Wednesday, February 22, 2017

February 22nd Story Hour: Dragons

I have been waiting and waiting and WAITING to do a story hour on dragons. There are so many good dragon books out there. The ones I used are

  • Lovabye Dragon by Barbara Joossee
  • When a Dragon Moves in by Jodi Moore
  • Dragons Love Tacos By Adam Rubin
  • Me and my Dragon by David Biedrzycki 

I got the craft from THIS blog, and the kids LOVED it.

Dragons are so popular. Kids will go nuts over them. There are so many awesome books about dragons out there.
One really awesome thing about this craft is it's easy to make. It's just some folding and gluing. And of course kids love the wiggly eyes.

Lessons Learned from today's story hour:
1: Dragons love tacos
2: Kids LOVE dragons
3: Kids love making puppets

I've done one other story time where we made puppets. The results of that one were the same as this one: The kids went wild with their puppets.

Here's an excerpt of the aftermath:
Kid 1: Rawr: Give me some tacos!
Kid 2: Rararar! Not until you build me a sand castle!
*both attack each other in the face with their puppets*

Next time: I haven't decided if I want to do St. Patrick's Day or some other theme. I guess you'll have to wait and see!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 8: Valentine's Day

It's Valentine's Day (almost). Here is what we did on February 8th for Valentine's Day:

  • Ruby Valentine and the Sweet Surprise 
  • Love is all around North Dakota by Wendy Silvano (we live in ND, but there are other state versions of this book)
  • Love Monster by Rachel Bright
  • Froggy's First Kiss by Jonathan London 
My favorite part of story time is the kids' reaction to the stories. 
Love Monster was all around the kids' favorite book. The first page reads "This is a monster (hello Monster)." All the kids said "hello monster" with me. A few pages on, the book reads "poor monster" and of course the kids had to say poor monster. 
I read Froggy's First Kiss and of course every kid said "EWWWWW!" when Frogalina kisses Froggy. They loved it. 
Craft: Heart Window Clings

  • Washi Tape (Valentine's Day themed or other)
  • Heart cut-outs 
  • Glue

  • Each child will need two heart cut-outs and some washi tape.
  • decorate one heart with the tape
  • once the hole is covered, glue the second heart over the first, so that the sticky side is down.
  • Stick your completed craft to a window!

I had the kids make their heart on a ziplock bag, that way they could take the bag, peel the heart off, and stick it right on the window.

And of course we had to have a treat after story time, so I got these heart shaped suckers from our local Candy store (buy locally if you can!) and added a little extra to them with foam graphics I got at Hobby Lobby.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 2017 Story Hour: Animals in Winter

I'm always looking for themes for story hour. Sometimes I find a really awesome theme, but can't find books to go with it. Other times, I find the perfect book(s), but can't find or create a craft to go along. That was my problem with Animals in Winter. The books I picked were

  • Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams
  • One Snowy Rescue by Christina M. Butler
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett

I love all these  books. They are perfect for a non-Christmas themed Winter story time. But it took me ages to come up with a craft. Finally, one of my regular patrons, who sometimes helps me cut out shapes for the story time crafts, suggested animal masks. It was perfect! 
For the craft, you will need
  • foam sheets
  • Sticky-back foam (unless you'd rather use glue)
  • hole puncher
  • 8" strips of ribbon
  • Mask templates, found HERE (or create your own!)
  • Exacto knife

I looked around Pinterest for some ideas and found some really great templates, but I chose to do a bear mask, the template for which I had to create myself. However, after cutting out all the necessary parts for the bear and actually having story hour, I found that the original bear template was nowhere to be found, and for that I apologize. 
Basically all I did was freehand half a bear, fold the paper in 
half, and cut it out. I did the same for the snout. 

How to create foam masks: 
  • If you are using sticky back foam, cut the mask bases out of regular foam, and the rest out of the sticky-back foam.
  • Use and Exacto knife to cut out the eyes
  • Use a hole puncher to punch holes for the ribbon

The kids can do the rest, which is basically just sticking the masks together and tying on the ribbon. Ta-da! Animal masks the kids will love.

Back in the Game

I took a small (almost 1 year) break to have a baby and adjust to my new position as library director. It was a busy year. On top of being a mom and new boss, my children's librarian left to go work at the school library (no hard feelings, she loves it there), so I've been doing the children's librarian duties as well. But I thought now that I'm used to all three positions, I should get back to blogging.

I'll be focusing most of my future posts on story time and the summer reading program, but you may see a post every now and then about being a director or about the crafts and things I create with my free time.

If you want to see what I've been up to lately, you can check out my Pinterest pages or my library Facebook Page, located on the right-hand side of the screen.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

From April Showers to National Library Week

National Library week is April 10-16th this year. To celebrate, my display this week is all about reading and the library. I created a "Pinterest" board, only it is an actual board with physical pins. How else to show diverse enthusiasm for reading? 

The books on display are actually just pictures pinned to the board with their locations in the description. There are eight altogether. 

Among the pins are several with information about the library. I included contact info, the April Newsletter, and a pin of online resources.

And of course, what Pinterest board would be complete without humor and inspiration?

Friday, April 8, 2016

It's April!

My time at Beulah Public Library may be limited due to college and health stuff, so this will most likely be one of the last few displays I make. There is about a week before National Library Week (yay!) so I want to use this time to display some of our gardening and landscaping books and magazines. It is getting close to planting time, and this area is big into gardening. I would do a gardening display in May, but I don't know if I will still be here by then.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Easter Display

It feels a little early to be putting up an Easter display, but Easter comes early this year, and Beulah Public Library is closed the weekend before starting Friday the 25th. This display will be up for roughly two weeks, which I think is appropriate.

Since there are already plenty of Easter books on display around the stacks, I decided to take the Easter-themed title "Reading with my 'Peeps!'" and use it for a Young Adult Fiction display.

 I found the book covers online and printed them out, making sure all of them had a description on the back.

I used seven books for this display:
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children--Ransom Riggs
  • Losers Take All--David Klass
  • A Wrinkle in Time--Madeleine L'Engle
  • Gossamer--Lois Lowry
  • Stormbreaker (Alex Rider)--Anthony Horowitz
  • All Things Hidden--Heather Gudenkauf
  • The Book Thief--Markus Zusak
    • The Book Thief isn't actually in our Youth Fiction collection. We shelve it in our main collection. However, it is also considered a Young Adult Fiction book, so I added it. 

READERS: Do you have an idea for a book display? I'm looking for new ideas to show off the collection. I also appreciate any ideas for improving each display. Is there anything more I could do to make the displays any better? Let me know in the comments because any ideas would be appreciated! 

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