Monday, August 18, 2014

Insta-SRP

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!


Saturday, August 09, 2014

July reads

In July I managed to read 92 books. Several titles I rated five stars on Goodreads.  Those are in bold.
  • Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton
  • I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! by Jill Esbaum
  • Duck and Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills
  • Pom and Pim by Lena Landstrm
  • Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin
  • Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm by Herman Parish
  • Amelia Bedelia's Masterpiece by Herman Parish
  • Share by Sally Anne Garland
  • Two Hands to Love You by Diane Adams
  • Maisy Goes to the Movies: A Maisy First Experiences Book by Lucy Cousins
  • Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann
  • The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell
  • Big Bug by Henry Cole
  • Off to Market. Elizabeth Dale by Elizabeth Dale
  • Where's My Tushy? by Deborah Aronson
  • Chandra's Magic Light: A Story in Nepal by Theresa Heine
  • Princesses Are Not Just Pretty by Kate Lum
  • Sam and Charlie (and Sam Too) Return! by Leslie Kimmelman
  • Splat the Cat Makes Dad Glad by Rob Scotton
  • The Raven and the Loon by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley
  • At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin
  • Eddie and Dog by Alison Brown
  • Tickle by Leslie Patricelli
  • The Eyes Game by Hervé Tullet
  • Scowler by Daniel Kraus
  • Digger and Daisy Go on a Picnic by Judy Young
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis
  • Not the Quitting Kind by Sarra J. Roth
  • Pat-a-Cake by Mary Brigid Barrett
  • My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes by Pro Familia
  • The Story of Passover by David A. Adler
  • Ruthie and the (Not So) Very Busy Day by Laura Rankin
  • The Rockabilly Goats Gruff by Jeff Crosby
  • Leo Loves Baby Time by Anna McQuinn
  • Let's Make Faces by Hanoch Piven
  • Bruno & Lulu's Playground Adventures by Patricia Lakin
  • Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio
  • Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea
  • Axel the Truck: Rocky Road by J.D. Riley
  • Welcome to China by Caryn Jenner
  • The Great Migration by Deborah Lock
  • Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • Young Cam Jansen and the Dinosaur Game by David A. Adler
  • Young Cam Jansen and the Circus Mystery by David A. Adler
  • Yellowstone by Marion Dane Bauer
  • I Want to Be a Ballerina by Annabel Blackledge
  • Train Travel by Deborah Lock
  • Snakes Slither and Hiss by Fiona Lock
  • I Am Water by Jean Marzollo
  • Max Goes to the Library by Adria F. Klein
  • Curious George Librarian for a Day by H.A. Rey
  • Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
  • Nate the Great on the Owl Express by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
  • Bones and the Dog Gone Mystery by David A. Adler
  • Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant
  • Poppleton Has Fun by Cynthia Rylant
  • Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble by Cynthia Rylant
  • Henry and Mudge in the Green Time: The Third Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby Paint the Porch by Cynthia Rylant
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby Drop the Ball by Cynthia Rylant
  • Annie and Snowball and the Wintry Freeze by Cynthia Rylant
  • Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas
  • 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket
  • Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fortunately, the Milk Unabridged by Neil Gaiman
  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney
  • The Fly by Elise Gravel
  • Ghosts by Sonia Goldie
  • Light Is All Around Us by Wendy Pfeffer
  • The Worm by Elise Gravel
  • Run, Dog! by Cécile Boyer
  • 100 Bears by Magali Bardos
  • Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
  • Bunnies Near and Far by Sarah Jones
  • Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock
  • Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood
  • Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson
  • Found by Salina Yoon
  • Orange, Triangle, Fox by Sarah Jones
  • Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Galapagos George by Jean Craighead George
  • The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit by Julius Lester
  • DragonQuest by Allan Baillie
  • In New York by Marc Brown
  • The Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie dePaola
  • Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin
  • Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley


 

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The end is here (and June reads)

Another Summer Reading Program is in the books!  This year was my 10th SRP.  It was quite a summer, with some successes (Minecraft for tweens, Constellation T-Shirts) and some that were not (Minecraft for teens, no registrations for Sun Salutations Yoga). I was obviously busy enough that I didn't get around to posting my June books, and that the summer seem to go fairly quickly.  I still can't believe it is already August! 

