Outdoor Storytime: July 5, 2022

Books
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck, illus. by Valeria Petrone
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
Peaceful Like a Panda by Kira Willey, illus. by Anni Betts

Music
“Rock and Roll Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer
“Jump, Jump” by Joanie Leeds
“Pop! (My Baby Loves a Pop Song)” by StoryTime By Design, Inc.

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: I’m in the Mood for Clapping
I’m in the mood for clapping, hey how ‘bout you
I’m in the mood for clapping, hey how ‘bout you
I’m in the mood for clapping, clapping along with you
Hey, hey, what do you say, I’m in the mood for that today
Hey, hey, what do you say, I’m in the mood for that
Repeat with: marching, stretching, wiggling

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Song: The Elevator Song
Tune: Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Oh the city is great, oh the city is grand
There are lots of tall buildings on a little piece of land
We live way up on the 57th floor
This is what we do when we go out the door
Take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up, take the elevator down
And we turn around

Instrument Song: We Play and We Play and We Stop
We play and we play and we stop
We play and we play and we stop
We play and we play and we play and we play
And we play and we play and we stop
Repeat with: tap, shake, jump, march

Rhyme: Open Them, Shut Them
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Give a little clap
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Put them in your lap
Creep the, creep them
Up to your chin
Open your mouth
But don’t let them in!
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Put them in your lap

Song: Goodbye Friends
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
It’s time to say goodbye

July 5, 2022 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Pirates

Song: Hello, Friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
It’s time to say, “Hello!”

Song: Sail Your Ship
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Sail, sail, sail your ship
Sail your ship with me
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
A pirate’s life for me

(Repeat: Search for treasure, jump off the ship, swim to shore)

Song: Over the Deep Blue Sea
T’was a sunny day when I went to play
Down by the sea
I climbed aboard a pirate ship
And the Captain said to me

We’re going this way, that way
Forward, backward
Up and down, up and down
Over the deep blue sea

(Repeat: windy day, rainy day, snowy day, etc.)

Song: If You’re a Pirate and You Know It
If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)
If you’re a pirate and you know it
Then you’ll hear the sea winds blowing
If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)

(Repeat: walk the plank/stomp, shout ahoy/ahoy)

Scarf Rhyme: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re hunting for doubloons!
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re hunting for doubloons!
If you want to take a trip
Climb aboard my pirate ship
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re hunting for doubloons!
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…
Ahoy! (throw scarves in the air)

Song: Goodbye, Friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say, “Goodbye!”

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June 3, 2022 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Outdoor Storytime: May 27, 2022


Books
Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash
Everybody Says Meow by Constance Lombardo

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi

Song: Hello Friends

Hello, friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
It’s time to say, “Hello!”

Song: Going to the Zoo by Peter, Paul & Mary

Rhythm Stick Song: Let’s All Tap Our Sticks Today
(Tune: Frere Jacques)

Let’s all tap our sticks today
Sticks today, sticks today
Let’s all tap our sticks today
Let’s tap them on the ground

(Repeat: to the left, to the right, in the sky, etc.)

Rhythm Stick Song: If You’re Listening and You Hear Me
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you’re listening and you hear me
Go like this! (play rhythm)
If you’re listening and you hear me
Go like this! (play rhythm)
If you’re listening then you’ll hear me
Cause you’re sitting really near me
If you’re listening and you hear me
Go like this! (play rhythm)

(Repeat playing different rhythms)

Rhyme: I Wiggle

I wiggle my fingers
I wiggle my toes
I wiggle my arms
I wiggle my nose
Now there are no wiggles left in me
Because it’s time for the next story

Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green and speckled frogs
Sitting on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are just four green speckled frogs!
Ribbit!

(Repeat: four, three, two, one, no more)

Song: Goodbye Friends

Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say, “Goodbye!”

May 27, 2022 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Letter I

Song: Hello, Friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
It’s time to say, “Hello!”

Song: Let’s Sing Hooray for I
Ice starts with I
Ice starts with I
Let’s sing hooray for I today
Ice starts with I

Felt Rhyme: Ice Cream Colors
We have ice cream, the best in town
Let us begin with chocolate brown

Now, let us scoop us some bubble-gum pink
It is sweet and yummy, the best, some think

Here is ice cream minty and green
It is the creamiest I have ever seen

Yellow ice cream is lemony and tart
We like its taste from the very start

Scoops of blue moon would make my day
Look at all this ice cream, hip, hip hurray!

Red ice cream is a strawberry delight
All these scoops are a wonderful sight

Vanilla white is a popular flavor
It tastes very good to an ice-cream craver

Purple ice cream really gives me a kick
Good and yummy till the very last lick

Ice cream, ice cream, what a cool sensation
We love ice cream in any combination!

