July 2015 Song of the Month
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I Am A Library


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As I was building my concert for the 2015 summer reading theme, ďEvery Hero Has a Story,Ē I remembered reading these amazing stories about librarians who came up with the idea of using animals to carry books to children who had no library. I hope this songs sparks a conversation with your children about not only how lucky we are to have libraries, but how librarians everywhere advocate to make sure every child has access to books. You can also hear my Song for the Childrenís Librarian HERE. They are true heroes all over the world! Here are two of my favorite books on mobile libraries.
My Librarian is a Camel
has maps, photos, and stories about everything from the animals to wheel barrows, and busses. Waiting for the Biblioburro is a beautiful picture book inspired by real-life librarian Luis Soriano Bohorquez, told through the eyes of a little girl. Both are beautifully done and incredibly inspiring for all ages. And finally, here is a photo of my own communityís mobile library!

ACTIVITIES:

  • Hold up the pictures of each animal as you sing. Ask children what other animals might be used?

  • Set up pretend mobile library for children and have them ďvisitĒ other children in the room so they can check out books.

  • Talk about your local library and any outreach services they have

  • Ask children what might keep their neighbors from being able to visit the library (no transportation, illness) and how they might be able to help them have access books

  • Locate and read My Librarian is a Camel and show children various locations on a map or globe. If your library doesnít have it, check Bookfinder.com to locate a new or used copy.

I am a Library

I am a donkey, and Iím a library too
If you donít have four walls and a roof Iíll bring the books to you
Some people say Iím a hero, and you may think so too
But itís the childrenís librarian who packs up the books
    that we bring to you

I am a camel, and Iím a library too
If you donít have four walls and a roof Iíll bring the books to you
Some people say Iím a hero, and you may think so too
But itís the childrenís librarian who packs up the books
    that we bring to you

I am an elephant, and Iím a library too
If you donít have four walls and a roof Iíll bring the books to you
Some people say Iím a hero, and you may think so too
But itís the childrenís librarian who packs up the

    books that we bring to you

I am a horse, and Iím a library too
If you donít have four walls and a roof Iíll bring the books to you
Some people say Iím a hero, and you may think so too
But itís the childrenís librarian who packs up the
    books that we bring to you