Children's storytime with Charlotte at Fairfield Library - video transcript

This page is a transcript of the 'Children's storytime with Charlotte at Fairfield Library' video on Brisbane City Council's YouTube channel. The video is nearly 25 minutes long.

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>>CHARLOTTE: Hello everybody, and welcome to a very special storytime here at the Fairfield Library. My name is Charlotte and I am one of the very lucky staff here who are all missing you dreadfully.

We can’t wait until you are able to return to our library and we can share our stories here, all together. But until then, we thought it best to get some stories to you at home.

Now you might be watching this in your living room, you could be watching this in your pram. Wherever you are, we always start our session with our Children’s Acknowledgement to Country. Now, we’ll start that one together. So…

Here is the land. Here is the sky. Here are my friends. And here am I.

Thank you.

Now, if you’re anything like me, you might feel like you’ve been washing your hands for every second of every minute, of every day. And you might be a little bit sick of it by now.

But it’s very important that we keep doing that. So, to make it a little more fun we’ll sing a little song about washing our hands.

Now, we’ll start with a click and a reminder to our parents and carers. It doesn’t matter the quality of your singing. My voice is proof of that your children just love and benefit from your songs. Ok, now altogether…

[singing]: When I wake up in the morning at a quarter to one, and it’s gonna be hours til I see the sun, I wash my hands ch ch ch ch,ch ch ch ch. I wash my hands ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch.

[singing]: When I wake up in the morning at a quarter to two, and I’m desperately seeking anything to do, I wash my hands ch ch ch ch,ch ch ch ch. I wash my hands ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch.

[singing]: When I wake up in the morning at a quarter to three, and my mind keeps humming, twiddle, diddle dee, I wash my hands ch ch ch ch,ch ch ch ch. I wash my hands ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch.

[singing]: When I wake up in the morning at a quarter to four, and all I can hear is my sister’s [snores] snore…

[singing]: I wash my hands ch ch ch ch,ch ch ch ch. I wash my hands ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch.

[singing]: When I wake up in the morning at a quarter to five, and I just can’t wait to look alive,
I wash my ears……………………………………………….no……..!!!!!!


[singing]: I wash my hands ch ch ch ch,ch ch ch ch. I wash my hands ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch.

Excellent! Okay, keep up that hand washing everybody at home. Now, it’s definitely time for us to get into our picture book.

Today we’ll be reading, There’s an Alien in My Book. That’s no good – that means there’s an alien in my library.

Now this book was written by Tom Fletcher and on our front cover, we have our very happy, very smiley, orange alien.

It looks like they’ve burst through the front cover. They might’ve had a bit of a crash landing.

There’s an Alien in My Book. And before we even get to our story, we’ve got this beautiful, beautiful image of our galaxy.

[reading the book]: Oh no!! A spaceship has crash-landed in my book!

We’ve got all this smoke billowing out. We can just make out our tiny, little alien. Oh no.

[reading the book]: What a lot of smoke! I think there’s something there. Blow the smoke away and turn the page.

We’ve got our first instruction here everybody. We need to blow all this smoke out of the way and see what’s really going on here. So we’re going to blow this away. On 3,2,1.

[reading the book]: AARGH! It’s an alien! Look at that big round head! Yuck! And those wibbly-wobbly double antennae. Double yuck! And those slimy, slimy suckers. Yuck, yuck, yuck! Make your scariest face and shout, go away alien!

So we’ve got out next instruction. We’ve got two parts. We’ve got to pull our scariest face and we need to shout, “Go away alien!!” Can you do that with me? Ok. On 3,2,1. GO AWAY ALIENNNNN!!

[reading the book]: Oh no! It’s crying! Perhaps we shouldn’t have been so mean?

Look at these big, fat, green tears! Gosh, our little alien’s cried so much we’ve got a big puddle!

[reading the book]: Pat the alien’s head and make it feel better.

Ok, we have our next instruction to pat our alien’s head. Can you do that from home? Try and make our little alien feel a bit better.

[reading the book]: Zaa zee zoo!

We’ve got a boing, boing jumping alien. I think that’s a happy sound.

[reading the book]: That’s better. Look, it’s smiling! I don’t know what it’s saying though. Do you?

Can anyone interpret alien? It’s saying, zaa zee zoo…?? I’m not too sure.

[reading the book]: Now we need to help alien get back up into space. But…

There’s always a but... We’ve got a problem…

[reading the book]: Its spaceship is broken.

Still so much smoke, we’ve got a big crack in the glass.

[reading the book]: We’ll have to find another way to get our alien back up into space. Jiggle the book up and down. That might bounce it back into space.

Ok, now you can’t hold the book with me but I think if you do this one – jiggle it up and down – and I’ll do it. Okay, altogether on 3,2,1. Jiggle jiggle jiggle jiggle!!! Let’s see if that worked.

[reading the book]: Wow! You bounced alien way up high.

We’ve got another bounce mark, boing!

[reading the book]: But! Not quite high enough to get into space. Try turning the book upside down.

We’ve got these handy arrows to show us how we need to turn our book. Ok, let’s see. Phewph. They’ve turn some of the print for me so I’ll still be able to read it.

