In my current position I work mainly with school-age kids, so when I get to do anything related to the 0-5 age range I get SO EXCITED.
Last week we had a preschool class come in for a tour and storytime focusing on how to use the library. I had a really short time frame to plan this program, so the first thing I did was look through Dana’s library tours post to collect ideas. From there, I found Bryce Don’t Play’s Pete The Cat and His Groovy Field Trip Adventure! I was completely sold. A huge shout out to Bryce for thinking up this amazing idea and sharing it with us all!
Here’s how I took that idea and adapted it for my group. The first half of the program is a modified storytime with a focus on how to use the library. In the second half, we toured the library using Pete the Cat as our guide. The total program was 1 hour. I tried to integrate my discussion of the library into the storytime itself.
1. Welcome Song: If You’re Ready for a Story
With new groups I always choose a song they will be familiar with to open the storytime. We did clap your hands, stomp your feet, jump up high, shout hooray, and sit back down.
2. Little Bunny in a Hat Rhyme
I introduced this puppet as the library bunny. When he popped out of the hat he was holding a piece of paper (which they all thought was a book!). We opened the piece of paper and it had the letter “L” on it. We brainstormed different words that start with the letter “L,” ending with library. Then I explained how we would be learning all about the library today.
3. Read Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins
After we read this book, we talked about the different things you can do at the library. I held up things like DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs, magazines, plus some of our puzzles and puppets from the children’s area. I stressed that the library is a place to read and have fun. Having concrete materials to show the kids is really important for this age group, especially if they have never visited before.