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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.

aint-gonna-rain

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.

apples-and-bananas

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

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

E
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

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

U
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)

little-red-wagon

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?”

Storytime Prop – Rain


The heat is on and rain is nowhere in sight-at least not REAL rain. Here is a simple, inexpensive way to make a rain prop for storytimes. Cut strips of clear plastic, gather together and tape to a stick. You can also draw blue raindrops on the plastic strips with a permanent marker if you like. Move the stick back and forth quickly to make the rain illusion. Use this prop with songs, fingerplays and stories.

Thanks to Ellen Scott at the Austin Public Library for this idea. She and Karen Carlson used this prop in the puppet show “Chicken Big” based on a book by Keith Graves. Great show!!!

Best Children’s Texas History Books

Check out the June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas history.   It is given to the author/illustrator of the most distinguished book for children and young adults (grades K-12) that accurately portrays the history of Texas, whether fiction or nonfiction.   The annual award is sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library.  Past winners include The Crimson Cap by Ellen Howard and Buffalo Music, written by Tracey E. Fern and illustrated by Lauren Castillo.

ALA Publications Web Extras

Free web extras complement ALA Editions print books. Check out such extras as  Webliographies, selected book content, sample templates, sample policies, and companion websites. Titles include Technology Made Simple, Teen Spaces, Preschool FavoritesFundamentals of Library Supervision, and many more.

FAQ – Unattended Children

Have you wondered how other libraries in central Texas do business? We’re starting a new series of posts, pulled from our ctls-l discussion list, to provide your peers’ answers to policy and program questions.

Q:

What do you do about unattended children in your library? Is it even a problem at your library? Is it something that needs to be written into the library policy? If so, is there an age cut-off?

A:

  1. We have a written policy that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  While we don’t check ID at the door or anything, if a parent asks if they can leave their child or if the child is just dropped off or comes in by themselves and  is not exhibiting acceptable behavior we have something to back us up.
  2. We really didn’t want to write a policy, but had a very bad summer in 2009.  We had young kids (5 yr, 8 yr) being dropped off  at the library during the summer ALL DAY without meals or adults.  Bad, very bad.  And some parents would just send their small children off to the Children’s Area while they were glued to computer screens, ignoring their children’s bad behavior and crying.  There were a lot of complaints (one letter of complaint was published in the local newspaper) and I got quizzed by City Council.  When we wrote our Unattended Children policy, City Council approved unanimously. Continue reading FAQ – Unattended Children

Children’s Collection Development…

The Marble Falls Public Library recently asked me to talk to them about collection development for children – especially what I learned at the April 24, 2010 state library workshop on the same topic.  To get ready, I asked our members how they managed their own children’s collection.

You guys never fail to impress me.  We got almost 50 responses, with over half coming from small libraries.  What are your colleagues’ best ideas for keeping up with what to buy for kids? The answers can be found in the CTLS Best Children’s Selection Resources 2010.