Even though this was a busy summer, I still managed to read 101 books in June.  Several titles I rated five stars on Goodreads.  Those are in bold.
  • Better Homes and Hauntings by Molly Harper
  • Camp Rex by Molly Idle
  • Frog Saves the Day by Eve Bunting
  • You Can't Have Too Many Friends! by Mordicai Gerstein
  • Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten by Alison Murray
  • One Hundred Snowmen by Jennifer Arena
  • Cat Comes Too by Hazel Hutchins
  • How the Beatles Changed the World by Martin W. Sandler
  • Darius and Twig by Walter Dean Myers
  • Starring Me and You by Geneviève Côté
  • Señor Pancho Had a Rancho by Rene Colato Lainez
  • Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier,
  • The Very Tiny Baby by Sylvie Kantorovitz
  • Spring Blossoms by Carole Gerber
  • Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm by James Dean
  • Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That by Victoria Allenby
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend by Karen Stanton
  • Dino Bites! by Algy Craig Hall
  • Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont
  • The Three Triceratops Tuff by Stephen Shaskan
  • Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland
  • Splat and the Cool School Trip by Rob Scotton
  • Stella's Starliner by Rosemary Wells
  • Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow by Jacky Davis,
  • Deadly Dinosaurs by Niki Foreman
  • Digger the Dinosaur and the Cake Mistake by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Digger the Dinosaur by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Charlie the Ranch Dog: Where's the Bacon? by Ree Drummond
  • The Cat with Seven Names by Tony Johnston
  • When Charley Met Grampa by Amy Hest
  • Amy's Three Best Things by Philippa Pearce
  • The Bramble by Lee Nordling
  • Henry's Hand by Ross MacDonald
  • Fall Ball by Peter McCarty
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Ants Go Marching by Jeffrey Scherer
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
  • I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow
  • Emma in Paris by Claire Frossard
  • Get Well Soon, Grandpa by An Swerts
  • Splat!: Starring the Vole Brothers by Roslyn Schwartz
  • Penguin in Peril by Helen Hancocks
  • The One and Only 1, 2, 3 Book by R. O. Blechmann
  • How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan
  • Maple by Lori Nichols
  • Birdie's Big-Girl Hair by Sujean Rim
  • Cat Says Meow: and other animalopoeia by Michael Arndt
  • When Elephant met Giraffe by Paul Gude
  • Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper
  • Train by Elisha Cooper
  • My Bus by Byron Barton
  • Zoom! Zoom!: Sounds of Things That Go in the City by Robert Burleigh
  • You Are My Baby: Ocean by Lorena Siminovich
  • Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett
  • My Octopus Arms by Keith Baker
  • How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler
  • The Birthday Queen by Audrey Wood
  • Penguin Cha-Cha by Kristi Valiant   
  • Fox Forgets by Suzanne Bloom
  • Eye to Eye: How Animals See The World by Steve Jenkins
  • Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson
  • Extraordinary Jane by Hannah E. Harrison
  • Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli
  • The Big Fib by Tim Hamilton
  • The Odd One Out by Britta Teckentrup
  • Numbers Everywhere by Elliott Kaufman
  • I Didn't Do My Homework Because... by Benjamin Chaud
  • My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems
  • Playful Puppy by Jeremy Patenaude
  • The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory
  • Weasels by Elys Dolan
  • Freddie and Gingersnap by Vincent X Kirsch
  • The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell
  • Who Can Swim? by Sebastien Braun
  • The Line by Paula Bossio
  • Bedtime Monsters by Josh Schneider
  • The Geese March in Step by Jean-François Dumont
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
  • Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley
  • Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes
  • To Tame a Highland Warrior by Karen Marie Moning
  • Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade by Diana Gabaldon
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Following Papa's Song by Gianna Marino
  • Who Can Play? by Jacky Davis
  • Baby's Got the Blues by Carol Diggory Shields
  • Bear and Bee Too Busy by Sergio Ruzzier
  • Churchill's Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu
  • Counting in the Garden by Patrick Hruby
  • Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
  • Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins
  • He's Been a Monster All Day by Denise Brennan-Nelson
  • Going Places by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Whizz! Pop! Granny, Stop! by Tracey Corderoy
  • Come Back, Ben by Ann Hassett
  • Dino-Wrestling by Lisa Wheeler
  • Fox and Duck by Mike Twohy
  • Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow
  • A Trip into Space: An Adventure to the International Space Station by Lori Haskins Houran

