Second Grade Visits

It’s that time of year again! Outreach for Summer Reading!

My library happens to be across the street from a local elementary school, and every year the second graders come over for library card signups, a tour, and an opportunity to check out books. During their visit, I talk about our summer reading opportunities and then I read A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker.

I am loving how well this books is working out! We talk about library rules (Bear and mouse roller skate to the library, so we talk about appropriate shoes, Bear is loud in the library so we talk about how we have to be respectful to everyone else in the library, but not necessarily silent), we talk about storytimes and activities, and lastly, we talk about fiction vs nonfiction.

Also, every second grade class (so far) has applauded for me when I’m done reading. Whether that’s a sign of how much they enjoy the story, or a cultural thing at their school is a bit up in the air, but I love it! I do think they enjoy the story though, since they laugh a lot. A Library Book for Bear has gone over much better than last year’s Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library. Although that also led to lots of good conversations.

Baby Storytime: 20

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them

Book:

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No Nap! Yes Nap! by Margie Palatini

Feltboard:

Tiny Tim

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.

Book:


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Are You My Mommy? By Mary Murphy

Feltboard:

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Book:

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Good Night Piggy Wiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox

Song:


Itsy Bitsy Spider

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 19

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them

Book:

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Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Action Rhyme:

“These are Baby’s Fingers”

These are baby’s fingers (touch child’s fingers)

These are baby’s toes, (touch child’s toes)

This is baby’s belly button, (touch child’s tummy)

Round and round it goes! (gently tickle child’s tummy)

Feltboard:

“Tiny Tim”

Shared Book:

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Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

Action Rhyme:

“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).

Feltboard:

“Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Book:

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Let’s Count Goats! by Mem Fox

Closing Song

Library Happenings

I am waaaaaayyy behind. I started taking a class and work got nuts, and things just fell to the side. So, to catch up, here are two super fun programs I’ve been working on at the library, and one not so fun one.

Read Across America Day:

Way back in last May (I think) my library got new gates. I hung on to the giant boxes the gates came in because I figured we could make something from them. And we did! For Read Across America Day myself and some staff and some volunteers made puppet theaters out of the gates. We then had stations for kids and families to make Lorax, Fox in Socks and Thing One and Thing Two paper bag puppets. All were a big hit! Although Fox in Socks and the Things were the most popular.

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I Survived the Library:

On Saturday, April 1, Natural Disasters struck the my library and our intrepid patrons learned How to Survive. The STEM program, inspired by the popular I Survived books, consisted of 5 five stations. Each station began with a reading of the first chapter of the corresponding book, and discussion about the character, what might happen, etc. unnamed

Stations included:

I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79 where attendees learned about the parts of a volcano and created their own volcanic eruption with baking soda, vinegar and dish soap.

I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 where attendees learned about the 10 most destructive tsunamis in history and mimicked the effects of a tsunami on a fake beach made of corn grits, corn syrup, pebbles and water.

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 where attendees learned about the ship, it’s lack of lifeboats, and tried to build their own unsinkable ships out of tinfoil.

I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 where attendees built their own cityscapes out of toothpicks and marshmallows on a base of jello-o and mimicked the effects of an earthquake, after learning about how and why earthquakes occur.

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 where attendees learned about the varieties of sharks and took a trivia quiz on shark behavior.

**can you tell I copied and pasted this from my staff newsletter? I’m all about reusing.

Leadership Training:

As a somewhat new supervisor in my system (1 year, and 1 month at the start of the training) I was signed up for an Integrity in Leadership Training through my county. It’s really interesting learning about the different parts of the county and the various work my colleagues do. It’s also interesting to see how different these areas are (and similar in some cases) and how some managerial tactics might work in the assessor’s office but not in corrections, or how a strict dress code might be necessary in the attorney’s office, but not so much in the highway department.

Anyway, what I have found to be the most beneficial piece of advice from our trainer is this: follow your organization’s mission, and if you do that and work with integrity, you can’t feel badly if people get mad at you. As managers, and as people who work in the public, library managers are never going to please everyone (and as a people pleaser I struggle with this), but if we tailor our work to our library’s mission and work with integrity (treat our tasks, and our people with respect) we can go home knowing we’ve done a job well done and not get upset when people are mad.

This is easier said than done for me, again people pleaser here, but I’m working on it.

Baby Storytime: 17

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them

Shared Book:

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Quiet, Loud by Leslie Patricelli

Feltboard:

“Tiny Tim”

Action Rhyme/Tickle:

“Shoe the Little Horse”

Shoe the little horse (tap left foot)

Shoe the little mare (tap right foot)

But let the little colt,

Run free everywhere (bicycle child’s feet around and around)

Shared Book:

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Where is Baby’s Bellybutton? by Karen Katz

Feltboard:

“Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Song:

“The Wheels on the Bus”

Book:

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Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Song:

“Row Row Row Your Boat”

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 16

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them

Shared Book:

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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis

Feltboard:

“Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Song:

“I’m a Little Teapot”

Book:

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Where is Baby’s Bellybutton? by Karen Katz

Feltboard:

“Tiny Tim”

Action Rhyme:

“Tap and Clap”

Two little feet go tap, tap, tap.

Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.

A quick little leap up from the chair,

Two little arms reach high in the air.

Two little feet go jump, jump, jump.

Two little hands go thump, thump, thump.

One little baby turns round and round.

One little child sits quietly down.

Shared Book:

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What’s On My Head? by Margaret Miller

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 15

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them

Shared Book:

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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis

Feltboard:

“Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Action Rhyme:

“One Arm Goes Up”

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.

*it’s like a mini ab work out in storytime*

Book:

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Now I’m Big by Karen Katz

Action Rhyme:

“Eye Winker”

Eye Winker, (point to eyes)

Tom Tinker, (point to ears)

Nose smeller, (point to nose)

Mouth eater, (point to mouth)

Chin chopper, (tap chin)

Chin chopper,

Chin chopper,

Chin chopper, chin. (tickle under chin)

Feltboard:

“Tiny Tim”

Song:

“Itsy Bitsy Spider”

Closing Song