ALA Midwinter 2018

Finishing #alamw2018 strong with Bill Nye in real life! And Greg Mone too!

Science nerds and librarians were thrilled with a geeky and fun end to ALA Midwinter 2018 with Bill Nye (the science guy) and Greg Mone. Nye and Mone have a new middle-grade series out- Jack and the Geniuses, where kids go on scientific adventures around the world. The duo talked about their new series and interviewed one another. Here is some fun information I learned from the closing keynote: Bill Nye’s mom was a World War II Code Breaker! (Totally where he got his smarts) One of Jupiter’s moons- Europa is a fascinating area where there may (or may not) have been life. Side note (If Bill Nye could fund any expedition anywhere, it would be to Europa). One of Greg Mone’s and Bill Nye’s first interactions was surfing, where Bill kept talking about the science of waves etc. etc. People can eat three burritos for lunch on Antartica and then…

ALA Midwinter 2018

The Great Ribbon Adventure #alamw2018

Books, buttons and tote bags are seemingly the most popular swag at library conferences. However the one is always the most fun to me is ribbons! I’m very impressed by the people who have 55-ribbon long chains under their conference badges. I’m lucky to have three (and then I spill coffee on them all) Here are some gems I found so far this year: What’s the favorite ribbon you got from Midwinter? Or any conference for that matter? Who has the record for longest ribbon-chain? If you could create your own ribbon, what would it be? Let me know in the comments!

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Small but mighty: Conquering February Library Events

For me, February is one of the most exciting but most overwhelming months in library-land. It’s the shortest month of the year and SO much is happening! Here is a small sampling of some February Library events and program ideas to go with them. I know I missed many, so please add ideas in the comments! February- African American History Month An important theme every month of the year, African American History Month is another opportunity to highlight amazing materials about past and current notable African Americans. Scavenger hunts are a simple, but fun and educational way to share knowledge with school-aged kids. I have also been pleased to find a growing amount of diverse and educational picture books for story times. February- National Library Lovers Month National Library lovers month is a great way to do shameless self-promotion for the best place ever- the library! One activity I did…

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Passive Program in a Post: Learn Basic Braille

A new after-school feature at my library is our maker-cart which has fun and engaging activities that rotate every week. This has been an experimental project and some activities are a hit, while others are a miss. The Braille maker cart was definitely a hit! Supplies: A large poster with the letters of the alphabet in Braille Small stickers Colored bookmarks that kids can decorate with their names in Braille Informational Books about Louis Braille and Braille Braille books or other texts Instructions: We advertised this as an educational way to learn about Braille and how to create a bookmark with their own name in Braille. Kids used the giant Braille alphabet as a guide to the letters of the alphabet. They then would place stickers on the bookmark to outline their own names. It was helpful to have six empty dots as a template when kids were creating their…

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Three years later: Advice to a young children’s librarian

This September marks my three-year anniversary of being a children’s librarian. I walked into this job not being sure what to expect. Now I could not dream of doing anything else. My biggest realization? Knowledge of books and information can always be learned but the most important skills are dealing with people: be it coworkers, administration, customers, children or local (and higher level officials). Here are five main items I’ve learned over the past three years: 1)   Be kind, always. A customer is not going to remember what information you gave them, what you were wearing, or your name. But a customer is going to remember how he or she felt when after their interaction with you. Do your best to make sure it always ends on a positive note, even when it’s tough. 2) Don’t hesitate to go for it Put yourself out there. Check the box for a committee you want to…

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Spicing Up Story Time: Grown Up Music Style

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…