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Virtual Baby Storytime: Week 10

I’m going to be honest–this is my third time writing this paragraph and WordPress keeps deleting this draft post. Essentially, this is my last baby storytime for a while, and this is a new book for me this week.

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

Find additional content at the links below:

Baby Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book: Head and Shoulders by Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Head and Shoulders by Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Early Literacy Tip: Sing to your babies! Your voice is better than a recording, and the quality of your voice doesn’t matter. Do you hear me singing on the Internet every day?

Song: Hurry Hurry Drive the Firetruck

Action Rhyme: Baby Hokey Pokey

Bounce Rhyme: Andy Pandy

Bounce: Snuggle Up

Song: Five Little Monkeys

Puppets: I Went Walking

Manipulative: Shakers

Closing Song: Skinnamarink

Virtual Baby Storytime: Week 9

While we look at moving back into the library (I’m back in the library two days a week now–starting today!), virtual programs continue. We are discussing how to transition to filming in the library, especially since our building will most likely be opening to the public soon, any regular programming spaces are being used for quarantine of deliveries or returns, and an open-office staff space with no area for private filming. Returning to the library gives others staff members who don’t have the at-home tech an opportunity to film storytimes…but that also means restarting a learning curve about the technology and the differences between an in-person and virtual storytime, at a time when the patron expectation in program quality is higher (after all we’ve been doing this a while).

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

Find additional content at the links below:

Baby Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book: Leo Loves Baby Time by Anna McQuinn

Leo Loves Baby Time: McQuinn, Anna, Hearson, Ruth: 9781580896658 ...

Early Literacy Tip: Babies understand more than they can say. Using gestures, including sign-language is a great way to communicate with your little one. More, Stop, and No are great words to practice.

Song: She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain by Old Town School of Folk Music

Action Rhyme: Head and Shoulders

Bounce Rhyme: Old Grey Mare

Bounce: Two Little Boats

Song: The Tickle Song by Rainbow Songs

Puppets: Jump!

Manipulative: Stuffed Animals

Closing Song: Skinnamarink

Virtual Baby Storytime: Week 8

Babies, babies, babies! I’m adding a couple new items this week I haven’t tried before–a new action rhyme and puppet activity. I’ve really enjoyed book retellings with toddlers and preschoolers, and I’m going to try to rethink some of my puppet activities to still include those animal noises that are so important for this age while theming them to stories instead of mostly rhymes. Not sure how that will actually work in person, but I think it works well virtually. This was the first time I used Everybunny Count as well–not for lack of trying, as I kept meaning to use it and then I would get sick or something like a pandemic would happen and my storytimes would be cancelled.

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

Find additional content at the links below:

Baby Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book: Everybunny Count! by Ellie Sandall

Everybunny Count!: 9781444933840: Amazon.com: Books

Early Literacy Tip: When playing, have fun making noises like animal sounds or truck sounds. Hearing different noises and experiencing different pitches and volumes helps baby’s language development.

Song: What Shall We Do with the Sleeping Baby? by Rainbow Songs

Action Rhyme: Clap Them

Bounce Rhyme: I’m Bouncing

Bounce: Rocking Horse

Song: Hands Together, Hands Apart by Rainbow Songs

Puppets: Do Crocs Kiss?

Manipulative: Drums

Closing Song: Skinnamarink

Virtual Baby Storytime: Week 7

I am bouncing with ages quite a bit in June, and while I will be presenting two more virtual preschool storytimes this month, I am also back to Baby Storytimes the whole month. I’m excited to be back with babies, though not so much to have to live up to my coworker’s adorable baby who made appearances throughout May.

As I expected, I am recycling some of my content here that I used in the first six weeks. Repetition is good for this age, and I also keep to a more strict routine with this age range week to week (though I am reordering my middle slightly). I have had more time than I may have had in the library, so I was able to do more research than usual, and I am planning to scatter a few new content pieces throughout, especially new body rhymes and puppet activities, which will mean a couple new videos a week.

