Pie Day in July!

The most amazing thing happened this week. A patron baked us a pie! And it wasn’t just any pie. It was a layered key lime pie! A home made key lime pie. With fresh whipped cream. And chocolate chips. And organic blueberries. And organic coconut. Wow. editpie The patron whipped real cream in an whipped cream maker in our staff room, and layered the fresh cream on the pie with the blueberries, coconuts and dark chocolate chips. When we asked what the occasion was, he said he just wanted to thank everyone at the library for all their help and kindness. He even wrote us a beautiful letter expressing his thanks and appreciation for the wonderful work that we do. How sweet is that! Obviously the work we do is its own reward and we never expect to receive any sort of thanks, and certainly not gifts, but when someone goes out of their way to do something so sweet and unexpected for our staff, we can’t help but be deeply touched.

Behind the scenes….

A rare glimpse of the elusive children’s librarian in her natural habitat.collage Tremble in wonder before the fierce spectacle that is…..the enthusiastic storyteller.

— Pictures taken by the awesome Maggi Hall during our recent Rec and Read summer camp visits —

Baby Story Time – July 28, 2015

Story times with a new crowd in a new neighborhood are always exciting.

A mother came up to me after the program to say that she was new to story times and had attended a program at a different library where the facilitator ran through the material quickly and without any repetition.  She felt lost and a bit embarrassed –  it felt like she was the only person in the room who didn’t know the words to every song. I always try to repeat the material in my story times because I understand the developmental importance of repetition. The patron really appreciated getting a chance to practice new material, and it was a good reminder for me to not race through my programs!

Here’s what we did:

Hello Song: Hello, Friends!

Songs/Tickles:

  • Slowly slowly
  • Wake up feet
  • Head and shoulders
  • Roly poly

Book : I Went Walking / Sue Williams

walking

Bounces:

  • Here we go a bouncing
  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • Giddyup horsey

Book 2: Jump! / Scott Fischer

Jump

Movement Songs:

  • Dancing with bears
  • Zoom zoom
  • Elevator song

Soothing Songs:

  • Orca whale

Family Story Time – July 24, 2015

As I mentioned in a previous post, the heavens finally opened this week, and there was much rejoicing.

Who would’ve thought that Vancouverites would be happy about rain?! Obviously we had to include a few rain-celebrating songs this week.

Hello Song: Hello, Friends!

Book 1: Farmyard Beat / Lindsey Craig

farmyard

Songs:

  • I wake up my hands with a shake, shake, shake
  • Come under my umbrella
  • Open/shut them
  • Roly poly

Book 2: Dear Zoo / Rod Campbell

dear zoo

Action songs:

  • Bend and stretch
  • Zoom, zoom, zoom
  • If you’re happy and you know
  • Rain is falling down / Jump in the puddles
  • The elevator song

Soothing song:  Mmm-ahh went the little green frog

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

Baby Story Time – July 24, 2015

To be honest, I can’t exactly remember what we did this week….I normally plan my programs in advance, but the summer has just thrown me for a loop. So…I’m fairly sure we did something along these lines….

Hello Song: Hello, Friends!

Tickles/Songs:

  • Here are baby’s fingers
  • Slowly slowly
  • Head and shoulders
  • Roly poly
  • Come under my umbrella

Book 1: Cat the Cat, Who is That? / Mo Willems

whoisthat

Bounces:

  • A bouncing we will go
  • Gregory Giggs
  • London Bridge is falling down

Book Two: Farmyard Beat / Lindsey Craig

farmyard

Movement Songs:

  • Dancing with bears
  • Mamma’s little baby loves dancing
  • Zoom zoom
  • Elevator song

Soothing songs:

  • Rain is falling down

Goodbye song: Goodbye friends!

I like Farmyard Beat, but I definitely make a few changes when I use it in story times. Adapting picture books is something I talk about a lot in my programs. To make things a bit more consistent I replace all of the different noises in the story with animal sounds, and I shorten the story a bit by changing the ending.

I encourage caregivers to view picture books as interactive objects that can be adapted to meet different moods/needs. Most picture books can be made appropriate for any audience with a bit of creative interpretation. Caregivers can even forgo the printed text all together and make up their own stories using the pictures – this is a really fun activity to do with children, as kids can be insanely creatively!

Jump in the puddles, jump jump jump!

rainAfter weeks of hot, dry weather, we were blessed with a heavy downpour yesterday.

To celebrate, I had to include some rain-themed songs in our story times!

My kids love to jump, so I came up with this fun little rainy day mash up:

I took the first verse of Rain is falling down and mashed it with the jumping part of Sleeping Bunnies. 

The result is pure story time gold.

Rain is falling down – splash!

Rain is falling down – splash!

Falling here, falling there

Rain is falling down – splash!

So……we’ll……

Jump in the puddles!

Jump jump jump!

Jump in the puddles!

Jump jump jump!

Jump in the puddles!

Jump jump jump!

Jump in the puddles!

Jump jump jump!

So. Much. Jumping.

“Again again again!”

We were really wiggly yesterday, so we waved our arms up and down and side to side as we sang about the rain.

The kids loved this new song so much I can’t wait to bust it out during Vancouver’s 10-month-long rainy season…..