Thursday, October 19, 2017

Quick Pic - All In A Day's Work

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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.




Laura
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Teen Horror Movie Poster Quiz


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

Howdy
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. 



Laura
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Preschool Storytime - Balloons

Opening

The More We Get Together (And Read Together): Storytime Welcome Song by Jbrary

The more we get together, together, together 

The more we get together
The happier we'll be For your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends The more we get together The happier we'll be The more we read together, together, together the more we read together the happier we'll be. Read big books and small books Read short books and tall books The more we read together the happier we'll be.

Books
Don't Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup
Buzzy's Balloon by Harriet Ziefert
Come Back, Ben by Ann Hassett and John Hassett


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Teen Autograph Bingo

Howdy
You would think I might have my teen Halloween program nailed down by now, but I am still tinkering with it.  I felt I needed another warm up activity before I had them wrap each other like mummies and dance to the Time Warp.  I decided to make this Autograph Bingo card to encourage my teens to mingle instead of clumping around the food table.  There is a PDF you can quickly print in a pinch. I also have a Publisher version in case you'd like to make the game harder. (or easier?)  You might have played this before at a conference.  I am pretty sure I played something like this at a Girl Scout Badge Day a million years ago.  Of course you can change the rules to suit your teens.  Basically you want the teens to interact with each other and ask simple questions to discover what they all might have in common or what makes everyone unique. I think I might use the bingo cards to help divide the teens into teams for later events.  Good luck!


Laura
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Friday, September 1, 2017

Flannel Friday Roundup for 9/1/17

Join us next week for the September 8th Round Up at What is Bridget Reading?.

From Carissa at Faith and Felt Obsession we have a Wall Christmas Tree you could add to a wall in your Children's room or program room. 


Lisa at LibraryLand shares her creation Flannel Friday-Five Elephants which is sure to earworm you with "he called for another elephant." 


Monday, August 28, 2017

September 1, 2017 Flannel Friday Placeholder

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Welcome to the September 1 Flannel Friday placeholder! Can't wait to see what you've got this week. Leave a link to your submission in the comments, and I will add posts to the round-up throughout the day Friday and Saturday. Saturday I am at the Fair all day so your submission might not go up right away.

For more on Flannel Friday, check out the blog.


Laura
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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Teen Anime Club - Janken Competition

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For tonight's activity I decided to host a Janken Competition. Janken (じゃん拳 janken) is the Japanese equivalent of Rock Paper Scissors, but taken to a whole new level in terms of usage and importance in daily life. (WikiJet) To hold your own competition you will need a way to show videos of other competitions to give your teens an idea of how exciting the sport can be. They did air Rock Paper Scissors competitions on ESPN  while back but I don't think this will compel my teens to play. You will also need some props. Each opponent needs an item to shield their head and an item to hit with. I used two buckets and two paper swords. You can also use two hats and two pool noodles. Or two dust bins and two inflatables hammers like those at the carnival. The best way to explain the rules if you watch the video. I work in a public library and this video does show two men kissing instead of hitting each other. Kissing is against the rules but the video is fine. Depending on your audience you may need to find another video or alternative method of explaining the rules. Another good video is a Jankenpon contest on a Japanese game show.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Quick Pic - YA Wall Art


Howdy

Months ago I saw a great idea on the Lompoc Library's Instagram feed where book covers were used to spell Read. (Just for fun I want to share that this was my childhood library for many years until we moved to Ohio) I have been saving book covers in preparation for my own version of this project ever since.  It took well over 50 covers which I then had to laminate and trim.  Next I used duct tape to give my letters some structure and I secured the front of the letters with book tape.  The whole display is attached to the wall with push pins.  



Laura
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dinosaur Finger Puppets

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Getting ready for fall storytimes I saw the best idea on Miss Mary Liberry for Flannel Friday: (No Sew) Monster Finger Puppets.  I already have a cute set of monsters but I knew I could use this inspiration to make a set of dinosaurs instead.  This is my 3rd set of finger puppets and I love them the best.  My first two pairs were too big and I could not put them on or take them off easily. 



