Storyhour Fridays @ 10:30, ages 2-5.
PLUS join us Friday afternoons. Dog Bookbuddies will join us Fridays @ 3:00. For early readers and dog lovers. So stop by after school on Friday to pick up your books and movies, read to a cute pooch, and build something with Legos or K'Nex.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Storytime, Friday, October 31 @ 10:30

We'll be trick 'r treating throughout the library this Friday, so wear your superduds or tails & horns, and get ready! We'll supply the books, the songs, the treats & treat bags. 
Boo! @ your local library

A children's library is the place to be for Halloween lovers.  Halloween is that night of the year when we can be anything we can imagine. Halloween is that time when we can take our fears (of vampires, witches or bats) turn them inside out, wear them like a hat, and get rid of them for good.

Surreptitiously storytime seduces small children into learning to sit still, participate in a group, listen and enjoy a book BUT NOT ON HALLOWEEN!!! On Halloween I’m wearing my de rigeur witch outfit, the little ones are dressed according to their private fantasy world, and after storytime we bust loose and go Trick or Treating in the library! I give them each a goodie bag and they move from reference desk to circulation desk, etc. It opens them up to the rest of the library and the adult patrons love to see the little ones in their finery.
Monster Mash

2014 Lineup

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood - pop-up by David Carter
  • The Sleepless Little Vampire by Egielski.  Great sound effects.
  • Owl Babies by Waddell. Gripping tale.
  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed! by Colandro(Note to self: wobblin' works better with goblin than "started to spin".
  • Just Say Boo!  by Hood.  A very nice reminder about Halloween manners, and an excellent segue to Trick or Treating in the Library. 

  • Trick or Treating in the library
  • Dancing start & stop to Monster Mash
  • Halloween Bingo
My Favorite Parts:
The books were solid. I wouldn't change them next year. 
Halloween Bingo was great. Monster Mash dancing was fun too.
Still looking for the perfect songs.  

Note to self:  Next year, create strips of spooky black Halloween garbage-bag fringe earlier in the month. Use it in the children's section, and then you'll be able to have to ready for the Halloween party too.

Monster Mash by David Catrow

Look what's in print now! A great copy of The Monster Mash! As you turn the pages, you'll start to tap your feet and the ghost of Bobby Pickett will begin to speak through you! Love this one.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat!

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro

These books, themed for every holiday, are fun to read if you go through them picking up speed, till reading them turns into a marathon performance.

Halloween Role Play!

Pumpkin fists: Make tight fists in air and wave around.
Ghost hands: Wave hands around, flutter fingers, and go Boo!
Spiders: Tap fingers along the floor, table & innocent bystanders.
Witches: Rub your hands together and cackle.
Monsters: Claws and roar.
Dracula: Good EVEning.
Black cat: Raised shoulders and hiss.
Werewolf: Elbows at side, left head, and howl.
Owl: Hoot and swoop.
Bat: Eeek and swoop.
For Older Kids

Frankenstein by Rick Walton

Moms and older kids laugh themselves silly over this wild takeoff of Madeline. Miss Devel presides over Frankenstein's castle, and find himself one night, not in need of a sudden operation, but missing his entire head.
Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Perfect for slightly older kids -- not my two year olds.

The Hallo-Wiener

The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey

I so love this classic written by the great Dav Pilkey, author of Dogzilla and Captain Underpants. Poor Hallowiener. You've got to feel for him. His mom made him wear a hot dog costume she made him for Halloween and everyone llaughs at the little wiener dog.
For Older Kids:
Whose riding on the bus today? A ghost (Boo! Boo!), a witch (heh heh heh), a vampire, (Good EVEning), a monster (Rawr!), an owl (Whoo whoo), and a cat (meow!).

