Monday, April 10, 2017

Good for a Laugh

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My favorite form of expression is humor.  I enjoy sharing jokes and even more, I love writing my own. I keep a collection of my comedy for whenever you need a laugh.

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Jokes, Puns, and Wordplay

Laura


Friday, March 24, 2017

Teen Anime Club - Minute Manga

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Minute Manga for the theme sushi.
This week in our Teen Animanga Club I created a game based on Drawing Ideas: One Minute Drawings. Found on TinkerLab, this article outlines a Minute To Win style activity that's a bit like Pictionary or Win, Lose or Draw. First provide your teens with postcard sized pieces of paper and a variety of markers.  You or one of your teens will need a timer; I used my phone.  Choose a topic and then quickly draw until time is up.  You can share your pictures or have a teen sit out the drawing portion and then judge the entries.  This game worked well for with Animanga Club as we could easily find topics all the teens liked. I was impressed by how well some of the teens could draw. I was also a little saddened by the number of teens who felt they couldn't draw and didn't want to participate at all.  I would do this activity again with a wider range of possible topics since the teens enjoyed drawing quickly and seeing each other's work.  I appreciated that this activity was very inexpensive. 


Laura

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Quick Pic - Spring Tic Tac Toe

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We have two Tic Tac Toe boards for the kids to play with.  We rotate the shapes every month or so.  The walls is are fuzzy so it is easy to stick the felt board and the felt shapes to the wall.  So far we haven't lost too many pieces.  Usually other staff get to make new shapes but this month it was my turn.  Using our ellison die cut and a lot of hot glue we have suns and flowers, with rabbits and ducks. 


Laura

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Preschool Storytime - Bicycles

Image resultInspired by Jen in the Library's program Bikes - Preschool Storytime 

I did make a folder story for this program but we started to run out of time and no one wants to cut parachute play short.  I think I'll use the story in the summer with a sports theme.

Opening
Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed – Carole Peterson HUM
Hello to your toes yes indeed yes indeed yes indeed
Hello to your toes yes indeed my darling

Knees – shoulders - friends

Books
Duck On a Bike by David Shannon
Off We Go! a Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand
Everyone can learn to ride a bicycle by Chris Raschka

Music
Goldfish by Laurie Berkner fromThe Best of the Laurie Berkner Band
Can't Wait to Celebrate by Jim Gill from Jim Gill's Irrational Anthem

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Preschool Storytime - Shapes

Opening
Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed – Carole Peterson HUM
Hello to your toes yes indeed yes indeed yes indeed
Hello to your toes yes indeed my darling

Knees – shoulders - friends

Books
Cirlce, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham
Walter's Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood
Walter's Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quick Pic - Dominoes Felt Board


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I had previously made a Tetris board with felt for the kids to play with. That game inspired me to make another game; this time I chose dominoes. Our set of 28 felt tiles was quick to cut out. I painted the dots using black acrylic paint and the top of a pen to keep the dots uniform.  In retrospect I would have use another color besides the blue because the dots are hard to see on that color unless you are close up.

Laura


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Preschool Storytime - Space

Opening
Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed – Carole Peterson HUM
Hello to your toes yes indeed yes indeed yes indeed
Hello to your toes yes indeed my darling

Knees – shoulders - friends

Books

Zoo Zoom! by Candace Ryan
Sheep Blast Off by Nancy Shaw


Monday, February 20, 2017

Preschool Storytime - Boxes and Presents


*Update - I originally misattributed the idea for my felt board to the wrong blogger. I learned to make the Mystery Box felt by reading Fun with Friends at Storytime. *

Opening
Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed by Carole Peterson from her Album HUM - Highly Usable Music

Hello to your toes yes indeed yes indeed yes indeed
Hello to your toes yes indeed my darling
Knees – shoulders - friends

Books
Thank You Bear by Greg Foley
My Book Box by Will Hillenbrand.


Music
Jack in the Box by Hap Palmer for So Big: Activity Songs for Little Ones
Can't Wait to Celebrate by Jim Gill from Jim Gill's Irrational Anthem



Little Red Box - Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs
I wish I had a little red box
To put my mommy in.
I'd take her out and go,
Kiss, kiss, kiss, (Kiss in air.)
And put her back again.
Daddy: Hug, hug, hug. (Hug self.)
Good Friends: "How do you do?" (Shake hands).



Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017


*Posted 12/14/16, updated 2/20/17*

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Unlike my previous posts on New Year's resolutions I don't have a lot of plans as a librarian for 2017.  In fact I would like 2017 to be a year in which I librarian less. I don't want to be a librarian 24 hours a day. When I get home from my job I don't want to keep working unless the work I am doing is on myself.  Currently I read books all the time. I am constantly reading and reviewing youth titles.  I always have an audiobook to listen to and titles to be read for book talks.  Recently I have begun to wonder what my job would be like if I only did my work 40 hours a week/while I am physically at work.  Would my job suffer?  Or would I come to the library with fresh eyes? What would I do with my personal time if I weren't still doing my job in my off time?  I don't know what will happen but I want to find out.  I want to leave my work at work.  If I can't get my book reviews done at work then that task will have to wait.  If I don't have to time to read all new books for my book talks then I will adapt.  There are lots of videos of people reviewing books and surely I am not the only person to recommend a title they have never read before. The goals I do have are more for me.  They are less benchmark and more bucket list. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Preschool Storytime - Owls

Opening

Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed by Carole Peterson from her Album HUM - Highly Usable Music 

Hello to your toes yes indeed yes indeed yes indeed
Hello to your toes yes indeed my darling
Knees – shoulders - friends


Books
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
Whooo's There? by Mary Serfozo



Music

Can't Wait to Celebrate by Jim Gill from Jim Gill's Irrational Anthem
1 2 3 Whee by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael from Groovy Green

Sleeping Bag Chant by Carole Peterson Stephenson from H.U.M. - Highly Usable Music - Here the tune so you can sing it yourself and see lyrics on Macaroni Soup.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

5 Little Nails - Tube Story

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I was inspired by the blog Mel's Desk when I saw the post Not a Flannel Friday: 5 Little Nails.  I created my own Tube Story which I used in my construction preschool storytime.  I really liked the look of the faux wood grain background you can add in Publisher so I made a wood pattern for the paper both the tube and the tabs with the nails.  

Five Little Nails
Five little nails, standing straight and steady.
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam Bam Bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails to pound.

I like to use plastic coffee cans as drums in storytime.  We did a few songs on the drums before I introduced the rhyme.  Then as I said the line  "Bam Bam Bam! That nail goes down," I had the children hammer on their drums.  


Just repeat the lines until all the nails are gone and you have a very interactive counting rhyme. 

Check out another Tube Story for Five Hungry Ants in Preschool Storytime - July 4th Reboot.


Laura
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Fight For Air Climb

*Thanks to everyone who helped me meet my goal.*

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Fighting for healthy lungs is what inspired me to sign up to participate in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb February 18, 2017 at the Rhodes Tower in Columbus, OH. Please support my efforts by making a donation today.

Chances are you know someone who has faced the challenges of asthma, COPD, lung cancer or air pollution. By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the American Lung Association provide community based education programs, fight for cleaner air standards and fund life-saving research. With your help, we will fight against lung disease and for lung health. We will be making a positive difference for all of the parents who have a child with asthma, the people who struggle daily with COPD and the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children and friends who are diagnosed with lung cancer each and every day.

Every donation I receive helps make a bigger impact. Please support me by visiting my personal fundraising webpage and making a tax deductible donation today. One stair at a time, I am climbing for a better tomorrow!




Thank you,
Laura