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Foot Stompin’ Story Time Music Favorites

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Music is a really important part of developing a good story time!

Often the whole mood of the story time is affected by the music–big and bouncy welcome music sets the expectation that we’ll be having fun! Instrumental music is great for a craft program if it helps us focus…etc.

We have our go-to favorites for interactive songs and if you have been to one of our story times you have most likely danced to Laurie Berkner or Jim Gill. We love them.

We have other favorites too. Here are our youth staffers favorite albums for kids…check ‘em out and bring the happy library vibe home with you!

Becky loves to put on some world music for craft programs…Putumayo World Music is a great series of kid friendly music from around the world that adults will enjoy bopping along to also!

Putumayo’s World Playground

Erin relies on the traditional songs and fun sing-alongs from Old Town School Recording’s Wiggleworms Love You in her popular lap baby and toddler times.

I really love Tumblebee by Laura Veirs. It has traditional folk songs, foot stomping choirs and lots of fun rhythm!

Robin’s suggestions are great for older kids and long car trips and for parents who enjoy sophisticated kids’ music by popular adult bands like They Might be Giants…

Here Comes Science

Here Come the ABCs

Lisa loves Reggae! Family Time by Ziggy Marley is a proven story time winner!

Try some of our favorites or explore the catalog to find new treasures! Here are some of our other go-to favorites:


Friday Fairy Tales with a Twist – Story Time to GO!

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Read and play along with us in this to-go version of our Preschool story time!

Fairy tales are wonderful stories to read and often are available in beautiful picture book form…
Start with this classic–with a twist! In Goldilocks by Ruth Sanderson, she and the bears end up making muffins together and the recipe is included!

Add an action rhyme:

Castle Capers Action Rhyme –

I am the king of running,
I run and run and run.
My subjects all run with me,
And we have so much fun!

I am the queen of jumping,
I jump and jump and jump.
My subjects all run with me
And fall down with a bump!

I am the prince of turning,
I turn and turn and turn
My subjects all turn with me,
It’s an easy thing to learn!

I am the princess of dancing,
I dance and dance and dance,
My subjects all dance with me
And sit when they get the chance!

Then read another new take on a classic tale in Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox. A prince tries to get Rapunzel to throw down her hair so he can rescue her, but she mishears him and throws down random objects from her room instead:

Sing and old song with a new twist! Don’t stop at twisting books, in this fairy tale version of “Pop Goes the Weasel.” Use the same tune, but instead of the regular lyrics use these:

All around the castle the knight chased the dragon,
The dragon thought twas all in fun,
went the dragon!

Prince chased, king chased, baby chased, “Ooh, you scared me” went the dragon!

Magic Wand Game:
For a twisted take on “Simon Says” visit this web site to make your own magic wand and then have fun “commanding” your children to do as the magic wand says. Start by saying:

“I brought my magic wand today and when I wave it you must do what I say”

You can suggest things like:

Jump, clap hands, cluck like a chicken, touch your toes, blink your eyes, spin around, hop on one foot, rub tummy, etc.

Finish it up with a wordless book–wordless books are great for developing vocabulary and narrative skills. Point out pictures and talk about the words for the things your child is seeing. Encourage the narrative by asking leading questions about the story–why did he do that? What is happening here?A great example of a wordless book is The Lion and The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney



A is for Apples: Books, Songs & Activities for Fall

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This time of year we usually get many requests for books about fall favorites like apples. Are you ready for fall? We sure are!

Check out our collection of books about apples and pair one with the rhyme below.

Apple Song (to the tune of B-I-N-G-O)

There is a fruit
that’s good to eat
and apple is it’s name-oh!
And apple is it’s name-oh!

And why not try one of these apple activities while you’re at it?

  • Read about Apples: Visit the library and check out some books or a puzzle about apples.
  • Pick Apples: Find a “pick-your-own” apple farm and spend a few hours picking and counting apples. Talk about the different colors of the apples, the sounds in the orchard and about what you may do with all the apples you are picking!
  • Sort Apples: When you take your apples home put them all out on the table and sort them into piles by color, by size, etc. Count how many of each type you have.
  • Make an Apple Print: Cut an apple in half and dip the exposed side in craft paint. Make prints on craft paper and let dry. When the paint is dry you can color in seeds or a stem or even a friendly green worm!
  • Cook Applesauce: Take 4 peeled, cored and chopped apples and add 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup sugar or honey and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Simmer on the stove until soft and mushy.

