Celebrating Earth Day in Storytime

earth-clip-art-earth_clip_art_24300Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, in San Francisco, California. Since then, over one hundred countries have joined together for this annual environmental event.  This Earth Day, help the little ones in your life appreciate nature and learn about protecting the environment with this roundup of our favorite Earth day resources from Storytime Stuff and beyond!

Here at StorytimeStuff.net:

Bringing Nature Inside for Storytime – bring the best of the outdoors to your classroom or storytime room!

Nature Around the World Storytime – bring a multicultural touch to your Earth Day celebration!

Springtime Fun Storytime – celebrate the sounds, smells, and sights of spring!

Around the Web:

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Earth Day for Kids Website – lots of storytime suggestions and printable resources.

Preschool Earth Day Storytime from Library Village – rhymes, songs, book suggestions, and a supercool recycling craft that easy to make.

Reading for the Earth: Ultimate Earth Day Resource Roundup – a comprehensive roundup of lesson plans, books suggestions, activities, video links and more at the Lee & Low Books blog.


Soaring Superheroes Storytime

Get ready for summer reading with these suggestions for this year’s Collaborative Summer Reading Program theme, “Every Hero Has a Story”:

superhero-girl-clipart-3Super Song

(to the tune of “Bingo”)

There was a kid who wore a cape,

she was a super hero.

S-U-P-E-R, S-U-P-E-R,S-U-P-E-R,

She was a super hero!

(Repeat, gradually replacing each letter with Superman-like arm movements or claps)


Superhero, It’s Just a Job (Action Rhyme)

I’m a damsel in distress and a dragon is chasing me,

his fire is very hot, as you can plainly see,

I call for help, “Someone save me!”

and a hero arrives in answer to my plea!

With a POW, WHAM, BOOM, he saves the day again!

A superhero’s job is to conquer the villain!


I’m a little boy who became too greedy,

I climbed the beanstalk, but now the giant’s chasing me,

I call for help, “Someone save me!”

and a hero arrives in answer to my plea!

With a POW, WHAM, BOOM, he saves the day again!

A superhero’s job is to conquer the villain!


I’m in the wrong place at the wrong time,

when the robber arrives in the bank, I’m collecting my dimes,

I call for help, “Someone save me!”

and a hero arrives in answer to my plea!

With a POW, WHAM, BOOM, he saves the day again!

A superhero’s job is to conquer the villain!


Recommended Books:

The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon.  New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 2011.

Awesome Man is awesome, but his secret identity is one that any child can relate to.  After a day fighting crime, a big hug from mom is awesome too!

Charlie’s Superhero Underpants by Paul Bright.  Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 2010.

On a wild and windy day, Charlie’s super-special, superhero underpants go flying by.  Charlie begins on a superhero’s adventure to retrieve the underpants and faces a worthy opponent to get them back.



Superhero Mask Templates from Fun Printable

Two Little Superheroes Rhyme/Craft from Sunflower Storytime

The Logistics of Signing in Storytime

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 12_43_19 PMDawn Babb Prochovnic, author of the Story Time with Signs and Rhymes series, answers the question: “How do you physically hold a book and sign along with it?” with a series of links, videos, and more to help you put more signs in your stories! Check out the post at Dawn’s blog.

Bookmark this Site: Song Catchers’ Library

colorful-music-notes-in-a-line-colorful-notesNeed a storytime song about pizza? Looking for some new songs to use with shakers or scarves? Want to find some music to support your STEM programming?  Look no further than Song Catchers’ Library, a handy database of music for children’s programming compiled by Heather of littleliteracylibrarian.org and Kelsey of librarybonanza.com.  With an ever-growing, searchable database of song references and handy tabs that compile some of the most commonly searched items such as seasons, action songs, and prop songs, this is a site anyone who uses music with children will love.  Don’t see a favorite song listed?  Just fill out the form on the homepage – Heather and Kelsey are adding to the database every day.

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse

macmillan_300Instructor: Kathy MacMillan, NIC, M.L.S.

Asynchronous eCourse beginning March 2, 2015 and continuing for 6 weeks

(Participants will have 12 weeks to complete course material)


Click here to register.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30

Certificate of Completion available upon request


American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, this eCourse taught by librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

After completing this eCourse, participants will:

  • Know and be able to use approximately 20-30 signs
  • Have a basic understanding of Deaf culture and how to interact effectively with deaf patrons
  • Understand multiple applications of ASL in different library contexts
  • Understand how the library can use ASL as a service that ties into the broader community

Comments from past participants:

“This course has been invaluable to me. I have spent countless hours reviewing all of the video, re-reading the lessons, and just generally trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could. The instructor was a gem in the way that she provided comprehensive answers to questions, feedback, tips and resources.”

“While I had taken ASL many years ago, this class has expanded my vocabulary and boosted my confidence in my abilities. I think it helped that this class specifically addressed situations I might encounter here at work.”

“This has been a great introduction to both the language and the culture!”

“This class was interesting, informative, and entertaining. It opened my eyes to a variety of ideas and concepts that can only make me a better librarian as well as a better person. I thought things were well organized and presented in an ordered and logical fashion, each lesson building on the one before.”

Become a Programming Blogger!

The Public Programs Office of the American Library Association has announced that it is preparing to re-launch its ProgrammingLibrarian.org website and is looking for bloggers!

Bloggers will be asked to write at least one post per month on a programming-related topic. You will write the article, upload it onto the site, preferably with a photo, and ALA will lightly edit it. Post length can vary but 300-500 words is a good estimate.

If you are interested in applying, please send the following to Andriana Bozovic (abozovic@ala.org) by Feb. 27:

  • A brief description of your library experience and your interests
  • A description of any prior writing experience
  • A general theme for your blog (eg, I’m a public librarian blogging on children’s programming) and three sample blog topics/headlines that you might write about
  • Attach an informal writing sample (eg, blog post, newsletter article, etc — something that shows your voice)

Seeking a variety of voices — public libraries, academic, school, special; people interested in community-building, tech programming, children’s program, older adult programming; etc. So think about what interests you.

Read Captions Across America on March 2


You’ve probably heard of Read Across America, the national reading event sponsored by the National Education Association every year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

But did you know that this is also the day we celebrate Read Captions Across America?  This event, sponsored by the Described and Captioned Media Program, was established to “raise awareness—particularly among children and their parents and teachers—that video-based media can be just as effective at encouraging and fostering reading skills as books, as long as captions are always turned on!”

Read Captions Across America emphasizes captions as a reading tool for ALL children, not just thoise who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  Libraries and schools can promote the necessity of captions for accessibility and enhancing reading skills by incorporating Read Captions Across America programming any time of the year.  Click here to order event kits and download free materials for your own celebration!




Boogie with Books

logoheaderbestWe just became aware of the great “Book to Boogie” series on the Library as Incubator Project blog, which pairs great storytime books with dance and movement activities in monthly themed guest posts.  This month’s entry features books about the sea, with accompanying activities by Julie Dietzel-Glair, author of the great storytime resource Books in Motion.  Check out Julie’s post and the whole series for more idea to put some motion in your storytimes or lessons!

Inspiration, Book Reviews, and a Side of Crafts

Picture1Looking for more new ideas to spice up your storytime or classroom?  We’ve become big fans of the blog, Read It Again, Mom!  Maintained by “A Librarian Mom and Her Kids”, this site is filled with book reviews, storytime ideas, crafts, and fun links to bring our favorite kind of hands-on fun to book programs.   In the aftermath of the holidays, be sure to check out this post on things you can make from wrapping paper roll and this super-cute penguin storytime perfect for the wintry days ahead!

10 Great Picture Books About ASL and Deaf Culture

December 3-10 is Clerc-Gallaudet Week, honoring the birthdays of two visionary leaders in the field of American Deaf Education who were born in December: Laurent Clerc on December 26, 1785 and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet on December 10, 1787. Check out this previous post for more information about Clerc and Gallaudet, including program and lesson ideas.

Today we are honoring Clerc-Gallaudet week by sharing our 10 favorite picture books/series about American Sign Language and Deaf Culture:

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