Itsy Bitsy Spider! Nothing more Halloween-y than a spider!
Once I Had a Pumpkin
Once I had a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin
Oh once I had a pumpkin with no face at all
With no eyes and no nose and no mouth and no teeth
Oh once I had a pumpkin with no face at all
So I carved a jack-o-lantern, a jack-o-lantern, a jack-o-lantern
And it looked just like this
With 2 eyes and one nose and mouth and big teeth
So I carved a jack-o-lantern and it looked just this

A few other favorites
Pumpkin, Pumpkin
(tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground
How?d you get so big and round?
You started as a seed so small
Now you are a great big ball
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground,
How?d you get so big and round?
                                             ?Diane Thom
The Roly-Poly Pumpkin
(tune: The Eensy Weensy Spider)

Oh, the roly-poly pumpkin
Went rolling down the hill
Once it started rolling
It could not keep still
It rolled and rolled and rolled
Until it bumped into a rock
Then the roly-poly pumpkin
Rolled to a stop!

Craft: Ghosties!

Styrofoam plates and white garbage bags — could it get any easier? Yeah, I know, these things are uggggly, but come on, it’s Halloween, and your kid’s only three years old! Here’s what I would do: have your child do one every year and SAVE it to compare how the faces change.
or toilet roll mummies.  Just a strip of TP torn in two.  I used jars with votive candles so the kids could light them up at home.

Learning to read with bad jokes! And torture your parents and friends by reading them again, and again and again.:

Boys Life Funny Halloween Jokes
These really are funny!
Some more good ones
Kids don't always get puns, and some joke references, but there are some goodies (or baddies?) on this page.

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONSTER Storytime, Friday, October 24 @ 10:30

Monsters are the cookie eater in all of us. They're loveable and furry. They may be pocket sized mischief makers, or they could be the troll who lives under the bridge or under our beds. They could be us. Or they could be what we are most afraid of. When I'm telling stories to three year olds, though, monsters tend to come in bright colors, have googly eyes waving on unlikely antenna, and are sillier than they are scary.
Do it as: 1. Puppet show or 2. Audience participation

Doing Where the Wild Things Are is like coming home -- so many years of reading this book to so many different children. The children are as fascinated by the fact that I do have it memorized, but I still like to incorporate the physical book with its wonderful pictures as a jumping off into Sendak's strange world. Just did it again today. When I finished, I looked around the audience of mixed ages, from 1 to 8, and all were rapt.
I used my puppet theater and stuck my head out of the top to be the mother, while I had Max chasing a little stuffed dog around. Then he sailed off through night and day in a toy boat I had and danced around with those wild things while I recited the words of Sendak's great book melodiously.
I love doing this as a puppet show, but it is just as effective to read the book. 
5 Little Monsters sleeping in my bed
1 crawled out from underneath the spread
I called to Mama and Mama said,
“No more monsters sleeping in the bed!”
4 Little Monsters…
Monster Mash

Monster Mash

Your child will wonder why you begin humming and singing as you flip over the horribly illustrated pages of this instant classic.

Don't Push the Button!

The ULTIMATE in interactional picture books -- push the button and the monster changes colors, goes polka dots, etc. So -- don't push the button! Oh, no! You pushed the button! This book really rescued a wiggly storytime.
Monster Craft
Isn't Emma's full of personality?

It was a small group, so I had enough bottles of paint to pass around. I demonstrated the first circular squirt of paint (much like Rachel Ray's splotch of EVOO) and then dotted other colors on.  THEN THE MAGIC!  (Pages were prefolded to make this work more easily.) I folded, splootched, opened and OOOOOh so beautiful.  So funny when the kids got to this stage, all the Oooohs around the table.  (And ooze too -- keep a lot of newspaper handy.)  A lovely teen volunteer had cut out the face pieces for me and the kids put them on every which way in true monster form.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Clothing Storytime, Friday, October 17 @ 10:30

When you're still putting on your superhero costume one foot at a time, getting dressed isn't all that easy. As Froggy discovers in this book, sometimes you forget a certain particularly IMPORTANT GARMENT in your ensemble. Whoopsie! And kids think this is terrifically funny. Every time. Just the mention of the word "underwear" always sends them off.

