This is such a fun program to do with kids, who are usually asleep for the midnight New Year festivities. Our “Noon Year” program happens from 11:30am-12:00pm, with the first 15 minutes of the program dedicated to making a craft. The craft is a paper headband with the upcoming year written at the top. The kids cut it out and can decorate with crayons or markers if they choose, and then it’s stapled together with a grownup’s help. We also bring out our bubble maker to use for a few songs, which even the older kids love.
Most of the songs we played weren’t holiday songs, they were just songs that got the kids excited to dance. The song we played at noon was, of course, “Auld Lang Syne”. Here are some of the other songs that we played before noon:
Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi (More Singable Songs) Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill (The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes) If You Feel Like Rockin’ by Greg and Steve (Holidays and Special Times) Shakin’ It by Parachute Express (Shakin’ It)
For more ideas on dance parties, check out Green Bean Teen Queen’s post about how her library hosted a Bibliobop Dance party. Don’t you just love that catchy name? And Angie at Fat Girl Reading shares her experience offering Music and Movement, which is a lot of dancing and moving to the beat. Jbrary, the queens of all things music, also shares their ideas on having a Family Dance Party. And LibriErin has posted about her own “Noon Year” Dance Party, where she does amazing things like bubble wrap fireworks.
Has your library ever done an event to celebrate the New Year? Share your ideas with me in the comments.