Storytime: Community Helpers

One of my favorite parts about librarianship is the idea of being a cornerstone of the community. I grew up in a small town and felt supported by my tight-knit community (but of course in high school I called it smothering). Now that I’m older and wiser, I know better. This week in storytime my theme is community helpers.

Books of the Day:

All images from

Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman

Songs and Actions of the Day:

Ukulele Opening

Tune: This Old Man
Storytime, storytime,
Welcome to our storytime,
with lots of books
And fun for me and you
We will sing and dance too!

After we sing this for a verse we add other actions to the song (…clap your hands for storytime, clap your hands for storytime…) I end with …shhh be quiet for storytime…

Shhhhh! Everyone is Sleeping Retelling…Kinda

After we read Shhhhh! Everyone is Sleeping, we are going to retell the story using the felt board. Each spread of the book shows a community helper going to sleep after finishing their community job. has a really cute Community Helper bingo card  that includes most of the community helpers featured in the book. I added a piece of velcro to the back to make them usable on my felt board. They aren’t all an exact match, but we will add/substitute. As long as we discuss what the worker might have been doing before going to sleep, I’m on board.

The Wheels on the Bus

I just picked up how to play The Wheels on the Bus on the ukulele. One of the community helper felt pieces is a bus driver, so I will use that as a transition to include some music and movement.

Shameless Librarian Plug

A library storytime about community  helpers has to showcase a librarian of course! We will use Laurie Berkner’s These Are My Glasses song and movements after talking about what a librarian does. I can’t wait to hear what they think a librarian does! 🙂

Digital App

I am going to use the Community Helpers Play and Learn app. The free version has a police officer, mechanic, doctor, and plumber. When you select each character, they introduce themselves and their job. Next to them are clickable pictures of their tools to learn more. There was a little cuter app, but after downloading it I realized they only featured white characters in stereotypical roles (the doctor was a male, the nurse a female), so that’s a no go.

Retrieved from iTunes Preview

Letter of the Day: H

H is for helper. Other things that start with the letter H: house, happy, hurry

Literacy Tip of the Day: Play!

Dress up like a community helper at home after storytime. Applying concepts after reading about them reinforces comprehension.

Craft of the Day:

Make  your own officer badge. Feel free to download my template for your own use. My example is below (Office Amber has a nice ring to it, no? :))


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