Police Officer Storytime

 

Officer Buckle and GloriaOnce a year, we are fortunate to have a police officer come to our library and host a storytime. The officer comes dressed in his police uniform and greets the children as they enter the room. His favorite book to read is Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. It’s a little long for the younger audience that we receive, but it’s a book that he feels comfortable with and enjoys, and for the most part the children can stay still for the entire book. Touch a Truck

Once the officer is finished reading his book, we ask the kids to gather outside so that they can see the officer’s police car. It’s important to plan this storytime for a time of year when you’re likely to get nicer weather. You can never be guaranteed good weather, but it’s best to plan this event during warmer months to allow for children to see the police car outdoors.

Here’s a brief overview of the storytime books & activities that we share with the children. We like to plan for 15 minutes of reading and other activities before we hand the mic over to the officer for his book. The kids would love it if the Officer did the entire storytime, but that can be a lot to ask of someone who’s main job doesn’t deal with entertaining children. The other important thing to mention is that our police force is always upfront in saying that they cannot guarantee a police car will be available for the storytime. If there is a need for the squad car, they would be unable to display it for the storytime finale. We avoid any possible issues by not advertising that a police car will be at the storytimes – though, we’ve never been in the position that the car didn’t show up.

Book: Police Officers on Patrol by Kersten HamiltonOfficer

Song: I’m a Police Officer (tune of: “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a police officer, here is my star (point to chest)
I help people near and far. (point close, and then point far away)
If you have a problem, call on me. (hold hand up to ear imitating a phone)
And I will be there, one, two, three! (count to three on fingers)

Book: The Police Cloud by Christoph Niemann

Make sure to check out So Tomorrow’s post on having a police officer or firefighter storytime. Falling Flannelboards has information on hosting Celebrity Storytime, which can include community helpers and other popular people around town. The Show Me Librarian had the wonderful and unconventional idea to do a Ballet Storytime, complete with a ballerina! She also shared an adorable Soccer Storytime with a guest appearance by soccer players, cleats and all. You can get more ideas for other stories on community helpers on my Pinterest page. Thanks for stopping by!

Once a year, we are fortunate to have a police officer come to our library and host a storytime. The officer comes dressed in his police uniform and greets the children as they enter the room. His favorite book to read is Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann. It’s a little long for the younger audience that we receive, but it’s a book that he feels comfortable with and enjoys, and for the most part the children can stay still for the entire book. Touch a Truck

Once the officer is finished reading his book, we ask the kids to gather outside so that they can see the officer’s police car. It’s important to plan this storytime for a time of year when you’re likely to get nicer weather. You can never be guaranteed good weather, but it’s best to plan this event during warmer months to allow for children to see the police car outdoors.

Here’s a brief overview of the storytime books & activities that we share with the children. We like to plan for 15 minutes of reading and other activities before we hand the mic over to the officer for his book. The kids would love it if the Officer did the entire storytime, but that can be a lot to ask of someone who’s main job doesn’t deal with entertaining children. The other important thing to mention is that our police force is always upfront in saying that they cannot guarantee a police car will be available for the storytime. If there is a need for the squad car, they would be unable to display it for the storytime finale. We avoid any possible issues by not advertising that a police car will be at the storytimes – though, we’ve never been in the position that the car didn’t show up.

Book: Police Officers on Patrol by Kersten HamiltonOfficer

Song: I’m a Police Officer (tune of: “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a police officer, here is my star (point to chest)
I help people near and far. (point close, and then point far away)
If you have a problem, call on me. (hold hand up to ear imitating a phone)
And I will be there, one, two, three! (count to three on fingers)

Book: The Police Cloud by Christoph Niemann

Make sure to check out So Tomorrow’s post on having a police officer or firefighter storytime. Falling Flannelboards has information on hosting Celebrity Storytime, which can include community helpers and other popular people around town. The Show Me Librarian had the wonderful and unconventional idea to do a Ballet Storytime, complete with a ballerina! She also shared an adorable Soccer Storytime with a guest appearance by soccer players, cleats and all. You can get more ideas for other stories on community helpers on my Pinterest page. Thanks for stopping by!

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