[reading the book]: Good, now turn the page. Maybe this will get Alien back into space.

This is my instruction. We all need to cross our fingers and hope that we can get our alien back into space. Let’s see...

[reading the book]: Ooh! Look! Alien is standing on it’s head. But it’s not in space.

That’s a big open alien mouth. Looks like it’s having fun though. Can you do a handstand?

[reading the book]: Try lifting the book up high in the air and turning the page.

Hmm, let’s see how we go here.. Oh no… oh no!!

[reading the book]: Alien’s very high but it’s still not in space and it looks a little scared.

That’s a big open mouth, but not a happy upside down handstand kind of happy grin. That’s so we can see your tonsils, ahh!

And look, we have this big word printed here with an exclamation mark. It says riiip. And I’ve even got some perforated lines. I think we’re going to riiip… oh no.. lets see what happens. That’s better.

[reading the book]: Phew! Alien’s safe, back on the ground.

That’s where I like to be.

[reading the book]: But aliens don’t belong on earth. They’re much too different. Earth is for people and pugs. Frogs and bugs, fish and snails, bees zzzz and whales. Close your eyes and imagine these creatures to show Alien why it does not belong here.

Ok our next set of instructions. We need to close our eyes and imagine these animals. Okay. Our pugs and frogs and bugs and fish and snails and bees and whales. Can you do that with me together on 1,2,3. We can open our eyes now.

[reading the book]: Hang on! All these things look pretty different too!

We’ve got different colours, different sizes. We’ve got a huge whale and a very small productive bee. They live in very different places. Some live in water, others live up in the air.

[reading the book]: Hmm, Alien, you’ve got boggle eyes, wibbly wobbly antennae, and skin sloppier than a slug, but we’re all weird and wonderful.

That’s very true.

[reading the book]: So, you’re welcome to stay here on planet earth with us.

Do you think our alien is happy about that news? I think so. That’s a big grin. A huge smile. Smiling so wide the eyes had to close. Our hands are up, we’re jumping for joy.

[reading the book]: Now if Alien is going to stay, I think it needs a home in this book. Use your finger and draw a house shape here. Then close your eyes, say zaa zee zoo and turn the page.

Ok. Using your finger, can you draw a home. The walls might be big or small, it might have lots of windows, it could have – it’s got to have a front door, we’ve got to get in there somehow. You might have a pool, I’d love a pool…

Now we need to close our eyes and say, in your best alien, zaa zee zoo.

[reading the book]: That looks like the perfect home! Hmm, I think alien needs a friend to play with. Shout, come and be friends with Alien! As loudly as you can.

Okay. I love a shouting instruction. Altogether on 3,2,1. Come and be friends with alien!!!!

[reading the book]: Well done! It worked! You called a little friendly monster. I think he’ll make a great friend for alien, don’t you? And Monster has a surprise for Alien.

I think we have a little clue down in this corner. I don’t know if you can see but we’ve got our little spanner. It’s pretty useful for fixing things.

[reading the book]: He’s fixed the spaceship. Now they are ready for an adventure.

My goodness, look, the little Alien’s running as fast as he can to get to his perfect spaceship. Very well repaired.

[reading the book]: Press the button, this blue button right here, on the spaceship and count down from 5,4,3,2,1. Lift off! Wave goodbye to alien and monster and say, in your best alien, zaa zee zoo!! “There’s An Alien in My Book.”

I hope you love that story as much as I did. Now… storytime isn’t just about stories, we’ve got some lovely songs that we need to share together.

Now one of my favourites is a song about when you’ve got a great big smile on your face. So together we’ll be singing, 'If you’re happy and you know it'.

But you need to be very careful, I’m a bit tricky and I change some of the lyrics on you. So, I’ll need your best listening ears and together we’ll sing, if you’re happy and you know it. On 3,2,1.

[singing]: If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.

[singing]: If you’re happy and you know it then you really ought to show it. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.

[singing]: If you’re cranky and you know it stomp your feet (stomp stomp). If you’re cranky and you know it stomp your feet (stomp stomp).

[singing]: If you’re cranky and you know it and you really ought to show it. If you’re cranky and you know it stomp your feet (stomp stomp). If…

Excuse... me…

[singing]:  If you’re sleepy and you know it have a yawn. If you’re sleepy and you know it have a yawn.

[singing]:  If you’re sleepy and you know it and you really ought to show it. If you’re sleepy and you know it have a yawn.

[singing]: If you’re itchy and you know it have a scratch (scratch, scratch). If you’re itchy and you know it have a scratch (scratch, scratch).

[singing]: If you’re itchy and you know it and you really ought to show it. If you’re itchy and you know it have a scratch (scratch, scratch).

[singing]: If you’re shocked and you know it have a gasp. If you’re shocked and you know it have a gasp.

[singing]: If you’re shocked and you know it then you really ought to show it. If you’re shocked and you know it have a gasp.

[singing]: If you’re tickley and you know it have a tickle (tickle tickle). If you’re tickley and you know it have a tickle (tickle tickle).

[singing]: If you’re tickley and you know it and you really ought to show it. If you’re tickley and you know it have a tickle (tickle tickle).

