Saying Goodbye to Storytime

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Image credit: Draw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi (Roaring Brook Press, 2017)

Have you ever had the opportunity to take your dream job but then turned it down? I did recently. I turned down an opportunity to be our system’s Early Literacy Librarian, and I’ve been grappling with that choice ever since (hence the above photo). The short story is that I’m switching gears on this blog to focus on school-age programming. Read on for the long version.

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STEAM Storytime: Gravity!

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Image credit: Gravity by Jason Chin (Roaring Brook Press, 2014)

This is the final recap of STEAM Storytime’s voyage into outer space, which happened back in March. On week 4 of the month-long series we talked about gravity. Basically, I dropped a bunch of things, shared one of my absolute favorite nonfiction picture book, and we made a mess with paint. Read on! Continue reading “STEAM Storytime: Gravity!”

STEAM Storytime: Astronauts!

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Image credit: Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly, illus. C. F. Payne (Simon & Schuster, 2012)

A month later (sorry, folks) I’m finally finishing my recap of STEAM Storytime’s voyage into outer space. On week 3 we talked about astronauts (aka “star sailors”) and “mousetronauts” (aka… “mouse sailors?”).  Read on to learn about how Star Wars hijacked storytime and how we made and launched paper rockets!

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STEAM Storytime: Moons & Planets!

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Image credit: Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars by Douglas Florian (Harcourt, 2007)

Week 2 of our month-long voyage into outer space brought a discussion about planets and their moons (did you know that Saturn has 62 moons?). Read on for a mini book tour of the planets, occasional space facts, and one of my favorite activities ever.

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STEAM Storytime: Stars!

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Image credit: How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel, 2004).

New job, new program! Our STEAM Storytime is targeted for 3-6 year-olds. It happens on a Monday afternoon and we read at least one nonfiction book and end with a hands-on experiment. For the month of March, we’re traveling to outer space! Read on for the first week’s program.

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