Special Programs

Grinch Movie Night

This Christmas, at my library, we introduced a new program that we had never tried before.  We had our first (hopefully, annual) Christmas family movie night.  We showed How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original 1966 cartoon version), and we offered some snacks, crafts, door prizes, and other fun activities.  Attendees were invited to wear their… Continue reading Grinch Movie Night

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Christmas Storytime

OPENING:  "Hello Friends" (with sign language) Credit: Jbrary BOOK:  Merry Christmas, Big Hungry Bear!  by Audrey Wood I love Don and Audrey Wood so much.  This book has some subtle messages between the text and the illustrations, but most of the kids understood what was happening.  I asked some comprehension questions after I finished reading to reinforce the story.  … Continue reading Christmas Storytime

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Letter M Storytime

OPENING:  "Hello Friends" (with sign language) Credit: Jbrary BOOK:  Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming This book got some good laughs, and it gave me plenty of opportunities to be dramatically emotional.  It is a little long, but my audience for this storytime was primarily older kids, and they didn't have any problems with it. FLANNEL RHYME:  "Five Little… Continue reading Letter M Storytime

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Letter L Storytime

OPENING:  "Hello Friends" (with sign language) Credit: Jbrary BOOK:  How to Hide a Lion  by Helen Stephens A charming little story with appealing illustrations and a sweet ending.  This book was an obscure find, but definitely worth it.  SHAKER EGG SONG: "Wimoweh" by Laurie Berkner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdnME-ManJA I love this song (mostly because I associate it with The Lion King), so I… Continue reading Letter L Storytime

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Thanksgiving Storytime

OPENING:  "Hello Friends" (with sign language) Credit: Jbrary BOOK:  Bear Says Thanks  by Karma Wilson Karma Wilson's books are always so sweet and heartfelt, without being too sappy.  I love how she highlighted the true spirit of Thanksgiving in this story in such a simple way.  And the Bear books always provide some easy audience participation because the… Continue reading Thanksgiving Storytime

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Letter K Storytime

OPENING:  "Hello Friends" (with sign language) Credit: Jbrary BOOK:  Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale  by Mo Willems What can I say about Knuffle Bunny that hasn't already been said?  I love this book, it's adorable, and the "K" is not silent. BOOK:  King Bidgood's in the Bathtub  by Audrey Wood This book was a Caldecott finalist in the 1980s, and… Continue reading Letter K Storytime

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Letter J Storytime

OPENING:  "Hello Friends" (with sign language) Credit: Jbrary BOOK:  Joey Runs Away by Jack Kent BOOK AND FINGER PUPPETS:  Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow These monkey finger puppets came from my Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree flannel set. BOOK AND FLANNEL:  Jamberry by Bruce Degen Flannel credit goes to Jbrary.  However, this book is a childhood favorite… Continue reading Letter J Storytime