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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?”

Alayne Fuller-Ramsden

CTLS has lost a good friend. Alayne Fuller-Ramsden passed away. Alayne served on the CTLS Long Range Planning Committee for many years and was chair of the Nominating Committee for the CTLS Board. She worked at the Salado Public Library for a long time, and was also the lay representative for Harker Heights.  She was an ardent supporter of the Friends of CTLS and her contribution to the FOCTLS will be long remembered.

Funeral arrangements are pending. When they are announced, we will pass them along.

Alayne is survived by a daughter & son-in-law, three grandchildren, a sister, and many friends.

Suzan and the Magic Pony

Everyone at CTLS will miss Suzan dearly, as we know all of you will. Over her years here, Suzan often referred to Magic Ponies, things that we dream about but never quite attain: a bold, exciting, but financially unlikely program, a simple grant reporting situation, and so on. To commemorate her time here, Kam and I made up a children’s story where Suzan finally catches her Magic Pony. View the PDF here: Suzan and the Magic Pony

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.

Share Your School Library Stories

As a part of its continuing advocacy efforts, AASL is collecting school library stories to compile into a printed piece.  They are looking for short stories (one or two small paragraphs) on the successes of school librarians relating to education, college & and career readiness, equity, effective teachers, collaboration, leadership, ELLs, and increasing school performance.

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.