MVPL Pajama Jam!

Tonight the story fairy (me!) lead a musical romp through some not-too-spooky stories and songs. We had numerous princesses, a dragon, a strawberry, a few pumpkins, a ladybug and some other creatures in the audience tonight (50 people total). I played my fife for the walk-in song, and I took a leap of faith (rely on your training!) and played my recorder to introduce a new lullaby.

Karin Bricker, the supervising librarian in MVPL‘s Children’s department, was able to make it for the program tonight and gave me some really great feedback.  Thanks, Karin, for your continued support and enthusiasm! Thanks also to Laurie Peck, who is always willing to sing and dance with me, and Judy Atterholt, who lead the first 3 Pajama Jam sessions.

What I did

Come and Follow Me (Fife)
Storytime Rules (Sit with your kids, Sing, turn off phones, save snacks til later)
Hello Song
Early literacy tip: repetition is good!
Wiggle my fingers
Book: I’m Not Scared!
5 Little Pumpkins Rhyme/Fingerplay
5 Little Pumpkins iBook
Book: Peas Porridge Hot, Mary Mary Quite Contrary (from Here Comes Mother Goose)
Shakers: Shake a Little Shaker, Hey-Ho the Rattle-o
Book: Peek-a-Boo
Sailing Song (recorder/ lyrics on Smoothie Felt Board/Keynote)
Book: It’s Pumpkin Time!
Movement song: Hot Potato
Clap up high goodbye rhyme


  1. Channel the focus of the audience to the book on the screen with eye contact, body position and music; stay as close to the screen as possible and read from the same screen the audience is looking at, not the iPad
  2. iPad looks too big.  Try it with an iPhone?
  3. Is there a way to remove the menu from the iBooks?
  4. Extend the amount of time before the screen saver kicks in.

What I used

Five Little Pumpkins iBook
Keynote App
HDMI Cable
Nexus S (for portable Wifi and Bluetooth)
Logitech Mini boombox
PopAdvisions Brightboard (42 inches-ish)


Posted on October 29, 2012, in Story Time and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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