A Day in the Life of a Children’s Librarian- on the Radio!

A reporter from our local public radio station shadowed me on my adventures last week. She joined me on an outreach visit and spent time with me at the library during toddler storytime and a cataloging session. Now everyone knows my secret…I have the best job in town!

Here’s the story. It was great to get the library on the radio!

Toddler Storytime: Trains

Trains aren’t just for preschoolers! This storytime is a modified version of the train preschool storytime I did with the 3-5 year old kids. I left the train track on the carpet so the toddlers and their cargivers got an equal opportunity LEGO train building session. They were thrilled!

Opening Song: Hello Everybody
(clap hands on lap and then together, clap hands twice on the word “you”)
Hello everybody, how are you?
Hello everybody, how are you?
It’s such a lovely day, I’m so glad you came to play,
Hello everybody, how are you?

Action Song: Open Shut them
(with shakers for the last verse)
Open shut them
Open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open shut them
Open shut them
Lay them on your lap, lap, lap

Creep them creep them
Creep them creep them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin
Open wide your little mouth
But do not let them in

Shake them shake them
Shake them shake them
Shake them
Just like this, this, this
Roll them roll them
Roll them roll them Roll
And blow a little kiss
Credit: Children Lyric

If You Want to Hear a Story
Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know it”
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands,
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands,
If you want to hear a story, if you want to hear a story,
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.

Book: Freight Train by Donald Crews

Felt Board Song: Clickety-Clack
Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
Here comes the train on the railroad track!

Clickety-clunn, clickety-clunn,
Here comes ENGINE number one.

Clickety-clew, clickety-clew,
Here comes COAL CAR number two.

Clickety-clee, clickety-clee,
Here comes BOX CAR number three.

Clickety-clore, clickety-clore,
Here comes TANK CAR number four.

Clickety-clive, clickety-clive,
Here comes COACH CAR number five.

Clickety-clicks, clickety-clicks,
Here’s the CABOOSE, that’s number six.

Clickety-clack, clickety-clack,
There goes the train on the railroad track!

Choo-choooooooo! Goodbye!
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Every week we blow bubbles after our story to reconnect the group of toddlers. It gives them a great opportunity to move, laugh, and talk about bubbles. Every week I focus on different vocabulary as we pop bubbles. For example, this week we talked about big and small bubbles and the various names for big and small.

Action rhyme: Ring Around the Rosie
Ring (or skip or hop, etc.) around the rosie,
Pocket full of posies,
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!
The cows are in the meadow (slap hands on the floor as you sing this verse)
Eating buttercups.
Thunder and lightning,
We all jump up!

Closing Rhyme: Tickle the Clouds
Tickle the clouds. Tickle your toes.
Turn around,
and tickle your nose!
Reach down low. Reach up high.
Storytime’s over, wave goodbye!

Every week I encourage families to stay and socialize with each other as long as they want. Since I don’t offer a craft at this program, I always have some sort of toys for kids to play with. This week we built trains and all sort of vehicles with large LEGOs suitable for all ages. I stay for about 15 minutes to answer questions, talk with my little friends, and provide reader advisory.