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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

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Moving? New library job? Some helpful hints

Whether you’re a new librarian moving to take your first job, or an experienced librarian moving to greener pastures, here are some suggestions that might help. I’m not saying I followed them all, but I should have! 🙂 Before you move: Take care of business.  Give adequate notice, file paperwork, clean your desk, get your medical and dental checkups in before your insurance runs out, return all your library books. 🙂 If you can, give yourself some time between jobs – especially if you’re moving out-of-state.  Acquiring a new, license, registration, cell service, cable, electricity, etc., can be daunting if you’re working full-time. At your new location: Be a team player. It’s easy to think of yourself as the “outsider,” but work is more fun when you work together.  Be interested, be helpful, be approachable. Know what’s going on. It’s your  home now. Who’s your mayor, your congressman, your baseball…

Blogger Lisa Taylor

You know you’re a children’s librarian when …

You know you’re a children’s librarian when … …you clean out your office desk for the final time and your personal possessions consist of a teddy bear, a tambourine, frog and duck finger puppets, a ukulele,  a storytime bell, and similar treasures.  🙂 What’s your most curious programming possession?   (Next month: thoughts on moving to a new library!) Photo credit: L Taylor

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Eight new sites added to Great Websites for Kids

On behalf of the Great Websites for Kids Committee, I’d like to share our latest additions.  We’re happy to have some Spanish language sites to include this time, and wish to thank REFORMA for its assistance in providing us a representative. If you missed our recent press release, the following are the newest sites added to Great Websites for Kids, the online resource featuring hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children. Bureau of Labor Statistics K-12      Bureau of Labor Statistics provides resources for students and educators on employment and career outlooks. Enjoy playing a game to understand a concept and use the resource section for school assignments all on one site! Bystander Revolution Search this site to find ideas about how to deal with bullying from folks who have been bullies, targets and bystanders.  Watch videos by subject and sign up to take your own stand against…

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Student-to-Staffers: Where are you now?

ALA Student-to-Staffers: Where are you now? Way back in June of 2007, I had the honor of representing TWU’s School of Library and Information Science at ALA Annual in Washington, DC.  I was a member of ALA’s Student-to-Staff (S2S) Program, with assignment to the ALSC Division.  If you’ve never heard of the S2S program, you can read about it here.  There are 56 active ALA Student Chapter Groups at accredited graduate schools.  Each is entitled to submit one name for consideration for the program.  Schools have varying criteria. My school chose the student – me 🙂 based on an essay contest.  Others have different criteria, but the end result is that 40 promising students receive a free trip to ALA Annual in exchange for working with  ALA staff during the week.  I was able to choose with whom I wanted to work. An aspiring children’s librarian, naturally, I chose ALSC. It was my first connection with…

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Gratuitous information (#librarylife)

Humor me by reading this, and I’ll return the favor.  🙂 A few weeks ago, I was lamenting the fact that I hadn’t seen a favorite patron in months – a chatty, precocious boy who, since a very young age, had been allowed by his mother to come alone to the library and read whatever he wished.  He would request every book in a nonfiction series about baseball, basketball, football, or whatever struck his fancy.  Never shy about seeking assistance, he once came to me inquiring why we did not have a book about the Seattle Seahawks (we’re in NJ).  I explained that unless the team has superstar players or has won the Super Bowl, there aren’t always current books available about them.  The day after the Seahawks won their only Super Bowl, he came in to place his hold. In any case, I was thrilled when he popped in…

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New additions to Great Websites for Kids

Once again, on behalf of the Great Websites for Kids Committee, I’d like to share our newest sites and enlist your help. In case you missed the recent ALA press release, the following are the newest sites to be added to Great Websites for Kids: Center for Game Science, University of Washington – Smart Girls – Wonderville – Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) presents links to high-quality websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings such as animals; art; history; literature; sciences; and more. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating. GWS users can also rate sites, save their favorites for easy access, and share sites via social media and email. Only three sites were added during this round.  Because of  previous committees’ excellent work in ferreting out great sites, and the trend toward more app-based content,…

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The “best” in kids’ book reviews

As I did last year, I’d like to share with you my choices for the “best” in book reviews for children, by children. All appeared online and were written (without byline) by children participating in New Jersey’s Collaborative Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero has a Story.” (Reviews are unedited and do contain spelling and grammatical errors.) Highest praise review: STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS Author – Adapted by Rob Valois crazy awesome Best back-handed compliment for an audiobook: Sky jumpers What a excellent book, even though this was on cd, I really enjoyed it alot. Cutest review: Revenge Of The Flower Girls Author – Jennifer Ziegler Lots of mischief. Hee hee hee… Best alternative title in a review (tie!): Lair & Spy Author – Rebecca Stead Mummus in the Morning Author – Mary Pope Osborne Reviewer most likely to have a future in writing book jacket copy: Humphrey Betty G. Birney In the story Humphrey was a…