Today I had a daycare group (4 and 5-year-olds) come in for a tour of the library! The brilliant idea of centering the tour around Emma Dodd’s book “Dog’s Colorful Day” (as well as a very helpful outline!) came from one of my fav blogs Bryce Don’t Play.
After the kids came in and sat down, we started talking about what they expected to see at the library. Not surprisingly, “books” was the first answer. I also got “movies” and “computers”. Then we talked about who all of this stuff belongs to–everyone in our community! Everyone who has a library card can share everything in the library!
Then, I started storytime. We did “This is Big, Big, Big” because, well, it’s awesome and we all love it.
Next, I read We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems. (E WILLEMS). I LOOOOOVE Elephant and Piggie, and I think every emergent reader should know and love them, too.
Next, we sang the ABC song. I did this because I wanted to remind them that everything in the library is arranged alphabetically, so knowing your alphabet is important! I told them that each book has an address, just like we do, and that’s how we know where it lives in the library.
Finally, we read Dog’s Colorful Day, by Emma Dodd. I told the kids that, like Dog, we were going to walk around the neighborhood of the children’s department to see where all the different materials live.
I placed a large spot in eight areas around the children’s department. At each spot, we talked about what was there (this one was audiobooks). Then I asked if they had any questions and, if there were none, gave them each a spot for that particular color. Along the way, we discussed fiction vs non-fiction and what an author does and what an illustrator does.
The necklaces were cardstock with a yarn necklace. The spots were cut from construction paper, then stuck onto glue dots. (The glue dots come on a sort of wax paper strip, so I just stuck the construction paper dots on top and left the other side stuck to the wax paper until the kids were ready to stick them onto their dog necklaces.)
After we collected all eight spots, the kids looked around and found books to check out. At the circulation desk, they learned how to use the self-checkout to scan their own books.
I had a great time showing this group around! Are you interested in a library tour for your group? Call 759-2369 for more information.