This weekend we held our very first 1000 Books before Kindergarten graduation! We had 10 graduates who reached this milestone. Some registered with our pilot program in October of 2016; others with our full rollout in January of this year. I am still flabbergasted at the amount of planning that went into the graduation. Try as we might, there were still last-minute details that threatened to derail us, such as a “broken” printer! Luckily, we pulled it together, thanks to my fabulous detail-oriented partner-in-crime Susan Flinspach, who has put in thousands of volunteer hours toward this program. I believe the parents, children, family members, volunteers and local officials that participated all had a great time.
Drag Queens at the Library? Yes! Drag Queens at the library reading picture books? Definitely YES!! Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was created in San Francisco, CA by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions. It has since expanded to New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and a multitude of other cities. Libraries all over the country are embracing this program with open arms! DQSH is a delightful celebration of diversity and gender fluidity. It gives children and their families and caregivers positive role models who break gender stereotypes, and encourage children to be exactly who they want to be. Check out below to see what three librarians think about bringing the program to their libraries, and to see a few photos! From the New York Public Library, Early Literacy Coordinator, Eva Shapiro, says “Drag Queen Story Hour is a wonderful addition to the New York Public Library’s early literacy programming. This…
Over Winter Break 2016, I had the pleasure of presenting Family Storytime to a large group of kiddos of varying ages.
Heading to ALA Annual Conference? Trying to figure out how to incorporate digital literacy and the sharing of screen time tips into your youth programming and conversations with families?
Remember that YOU are a child’s support system as they begin and continue their reading journey. This is a VERY important role!
This is the time of year when you can’t avoid the evidence-it’s graduation time. You either know someone who is graduating or someone you know is going to a graduation. A friend’s child barely made it across the finish line and there’s relief. Others are in the throes of meeting final requirements, getting signatures, and making arrangements for the big day and beyond.
As blustery, rainy, and overcast as these days may be, we children’s librarians know that it’s time for… SUMMER! Well, at least planning for our summer programming for children.
As a family doctor, I believe in the benefits of reading. I know that opening a good book can help boost vocabulary, reduce stress, improve empathy and help a child develop a life-long love of reading.