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.

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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.

Seusstastic

As I’m sure you all know, March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and also Read Across America Day. In honor of the day, every library in my system created some sort of programming related to our favorite doctor. More details on our special programming can be found here.

 

 

Opening Song

Book:

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Dr. Seuss’s ABC: an amazing alphabet book by Dr. Seuss

Finger Play:

“One Little Cat”

One little cat on a sunny day
Put on his hat and went out to play
Two little cats when the sky turned dark
Put on their hats and went to the park
Three little cats when the sky turned blue
Put on their hats and went to the zoo
Four little cats by the kitchen door
Put on their hats and went to the store
Five little cats on a sunny day
Put on their hats and they all ran away.

Courtesy of Mel’s Desk

Book:

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Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Parachute Activity:

“I Don’t Like Green Eggs and Ham”
(to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down”)

 I don’t like Green Eggs and Ham
Eggs and Ham, Eggs and Ham
I don’t like Green Eggs and Ham
Sam I Am!

Would you like them here or there?
Here or there, here or there?
Would you like them anywhere?
Green eggs and ham?

I don’t want them here or there
Here or there, here or there
I don’t want them anywhere
Sam I am!

You should try green eggs and ham
Eggs and ham, eggs and ham
You should try green eggs and ham
You might like them!

Courtesy of Miss Meg’s Storytime

Closing Song

Family Storytime: Books and Reading

Opening Song:

If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.

If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.

Clap your hands and stomp your feet,

If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.

Book:
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara

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Fingerplay:

“Five little books at the library”

Five little books as great as can be

Along comes (name) with their library card

To take one home and read.

4 little books

3 little books

2 little books

1 little book

*Instead of names, I used animals.

Book:

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

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Song:

“If you’re a reader and you know it”

If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands.

If you’re a reader and you know it, and you really want to show it

If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands.

(Shout hooray, stomp your feet, read a book)

Book:

A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker

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*too long, stopped half way through*

Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Parachute Song:

“Read, read, read a book” (to the tune of row row row your boat)

Read, read, read a book,

Travel anywhere,

Worldwide, you decide,

A book will take you there.

Read, read, read a book,

Beginning to the end,

What a way to spend the day,

A  book’s a special friend!

*repeated multiple times, at various speeds

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 11

Opening Song

“Open Them, Shut Them”

Song:
Itsy Bitsy Spider

Book
New Socks by Bob Shea
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Action Rhyme:
“3 Green and Speckled Frogs”

3 green and speckled frogs (hold up 3 fingers)

Sat on a speckled log

Eating some delicious bugs (rub belly)

Yum, Yum.

One jumped into the pool (lift baby)

Where it was nice and cool.

Then there were two green and speckled frogs.

Repeat for 2 and 1.

Shared Book:

Everywhere a Moo, Moo by Scholastic

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Song:

The Wheels on the Bus

Feltboard:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

Book:

My House by Byron Barton

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Song:

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Closing Song

Family Storytime: Snow

Opening Song

“Hello my friends hello”

Book:

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
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Feltboard:

“Royal Penguins”
One royal penguin feeling very blue,
Called for his brother. Then there were two.
Two royal penguins swimming in the sea,
Called for their sister. Then there were three.
Three royal penguins waddling on the shore,
Called for their mother. Then there were four.
Four royal penguins learning how to dive,
Called for their father. Then there were five.

Book:

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
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Action Rhyme:

“Snowflakes, snowflakes” to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”
Snowflakes falling, (make falling motions with fingers)
Snowflakes falling,
All around,
All around.
Whirling, twirling snowflakes, (turn around)
Whirling, twirling snowflakes,
Hit the ground, (fall to the ground)
Hit the ground.

Book:

The Red Sled by Lita Judge
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Action Rhyme:

“Five Little Snowmen”
Five little snowmen standing in a row.
(hold up five fingers)
Each had two eyes and a carrot nose
(point to eyes, point to nose)
Along came the sun and shone all day,
(form sun with arms)
And one little snowman melted away.
(hold up one finger)

Four little snowmen…
Three little snowmen…
Two little snowmen…
One little snowman…

http://www.theholidayzone.com/winter/songs.htm

Feltboard:

“Five Little Polar Bears”
Five little polar bears, playing near the shore.
One tumbled in, and then there were four.
Four little polar bears swimming in the sea.
One chased a seal, and then there were three.
Three little polar bears, what shall we do?
One went swimming, and then there were two.
Two little polar bears playing in the sun,
One took a nap, and then there was one.
One little polar bear, not very old.
Where’s my mom? I’m hungry and cold.

http://lisaslibraryland.blogspot.com/2013/01/flannel-friday-five-little-polar-bears.html

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 10

Opening Song

“Good Morning to you,
Good morning to you,
Good morning dear _____,
Good morning to you.” with baby safe mirrors for baby to look at himself/herself.

Action Rhyme:

Open Them Shut Them

Book:

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Jump! By Scott M. Fischer

Bounce:

“Giddyap, Giddyap”
Giddyap, Giddyap, ride to town (bounce baby on knees)
Giddyap, giddyap, up and down.
Giddyap fast (bounce baby faster)
Giddyap slow (bounce baby slowly)
Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap, WHOA! (lean back and dip baby back towards knees)

Feltboard:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Shared Book:

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Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman

Action Rhyme:

“Where is Thumbkin?”

Book:

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Fetch by Jorey Hurley

Bounce:

“This is the Way the Ladies Ride”
This is the way the ladies rid,
Nim, nim, nim. (bounce on lap)
This is the way the gentleman ride,
Trim, trim, trim. (bounce on lap)
This is the way the farmers ride,
Trot, trot, trot. (bounce on lap)
This is the way the hunters ride,
Gallop, gallop, gallop. (bounce on lap)

Song:

Row, Row, Your Boat

Feltboard:

“The Itsy Bitsy Spider”

Closing Song