Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wild About Bears by Jeannie Brett

Jeannie Brett's Wild About Bears is an in-depth look at the world's eight bear species. 

Thoughts: A fabulous book! Like Bears! Bears! Bears! by Bob Barner, but Wild About Bears is for older children. Excellent information and factoids about all the different bear species. I used this book for elementary outreach last fall and the kids loved it. Most of them could only name three or four bear species before I shared this book with them.

Themes: Bears, Elementary Outreach

(Charlesbridge, 2014)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart

Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen.

You may think feathers are just for flying. You couldn't be more wrong. Author Melissa Stewart explores sixteen different ways that birds use feathers.

Thoughts: Fascinating! I was familiar with some of the ways birds use their feathers (flying, attracting, and sliding), but the others were a total surprise. Stewart's text is engaging and easy for readers to relate to. Using similes is a great way to engage readers. Brannen's watercolor installations are exquisite. I like the layout--very like a nature journal. I look forward to using this book for elementary outreach later this year.

Themes: Birds, Elementary Outreach

(Charlesbridge, 2014)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

Illustrated by Steve Jenkins.

Find out how several different species of birds build their nests.

What I thought: An interesting book that looks at one aspect of a bird's life--nesting. The extra facts on each page make Mama Built a Little Nest great for sharing with older children while the actual story is short enough to read to preschoolers at storytime. As always, I love Steve Jenkins' collage illustrations.

Themes: Birds, Animal Homes, Elementary Outreach

(Beach Lane Books, 2014)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer Reading Hiatus

Apologies for the long gap in posts. Our Summer Reading Program began and ate up all my free time. It's winding down now and I hope to be back to posting programs and book reviews soon.

Here's a recap of my summer. I kept the programs simple this year: storytime for ages 0-6, an event for ages 7-12, free movies, twice monthly teen events, and a few pajama storytimes. I'm also hosting a couple of special events in August (Peep Science and Kit: An American Girl Party). I'm still crunching numbers, but it looks like attendance generally increased or remained stable. I'll take it!

I hope to resume regular posts not later than September. Until then, I hope all my fellow librarians and readers have a wonderful rest of the summer.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Flannel Friday Roundup for June 12, 2015

Here's the Flannel Friday Roundup for June 12, 2015.

Kathryn (Fun with Friends at Storytime) has 2 posts this week: Super Heroes Read Books and Family Hero Finger Puppets.

Liz (Storytime Whoopdeedo) shares Five Little Hotdogs

Katie (Storytime Katie) has made another set of felt finger puppets: Zoo Animals.

Amy (One Little Librarian) shares an idea for a superhero puppet.

Jane (Piper Loves the Library) shares her library's Common Ground Kits (how she and her library are helping parents and teachers with Common Core standards.)

Laura is hosting the roundup next week.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Frozen Party

This post is dreadfully overdue! In November, December, & January I held 5 Frozen parties at my 4 library branches. 137 children and 107 adults attended in total.

People are notoriously late to special events. Sometimes they are 15-20 minutes late and as such miss the story portion of the event. To counteract this, for the Frozen party, we did the craft first: painting snowflakes on black construction paper with a mixture of Epsom salts and water. I put the soundtrack on and as the kids finished painting they could sing along.

For the story portion of the party, I read An Amazing Snowman by Barbara Hicks. We also made a snowman on the flannel board.

Then we played a group game: Elsa vs. Anna (basically a Frozen version of red light, green light) and I released them to the other game stations.

Pin the Nose on Olaf

Feed Sven 

Snowball Toss

After everyone had played all the games, they ice skated indoors with wax paper while I prepared the snack. We had Olaf Arms (pretzel sticks), Warm Hugs (Hershey's Hugs), Snowballs (mini marshmallows), True Love's Kisses (Hershey's Kisses), Promises Kept (Dove Promises), and Frozen Punch (Blue Hawaiian Punch & Sprite).

We also had a photo booth so parents could take pictures. Everyone got snowflake stickers and I gave away Frozen puzzles (from Dollar Tree) as door prizes.

These are just the ideas that I found that I could use. I have a HUGE Frozen Pinterest board.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Kaya: An American Girl Party

I wanted to have a Kaya event in November in honor of Native American Heritage Month. I had 2 sources of inspiration for the event: Kelly's Kaya American Girl Club and the All About Kaya Event Kit.

We started off with the Icebreaker Activity from the event kit.

After that I shared some information from Welcome to Kaya's World 1764: Growing Up in a Native American Homeland (Glossary of Nez Perce Words, The Nez Perce Calendar, Ancient Homelands, Play with a Purpose, Dresses from Deer, Adornments), The Nez Perce by David C. King, and The Nez Perce by Nancy Bonvillain.

I had three game options: Fur or Feathers (from the event kit), Pine cones through the hoop, and animal races (both suggested by Kelly...linked above).

For the craft, we made rosettes (from the event kit).

Our refreshments were suggested by Kelly's event: goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, sunflower seeds, and water.

This spring, I had a Julie party (post coming soon!). This fall, I'll be having Kit, Samantha, and Caroline parties. Next spring, I'll be having a Josefina party around Cinco de Mayo. 

Other American Girl Events I've Hosted: