Apple Flannels

Hi Guys,

Man it’s been awhile since I’ve created a new flannel, soooo I made two new apple ones!


The first is an apple version of the BINGO song.

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.

You could do this without the flannels but it’s totally more fun this way.


The second flannel goes with the rhyme, Five Little Apples:

5 little apples hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Slinky worm,
“You can’t eat me, no you can’t eat me!”
Along came Mr. Slinky worm,
As quiet as can be…
and SNAP! he bites that apple right out of the tree!
(Remove one of the apples from the felt board
Continue counting down until all the apples get eaten)

No little apples hanging in the tree,
Teasing Mr. Slinky Worm
“You can’t eat me, no you can’t eat me!”
Along comes Mr. Slinky Worm as full as can be
from eating all those apples right out of the tree!

Create your tree and your apples and then you could either use your finger as the worm or you can create a pipe cleaner worm on a chopstick.

These weren’t too hard to make and will make a nice addition to a fall or harvest themed storytime!

That’s all for now!



Family Storytime: Zoo

Hi Guys,

Got another fun family storytime for you this week! And I am experimenting with using our projector instead of printed flannel boards–not a fancy one from the ceiling, so we’ll see how it goes. My theme this week is anything having to do with the zoo or zoo animals.

Here’s what I’ve got planned:51R7ai3HhjL._SX260_

  • 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.
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • We first teach the kids the signs for: More, Together, Happy & Friends. Then incorporate the signs as we sing the song. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
  • Movement Rhyme – Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
    • Who doesn’t love this one! We get faster and faster each time51sqfs2btgjl-_sx484_bo1204203200_ we go through it.
  • Movement Rhyme – Monkey See, Monkey Do…
    • This is a fun rhyme that get’s kids acting like monkeys!
  • Book – I AM A Cat! by Galia Bernstein
    • This is a new one for our library and educational! We’ll see how it goes.
  • Song – We’re going to the zoo by Raffi
    • A zoo themed song to take a little movement break with.
  • Rhyme – An Elephant Goes Like This And That…
    • Who doesn’t love pretending to be an elephant!
  • Flannel Board – Dear Zoo by Rob Campbell
    • I made this flannel ages ago and haven’t used it in a while! 20160812_170127
  • Game – Sleeping, Sleeping All the Children Were Sleeping…
    • This is one my mom actually taught from when she was nannying. You put all the children to sleep and when they wake up they are… cats, lions, mice, butterflies. Just make sure you turn them back to kids before you finish.

Sleeping, sleeping all the children were sleeping and when they woke up they were… LIONS! (pick different animals). Sleeping, sleeping all the little lions were sleeping and when they woke up they were…

  • Book – Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett 51DbuiIYDuL._SX260_
    • A nice, easy and repetitive story about what a girl and her monkey saw at the zoo.
  • Puppet Rhyme – Alligator, Alligator
    • This is one you can do with a puppet or with your hands and arms. I generally use a puppet but I show the kids how to do it with their arms first.

Alligator, alligator long and green. Alligator, alligator teeth so me. Chomping at a fly, chomping at a bee, chomping at a bird but you can’t catch me!

  • Song/Shakers – Happy from Despicable Me 2
    • “because we’re happy…” am I right?
  • ASL – The More We Get Together
    • I like to end with the same sign language song we used in the beginning.
  • Song – Clean It Up
    • Any good clean up song will work.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell by Music Together
    • I will always put this one on in the background as everyone leaves because I just love it!

How’d it go: This one went really well and I did much better with time then I usually do. I did decide to nix the “I AM A Cat” in favor for “How Much Does A Ladybug Weigh?” It was shorter and still had that non-fiction element to it. Other than that, everything else went off without a hitch!

That’s all for now!


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.


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.


Happy fall everyone!

That’s all for now!


WANTED: Banned Books!

Hi Guys,

September 23-29 is Banned Books Week! Banned Book Week is:

an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

This year, on top of having a book display, I wanted to create a window display to inform our patrons a little bit about why books are banned. To do this I decided to highlight a few specific books in a sort of “Wanted” theme.

