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Summer Mondays in the Library: Babies and Dancing


During the summer we hold a Dance Party after our usual Baby Storytimes. Last summer was the debut of Dance Party in this library and it was so popular we brought it back for another round. This means for the next 9 weeks I get to sing and rhyme with babies at 9:30 and again at 10:30, then rock out with kids of all ages from 11-11:45. I have the best job. πŸ™‚

We had a 5 week break this year so I decided to ease in to storytime with some old favorites. Here’s what we did:

Hello Bubbles

Penny Pointers

Noble Duke of York

Giddyap, Giddyap

Have You Ever Seen a Baby?

I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy

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Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Andy Pandy, Sugar and Candy

Rub a dub dub

Icky Bicky Soda Cracker

Itsy Bitsy Spider by Annie Kubler

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Cuckoo Clock

Goodbye Bubbles

Now for the Dance Party! I re-made the list I passed out last year to include only songs patrons can download from Freegal. This way the program supports our collection in addition to be great fun! The handout also includes a book list of songs with dancing, music, and the like. Everyone seemed really excited about the prospect of continuing the Dance Party at home so I think the revised handout was a good move. Since there were over 100 in attendance Freegal will hopefully be getting some extra traffic this week!

Here’s the Dance Party Handout.

Read about my Dance Party here.

Author: Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

7 thoughts on “Summer Mondays in the Library: Babies and Dancing

  1. Quick question- Are your dance party attendees the same ones who come to storytime? Or do you see mostly new faces?

    • Sorry not to reply sooner! I’d say mostly new actually. Some stay from baby storytime and there were returns from last summer’s dance party, but most the people in that room are new to me! I’m glad you asked because it had honestly not occurred to me before! That’s kind of exciting!

  2. Would you be able to post an example of your handout? πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks so much! That’s awesome! πŸ˜€

  4. Pingback: Ask a Storytime Ninja: Snacks, Volunteers, and Baby Music | Storytime Underground

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