Yoakum County Library in Plains is hopeful for snow as a small group of children bounded in for the first StoryTime of 2017 on Wednesday, January 4.

snowmenSince 2017 has arrived, the calendar activity only included counting to four! After the current weather was discussed, most of those in attendance agreed snow (and therefore snowmen) would be welcomed. The first song was new but fun: “Snowkey Pokey. The children also smiled as the fingerplay “Chubby Little Snowman” was presented.

The firstbook read was the imaginative “Snowmen at Night, which was followed by the felt story to the Scholastic book “I Know a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow.” The small group allowed for each child to participate in “feeding” the Cold Lady! 

Next, “Pip and Squeak” surprised everyone with a fun ending regarding a snowman’s carrot nose! Another felt activity, “5 Little Snowmen,” followed the second book. The last book was the book “Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert. This favorite book enhanced the youngsters’ creativeminds with examining unconventional snowman-building-materials.

The STEAM and pre-literacy activities included for the youngsters and parents were pompom number cards as well as buttons for a snowman. The craft encouraged the children to use their fine motor skills to maneuver their squishy snowman’s carrot nose into the proper place.

Following these activities, the group watched a short clip of Curious George called “Snow Use.” Each child joyfully received a snack and color sheet as they left. 

Those in attendance were Payton, Brit, Ariyel, Levi, Moriah, Ben, and Tirzah.

StoryTime in Plains meets every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. during the school year and is open to all ages. In two weeks, on Wednesday, January 18, Michelle Cooper, the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the South Plains and SandyLand area, will present a special Southern Ogallala Water Conservation Program. Mark your calendars and don’t miss this cool learning time.