Does anyone remember Muzzy? Muzzy was a staple in my elementary school Spanish classes when I was but a little one. When I first walked into the exhibit hall for #PLA2012, I was thrilled to see that Muzzy is back! Muzzy online is a subscription based foreign language education program now available to libraries. They’ve redone the animation (I prefer the old 2-D animation, but oh well). I loved the classic Muzzy as a child, and I’m curious to see how Muzzy holds up in this new, digital format.
Aside from Muzzy, my other exciting exhibit hall find were these completely adorable fair trade, handcrafted sets of finger puppets from Three Bags Full. They come in themed sets of ten puppets, which live in a cute knitted bag that doubles as a background for the puppets. You can use them in the story, and then snap them into place on the bag. I’m so excited to try these out during my next toddler storytime! It’s always fun to watch demos and see new products from the bigger companies, but often the most treasured and useful things in my librarian repertoire come from smaller companies such as this one.