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Baby Storytimes: Presented at CLEL Annual Membership Meeting 2010

Presented by Carol Burdick (Jefferson County Public Library), Carol Unwin (Douglas County Libraries), Ruth Ann Krovontka (Douglas County Libraries) and Nancy Brown (Douglas County Libraries)
Carol Burdick:

  • Booklets with all the rhymes in alphabetical order and numbered. Parents follow along; repeated songs & rhymes every week.  Board books & soft animals scattered about. DVDs & books age-appropriate for check out.
  • Sue Schnitzer (song): Good Morning, How Are You?
  • Clap your hands, 123, Clap your hands, just like me.

Pat your head…
Pat your knees…
Roll your hands…
Wave goodbye…
Miss Carol (Unwin):

  • Rings bell to start storytimes
  • Children need routines they can count on. 
  • Song: say hello to everyone “Here we are together, together, together. Here we are together at our storytime.  There’s [name] and [name] and [name] and [name]. Here we are together at our storytime”
  • Give tip: why do we do this?
  • Why lapsit?: From birth on, leads to language and literacy. Talk, talk, talk to babies. Parents may not realize how important they are to their child’s early literacy. Learn the value of touching, singing, and reading to babies.  Helping parents establish a habit – encouraging parents to do this.  Modeling best ways to promote early literacy.
  • ”Youth librarians can be part of a system of care and support.” The reality is that many parents may not have that support system around them.   Parents make friends, have fun.

Ruth Ann Krovontka:

When you’re one, one,one
Tap your thumb, thumb, thumb
When you’re two, two, two
Touch your shoe,shoe,shoe
When you’re three, three, three
Touch your knee, knee, knee
When you’re four, four, four
Touch the floor, floor, floor
When you’re five, five, five
Do the jive, jive, jive
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap
Clap clap clap
I can make my hands go clap, clap, clap
They’re a part of me.
I can make my hands wave bye, bye, bye
Bye, bye, bye
Bye, bye, bye
I can make my hands wave bye, bye, bye
They’re a part of me.

  • Books to choose:
    • What’ll I Do With the Baby-O
    • Art For Baby
    • Tana Hoban
    • Baby Faces (babies love looking at other babies)
    • Peekaboo Babies
    • Touch & Feel Books (for one-on-one)
    • Lift-the-flap books
    • Books with pictures they’re familiar with (for one-on-one)
    • Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield
    • Dear Zoo
    • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    • Put books at ground level so babies can grab them; parents more likely to check them out.
    • If you have the money, buy sets of books so you can hand out one to each parent to use in storytime
      • Model/encourage dialogic reading
    • Use brushes for demo’ing “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More”
    • Egg shakers: store them in an egg carton

Nancy Brown: Got a grant to give a class for 12 babies/caregivers

  • Each family got a copy of Reading Magic
  • Soft blocks with pictures of animals/babies
  • Made/used a fleece blanket: asked parents to bring 1 ½  yards of fleece. Creates a visual clue for babies: storytime on the blanket.
  • Chose 12 copies of a board book; 1 for each storytime’s theme.
  • Having a real object is important: soft blocks; Lakeshore has soft boxes with several objects of a color inside.
  • Each participant gets a book to add to.

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