Wombat Storytime

Hello and welcome back to another fun filled season of the Adventures of the Not So Nice Librarian…

So, summer is more or less over… can I get a collective whoop from all the parents out there? Are ya’ll as happy school started back up as I am?

Well, normally we wouldn’t really have anything going on until September; but there’s been a lot of shifts in upper admin over the last few months, and apparently they have all decided that we need more programs.  More MARKET PENETRATION! Which, whoopy-effing-do… like we don’t do a sorts of programs and outreach.

That 40 hour position I had been working my ass for over the course of the 8 years I’ve been here…. was given to someone else. Lady from the business office that had been one of the ‘Subs’ or ‘Learning Experiences’ that we had at the beginning of the year.

No, no, it’s cool; I’m totally not even remotely bitter about it…. nope… not at all.

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And really, it’s not even that I don’t like the person they chose. I think she’ll make a very good children’s librarian.  It’s just very disappointing after busting my rump for 8+ years.

I do have to give her kudos; she got us some Leopard Geckos which have been a HUGE hit with the kids. I think we’re going to have some sort of mini contest to decide what their names will be….

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Anywho, on to what ya’ll are really here for! Wombats! Or rather, Wombat Storytime!

Ok so Wombats is probably a really random topic for a storytime; but I happened to find a cute craft idea for them and went with it. Then I found another cute craft…. and that’ll be saved for next time. So don’t be surprised if there’s another Australian themed storytime next time I post.

So to start off with, there aren’t a whole lot of wombat books out there; but there were more than I thought there would be and they were SUPER cute.

Since I wasn’t sure if the kids would know what a wombat was; I found a nonfiction book  called Wombats by Sara Louise Kras, that had some really nice pictures that I used to show the kids what a wombat was.

It was a fairly simple nonfiction book and had my kiddos been a wee bit older that attended, I probably would have actually read this book to them. However, all the kids were pretty young, so I just used it for pictures and moved on to the next book.

Next I read Swim, Little Wombat, Swim! by Charles Fuge; which was very cute and wouldn’t you know it, part of a series! This particular story talked about Little Wombat making a new friend and learning how to swim. In hindsight I probably would have used Watch Out, Little Wombat! which was a bit sillier than this one.

I actually had to more or less pull my ‘game’ out of a hat because I totally FORGOT about it. I prepped for this storytime a full 2 weeks before due to the fact that I wasn’t going to be here the week prior – I took a Tai-Chi instructors training class.  So I got to about 20 mins before storytime was about to start and realized sh*% I didn’t have a game! AHHHHHH!

Fortunately a book called Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields had come in; which essentially was the ‘5 little monkeys’ of the wombat bookverse.  A really cute story about 6 wombats that go walkabout and what happens to them.

Basically I would read the story and everytime I got to the part of  ‘And then there was…..’ I’d have a kid come up to the board and take down a wombat.  Then at the end when all the wombats come back; I had all the kids take turns and come put their wombat back on the board.  It was simple and each time we practiced counting how many wombats were left.

During the morning session, I had such a young twitchy group that I stopped reading here and let them go on to the craft.  I could tell I was loosing my audience (to normal wiggles) and it was time for a change.  For the afternoon session, I had slightly older and calmer group; so we read Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball, another Little Wombat book by Charles Fuge. It allowed me to engage my audience a bit more; I’d ask them if they liked to get muddy, or sometimes just liked to yell.

Next it was craft time and we made our own ‘Wooly wombats’.

I found a coloring page of a wombat off Google. I cut some yarn in small 1 in. pieces of various colors. Pulled out the glue sticks and markers… and let the kids have fun. The idea was to let them color their wombats then glue yarn on them as ‘fur’.

There were quite a few very rainbow colored wombats wandering around the library after storytime, lemme tell ya.

The books I decided not to use for storytime, I actually set up and let the kids check out.  Diary of a Wombat and Diary of a Baby Wombat were very cute and I’d recommend them if you’re reading to a group of slightly older children.

The next day I had to do the Storytime at the Mall; which I actually had a couple kids for! YAAAAY! Normally we don’t have anyone show up for that; so having even one family was awesome.

Those kiddos were really young, so I was glad I had the foresight to bring a cute wombat themed boardbook called Once I Heard a Little Wombat by Renee Treml. Which basically went through a list of different Australian animals; there was a lot of repeating words and rhyming. We also did the Wombat Walkabout game and some coloring sheets that a coworker had found from years ago that had koalas on them!

Over all, not a bad start for our after summer storytimes. It’ll probably be another month or so before I update as there are now 4 people in my department that are doing storytimes and we rotate each week.

Like I said, it’ll probably be Australian themed again; I found a really easy, cute Rainstick craft I want to do.

So until next time! Ciao!

 

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