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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Monkey Storytime, Friday, May 1 @ 10:30 am

Monkeys live for danger. They're always teasing crocodiles and jumping on beds. They can't even behave at the library! When Curious George, the most famous monkey of them all, goes to storytime, he turns the library bookshelves upside down -- literally. And yet, what do we so often call the small people who come to our storytimes?



Make some monkey noises! They're a) important vowel sounds and b) big faves with kids doing animal noises. Tell them not to clap after the stories -- they're supposed to give you monkey cheers, ooo-eee-aaaa!

Intro: Monkey Truck. I know, a truly weird book. But they love it! 
Gripping tale: Where's My Mommy? by Julia Donaldson.
Physical: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. I've tried to use this book in monkey stories every year, but was never very happy with the results. Finally! With this two - four year old bunch, I explain that we're looking for the gorilla on the cover. I turn the pages and ask, "Is that a gorilla?" No, it's a giraffe! "Can you stretch your neck like a giraffe?" The theatrics were great. I flipped around through the book (skipping the camel!) till the crowd enthusiasm was ready for discovering the gorilla. Nice interaction!
OR  Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett. Turn the page; there are monkey enemies everywhere, and the monkeys are hiding.
Science: Gorillas (Blastoff readers) or Busy Monkeys by Schindel
Classic: Curious George and the Dump Truck OR Yummy Yummy! Food for My Tummy!
by Sam Lloyd
So sweet how the kids really identify with the two monkeys separated by shark infested waters. Two favorite kid themes: being eaten (by sharks, wolves, or dinosaurs) and being all alone on a desert island with no one to play with. And the moms did a great job of reciting, "Yummy Yummy! Food for my Tummy!" in all the right places. This is a great monkey storytime book.
Quickie: Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox.
Finale: Do Monkeys Tweet? by Melanie Walsh.

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
5 Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree

This dude is made of a square, a large circle (the outside of a roll of duck tape), two smaller punched out circles, and two punched out hearts, cut in half.  The pipe cleaners are taped on in the back. I think I'll add a straw for him to swing from this year.

Manners Storytime, Friday, April 26 @ 10:30 AM


 I begin  by explaining that there are different kinds of manners for different kinds of places. Then I talk about the manners people should be using in storytime. Now's your chance to eyeball offenders and get down and dirty, as well as reminding moms you need them too. Good manners means making other people feel good, and when people talk when you're reading a story, it hurts your feelings. You think they don't like it. Rub it in. 


  • Intro: Excuse Me by Karen Katz
  • Gripping Read: The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems
  • Classic: Fierce Bad Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Begs for a flannelboard so you can remove the fierce bad rabbits tail and whiskers when they're shot off.
  • Good story: How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen.  Pleasant intro to table manners.
  • Too many two-year olds for this year: Gripping Read: Mind Your Manners, B. B. Wolf, by Judy Sierra. Just so darn funny. B. B. Wolf (aka Big Bad Wolf, and now living in retirement) is invited by the local librarian to a tea for children's characters -- all of whom he wished to eat in the past. How should he behave? His friend the crocodile sings him a song: "Sip your tea and never slurp, say 'excuse me' if you burp. Smile and have a lot of fun, but don't go biting anyone" (which works well to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
  • Good Story: Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony.  How do you get a donut? You ask nicely. 
  • Good story: Time to Say "PLEASE"! by Mo Willems
  • Science Bonus: I included animal manners in the program to give a little variety. I used Animal Talk by Etta Kaner (j591.59) and Never Smile at a Monkey by the great Steve Jenkins. This gave me a good excuse to do animal noises on the Wheels on the Bus!


3 nice mice, 3 nice mice, see how nice they are, see how nice they are.
They're always polite when they nibble their cheese.
They never forget to say thankyou and please.
They always remember to cover their sneeze.
Achoo! Achoo! Achoo!
They're 3 nice mice.

5 little ducks ran in the parking lot
1 fell down and he went plop
Mama called the Big Duck and the Big Duck got hot!
No more ducks running in the parking lot! etc.


