Monthly Archives: January 2013

Crafternoon–goes outdoors!


001Today at the Leesburg Library we decided to take advantage of the crazy good weather we’ve been having by taking our crafternoon outside!  We experimented with watercolors and chalk pastels and had a blast!





013The project that most of the kids ended up doing was the masking tape resist–we put down masking tape in the shape of a letter, then painted over it with the watercolors.





003Seeing our sidewalk with chalk drawings all over it makes me smile!






We’ll be doing watercolors and chalk at the Oakland Library on Thursday (January 31) at 4:30.  We’ll be outside, weather permitting!


Weekly Babytime and playgroup coming to Oakland Library!


013I’m happy to announce that, starting this Friday (February 1), we will be offering our Mother Goose on the Loose babytime and playgroup every week at the Oakland Library (previously it was offered just once a month).  Mother Goose on the Loose is a storytime curriculum developed specially for very young children (ages 0 to 36 months).  While I do share books during our time together, the focus is mostly on rhymes, songs, and learning through play.  See sample storytimes here and here.

Babytime starts at the Oakland Library this Friday (February 1) at 10:30 a.m.  We have a playgroup that meets immediately following storytime.

Babytime also meets weekly at the Leesburg Library every Monday at 10:00 a.m.

Sponsored by the Lee County Library.  Free and open to the public.  For more information call 759-2369.

Hope to see you there!

YA Blind Date with a Book Display


003Come check out our new “Blind Date with a Book” display at the Leesburg Library!  Simply take one of our mystery books (no peeking!) and check it out.







011Give it a try–who knows?  You just might fall in love with this mysterious stranger!  If not–no biggie.  Just bring it back and we won’t tell a soul.

Pre-k storytime–Dots and Spots!


003I started this storytime off by introducing Spots the Dalmatian.  In addition to having black spots on his body, Spots also has 7 white spots on his ears.  We counted them, then I told the kids that I knew of other books with spots.  One even has a dog with a spot on his ear!





004Dog’s Colorful Day, by Emma Dodd.  (E COUNTING DODD).  Counting, colors, dogs…need I say more about how great this book is for preschoolers?







006Lots of Dots, by Craig Frazier (E BROWSING FRAZ).  This is a fun book about seeing dots all around us.  In each classroom, I asked the kids to look for dots.





007Press Here by Harve Tullet (E BROWSING TULL).  This book is FAN-TAS-TIC!  The kids were amazed at how the dots changed as we read the book.  This is a perfect read aloud!






Pre-K storytime–Feelings


003My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss (E SEUSS).  This isn’t your typical Dr. Seuss, but I really love to include it in my feelings storytimes.  Feelings can be difficult to describe, but Seuss makes them easier to talk about by relating them to colors and animals.  The book also emphasizes that, whatever feelings come and go, you are always you.







001Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems.  (E WILLEMS)  I chose this because my library’s copy of Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard seems to have gone missing (MAJOR sad face).  I was actually surprised at how well it worked with the feelings theme.  Before I started reading the book, I asked the kids what might make them sad.  Many of them responded that they would be sad if they lost their favorite toy (exactly what happens to Trixie in the book!)  Then, I asked them what if they couldn’t *tell* anyone what was wrong?  There are some amazing illustrations showing Trixie’s emotional journey from the sadness, anger and anxiety of losing Knuffle Bunny, to her joy and excitement when Knuffle Bunny is found.  I ended by telling the kids that they were lucky that they are big and can use their words to tell people how they are feeling.



Song:  H-A-P-P-Y.  This song comes from Katie at Story Time Secrets.  I made flashcards with clipart faces and corresponding words.  I pointed to the letters as we sang the song.

004If You’re Happy and You Know It, by Jan Ormerod and Lindsey Gardiner (E FEELINGS ORME)  A fun, positive way to end the storytime.  The kids always enjoy acting out how animals show it when they are happy and they know it!





001We ended with my toucan puppet, since the toucan in the book clicks and clacks his beak when he’s happy!

NEW! Calendar for Children’s Programming at the Lee County Library


I just wanted to alert you all to a new feature here on Librerin–a calendar of the library’s events for children!  It’s the sort of smallish calendar directly to the right, under the search bar.  If you want to view the calendar, click on the white “Google calendar” bar, and it will open right up.  Leesburg Library events are purple, Redbone’s are red, and Oakland’s are green.  I hope this is a helpful addition!

Preschool storytime–Snow


Hello and happy new year!  We had our first preschool storytime of the year at the Leesburg Library today!

snow 007It snowed in the storytime room!  I left these cotton balls for the kids to find as they came in.  They definitely enjoyed exploring them during our stories!





snow 006Also new for the new year–BUBBLES!  This bubble machine was such a huge hit at the NOON Year’s Eve party that I decided to follow Kendra at Read Sing Play and use them during storytimes.  Check out Kendra’s Hello Bubbles and Goodbye Bubbles here.  Incidentally, I LOVE this bubble machine.  It produces a good amount of bubbles and has held up very well so far.  They are available at Toys R Us and Amazon.




Opening song:  We hit our knees together

Opening rhyme:  Open them, shut them

snow 005Opening game:  Alphabet soup–our word today was SNOW!







snow 001The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.  I adore this book!  The pictures are absolutely magnificent, and the simple story describes the sometimes quiet, sometimes exuberant wonder of a snow day.  To make the most of the gorgeous illustrations, I use my daughter’s edition, which is an oversized board book that I got on sale Books A Million.




snow 003

Flannelboard song: If you’re playing in the snow.  This is a take on Mel’s Desk’s “If You’re Going to the Moon.”  It’s sung to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it”.

If you’re playing in the snow, wear your boots (stomp feet)….

If you’re playing in the snow, wear your mittens (clap hands)…

If you’re playing in the snow, wear your hat (pat head)…Then do all three!

Fingerplay:  Snowflakes, Snowflakes

(to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Snowflakes, snowflakes

Snowflakes, snowflakes

All around, all around

Whirling twirling snowflakes, whirling twirling snowflakes

Hit the ground, hit the ground.

snow 002All You Need for a Snowman, by Alice Schertle and Barbara Lavallee.







snow 009Activity:  Indoor snowballs.  I first saw the idea for indoor snowballs at Piper Loves the Library.  I loved the idea, but didn’t really have the sewing skills to make it happen (Jane is my hero!).  I saw somewhere else (can’t remember where now–please tell me if you do!) where it was suggested to just wad up the tulle and stick a needle and thread through it several times.  That, my friends, I could do.  So I did.  I handed these out and we did a little rhyme I found over at Sunflower Storytime:

Snowflake, snowflake dance around (hold snowball up)

Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground (hold snowball down on floor)

Snowflake, snowflake soft and white (hold snowball up to face or pet gently with hands)

Snowflake, snowflake–SNOWBALL FIGHT!  (throw snowball!)

Closing game:  Rhyme cube

Closing Rhyme:  This is Big (from Mel’s Desk)

Closing song:  My hands say thank you

Goodbye Bubbles!