Virtual Storytime: 1/6/2021 MoComCONline

I have a special storytime I am doing for our library system’s MoComCon event. MoComCon is a library comic convention and this year we are going virtual–MoComCONline! <Cute right?! For this storytime, I am doing all things superheroes. Here is what I have planned:

  • Say HELLO Superheroes 
    • This is an original by yours truly. I wanted a fun opening and closing, so I made one up!

Say HELLO superheroes brave and true. 
The world needs saving, the world needs you!  
Buckle your belt, fasten your cape. 
We cannot let those bad guys escape!  

Stretch out those arms, first this way, then that. 
A quick little toe touch, now arch back like a cat.  
Another stretch high and now one way down low. 
We’re ready to fight crime, let’s go go go!  

You are ready now to fly up, up and away! 
Get ready, get set? Let’s all save the day! 

  • ASL –  Smart, Fly, Brave 
    • I always incorporate some American Sign Language into my storytimes. This week, I went with superhero attributes.
  • Book – Supertruck by Stephen Savage 
    • This is a fun story about a garbage truck by day, superhero truck by night!
  • Finger Play – Superhero Turn Around 
    • A simple movement rhyme I found years ago for a superhero storytime and I can’t remember where I got it from.

Superhero, superhero turn around 
Superhero, superhero touch the ground. 
Superhero, superhero put on your suit 
Superhero, superhero put on your boots. 
Superhero, superhero jump up high
Superhero, superhero fly, fly, fly! 

  • Book – Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker 
    • This one is generally a little long, but like the lessons in it. I may cut a few pages from it as I am reading if it feels too long.
  • Folder Story – My Many Colored Capes 
    • Check out my post for more information on this one. It is such a great rhyme and super fun to do as a folder story. I also find folder stories adapt well to a virtual environment.

My cape of bravery 
Goes over my head 
It makes me feel bold 
And its color is __________ (red) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of honesty 
Makes villains speak true 
And chases out lies 
Its color is ___________(blue) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of fairness 
Conquers those who are mean 
It makes me feel strong 
And its color is _________ (green) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of calmness 
Makes me feel mellow 
It quiets the world 
And its color is ____________(yellow) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of wisdom 
Helps me to think 
And solve tricky problems 
Its color is __________(pink) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My favorite cape 
Gives me a nice glow 
Its all these great colors—In a RAINBOW!!! 

  • Finger Play – Five Brave Superheroes
    • A nice finger play with a counting element.  

Five brave superheroes (hold up five fingers) 
Ready to save the day. (hands on hips in ‘superhero stance’) 
One flies off to chase a villain, (“fly” one finger behind back) 
Up, up and away! (stretch arms up into the air, i.e. ‘flying pose’) 

 Count down from 4, 3, 2… 

One brave superhero 
Ready to save the day. 
She flies off to chase a villain 
Up, up and away! 
Hooray for superheroes! Hooray! (clap hands, shout hooray!) 

  • Book – Superhero Mom by Timothy Knapman 
    • Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. This one has nice big pictures and all the moms out there will enjoy it.
  • Action Rhyme – Have you ever seen a hero 
    • This can be a lap rhyme with swaying back and forth or the kids can pretend to fly. I don’t know that I’d do the additional verses. I may just do the original twice.

Have you ever seen a hero, a hero, a hero, 
Have you ever seen a hero, flying through the sky? 
Fly this way and that way, and that way and this way 
Have you ever seen a hero flying through the sky? 

Verses: Putting on their cape, hopping on one foot, saving the day, twirling around 

  • Say GOODBYE Superheroes 
    • The goodbye to my hello

Say GOODBYE superheroes, the day is through. 
You’ve worked really hard, you’ve chased every clue.  
Every dragon’s been slain, every bad guy subdued. 
The city is safe, thanks to your fortitude. 

So roll your head round and shrug your shoulders, 
You lifted, you pushed, you lugged heavy boulders.  
With a yawn and a sigh and a shake of the head, 
Even superheroes need to rest in their bed.  

Tomorrow’s a new day, there’s nothing to fear. 
Goodbye superheroes. 1…2…3… CHEER!   
 

How’d it go:

This was a really fun storytime! The kids especially liked it when I put them on spotlight, so they could show off their superhero moves. Man, do I love MoComCon season!

That’s all for now!

-M-

Family Storytime – 1/11/2020 – SUPER HEROES 

1/11/2020 – Family Storytime – SUPER HEROES

  • 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 – H.E.L.L.O.61occoqv17l._sx398_bo1204203200_
    • We clap out each letter of “hello.”

Let’s clap and say hello…
H.E. L. L. O.
H.E. L. L. O.
H.E. L. L. O.
Let’s clap and say good morning.

  • Stretch – Skinnamarink
    • This is a great one to warm up to and everyone knows these movements.
  • ASL –  Strong, Smart, Fly, Brave
    • I like to include a few new ASL signs in storytime. I usually print my own flash cards from Baby Sign Language.
  • Story –  Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker
    • This one is a little long but I think we could really get into it. And it has a great moral.
  • Finger Play – Superhero Turn Around
    • This is another good one from Jbrary.

Superhero, superhero turn around
Superhero, superhero touch the ground
Superhero, superhero put on your suit
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.