We pretended we were in a restaurant waiting to be served, practiced some restaurant games. This site has some terrific ones: Restaurant Games, I had the table all set with placemat.  I particularly like tic-tac-toe with sugar packets and straws, I Spy, ABC Spy, and Disappearing Objects. 

We did Disappearing Objects, I SPY, and ABC Spy.  Very VERY fun. 10 - 15 minutes went by easily, and then I told them their order was up.  I passed around the cookies a la Please, Mr. Panda and I got a lot of please and thankyous.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pre-K Earth Day Storyhour, Garden Storyhour, Friday, April 17 at 10:30

What is more magical than planting a seed?

  • Great Intro: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson.  Soooo interactional.  Tap the magic tree, turn the page, and see howyour tapping made the leaves grow, the flowers blossom, leaves change.  A beautiful book, perfect for any storytime. I used it as the conclusion. I had a small, and very young, group, and it worked very well.
  • Great Intro: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.  Plant a seed, yes, but what happens when you accidentally SWALLOW one?
  • Good Story: My Garden by Kevin Henkes.  Henkes once again speaks truly to how we all feel -- we all want jellybean bushes and chocolate rabbits in our gardens, and to be able to plant seashells if we want to grow seashells.
  • Good Story: Searcher and the Old Tree by David McPhail. What do trees do for us?  In a clear, compelling (love weather sound effects) tale, McPhail shows how trees protect us.
  • Classic: Rotten Island by William Steig. Cdn't use this year; I had mostly twos, and this one's best for three to fours.
  • Classic: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. The moms and dads all oohed and ahhed in helpful horror as the Mom and Dad and Brother said, "It won't grow!"
  • Good Stories:  Nibbles: A Green Tale and Nibbles: Another Green Tale by Charlotte Middleton.  This book really has everything -- good art, a cute guinea pig, and everything yo need to know about seeds and gardening.
  • Longer Tale: Pinkalicious GOES GREEN in Emeraldalicious! "I was strolling in the park...suddenly I tripped on a rock and fell, breaking my tiara and wand."  Pinkie's recycling is like nothing's as if she's been on Pinterest for hte last six months. She creates thrones, castles and a boat mobile out of the garbage she finds strewn over her favorite picnic site.  Long for the little guys, but chop it up and add a recycling craft and it's a winner.
  • Longer Tale: Rotten Island by William Steig. "This book is about MONSTERS," I said, and the children clung to each other in mock terror.  I did abbreviate the text, but the kids enjoyed this great story.  Just last week one of my storyhour kids gave me a  big pink daisy, and I pulled that out as The Flower.
  • I Went to the Bay by Ruth Miller. This short, rhyming tale perfectly describes Florida wildlife.
  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr.  I dunno, I like to get my message across with a little more liveliness than Parr uses.
  • Over in the Meadow
Shape Collage
This year a volunteer punched out some shapes, like hearts and circles and cut rectangles. I showed them how to make flowers and butterflies from hearts. I gave them a pile of shapes and had them play with them on the paper (and also cut them up) before I handed out the pastse.

based on A Seed Was Planted by Toulla Palazeti

We did this last summer with begonias.  Buy a big, beautiful plant, and then just divide it up into cuttings so that each child can have a new plant.  This works very well with the young ones with no attention spans.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Baby Storyhour

I loved doing a storytime about babies for BIG KIDS like two-year-olds. And you can always throw baby animals into the mix for variety.

Game: Intro: I had a four sets of animals and their babies pinned to the clothesline. The lion was with her cub, but the others were all mixed up. I asked the kids to help me straighten them out. Is this right? Is this right?