Last, but not least, sing along with Raffi.

Today is Tuesday! Exploring the Days of the Week With Books and Fun.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Explore the days of the week with books, songs and fun!

Start with a few stories about an ornery cat, a hungry little guy and the most helpful chickens you will ever meet…

	 Cookie the cat gets into a different kind of mischief every day of the week.

Cookie the cat gets into a different kind of mischief every day of the week.

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

Six days a week the chickens help the Greenstalk family and their animals recover from mishaps that occur on the farm, but they need one day to rest.

Six days a week the chickens help the Greenstalk family and their animals recover from mishaps that occur on the farm, but they need one day to rest.

Then sprinkle in a clapping song…

Days of the Week

(Tune: Addams Family)

Days of the week         (clap clap)

Days of the week         (clap clap)

Days of the week, days of the week,

days of the week.

There’s Sunday and there’s Monday,

There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday,

There’s Thursday and there’s Friday,

And then there’s Saturday.

Repeat chorus

Finally, turn up your speakers and dance your way through the days of the week with “I’m Gonna Catch You” by Laurie Berkner

Did you like this post? For more fun like this, be sure to check out our Move With Music class for children ages 2-5.

Lions, Insects & Space, Oh My! Non-Fiction Readers for All Ages!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Have you explored our non-fiction reader collection? Do you know how rain gets into the clouds or why the moon changes shape? What is the life-cycle of a butterfly and what does a mail carrier do all day?

Non-fiction is a great way for children to learn about the world from an early age. Don’t wait until your child is reading alone for the facts, non-fiction is perfect for pre-readers too!

Beautiful Photography:  Besides being fun to look at, colorful photographs allow children to focus on the subject matter and forge a connection between textual content and image.

Easy Reader Text: With large fonts and just a few sentences per page, non-fiction readers teach important vocabulary skills. Reading about the life cycle of a squirrel, fire trucks or dinosaurs in just a few pages can hold even the youngest toddler’s attention without becoming overwhelming.

Information Seeking: Children are naturally curious about the world, non-fiction can give parents a way to answer questions and demonstrates how to find information. Non-fiction teaches children that books can be more than stories, books can tell you why the sun is so bright or why a baby skunk doesn’t stink or what going to school is like…or…well, you get the picture.

Singing Summer: Sing-a-long Storytime is a hit!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Have you been to our Family Summer Sing-a-long? This popular family program is fun for all registration  or skill is required so drop in for some singing fun.

Do you remember singing “Do Your Ears Hang Low”? Can you do the motions? Want a refresher course? Join us in the activity center for a family sing-along! We’ll revisit old favorites and learn some new ones, too! Sing along booklets and guitar included–all we need is you!

Want to take home the fun? Here is one of our favorite action songs with motions you can do with your child at home or in the car–anywhere you are!



Baby Shark – doo doo doo doo         (thumb and pointer finger tap together)

Baby Shark – doo doo doo doo


Brother Shark – doo doo doo doo      (thumb and all 4 fingers tap together)

Brother Shark – doo doo doo doo


Momma Shark – doo doo doo doo     (wrists joined together, clap hands)

Momma Shark -  doo doo doo doo


Daddy Shark – doo doo doo doo       (arms straight out, clap hands)

Daddy Shark – doo doo doo doo


Now we swim – doo doo doo doo     (swimming arms)

Now we swim – doo doo doo doo


Swimming fast – doo doo doo doo    (run in place with faster swimming arms)

Swimming fast – doo doo doo doo


Now we’re safe – doo doo doo doo   (wipe forehead)

Now we’re safe – doo doo doo doo


Take a rest – doo doo doo  doo          (sit down)

Take a rest – doo doo doo doo


On the beach – doo doo doo doo       (lie down and take a nap and snore)

On the beach – doo doo doo doo





Don’t you just love the beach?

I’ve been bloggin’ on the railroad…

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

All aboard! Choo-choo,  we love trains. How about you?

