Stuffed animals in the library – Poll results

Stuffed Animals in the Library: 😀 or 😝 Many of us have stuffed animals in our public spaces. However, no one talks about the “yuck” factor. If you do a quick search of the ALSC Blog archives, you will come up with 14 blog posts mentioning stuffed animals.  Most posts featured ways to use stuffed animals in programming. In one post,  the Intellectual Freedom Committee discussed the negative factors of commercially “branded” stuffed animals.  So, last month, I posed the question, Stuffed animals in the library: Love ’em? or Hate ’em? The choices were narrow: Love ’em! Imagination, creativity, cooperative play! They spark them all! Hate ’em! Dust, germs, seeds of disagreement! They carry them all! One hundred twenty-five of you were kind enough to offer your opinion. And the winner was: Love ’em! (58%,  72 votes)           Hate ’em! (42%, 53 votes)       …

Stuffed animals in the library

Stuffed animals in the children’s area:  Love ’em  or hate ’em? Most libraries have at least a few stuffed animals. Perhaps you use one as a “stand-in” during lapsit storytime.  Perhaps you have a “character” stuffed animal that makes an appearance at storytime. But what about those other stuffed animals? You know, the ones that just “hang out” in the children’s area?  Are they beloved initiators of imaginative play or are they germ-carrying, dust-collectors sparking possessorship wars? Share your opinion in our one question poll:  Love ’em or hate ’em?  [poll id=”9″] The poll will be up all month. I’ll share the results, your comments (leave them below), and my own opinion, in June. Please share with your colleagues.  I’d like a big sampling.       Image credit: MorgueFile

Program in a Post: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

With this post, a storytime, a camera, and a color printer you can have a grand time caring for stuffed animals overnight! Back in 2011 the brilliant guest contributor and librarian extraordinaire, Kris Lill, posted about Allen County Public Library’s Stuffed Animal Sleepover program and now, all of these years later I am here to remind you about this wonderful, easy, awesome program that brings in the numbers and fuzzy friends! The first Stuffed Animal Sleepover at Rochester Public Library (MN) was presented in June 2015 to 23 people and 7 stuffed animals. We followed that with a program in October 2015 for 150 people and 73 stuffed animals and THEN (are you ready for this) in January 2016 for 295 people and 115 stuffed animals! And the thing is, it is one of the easiest things you can do if you don’t mind working after hours on a Friday…

Super Animals!

Look! In the library! Is it a librarian? Is it a book? Faster than a reading turtle! Able to carry books taller than a giraffe’s neck! Wilder than a monkey checking out library materials! It’s SUPER ANIMALS! Imagine if all of your favorite Super Animals from picture books, chapter books and graphic novels arrived at the library to…Save the Day!  HeroBear and the Kid by Mike Kunkel, Ready Rabbit Gets Ready by Brenna Maloney, Extraordinary Warren, A Super Chicken by Sarah Dillard, Superworm by Julia Donaldson, Fashion Kitty and the Unlikely Hero by Charise Mericle Harper, Super Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold, Superfab Saves the Day by Berengere Delaporte, Turbo the Hamster in Captain Awesome Takes a Dive by Stan Kirby, all of the Super-Pets in the DC Super-Pets series, and a brand new book, Super Fly: The World’s Smallest Superhero! by Todd H. Doodler.  Picture it!  Now we are ready…

It’s a Sleepover at the Library — Stuffed Animal-Style!

In these times of shrinking budgets and tight schedules, it never hurts to have a program in your tool belt that is a proven winner, low-cost, and relatively easy to pull off. This has been our experience with our Stuffed Animal Sleepover programs. Yes, that’s right! We have a sleepover at the library — but just for stuffed animals. We read about this idea a little over a year ago on PUBYAC, and thought we’d give it a try… and it turned out to be a super-success! Basically, it works like this:  children are invited to bring their stuffed animals to the library for a bedtime storytime.   During storytime, we encourage children to help their stuffed animals listen to the stories and say the rhymes together.  As storytime comes to a close, we sing a lullaby and pass out board books for the children to read a bedtime story one-on-one…

Turning a Picture Book Into a HUGE Program

So, we’re making waves this summer and indeed the possibilities are endless. I mentioned last week that I raised an old favorite from the depths. This week, I want to show you how to stretch out just one picture book into an epic summer reading program: Buccaneer Bunnies, to be precise! Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies, by Carolyn Crimi tells the story of Henry, who is the “embarrassing” nerdy son of Blackear, the fiercest bunny to sail the seven seas. In a nutshell, Henry proves that books hold the answers to all manner of situations, outcomes and perils — all without being didactic! But how do you turn a quick read into a 60 minute program?! Well, me old sods, I’ll explain forthwith. It all starts with the book — no, really So, last week, I introduced you to Foghorn Follies, thus, we already have a puppet stage shaped like…

Vote for Books!

Or rather, books about voting. How can we engage our young customers in the electoral process, and start imparting the importance of voting upon them at a young age? This would be the time to do a mock election at your branch—Peanut Butter or Jelly?  Chocolate or vanilla?  I recall seeing this great blog that had a secret voting booth and everything!  But this year, however…EVERYTHING is different, again thanks to the pandemic.  One thing that remains, though, is that publishers put out election-friendly books for kids during our presidential election year.  And today, I’m going to take a look at a few of them. First, for the picture book set: Jonathan London’s Froggy for President. Froggy is so excited to run for class president that he leaves his house in only his underwear and is once again saved by his reliable mom.  Of course, Frogilina would run against him,…