Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Opening Song:  If You're Happy

Books Read:  Groundhog Day by Betsy Lewin
Who Will See Their Shadow This Year? by Jerry Pallotta
Ten Grouchy Groundhogs by Kathryn Heling

Groundhog grab bag:  This idea was online.  I had a brown paper bag with various items in that I had the kids come up and pull out and then we compared the item to a groundhog.  For example, small pillow - sleeps, hibernates during winter

Shadow guess:  I had a bag of objects that I placed on an overhead projector and had the kids guess what the object was.

Shadow Song.

Craft:  I found a groundhog stick puppet online that we did today.  Here are pictures.

Cya Next Week!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Old MacDonald Had A . . . .

Opening Song:  The Bean Bag song by Hap Palmer
ABC Song

Books Read:
How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra
Old MacDonald Had a Zoo by Curtis Jobling
Old MacDonald had a Dragon by Ken Baker (This was the reason I decided to do an Old Mac story time)

We talked about farms and what animals and vehicles would be on a farm.  I used the book Vehicles on the Farm by Bobbie Kalman to show pictures of different machines.

We sang the Old MacDonald song and then we did the song with expressions and feelings instead of animals.  I found the idea online and tweaked it a little, it went like this. "Old MacDonald felt so Glad . . .

We wrapped up with "If You're Happy And You Know It" and then went to our craft.

Today's craft was easy for me.  I gave the kids a piece of paper and crayons and told them to draw their farm.  Here are a few pictures of their farms.

Pictures are a little hard to see.  They did a great job!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


We had books that ate people and dogs, books without pictures and a boy who ate books in storytime today.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

The Book that Eats People

This book just ate my dog! by Richard Byrne

We sang "If You're Happy and You Know It", ABC song, we did the Hokey Pokey and wrapped up with a book mark craft.

We used a craft hot plate to decorate their own book marks that I then laminated for them to keep.  Because I only had one hot plate they took turns and we had a Scooby Doo in the Library coloring page for them to do while they waited.  Here are some pictures:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Opening Song:  The Bean Bag by Hap Palmer.  Kids where early and restless so we did this as our beginning and before activity.  I think we did it about 4 times.
ABC Song:  We did this one forward and backward

We talked about Hippos.  There traits and characteristics and then shared our first story.

1st story:  That's What Makes A Hippopotamus Smile! by Sean Taylor
2nd story:  Hippo goes Bananas! by Marjorie Murray

Activity:  Hippo on a bus chant

3rd story:  Hilda Must be Dancing by Suzanne Watts

Activity:  Ring around the Rosey

4th story:  The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz.

Craft:  Hippo paper bag puppets.  See pictures:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


I just realized as I am getting ready to post this that this is the last story time of 2014!  Time sure does fly!

As it was also the last storytime before Christmas I shared some new Christmas books that came in.

1st story:
Frankenstein's Fright Before Christmas by Ludworst Bemonster.  Cute story.  I had one of the kids who saw the cover of the book before story time say "It's Christmas not Halloween!".  I explained that monsters have Christmas too.

2nd story:
The Animals' Santa by Jan Brett.  I had to explain to the kids that the animals have their own santa as they weren't buying to owl being Santa Claus.

3rd story:
'Twas the Night Before Christmas on Seasame Street! I think this was their favorite.  They all wanted cookies when we finished.

We did the following songs from Super Simple Learning.  I'm a Little Snowman, Hello Reindeer, and Jingle, Jingle Little Bell.  We also did ring around the rosey and the Hokey Pokey to get the wiggles out and sang Jingle Bells to finish up.

Our craft today was some coloring sheets from Simple Learning.  A Christmas Tree and a reindeer.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Story Time with Santa

We had Santa and Mrs. Santa come to the library today for story time.

I started off with doing a couple of  flannel boards

and then I had the kids sing Here Comes Santa Claus.  We didn't get through the first verse before they came in and the kids were able to visit Santa and get a treat.

I had a coloring sheet available that the kids could color also:

Merry Christmas!