Friday, August 8, 2014

Where Have I Been?

Apologies for the sparse posts during the summer. I have 3 more events to go before my summer events are truly over. This summer has kicked my butt! 161 events over eight weeks and accomplished in 36 days.

Everyone had fun, but both program attendance and reading contest participation were down at my branches. I've been following the discussion of a summer reading revolution on the Storytime Underground Facebook group and various blog posts. I'm really considering making some changes next year.

I've been so busy this summer, I haven't had a chance to post my storytime and school age event plans to my wiki yet. I used these storytime themes this summer: colors, weather/seasons, plants, numbers/math, water, movement/sound, five senses, and animals. For the school age (7-12), here's what I did: Leo the Great/Airplane Science, Cryptozoology, backyard Naturalists, It's Mathematical, Sink or float, Build It (Life size Angry Birds), Candy Science, and Animal Partnerships.

I did 2 events per month for teens this summer. Blog posts will be forthcoming: Chocolate Wars (borrowed from Kelly Jensen) DIY T-Shirt Workshop (ideas from Pinterest & prompting from my teens), Life Size Sorry (inspired by pictures on Pinterest), movie night, Mythbusters (borrowed from the Iowa Summer Reading Program workshops), and Hunger Games Party.

In the midst of this, like a good librarian, I was also planning (selecting would be a better word as the planning comes later) my fall storytime schedule and special events. For storytime, I'm going with an alphabet theme. I've never done this before and am really looking forward to it.

Here are the special events I have lined up for kids this fall: Pete the Cat Party, Life Size Candy Land, Preschool Dance Party, Frozen Party, Little Women event (December 25 this year marks the 20 year anniversary of the release of the film starring Winona Ryder), Adventures in Fairy Tales, Origami & Games, Elephant & Piggie Party, Harry Potter Party, and Kaya: An American Girl Event.

Here are the teen events I'm planning (thanks to input from my teens): Once Upon a Time, Sherlock Party, Minute to Win It, and Movie night (with popcorn, s'mores, and cocoa bars...thank you Pinterest!)

So faithful readers, I'll soon be back to a regular blogging schedule with program plans, book reviews, and Flannel Friday posts. I hope you have survived the summer as well!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Flannel Friday: Chicken Finger Puppets

Another set of crocheted finger puppets! It's chickens this time. In case you missed the others, here they are: elephants, mice, and rabbits.

I use these for farm and chicken themed storytimes. Birds and poultry are two more themes.

Here's an original rhyme to use with the puppets:

"This Little Chicken"
This little chicken ate a worm
This little chicken found a bug
This little chicken said cluck cluck
This little chicken laid an egg
This little chicken flew the coop
-written by Bridget Wilson, September 2009

I used this pattern to make these finger puppets.

Katie has the round up this week.

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Our July/August Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother is Lisa (@lmulvenna).

Monday, July 7, 2014

One Gorilla: A Counting Book by Anthony Browne

What it is: a counting book that focuses on primates

What I thought: Gorgeous illustrations...such detail and color. My favorite is the gorilla and the lemurs. An interesting addition to counting concept books.

Storytime Themes: Numbers, Monkeys

(Candlewick, 2013)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier

A hungry bear wants some honey. The only problem is the bee. Bees are terrible monsters...or are they?

What I thought: Bear and Bee was a perfect book to share at my Teddy Bear Picnic in the fall. I love that Bear doesn't really know what a bee is. Reminds me of The Woods and Ferocious Wild Beasts. Bear and Bee's dialogue is reminiscent of Elephant and Piggie's. I love that Bear and Bee are both wearing shoes. The illustrations are colorful and appealing.

Storytime Themes: Bears, Unlikely Friendships

(Disney Hyperion, 2013)

Monday, June 30, 2014

Look What I Can Do! by Nancy Viau

In the forest, baby animals are growing. Trying new things and learning new skills aren't always easy, but they press on.

What I thought: A lovely book about growing up. I love the illustrations. It's hard to pick a favorite. Kids will enjoy identifying the animals in the story.

Storytime Theme: Baby Animals

(Illus. Anna Vojteeh. Abrams, 2013)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dream Friends by You Byun

One little girl has fantastic, magical dreams of a friend. What adventures they have...but only in her dreams!

What I thought: A fantastic book, fresh and new. Would pair well with Clara & Asha and Red Knit Cap Girl. I love the illustrations. So imaginative and vibrant. They remind me of the anime film My Friend Totoro. My favorite illustrations are hide & seek and in the forest (mushrooms).

Storytime Themes: Dreams, Friends, Imagination 

(Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Flannel Friday Roundup for June 27, 2014

Here's your Flannel Friday Roundup for June 27. We only have 5 contributions this week. I assume everyone is in the throes of summer reading. I know I am...I had 18 events and saw 419 people this week!

Inspired by Flannel Friday Posts:

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There won't be a roundup on July 4. Happy Independence Day! Please save contributions for the July 11 roundup. Katie has the July 11 roundup.

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Our May/June Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother is Anna (@opinionsbyanna).
Our July/August Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother is Lisa (@lmulvenna).