Dinosaur - Sung to the tune of One Elephant.  See KCLS video for the tune.
One dinosaur went out to play
On a giant fern one day 
She had such enormous fun 
That she called for another dinosaur to come. 
Oh Diiiiiiiiiiiinosaur!.
Two dinosaurs went out to play…. 
Three dinosaurs… 
Four dinosaurs….
Five dinosaurs went out to play 
On a giant fern one day 
They had such enormous fun 

That they played until the day was done! 
See a previous Dinosaurs Storytime.

Laura
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Quick Pic - Ronald McDonald Everyday Leader

Howdy
I think most clowns are creepy.  I do have a special place in my heart for Ronald McDonald.  While we disagree on nutrition, I love how he makes me laugh.  I got to help with our most recent visit from Ronald.  Here we are trying to unlock the Keys to Leadership but it seems we are doing a group fist bump. 


Laura

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Park Outreach Storytime - Pond, Lake and Stream

Opening
Stand Up Sit Down Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
now stand up again, and turn around
you can keep standing up, but not for long
cause this is the stand up, sit down, 

stand up, sit down song

stand up if you're ___ years old
and sit back down again

stand up if you're ___ years old

and sit back down with your friends
(repeat until I get everyone)


Books
Who Lives By a Pond? a Song About Where Animals Live by Tom David Barna - This is a really fantastic series about habitats that includes animals who live in trees, caves and underground. 

Fish Had a Wish by Michael Garland
Bear & Hare Go Fishing by Emily Gravett


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Park Outreach Storytime - Weather

Opening
Stand Up Sit Down Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
now stand up again, and turn around
you can keep standing up, but not for long
cause this is the stand up, sit down, 

stand up, sit down song

stand up if you're ___ years old
and sit back down again

stand up if you're ___ years old

and sit back down with your friends
(repeat until I get everyone)


Books
Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre.
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld.
The Rain Came Down by David Shannon.

Music 
Dance Freeze Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red


Friday, June 30, 2017

Teen Anime Club - Silhouettes Game

Howdy
Drawing inspiration from an online Anime Silhouette Quiz; I created a paper version you can print.  This nine page printable features 15 silhouettes of popular anime and manga characters, an answer key with character names and their corresponding series and a page of quiz sheets.  To test your teens knowledge at your next Anime Club just print the first eight sheets.  Cut the sheets in half and post the 15 images around the space you use for club meetings.  Stash the answer key somewhere handy.  Next determine how many copies of the quiz you need and print those pages.  Provide your teens with pencils and a time limit to make their guesses.  If you want to up the fun you can offer a prize to the teen or team of teens with the most correct answers. You can also be tricky and arrange images in a random order.  You wouldnt think that would be an issue for some reason it bamboozled my participants.  This activity took my teens about ten minutes and most got about half correct.  No one got all the answers correct.  You can find a downloadable PDF file or a Publisher file.  If you think your teens will have enough of a challenge with the silhouettes provided you can just print the file and use it as is, or you can download the publisher file and add images that could be more popular with your group.



Laura

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Park Outreach Storytime - Turtles

Turtle Fun
Howdy

Opening
Stand Up Sit Down Song by Rick Goldin
Everybody stand up
Everybody sit down
now stand up again, and turn around
you can keep standing up, but not for long
cause this is the stand up, sit down, 

stand up, sit down song

stand up if you're ___ years old
and sit back down again

stand up if you're ___ years old

and sit back down with your friends
(repeat until I get everyone)


Books
Foolish Tortise by Eric Carle
Scoot by Cathryn Fallwell
Around the Pond: Who's Been Here by Lindsay Barrett George  
Turtle Splash by Cathryn Fallwell




Friday, June 23, 2017

Flannel Friday Roundup for 6/23/17

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Goat Yoga may not catch on but the Goat Props from Wendy at Flannel Board Fun are just classic. 
This felt board is Totes My Goats!

Do you need a felt board and rhyme for a tiger or zoo theme? Look no further than Amy at One Little Librarian and her flannel friday: tigers in the jungle creation.  For your viewing pleasure, not one or two but five tiger kittehs. 




Let's have some birthday fun with Kate at Felt Board Magic who brings us  Four Birthday Presents Felt Board Set and Today I have a Birthday Felt Board Set.



Here are two felt boards from my blog, One for the Books.  You can find my Lego Counting board and my Trash Trucks board at Preschool Storytime - Lego/Construction.


