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Let’s get a jump on things. It’s about to get into the holiday season and I’m sure you’re starting to think about gifts for all those special someones in your life. Per the usual, we need to flood the stack of presents with literary themed gifts, because books are back baby!

The (Pin) Collector

That Darn (Enter Generation Younger Than You)

The Goodreads Obsessive

The Social Media Scholar

The Proofreader

The Youngin

Mr./Mrs. Highbrow

The Reluctant Adolescent

The Skimmer

Literal Librarian

The Traveller

The Holiday Hostess

Quick Picks/I Need a Gift Now!

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World Book Night US: April 23, 2014

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.

-Phillip Pullman

 

Applications to participate in World Book Night are now open! This is very exciting, as I have participated in WBN for the last two years and loved it. The first year, though I wasn’t an official giver, I helped a friend hand out The Kite Runner at homeless shelters around the Kansas City Area. This last year, I handed out Good Omens to library patrons, homeless patrons and hospital patients. I made little notes on the books…

Hey, I just met you. And this crazy! But take me home and read me, maybe?

 

I don’t mean to brag, but I’m kind of a great read…

 

You should spend the weekend curled up with me.

 

…and I also printed off a little blurb about what World Book Night is, how they can get involved and where they can mail a review of the book! I was able to hand out all but two of the books. The last two I stuck on our “Free Book Shelf” in the library. The shelf is utilized by members of the community, as well as the patients of the hospital. 

The books chosen for 2014 are all fantastic! I’m super excited that Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is on the list, since I LOVED that book. They even have Spanish language, large print and juvenile/YA books to choose from. My top three picks were:

  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  2. Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim
  3. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Any of those would be fabulous books to hand out, and if I had a choice I would have taken a bunch of different titles to hand out! 

So think of this post as a reminder if you have participated in WBN, an introduction to WBN if you have never heard of it, or a plea to donate if you can’t hand out books. 

Robot, Zombie, Frankenstein Story Time

I really need to update this more, we do so many fun things at the library and I should document them! I have been so busy though! We lost one of our part-time employees and have been training a second, very time consuming.

In the midst of training, however, we had a wonderful story time featuring Robot Zombie Frankenstein by Annette Simon. I paired the book with The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara and If You’re A Monster and You Know It… by Ed Emberley. All three books were really great and the kids loved them, of course. I always know that any book about pirates, ninjas, robots, monsters (especially zombies) and aliens will do well at story time!

We started off story time by reading Robot Zombie Frankenstein. The kids really listened to this book. I think the combination of bright, vivid illustrations and easy to follow dialogue helped. We talked about what kinds of robots they would build if they had a chance and then I handed out an amazing activity pack from Annette Simon’s website.

Robot Zombie Fridge
“Mine can fly AND jump really high!” – Creator

The kids enjoyed doing the packets while I set up for the robot building craft. I had them sit at the table and read them The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot. They were a little wound up, but eventually calmed down enough to where they were listening well. I then gave them scrap paper (from past projects) and let them create a their own robot/monster/whatevers.

Robot Zombie Florist

When they had finished their craft, we rounded out the story time by dancing to If You’re a Monster and You Know It… and singing along. Fabulous story time, with fabulous books, by fabulous authors!

Robot Zombie War Machine
The book his robot is holding is titled “The Ancient War”

Attack of the Robots!

Holiday Gifts for the Literary Critics in Your Life

It’s that time of year again. The time when you put on a smiling face in public, but are barely keeping sane behind closed doors. It’s time to get into the holiday spirit! This time each year, we are all making our lists and forgetting to check them twice (which means a run to the mall the night before). Thankfully, you have me. The few of your who do read this blog will be happy to know that I have done the work for you and compiled a list of gifts for all the bookworms in your life!
For the Librarian:

Book shelf necklace
Librarian Love
Librarian Action Figure
Librarians Love Buttons
Handmade Book Page Wreath
Vintage Book Handbag

For the Future Author:

Typewriter of the Future
Describers Dictionary
Oscar Wilde Action Figure
USA Literary Map
A subscription to writersmarket.com

For the YA Book Lover:

Teen Ink subscription
The Hunger Games Collectors Edition
“I’m with the banned” tote
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Harry Potter Poster

For the Avid Reader:

eReader Covers
Nook Simple Touch
Out of Print T-shirt
Literary Quote Tote
Jane Austen for President Travel Mug

For the Little Bookworms:

Doodle Cook by Herve Tullet
LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia by DK Publishing
The Lion and The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins
V.Reader by VTech

Literary Stocking Stuffers:

Upcycled Book Earrings
Handmade Bookmarks
Mockingjay Pin
Literary Lites
Mini Journals

Lets Paint! Story Time

Let’s Paint Story Time
Books:  Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh, Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth, Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson

  Activity: Flannel or construction paper mice as you read Mouse Paint

The templates for these are very simple.

