STORYTIME: Mother’s Day
I Like Noise Mom Likes Quiet / by Eileen Spinelli
When Mama Goes to Work / by Marsha Skrypuch
A Cuddle for Claude / by David Wojtowucz

Open this storytime with an explanation of what Mother’s Day is. Ask them to give examples of why moms are so great. Have the word, “Mom” or “Mother” on a felt board (or posted somewhere) for when the kids arrive.

Books:
I Like Noisy Mom Likes Quiet:
-As you get to each new page, ask your audience if they like the same things as the characters in the book. Do they like acting like a monkey/making messes with toys/jumping on bed?

When Mama Goes To Work:
-Ask the audience to describe what they think the characters are and/or are doing. Is mom a secretary or a doctor? Is the kid at pre-school or at the park? -At the end, ask how many kids moms have jobs and ask them how excited they are when they return each day.

A Cuddle for Claude:-At the end of this story ask the kids to go stand near their mom if they want. Sing the Happy Mother’s Day song and then end it with a cuddle!

Songs and Rhymes:

-I chose Pat-a-cake because it is often one of the first songs a mom and baby sing together.

Happy Mother’s Day:
Happy Mother’s Day to You!
Happy Mother’s Day to You!
Happy Mother’s Day dear Mommy!
Happy Mother’s Day to You!
*Sung to the tune of Happy Birthday

Flowers for Mom:
Five little flowers sitting on the floor.
One will go to _________’s mom, Then there will be four.
Four little flowers, pretty as can be.
One will go to _________ ‘s mom, Then there will be three.
Three little flowers with flowers red and blue.
One will go to _________’s mom, Then there will be two.
Two little flowers, bright as the sun.
One will go to _________’s mom, Then there will be one.
One little flower, oh, it’s sure to go.
To your very own mother, who is the Nicest one you know.

Flowers for Mom: Use your felt board and ask different kids to come up and give a felt flower to their mom. You can either increase the number based on your audience or you can repeat the rhyme.

Craft:
Materials:
Pink construction paper, in the shape of ice cream, as seen below (you can also do other colors)
Brown construction paper, triangles

Red construction paper, cherries
Different descriptive words on different colored sheets of printed paper
White triangles

Prep:
Pre-cut the things mentioned above.

Instruction:
Let the kids create the image seen below by pasting it together with glue sticks. In the middle they can write “I love you with a cherry on top!” or their own message to mom.

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STORYTIME: April Fool’s Day / Silly Books
April Foolishness / by Teresa Bateman
Silly Tilly / by Eileen Spinelli
Giggle, Giggle, Quack / by Doreen Cronin

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Open this storytime with an explanation of what April Fools Day is. These are all funny, silly books so get them excited by telling a joke or two. Kids love knock-knock jokes. You could also tell a few more sprinkled between the stories.

Knock Knock!
Who’s there?
Lettuce.
Lettuce who?
Lettuce in, we’re freezing.

 Knock Knock!
Who’s there?
Who.
Who who?
Are you an owl?

For more jokes: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/topics/knockknock.shtml

Books:
April Foolishness:
-Ask the audience what sound the cows, chickens, pigs, goats and sheep make as you come across them in the book.
-Ask them whether or not they believe the cows really got loose. Do the same for the chickens, pigs, goats and sheep.
- At the end of the story, have the audience yell “April Fools!” together.
For Silly Tilly:
-Ask your audience to act out many parts of the story such as pretending to tickle frogs or taking a bath.
-When it mentions yodeling- show them how! Ask them to join you.
For Giggle, Giggle, Quack:
-Get some volunteers from the audience to hold a puppet for the duck, cow, pig and chicken. When it says, “Giggle, Giggle, Cluck” for example, get the child holding the chicken puppet to make it say “Cluck!” And do the same for pig, duck and cow.

Songs:
Shake the Sillies Out
I gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
I gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
I gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away

*repeat with jump-jiggles, clap-crazies, yawn-sleepies

Craft:
Materials:
Circles of construction paper or paper plates
Elmers glue (with cups and q-tips_
Glue Sticks
Yarn bits
Folded strips of paper, accordion style (as pictured below)
Sticker eyes
Googly Eyes
Popcorn
Buttons
Construction paper lips
Pom Poms
Crayons
Large craft sticks

Prep: Cut circles for construction faces. Bend strips accordion style for hair. Pop popcorn.

Notes:The goal is to have each facial feature have multiple options. For example the nose could be drawn on, be a button or a pom pom. Each face should be different and unique! Most or all of this craft should be able to be done mostly by the kids themselves so try to encourage parents to let them do it.

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ADD ME ON PINTEREST ⇢
HEY-O! I’m back. I will begin a new job as Youth Services Librarian at the Livingston Parish Library on Monday, Feb 3 and I will be in charge of the Children and Young Adult sections at the Watson Branch (pictured above) located just outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am super excited to meet all my co-workers and get back to the real world. Hanging out with baby J every day is pretty fun (because he is basically the most adorable chubby little thing in the world) but it is very clear to me that I could never hack it as a stay at home mom. I am so ready to get back to my library life full of books, displays, crafts and events! I will be reporting back on all the happenings at this new locale real soon. Stay tuned!

HEY-O! I’m back. I will begin a new job as Youth Services Librarian at the Livingston Parish Library on Monday, Feb 3 and I will be in charge of the Children and Young Adult sections at the Watson Branch (pictured above) located just outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am super excited to meet all my co-workers and get back to the real world. Hanging out with baby J every day is pretty fun (because he is basically the most adorable chubby little thing in the world) but it is very clear to me that I could never hack it as a stay at home mom. I am so ready to get back to my library life full of books, displays, crafts and events! I will be reporting back on all the happenings at this new locale real soon. Stay tuned!

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It’s been a long time since I updated this blog but I just had to get on here to show off this amazing picture the teens from my old library drew for me. It is so sweet and MAN I wish I owned that dress. I would wear it everyday.
I will be finished with my MLIS degree in literally ~*days*~ and I can’t wait to find and start a new job! I’ll be back on here all the time with cool events and crafts to share.
'Till then! <3

It’s been a long time since I updated this blog but I just had to get on here to show off this amazing picture the teens from my old library drew for me. It is so sweet and MAN I wish I owned that dress. I would wear it everyday.

I will be finished with my MLIS degree in literally ~*days*~ and I can’t wait to find and start a new job! I’ll be back on here all the time with cool events and crafts to share.

'Till then! <3

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Attention!

Since I am preggo and have recently decided to take a work break to finish up my MLIS at the University of Illinois and begin the job hunting process- please check out the new blog, LIBRARY WONDERLAND, to continue following the happenings at the lovely Oconee County Library.

I’ll be back one day soon with tons of cool things happening at a great new library!

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DIY Carnival at Oconee County Library!

I came back to volunteer at the DIY Carnival for the library. It was a lot of fun planning an event and then not having to do any of the prep-work-haha! It was our SUMMER READING KICK-OFF event and each DIY station correlated with an upcoming event for the summer. Some boothes we had were Indie Movie Trivia, Knitting, Painting and of course, my table- the Make Your Own Zine station!

Note: Picture of me and my very pregnant belly in the Photo Booth! 

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Lonna’s last day/TAB meeting! :( There was cookie cake and cupcakes and pizza rolls and so many yums.

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The PAC-MAN display Lonna made at the Athens-Clarke County Library during her internship. The last one!

The PAC-MAN display Lonna made at the Athens-Clarke County Library during her internship. The last one!

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A farewell present from Lonna to Oconee County Library and her teens! &lt;3

A farewell present from Lonna to Oconee County Library and her teens! <3

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