Library Storytime!

Bonus storytime this week — I had a preschool request a storytime & tour at the library this week. They wanted the theme to be about the library and educating the kids on library resources and were bringing 3 to 6-year-olds.

I kicked off storytime with “Lola at the Library” by Anna McQuinn.

This is such a sweet story about a girl visiting the library with her mom every week. Colorful pages, soft drawings — this makes a great first introduction to the library. (When I do my Kindergarten tours, I use “Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book” by Alexander Stadler because it talks about late fees!)

Next, I read “Book! Book! Book!” by Deborah Bruss.

If you don’t know already, this is a great book because it not only involves a library, but it also involves animal noises! Which is always a winner for storytime. Any time the kids get to moo — it is always met with enthusiasm. Also, this was the first time that I didn’t have to explain the ending to the group!

Our farm/library story let us segue into our “Old MacDonald” flannelboard.

Since we had already moved away from listening quietly, we did “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” and then sat down for more books.

Next up, “The Best Time to Read” by Debbie Bertram & Susan Bloom.

One of my co-workers has long championed this book series, but I was slow to get with it. Until today that is! The kids LOVED this book. It has such a wonderful pace as you read it out loud, and the illustrations are bright and colorful. My voice naturally gave tone to match what was happening in the story; the book was a pleasure to read.

And then instead of the game that I play with my older kids after the care of library books, I read “Read It, Don’t Eat It” by Ian Schoenherr. (We have a bag filled with items — like a stuffed dog, crayons, band-aids, etc. and we talk about what the items have to do with a library book to teach how to care for books.)

Even though I interrupted the rhythm of this book by talking about some of the library’s rules, this book worked well. It really served my purpose as a teaching tool; it kept the kids engaged while I also got to mention to not draw in books!

Afterwards, we went ahead and sang “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with a little library twist at the end.

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
Stomp your feet // Shout hooray // Read a book (last)

And for our craft, we did a simple coloring bookmark.

The image is from Elizabeth Dulemba’s free coloring pages which our staff loves and uses frequently as our weekly coloring page selection. Our preschoolers concluded the storytime with a tour of our library and checking out some books on their preschool’s library card. Hooray!


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