Friday, August 14, 2015

SRC: Adventurous Heroes: Heroes of Flight



DVD: Eyewitness: Flight showing as kids arrive

Display books about flight (629.13), paper airplanes (745.592) and flyers – biographies of aviators and aviatrices: Wrights, Lindbergh, Earhart, Harriet Quimby, Ruth Law, Bessie Coleman, etc.

Wear flight jacket with "Fifinella" -- open with a discussion of famous (ask: Amelia Earhart, Wright Brothers?) and not so famous flyers (wearing WASP mascot patch - Ann B. Carl, from Somerset County, first American woman to fly jet plane), Booktalk Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh by Robert Burleigh – up 36+ hours, couldn’t fall asleep or would crash, no sandwiches, journal on thigh,  Soar Elinor by Tami Lewis Brown (teenage aviatrix who flew under all 4 NYC bridges on a dare!),  point out other biographies, books on airplanes and flight, and on making paper airplanes.


Read: Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy – pilot, auto-racer, and almost-astronaut!

Experiment: hand out strips of paper, blow and watch how they lift UP!  (“c” from

Make and fly paper airplanes – “classic” plus unusual “Flying Saucer” “Spirit of Alabama” (instructions:


Singalong: Farm Frolics


Pick and choose depending on audience size, setup, and attention


You’ll Sing A Song  by Ella Jenkins    Song on: Raffi’s “The Corner Grocery Store”


You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song

And we’ll sing  a song together.

You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song

In warm or wintry weather.


Continue with: clap your hands, stomp your feet,  dance a jig, flap your arms, etc.

To settle the crowd, close with:  sit right down




Singable Book: Sitting on the Farm by Bob King (if using puppets, be sure to bring frog and bear – the rest are the farm animals below)


Cluck Cluck Red Hen (puppets)

Lyrics by Raffi, Tune:  "Baa Baa Black Sheep"

Song on Raffi's album "The Corner Grocery Store"


Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

One for your sweater and one for your rug,

And one for your blanket to keep you warm and snug.

(repeat first two lines)


Cluck, Cluck, Red Hen, have you any eggs?

Yes sir, yes sir, as many as your legs.

One for your breakfast and one for your lunch,

Come back tomorrow, I'll have another bunch.

(repeat first two lines)


Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, have you milk for me?

Yes sir, yes sir, as tasty as can be.                   

Churn it into butter, make it into cheese,

Freeze it into ice-cream or drink it if you please.

(repeat first two lines)


Buzz, Buzz, Busy Bee, is your honey sweet?

Yes sir, yes sir, sweet enough to eat.

Honey on your muffin, honey on your cake,

Honey by the spoonful, as much as I can make.

(repeat first two lines) 


Doing the Chocolate Shake (anytime stretch)  
You squat right down (squat)
Up you stand (stand up)
Stomp your feet (stomp)
Shake your hands (shake hands)
Wiggle all over (wiggle)
And mix real well (roll hands over & over)
Doing the Chocolate Shake! (clap hands)
Yum! (reach high)
(Repeat, faster each time.)


Read: Vegetables in their Underwear by Jared Chapman or
Read: Veggies with Wedgies by Todd H. Doodler


Fair Sounds (puppets very young audiences only)

Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”


The cow in the barn goes “moo moo moo”

“moo moo moo”, “moo moo moo”

The cow in the barn goes “moo moo moo”

All around the fair.  


… pigs in the pen go oink, oink, oink…

… hens in the coop go cluck, cluck, cluck…

… horses in the field go neigh, neigh, neigh…

… bees in the hive say buzz, buzz, buzz…

… lambs on the pen go baa, baa, baa…

… snakes in their cages go hiss, hiss, hiss

… bunnies in the hutch go (silently wiggle nose
        with finger), etc.




Book: A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson (old lady, old man, chicken, goat, pig, and cow puppets & kid volunteers) (optional)


Book:  Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale, photos by Bruce McMillan




The Squishy-Squooshy (Action)

Tune: “The Hokey-Pokey”

Pretend that you are a pig and there is a big mud puddle in front of you. Oooo-ooo glorious mud!

You put your                                        in.

You take your                                      out.

