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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bears Storytime November 28

Today was all about bears! Teddy bears, panda bears, polar bears, cubs, and more!

Hello, How Are you? by Dr. Jean

Bears by Carey Molter

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do you See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Song: I See a Barefoot Bear on Brent Holmes' CD Bear Tunes for Kids. I have felt squares with numbers on them. I laid 0-10 in a circle. We started out standing on one number, then walking around in the circle, changing direction, dancing in the middle, jumping around the circle, and more. I styled it a bit like a square dance of sorts.

Bear in Love by Daniel Pinkwater

Teddy Bear (I acted this out while holding a puppet)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, show your shoe.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, that will do.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach in the air.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit on the ground.

It's the Bear by Jez Alborough

Then we acted out the song/book "Going on a Bear Hunt." We went AROUND our puppet tree, AROUND a "mountain" (chairs), THROUGH a river (blue felt tied to bookshelves that one can crawl under/through), INTO a cave, saw the bear, and went back.

Bears by Ruth Krauss & Maurice Sendak
Poem: Polar Bear on page 17 in William Jay Smith's Bear in Mind: A Book of Bear Poems

Goodbye Songs: It is Time to Say Goodbye and
Wave your feet goodbye.
Wave your knees goodbye.
Wave your hips goodbye.
Wave your shoulders goodbye.
Wave your hands and say "goodbye."

We ran out of time for Copy Me, Copycub by Richard Evans. I had expected this, however.

NEXT WEEK we will read and dance to some of Jenna's favorites that were published in 2012.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fall Creek Library Amazon Wishlist

One of my favorite parts of my job is seeing how the community comes together to support one another. Another is seeing how little gifts of time, money, and supplies greatly and positively impacts our Library, community, and patrons.

During this holiday season, please keep Fall Creek Public Library in mind as you shop sales in the stores and online. Almost any item on the following list could be found at another store or gently used. Your donations are incredibly appreciated. If you do not see an item on this list but you think it should be included, feel free to contact Alyson (for general library needs and adult programming) or Jenna (for youth programming and supplies). We can be reached at 715.877.3334.

Many thanks!

Casting Call for Puppet Show

Are you interested?

Please email Jenna at, stop by the Library, or call 715.877.3334.

We had LOADS of fun last year and I can't wait for our second show. If you plan to be in the show, please be sure you can commit to attending practice at least four times before the February show. Practices will be held after school, Saturdays, and some evenings December through February.

BONUS: You won't need to memorize lines!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Llama Storytime November 14

Hello, How are You? by Dr. Jean

Then we looked at the llama in Teruyuki Komiya's Life-Size Farm and looked at the pictures in a non-fiction juvenile book about llamas.

Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney

On Hullabaloo, there is a song called Mama Llama. We danced with Llama Llamas (libary's and the kids had their own!) and scarves.

Jenna's Llama Book Using Brown Bear, Brown Bear language, i made up different colored llamas - including Llama with a tie, chickenpox llama, dancefloor llama, etc - and the kids helped me "read" the story as we came to a new colored llama. I used this coloring page picture and just printed on colored sheets of paper. For the fun llamas, i drew in the pictures.

I found this goofy llama song on the internet, but instead of watching the never-ending looped video, i printed off llama images and sang the song slower. The words are:

Here's a llama, there's a llama
And another little llama.
Fuzzy llama
Funny Llama
Llama, llama, llama

Here are some of the images i used:

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino. We listened to the book on CD.

My aunt visited South America a few years ago and brought back socks and a hat made from llama fur. We compared these items to our own clothes. (Thank you, Kathy!)

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

It is Time To Say Goodbye & Wave Your Hand and Say Goodbye

Due to Thanksgiving, we will not have storytime next week. The Library will be closed Wednesday - Friday. I look forward to seeing you on November 28 (Bears!) if not before.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Around the World Storytime November 7

This was a fun one! I had a large map from National Geographic magazine taped on my felt wall. I also had a globe nearby, that we usually keep in the adult area shelving. After singing our good morning song, we talked about the map (thanks, Dora), the globe, and where we are located on both of them.

Hello, How are You?

The Big Trip by Valerie Gorbachev

Where Do We Come From? with Tom Pease and Stuart Stotts - egg shakers and hip shaking during this song!

Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho Before reading, I pointed out where we are and where Thailand is on the map and globe. The children joined me when i said "Hush" and put my fingers to my lips.

Penguin Song (a favorite from when i worked at Camp) Before singing, we pointed out where penguins live.
Chorus: Have you ever seen a penguin come to tea?
Take a look at me a penguin you will see.
Penguins attention.
Penguins begin.