Puppet Song: Five Hungry Inchworms
Five hungry inchworms inching in a line,
They came upon a picnic where they could dine
They inched into the salad
They inched into the cake
They inched into the pepper
Uh-oh, that was a mistake!
Ah ah ah ah CHOOOO

(Repeat: Four, three, two, one, no more)

Felt Song: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Song: Big Green Iguana
Oh, I wish I was a big green iguana
I wish I was a big green iguana
I’d itch and I’d scratch
And then I’d find a leafy patch
Oh, I wish I was a big green iguana

Song: Isabella Iguana
Isabella was a little iguana
Who loved to eat chocolate bananas
Sometimes on a whim
She’d go take a swim
With her friends, the purple piranhas

Song: Goodbye, Friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say, “Goodbye!”

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May 6, 2022 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Outdoor Storytime: April 29, 2022

Books
Chinese Kite Festival by Rich Lo
The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel
Rachel’s Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow, illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla

Music
“If I Was a Bird” by Old Town Folk Music
“Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: I Wake Up My Hands
I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap
A clap, clap, clap, a clap, clap, clap
I wake up my hands with a clap, clap, clap
And I wiggle my waggles away

Feet – stomp, Eyes – blink, Head – nod, Belly – beep, Hips – shake

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Song: My Kite
Tune: Farmer in the Dell
My kite is up so high,
My kite is up so high,
Oh my – – just watch it fly
My kite is up so high.

The wind has caught my kite,
The wind has caught my kite,
What fun – – I’m on the run
The wind has caught my kite.

My kite is spinning round
My kite is spinning round
Oh wow – – it’s twisted now
My kite is spinning round

My kite is falling down,
My kite is falling down,
Oh no – – it’s down so low
My kite is falling down.

Song: Roly Poly
Tune: Frere Jacques
Roly, poly, roly, poly (roll scarf in wheel motion)
Up and down, up and down (lift scarf up and down)
Roly, roly, poly, roly, roly, poly
Up and down, up and down

In and out, front and back

Song: Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them all around.
Clap them loud, then clap them soft
Now don’t make a sound.

Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet,
Stamp them all around.
Stamp them loud, then stamp them soft,
Now don’t make a sound.

Song: Goodbye Friends
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
Goodbye friends
It’s time to say goodbye

April 29, 2022 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Outdoor Storytime: April 22, 2022


Books
Find Fergus by Mike Boldt
Bounce by Doreen Cronin & Scott Menchin

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi

Song: Hello Friends

Hello, friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
It’s time to say, “Hello!”

Prop Song: Play Your Instrument
(Tune: Frere Jacques)

Play your instrument, play your instrument
One, two, three
One, two, three
Can you play a song? Can you play song?
Just like me? Just like me?

(Repeat: way up high, real down low, all around)

Prop Song: If You Like Music and You Know It
(Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you like music and you know it, play up high!
If you like music and you know it, play up high!
If you like music and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you like music and you know it, play up high!

(Repeat: play real loud, spin around)

Rhyme: Touch Your Nose

Touch your nose, touch your chin
Before the next book can begin
Touch your head, touch your knees
Now pretend you’re going to sneeze
Achoo!

Song: Over the Deep Blue Sea

It was a sunny day when I went to play
Down by the sea
I climbed aboard a pirate ship
And the Captain said to me

We’re going this way, that way
Forwards, backwards
Up and down, up and down
Over the deep blue sea

(Repeat: windy, rainy, snowy, cloudy)

Song: Goodbye Friends

Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say, “Goodbye!”

April 22, 2022 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Weather

Thursday, April 5, 2022

Books

Music

“Dance, Freeze, Melt” by Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael (Learning Groove)
“Mr. Sun” by Raffi
“Leaky Umbrella” by Jim Gill

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: In the Rain
Tune: Farmer in the Dell
We’re stomping in the rain
We’re stomping in the rain
We can’t go yet
We must get wet!
We’re stomping in the rain
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Clapping . . .
Hopping . . .

Song: Whistling Wind
Tune: If you’re happy and you know it
If you hear the whistling wind, cover your ears
If you hear the whistling wind, cover your ears
If you hear it in the trees
Making music with the leaves,
If you hear the whistling wind, cover your ears
If you feel the blustery wind, whirl around
If you feel the blustery wind, whirl around
If you feel it lift your hair
Like a kite up in the air,
If you feel the blustery wind, whirl around.

Felt Rhyme: Magical Rainbow Stew
Take the grapes, put them in the pot
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot
Take it out now, what will it be?
The prettiest purple you ever did see!

Repeat with blueberry, pear, banana, orange, apple

Rainbow purple,
Rainbow blue,
Rainbow green,
And yellow, too.
Rainbow orange,
Rainbow red,
Rainbow smiling overhead.
Come and count the colors with me.
How many colors do you see?
1-2-3
Up to green
4-5-6
Colors are seen.

