|Warming Up Before Storytime|
The parents LOVED it. The kids ended up loving it too, but many of them were very apprehensive at the beginning of storytime. Since the marchers were warming up, the room was very noisy before storytime, and there were a lot of unfamiliar faces at the front of the room. I offset this by
- Asking my band to stop playing five minutes before storytime started so people could get settled.
- Playing one of the familiar music cds I usually play before storytime.
- Making sure that I was visible, welcoming, and reassuring as families arrived.
The trombone was particularly popular! But we did have to adjust our tape line to accommodate the reach of the trombone and make sure no littles were sitting right in the way.
|Normally during storytime kids are sitting ON my tape line, lol|
After that, the band played their school fight song, and "Happy and You Know It" and "ABC's" while we sang along.
Then, with the help of the drum we used our voices to make beats with the book "Tanka Tanka Skunk" by Steve Webb (a new favorite of mine).
Then we added a new twist to our favorite storytime song of all, "The Watermelon Song" by singing it with musical accompaniment (I told the teens that if they didn't know Frere Jacques/couldn't play it they had to sing and dance with me).
And finally, we finished by reading, "Soon Baboon, Soon" by Dave Horowitz
Then I sang our closing song, we clapped for the band, and I invited kids up for hand stamps (every member of the band also lined up for hand stamps).
You may want to put up noise-level warning signs for patrons if you do this! My colleague also did a kazoo parade through the library when she did this, but that wasn't a great fit for my library (though it would have been fun).