Friday, June 12, 2015

We Explore Nature: Planting

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a summer storytime for a wide range of ages
    • Encourage outdoor experience and involvement in the gardens
    • Attendance: 20
Storytime: 10-10:30
I started with shakers and Laurie Berkner's "Fruit Salad Salsa" then we read Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn Galbraith (edited for the younger audience) then we did "The Enormous Carrot" which was super popular and finished with Looking Closely in the Garden by Frank Serafini.

Craft time: 10:30-11:30
Pattie did stepping stones. Messy, but fun

Picnic/Outdoor time: 11-12
People were supposed to go outdoors, help us plant the gardens, and eat under the tree. It was raining and this didn't happen.

Evaluation

Monday, June 1, 2015

Activity Table: Create a superhero mask!

A volunteer die cut butterfly masks (I have a custom die cut) and then Jess trimmed a lot of them down into different shapes and hole punched them. Quite a few kids have made masks already! We used up some cardstock that's printed on one side and I've been recycling forever, so that was good too.

Take Home Storytime: Babies

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes for the future
    • Last used Summer 2015
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Baby Animals

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about babies. Do you have a baby at your house? Do you know someone with a baby? What do babies do that is the same and different as big kids? How about baby animals?

Get ready to WRITE by drawing patterns on your scratch art boards with your popsicle stick

SING together. If your children are older, see if they recall some of the songs and lullabies you sang when they were small. Try out some new songs by checking out our children's music cds or looking for song books in the FUN/MUSIC neighborhood.

PLAY a rhyming game; this will help build phonological awareness. You can play rhyming games when you're walking outside, visiting the grocery store, or around the house. Name an object and help your child find a word that rhymes!

READ some of these stories about babies (find more in the OURSELVES/FAMILY and ANIMALS neighborhoods)

Lucky ducklings by Eva Moore
Dolphin baby by Nicola Davies
One special day by Lola Schaefer
What happens next by Nicola Davies

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us, 723-2678 ext. 14

Take Home Storytime: Under the Sea


  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes for the future
    • Last used Summer 2015
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Under the Sea

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about oceans. Nonfiction books are great for building vocabulary. Look in the ANIMALS/OCEANS neighborhood for books with numbers on the spine to find nonfiction about oceans. Try to explain unfamiliar words instead of replacing them with familiar, easy words.

Get ready to WRITE by coloring your dolphins.

SING some ocean songs. Try some old favorites like "The wheels on the bus" with new words - how about "the animals under the ocean"?

PLAY with your dolphin puppets. After you have colored them, tape them to the popsicle sticks and put on a puppet show!

READ some of these stories about oceans (find more in the ANIMALS/OCEANS neighborhood)

Shark and Lobster's amazing undersea adventure by Viviane Schwarz
About habitats: Oceans by Cathryn Sill
I'm a shark by Bob Shea

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us, 723-2678 ext. 14