Singing during story time (or any time for that matter) has never been my strong point. I’ve been known to have coughing fits in the middle of songs, make up random words to “the ants go marching one by one,” and to receive compliments from customers about my “lack of rhythm but high enthusiasm.” That is all fine with me though, I’ve learned long ago that every person has different strengths and weaknesses and I need to embrace those strengths and weaknesses. However I’m a children’s librarian. I cannot deny that sing is one of the key early literacy components and that music and dance is critical in children’s development. So sing and dance, I do! However, that obviously doesn’t mean I magically received Ariel’s singing voice (Ursula beat me to that), or that I’m Jim Gill’s number one fan (though he is great). I’ve tried to embrace the fact…
When I became a children’s librarian in 2014, I tried to adopt the mantra of just try things. I took that attitude and applied for the Penguin Random House Young Readers Grant (and many other grants and programs). I was fortunate enough to win the grant and attend my first full ALA conference in Chicago. I had attended conferences before but there were five special perks from this grant that I would not have received elsewhere: The full experience. Because the 2017 conference was in my hometown of Chicago ,many of my friends and colleagues attended for a day or two. With my stipend, I was able to attend the entire conference from start to finish and truly reap all the benefits. (Example: a notebook full of awesome ideas I have already started to implement and a pile of amazing ARC’s). Opportunity to attend separate from my library. The stipend paid for my conference…
School age storytime is one of my (million different) favorite parts of the job. I am a firm believer that stories should be read for people of all ages and particularly school aged children. They don’t get read to as much and can really be a fun audience that takes stories in a new perspective. Here are some of my tips for surviving school age storytime and having fun with it.
While touring the exhibit hall at ALA Annual 2017, I tried my best to focus on the latest and new and engaging technology. Our young customers are obsessed with any type of robotics and are constantly willing to learn more. Here are a few resources and items that I’m excited about.
ALA Annual 2017 left me with a million “aha” moments and thoughts that I would love to dwell deeper on. I joke that I need a day in the woods to ponder everything I learned. Here are the top five deep thoughts that hopefully I can revisit and we can all explore in the comments.
When the announcement that Hillary Clinton would be speaking during the closing session of ALA Annual 2017 librarians across the world exploded on social media and elsewhere, changing their flights and ensuring a packed house for the final session. And deliver she did with a thought provoking and inspiring speech on the importance of libraries.
On my first day of #alaac2017 I had the privilege of touring the Thomas Hughes Children’s Center at the Harold Washington Center. It recently had a soft opening and I fell in love at first site. (Cheesy, but true).
Twitter is one of the best ways to keep up with #alaac17. However I often find myself lost in the sea of Tweets. Here are some of my favorite ones and why.