WC School Age Winter2013April Cota-Hobbs is one of our most experienced, talented and creative Children’s Librarians. She hails from Los Angeles, and used to be a model. She and her family moved to Georgia, and now she lights up our Story Times. Come and see Ms. April soon!

Here are her Story Time Plans from this week –

Opening Songs for Toddler and Preschool:

Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
Where is Thumbkin? (unknown)
If you’re happy and you know it (unknown)
Shake your sillies out by Raffi

Toddler
Book: All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle
Song: Hokey Pokey by Greg and Steve
Book: Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee
Song: Frosty the Snowman by Raffi (I had the bells from Central and we had a little parade around the room while ringing the bells)
Craft: Paper snow globes, using construction paper, glue, crayons and stickers. Just smaller versions of the ones in the photo.

Preschool
Book: The Lonesome Polar Bear by Jane Cabrera.
Song: Hokey Pokey by Greg and Steve
Book: Utterly, Otterly, Night by Mary Casanova.
Song: Frosty the Snowman by Raffi (I had the bells from Central and we had a little parade around the room while ringing the bells)
Book: Jingle-Jingle by Nicola Smee
Film: Spoon by Amy Rosenthal, because on cold days you need a spoon to eat a hot bowl of soup.
Craft: Paper snow globes, using construction paper, glue, crayons and stickers. Just smaller versions of the ones in the photo.

School Age: I stretched a bit with the advertised theme of “Baby, it’s cold outside.” I looked for books about cold weather and then took it further and also made it about cool books, which allowed me to read whatever I wanted.

Book: One cool friend by Toni Buzzeo
Book: Spectacles by Ellen Raskin- a groovy book from 1968.
Song: Silly dance contest by Jim Gill- this group is usually too cool for dancing, but I did make them do the “Silly dance contest” by Jim Gill because we had bells and wanted one last chance to shake ‘em.
Book: Unicorn thinks he’s pretty great by Bob Shea
Film: Spoon by Amy Rosenthal, because on cold days you need a spoon to eat a hot bowl of soup.
Craft: Large paper snow globes, using construction paper, glue, crayons and foam stickers.

Sometimes I do an additional activity with the school age kids between books, but other times not, just depends on the length of the movie and the amount of time I think it is going to take them to do the craft. Activities have included volcano experiments, bean bag races, parachute fun, pin the tail on the¬___, and asking “Would you rather…?”

Story Time Spotlight: Ms. April at West Cobb Regional Library