Family Storytime: Pigs and Pugs

Once I found two pig and pug books I knew I had to do a pig and pug storytime.

Opening Song:

“Hello My Friends Hello”



Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion


“Pig Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”

Snout instead of nose and tail instead of toes



Pig and Pug by Laura Marchesani


“Five Pigs”

Five pigs so squeaky clean

Cleanest you’ve ever seen

Wanted to go outside and play

Oink! Oink!

One jumped into the mud

Landed with a big THUD

Then there were four clean and squeaky pigs.



Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Closing Song


A Very Belated Read Across America Day!

Oops! I forgot about Read Across America Day! This is the last year of Seuss. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next year on Read Across America Day.

I went for a Dr. Seuss STEM day in my library. We had Cat in the Hat patterns, The Lorax Truffula Tree building, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish sorting.


I forgot to take pictures of the actual pattern portion. But I cut out four of the Cat in the Hat’s hat and colored them in with different patterns. I then cut out a variety of stripes, and the kids had to recreate the pattern on the hat templates I created. The back of each pattern also had suggested extension activities like extending the pattern, how many red stripes etc.

Using only recycled paper and my Truffula tree tops the kids had to build their own Truffula trees.IMG_7070

The fish are of varying size and colors, and some I drew hearts and dots on. I had the kids sort the fish by size, color, hearts, polka dots, and asked if they could think of any other way to sort the fish.

Overall, this was a fun program. We did it as a passive program, but in the future I think I’d run it as an hour long toddler/preschool STEM program.

Harry Potter Day!

A coworker discovered Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter Book Night promotional materials, so we decided to have our own Harry Potter program. We all love Harry Potter, so it was a no brainer. The official Harry Potter Book Night happened to fall on a February 1st, school night, so we postponed until Saturday. Which also happened to be the day before the Super Bowl (only tangentially important).

Most of the resources from Bloomsbury focus on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, since the new movie is coming out soon. The resources are also geared towards older kids and the super obsessed. Even I didn’t know the answers to most! So I picked through the resource book and made my own program.

First, I found a house sorting system using a cootie catcher, or fortune teller (this is dependent on age and where you grew up). I thought about the Pottermore quiz, but I couldn’t take that long to sort everyone via an online quiz. However, showing second graders how to fold the fortune teller was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. Thankfully a few grownups stayed to enjoy the party. We also had one attendee who was still in Kindergarten and can’t read, so having her mom there was very helpful.


Once sorted, we had 2 Slytherins, 2 Ravenclaws, and 1 Gryffindor (the kinder) so I joined her team. As you can see, the Slytherins won handily.

house points

Then we played Pictionary. I came up with the phrases and tried to vary it between easy and hard, as I wasn’t sure what age group would show up. I included: Scabbers, Snape, Hagrid, Bertie Bots Ever Flavor Beans, Chocolate Frogs, Potions class, the Elder Wand, The Burrow and a few more that I can’t remember. Then we moved on to Jeopardy. This is where things got tricky. A lovely volunteen made our Jeopardy board, but all the questions from the Bloomsbury Handbook were about Fantastic Beasts, and the questions were hard! And of course, the kids all went for the 150 point questions, and only one team got a question over 50 points right. So I did feel badly about that. But, in my defense, the program was geared and advertised towards middle and high schoolers. Not in my defense, I should know by now that our programs attendees skew young.


By the time we finished Jeopardy, our program hour was almost over. We quickly cut out the template for the corner book marks, and I sent them home with supplies to decorate and Harry Potterfy their bookmarks. Then they took home the word search and draw your won beast pages from the Bloomsbury Guide.

All in all, it was a fun program, and I got to capitalize on the fun Superb Owl meme, with the most superb of Superb Owls.