I wanted my display to look like those old fashion, western, “Wanted” boards with “postings” of banned books.


For each banned poster, I included the title, author and a short sentence telling why the book was banned. I think I picked a good mix of classic banned books and newer titles to show that books are still being banned today.

Here’s two examples:

Then to make sure no one thought we were actually banning these books, I posted little starbursts with a short explanation about banned book week.


This was a really easy display to put together and one that I think will be informative too. It always seems to shock patrons when they find out why these children’s books were banned.

That’s all for now!


Go Back to School with all your Friends!

Hey Guys,

With summer winding down, I wanted to get up a new display but didn’t have much time to work on it. Thank goodness, I save pretty much everything!

For this one, I pulled out all my old characters and printed out the words:

“Go back to school with all your friends!”

Our books are our friends right?! Anyway, gotta love a good recycled display. I promise to have a brand new one for Banned Book Week!

That’s all for now!


Music & Movement: Storytelling with Music and American Sign Language

Over the summer, I have been working with the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library to put together a special storytime program that would be fun and accessible for our both hearing and deaf patrons. And implementation time has arrived!

This program is a special storytime for all ages but content-wise is specifically targeted to ages 0-5, with their grownups. What we wanted to do in this storytime, was to incorporate our summer reading theme of music, while teaching some sign language–hence the music and movement theme.

To help me with this storytime, I have deaf mother Roberta Mather. Roberta will be signing everything for us and teaching us how to sign some of the words in our songs.

I set this up with an introduction to the program and the positive aspects of incorporating, not only music and movement but also sign language into a child’s routine. Then we jumped right in.

The four songs we did were: The More We Get Together, The ABC’s, BINGO and Old MacDonald had a farm. If you want my outline or powerpoint with the highlighted words, let me know. WordPress won’t let me format it correctly on here.

The More We Get Together–this one is actually really easy to sign. We learned the whole song and opened and closed the program with it.

The ABC’s–we went through the alphabet once with the kids and then we put it together with the song. I had practice sheets they could take home. For the other songs we highlighted specific words. So, even though Roberta was signing the whole song the kids knew to focus on just the signs they learned.

BINGO–We learned how to sign “dog” and then we did our finger spelling for B-I-N-G-O.

Old MacDonald Had A Farm–For this one we used our finger spelling for E-I-E-I-O but we also learned the sign for “farm,” “cow,” “pig,” “chicken” and “sheep.” As we moo moo’ed the kids would do their animal sign. We had a lot of fun with this one.

To make this a visually accessible as possible, I created a powerpoint that I projected onto a screen off to the right of the room. This way, people could reference it for the words if they wanted to.

After we learned these songs and went through them a few times, I passed out instruments and we told a musical version of the three little pigs. I did a play on the version from Let’s Play Kids Music.

What I wanted to do was to inject music and action into the story, so it was like the kids were telling the story with me.

  • We shook our shaker eggs when the first little pig build his straw house.
  • We hit our rhythm sticks when the second little pig built his hour of sticks.
  • We used our percussion instruments when the third little pig built his brick house.
  • We slapped our legs when the pigs were running from the wolf.
  • We helped the wolf blow the houses down and when they were down we stomped our feet.

This is something you could do with any version of the three little pigs. Even if you don’t have the instruments handy, just clapping, stomping or slapping your thighs can add action and an interactive element to the story.

How’d it go: This program went great and definitely makes me want to continue doing something like this in the future. Roberta, myself and the interpreter all worked really well together. I’d like to use a story that is more narrative driven next time but other than that I was extremely satisfied with the way things went.

That’s all for now!


If you give a kid a book…

Hey Guys!

I was trying to hold out and leave my “Reading ROCKS!” display up until the end of the summer but I got board, so you get a new bulletin board from me.

My inspiration for this one was the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie picture book series. I wanted to come up with something bookish and this what I got:

If you give a kid a book,

He will probably become a reader.

And if he becomes a reader…

Anything is possible!

I tried to copy the series font and sort of style on the bulletin board.  Then I cut out some cute silhouettes of children reading and images of the “If you give a…” picture book covers.


Overall, I think it came out pretty good!

That’s all for now!