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Reading Resolutions update

Updated June 2, 2014

1. Participate in at least one 48-hour Reading ChallengeIf not done by June 30, 2014, organize my own.

2. Read more books from the below lists.


Newbery

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien



Printz 

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



CSK author

March: Book One by John Lewis

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 400 books so far this year and am currently around 30 behind schedule.  I’ve been trying to read more picture books, especially the new ones that arrive in our library system.  Since I no longer order children’s materials, I feel like I don’t have the grasp of new children’s literature that I once had.  So for the past year I have made an extra effort to peruse the new children’s books on a regular basis.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

May Reads

May made up for the slow reading of April.  I completed 90 books in May - including finishing off a few awards! More on that when I do a Reading Resolutions update. Again, several titles I rated five stars on Goodreads.  Those are in bold.


Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
One Busy Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters by Lola M. Schaefer
The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall
Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein
Mi Familia Calaca / My Skeleton Family by Cynthia Weill
"The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
Elephantantrum! by Gillian Shields
Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
Baby and Me by Emma Dodd
No Ordinary Apple: A Story About Eating Mindfully by Sara Marlowe
Cinderelephant by Emma Dodd
Oliver's Tree by Kit Chase
Read Me a Story, Stella by Marie-Louise Gay
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney
Little Frog's Tadpole Trouble by Tatyana Feeney
Rules by Cynthia Lord
The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair by Kate Bernheimer
Moonday by Adam Rex
After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy
Abigail by Catherine Rayner
The War within These Walls by Aline Sax
Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
The Crocodile and the Scorpion by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley
The Pocket Mommy by Rachel Eugster
Ruff!: And the Wonderfully Amazing Busy Day by Caroline Jayne Church
Dream Friends by You Byun
Fur and Feathers by Thea Feldman and Claire Llewellyn
Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail by James Horvath
Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail by James Horvath
I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to School? by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
Shoe Dog by Megan McDonald
The Scraps Book by Lois Ehlert
Upside Down Babies by Jeanne Willis
Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak
Hello in There!: A Big Sister's Book of Waiting by Jo Witek
Tippy and the Night Parade by Lilli Carré
Dog Comes Too by Hazel Hutchins
Yoko Finds Her Way by Rosemary Wells
A Dance like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream by Kristy Dempsey
Momo and Snap Are Not Friends! by Airlie Anderson
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino
Mister Orange by Truus Matti
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon
A Pet for Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Love You More Than Anything by Anna Harber Freeman
Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by James Dean
Two Nests by Laurence Anholt
Little Ducks Go by Emily Arnold McCully
Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler
Rooster Is Off to See the World by Eric Carle
Daisy and Josephine by Melissa Gilbert
Junkyard by Michael Austin
On My Way to Bed by Sarah Maizes
One Word Pearl by Nicole Groeneweg
Dinosaur Rescue! by Penny Dale
Duck to the Rescue by John Himmelman
A Gluten-Free Birthday for Me! by Sue Fliess
Bird by Zetta Elliott
Firefly July A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko
Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb
Good Ship Crocodile by J. Patrick Lewis
What's Bugging Nurse Penny?: A Story about Lice by Catherine Stier
The ABC of Fabulous Princesses by Willy Puchner
Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi Little
Miss Muffet by Iza Trapani
Ten Orange Pumpkins: A Counting Book by Stephen Savage
I'm Not a Pig in Underpants by Elwood Smith
Duck, Duck, Moose! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill
Spark by Kallie George
Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church
The Bathing Costume: Or the Worst Vacation of My Life by Charlotte Moundlic
Smarty Marty's Got Game by Amy Gutierrez
Tulip Loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg
Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi
Little Owl's Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney
Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships by Jill Duggar, Jinger Duggar, Jessa Duggar, Jana Duggar
It's Not Fairy by Ros Asquith
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner