Leaves Are Falling, Books are Calling

Hi Guys! I needed quick and easy displays this month. I know… boring, but still pretty.

This was an easy-peasy one. I already had some fall colored leaves cut out and I just printed the words “Leaves are falling, books are calling.” I made the word “FALLING,” look like the letters were falling.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime – 9/21/19 – Fall 

Family Storytime – 9/21/19 – Fall

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.
  • Hello Rhyme – Everybody Count One!
    • This is a nice little “rap” to get your storytime started.

Everybody count one, ONE!
Storytime has just begun,
Everybody count two, TWO!
Shake your shoulders, show your shoes,
Everybody count three, THREE!
Listen very carefully,
Everybody count four, FOUR!
And put your bottoms on the floor.
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ_Pd2Yss1k)

  • Stretch/Song – The Way We Do It by Greg & Steve 51r454qvsal._sy440_bo1204203200_
    • I got this one from a friend of mine. It’s a fun song with lots of movements.
  • ASL – APPLE / LEAF / CORN
  • Book – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
    • I know this one isn’t technically about fall but it has repetition and there is just something about it that gives me that fall feelings.
  • Rhyme – Leaves are Twirling
    • This is a good leaf rhyme and can be used to settle the kids down… actually, I should probably do it after our game. It’s to the tune of Frère Jacques.

Leaves are twirling, leaves are twirling
All around, all around
They are falling softly, very, very softly
To the ground, to the ground.
(https://sunflowerstorytime.com/2015/11/01/fall-leaves/)

  • Activity – Sleeping, Sleeping… img_0133
    • This is a game my mom taught me. You put the kids to sleep, “sleeping, sleeping all the children were sleeping,” and you wake them up as different animals, “And when they woke up they were….” Just don’t forget to put your animals back to bed and wake them up as children.
  • Flannel – A-P-P-L-E
    • This is basically BINGO but with the word apple instead.

I know a fruit that’s good to eat and apple is it’s name-o.
A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E
And apple is it’s name-o.

  • Rhyme – Ten Red Apples
    • Who doesn’t like to count and wiggle!

10 red apples grow on a tree (hold up both hands, fingers spread wide)
5 for you, 5 for me (one hand forward, one hand towards yourself)
Let’s shake this tree, together–like so (wiggle in place)
And the 10 red apples will fall below. (drop your hands)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10! (count your fingers)
(http://www.literaryhoots.com/2015/09/apples-autumn-storytime.html)

  • Book – The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri61bk3kyspll._sx497_bo1204203200_
    • This is all about a squirrel too busy to play because he’s preparing for the winter.
  • Rhyme – Have you ever seen a pumpkin?
    • Pumpkins are also very fall-y.

Have you ever seen a pumpkin, a pumpkin, a pumpkin,
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, that grows on a vine?
A round one, a tall one, a fat one, a small one.
Have you ever seen a pumpkin, that grows on a vine?
(https://fallingflannelboards.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/storytime-pumpkins/)

  • Song/Shakers – Rockin’ Robin by Dancin’ Magic
    • Time to break out those shakers and dance, dance, dance!
  • Rhyme – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I like to know how happy we are at the end of storytime and this is the perfect one to do that with.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – Our Hands Say Thank You
    • Trying out a different goodbye rhyme this time.

Our hands say thank you with A clap, clap, clap;
Our feet say thank you with a
Tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap!
Tap, tap, tap!
We roll our hands around, and say,
“Good-bye.”
(https://anneslibrarylife.wordpress.com/2012/12/27/baby-storytime-scarves/)

  • Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band
    • Everyone helps put our shakers away.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go:

Sooo, I got a little excited for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and the kids had a lot of fun with me. And the new goodbye rhyme was great!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Books Are Unbe-LEAF-able!

Hi Guys,

Back to School displays only last for so long and what with the leaves starting to make their way down to the ground, it was time for a fall display.

I found this pithy little saying, “Books Are Unbe-LEAF-able!” and just had to use it. I cut out a whole bunch of different colored fall leaves and stuck them up all over the windows.

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For my saying I thought it would be really cute to have the word “LEAF” be spelled out in leaves and it worked out pretty well. I think it would have been better if I had smaller leaves or more room but it works.

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Happy fall everyone!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Nuts About Books!

Hey Guys,

It’s fall, so that means it is time for a few new displays. I’ve been a little strapped for time recently and the change in seasons have snuck up on me. So I did a quick and dirty bulletin board and I will probably be re-purposing some old displays as we enter October.

I’ve been seeing a lot of squirrel picture books lately and I thought, hey, we see a lot of squirrels in the fall so a squirrel display it is.

Simple display with some acorns and our bookish squirrel!

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Enjoy!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Give Thanks & Be Happy

Hi Guys,

Yesterday, I put up a new display in the children’s room of our library. In November we try 516dsrpefdl-_sx375_bo1204203200_to do an interactive display. Something revolving around being thankful and/or what we are thankful for. Last year I put up a giant turkey and the kids wrote on baby turkeys what they were thankful for. We hung everyone’s turkeys up for the month of November.

This year I wanted to do something other then a Thanksgiving theme, but something
that would still portray the theme of thankfulness. I had an idea to do something with Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree20161101_104519

So I figured I would incorporate fall colors in the leaves and in place of the title and author I wrote: Give Thanks & Be Happy.
The only leaves I could find for our accucut were kind of tiny, so the kids will only be able to write their names this 20161101_104505year. But they can tell us (the librarians) what they are thankful for. We have a little basket with pencils and different color leaves the kids can pick out.

I gotta say, I really love this one and it wasn’t all that hard. I am super proud of my boy–I free-handed that sucker!

Overall, this was a really simple display that gives quite a pop of color to the J-room. It is interactive, which the kids love and the Silverstein books will get a boost of circulation because of it.

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So fun!

That’s all for now!

-M-