Rake-O Family Fall Festival

Howdy, folks! Yesterday, I had a grand ole time doing mini-storytimes as part of the Rake-O Family Fall Festival at the Rakow Branch Library in Elgin. I did a mixture of cowboy, farms, animals, and fun. Yee-haw!

IN OTHER NEWS: I just started a new job over at the Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood! I’ll be focusing on outreach for PK-Grade 2 in the schools. I’m excited about this new challenge and look forward to being more active on this website.

RAKE-O FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL

BOOKS SHARED:
Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs

“FILLERS”:
Song: “Finger in the Air” from Miss Carole’s Baloney!
Song: Chicken Dance
Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
Song: “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
Action Rhyme: Fun with Hands
Action Rhyme: Ten in a Bed
Action Rhyme: Hands Up High
Action Rhyme: Blackbirds
Flannel: The Enormous Turnip
Storytelling (with puppets): “Book! Book! Book!” (This is a well-loved librarian anecdote about a chicken that comes into the library. One version, “The Well-Read Frog” can be found in Margaret Read MacDonald’s Three Minute Tales.)

The Farmer in the Dell

Today’s stories were about farming and gardening (and pesky rabbits!). I hope that everyone has a good Easter weekend!

Stories Shared:
The Farmer in the Dell (pictures by Mary Maki Rae)
This is the Farmer by Nancy Tafuri
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet–Spring 2009):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Where is Thumbkin?
Old MacDonald
Open, Shut Them

Flannel:
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?
(Underneath different colored flannel houses, I place different flannel animals. Using a cat puppet, we go in search of the mouse flannel…)

Bonus Song:
“Little Bunny Foo Foo” (Music and lyrics can be found here.)

Music:
Julian Lloyd Webber: Lullaby
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (I Took a Bath in a Washing Machine)