Storytime Kits

Peace Library System has developed 22 Storytime Kits designed to make your storytime sessions easier by providing stories, crafts, songs, rhymes, puppets, and other activities. There is a craft and song or rhyme designated for each book and the puppets and other activities are interchangeable between different books. The titles of the kits and the procedures for borrowing/returning and using the kits are below:

Storytime Kit Themes:

  • Bears
  • Big Machines and Construction
  • Bugs and Insects
  • Cat tales
  • Christmas and Other Lands
  • Circus
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fall and Thanksgiving
  • Fairytales and Tall Tales
  • Farm Animals
  • Folktales
  • Métis and First Nations
  • Oceans
  • Pets Kit #1
  • Pets Kit #2
  • Pirates
  • Polar Regions: Animals and Folktales
  • Safari Kit #1
  • Safari Kit #2
  • Space
  • Spring, Summer and Easter
  • Winter and Valentine’s Day

 

Procedures for Borrowing and Returning the Storytime Kits

  1. To reserve the kits, please call Rae at Peace Library System Headquarters at (780) 538-4656, or toll free at 1 (800) 422-6875, or email her at rweniger@peacelibrarysystem.ab.ca
     
  2. The Loan Period for each kit is three months. They may be renewed once for a three week period.
     
  3. Each kit will consist of one, two or three bins (depending on the kit). Please ensure that all of the bins for each kit have been received.
     
  4. Each kit will contain a binder, books, and puppets (except for Big Machines and Construction). When you receive the kit, please check the contents on the Content Verification Sheet. The Content Verification Sheet will be in the front inside cover of the binder. The binder will be in one of the bins.
     
  5. Before returning the kit to Peace Library System, please check the contents on the Content Verification Sheet again to ensure that all items are accounted for and the kit is complete. Please send all the bins together as a unit back to Peace Library System.
     
  6. When returning the kits, please seal the carton with the enclosed plastic ties.
     
  7. The kits must be returned to Peace Library System after each use. Do not pass on the kit to patrons or another library. The contents will be checked at Peace Library System before the kits are loaned out and after the kits come back from the borrowing library.
     
  8. Lost or damaged items will be invoiced to the borrowing library.

 

Procedures for Using the Storytime Kits

  1. Each kit contains 10-20 books, puppets, and a binder with crafts, rhymes or songs, and other activities.
     
  2. The crafts and songs are labeled to go with particular books; however, they may be interchangeable if the librarian chooses.
     
  3. Each kit contains a beginning action song to settle the children down. It is the same song for each kit, so the children will get used to settling down when they sing the song and do the actions.
     
  4. The puppets are interchangeable between stories. The kit is designed for the children to hold the puppets and do the actions while the librarian reads the story.
     
  5. Each kit contains directions to make a sock puppet. The puppet can be created to match the theme of the kit. For example, a dinosaur sock puppet could be created for use with the dinosaur kit. This could be made at the beginning of the unit. As there are not enough puppets for each child, the remaining children could use the sock puppets for the story actions. That way, each child has something to hold.
     
  6. Each book has a song or rhyme dedicated to it. This could be used either before or after the story. They do not have to be used if the librarian chooses not to.
     
  7. Each book has a craft that goes with it. We have included the instructions for the craft and the list of materials needed for the craft. Where possible, we have included templates and a picture of the completed craft.
     
  8. We have also included a section called “Other Activities” which includes story sequencing pages (Beginning, Middle, End). The children could use their comprehension skills to draw a picture of either the beginning, middle or end of the story, or all three. We have also included coloring pages.
     
  9. Please do not remove the printed pages from the plastic inserts. Please take the plastic insert out of the binder and photocopy the required page or pages through the plastic. Then put the plastic inserts back in the appropriate spot in the binder.

    EXCEPTION: The coloring pages are all included in one plastic insert. You may remove the printed coloring pages from the plastic insert, photocopy them, put them back into the plastic insert, and then put the plastic insert back into the binder.
     

  10. Each binder contains a list of websites and books that we used to find the crafts, songs and rhymes. It also contains a sharing journal where librarians can add their ideas to the kits and an evaluation form. These can be photocopied and inserted behind the master sheets in the appropriate plastic inserts. We welcome your ideas.