You put your                                        in and you moosh it all about.

You do the squishy-squooshy and you turn your self around.

That’s what it’s all about!

1) left hoof            2) right hoof          3) pig foot 4) piggy snout  5) pig belly            6) curly tail

7) whole piggy self


Stone Soup (Old Woman, Young Man puppets, kettle, onions, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes and butter props) based on the version by Ann McGovern script here:


I Know An Old Lady (Do this with a volunteer, clear plastic bag, and puppets)

clip_image003Lyrics by Rose Bonne, tune by Alan Mills

Song on “Peter, Paul , and  Mommy, Too”


I know an old lady who swallowed a fly,

I don't know why she swallowed the fly,

Perhaps she'll die.


I know an old lady who swallowed a spider,

That wiggled and jiggled and tiggled inside her.

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly,

I don't know why…

…bird / How absurd to swallow a bird

…cat / Imagine that -- to swallow a cat!

…dog / What a hog, to swallow a dog!…

…goat / She opened her throat and in walked that goat…

…cow / I don't know how she swallowed a cow

I know an old lady who swallowed a horse--(pause)  (spoken)  She's dead, of course!


Then take plastic bag filled with puppets, put inside black plastic bag and get 6 volunteers to act out The Great Big Enormous Turnip using the bag as a turnip.  (would be lovely to have a small turnip to show) based on the story by Alexei Tolstoy – can also use the tune from Big Pumpkin. (could use hang tag neck signs)


Once upon a time an old man planted a little turnip and said,

“Grow, grow, little turnip, grow sweet. Grow, grow little turnip, grow strong.”

And the turnip grew up sweet and strong, and big and enormous!

Then one day, the old man went to pull it up.

He pulled and pulled again, but he could not pull it up.

He called the old woman.

The old woman pulled the old man. The old man pulled the turnip.

And they pulled and pulled again, but they could not pull it up.

So the old woman called her granddaughter

The granddaughter called the black dog

The black dog called the cat

The cat called the mouse….

They pulled and pulled again, and up came the turnip at last.


I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor (puppet) – good stretch – use anytime

I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor,
and I don’t like it very very much.

Oh no, he’s swallowed my toe!
Oh rankle, he’s swallowed my ankle!

Oh fee, he’s swallowed my knee!

Oh sigh, he’s swallowed my thigh!

Oh fiddle, he’s swallowed my middle!

Oh heck, he’s up to my neck!

Oh dread, he’s swallowed my (gulp!)


Down at the Fair (adapted from: Down By the Bay  (flannel)

On  Raffi’s “Singable Songs for the Very Young)

Also available as a book.


Down at the fair, where the watermelons grow

Back to my home, I dare not go,

For if I do, my mother will say…

1.       "Did you ever see a goose kissing a moose

2.       "Did you ever see a whale with a polka-dotted tail

3.       "Did you ever see a fly wearing a tie

4.       "Did you ever see a bear combing his hair

5.       "Did you ever see llamas eating their pajamas

6.       "Did you ever see a spider drinking apple cider

7.       "Did you ever see an orange….apple…

8.       "Did you ever have a time when you couldn't make a rhyme? Down at the fair!

(Children can  make up additional verses

e.g. Did you ever see a bee with a sunburned knee…)

Going to the Fair (adapted from: “Going to the Zoo”) Song by Tom Paxton on his album “Goin’ to the Zoo and  Raffi’s “Singable Songs for the Very Young.”  (puppets)


Mommy's taking us to the fair tomorrow,

Fair tomorrow, fair tomorrow,

Mommy's taking us to the fair tomorrow,

We can stay all day.


We're going to the fair, fair, fair 

We’ll see a cow and a mare, mare, mare

You can come and stare, stare, stare 

We're going to the fair, fair, fair. 


