Thursday, October 30, 2014

Colorful Days preschool storytime plan

In the spring we had a preschool storytime all about colors and the Colorful Days all around us.  

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

101 Reasons to Read

As I was going through my folder on my work's shared drive, I came across this document.  I'm sure I copied it from a website or poster or something like that, but I have no idea where it originated. Regardless, it's too good to not share.

101 Reasons to Read
  1. It's fun 
  2. You'll know more 
  3. You'll learn about yourself
  4. You'll learn about the world 
  5. You'll understand people better 
  6. It will help you grow 
  7. You'll be inspired
  8. It keeps you out of trouble 
  9. You'll forget your worries
  10. It makes time fly by 
  11. You can do it anywhere
  12. You can do it anytime 
  13. You can do it in any weather
  14. You'll impress your parents and friends
  15. You'll make your teachers proud 
  16. It will help you do well in school 
  17. It doesn't cost much
  18. It doesn't require batteries 
  19. It puts the universe at your fingertips
  20. It doesn't need electricity 
  21. There are no commercials 
  22. It reduces stress 
  23. It's a quiet activity
  24. You'll learn other points of view 
  25. You can live many lives 
  26. You can see through someone else's eyes
  27. It's the cheapest way to travel the world
  28. It can make you laugh 
  29. It can make you cry
  30. It can scare your pants off
  31. It can make you think 
  32. It can take you places you never dreamed of
  33. You can have the adventure of your lifetime
  34. You can learn how to do something new
  35. It improves your communication skills 
  36. You can learn how things work 
  37. It helps you find solutions to any problem
  38. You can experience the past
  39. You can dream about the future 
  40. You can explore new horizons 
  41. It inspires life-long learning
  42. You'll be great at trivia games 
  43. Once you start you won't want to stop
  44. It can change your life 
  45. It can give you great quotes or jokes to share 
  46. You can experience things you would never do 
  47. You won't have to judge a book by its cover 
  48. You can learn how to be better at anything 
  49. It will increase your vocabulary 
  50. It sparks your imagination
  51. You can learn how to make something new
  52. You'll be a better writer
  53. It's your link to the rest of the world 
  54. You'll always have something to look forward to 
  55. You'll meet interesting characters 
  56. You can do it by yourself 
  57. You can do it with your family 
  58. It makes you smarter 
  59. You'll always have something to talk about
  60. It's always in style 
  61. It's a good way to challenge yourself 
  62. It builds your self-esteem 
  63. You can discover new heroes 
  64. You can keep up with the latest news 
  65. You can relive exciting adventures 
  66. You're more likely to be successful in life 
  67. It stimulates creativity
  68. It helps you relax 
  69. It improves your concentration 
  70. It increases your attention span 
  71. It's a great escape 
  72. It's energizing 
  73. Books are full of surprises 
  74. Information is power 
  75. It's a rewarding habit 
  76. It expands your mind 
  77. Your resources will be limitless 
  78. It will make you more interesting 
  79. You can learn why things are the way they are 
  80. You'll never outgrow it 
  81. It exercises your brain 
  82. You don't need any special equipment 
  83. You'll learn proper grammar
  84. It will help you with spelling 
  85. You'll find out what's so great about classic literature 
  86. There's something in it for everyone
  87. It's a never-ending resource 
  88. It can make you a better person
  89. You'll set a good example 
  90. It's contagious
  91. It satisfies curiosity 
  92. You can explore great minds
  93. You'll find out why libraries are such cool places 
  94. There is magic in words 
  95. It's great entertainment
  96. It can bring people closer together 
  97. Your mind won't go to waste
  98. You'll learn why the pen is mightier than the sword 
  99. The book is always better than the movie 
  100. A wealth of material awaits you

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Terrific Tunes preschool storytime

It's been some time since I've shared a preschool storytime plan.  Here's one from this summer!

Terrific Tunes 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's in a Name? preschool storytime plan

We danced to The Name Game during the What's in a Name? preschool storytime!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

September Reads

Ahhh, September.  I always think of September as a time of new beginnings. Perhaps this is because September always marked the beginning of the school year. As a youth librarian in a public library, we often have reduced or no programming in August, treating September as the start of a programming year.  Going with this train of thought, September was a slow beginning for me.  I only read 37 books. 

As usual, the titles in bold are the ones I rated with five stars on my account.

Draw! by Raúl Colón
Two by Kathryn Otoshi
Mix It Up! by Hervé Tullet
Like No Other by Una LaMarche
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! by Dominique Roques
Just One More by Jennifer Hansen
Whatever You Grow Up to Be by Karen Kingsbury
Oliver and his Egg by Paul Schmid
Mimi and Lulu: Three Sweet Stories, One Forever Friendship by Charise Mericle Harper
The Frog Who Lost His Underpants by Juliette Maclver
The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc
Yellow Is My Color Star by Judy Horacek
Quest by Aaron Becker
What If... ? by Anthony Browne
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Fred's Beds by Barbara Samuels
Surprise by Mies van Hout
Edgar's Second Word by Audrey Vernick
Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! by Todd Tuell
Help! We Need a Title! by Hervé Tullet
Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya
Give and Take by Chris Raschka
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
The Crocodile Who Didn't like Water by Gemma Merino
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan
Pete the Cat and the New Guy by James Dean
Knuckleball Ned by R. A. Dickey
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox
A Mom for Umande by Maria Fasal Faulconer
Crabby Crab by Chris Raschka
Cowy Cow by Chris Raschka
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Please, Louise by Toni Morrison
Dog vs. Cat by Chris Gall
I Wish I Could Draw by Cary Fagan

Friday, September 12, 2014

I accept that challenge!