[singing]: If you’re happy and you know it shout hooray. HOORAY! If you’re happy and you know it shout hooray. HOORAY!

[singing]: If you’re happy and you know it then you really ought to show it. If you’re happy and you know it shout hooray. HOORAY!

Hooray everybody. Well done. Okay. Our next song, I’m going to be using some of these symbols to sing a song that I bet you’ll all know the words to.

So, it’s 'B I N G O. And Bingo was his name-o'. So we’ll be singing BINGO altogether.

Now, these symbols are what we use in Auslan, and Auslan is how deaf members of our community are able to communicate.

Deaf people are not able to hear, they might have been born without being able to hear, or they might have progressed that way.

I’m lucky enough to have a few deaf members in my family, hello! And I’ve been learning, very slowly, how to sign in Auslan.

Now if you’ve been coming to Fairfield you might have a head start, with a little bit of practice. But we’ll just go over these again.

First up we’ve got our ‘B’. You need to put your thumb and pointer finger together on each hand, put them together. So we have our ‘B’.

Then on this hand we have all of our vowels. It’s very clever. We’ve got our ‘A’, ‘E’, ‘I’, ‘O’, ‘U’.

So we’ve got our ‘B’ and our ‘I’, which is our third finger along, so we need to point to that. That’s our ‘I’.

Then next we’ve got our ‘N’. We need two fingers in our palm, and that’s our ‘N’.

Our ‘G’ is my favourite, it’s our ‘hot potato’. ‘G’ and then we have our ‘O’, and that’s our fourth finger along.

So we’ll practice this one, we’ve got our ‘B’, our ‘I’ third along, our ‘N’ two fingers together, our ‘G’, and our ‘O’. Excellent.

Ok, so first up we’ll just sing and we won’t use our finger spelling. All together for ‘BINGO’ on three, two, one…

[singing]: There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name-o.

Excellent. Ok, now we’ll use our fingerspelling. But, we’ll have to slow it down first up. We’ll do a bit of a slower version of Bingo, all together on three, two, one…

[singing and signing]: There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O and Bingo was his name-o.

Beautiful! Ok, we’ll challenge ourselves now; we’ll sing it but we’ll speed it up. A bit of a quicker Bingo with our Auslan fingerspelling. Ok? So, on three, two, one…

[singing and signing]: There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name-o, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-G-*wooo*-O and Bingo was his name-o.

Perfect. See, we’ve just done some Auslan together. Now, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but parents if you’re at home with your little ones this could be some fabulous learning that you could share together. Beautiful Auslan. Thank you.

We might have time for one last song for our story time. Now this one, again if you’ve been coming to Fairfield Library, you’ll know I’ve been getting this one muddled up, a little bit. This is our ‘Barramundi’ song. This is to the tune of ‘Frere Jacques’, so we have our…

[singing]: Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques, dormez vous? Dormez vous?

You know the rest. So we’ll sing ‘Barramundi’ without the hand gestures, which I always get muddled up. We’ll just sing the words this time, for our ‘Barramundi’ song. Ok? All together, on three, two, one…

[singing]: Barramundi, barramundi. Cockatoo, cockatoo. Possum and koala, possum and koala. Kangaroo, kangaroo.

[singing]: Crabs and shellfish, crabs and shellfish. Big shark too, big sharks too. Octopus and penguin, octopus and penguin, Dolphins too, dolphins too.

Ok, now we’ll use our hand gestures. I always get unstuck. So we have our ‘barramundi’, swimming through the water. And our ‘cockatoo’, so you’ve got to fan out your hands on top of your head.

Our ‘possums’, and our cuddly ‘koalas’, and we’ve got our ‘kangaroo, kangaroo’ bouncing up and down.

Then our ‘crabs’, and our ‘shellfish’ to the sides. Our ‘big sharks too’, you might have a way of doing this, but I always love my chomping ‘big sharks too’.

And you have our ‘octopus’’ tentacles, and our little ‘penguin’ waddle and our ‘dolphins’ jumping through the water.

Ok, we’ll sign our ‘barramundi’ song all together, with our words and our hand gestures. All together, on three, two one…

[singing]: Barramundi, barramundi. Cockatoo, cockatoo. Possum and koala, possum and koala. Kangaroo, kangaroo.

[singing]: Crabs and shellfish, crabs and shellfish. Big shark too, big sharks too. Octopus and penguin, octopus and penguin, Dolphins too, dolphins too.

Beautiful! Thank you, everybody.

Now, plenty of you will have been to Fairfield and I might have a clue about what your favourite songs are, but for people who haven’t visited us here at the library, feel free to pop your name and comment down below.

You might like to suggest a song that we might have forgotten today, because you will have the best repertoire of all the songs that we can share and sing together.

So, my Fairfield kids, you’ll all know what we do after a really good performance, our applause, and I’d like to give some applause to my other co-workers whose videos have already been played.

They have been so fabulous; all of the fabulous singing and ukuleles have been so beautiful to see.

So thank you, everybody, for joining me here for our special edition of storytime at the Fairfield Library. Bye for now…  
  

Last updated:17 August 2020
Topics: library