2. Look at all the chickens cluck, cluck, clucking

    Pecking at their food as they’re cluck, cluck, clucking

    Lots of pretty colors and they’re cluck, cluck, clucking

    We can stay all day.  (chorus)

3. Look at all the cows moo, moo, mooing

    Chewing their cuds and they’re moo, moo, mooing

    Giving lots of milk  moo, moo, mooing

    We can stay all day! (chorus)

4. Look at all the horses prance prance prancing,

    All around the rink, they’re prance prance prancing,,

    Ridden by their riders and they’re prance prance prancing,,

    We can stay all day.  (chorus)

5. Look at all the dogs bark, bark, barking,

    Lots of different kinds and they’re  bark, bark, barking,

    Can I pet one that’s bark, bark, barking?

    We can stay all day.  (chorus)

6. Goats in the pen all bleat, bleat, bleating,

    Brushed and clean and bleat, bleat, bleating,

    Trying to eat my shirt and bleat, bleat, bleating,

    We can stay all day.  (chorus)

7. Look at all the snakes all twisting and curling

    Big and small all twisting and curling

    Can I touch one all twisting and curling?

    We can stay all day.  (chorus)

8. (slower) We stayed all day and I'm gettin' kind of sleepy

    Sittin' in the car gettin' sleep sleep sleepy

    Home already and I'm sleep sleep sleepy

    We have stayed all day.

Final Chorus:

We've been to the fair, fair, fair

We saw you there, there, there

All we did was stare, stare, stare

We've been to the fair, fair, fair


BUT! Daddy’s taking us to the fair tomorrow (shout) WE CAN STAY ALL DAY!


Sing  (Everyone joins hands in a circle – on the La, La’s – join hands in a circle and bring everyone to the center and then out again.  –then repeat the whole song…louder and stronger!)

Song by Joe Raposo,--  on “Sesame Street Platinum”

(Start singing quietly:)

Sing, Sing a song --

Sing out loud --

Sing out strong --

Sing of good things, not bad --

Sing of happy, not sad --


Sing, Sing a song --

Make it simple to last your whole life long --

Don't worry that it’s not good enough --

For anyone else to hear --

Just Sing, Sing a song!


La, La, La, La, La

La, La, La, La, La

La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La


Other book possibilities: Color Farm by Lois Ehlert, Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming, Fast Food by Saxton Freymann

Flannels (no time): I Am A Pizza, On Top of Spaghetti,  House is a House for Me,


8/15 BWL
Performed at 4H Fair County Tent 8.15, 8.16 – also prep tent and ARC group (Stone Soup & I Know an Old Lady) – multiple 15-20 minute sets – order varied
Next year, bring portable MIC & Speaker.



SCLS Bridgewater Branch Librarian Carol Simon Levin performing a variation of Raffi's song "Down by the Bay" at the 4H Fair using a "human flannel board" --  Bridgewater kids Jon & Laurel plus Zack & Emma and their mom, Fran.


"Did you ever see a goose kissing a moose? Did you ever see a fly wearing a tie?  Did you ever see a bear combing his hair? Did you ever see a whale with a polka-dotted tail?  Did you ever see llamas eating their pajamas? Did you ever see a spider drinking apple cider? Did you ever have a time when you couldn't make a rhyme...down at the fair!


“Buzz, buzz busy bee, is your honey sweet?”
”I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor!”
Sharing the singable book “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
and puppet play-acting “My House is a Squash & a Squeeze”


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SRC: Every Hero Has a Story: Local Heroes–Fire Fighters



Displayed picture books and non-fiction firefighter books

Set up DVD theater on the stage “Popular Mechanics: Firefighters and Other Life-Saving Heroes” was a good choice. (Lots of other possibilities as well.)

Gave color-coded tickets (12 for each)  to kids as they arrived – these were collected at the fire safety house later. (Should have sign in parking lot directing people to get free tickets inside the library)

Opened program by reading  Gingerbread Man: Loose on the Fire Truck by Laura Murray (younger) or No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Pendziwol (older group).  (Both included female firefighters – nice since all our visiting firefighters were male.) 

My Mom Is a Firefighter

Other possibilities: My Mother is a Firefighter by Lois Grambling, Sparky the Fire Dog by Don Hoffman (precautionary tale) , Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington (good for very young kids) Next time: Fire Engine No. 9 by Mike Austin looks great!

