Program-And-Tell: Nearly New Year’s Bash

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So many shapes left behind at the community art table!

You’ve probably heard of New Year’s at noon programs (where you celebrate New Year’s Eve at noon for the midday crowd). But, since our regular family programs happen at 2:00pm on Sundays, we couldn’t exactly do that. We opted for a New Year’s Eve Eve celebration, with games and crafts. It ended with a mock ball drop and a bubble-filled dance party. Read on to learn what the activities were and feel free to share your own ideas in the comments!

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Program-And-Tell: Kids Craft Market

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A child shows their grown-up their newly purchased perler bead creation.

In mid-December, I hosted our second-annual (and my first ever) Kids Craft Market. Kids signed up to “sell” their wares—be it origami animals or bracelets or “fake paper airplanes”—to other kids. Besides the general anxiety of worrying if people will show up, it’s one of the easiest programs I’ve planned. And it’s one of the most rewarding! Continue reading “Program-And-Tell: Kids Craft Market”

2018 Tween Book Group Activities

In June, our library’s long-standing monthly Tween Book Group passed down to me. I was super nervous when I led my first program, because I had never led a book group for young people before. Not only is it now my favorite program, but I have since started a few other programs for tweens—they’re the best!

Tween Book Group is structured with about half the time devoted to discussion and half the time devoted to an extension activity. The program lasts and hour and, honestly, it never feels like there’s enough time!

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Storytime: Bravery!

It has been a busy month as I prepare for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in February. I’ve been so busy reading and reviewing that I’ve been mostly MIA. This plan is the last storytime I shared at my branch before transferring into my new position. I had planned on doing all my favorite books but then, perhaps in light of MLK Day, I decided to focus on bravery. We all could use some of that right now.

For information about my approach to storytime, check out this post.

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Postcards to Mousie Brown

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Little Mousie Brown outside her home, sporting a chic scarf a coworker knit for her.

After a Little Mousie Brown puppet became a staple in my storytime routine, I got an idea: What if she started receiving a postcard at every storytime? Many wonderful people on Facebook and Twitter played along and agreed to send mail to the puppet. My coworkers delivered the postcards using a really cute Pack Rat hand puppet. The exercise ultimately would have been better for older kids but, hey, it was too much fun not to share! Read on for the messages Little Mousie Brown received.

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Program-And-Tell: Drag Queen Storytime

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Image credit: My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis, illus. Suzanne DiSimone (Aladdin, 2010)

It’s been a while since I last posted but, hey, I crossed off another professional goal on my list and brought Drag Queen Storytime to all three of our locations last month as evening storytimes! Read on to see what we did and how we did it. I can’t wait to try again next year.

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Storytime: Languages!

If you know me, you know that I love languages—even though my pronunciation (of any words other than English ones) is terrible. I’d love to someday attempt a Spanish or bilingual storytime but, for now, I like to practice by infusing words in languages other than English into storytimes. At this hora de cuentos, we mostly covered Español—but we did learn to say “Hello!” in several otras idiomas!

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