  • Intro: Science & Math: Potty Time by Guida van Genechten (Yes! Everyone poops! and it's so funny!)
  • Gripping tale: Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
  • Classic: Royal Superbaby
  • Physical: Baby Says "Moo!" by JoAnn Early Macken. I had puppets for all the animals, so I distributed them among the sitters in front.  Then as I read the book, I approached each child and interacted with them. 
  • Didn't get to: Quickie: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox. I like to remind the kids that when they were all born (Yes! They were born!), the first thing their doctors and nurses and moms and dads did was count all their fingers and toes. So how many fingers and toes do they have? They were born with then fingers and toes, and they still have that many, just like the babies in this book!
  • Finale: Mommy, Carry Me Please! by Jane Cabrera. I like this one so much because it talks about how each mom carries her baby.  "Would you like to sit in your mother's mouth?" etc.
  • Maybe: Avocado Baby by John Burningham. The Hargraves are a bunch of weaklings, and at first, there baby is too.  But the children get the idea of feeding their new baby avocado, and in no time he is moving furniture, chasing burglars, and throwing bullies in the nearest pond. For avocado eaters everywhere. Pull it out: ahhhh-voe-caaaahh-doe.
Songs Background: Any lullaby CD

  • I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur:
  • Over in the Meadow
  • Mama's little baby loves bouncing, bouncing (to Shortnin' Bread). 2nd chorus, wiggling.
  • 5 little babies rocking in a tree
4 little babies blowing kisses at me.
3 little babies knocking at the door.
2 little babies crawling on the floor.
1 little baby playing hide and seek. Keep your eyes closed now, till I say PEEK!
  • Let's make one thing perfectly clear: The babies on my Wheels on the Bus do not go waa-waa-waah. They play peekaboo. I hope yours do too.
Baby Oil Suncatcher
I know, I know, incredibly dorky, huh?  But the kids get into polka dotting, and everyone smells like baby oil instead of poster paint for a change.


Lorena is displaying a baby mobile. Since babies can't see color (no wonder they cry all the time), we made black and white mobiles. The children selected precut geometric shapes made of black and white paper and made their mobiles, using 1/4 length pipe cleaners. (So much easier than fussing with knots if you're not good at that yet.) AFTER the mobiles were assembled, they painted them with some very cool new foam stamp brushes we had from Oriental Trading, and then they kind of went haywire and painted the table too, but luckily it was papered over. Everything was mounted on a pipe cleaner tied to a piece of red yarn, which made the thing quite bouncy -- MOBILE, get it?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Pre-K Rabbit Storytime

We'll be searching for eggs in the library again this year, so bring your baskets!  
I was late for storyhour so I rushed in garbed in white plush but without my bunny ears. I was carrying my bag with all my hats, and after I apologized, I started trying them on.  "Is this the right hat?" I asked, and pulled on my witch's hat.  "Nooooo!"  I went through a Cat in the Hat hat (NOOOOH!), a pirate hat (NOOOOOO!), and a crown (NOOOOO!) before I pulled on my ears.  Ham I am!

  • Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes.  You deserve all those Caldecotts.
  • Bunnies by Colleen Sexton.
  • Here comes the Easter Cat.  I don't know if they really loved this book all that much.
  • Lion vs. Rabbit by Alex Latimer. The pictures are very busy, and they may have missed the humor. 
  • The Easter Bunny that Overslept by Priscilla & Otto Friedrich.
  • Too Many Bunnies by Matt Novak.
  • Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman.  My new favorite: great pix, rhyming text, funny story.
  • Fierce Bad Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Don't forget to bring some wrapping bubbles to stomp on for the boom of the hunter's gun.
  • "Little Bunny Foo Foo." 
  • "This is the Way We Shake Our Eggs," to the tune of "This is the Way We Wash Our Clothes" and we shook our dollar-store-plastic-eggs-filled-with-lentils-and-taped-shut way up high, way down low, very fast and then oh-so-sloooooow. 
  • "The Bunny Pokey" -- you put your ears, your nose, your tail & your paws in.  At this time I swept away by the whole Easter Bunny spirit. After all, I was the one with the ears. I was the one with a bushy tail.  I felt myself becoming larger then life -- like Kevin Henkes' Little White Rabbit. I was full of myself indeed.
  • "Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose/ Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose/ Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose/ and he flicked it till it flew away...& then ear, paw, tail, etc. (Thanks Miss Mary Liberry!), starring Peter Rabbit and the Fly. 