General baby storytime links I share with the public:

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

Find additional content at the links below:

Baby Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book: Peek-a-Baby by Karen Katz

Amazon.com: Peek-a-Baby: A Lift-the-Flap Book (9781416936220 ...

Early Literacy Tip: Talk to your baby as you go about your day, even if they can’t respond with words yet. Encourage, listen, and respond to your baby’s babbling.

Song: Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Old Town School of Folk Music

Action Rhyme: Make Your Arms Go Up

Bounce Rhyme: Humpty Dumpty

Bounce: Here We Go Bumpy Boo

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It by Old Town School of Folk Music

Puppets: Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Manipulative: Scarves

Closing Song: Skinnamarink

Virtual Baby Storytime: Week 6

Week 6 of virtual baby storytime! (And my last baby set for a while as a I pass the baby baton off to my coworker Sarah and her actual baby.)

There is some more repetition here from previous weeks than usual, which isn’t too surprising for me. I generally have a set of my best storytime material (developmentally appropriate, early literacy connections, parent and child response, I enjoy) that I tend to rotate through over about 4-6 weeks. I sprinkle in new material regularly too, but the repetition is good for everyone.

I’m getting ready to shift to Toddlers on Monday, which is a bit of an adjustment for me, though not quite as much as I expected. A lot of activities that I’ve stopped using in Baby Storytime because they involved too many full body motions (jumping, spinning) work great for toddlers. I’m also breaking out of my box a little bit because, while I’m keeping a sense of routine like I do with babies, I’m not trying to also bring the comfort and familiarity of the routine of our regular in-library programs. I don’t regularly present toddler storytimes (and neither did my coworker doing virtual toddler storytimes before me)–so I get to make up my own rules.

But for now…one more week of babies!

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

Find additional content at the links below:

Baby Storytime Introduction Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book Recommendation

We talked about reading this week, including little one’s impatience and lack of attention span being completely okay.

No tip and book video again because the book I used is unfortunately not available as an ebook through our library.

The Baby Goes Beep: O'Connell, Rebecca, Wilson-Max, Ken ...

I do share this list of tagged ebooks recommended for ages 0-24 months at each program.

Action & Body Rhymes

Songs

Movement & Bounce Rhymes

Puppet Time

Manipulative Time – Scarves

Closing Song

DIY Play – Spider Web Baskets

Virtual Baby Storytime: Week 5

Week 5 of virtual baby storytime!

Views stayed low, but steady this week. I turned this craziness into an Instagram story to try to boost views. It didn’t work, but I had fun anyway (it is right-side-up when you play it):

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

Find additional content at the links below:

Baby Storytime Introduction Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book Recommendation

We talked about playing this week, including the value of peekaboo.

No tip and book video because the book I used is unfortunately not available as an ebook through our library.

I do share this list of tagged ebooks recommended for ages 0-24 months at each program.

Action & Body Rhymes

Fingerplay

Songs

Movement & Bounce Rhymes

Puppet Time

Manipulative Time – Shakers

Closing Song

DIY Play

Virtual Baby Storytime: Week 4

Week 4 of virtual baby storytime! I am finally at a 30 minute storytime, woot!

Views dropped this week, with about 35 watching live and about 60 one-minute-views before the livestream was taken down. However, we did have more comments from regulars than we did on previous recent recordings. I’m also not sure if people just didn’t want to see my face twice in one week.

Folks on one of the state library web meetings also mentioned dropping viewers, and they had some interesting feedback regarding Facebook Live algorithms starting to stop notifying people when they go live due to the frequency–they could tell based on the decrease in impressions on their posts.

I’ve seen some libraries live streaming to multiple sources at once via two different devices, which is interesting. We have such a large built-in audience on Facebook, though we are also getting quite a response from our registered school age events. I can’t quite picture Zoom or a similar software working well though, just based on the number of meetings I’ve sat in on where people won’t turn their mute on–one person has rustling papers or pets in the background, and suddenly their face is the only one anyone participating can see, even if they aren’t the person talking or hosting. Any solutions out there?

