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The Hello Song Turns Inappropriate….

I have been using a song to start off my 3-5 year old story time called “My Hands Say Hello,” which I found on Abby the Librarian’s awesome blog.

The song goes like this, waving your hands in the air:

(to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
My hands say hello
My hands say hello
Every time I see my friends
My hands say hello

Then you repeat with different body parts. It’s a great way to get the kids (and the parents) participating right away. I always ask the kids to name a part of the body we can use to say hello. Usually it’s feet, elbows, knees. If they don’t say anything, I’ll suggest one to get them started. Sometimes they’ll say belly, hair, eyes, lips, etc. which gets a little bit silly and fun. I do feel like I’m asking for trouble sometimes, since you never know which body parts they’ll mention. The other day was a first though, when I asked for body parts to say hello with, a little boy, who I don’t even think is 3 yet, yelled out – “your booty!” The parents burst out laughing and the boy’s mother rolled her eyes and grinned. It was pretty funny. I considered going with it, but decided not to, as I wasn’t feeling overly confident in “booty” region. 🙂



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Summer Reading is over….

This is a belated post. I meant to do this the day I had our annual Ice Cream Party at the end of August.


I say book gods, because it seems less offensive somehow. Also, it just popped into my head so I typed it.

It was a long summer. I had a staff member plan the summer reading program because I was so busy with my teen grant and other programs. Let me just say that I have trouble delegating and this was extremely hard for me to let go of! Already thinking of some fun ideas for next summer.

We had some great prizes for the kids and it really motivated them. I sometimes feel like a bad librarian in the summer. Bribing children to read. But the way I see it, there are two types of kids in the summer: those that love to read and will read, and those who hate to read and won’t read. The ones that love to read are going to read anyway, so why not let them get an extra bonus and pat-on-the-back for doing it? And the ones who hate to read actually WILL read if they have a good reason to. (There is also a third category of cheater-kids but there’s nothing I can really do about it. Karma will take care of them at some point….)

Here are some stats that we are pretty proud of:

  • A total of 515 kids (ages 0-13) participated in the Summer Reading Program
  • 202 kids read 16,542 books
  • 313 kids read 430,263 minutes
  • A total of 60 teens participated
  • they read 76,545 pages

We drew raffle prizes (the more you read, the more raffle tickets you earned for the prizes you wanted or you could pick a small prize.) There were some disappointed kids, but we really didn’t have any complaints from parents, which is kind of a miracle. To those kids I say “Reading is Winning!” like the lame-o I am.

We have a party at the end of the summer with a concert, ice cream and prizes. This year kids received their certificates and got to pick 2 extra prizes. Plus we had the ice cream sundaes, freeze pops, popcorn (courtesy of Southbridge Savings Bank, who also paid for our performer, David Polansky who was AMAZING as always!), as well as balloon animals/hats and henna tattoos. The bank also brought Moola the Cash Cow (i.e. guy dressed up as a big green and white cow.) This kids LOVED it!

Here are some pics taken by my favorite library page, Ali Beaudette. (And I’m just going to pretend its ok to post them)

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Strange Tales from the Children’s Room…..

Caution: Watch for Falling Poop!

I think we have actually lost track as to how many children have left a bit of excrement behind in the Children’s Room. In the 4 years the new building has been open, there have been at least as many incidents, if not more. Today was no exception.

I was walking out of the story time room and into the main room to find 7 year old Alice* staring at me with a look of horror on her face. She looked at me and then at her elderly nanny who was pulling a bunch of tissues out of the box on the circ desk. “It’s over there!” Alice pointed down one of the picturebook aisles. My first thought was that there was a spider or some kind of insect in the play area. But when I asked Alice what she was pointing at she gazed at me with her large, frightened eyes and said, “David* pooped in his pants and a piece came out of his shorts and fell on the floor.”

So, definitely NOT a spider, then.

And because this is not the first time this has happened, I was completely calm and totally unsurprised.

“Well,” I said, “The timing really couldn’t be better because the carpets are being cleaned tomorrow!” (They really are!)

The nanny looked pretty mad and mentioned that David was starting school tomorrow – I think kindergarten. Obviously she meant that he should not be doing something like this. She asked for cleaning supplies, which we have in abundance for situations such as this. I appreciated her cleaning it up, because the first time this happened – when I was still an innocent youth librarian – someone’s child managed to track poop throughout the children’s room. There was a bit in the playhouse, on various places on the carpet, and even on the couch. Sadly, I was not there to clean it up. This incident inspired the now-famous “Poop” email that I mailed out to my children’s programming list. The reason behind the email was to ask, nay, IMPLORE parents to please let a staff member know if their child has had an accident somewhere in the children’s room and that it needs to be attended to immediately. Hey, accidents happen. It’s not a big deal. What is a big deal, is if a child has tracked poop all over the public library children’s room and the parent simply picks up the child and leaves, without saying anything so that ANOTHER child stumbles upon the mess and that other parent has to deal with it.

Not cool. I can understand that it’s embarrassing, but seriously. It’s also pretty rude. Not to mention GROSS!

I’m not sure if this happens in other Children’s Libraries. The kids feel completely comfortable in the Children’s Room. So much so, that a lot of them come in and then immediately take off their shoes, as if they are home. Perhaps it is the same thing with the poop. I don’t know.

Interestingly enough, this is not the worst thing that has happened in my Children’s Room. But we’ll leave that story for another day….maybe.

*Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

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