Summer Happenings

We’re halfway through our summer reading program, so I thought I’d share some of our library’s happenings: passive and active.

Teen Fandom Passive Program:

One of our volunteens made this endcap sign for our teen area. It’s been super fun to see what teens are loving, and as a major Harry Potter fan, I love that Harry is still on the list. The list also includes, Percy Jackson, Shrek and Hamilton.

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover:

One Thursday evening a group of kids came to their library with their favorite stuffed animals, and listened to a bedtime themed storytime. After storytime their stuffed animals stayed behind for an epic sleepover, which was documented. Obviously. The next day, the kids came to pick up their stuffed animals, and some photos. We had some lovely volunteers help us with a display to commemorate the shenanigans.

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Captain Underpants Passive Program:

I found a template online and our volunteens have been cutting them out for us. We have the underpants and crayons/colored pencils available for kids to color in the library. They can take home the underwear or display it in the library. Of course, we can’t keep any of the Captain Underpants books in stock to display with the passive program.

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Teen Club:

Once a month teens gather in the library meeting room to discuss books, get ARCs, play games and enjoy some snacks. While I’m not leading the program, it’s been fun to hear about!
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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.

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: Dinosaurs

Opening Song

Book:

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Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin

Action Rhyme:

“Five Funny Dinosaurs”

Five funny dinosaurs letting out a roar.

One went away, and then there were four.

Four funny dinosaurs munching on a tree

One went away, and then there were three.

Three funny dinosaurs didn’t know what to do

One went away, and then there were two.

Two funny dinosaurs, having lots of fun

One went away, and then there was one.

One funny dinosaur having no fun.

He went away, and then there none.

 

Book:

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Tea Rex by Molly Idle

 

Action Rhyme:

“Dinosaur, Dinosaur”

Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around

Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground

Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high

Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye

Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose

Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes

Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees

Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please.

Book:

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How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? By Jane Yolen

Action Rhyme:

“Dinosaurs”

Spread your arms, way out wide

Fly like Pteranodon, soar and glide.

Bend to the floor, head down low,

Move like a Stegosaurus, long ago.

Reach up tall, try to be

As tall as Apatosaurus eating on a tree.

Using your claws, grumble and growl

Just like a tyrannosaurus on the prowl.

 

Activity:

Simon Says, Dinosaur edition


Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 13

Opening Song:

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them

Book:

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A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Feltboard:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Tickle:

“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. (gently tickle under chin)

Shared Book:

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Baby Animals by DK

Bounce:

“Ten Fluffy Chickens”

Five eggs and five eggs,

That makes ten. (hold up two hands)

Sitting on top is the mother hen. (put one hand on top of the other, palms down)

Crackle, crackle, crackle;

What do I see?

Book:

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Hats by Kevin Luthardt

Song:

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Closing Song

with Egg Shakers

Family Storytime: Mail

Opening Song

Book:

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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Book:

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Where Does the Mail Go? By Koston Meyer

Activity:

I made foam postcards in a variety of colors. I passed out the postcards and when I called the colors the children put their postcard in the mail box. Before putting the postcards in the mailbox I had the kids point out the stamp and the address and the other bits we learned about in Where Does the Mail Go? I then took out all the postcards, pretending I was the mail carrier, and told them the mail carrier delivered some postcards to me. On each postcard I asked questions and addressed them to readers and librarians. Unfortunately, I did not make enough “readers” to pass back to all the attendees. So I read aloud the postcard questions, which include “what is your favorite book?” and “who is your favorite character?” and “when do you read the most?”

Book:

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Bunny Mail by Rosemary Wells

*I shouldn’t have even attempted this one… everyone was so riled up. As were parents. It’s been an off week here at the library for my family storytime and my colleague’s toddler storytimes. In the end, we just looked at the letters Max wrote, and I paraphrased the story, since I had enough kiddos express interest in the story.

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 12

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them

Book:

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New Red Bike! by James E. Ransome

Song:

The Wheels on the Bus

Book:

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Hello Airplane! By Bill Cotter

Feltboard:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?

Shared Book:

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Noisy Farm by DK

Song:

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Action Rhyme/Activity:

“Fire Truck”

Hurry, hurry,

Drive the firetruck.

Hurry, hurry,

Drive the firetruck.

Hurry, hurry,

Drive the firetruck.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Hurry, hurry

Turn the corner.

Hurry, hurry,

Turn the corner.

Hurry, hurry,

Turn the corner.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Hurry, hurry

Climb the ladder.

Hurry, hurry,

Climb the ladder.

Hurry, hurry,

Climb the ladder.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Hurry, hurry

Spray the water.

Hurry, hurry

Spray the water.

Hurry, hurry

Spray the water.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Book:

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

Closing Song