Thursday, February 21, 2019

Book Explosion: Notebook Novels

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage literary fandoms
    • Encourage both voracious and struggling readers
    • Attendance: 5 (grades 5 and up)
Theme: Notebook Novels

  • Make your own notebooks/draw your own comics
  • Stop motion animation with clay
  • Popsicle stick figures
Notebook Novels and related titles for middle grade
  • Charlie Joe Jackson's guide to not reading by Tommy Greenwald
  • Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Stick Cat: Two cats and a baby by Tom Watson
  • Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
  • Hamster Princess by Ursula Vernon
  • Funny kid for president by Matt Stanton
  • Dear sister by Alison Mcghee
  • Terrible two by Jory John
  • Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
  • Popularity papers by Amy Ignatow
  • Strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  • Qwikpick papers: poop fountain by Tom Angleberger
  • Regarding the fountain by Kate Klise
  • Dear dumb diary: Let's pretend this never happened by Jim Benton
  • Frazzled by Booki Vivat
  • There's no base like home by Jessica Mendoza
  • Clueless McGee by Jeff Mack
  • Middle School: The worst years of my life by James Patterson
  • Jeremy Bender vs. the cupcake cadets by Eric Luper
  • Kate the great (except when she's not) by Suzy Becker
  • Stick dog crashes a party by Tom Watson
  • Justin Case: School, drool and other daily disasters by Rachel Vail
  • Ellie McDoodle: New kid in school by Ruth McNally Barshaw
  • Odd Squad: Bully Bait by Michael Fry
  • Milo sticky notes and brain freeze by Alan Silberberg
  • Big Nate in a class by himself by Lincoln Peirce
  • Stick dog by Tom Watson
  • Nerd camp by Elissa Weissman
  • Max Quigley technically not a bully by Roy
  • Misadventures of Max Crumbly, locker hero by Russell
  • Death by toilet paper by Donna Gephart
  • Zombie Chasers by Kloepfer
  • Babymouse: tales from the locker: lights camera middle school by Jennifer Holm
  • Timmy failure: mistakes were made by Stephen Pastis
  • Always abigail by Nancy Cavanaugh
  • Loser list by Kowitt
  • Gabby Garcia's ultimate playbook by Iva-Marie Palmer
  • Heartbreak messenger by Alexander Vance
  • Ben Franklin's in my bathroom by Candace Fleming
  • 14 fibs of Gregory K. by Greg Pincus
  • Dork diaries: Tales from a not-so-fabulous life by Russell
  • Tapper twins go to war by Geoff Rodkey
  • My life as a book by Janet Tashjian
  • Zits Chillax by Scott
  • Doodlebug by Karen Young
  • Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader
  • Pickle by Kim Baker
  • Middle School is worse than meatloaf by Jennifer Holm
  • Amelia's notebook by Marissa Moss
Graphic Novels and comic collections
  • Galactic Hot dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway by Max Braillier
  • Big Nate: Silent but deadly by Lincoln Peirce
  • Babymouse: Queen of the world by Jennifer Holm
  • Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Amelia Rules: When the past is a present by Jimmy Gownley
  • Amelia Rules: What makes you happy by Jimmy Gownley
  • Amelia Rules: The whole world's crazy by Jimmy Gownley
  • Sunny side by Jennifer Holm
  • Secret hero society: Study hall of justice by Derek Fridolfs
  • Invisible Emmie by Libenson
  • Big Nate goes bananas by Lincoln Peirce

Monday, February 18, 2019


Craft-o-rama is my drop-in program. I use it on Tuesdays in August, to replace our most popular storytime provider, and on no-school days. It takes about 20 minutes to set up and, depending on how many people came through, up to an hour or more to clean up. If possible, we'll clean and refill the sink at least once during the day. The posted times are generally 10-5 or 10-7, depending on when I can schedule someone to clean up. I usually open the room earlier, as soon as it's been set up.

Easel with sign-in sheet. This is how I count attendees.

Small door is locked and I set one white table against it. This has the base materials - boxes of scrap paper and magnet pieces.