Thanks, Brindi.
I might have a little problem. An addiction, if you will.  My drug of choice is reading books.  I get my fix by doing reading challenges.  For a few years now I have focused my New Year’s Resolutions on reading (renamed Reading Resolutions), complete with challenges to read more of specific award winners and honors.

Brindi doesn’t help.  I might have been the one to share the Audiobook BINGO with her, but she has shared both the Reading BINGO challenge and the GoodReads group A Million More Pages (which is full of challenges) with me.  Brindi is a reading challenge pusher.

Some of the titles I use for these challenges overlap.  For instance, I have Cinder by Marissa Meyer on both BINGO cards, and at least one of the others.  I don’t consider this double dipping – especially as I do listen to a lot of audiobooks, and some of the challenges specifically allow this. Of course every book counts as one more towards my goal of reading 1000 books this year!

I’m nearly finished with the original Reading BINGO, having only one slot left.  I need to read a bestseller.  I am on hold for a couple, so it shouldn’t be too long before that challenge is completed. 

I have a long way to go on the two I am currently doing from A Million More Pages.  That’s alright, though, as those challenges have dates set for when they must be completed.  One is a yearlong challenge and the other last nine months. There is also a YA Reading BINGO, but I am going to wait to do that one later this year. It’s similar to the other Reading BINGO – and found on the same webpage – but there are a few differences. 

Know of another fun reading challenge?  Tell me about it in the comments!
Nine Facts about Nine
Hunger Games Challenge, page 1

Hunger Games Challenge, page 2

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

August Reads

Holy frijoles, batman!  I read a lot in August.  Somehow I managed to read 110 books!  This is partially due to fewer programs, and partially due to a ton of new picture books arriving at the library.  As to be expected, several titles I rated five stars on Goodreads.  Those are in bold.

Ash by Malinda Lo
Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales by Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt, Neil Gaiman, Carrie Ryan, Gene Wolfe, Kelley Armstrong, Rick Yancey, Kami Garcia, Charles Vess, Holly Black, Garth Nix, Margaret Stohl, Saladin Ahmed
It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall
Norman, Speak! by Caroline Adderson
Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey
The Monkey Goes Bananas by C.P. Bloom
A Perfect Day for Digging by Cari Best
Washday by Eve Bunting
It's Raining! by Gail Gibbons
Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell
Monster Chefs by Brian Anderson
Veggies with Wedgies by Todd H. Doodler
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Monica Carnesi
Miss Brooks' Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome) by Barbara Bottner
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border
Little Green Peas by Keith Baker
Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz
The Day of Ahmed's Secret by Florence H. Parry
Snow Dog, Sand Dog by Linda Joy Singleton
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown
Ninja! by Arree Chung
Flip & Fin: We Rule the School! by Timothy Gill
Let There Be Light by Desmond Tutu
King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan
Wild Animals (Who Am I?) by Charlie Gardner
Pets (Who Am I?) by Charlie Gardner
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Underpants Dance by Marlena Zapf
There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant by Helen Ketteman
President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett
Panda-monium at Peek Zoo by Kevin Waldron
Alice from Dallas by Marilyn Sadler
Naughty Kitty! by Adam Stower
Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey C. Kyle
Mr. Ball Makes a To-Do List by Michael Townsend
Breakfast at Tiffany's: And Three Stories by Truman Capote
Toucan Can! by Juliette MacIver
Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau
Two Bunny Buddies by Kathryn O. Galbraith
Picnic by John Burningham
Archie's Vacation by Domenica More Gordon
Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman
This Is a Moose by Richard T. Morris
Joy in Mudville by Bob Raczka
The Acrobat by Alborozo
Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Boa's Bad Birthday by Jeanne Willis
How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon
Breathe by Scott Magoon
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson
Flight School by Lita Judge
Water Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas
Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith around the World by Alexis York Lumbard
Lost for Words by Natalie Russell
Cuckoo! by Fiona Roberton
Early Bird by Toni Yuly
The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett
Dinner with the Highbrows by Kimberly Willis Holt
Two Speckled Eggs by Jennifer K. Mann
Snow Dog, Go Dog by Deborah Heiligman
The Day I Lost My Superpowers by Michael Escoffier
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo
Froodle by Antoinette Portis
Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich
Zoe's Jungle by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Pardon Me! by Daniel Miyares
Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O'Neill
The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg
A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz
Little Lola by Julie Saab
The Good-Pie Party by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
Naked! by Michael Ian Black
Sleepyheads by Sandra J. Howatt
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
Sumo by Thien Pham
The Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Laurence Pringle
Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Mies van Hout (Illustrations), Chambers Family Singers (Performance)
The Little Bear Book by Anthony Browne
If I Had a Raptor by George O'Connor
Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison Murray
Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure by Anna Walker
Hannah's Night by Komoko Sakai
Sumo by Thien Pham
Sprout Helps Out by Rosie Winstead
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
Puddle Pug by Kim Norman
Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider
How Fast Can You Go? by Kate Riggs
Arlo Rolled by Susan Pearson
Tea with Grandpa by Barney Saltzberg
Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg
Never Kick a Ghost and Other Silly Chillers by Judy Sierra
Baby's Very First Outdoors Book by Stella Baggott
Sally Goes to Heaven by Stephen Huneck
The Almost Fearless Hamilton Squidlegger by Timothy Basil Ering
Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic by Leslie Kimmelman
The Promise by Nicola Davies
I Love You Just Enough by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Me First by Max Kornell
It Is Night by Phyllis Rowand