Book Character Clothes

Famous Book Characters and their Famous Clothes: My ensemble for this storytime: A backpack (Dora), a feather boa (Fancy Nancy), a striped hat (Cat in the Hat) and a beautiful red cape (Red Riding Hood). Any others on hand?

What color is everyone wearing?

Start off this storytime with a song about colors:
Who is wearing red today, red today, red today?
Who is wearing red today? Stand up and shout hooray?
And the children will be happy to put out that the red is on their pants or shoes, etc.
2014 Lineup: 
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Litwin
This Is Not My Hat by Klassen
The Hallo-wiener by Pilkey. (Didn't get to -- some wiggly newbies)
Aliens Love Underpants by Freedman
Animals Should Definitely NOT Wear Clothing by Barrett
Zorro Gets an Outfit by Goodrich
Make a Froggy Gets Dressed Flannelboard or metalboard
Kizclub Froggy Gets Dressed
I just print out the color version of these, add magnets to the back, and voila! I'm ready to tell Froggy's story on my metalboard. I'm not much of an artist, so I don't do the flannel. Another librarian friend told me that instead of magnets, she just puts double sided tape on the back of hers and uses a lap held white board. IMPORTANT UPDATE: Magnets didn't work. When you try to pick Froggy up and take him outside to play, of course his clothes all fall off! Back to flannel. I have a stash at home, time to break it out.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Lucky Us! Another excuse to read a Pete the Cat book!

Wow, what a fantastic surprise ending to this book! After Pete the Cat loses his four groovy buttons, he still has one left -- guess which it is!

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Caldecott Medal Book)

Caldecott Winner

I love the short, bouncy tale and the cheery pictures that go along with it. Play the youtube version on which it's based at the end.

Cut 'n' Tell

The kids are always amazed that my mother lets me handle a pair of scissors, so I love to do a cut ‘n’ tell for storytime. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat has downloadable templates of good quality onKizclub. As you can just make out in the picture, I flipped over the overcoat and pencilled in the lines of the pieces that are snipped away throughout the story. The scarf didn’t quite work — I’ll just have to sneak that in. And bring in a nice button from home!
Underwear? Being eaten?

Who knew getting dressed could be so exciting?

I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

No argument here: Jon Klassen's books are very funny. They just strike me as a wee bit on the dark side if there are a bunch of two year olds in your storytime. Now three year olds...three year olds love the whole concept of GETTING EATEN.

This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

Even funnier than I Want My Hat Back. The Caldecott winner. This would be my first choice of the two, if you're just choosing two, and great for a puppet show because the action is off stage.

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing. (Classic Board Books)

All time favorite

This funny book IS a classic, "Animals should definitely not wear clothing...because a billy goat would eat it for lunch...because it would always be wet on a walrus... so funny, from the creators of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
For Older Kids


Mary Wore Red Dress

(To the Tune of Three Blind Mice, a Song of My Composition)
Sock and shoes, sock and shoes
They're off whenever I choose
Whenever I choose (it's good to take off your socks and shoes and hurl them over your shoulder)
I don't like to wear them all night and all day
I feel very good when I throw them away
But oh well I need them to go out to play
My socks and shoes, socks and shoes.

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Underwear Gone
I love it! A flannelboard of underwear in assorted colors, sung to the tune of Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone.
TP Cuff Bracelet Craft

Materials: TP roll, washi tape, stickers, punched out shapes, tinfoil, wire or yarn for closure.  If I were doing this with older kids, I would have cut the rolls in half and dipped into my extensive collection of duck tape, beads, stick on jewels and other gizmos. But I was in a bit of a quandary with these little guys: we couldn't paint or they wouldn't be dry enough to wear. Markers would have worked. But I did like the washi tape, and cheapie FRESH foam stickers work well too. I also had them make "jewels" by pinching together bits of tinfoil -- good small motor.
The closure was a hole punch wired together with that pretty spangly star wire. Yarn would have worked too. Or paperclips.