Song: You Are My Sunshine
You are my sunshine,
My only sunshine,
You make me happy
When skies are gray,
You’ll never know dear
How much I love you,
Please don’t take my sunshine away

Scarf Song: Rainbow Dancers

Rainbow Dancers
Rainbow dancers let’s get ready
Hold your scarves nice and steady.
You’ll hear the colors of the rainbow.
Listen for your time to go.

Shake red…
Shake orange…
Shake yellow…
Shake green…
Shake blue…
Shake purple…

Red scarves turn around,
Orange scarves up and down.
Yellow scarves reach up high,
Green scarves fly, fly, fly.
Blue scarves tickle your nose,
Purple scarves touch your toes.

Everybody dance around,
Swirl your scarves up and down.

Shake purple…
Shake blue…
Shake green…
Shake yellow…
Shake orange…
Shake red…

Rainbow dancers dance around,
Scarves swirl up and down.
Our colorful dance is at an end.
Thank you, thank you, all my friends.

Scarf Song: Rain on the Grass
Rain on the Grass
Rain on the grass (shake scarf on floor)
Rain on the trees (shake scarf up high)
Rain on the roof (hold scarf above head)
But not on me (drop scarf on baby)
Sun on the . . .
Snow on the . . .
Leaves on the . . .

April 5, 2022 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Letter H

Song: Hello, Friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
It’s time to say, “Hello!”

Song: Let’s Sing Hooray for H
Horse starts with H
Horse starts with H
Let’s sing hooray for H today
Horse starts with H

(Repeat: hammer, hat)

Felt Rhyme: Little Cat & Hats 
Little cat, little cat
Are you behind the blue hat?

(Repeat: pink, purple, red, yellow, green, etc.)

Rhythm Stick Song: The Horses are Walking Along
The horses are walking
They’re walking along, walking along, walking along
The horses are walking, they’re walking along
Whoa, whoa, WHOA!

(Repeat: trotting, galloping, walking back home)

Fingerplay Rhyme: Five Little Hotdogs
Five little hotdogs (show five fingers)
frying in a pan (place fingers in open hand)
The grease got hot and one went “BAM!” (clap)

(Repeat: four, three, two, one)

Song: The Hokey Pokey
You put your left hand in
You put your left hand out
You put your left hand in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!

(Repeat: right hand, left foot, right foot, whole self)

Song: Goodbye, Friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say, “Goodbye!”

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April 1, 2022 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Letter G

Song: Hello, Friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
It’s time to say, “Hello!”

Song: Let’s Sing Hooray for G
Glasses starts with G
Glasses starts with G
Let’s sing hooray for G today
Glasses starts with G

(Repeat: grape, glue)

Song: Stick to the Glue by Jim Gill

Song: Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
Sticky, sticky, sticky
Bubblegum, bubblegum, bubblegum
Sticky, sticky, sticky bubblegum
Sticking our hands to… our heads
Ready? Unstick!

(Repeat: our shoulders, each other, our nose)

Felt Story: Goodnight Moon (based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown)

Song: Giraffe Has a Snack
The tall Giraffe is hungry for a leafy snack
He reaches up high with his long, long neck
With a nibble, nibble, nibble
And a crunch, crunch, crunch
Giraffe eats a lot of green leaves for his lunch
One leaf, two leaves, three leaves and then four
Giraffe is still hungry, he wants to eat more
Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
All done for now, but soon he’ll start to eat again
One leaf, two leaves, three leaves and then four
Giraffe is still hungry, he wants to eat more
Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
All done for now, but soon he’ll start again

Repeat

Song: Goodbye, Friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say, “Goodbye!”

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March 4, 2022 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Virtual Storytime: Letter F

Song: Hello, Friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
Hello, friends
It’s time to say, “Hello!”

Song: Let’s Sing Hooray for F
Flower starts with F
Flower starts with F
Let’s sing hooray for F today
Flower starts with F

(Repeat: fork, fish)

Puppet Song: Did You Ever See a Fishy?
Did you ever see a fishy, a fishy, a fishy?
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way
And this way and that way
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?

(Repeat: swim up and swim down, swim round and round, jump through the waves)

Rhythm Stick Song: Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Firetruck
Hurry, hurry, drive the firetuck
Hurry, hurry, drive the firetruck
Hurry, hurry, drive the firetruck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

(Repeat: turn the corner, put the ladder up, spray the firehose)

Felt Rhyme: Five Little Fireflies
Five little fireflies blinking in the night
Looking at the glow of each other’s light
Then whoosh went the wind
And whistle went the breeze
And out went a light with a big old sneeze
Achoo!

(Repeat: four, three, two)

One little firefly blinking in the night
Looking at the glow of his very own light
Then whoosh went the wind
And whistle went the breeze
And out went his light with a big old sneeze
Achoo!

Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs
Sitting on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs, yum, yum
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four green speckled frogs
Ribbit! Ribbit!

(Repeat: four, three, two, one)

Song: Goodbye, Friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say, “Goodbye!”

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