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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What I Learned From My Year in Early Intervention

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Sensational (i.e., Sensory) Storytime at Josephine Community Library’s main branch. I co-facilitated this program with fellow AmeriCorps member Saralina D’Amico Erlandson.

A year ago, I left my AmeriCorps position at an inclusive preschool and child development center for my first true librarian gig. My time with AmeriCorps was one of the most rewarding, confusing, challenging, and life-changing years in my life. For a moment, I thought I would ditch librarianship altogether to become a preschool teacher. Instead, my experiences kindled the special passion I have for early literacy in my library work.

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Program-And-Tell: Stuffies Sleepytime

When I first found out about stuffed animal sleepover programs in my children’s services class in grad school, I made it my mission to host one. This program plan is from September 2016, when I finally had an opportunity to complete that mission. Due to the program’s overwhelming popularity, we’re hosting it again this September. Another staff member will be taking the reins this year—which is awesome because literally every librarian deserves to experience the warm fuzzies this program brings.

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