Craft-o-rama tubs. I dump leftover craft materials and donated pieces of kits etc. in here. Every now and then I'll dump most of it and start over.

Art table. This is all stuff from the Storyroom closet to use. I vary this somewhat, these are the basics.

Big scissors, tape, staplers, glue, markers, stickers, small scissors

Paint cups and brushes

Craft-o-rama tub. This one has some easter grass, ribbon, bits of holiday stuff, and who knows what

Craft-o-rama tub. This one has some bits and pieces from books, left over puppets, glow in the dark spiders, and other stuff

Craft-o-rama tub. More easter grass, leftover tissue scraps, bags of sequins

Some sample creations: paper design

Some sample creations: magnet

Some sample creations: 3-D paper collage

Some sample creations: Glitter flower and painted egg (apparently there was a pack of felt mice in there too)

Some sample creations: Glitter flower

Some sample creations: Glitter dresses

People are generally pretty good about cleaning up after themselves, but if we've had a LOT of people and some unsupervised kids, it can get messy! We'll usually drop in a few times throughout the day to pick up finished projects and tidy things. Ultimately, it's not a large space to clean up though.
 - pack up and put away items from the closet (all labeled boxes, paint cups have tops that match a shape)
 - collect and put in the craft-o-rama tubs any leftover bits and pieces
 - wipe down tables
 - wipe down and clean sink
 - vacuum (usually need to clean the vacuum after this)


Friday, February 8, 2019

Owl Diaries: Warm Hearts Day

Made all by herself (with a little help)

  • Program Goals
    • Celebrate a popular beginning chapter series
    • Sewing project for kids with alternatives
    • Fun!
  • Owl softies
    • Die cut felt pieces, hand-cut felt pieces, stuffing
    • Embroidery thread, needles, scissors
  • Owls
    • Die cut paper owls (wings, beak, eyes are separate)
    • paint, paper, glues sticks
  • Warm Hearts
    • Die cut hearts (used leftover marbled paper and handmade paper and gold sticker paper)
    • Paper and leftover cards and envelopes
    • Paint

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Raising a Reader

Occasionally I present to adults about reading, literacy, etc. These are those occasions.

2-7-19 MOPs (Canceled - will reschedule in the fall)
I repeated a lot from my visit two years ago - I'm pretty much extempore with this kind of stuff. I also went over some new library services like being fine-free etc.

1-19-17 MOPs
I talked about 3 words to remember - RELAX, EXAMPLE, and INTERACT. I told moms to relax about their preschoolers not reading, to cut out some time for themselves so kids see them reading, and to focus on interaction in screen time.

I used these books to demonstrate the five early literacy skills - Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play
  • Hoppity Frog by Emma Parish (board book)
  • Blocks by Irene Dickson
  • Sing by Joe Raposo
  • What animals really like by Fiona Robinson
  • Create with Maisy by Lucy Cousins
  • A squiggly story by Andrew Larson
as well as toy bags from the library. I also had event calendars, 1,000 books before kindergarten folders, and handouts with resources.

A Long Time Ago
I was invited to a child development class at the high school to speak about library-as-a-career stuff, choosing books for children, and reading aloud. First time I've ever really been in a high school classroom. It went ok, I even got some kids to laugh at the right spots and some mildly interested questions. I'm putting down what I did because I might go back some time for the earlier child development class and I don't want to start from scratch...this is sort of roughly what I did, although it was a lot more hopping around and not as organized as it looks here.

First, I gave a brief How-I-Became-A-Librarian speech. Next time, I should add in the practicums and experiential work I did, not just the schooling, partly because I think hands on is more useful than academics and partly because I had extra time at the end, so I can!

