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West Public Library Storytime

Back in 2009, the West Public Library applid for a Texas Reads Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The application was for a program called When Teens Read and was meant to address the problem of storytime demand with limited staff. The program meant to recruit local teens to provide storytime, not only allowing them to serve more families but empowering their teenagers. Not only did they get the grant, but they also got the TLA Wayne Williams Project of the Year Award the following year. And here we are in 2016 and the program is still going strong!

This year the teens chose friendship for their theme. They can only have half of their teens in attendance during a program because they need space for all of their patrons! And they are noticing a high number of men bringing in children.

What a wonderful project! Thank you for sharing with us!

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Family Place Libraries

Congratulations to the staff of the six CTLS libraries who are going to New York for Family Place Library training. This is GREAT news!

Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove
Bryan+College Station Library
McAllen Public Library
Nueces  County Library, Robstown
Pasadena Public Library
Wilson County Library, Floresville

The Family Place Libraries Mission

The mission of Family Place Libraries™ is to increase the capacity of libraries throughout the nation to recognize and realize their full potential as community hubs for healthy child and family development, parent and community involvement and lifelong learning beginning at birth.family place

Holiday Program Ideas

Stories

Some stories, crafts and more for the Christmas holiday. Karen Chase – Catch the Story Bug.

Reuse an Old Favorite Story

Tell the story “The Twist-Mouth Family” with, well, a twist. The basic story is about a family that cannot blow out a candle so they can go to bed.  Each family member can only blow in one direction.  Mother can only blow down, father can only blow up, brother can only blow to the left and sister can only blow to the right.  To give it a holiday twist, Santa ends up blowing out the candle.

Some versions of this story:

Ready to Tell Tales by Holt and Mooney.  The title is “Santa Visits the Moes.”

Juba this and Juba That by Virginia A. Tashjian, “The Snook’s Family”

American Folklore

Christmas in Terse Verse

A white peppermint candy without stripes is a ……..plain cane

A happy holiday plant is a …jolly holly

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Fun Songs for Storytime

CTLS’s Kim Lehman sings some very fun songs to add to storytime:
Ain’t Gonna Rain – yes, it feels like it never will.

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Oh, it ain’t gonna rain no more, no more.
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
How in the heck can I wash around my neck.
if it ain’t gonna rain no more.

What did the blackbird say to the crow,
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
Ain’t gonna hail, ain’t gonna snow,
It ain’t gonna rain no more.

Apples and Bananas – this is one that Miss Jenn at Austin Public Library’s Carver Branch sings with her kids, too.

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I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas

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I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays

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I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees
I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees

I
I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys
I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys

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I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos
I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos

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I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos
I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos

Diggin’ Up Books – by Trudy Doerfler. The recording of Trudy (from Giddings Public Library) singing this song did not work out so this is Kim’s version of the song.  The children loved singing this song with Trudy. She included digging movements.digging-up-books

Diggin’ up books, Diggin’ up books,
I’m diggin’ up books, I’m diggin’ up books,
I’m diggin’ up books
Take a look, look at me, can’t you see,
I’m reading stories, think’ more things,
…learning, …words are turnin’…,
Diggin’ up books, Diggin’ up books.

Little Red WagonHear Raffi’s version of the song. (I personally love Kim’s version! And Hugh Hanley’s – Kam)

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Bumping downtown in my little red wagon,
Bumping downtown in my little red wagon,
Bumping downtown in my little red wagon,
Bump, bump, bump, bump, bump.

Flying around in my little blue airplane,
Flying around in my little blue airplane,
Flying around in my little blue airplane,
Up, up, up, up, up.

I have also seen these extra lyrics if your kids want more verses:

Bumping up and down on my little brown donkey, repeat twice
“Let’s ride off together!” or “Won’t you be my darling?”
Bumping up and down in my little black buggy, repeat twice
“Let’s ride off together!” or “Won’t you be my darling?”
Bumping up and down in my little blue trolley, repeat twice
“Let’s ride off together!” or “Won’t you be my darling?”
Gliding up and down in my little white sailboat, repeat twice
“Let’s ride off together!” or “Won’t you be my darling?”

West’s Tale-Tellers


This is the new group of Tale Tellers in West. These teens plan and carry out the library’s storytimes on weekends. They are the new generation of the group for which West won the Wayne Williams Project of the Year from TLA. Some topics this summer will include: Fiesta Fiasco, Mad Scientist, BFFs or Friendship Day, Bubbles, Masquerade Ball (final presentation and awards for summer reading), and Let’s Have a Picnic.