Baby Storytime Rhyme Conundrum

Has anyone else noticed that many baby storytime rhymes/tickles/finger plays etc. are “he” oriented. Like:

“There Was a Little Mouse”

There was a little mouse, (gently tickle child)

Looking for his house, (gently tickle child)

Not here, (gently tickle child)

Not here, (gently tickle child)

But here, here, here! (tickle tummy)


“Round and Round the Garden”

Round and round the garden, (make a circle in child’s palm)

Goes the teddy bear.

One step, two steps, (fingers walk up child’s arm)

Tickle you under there. (tickle child under arm)

Round and round the haystack, (make a circle in child’s other palm)

Goes the little mouse.

One step, two steps, (fingers walk up child’s arm)

Into his little house. (tickle child under arm).


“Hurry Scurry Little Mouse”

Hurry scurry little mouse,

Starts down at your toes (touch baby’s toes)

Hurry scurry little mouse,

Past your knees he goes (walk fingers to baby’s knees)

Hurry scurry little mouse,

Past where your tummy is (tickle baby’s tummy)

Hurry scurry little mouse,

Gives you a mousy kiss (kiss baby or make kissy noises)



Bumblebee was in the barn

Carrying her dinner under her arm


Does “he” and “his” rhyme better? Sometimes I’m able to change it to her (I changed the “Bumblebee” rhyme to her in storytime), but other times it just doesn’t feel right. But, maybe that’s habit and I need to put in more effort to be aware and break that habit. Has anyone else noticed this? Does it bother anyone else?

Baby Storytime: 21

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them



Pete the Cat Five Little Ducks by James Dean


Down by the Bay

Action Rhyme:

“One arm and one leg”

One arm goes up,

One arm goes down.

One arm goes up and down.

Two arms go up,

Two arms go down.

Two arms go up and down.

One leg goes up,

One leg goes down.

One leg goes up and down.

Two legs go up,

Two legs go down.

Two legs go up and down.

Two arms and two legs go up.

Two arms and two legs go down.

Two arms and two legs go up and down.

Shared Book:


My Car by Byron Barton


Wheels on the Bus



Fire Truck by Peter Sis

Closing Song

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Storywalk

Last week I accomplished one of my professional goals. Since starting in public libraries I wanted to run a We’re Going on a Bear Hunt storywalk, through nature that somewhat resembles the scenes in the book. My current library is working on a partnership with a local nature center (we want more outreach, they want more visitors, so win-win!) and another librarian and I jumped at the chance to start this journey. I brought up my Bear Hunt idea and they loved it, and the site just happened to have a master naturalist volunteer who had already created a bear game, a bear den, and a box of bear paraphernalia (plaster prints, bear skin, etc). The nature center even has bears living on their property and have trail-cam photos of the bears.

Bear Hunt

I got to nature center at noon on a Wednesday and helped set up the non-trail portion of the event. We had a corner set up for kids to read to stuffed bears and a basket of other fabulous bear books. We also had a binocular making station, coloring sheets, and a “map” with early literacy tips for parents on the back.

Not only was I impressed by the turnout, but by how long some of our Bear Hunters took on their walk. Some were on the trail for an hour! They then stayed and made binoculars or colored or read for another hour or two.

I’m super excited to continue this partnership and hope that the upcoming nature storywalks are just as successful. And I was so excited to see something I’d thought about for years come to life.

Farmers Market Storytimes

I love farmers markets. I don’t always buy stuff (except flowers), but I love the idea. This year, some librarians joined me in promoting the library at the farmers market. We’re lucky enough to work in a community where the farmers market organizers reached out to us first. I love that other organizations also want to partner with library and it’s not always us reaching out to them. Especially when I get to sit outside.

When I went to the farmers market I ran a storytime of sorts. I never had kids all at the same time, so it was mostly a “who wants to hear a story?” kind of situation, and I’d read books throughout my time at the market. At my last job I tried doing farming/vegetable/food related stories, but those are all long and not particularly engrossing. Especially when the storytime is surrounded by other more interesting distractions. So I went with some tried and true silly favorites. By far the most popular books I read were:

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

New Socks by Bob Shea

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (surprise, surprise)