Right arm (flap arm up and down on your side)

Left arm (flap both)

Right leg (move leg to side a bit and down and still arms)

Left leg (add left leg to the mix)

Bob your head (do all)

Walk around (walk around like a penguin)

Instead of saying "penguins begin" end with "penguins sit down."

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

The Story of Grandfather Bear, told aloud (Native American traditional)

Roll the globe to the song Walk Tall from Ziggy Marley & Paul Simon (We used a cloth globe as we took turns rolling the globe to one another.)

Who is the Beast? by Keith Baker

Goodbye Songs

Next week we will read books about Llamas! Don't forget, we will be closed the Wednesday immediately before Thanksgiving.

Harvest Time October 31 Storytime

Hello, How Are You (good morning song)

Tractor Day by Candice F. Ransom

Fall Harvest from Pebble Books

Peanut Butter & Jelly by Greg & Steve on their CD Fun & Games

Plant a Little Seed by Bonnie Christensen

The Apple Tree by Carole Peterson on her CD Highly Usable Music H.U.M. All Year Long (It is a short song, so I had it on my playlist twice in a row.)

Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington We read the story then each child got a felt piece of the story to put in sequence on our felt.

Boo! To the tune of "5 Little Duck," I passed out cotton balls that we pretended were spiders. We moved the spiders to the different part of our bodies.
5 little pumpkins I once knew-
Scary ones, happy ones, sad ones too.
But te one in the front with a spider on it's shoe,
It led the others with a boo, boo, boo!
Boo, boo, boo! Boo, boo, boo!
It led the others with a boo, boo, boo!
1...shoe..."I love you."

The Enormous Potato retold by Aubrey Davis

Goodbye Songs:
It is Time To Say Goodbye by Dr. Jean
Wave your ear goodbye.
Wave your nose goodbye.
Wave your knee goodbye.
Wave your shoulder goodbye.
Wave your foot goodbye.
Wave your chin goodbye.
Wave your hand and say "Goodbye."

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pizza & Game Night!!!

Because of the HUGE response from Fall Creek youth, we are inviting FOUR grades - two from the elementary school and two from middle/high school.

The results are in....


In 7th place, 3rd grade
6th place, PreK
5th place, 2nd grade
4th place, Kindergarten
3rd place, 1st grade
2nd place, 4th grade
1st place, 5th grade

Middle/High School:

In 7th place, Seniors
6th place, Freshman
5th place, Juniors
4th place, 6th grade
3rd place, 7th grade
2nd place, Sophomores
1st place, 8th grade

Well done! Look for your pizza & game night invitation and tickets in December :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

Let the Youth Speak...and their voices were heard!

Over the past few months, adults have been exercising their right to think and tomorrow they will have the chance to vote.

Over the past few WEEKS, Fall Creek youth have been able to make THEIR voices heard. We sent ballots home through school for all ages to vote on favorite Public Library programs, movies & books from 2012, kinds of pizza, things we should purchase for them to have access to in the Library, and more! 

We had a great turn-out! Thank you to the Fall Creek School staff, parents, and ESPECIALLY the youth who voted! 

And now...

the results....

PreK-3 Graders voted for:

Favorite Library Program: Art Club
Favorite 2012 book: Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons
Favorite 2012 movie: The Lorax
Favorite Pizza: Cheese
Items they want to see in the Library: A puppet theatre (More LEGOS came in a VERY close 2nd)
Favorite cartoon on TV: Tom & Jerry

4th-6th Grader voted for:

Favorite Library program: LEGO Club
Favorite 2012 book: TWO-WAY TIE for Mark of Athena and Geronimo Stilton
Favorite 2012 movie: Hunger Games
Favorite Pizza: Pepperoni
Items they want to see in the Library: backjack chairs (Wii attachments came in a very, very close 2nd)
Favorite TV show: THREE WAY TIE for AFV, Adventure Time, and Good Luck Charlie

7th - 9th Graders voted for:

Favorite Library program: Wii
Favorite 2012 book: Losing It by Erin Fry
Favorite 2012 movie: Hunger Games
Items they want to see in the Library: Backjack chairs (Wii attachments came in a distant 2nd)

10th-12th Graders voted for:

Favorite Library program: Wii
Favorite 2012 book: Divergent
Favorite 2012 movie: Hunger Games
Items they want to see in the Library: backjack chairs (graffiti wall came in a VERY close 2nd - I will offer a graffiti wall off and on throughout the year)

Next year, the Fall Creek Public Library plans to purchase backjack chairs, more LEGOs, and Wii attachments. If you would like to help our youth and the Library, your donations are always appreciated!

Thank you to the many voters! Your voice has been heard and please don't wait for the next election to tell us what you like and what you would like to see at your Public Library :)

Oh... I ALMOST forgot...the two grades with the highest voter turn-out (percentage) will earn a pizza and game night at the Library. These results will be posted tomorrow :)