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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“The Good Egg” 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 egg cartons, pipe cleaner, and googly eyes. The patrons had to provide their own scissors and glue/tape.

We read The Good Egg by Jory John.

Here are some of their creations.
 

 

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“Box” 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 boxes of all sizes. The patrons had to provide their own scissors and glue/tape.

We read Box by Min Flyte and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw.

Here are some of their creations.
 

 

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“Hey-ho, To Mars We’ll Go” 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 paper, three clothespin each, one toilet paper roll each, and a white plastic egg each. The patrons had to provide their own scissors and glue/tape.

We read Hey-ho To Mars We’ll Go by Susan Lendroth and illustrated by Bob Kolar.

 

We created rockets like this post from The Kindergarten Connection.

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“All the Water in the World” 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 blue crayons in multiple shades, waxed paper, and string. The patrons had to provide their own scissors, hole punch, and iron/hair dryer to melt the crayons.

We read All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Katherine Tillotson.

We created water droplet suncatchers like this post from Prek Pages.

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“Ocean Meets Sky” 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 read Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers.

We created these paper plate boat scenes. I made my boat sail in the sky instead of the water, like it does in the book, but you can choose to sail your boat wherever you please. 🙂

 

 

 

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Sensory storytime

We started a sensory storytime for kiddos with special needs last year. It has been slow to take off, but I had a parent tell me about a facebook group for moms of kids with special needs, so hopefully the word will spread.

Visual Schedule

Storytime Helpers
Each kid can take a sitting dot like these and a manipulative like these.

Opening Song
This is the way we
read our books,
read our books, read our books
(open hands like book)
this is the way we read our books, at the library.
(make “L” sign in circle motion)
– turn the page (lift upper corner of page in turning motion)
– listen to stories (cup hand to ear)
– check out books (slide hands across table)
Source: King County Library System

Book- Let’s Make a Cake by Heide Schrack
This is actually a local author, and one of the characters in the story uses a wheelchair.

Therabands
Some kids don’t like these because they use them in physical therapy so I may rethink this one.

Book – Look. Look Again.  – Agnese Baruzzi
We have 10 copies of this board book so all of the families can hold a copy and read together.

Sensory Playtime
We have sensory tiles like these, kinetic sand, and water beads. We only get out one sensory toy for playtime per storytime.

Twinkle Twinkle Flannel
I give each kid a flannel star to place on the feltboard while we sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Bubbles – best bubble machine ever! (IMHO, of course)

Good-bye with ASL
The more we get together,
Together, together.
The more we get together,
The happier we’ll be.
‘Cause your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together,
The happier we’ll be.
Source: Skokie Public Library

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