Friday, September 19, 2014

What I'm Reading

I don't ever think I have done a recap of what I'm reading. Alas, there is a first for everything!

My 52 Chapter Book Challenge has slowed down a bit. I binged when I first started, and now am peppering my picture book addiction with spurts of Beezus and Ramona. I remember liking the Ramona series when I was younger, so I'm doing a little revisit. I also finished up Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 with my seven year old earlier this week. There's a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the book. Well played, Mr. Pilkey.

I recently found some great resource books by Sally Anderson and the Vermont Center for the Book. Click the first link for titles. If you are interested in doing STEM storytimes, I highly recommend all of them, especially Math and Science Investigations. They are written for parents, however the majority of activities could be translated easily into storytime stations or group projects.

I'm always checking out the new picture books because I love love love love love love them because, you know, work research. Here are a few of my recent faves:


Really fun!

Crying. In a good way.

Odd. Also in a good way.


Hyped? Yes. Still good? You bet.

I would read this in the burning ring of fire.

Pretty and pretty funny.

 If you are feeling saucy, please find me on Goodreads. I would love to be your book buddy know what you are reading!

1,000 Books Updated Update

Dryer Hose Water Spout!


I had to move the display, because I ran out of room for the kids' spiders on the bulletin board! I now have 116 Itsy Bitsy Readers! I have been signing up kids for less than three weeks! Happy dance! I need to buy more folders! Exclamation points!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

All Of The Things @ My Library

I feel like I have been neglecting the blog. It's probably because I have seven million things happening right now. Recap:

  • 1,000 Books Update: OH MY GOD 93 KIDS SIGNED UP IN 2 WEEKS. My goal was to have 100 kiddos by January. Yesssss! I have one family on their way to 300 books already. I'm so proud of this program, I could ugly cry!

  • Mother Goose on the Loose: I was skerd that I couldn't handle all that is MGOL, but it's actually very easy and fabulous. I think my patrons are happy, and attendance has stayed steady.

  • Stories and More!: My storytime has been sort of a clusterfk of crazy. I think I need to refine figure out if I have any "classroom management" skills, because I haven't been able to read one story without becoming flustered beyond my you-can't-tell-that-I'm-really-irritated threshold. I don't want to seem out of sorts when I'm done with a story, but when EVERYONE is talking, even after I go through the "storytime suggestions" (i.e. rules) at the beginning of class, it's tough not to seem like I need an adult beverage. I feel like I have chosen some great stories, but then again, I'm not a computer screen either. Le sigh.

  • Pre-K Picassos: This has been a bit better than storytime, however it's really hard to explain a Currier and Ives assembly line to 4 year olds. Jackson Pollack was a bit easier: "Throw some paint on that canvas. Awesome." Hopefully if the weather holds, we'll do the Georgia O'Keeffe program next week.

  • The GREAT YOUTH SERVICES TRANSFORMATION is still happening, but is more on the tweaking side than the doing all the big stuff side. Casey, my amazing supervisor, and I have been working our buns off to whip our department into shape. Weeding is finally done, so I'm shifting my focus to how to display items so people will take them, as well as trying different activity centers in our area.

  • I'm also reading my eyeballs dry. I have been providing MPL's interlibrary loan person with major job security, as I have been trucking through my GoodReads to-read list. I also finished up Nancy Clancy #1, The Incorrigibles of Ashton Place, and The Tale of Desperaux last week. I'm going to kick my 52 Chapter Book Challenge's ass. I'll be reading The Fourth Stall over the weekend.
Are all the things happening for you too? Adult beverages for everyone!