Have them decorate white paper bags with markers, stamps, stickers, cutting around the edges, etc. These will be the bags for their Easter Eggs. While they do this, you can hide the eggs.  Really, four is plenty per child. A Hershey's Kiss, a butterscotch, and a mini.
A very simple rabbit mobile made of cardstock w/a few stickers.  How I yearn for a diecut at egg time! But Michelle, my obliging teen volunteer, hardly complained at all about cutting out all those bunny rabbits and some eggs.  I gave some visiting four year olds scissors and crayons too, but I kept it simple for the young ones.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pre-K Funny Storytime, Friday, March 27 @ 10:30

Well, I know we're usually p-r-e-t-t-y darn funny at storytime, but this week we're going to be just plain silly. We'll do everything backwards; sing the goodbye song for hello, wear our clown wigs.


  • Intro: Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas.  Good for audience participation. Remember to brush up on your chicken dance.
  • The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak.  All about the voice.  I bet the babies would love this one too.
  • The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Latimer.  This kid has it tough.  When they ask him what happened to the last piece of cake and he explains that a ninja (or an alligator or an alien) entered the house and took it, they punish him! He solves his problem by inviting the visiting miscreants to a party at his house.
  • Didn't Get To: Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? by Julie Middleton.  As dad and his son tour the museum, the dad ticking off all the attributes and long names of the dinosaurs, the kid's getting tickled by triceratops etc.  Are the dinosaurs dead, dad? Of course! But....what's T-Rex doing?  The author works everything off the letter D, so as you read the short text, plunk down on the D sound for extra ridiculousness.
  • That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems.  Although let's get real, ANY Pigeon book is really funny.
  • Chicken Butt by Erica Perl.

  • If you're silly and you know it stick out your tongue.
    If you're silly and you know it stick out your tongue.
    If you're silly and you know then your face will surely show it.
    If you're silly and you know it stick out your tongue.
       Pat your head,
            Rub your tummy
            Do all three
  • Chicken Nuggets Hot, Chicken Nuggets Cold
  • 5 Little Ninjas Fighting with Each Other, One Kicks Super Fast and Turns to Peanut Butter
  • The Banana Song:  (First you peel, peel, peel peel banana, etc.)
Slime recipe.  I mixed up and premeasured cups of the glue/water mix. Each kid got one and a spoon and was told to start stirring a bit. Then I went around and added the food coloring color of their choice -- no, they could not do it themselves!  and told them to keep stirring.  Then I went around and added the borax "potion" solution, and told them to watch for the magic.  I guess I'm not much of a scientist -- it's magic, not polymers, to me.  The kids loved this and I think the parents loved it even more.  

Next year I think I'll remember to save the reverse of the shelf paper we use to cover books, so that after the kids mix the stuff up, they can dump it out and play with it on a smooth surface.  Slime sets better as it works.  Even more fun. I might even give them little creatures to embed in the slime.  

Pre-K Friends Storytime

Children learn so much from their friends, how to play, how to speak, even how to be human. At the same time, two year olds can't Twitter or Facebook. They are dependent on us to make their playdates, and I am happy to say, they quite often come to my library to meet other two year olds!

Quiz your storytime visitors with a flannelboard mix of which famous friend goes with whom:  Elephant & Piggy, Pooh and Piglet, Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat, Dora and Diego.

  • Any Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems
  • Do You Want To Be My Friend? by Eric Carle. Nobody wants to be friends with the mouse! Not the horse, not the crocodile, not the lion...until he finds another mouse.  Great readaloud -- all those animals!
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead.  This Caldecott winner is the charming tale of a living zookeeper who takes sick one day and has to stay home. Do the animals miss him? No, they go to visit him.  
  • The Adventures of Beekle.  Another Caldecott winner -- very sweet -- about an imaginary friend.  This may take some explaining for two year olds.
  • Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira.  The paranoid frog population is suspicious of the new pond occupant -- a croaking pig.  What can he mean by it? Maybe not much. Maybe he just wants to be friends!
  • Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich.  All the books in this series deal with the sometimes difficult friendship between two very doggy dogs. Wonderful illustrations.
  • A Splendid Friend Indeed by Suzanne Bloom.  Even good friends can be annoying sometimes.  But if you try hard enough, you can find something to do that you both like.  (Like reading a book!)