SPRING! It's still a bit chilly outside, but we are all about SPRING here in the library these days. The bulletin boards have gone from frosty white snowflakes, to bright, warm and colorful displays. Storytime themes are bugs and flowers and bunnies and my favorite today... clouds.
It Looks Like Spilt Milk, by Charles G. Shaw is a librarian favorite. Who doesn't dream of lying back in the thick, green grass and watching the over-fluffed summer clouds float by? Today we are going to use our imaginations to do just that (indoors, of course). Shapes are fun for kids. I love how they interpret what they see..which is why I'm also including Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal on the iPad in Tumblebooks. Is it a duck? Is it a rabbit? A good librarian will never tell....
We'll wrap it up with our "kites are flying" song with scarves and have ourselves a sunny good spring-time morning here in the library today and ignore the stubborn snowflakes (shocker!) still falling outside. Happy Spring to you all!
Boy oh boy the Holiday season is here! Unlike a lot of my friends and colleagues, I do NOT want to see a flake of snow this season. Last winter did me in. I can use a winter off from slipping and sliding and shoveling my way to work. To celebrate a snow-less season, I built my own snowman out of books. Our director thought he looked somewhat devious, so she aptly named him Snicket the Snowman. I like it. This is a perfect example of how librarians share ideas. This display was one a super teen librarian I know at another library posted to her facebook page and I gladly stole the idea. She was supportive So here's to all the other fans of a snow-less season this year...we can still have snowmen, just the warm literary kind.... :-) Happy Holidays!
There's been much buzz lately about adults reading YA titles and (gasp!) enjoying them. YA books are edgy. They are funny. They are sad, disturbing, heartwarming, and sometimes downright awful. By and large YA books are just like every other area of books in the library. Go figure. To kick off summer reading for everyone, we've got a bunch of hot, new summer titles in this week. I'm excited to reach in and grab something new to try. Why don't you do the same?
This was, by far, the most dreadful winter in my lifetime. There is a rumor here that Spring is sometime this week, I refuse to believe it until the temp in my car says something higher than 27 every morning. The best place to be during the dreary, cold days of winter is certainly the library. I'm so glad I work in one. If it wasn't for my job (and my new doggie... more on that later), I would have certainly gone bonkers this winter. Nothing is more cheerful on a cold winters day than a herd of little toddlers buddled up like tight little balloons, all rosy cheeked and egar to listen and sing and celebrate library time.That along with some great books really warmed my heart this winter. Last week I decided it was time our children's room had some SPRING in it, so I took it upon myself to create a window that was always bright and sunny. You'll see it in the photo above. This is our newest bulletin board. The flowers grow everytime a child puts his name on one and "plants" it in the pot. Leave it to winter to get the creative juices flowing for springtime.
Another great reason I'm wishing for spring is to take our new doggy Skylar out for some extra long walks in the sun. Skylar is a black lab mix that my family and I rescued from a shelter right before Christmas. It was a somewhat impulsive move on my part, never having a dog, but she's been a true delight and another reason to smile during the worst winter in history. Don't you agree???
I'm well into planning and prepping for winter programs. Our bulletin board has been pretty empty this month so I started some preliminary winter decor. I'm in a wintery steam-punk mood so I went with that. Now I'm thinking of all sorts of fun steam-punk teen events to do! Looking forward to the winter library fun.