Verses: jump up high, fly, fly, fly
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrpTfDUSmz8)

  • Song – Dancin’ with Spiderman and Friends by The Hit Crew
    • 20170914_173259Just a fun song with a few movements to break things up. I stopped mine around 1:50.
  • Folder Story – My Many Colored CapesCheck out my post on this one for more information!
  • Game –  Superhero Activity Cube
    • I have a gross motor cube that I change the sides to. I let the kids roll the cube and we do whatever movement comes up.
    • Fly like Superman; Run like Flash; Jump like Spiderman; Climb like Catwoman; Lasso like Wonder Woman;
  • Story – How to Deal With Bullies: Superhero Style by Wiley Blevins
    • Another long-ish but great moral book.
  • Finger Play – Five Brave Superheroes
    • I got this one from Storytime Kate. It’s your standard counting down from five rhyme with some movements thrown in.

Five brave superheroes (hold up five fingers)51yauddc03l._sx359_bo1204203200_
Ready to save the day. (hands on hips in ‘superhero stance’)
One flies off to chase a villain, (“fly” one finger behind back)
Up, up and away! (stretch arms up into the air, i.e. ‘flying pose’)

 Count down from 4, 3, 2…

One brave superhero
Ready to save the day.
She flies off to chase a villain
Up, up and away!
Hooray for superheroes! (clap hands, shout hooray!)
(https://storytimekatie.com/2014/04/15/superheroes/)

  • Shakers / Song – We R Super Heroes by Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine
    • We are going to be superheros with our shakers!
  • Rhyme – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I’ll include this one if we have time but with my speaker, I want to wrap up a little quicker than normal.
  • Goodbye Rhyme – See You Later Alligator
    • This is to the tune of Clementine.

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye)
In a while, crocodile
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself)
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss)
See you soon, big baboon
Out the door, dinosaur (March)
Take care, polar bear
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye)
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKUpFtJiyKQ)

  • 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:

Phew! We were in the smaller room today, so we were toasty. This was a fun storytime. My stories were maybe a little too long for such a crowded room, but we made it through 🙂

That’s all for now!

-M-

Be A Super Reader!

Hi Guys,

We are starting to get geared up for our MoComCon library comic con in January, so I figured this would be the perfect time to do a superhero bulletin board display.

First I cut out a silhouette of some skyscrapers and glued little yellow windows on it. That was probably what took the most time honestly.

Finished it up with a spotlight saying “BE A SUPER READER” and a few superheroes and ta-da!

Fun and fairly easy display.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Renegades

Renegades by Marissa Meyer is the first book in a new YA series all about superheroes.

In a world thrown into chaos, rises the Renegades–prodigies, superhumans with amazing abilities. The Renegades work to establish peace and regain order; they are a symbol to the people of a better time–as heroes who fight against the villains who once reigned during the age of anarchy.

Now these villains, the Anarchists, are relegated to the sewers, but a shadow of the power they once were. But one Anarchist has a plan. Nova, aka Nightmare, has a plan to infiltrate the Renegades and destroy them from the inside. As she gets closer to her goal, Nova meets Adrian, a Renegade boy with a secret and suddenly Nova finds herself questioning her motives and aims.

Will Nova accomplish her goals and destroy the Renegades or will the secrets she uncovers change everything?

This is definitely more of a tween novel in my opinion. Totally suitable for our older middle-schoolers. As of yet, there is no real romance, only flirtation. There are a few implied violent scenes but you can that in any superhero movie or comic these days. But this is also a read that would keep your teens and adults interested–Meyer is good at that. This is also an excellent audiobook with a narrator I really like.

Renegades is an interesting take on a superhero origin story. A society that falls apart because of superhuman prodigies and it is those prodigies that rebuild society. I also really like the villains in this series. They, well some of them, truly believe that the world would be a better place without the Renegades and honestly, Nova’s reasoning is really convincing.

Overall, I like where this one is going. There are secrets on both sides that are going to make for a really interesting storyline. I’m looking forward to the next one.

This one gets four stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

Superhero Photo Booth

Hi Guys,

Obviously, I’ve been MIA lately and will probably be a sporadic poster for the few weeks. We just welcomed a new addition to our family, so posting has taken a back burner. That being said, I’ve scheduled a few posts for the upcoming weeks.

Before I went on maternity leave at work, I organized a few programs for the library. The first is a superhero photo booth. Our library system is holding it’s second annual library con in January and all the branches are doing lead up events. Because I won’t be there to run it, I decided to organize a really easy, but FUN, passive program.

71ethkjqnvl-_sl1000_Basically, we reserved one of our small collaboration rooms for a weekend and set up the program as a drop-in, so anyone can drop in to the photo booth all day long. We ordered two superhero backdrops to hang on either side of the room. Then I got busy with the props.

A lot of the props I made myself using superhero mask templates from online. I printed them, cut them out, laminated them to make them more sturdy and attached them to chopsticks. There are a ton of templates online, Pinterest superhero photo booth and you’ll find a bunch of printables.

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I also printed out some word bubbles and superhero logos and put them on popsical sticks too.

Other than the backdrops the only thing I bought was a few generic capes from the dollar store in a variety of colors that would fit both adults and children.

Finally, I am having volunteers make a few fun props. Thor’s hammer. A big fake boulder. A “1,000” weight set.

Once everything is put together, you will want to have a volunteer in the room to make sure none of the props walk off.

I can’t wait to see how everything turns out. Hopefully, me and the little one can take a trip to the library that weekend and see how everything came out.

That’s all for now!

-M-