Then, I started with the very early board books and gave examples of reading books with infants and young toddlers. The boardbooks I used were:
  • eyelikenature: Leaves
  • indestructibles: Flutter! Fly! by Karen Pixton
  • Baby Faces by Margaret Miller
Then I talked about books with more narrative and text for older toddlers, as well as how different books work for different kids.
  • How do dinosaurs love their cats? by Jane Yolen
  • Can YOU make a scary face? by Jan Thomas
I also showed books with a simple storyline and pictures that work well with both toddlers and preschoolers and talked about adapting stories to fit your group.
  • Digby Takes Charge by Caroline Church
  • Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
I talked about what makes a good easy reader, how easy readers are changing (from stuff like Dick and Jane to Toon Books and Mo Willems) and what makes a good beginning chapter book.
  • Pigs make me sneeze by Mo Willems (also used this to show how some easy readers work as read-alouds)
  • Benny and Penny by Geoffrey Hayes
  • Extreme Machines by Christopher Maynard (really, any DK nonfiction reader will work here)
I talked about how important it is to keep reading aloud to kids after they've started reading on their own, how it increases vocabulary and improves comprehension and is just plain fun!
  • Book that eats people by John Perry
  • Chester by Melanie Watt
  • Billy Twitters and his blue whale problem by Mac Barnett
I also did a presentation on using nonfiction as read-alouds and beginning readers and why it's important not to limit kids to fiction.
  • Down down down by Steve Jenkins (this is a great example of using nonfiction with text that's too dense for reading aloud to a pre-1st grade group. It makes a great interactive experience by having the kids guess the names and types of different animals and discussing their behavior)
  • Wolfsnail by Sarah Campbell (I would have taken my galley of Growing Patterns, but I lent it to somebody else...they were duly grossed out by the meat-eating snail and I used this as an example of a nonfiction easy reader that also works as a read-aloud)
  • Forest Explorer by Nic Bishop (I couldn't find Spiders or Frogs or Moths & Butterflies. This one doesn't really work as a read-aloud, but I wanted them to see an author that can be used much the same way I use Steve Jenkins but with photographs)
Extra books I took but didn't use:
  • Busy Penguins by John Schindel (boardbook)
  • Birthday for cow by Jan Thomas (picturebook)
  • Race you to bed by Bob Shea (picturebook)
  • Night Lights by Susan Gal (picturebook)
  • Mitten by Jan Brett (picturebook)
  • Froggy eats out by Jonathan London (picturebook)
  • Dinosaur Hunt by David Catrow (easy reader)
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa (easy reader)
  • About Amphibians by Cathryn Sill (nonfiction picturebook)
  • Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald (picturebook)
  • Pigeon finds a hot dog by Mo Willems (picturebook)
  • Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff (picturebook)
  • Guess Again by Mac Barnett (picturebook)

Monday, February 4, 2019

Outreach Storytime: Get up and move!

  • Program Goals 
    • Encourage library visits during the winter
    • Introduce some active books to teachers and students
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • Don't push the button by Bill Cotter
    • Get out of my bath by Britta Teckentrup
  • Preschool & Kindergartener (*Nonfiction)
    • *Guess who, Haiku by Deanna Caswell
    • This book is magic by Ashley Evanson
    • It's a tiger by David LaRochelle
    • What's next door by Nicola O'Byrne
    • Mix it up by Herve Tullet (J 2019)
  • Long stories (*Nonfiction)
    • Firefighter duckies by Frank Dormer (J 2019)
    • *Move! by Steve Jenkins
    • Sea monkey and Bob by Aaron Reynolds (J 2019)
  • Movement and Music
  • Previously used titles
    • Chicken story time by Sandy Asher
    • Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby
    • Jump by Scott Fischer
    • Read the book, lemmings by Ame Dyckman
    • I'm awake by Maxwell Eaton
    • Dog on a frog by Kes Gray
    • Can you move like an elephant? by Judy Hindley
    • *Who has these feet? by Laura Hulbert
    • Warning: Do not open this book! by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Please, open this book! by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Stripes the tiger by Jean Leroy
    • Open very carefully by Nicola O'Byrne
    • Use your imagination by Nicola O'Byrne
    • The bear who wasn't there by LeUyen Pham
    • *Do you know which ones will grow? by Susan Shea
    • Honk, Honk, hold tight by Jessica Souhami
    • Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson