Community Helpers is not one of my preferred storytime themes but it was requested. I was pleasantly surprised at the resources that were available in our Community Helpers Storytime Kit. The storytime part of the tour turned out pretty good.
- Clap and Sing Hello
- Wheels on the Bus
- Felt Story – The Bus for Us
- Wake up George – Sing Frere Jaques/ Are you sleeping
- Play What’s My Job
- there were five hats in the bin. I would put a hat on George then sing the little song. Then the kids would guess.
- A is for alligator – just to move a bit
- Book: Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling
- Johnny works with one hammer – stand up song
- Little Cat, Little Cat – Felt Game
- Library cards and stamps
- library cards were prepared ahead of time. Just before we headed to the children’s section I handed out the cards and gave everyone a hand stamp. I went over a few basic rules, how many items they could check out, and where to go for help. I showed them the check-out desk, info desk, and the different collections in the children’s department. Then they went to.
I had planned a bit more, but this is what actually fit into 30 minutes, and we had a good time with it. We played Little Cat until everybody had a turn, which doesn’t take too long when you have only 13 kids. But when they keep getting it right on the first try, that takes longer because I have to reset every time!
I really enjoyed the “What’s my Job” game, and so did the kids. They had a very hard time waiting until the end of the little song to shout out their guesses. They would sing maybe the first line, then just shout out the job, over and over. But they still liked it.
I spent at least 20 minutes helping each child use the self check-out, because they all wanted to do it.