Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Virtual Storytimes

Our library's storytimes are currently canceled during our closure due to COVID-19, but I wanted to make sure to let you know that I am offering virtual storytimes during this time on our library's Facebook page. They are available in the "Streaming Storytime" group at https://www.facebook.com/MPLNewBaltimore/. I hope you enjoy and that everyone is staying safe and healthy. -Ms. Kelly

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Baby Storytime 3/12/20

Book read: 
Chicken, chicken, duck! by Nadia Krilanovich

On our way to the farm (modified from Storytimes and More, to the tune of "Here we go round the Mulberry Bush")
Here we go marching down the road, down the road,
Here we go marching down the road, on our way to the farm today!
Additional verses can include: running, tiptoeing, stomping, flying, etc. 

We Hit the Floor Together (to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell", from Abby Librarian)
We hit the floor together,
We hit the floor together,
We hit the floor together,
Because it's fun to do!
Repeat with different actions: clap hands, nod heads, sway side to side, say hello, etc.


Wheels on the bus


I'm a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock, (rock baby back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock! (lift baby once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock! (lift baby twice)

1, 2 Shake It On Your Shoe (from Jbrary)
1, 2, shake it on your shoe.
3.4 shake it on the floor.
5. 6 shake it really quick.
7, 8 hold it up straight.
9, 10 shake it with your friends!

Literacy tip of the week: Reading animatedly and with inflection will help keep your baby's attention.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Parade of Elephants Storytime 3/10/20 and 3/11/20

Book read:
Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes

The elephants go marching (version of the Ants Go Marching)
The elephants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah!
The elephants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah!
The elephants go marching one by one, the little one stops, says "This is fun!"
And they all go marching down to the ground, to get out of the rain.
Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!
Other verses (two: stops to tie shoe, three: stops to rest under the tree)

If you're an elephant and you know it

Dancing Animals (from Librarian Lisa's Storytimes)

This is the way the bunnies hop,
The bunnies hop,
This is the way the bunnies hop,
So early in the morning!
(Other actions can include any other animal and accompanying movement) 

Twinkle Stars (from King County Library)

Twinkle, twinkle, little stars (wiggle fingers)
Stand and twinkle where you are (stand and wiggle fingers)
Twinkle high and twinkle low (hands in air then at your feet)
Twinkle fast and twinkle slow (shake hands fast then slowly)
Twinkle, twinkle little stars
Now sit and twinkle where you are (sit down)

Craft: We colored a elephant template from the Ready to Read programming guide.

Literacy tip: Learning about shapes help prepare children to differentiate between letters.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Baby Storytime 3/5/20

Book read:
Little Sleepyhead by Elizabeth McPike

Goodnight Everybody (modified from Jbrary)
Goodnight everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes, touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody can you touch your toes?
(Other actions can include clap your hands, jump up high, stomp your feet, etc)

Wheels on the bus

My pony Macaroni (done as a walking rhyme, from Eugene Library)
I have a little pony (bounce baby)
His name is Macaroni.
He trots and trots and then he STOPS! (stop)
My funny little pony!

Round and round the garden (done as a walking rhyme, from CSLP Early Literacy manual)
Round and round the garden,
with my teddy bear.
One step, two steps,
Tickle you under there!

I'm a little cuckoo clock

Tick tock, tick tock, (rock baby back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock! (lift baby once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock! (lift baby twice)

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed (as flannelboard)

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Floating Bubble Song

Literacy tip of the week: Respond to the noises your baby makes. This will help teach them how conversations work!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

M is for March Storytime 3/3/20 and 3/4/20

Book read:
Monsters go Night-Night by Aaron Zenz

Other book suggestions:
Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins
If you're a monster and you know it by Rebecca and Ed Emberley
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

Monsters Galore (modified from Storytime Katie)

Monsters galore, can you roar? (roar)
Monsters galore, can you soar? (fly)
Monsters galore, can you snore? (pretend to sleep)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor! (fall down)

Let's get the rhythm (from Jbrary)
Let's get the rhythm of our knees (x3)
If you please
Let's get the rhythm of our knees.

Let's get the rhythm our our hands...
How grand...

Let's get the rhythm of our feet...
How neat...

Let's get the rhythm of our head...
Oh dread..

Bumpin' up and down (from Jbrary)
Bumpin' up and down in my little space shuttle, (bounce)
Bumpin' up and down in my little space shuttle,
Bumpin' up and down in my little space shuttle,
Won't you go to the moon with me?
Other verses: Flying all around among the stars, Stomping all around on the moon, etc.

Hickory Dickory Dock (with parachute)

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (with parachute)

Craft: We decorated mosaic Letter M templates.

Literacy tip of the week: Point out things that start with certain letter sounds to your child as you go about your day!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Baby Storytime 2/13/20

Book read:
All kinds of kisses by Nancy Tafuri

Let's All Do a Little Clapping 
(Tune:"We Wish You a Merry Christmas", modified from Storytime Katie)
Let's all do a little clapping,
Let's all do a little clapping,
Let's all do a little clapping,
and spread love right here!
Other actions can include stomping, jumping, twirling, etc. 

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes 

Acka backa soda cracker (from Northport Library)
Acka backa soda cracker
Acka backa boo! (rock or bounce baby)
Acka backa soda cracker,
I love you! (give baby a hug)

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker,
Up goes you! (lift baby)

Wheels on the bus

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Floating Bubble Song

Bouncing flannel "snowballs" on parachute

Row, row, row your boat (with parachute)

Literacy tip of the week: Encourage your baby to use their hands to do things like point to objects and pick up toys. This will help develop the strength and fine motor skills they will need for writing.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Things We Love Storytime 2/11/20 and 2/12/20

Book read: 
I love bugs! by Emma Dodd

Can you move with me? (from Sunflower Storytime)
Can you wiggle like a worm?
Can you squiggle? Can you squirm?
Can you flutter? Can you fly like a gentle butterfly?
Can you crawl upon the ground?
Like a beetle that is round?
Can you move with me?

Let's All Do a Little Clapping 
(Tune:"We Wish You a Merry Christmas", modified from Storytime Katie)
Let's all do a little clapping,
Let's all do a little clapping,
Let's all do a little clapping,
and spread love right here!
Other actions can include stomping, jumping, twirling, etc. 

Give Mom a Hug (from Storytime Katie)
Roar like a lion, growl like a bear, (growl/roar)
Give Mom a hug, show her you care.
Hop like a bunny, flap like a bird, (hop, then flap arms like wings)
Quiet as a mouse now, don't say a word. 

Everyone can shake (with shakers, modified from Jbrary)
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
And now it's time to stop.
Additional verses: 
Everyone can tap, Everyone can clap, Everyone can wave, etc. 


1, 2 Shake It On Your Shoe (from Jbrary)
1, 2, shake it on your shoe.
3.4 shake it on the floor.
5. 6 shake it really quick.
7, 8 hold it up straight.
9, 10 shake it with your friends!

Craft: We made a collage out of Valentine's Day stickers.

Literacy tip of the week: Demonstrate your love of books by making sure your child sees you reading!