On Wednesdays at 11am, I present Pre-School Storytime at the Newberry Branch Library. Following my mom's suggestion (my mom is a school library media specialist), I choose holidays to determine the theme for each week's storytime. Sometimes this is a legitimate holiday such as Veterans' Day or Halloween but more often than not, these are pseudo-holidays such as America Recycles Day (Monday, November 15th, for the record) or, say, Dinosaur Month (October, in case you were interested). I originally wanted to do just Veterans' Day for this week's storytime, but there are not many good pre-school storytime-worthy picture books relating to said holiday. So, I combined these two holidays into one storytime. First, I read Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel. Then, in honor of Veterans' Day, we decorated bookmarks with crayons, colored pencils, and stickers to send to the troops overseas.
Luckily, the Tower Road Branch Library (where I worked for five and a half years as a library page) participates in the Books for Soldiers program which sends books, magazines, and other requested materials to troops overseas. Thus, I will be taking the bookmarks we made to the Tower Road library to be sent off in the next care package.
After making our bookmarks, we read The Garbage Monster by Joni Sensel. And after a "Read another one!" request, I also read Drummer Hoff by Barbara Emberley.
Next week's storytime: Thanksgiving, of course!