Those of you who have been to our fantastic kids’ programs like Move With Music may recognize the “Train Song.”  We love to sing the train song when we are in circle time. The best part is that it’s easy to do!


First, rub your hands together to mimic the choo, choo, choo, choo rhythm of the train. Then sing:

“Choo-choo, choo-choo, choo-choo, choo, Up the Railroad tracks! Choo-Choo, Choo-choo, choo-choo, choo-choo, then we come right back!

First we go to (child’s name)’s house and then we go to (another child’s name)’s house and then we go to (another’s house)’s and then we come right back!

Try working in fun “destinations” for your child. You can “stop the train” at friend’s houses or grandparents’ houses or at the grocery store or post office! You can speed up your train or slow it down by speeding up or slowing down the swoosh movement of your hands.

Can’t get enough of trains? Check out these picture books!

And if you haven’t been to Move With Music or any of our kids’ programs, you should give it a try! Spring II Registration starts today!

Trees Please!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Trees are everywhere and we love them! Get ready to watch the trees around your neighborhood slowly bud, flower and grow beautiful green leaves! While you are waiting, enjoy books,  songs and finger-plays about our green friends.

Read stories about trees!

Learn facts about trees with books from our new Non-Fiction Readers section!

Here is a fun song about the parts of a tree sung to the tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”

Leaves (wiggle fingers above head), Branches (hold arms out to the sides),
Trunk (touch belly) and Roots (touch toes). Trunk and Roots.
Squirrels (hold up hands like paws) and Birds (flap arms) and Nests (cup hands together) and Fruits (pantomime picking apples)
Leaves, Branches, Trunk and Roots! Trunk and Roots!

Talk to your child about what animals live in trees. In Ohio, we see LOTS of squirrels! Here is a fun fingerplay about these  ubiquitous critters:

Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel, (hold hands up like paws)
Shake your bushy tail! (shake bottom)
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel,
Shake your bushy tale!

Wrinkle up your little nose! (wrinkle nose)
Put a nut between your toes! (tap paws together)
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel,
Shake your bushy tail!

Looking for more? Stop by the Arbor Day Society’s “Teaching Youth about Trees” page for more games, printables and fun!

Did you miss the zoo?

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Did you miss our special Preschool Storytime about going to the zoo? Never fear; you can recreate the fun at home!

Read These Books!

Check out more great books about the zoo!

Try These Activities!

  • Talk with your child about the animals in a box of animal crackers. What sounds do those animals make? What do those animals eat?
  • Play “Monkey See, Monkey Do” with your child and copy his/her silly actions. Then have your child take a turn copying your silly actions.
  • After reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle, take a walk around your neighborhood to see what you can hear. Are there birds chirping? Do you live near a busy street? Ask your child to be still and use his/her “animal ears” (made by cupping your palms around your ears) to listen for sounds.
  • For more ideas on how to take zoo fun home, visit Kid Territory, hosted by The Zoological Society of San Diego.
Sing This Song!
Here’s a trick: while you sing this song with your child, have fun pretending to be the animals mentioned!
We Are Going To The Zoo
(to the tune of: London bridges)

We are going to zoo,
To the zoo, to the zoo.
We are going to the zoo,
Won’t you join us too?

We’ll see lions, tigers too,
Tigers too, tigers too.
We’ll see lions, tigers too,
All at the zoo.

We will find some chimpanzees,
Chimpanzees, chimpanzees.
we will find some chimpanzees,
Swinging from the trees.

We will look for kangaroos,
Kangaroos, kangaroos.
We will look for kangaroos,
Hopping at the zoo.

And be sure to keep checking back to the Westerville Public Library’s events calendar for more Preschool Specials!

Stuck in a Rut

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Ahhh, days are getting longer, trees are budding, the air is a little warmer…it’s Spring!  Break out of your winter doldrums with some books about being stuck

Then dance to “Stick to the Glue” by Jim Gill , “Sticky Bubble Gum” by Carole Peterson, or “Chew Chew Chew” and “Molasses Molasses” by the timeless Ella Fitzgerald.  Furthering a reading experience with related music is a great way to work on early literacy skills

And don’t forget to come to Saturday Tales for more fun ideas like this!

More books about getting stuck!