Monday, August 18, 2014


I have my last program of the summer today (a T-shirt Lab).  Yay!  In honor of Summer Reading programming being officially over for me, here is a peek at summer at my library locations - as originally shared on Instagram

Prize Robots (for children)
Science table

SRP Registration has begun!

Bulletin Board display (designed by Brindi)

TFIOS/Nerdfighter Gathering

TFIOS/Nerdfighter Gathering

TFIOS/Nerdfighter Gathering

TFIOS/Nerdfighter Gathering

Light Saber Training

Minecraft Mania (for Tweens)

Guess Who - the Doctor Who version

Photo Booth at the branches' SRP Finale (for children)

T-Shirt Lab (for teens)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Reading BINGO challenge

I love challenges.  If you have read even a little of my blog or listened to me talk about books at all, you will know this.   
Look at all those BINGOs!
Back in May my coworker, Brindi of Sweet B's Impressions, blogged about a Reading BINGO challenge (click this link for your own card). I mentioned that I might need to steal the idea.  When I returned to work a few days later, there was a BINGO board waiting on my desk.  That was May 19.
Fast forward to today, and I am nearly finished with the board.  I am waiting on one title to be returned to the library (it’s overdue by a few days).  I’m working one two more (Dodger by Terry Pratchett, which will complete the middle box, and Rags and Bones, the short stories choice).  I need two more spots – The First Book by a Favorite Author and A Best-Selling Book.
Of course, there are notes on the back of my card.

As Miss Brindi has heard me grumble a few times, often if I have a favorite author I have likely already read his/her first published book.  I’ve been virtually banging my head against the desk trying to think of an author whose first novel I haven’t already read.  As I was writing this post, it came to me.  One of my favorite books from childhood is A Wrinkle in Time.  I’ve read the whole series, but this is the one that I read again and again and again.  A little research showed me that I haven’t read Madeleine L'Engle’s first published novel: The Small Rain. Since we don’t have it at my library, I’ve place an Inter-Library Loan request for it.
Now to just pick a bestseller and I can complete this challenge – just in time to concentrate on the next one Brindi shared with me!  That will have to wait for another post.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Reading Resolutions update

Even with all the craziness that goes along with being a youth librarian during the summer, I still managed to read quite a bit.  In fact, I completed some of my 2014 Reading Resolutions!  Here's an update:

1. Participate in at least one 48-hour Reading ChallengeIf not done by June 30, 2014, organize my own. Now to organize my own.  Who wants to join me?

2. Read more books from the below lists.
  • Read 2014 winners/honors for Caldecott (done), Belpre illustrator (done), Coretta Scott King (CSK) illustrator (done), Odyssey(done) YALSA non-fiction (done), and Geisel (done) (a.k.a. the awards I finished reading in 2013).  The 2014 winners/honors were announced on January 27, 2014, adding several titles to my TBR list.
  • Morris 30 total books 17 read 21 read
  • Read at least six honors/winners from: Newbery (392 total books 83 read and 1 abandoned 91 read), Printz (67 total books 26 read and 6 abandoned 33 read), and CSK author (152 total books. 23 read. 1 abandoned 30 read)
Newbery Done!
Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath 
Rules by Cynthia Lord 
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien 
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz 
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo 
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin 
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen 
Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski 

Printz Done! 
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff 
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick 
Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool 
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner 
Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal 
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

CSK author Done
March: Book One by John Lewis 
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia 
Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes 
Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myers 
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester 
Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper 
Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis

3. Set aside time each week to read the libraryland blogs, journals and other news sources. This really needs to be a part of my regular workweek.  Ever since Google’s blog reader bit the dust, I’ve fallen behind on reading blogs.  Any suggestions? I do follow several literacy resources on Facebook.  That seems to help some.

4. Keep up with tracking books read!  I read over 775 books in 2013.  I’d like to read an even 1000 in 2014.  I have been using Goodreads for years, and plan to continue. According to Goodreads, I have completed over 640 books so far this year and am currently over 30 ahead!