Younger (piggyback song): “If you hear the fire alarm, feel the door (2x)…  (Tune: If you’re happy and you know it..)… other verses, “crawl on the floor”  “if your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll”

Optional song: Stop, Drop and Roll  from “Don’t drink the bathwater & other things you need to know” by Victor Johnson.

Firefighter Phil talked to kids about fire safety, while Firefighter Ron donned fire suit, face mask and helmet (did “Darth Vadar” breathing and voice so kids wouldn’t be afraid of a real encounter.

Afterwards first group of 12 kids (and accompanying caregivers) headed to the parking lot to tour the fire truck and go through the safety/smoke house, while the rest did craft tables.  After the first group returned, the next group headed out.

Craft tables:

Make your own Firefighter’s Hat  (color, glue to B&T cardboard, cut out, punch holes, tie with string)

Toilet Paper Roll Firefighters (male & female)

Fire safety mazes, Write Our Heroes “Thank You” you notes plus other pages copied from sites below. 

(Materials: photocopies, glue sticks, scissors, B&T cardboard, markers/crayons, string, hole punches, toilet paper tubes) (lots of pages)





Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SRC: Unsung Community Heroes: Roads and Bridges and Playgrounds, Oh My!

Unsung Community Heroes : Roads and Bridges and Playgrounds oh my! – Come meet some of the people who design and build our buildings, bridges and roads, parks and playgrounds then help us build structures, create a Lego town, experiment with bridge construction, and draw a mural of what kids would put in a park if they had the chance!  
Music playing People in our Neighborhood 730 RONNO (as kids arrive and during activities later)
As kids arrive, they  browsed fiction and non-fiction books about roads and bridges and cities and such (list below*).
Read:  Roadwork by Sally Sutton (optional – sing to “Row Row Row Your Boat”) followed by  Tip, Tip, Dig, Dig by Emma Garcia (Younger group)
Read: Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty  followed by Superhero by Marc Tauss (Older group)
Movement Activity: People in our Neighborhood 730 RONNO (HIL) #5 “Community Helper Hop” for younger group only.
Introduced Carl Andreassen and Kelly Major from the Somerset County Engineering Dept. who talked about bridges and materials, showing pictures and models of different types (including one that had broken when an overloaded truck attempted to drive across.)
Engineer Carl explaining strength of materials “Who can break the wood stick?”
Using rope and kids to demonstrate a suspension bridge:
Up close to bridges – experimenting with arch bridge models(owned by Somerset County)
Paper bridge challenge (8.5x11 paper, paper clips, ruler, masking tape (to mark 7” wide space), books to use as end towers, lots of pennies)
Lego town (Tan mural paper with roads laid out, boxes of Legos) – kids designed structures: homes, stores, schools, hospital, etc.)
Park/Playground mural: (Green mural paper, scrap paper, markers, scissors, glue) – Kids created what they’d like to have in a park. 
Free form building using Straws and Connectors sets.
Tower Challenge (straws, paper clips, pipe cleaners, golf balls) - See how tall you can build your structure using straws, paper clips, and pipe cleaners and still be able to balance a golf ball on top. (only offered to the older session)
*Other books to display/booktalk (thanks to PUBYAC librarians for some of these suggestions!): Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson Big Red Bus by Judy Hindley (a bus that gets stuck in a pot hole blocking traffic and then the road guys show up to make the repairs so traffic can move again), Dreaming Up: a Celebration of Building by Christy Hale (I used it here:, Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore (ducklings in a storm drain are rescued by community helpers), Beneath the bridge by Hazel Hutchins (shows the travels of a paper boat through all sorts of landscapes--rural to urban), Curious George & the Dump Truck  (dump truck is being used to byworkers to make the park better for people, but Curious George "made
the park better for ducks too.")
, Mirror by Jeanne Baker (parallel wordless texts show two boys and their families In Sydney, Australia, and in Morocco have a day of shopping in two wordless stories that are intended to be read one from left to right and the other from right to left --  adds a multi-cultural element), A Street in Time by Anne Millard and A City in Time  by Phillip Steele,  If You Lived Here by Giles Laroche (collage spreads of dwellings in other world regions and historical times to explain how different people live and have lived, from a village house in South Africa to a floating green house in the Netherlands.) Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus (Winners 2017)
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