Ballparks Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Ballparks Storytime Title Card

This week’s storytime is set in the ballpark.  We’re seeing our Summer Reading Program participants make amazing gains in their summer reading stats.  Go for the pennant this summer and sign up now!  Then, join us for storytimes and special events to earn badges and activity points.

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: BallparkBallpark by Elisha Cooper – JE Cooper

  • Describes the activities that go on in all areas of a baseball stadium both before and during a game.



Book Jacket for: Sam and the firefly

Sam and the Firefly by P.D. Eastman – JE Eastman (Easy Reader)

  • Sam the owl teaches Gus the Firefly how to write words in the air with his light. Gus abuses his new ability and causes trouble.




Book Jacket for: Popcorn

Popcorn by Alex Moran – JE Moran (Easy Reader)

  • Illustrations and rhythmic, rhyming text show what happens when popping popcorn gets out of hand.





Book Jacket for: My football bookMy football book by Gail Gibbons – J 796.332 Gib

  • Introduces the basics of the game of football, describing the players, field, and how the game is played.




Book Jacket for: Let's play soccerLet’s play soccer by Patricia J. Murphy – J 796.334 Mur

  • Erik is going to his first soccer practice.  Join him as he finds out how to play for the team!




These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Ballparks Storytime.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

Sung to: “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”Here we go ‘round the friendship flame,
The friendship flame, the friendship flame.
Here we go ‘round the friendship flame,
On our first day of games.
Today, we’re going to run some races,
Run some races, run some races.
Today, we’re going to run some races.
On our first day of games.


Take me out to the ballgame
Take me out to the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks
I don’t care if I ever get back
Let’s root, root, root for the home team
If they don’t win, it’s a shame
And it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out
At the old ballgame!

Five Little Footballs
Five little footballs trying hard to score
1 makes a touchdown
Hear the crowd roar! (Cheer!)
(Continue counting down each verse)

This is the Way We…
This is the way we bounce the ball,
bounce the ball, bounce the ball,
This is the way we bounce the ball,
when we play basket ball.

Kick the ball…
When we play soccer.

Hike the ball…
When we play football.

Swing the bat…
When we play baseball.

Popcorn! Chant

You put the oil in the pot and you let it get hot
You put the popcorn in and you start to grin.
Sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle
Sizzle, sizzle\
POP! (Jump up)

Five Little Hot Dogs

Five little hot dogs, frying in a pan (hold up 5 fingers and wiggle them)
The grease got hot and one went…BAM! (Clap hands loudly)

(Continue counting: 4, 3, 2, 1…)

Zero little hot dogs, frying in a pan (hold up a fist)
The pan got hot and it went…BAM! (Clap hands loudly)

Craft Suggestion: File_000
This week’s craft for Twilight Tales:
A combination of
Popcorn Craft and Printable Popcorn Bucket Outline

You will need: Construction paper, glue, scissors, yellow marker, and cotton balls.




We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6PM – Pajama Time
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.


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