featuring the rules to each of the games. This gave them just enough information to whet their appetites for their program and also meant latecomers didn't miss the first game, but we also had something to do. 
Floatacious: (standing at tables) Place the plate to the right o…

Maker Monday: Bristlebots!

I had my first ever Maker program on Monday and we made bristlebots! I know many of you have done this project before but for those of you who haven't, bristle bots (aka "brush bots") are mini-robots made out of toothbrush heads. They are fairly simple to make, but more importantly they are really fun! Quality edutainment.

We bought 2 Brush Bot Party Pack kits from Makershed.com for this program. At the time, I believe each kit was about $25 (not including shipping) but it appears the price has gone up since then. I had received a donation from a local company of $50 for children's programming supplies so I used that for this program.

I would recommend purchasing the kits if (as in my case) this is your first time doing a maker program. Or if, again like me, you've not made any type of maker project before. It is very helpful to not have to track anything down other than tools. The tools you will need are side cutters and wire strippers. They are both readily av…

Flannel Friday: Filmore Fish Take 2

Last year I posted a puppet activity called Filmore Fish that I had sort of adapted the included words. This year I wanted to do the same thing but the fish/beach/pond tub had different puppets, so I once again changed the words. 
Here's last year's version:  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 those words for the shark and the second fish.
For the third fish I used this: 
Poor old me swimming in the sea Not one thing to eat for lunch.  BURP (burp up the kelp/seaweed/plant piece)  Hey, buddy! Wouldya be my lunch? 
And then I had the kelp say "NO!" and threw it behind me. 

The puppets didn't have a tag so my co-worker and I are guessing that they are from Mr. Anderson's Company, which is sadly out of business. 
Rounding out my storytime, I read I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry, Fabulous Fishes by Susan Stockdale (shoutout for nonfiction at storytime!), and Big Fi…

"Fizz Boom Read" Summer Reading Program Decorations

The children's department staff has done an amazing job decorating our room for summer reading! Like many libraries, we're using "Fizz Boom Read" as a theme. Since we are blessed with a large space, our head decorator and myself decided in the planning stages to divide it into roughly thirds. You'll see below in the pictures that one third is dinosaurs, another is robots and beakers, and a last is outer space, which also contains some more robots because why not.

The decorations are either from Oriental Trading (space accessories, inflatable dinosaurs) or homemade by my extremely talented co-workers (robots, beakers, trees) mostly from recycled or leftover craft/electronic/misc. supplies. The atoms were made from hula hoops with ball pit balls. I do apologize that these pictures are so dark. I have a hard time getting well-lit photos in our room, with or without a flash. If you're in the Great Lakes Bay area, stop by and have a look in person!










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