Wednesday, January 10, 2018

St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Fundraiser

Update - Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, I have raised 1,000$ with your support.


I always joke about shaving my head but now I am finally going through with it. Yup, March 19th, 2018 I’m shaving my head with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money and fund cures for kids with cancer. Join me in raising awareness and money for childhood cancer research.

Every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer – that’s 300,000 kids every year. St. Baldrick’s exists to find cures for these brave kids. By raising money and shaving my head, we are helping to fund the most-promising childhood cancer research in the world.

My hair will be donated to Wigs for Kids. Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due  medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

Please help support this cause and my efforts to educate about childhood cancer with your donation to St. Baldrick's today. 


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Stuffed Animal Storytime

This program was designed and advertised for families with children. As people walked in we had a table set up so the children could make name tags for their stuffed animals.  

I know a New Way to Say Hello by Big Jeff for Exercise Party
Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen
Where’s My Teddy? – Jez Alborough (Big Book Version)
Lion’s Lullaby by Mij Kelly

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Teen Outreach - A to Z Title Race

31986460391_0cd7392a79For outreach this month I was curious to find more of the books my teens had read. I found an idea on One Stop English for an A-Z Race. I tested their knowledge with an A-Z Title Race.  Each student got a sheet of paper with A through Z listed down the page and a line for the title.  The rules are extremely flexible but this is how we played.  We broke into groups of 2-3. Everyone had 10-15 minutes to think of book titles and list a book per line of the alphabet.  The word could be anywhere in the book title so you could use Fault in Our Stars for the F, O or S.  I suggested they not use words like a, and, the and so forth because they are too easy. I encouraged the students to think of books in a series (they could use Diary of a Wimpy Kid and all of its volume titles), titles they read for school and books that had been made into movies; anything to jog their memories. When the students started to run out of ideas we did a lightning round where they were allowed to use the teacher's classroom collection for ideas. This was supposed to last one minute but I usually gave them them more time.  Once the time was up we went around the room a bit randomly reading our A title and B titles and so on.  Going over the titles took longer than expected. I allotted about 10 minutes it was never enough. You could easily fill 30-45 with this race.  The students and teachers enjoyed themselves and it gave me a better idea of the types of books to share with the classes next month.

Other ways to play might be to have teams run up the black board or wipe board to write their answers instead of printing so as many copies as I needed.  You could have them write titles on an projector or large paper on an easel.  A brain storming session ahead of the game might help.  Since you can use this format for nearly any information I plan to use this game in Anime and Manga Club with series and character names. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Quick Pic - All In A Day's Work

Lots of my pictures from work show me in programing like storytime and outreach.  However I think about 75% or more of my day is truly spent in the office and at the children's desk.  So here is a shot of me with a patron getting some new books.  Thoughts of mine about this picture include: is it really that dark all the time and maybe that is not the best top on me.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Teen Horror Movie Poster Quiz

*Apologies that the PDF link was not working properly earlier*

Need another activity for a Teen Halloween Party or a Teen Movie Night featuring a scary film?  Similar to my Movie Monster Quiz Printable from last year, this Horror Movie Poster Quiz is designed for minimal output on your part.  Simply print the 20 pages featuring 20 horror movie posters with their titles conveniently blocked out.  Save a copy of the answer key for yourself. Print enough pages of the last quiz page for each teen or group of teens to have their own.  (Or if you want to save some paper but you have access to a projector and computer, try showing the files as a slide show.) Attach the pictures to a wall, tabletop display pieces or lay them on tables around a room. To make things easier I have given the teens an list of movie titles.  You can make the quiz harder by providing the titles later in the game, say after 5 - 10 minutes or you can just watch them sweat.  Read over the answers and provide prizes to the winning teen, teens or group.