Craft:  Have kids paint on butcher paper spread out on the table. Draw circle and label each with
the name of a paint color. Have kids match up the paint with its name. Print off a mouse on
white paper and let the kids paint it (fingerpaint)

Extra:  Show Mouse Paint movie from YouTube by hooking laptop up to the television

 

All About Me! Story Time

Self-esteem is the real magic wand that can form a child’s future. A child’s self-esteem affects every area of her existence, from friends she chooses, to how well she does academically in school, to what kind of job she gets, to even the person she chooses to marry.

STEPHANIE MARTSON, The Magic of Encouragement

Story time is suppose to be fun. Kids expect fun animal crafts and exciting songs about pirates, the whole horse ‘n’ pony show (so to speak). While I agree that 99% of story time’s should be exactly like this, I also feel that I have an obligation to teach children about more important issues. Issues like body image, nutrition and self-esteem are often overlooked because they don’t appear to be as much fun to plan. These issues will plague them into adulthood and I want them to remember that the library will always have the information to help them.

A few Wednesdays ago, I decided to have an “All About Me” story time. I searched the internet and came up with an idea for the kids to create name banners. I made these out of paper plates, construction paper and glitter.

They enjoyed making these.

We read a few different books, which they enjoyed because they got to tell me stories about themselves after each one. It even helped some of the kids who aren’t so talkative and tend to be a little shy.  Each of the kids enjoyed taking the banner home and they were showing it off to their parents after story time.

Books We Read:
Incredible Me!  by Kathi Appelt
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
Being Me by Julie Broski
For just one day by Laura Leuck

I also made them a handout that asked them questions about themselves. The handout had things like, “My favorite color is________.”, “If I was an animal I would be ____________.”, “The toy I love the most is ________.”

After I had read the stories we talked about what we liked about ourselves, what our favorite things are and why we like them. It was nice to hear some of the kids say that they really liked who they were!

Going Nutty for Stories*

This weeks Story Time @ 10 theme was “Going Nutty for Stories” and featured books about squirrels.

I had four (4) very excited youngsters who loved all of the books that we read, but especially Those Darn Squirrels  by Adam Rubin. Each of the books was displayed when the children came into the library (except Those Darn Squirrels because I had already taken it to the story time area):

To start with, we “Shook Our Sillies Out” and then sang “The Squirrel Song.” The kids enjoy getting up and moving before we read the stories. This helps them settle down when I actually start reading and they seem to listen better!

I read the following stories:
Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin (this was SUCH a big hit that they wanted me to read it again, so I read Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door as well)
Rosie to the Rescue by Bethany Roberts
Heart to Heart
 by George Shannon

I displayed Gray Squirrel at Pacific Avenue and Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach, but did not read them because the natives were getting restless. We then talked about what we learned about squirrels and my favorite was “They are the champions of the forest!” So now when that little girl has to do a report on squirrels in school, she will most definitely cite this.

After our discussion on “Why Squirrels Are So Awesome!” we made Squirrel hand puppets out of paper bags. I would have loved to do something more detailed, but I had to remember that these are preschoolers. I tried to get a picture of each of the kids with their finished puppets, but they were too busy trying to eat each with their squirrels.

In all of the years I have been doing story time, I have NEVER had kids ask for me to read the same book immediately after I finished it. This has to be a testament to how great the Rubin/Salmieri’s writing team is! The illustrations are amazing and I would point things out to the kids that they didn’t notice before (cats legs crossed in his portrait, birds faces, etc..). The kids loved the squirrels and they made sure to point out that the cat, “Looked really mean!”


All in all, it was a fantastic story time! The kids loved the crafts and I was excited by their enthusiasm for the books.  I would highly recommend reading Those Darn Squirrels for a story time, as the kids were enthralled by the book the entire time I read it. Squeals of laughter and giggles are always a good sign that a book is a hit!

*Sorry for the delay in posting, work has been a little hectic!