Category: Outreach Storytime

Outreach Storytime: 6/2

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Eliot*
Hurry Up, Alife! by Anna Walker
I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen*
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert*
Quackers by Liz Wong*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Go Away Big Green Monster*

Flannelboard: Little Mouse, Little Mouse

Flannelboard: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt*

Props: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with prop faces

Props: “Song Cube”*

Fingerplay: “Little Turtle”*
There was a little turtle (put hands on top of one another)
He lived in a box (make box)
He swam in a puddle (swimming motion)
He climbed on the rocks (climbing motion)
He snapped at a mosquito (clap)
He snapped at a flea (clap)
He snapped at a minnow (clap)
And he snapped at me (clap)
He caught the mosquito (cup hands together)
He caught the flea (cup hands together)
He caught the minnow (cup hands together)
But he didn’t catch me! (shake finger “no”)
Credit: Childhood

Song: “Old MacDonald”

How It Went

For this outreach storytime, I pulled mostly books off the new books shelf for a bit of variety instead of from my storytime collection. The kids really enjoyed Quackers because they liked the humor of mistaken identity. And they also responded well to the interactive movements in Dig In!. For our bear hunt, I hid a bear puppet in my bag and pulled him out at the end. Lots of shrieks of delight since it was a mostly preschool crowd. I admit I wouldn’t do that with toddlers or lower!

Outreach Storytime: 5/19

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt*
Charlie Chick by Ant Parker and Nick Denchfield*
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis*
Say Hello! by Rachel Isadora*
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Go Away Big Green Monster

Flannelboard: Clickety-Clack

Flannelboard: I Have a Crayon*

Props: Flutter, Flutter Butterfly*

Props: “Song Cube”*

Action Rhyme: “Where Is Thumbkin?”*
Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.
Run away. Run away.

How It Went

This storytime was full of incredibly well-behaved and attentive kids. I can’t remember the last time I read every single book that I had packed/pulled and still could have kept going if I had had more. Because of the crowd size and my new location, flannelboards really aren’t working. Nearly everyone has trouble seeing the board and there isn’t an opportunity for me to hold it up on a table or pan it around the room. I might need to make a smaller handheld one to take with me for these storytimes. I also COMPLETELY forgot the words to “Where Is Thumbkin?” halfway through the song. Thanks to the caregiver who bailed me out!

Outreach Storytime: 5/13

This was a preschool outreach program. The facility let me choose the theme, so I went themeless.

The Plan

Books

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Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek*
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle*
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera*
I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen*
Press Here by Herve Tullet

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Dear Zoo*

Flannelboard: Little Mouse, Little Mouse*

Flannelboard: Lots of Cars

Puppets: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed*

How It Went

I still have to admit that going themeless has made my storytime planning life much easier for these outreach visits. I also like having the variety of book choices to go to because I don’t know how a group will respond whereas at the library, I know and recognize the majority of the participants ahead of time.

This visit was pretty remarkably fantastic though. And I was SO HAPPY when the director took pictures and then emailed me a copy. I finally know what my storytime faces look like! I’m very expressive. I think my favorite moment was two children who were perfect imitators of my Baby Owl voice as they shouted, “I’m not cute!!” with me.

Outreach Storytime: 5/5

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins*
I Ain’t Gonna Paint by Karen Beaumont*
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean*
Ten in the Bed by Jane Cabrera*
What a Wonderful World by Tim Hopgood

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”*

Flannelboard: “Paintbrushes”*

Prop Sticks: “Green Says Go”*

Props: “Song Cube”*

Action Rhyme: “Dance Your Fingers”*
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down,
Dance your fingers side to side,
Then dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head,
Dance them on your knees,
Then put them straight to bed.
Credit: Best Kids Book Site (site no longer has link)

Action Rhyme: “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom”*
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon!
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon!
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship,
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon!
In five, four, three, two, one, BLASTOFF!
Credit: Jbrary

How It Went

This was a hard storytime to do. My location within the store moved to a much smaller location with less horizontal space and more vertical space, which made my families further away from me. I thought that the most books were Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons for the song engagement and Hooray for Fish! because of the trim size of the book. Other than that, props were a big hit today. Also had some very interesting conversations (one involving a political candidate and a child expressing their opinion of the candidate) while reading. All in all, a good storytime. But I will be making some adjustments for next time.

Outreach Storytime 4/21

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek*
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd*
Fire Engine No. 9 by Mike Austin*
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Little Mouse”*

Flannelboard: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”*

Props: “Song Cube”*

Puppets: “Five Little Monkeys Swinging from the Tree”*

Action Rhyme: “Everyone Can March”*
Everyone can march, march, march
Everyone can march, march, march
Everyone can march, march, march
And now let’s make a stop.
Verses: clap, jump, tap, etc.
Credit: Jbrary

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on you head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed
Credit: Best Kids Book Site (Site no longer links)

How It Went

Today’s storytime was a pretty small crowd (only 18 when I’m normally in the 30s/40s), but I was able to re-introduce participation activities since it was a smaller crowd. Every kid got a chance to pick a color and pull the house off of the flannelboard. Every kid got to say an action for “Everyone Can March” and we did it together. Our most success book was Dog’s Colorful Day which I haven’t read in a storytime in such a long time! It was a treat to re-visit it since it’s one of my favorite books.

Outreach Storytime: 4/7

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard*
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin*
Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony*
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera*
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Flannelboard: “Five Hungry Ants”*

Flannelboard: “Lots of Cars”*

Prop Sticks: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” (Emotions)*

Puppets: “Flutter, Flutter Butterfly”

Action Rhyme: “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
Credit: Childhood

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”*
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on you head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed
Credit: Best Kids Book Site (Site does not link anymore)

How It Went

This storytime wound up having an unintended theme of “feelings” for a bit between Please Mr. Panda and Grumpy Bird and our prop sticks. But I was okay with that! Connective storylines/threads just allow me to transition between elements easier. And these wound up being the most successful parts today! I had all of the preschoolers making faces at me — grumpy along with Grumpy Bird and all of the other emotions with the prop sticks. I also had a great time singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat at the top of my lungs and actually getting more friends to stop by storytime!

Outreach Storytime: 3/24

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas*
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell*
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera*
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle*
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Down Around the Corner”

Flannelboard: “Great Hot Air Balloon Race”*

Prop Sticks: “Baa Baa Black Sheep”

Puppets: “Old MacDonald”

Puppets: “Two Little Bears”*
Two little bears sat on a hill, (hold up two fingers)
One named Jack and one named Jill. (wiggle each finger)
Run away, Jack; run away, Jill, (put fingers behind your back)
Come back, Jack; come back, Jill. (bring fingers back)
Credit: Childhood

Action Rhyme: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”*
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Two eyes, two ears, a mouth and a nose
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes
Credit: Childhood

Fingerplay: “Where Is Thumbkin?”
Where is thumbkin? Where is thumbkin? (put hands behind back)
Here I am! Here I am! (bring hands around from behind the back)
How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you! (wiggle thumbs, one at a time)
Run away, run away! (hide hands behind back again)
Credit: Childhood

How It Went

If you’ve never done It’s a Tiger! with a group of preschoolers, you are MISSING OUT. They scream and run and climb and hide and it’s truly the best thing in the world. Doing “The Great Hot Air Balloon” in an outreach storytime was difficult since I didn’t know every child’s name. I wound up having them make a line to roll the dice and we had one toddler who kept stealing the die from everyone else. Not good. I will probably keep participation flannels at the library from now on.

Outreach Storytime: 3/10

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.*
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won*
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet*
Shout! Shout It Out! by Denise Fleming*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree”*

Flannelboard: “Seals on the Bus”*

Props: “Slippery Fish”*

Props: “Song Cube”*

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers”
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on you head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed
Credit: Best Kids Book Site (Site no longer links)

Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum”*
Icky, sticky, bubblegum, bubblegum, bubblegum
Icky, sticky bubblegum
Sticking your fingers to your head
Unstick!
Credit: Preschool teacher

How It Went

This was my first storytime back at this location since November and the crowd was PACKED in. It also happened to fall during our storytime break at the library which might have contributed to the amount of people at the store. The book Shout! Shout it Out! was the book that inspired me to go themeless since it could cover so many different themes. I always pick very noisy books for this location because people are still using the business and I really need the kids to participate and be noisy with me. It was the perfect choice. The kids also really laughed at the end of “Slippery Fish”, so I call this a huge win.

Building & Engineering!

The Plan

Books

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Building Our House by Jonathan Bean
Dreaming Up by Christy Hale
Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastian Braun
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Building Blocks

Flannelboard: Red Crane, Red Crane

Flannelboard: Toolbox

Song: London Bridge
London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady
Build it up with god and silver
Gold and silver, gold and silver
Build it up with gold and silver
My fair lady
Credit: Childhood

How It Went

Site Information
At this location, I do combined classrooms. For this second and third visit of the summer, I saw the toddler classrooms combined (two classes), preschool classrooms combined (two classes) and the pre-k classrooms combined (two classes).

Topic
This particular facility selects themes for me to do ahead of time to tie into their curriculum.

This was the hardest one to choose books for. I don’t know what I would have done if it wasn’t for the Monarch Award reading that I had done in the previous year — the Monarch had two great choices for this storytime: Building Our House and Dreaming Up. For toddlers, I used Meeow and the Little Chairs, Tip Tip Dig Dig, and Dreaming Up with some pages clipped. For the preschool and pre-k classes, I used a variety, but included at least one older title for each group.

My favorite memory of this storytime day was watching all the teachers immediately request the titles of each of the books I had chosen. One of the teachers (who’s in charge of books & curriculum) was so thankful to learn about Dreaming Up since it was exactly the book she had wanted and couldn’t find. Librarian win!

Fairy Tales!

The Plan

Books

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The Cat, The Dog, Little Red, The Exploding Eggs, The Wolf, and Grandma by Diane and Christyan Fox
The Great Fairy Tale Disaster by David Conway
Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali
The Three Bears by Byron Barton
Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Knights In Shining Armor”

Props: “The Three Little Pigs”

Puppets: “Two Little Dragons”
Two little dragons sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away Jack, one named Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
(Cloud/quiet & loud; Pole/fast & slow)
Credit: Modified from childhood

How It Went

Site Information
At this location, I do two storytimes and each group has their own theme/storytime. Today’s group was the Pre-K and school age classrooms. I read to 45 people total.

Topic
This particular facility selects themes for me to do ahead of time to tie into their curriculum.

This theme is rich in books for older kids. I highlighted some new to me titles (Snow White and the 77 Dwarves which they LOVED) and revisited some old favorites (Waking Beauty). By far, the most successful part of the day was when I did a Three Bears trio with the Barton book, the The Great Fairy Tale Disaster and the storytelling prop from Melissa & Doug. They had a great time hearing the tale multiple ways and then retelling the story to me using the prop.