Making connections is perhaps the number one thing we do. As library professionals, we make connections between children and books. We make connections between people and resources. We make connections between our community and the library. A colleague and I have created another connection: with a newsletter for caregivers of preschool-aged children.
We recently had a snow day, both for the students of our area and for the public library where I work. I remember snow days of my youth, patiently waiting for our school district to be called over the radio station or for its name to appear at the bottom of the television crawl. (Yes, I’m dating myself here.) The anticipation….followed by the joy of a random day off! Even though I was “that kid” who loved school, I also loved being at home, usually curled up with a book. And then when our daughters were school-aged, it was the same: the joys of relaxed expectations, crafts, board games, and, of course, books!
I’ve been feeling a bit contemplative lately. End of year? Winter weather? Regardless of the reason, when I came across an article in The Horn Book Magazine , I was ready to think deeply about letting go and making room.
The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, sometimes it takes collaborating with a colleague to create a library program! I love collaborating with my Youth Services colleagues, of course. However I also really appreciate collaborating with non-Youth Services colleagues to offer unique programming.
I incorporate movement into every storytime, but I especially love offering storytimes that specifically address movement coupled with mindfulness. Think of it as “wiggle wiggle wiggle” followed by “take a deep breath.” Preschoolers love these storytimes and so do early elementary school students.
It’s the age old question, isn’t it? To use storytime themes or not. To me, themes make sense. Instead of feeling constricting, themes give me a safety net and let me soar freely above them. After, cough, many years of doing outreach storytime, though, I was in need of a new approach!
You decide: Perhaps I was doing a display for my library on this theme and realized it could also make a fun blog post. Or perhaps I’m selfishly hoping you all will post photos of your dogs in the comments. Whichever you choose….here are a few new (and one not-so-new) dog books to add to your summer reading.
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