Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Baby/Toddler Story Time, 4/17/12

Story time is getting crazier and crazier here at my library, even though the groups have been smaller than usual. Yesterday, not only did I stop and scold the parents for talking, but I also had to delay the start of the 11:00 story time because one child bit another one on the eye. It was strange, to say the least, and more than a little bit stressful. That is the one thing I hate about three-day weekends. Tuesday is always brutal when we come back. But we press on. Here's yesterday's Baby/Toddler repertoire.

Opening Song: Hello, how are you?

Book: Little Cloud by Eric Carle (1996)

Rhyme: Two Little Clouds 
This was a new rhyme for us and a little bit tricky for the smaller kids. But we had some threes and fours  who really got into it.

Two little clouds one April Day
[Make two fists.]
Went sailing across the sky
[Move fists side to side.]
They went so fast, they bumped their heads
[Bump fists together.]
And both began to cry.
[Rub eyes with hands.]
Out came the big round sun who said
[Make huge circle over head with arms.]
Never mind my little dears,
I'll send sunbeams down
[Wiggle fingers on both hands downward.]
To dry your fallen tears.

Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big

Book: Quack and Count by Keith Baker (1999)
To make this more interactive, I asked the adults to quack with me after each page. Most of them did. 

Song: The Ducks in the Pond
To the tune of The Wheels on the bus, we sang:
  • The ducks on the pond go quack, quack, quack... all day long.
  • The ducks on the pond go flap, flap, flap...all day long.
  • The ducks on the pond go waddle, waddle, waddle... all day long.

Song: I'm a Little Teapot

Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands 

Book: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Crockett Johnson (1945)

Song with Stick Puppets: Oh, Yellow Flower

Song: If You're Happy and You Know It

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Song with Puppet: You Are My Sunshine

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This


  1. My neighboring librarian had a mom show up with vodka in her bag and throw up halfway through the storytime, but my storytimes have been relatively drama-free (except for that mom fainting once, but that was different).

    1. How big are your story time crowds? We're seeing as many as 100 people across three sessions, and I think that is what contributes to the chaos.

  2. The biggest we've had is 70 in a toddler group (our room only holds 80 and 50 is really the most that can comfortably fit) Generally we average around 40, depending on the group. Preschool tends to be smaller and babies fluctuates wildly, anywhere from 25 to 55.


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