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

Find additional content at the links below:

Baby Storytime Introduction Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book Recommendation

We talked about writing this week, including fine motor activities and shape recognition.

No tip and book video because the book I used–one of my favorites–is unfortunately not available as an ebook through our library.

Up!: How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones: Susan ...

Action & Body Rhymes

Fingerplay

Songs

Movement & Bounce Rhymes

Puppet Time

Manipulative Time – Stuffed Animals

Closing Song

DIY Play

Virtual Baby Storytime: Week 3

Week 3 of virtual baby storytime! I think I am finally getting the hang of my timing. I’m closer to 30 minutes anyway.

Lyrics or links for any activities are in the YouTube video descriptions AND due to a wonderful tip from Ontarian Librarian, now in the background of my videos!

Generally, our view numbers are lower than where we started, but they are still fairly solid, with a solid 40-50 live views the entire time for most storytimes. We have been receiving less patron comments, but the ones we do get are from regulars, which makes me happy to know that there are some WPL patrons that are watching and enjoying what we do.

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

Find additional content at the links below:

Baby Storytime Introduction Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book Recommendation

Action & Body Rhymes

Magnet Activity

Songs

Also used Grand Old Duke of York by Rainbow Songs, but my video was blocked due to copyright.

Movement & Bounce Rhymes

Puppet Time

Manipulative Time – Scarves

We also played Sittin’ in My High Chair by Rainbow Songs, but I was not able to include that portion of the video due to copyright.

Closing Song

DIY Play

Virtual Baby Storytime Week 2

Week 2 of virtual baby storytime! Our library just announced we will remain closed through May, so there will be a few more weeks of this content to come.

I did not use all of these pieces in the livestream this week. I am trying to figure out how I continue to cut 1-2 things per run through, and I STILL end up 10 minutes over. Every time. I think the more I practice the more directions I add in, which is good, but which also makes my storytime longer. So cutting things isn’t currently helping. I’ll get there.

In an effort to conserve time, since cutting content didn’t seem to help, I also went from three to two repeats of each rhyme (which is what I do regularly in the library). I didn’t see any comments that were sad about this switch, so I’m going to stick with it for now. I want to try to give our regular attendees as similar an experience as possible to what we do in the library, so I don’t want to cut entire sections of the storytime if I don’t have to. At least for me, I think that familiarity and structure helps a lot right now.

Lyrics or links for any activities are in the YouTube video descriptions.

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

Find additional content at the links below:

Baby Storytime Introduction Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book Recommendation

Action & Body Rhymes

Didn’t use in this week’s livestream.

Songs

Also used The Tickle Song by Rainbow Songs. This was my first video that was blocked by YouTube due to copyright. Other music videos just had a Copyright Claim added saying that we can’t monetize the videos.

Movement & Bounce Rhymes

Didn’t use in this week’s livestream.

Puppet Time

Manipulative Time – Scarves

Closing Song

DIY Play

Virtual Baby Storytime Week 1

We are all figuring out what this new, mostly virtual world means for our jobs and communities. I don’t have an answer to those big questions, but I do have some virtual baby storytime content I can share.

My library is hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

These activities were all used in my virtual baby storytime this week, designed for ages 0-24 months. There is a lot here, and I definitely went 15 minutes over my 30 minute storytime this week. Future programs will have less content.

Lyrics or links for any activities are in the YouTube video descriptions.

Be prepared–YouTube loves to freeze my face in only the most flattering positions.

Find additional content at the links below:

Baby Storytime Introduction Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book Recommendation

Action & Body Rhymes

Songs

Movement & Bounce Rhymes

Puppet Time

Manipulative Time – Shakers

Closing Song

DIY Play

And, just for fun, a video of the chicks that I took home to take care of and livestream after our in-library hatching program was disrupted by our closing. These little ones have returned to Bring the Farm to You, where they will be used for educational programming and as backyard chickens.