Monday, June 15, 2015

Heartland Heroes Storytime: Emergency Heroes!

The 2015 Summer Reading Program, entitled "Every Hero Has a Story", has given Michelle and me a great opportunity to highlight the wonderful work done by many men and women in our community.  We decided to call our main storytime "Heartland Heroes Storytime" as a way to honor and feature a variety of professions that might be of interest to children.  Each week we will invite two Heartland Heroes to be our guest at Storytime, where they will answer questions from the children and chat with them informally about the work they do.

We have chosen the song "Superhero" by Go Fish, as our Heartland Heroes theme song for the summer!  Here is the YouTube link to the song.

Our storytime children are ready to teach you the actions to the song:

"I'm a superhero, flying around."

"No need to worry."

 "You're safe and sound."

"Battling evil, fighting for good."

 "I'm a superhero"

"In your neighborhood!"


Superhero, Superhero!

Superhero, Superhero, turn around.
Superhero, Superhero, touch the ground.
Superhero, Superhero, put on your suit.
Superhero, Superhero, put on your boots. 
Superhero, Superhero, jump up high!
Superhero, Superhero, fly, fly, fly!

"Superhero, Superhero, turn around!"

"Superhero, Superhero, touch the ground!"


I'm a Firefighter
(tune: "I'm a Little Teapot")

I'm a firefighter on the go.
(put hands on hips)
Here is my helmet,
(pretend to put helmet on head)
Here's my water hose.
(pretend to hold hose)

When I see a fire,
(shade eyes and look around)
hear me SHOUT!
I turn on the water
(pretend to turn a water spigot)
and put the fire out!
(pretend to spray water)

I'm a Police Officer
(tune: "I'm a Little Teapot")

I'm a police officer

dressed in blue.
If there's an emergency,
I'll help you.

Call me on the phone,
dial 9-1-1, 
And I'll be coming
on the run!


Traffic Pups by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Dan Andreasen

This is the Firefighter by Laura Godwin, illustrated by Julian Hector

Emergency Heroes!

This week, we turned our focus on Emergency Heroes.  Our guest on June 10 was Captain Chuck Clark of the Bellevue Police Department.  Bellevue Police Chief Mark Elbert was our guest on June 11. I am so grateful to these men who took time from their busy days to visit the library!

               Captain Chuck Clark                                    Police Chief Mark Elbert

Each Heartland Heroes Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

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