Doctor Pete “People in Your Neighborhood” storytime

We are still meeting on zoom instead of in person, and so we decided to implement a new once a month event called the People in Your Neighborhood. We have asked interested community members to read a story and answer questions about their job. Afterward, we do a craft for which the library provides supplies. We place all the supplies for the craft in paper bags, and patrons can call ahead for the bag to be placed outside for curbside pickup. Our third guest speaker was Doctor Pete.

Dr. Pete lives in Windsor, CO in our library district but works as an emergency room physician in Nebraska. We read Next Please! by Christopher Inns. 

We made stethoscopes like this post. I skipped the beads and used ribbon instead of pipe cleaners. I also used mirror paper for the diaphragm of the stethoscope. 

We made doctor bags like this post from Spell Out Loud. 

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“You Might Find Yourself” Story Explorers preschool book club

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft. We place all the supplies for the craft and the title we are reading in paper bags. This week I gave them a straw, some pompoms, and 2 party favor size containers of Playdoh. 

We read You Might Find Yourself by Tai Snaith.

We made playdoh mazes like the inside cover of the book. Then we used our straws to blow the pompoms through. I then told the kids they could make a place they’d like to go to with their playdoh, but no one was really into that.

Sometimes you need to stand on your playdoh to get it really flat.

  

 

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“Who am I?” Story Explorers preschool book club

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft. We place all the supplies for the craft and the title we are reading in paper bags. This week I gave them a 12 inch hand made out of black construction paper, a piece of green construction paper for lily pads, a toy frog, and another randomly chosen color of construction paper. 

We read Who am I? by Tim Flach.

We compared the size of our hands to the size of gorilla hands like this post from Preschool Steam.

I also bought plastic jumping frogs and had the kids cut out lily pads to try to jump their frogs onto.  

  

 

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“Sootypaws” Story Explorers preschool book club

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft. We place all the supplies for the craft and the title we are reading in paper bags. This week I gave them 5 red pipe cleaners, a green pipe cleaner, and a toy mouse. 

We read Sootypaws by Maggie Rudy.

Miss Andrea brought out Little Tabitha the hairless dumbo rat to join for the story. 

We made apple carriages like this pumpkin post from Factory Direct Craft and placed our pet mice in them. The mice were cat toys

I then asked the kids to find wheels for their carriages. 

 

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Teacher Miss Michelle “People in Your Neighborhood” storytime

We are still meeting on zoom instead of in person, and so we decided to implement a new once a month event called the People in Your Neighborhood. We have asked interested community members to read a story and answer questions about their job. Afterward, we do a craft for which the library provides supplies. We place all the supplies for the craft in paper bags, and patrons can call ahead for the bag to be placed outside for curbside pickup. Our second guest speaker was Miss Michelle.

Miss Michelle is a preschool teacher at Grandview Elementary School in Windsor. We couldn’t take a lot of photos because she has kids with special rights in her classroom. She read Teachers Rock by Todd Parr. 

Then we made apples for our teachers that we could practice threading through like this post from Preschool Inspirations

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“Woodpecker Girl” Story Explorers preschool book club

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft. We place all the supplies for the craft and the title we are reading in paper bags. This week I gave them white cardstock and a set of watercolor paint. 

We read Woodpecker Girl by Chingyen-Liu and I-Tsun Chinag.

We tried to paint with a brush on our heads like the girl in the story, who has cerebral palsy. It is very hard.
    

Then we painted with our hands and brushes.

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A few days after this event, a mother who picked up the book and supplies, but couldn’t attend the event, sent me this: 
We loved reading Woodpecker Girl! G___, my 5 yr old, has apraxia and is developmentally delayed. This book helped my other boys think and discuss why he gets so frustrated and emotional sometimes. Isaac said he wished he could give Gerard his voice so he wouldn’t feel trapped in his mind anymore. 😭 The book was so good for so many reasons 💓

 

 

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Firefighter Rebecca “People in Your Neighborhood” storytime

We are still meeting on zoom instead of in person, and so we decided to implement a new once a month event called the People in Your Neighborhood. We have asked interested community members to read a story and answer questions about their job. Afterward, we do a craft for which the library provides supplies. We place all the supplies for the craft in paper bags, and patrons can call ahead for the bag to be placed outside for curbside pickup. Our first guest speaker was Firefighter Rebecca with Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue.

Rebecca read them one of her favorite firetruck books, and then we made firefighter helmets like these from momstown. We also put out fires like this post from Sandbox Academy. I provided the paper plates, construction paper for the badge on the hats, the foam fire pieces, and one squirt bottle per family. The families provided their own glue, marker, and tub for water. 

    

 

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Get Slimed! Little Ones Event

Events looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their  supplies for a craft. 

We made slime using this recipe from One Little Project. I also added a little bit of Kool-aid to change the color and smell. This recipe is all completely edible so it’s safe for the littles. 
  

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Cookies! Little Ones Event

Events looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, so participants can pick up their  supplies for a craft. 

We made my favorite Butterscotch Fritos recipe. Melt the entire bag of butterscotch chips in a saucepan. Once they’re melted, toss in the entire bag of Fritos. Stir with a wooden spoon until the Fritos are coated. Lay out to cool on parchment paper, and then enjoy.
   

 

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While those cooled, we made these no bake peanut butter balls (using soy peanut butter) like this post from Picky Eater Blog.

The kids enjoyed eating while they “baked.”

They also showed me other food they made.

“Dinosaurs?!” Story Explorers preschool book club

Story Explorers looks a little different during Covid-19. We are meeting on zoom instead of in person. The library has curbside pick up, and we are open to the public currently so participants can pick up their copy of the book and supplies for a craft. We place all the supplies for the craft and the title we are reading in paper bags. This week I gave them three sheets of green construction paper. The patrons had to provide their own scissors and glue/tape.

We read Dinosaurs?! by Lila Prap.

We made paper dinosaur hats like this post from Paper and Glue.
   

 

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