Join us in two weeks for the July 7 Round Up at Felt Board Fun.

Can’t wait for a great idea? Check out the Flannel Friday Blog, Facebook, and Pinterest  pages!

Laura
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Monday, June 19, 2017

June 23, 2017 Flannel Friday Placeholder

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Welcome to the June 23 Flannel Friday placeholder! Can't wait to see what you've got this week. Leave a link to your submission in the comments, and I will add posts to the round-up throughout the day Friday and Saturday (if I'm being pokey). 

For more on Flannel Friday, check out the blog.


Laura
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

School Library Journal Teen Librarian Tool Box Article

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As part of the #SJYALit Discussion I've written a post for the School Library Journal's website, Teen Librarian Toolbox, introducing myself as Asexual and what that means.  
Just yesterday I was informed that being Asexual makes me a non-entity, with no place in the LGBTIA+ spectrum. I encourage you to read more about #SJYALit (2017)
The Social Justice in YA Lit Project/Discussion, using YA literature to discuss a variety of social justice issues including own voices, representation, discrimination, education, poverty and more.
 Introducing Asexuality, a guest post by Laura Perenic

Laura
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Quick Pic - Block Head

Howdy
I really have no explanation for this. The best I can do is saying that Lego Club is this week and I had just come back to work from outreach storytime. So basically I was in a very silly mood. 



Laura
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Quick Pic - Bookmobile

Howdy
Today I rode the Bookmobile to Lincoln Elementary's Spring Fling where we shared our summer reading program and encouraged lots of new patrons to join us this season. 



Laura
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Teen Anime Club - Otaku Bingo

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I originally wanted to include this activity with my Cherry Blossom Festival, but I overplanned.  Using the bingo card generator at My Free Bingo Cards, I added 60 manga and anime titles along with some Japanese words and phrases.  You can use the printable below to make 30 cards.  The PDF file also includes 2 cards for the caller which you can cut up and put in a bucket or bag so your choices are more random.  I used a bag of craft buttons as the bingo chips.  I didn't include a free space but this is an option you can add if you make your own boards online. For prizes I gave away Pocky and some Easter bubblegum from clearance.   When I told my teens we were playing Otaku Bingo, one of them replied "great, I like tacos." I dearly hope they were teasing but sometimes you just can't tell. 


Laura
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Five Little Fish - Velcro Glove

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I love to use the song Five Little Fish by Dr. Jean from her album Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs.  It is a great song for a beach storytime. This year I decided to make a velcro glove with little fish so I could share the song with my preschool kids in a new way.  My definition of fancy felt is anything with googly eyes and I sure things these critters are cute.



No little fishies swimming in the sea,
(Hold up fist.)
Splishing and a splashing
(Pretend to swim.)
And a rocking to the beat.
Here comes a little fishie,
(Wave.)
Oh, say, "hello."
One little fishie swimming in a row.
(Hold up one finger.)
One little fishie . . . (Hold up one finger.)
Two little fishies . . . (Hold up two fingers.)
Three little fishies . . . (Hold up three fingers.)
Four little fishies . . . (Hold up four fingers.)
Five little fishies . . . (Hold up five fingers.)
Everybody wave 'cause don't you know,
Those little fishies got to go (Wave goodbye)
Oh, ah, away they go. (Lyrics)


Laura
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Quick Pic - Transportation Wall Felt Board

Howdy
Some of the wall felt board sets I make have way too many pieces.  I spent a lot of time playing 52 pick up.  I decided to make a transportation themed felt board consisting of 15 pieces of road and 12 vehicles. In retrospect I could have made all the pieces a tad smaller and lighter. The road pieces are especially heavy and prone to sliding off the wall. The vehicles patterns are based on a set sold on Etsy


Laura


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Teen Cherry Blossom Festival, Part 2

Soot Sprites
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To celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival this year I planned for a craft, a snack and a quiz followed by some anime on Crunchyroll. In retrospect I didn't like the anime I chose, Food Wars was too mature. Here other activities I've done for The Cherry Blossom Festival

Our craft was soot sprites from the anime film Spirited Away. Most sprites have legs and very large eyes.  Sometimes the sprites also have arms. It is up to you if your sprites just have legs or if they need arms as well. The make a sprite you need scissors, yarn, glue and googly eyes.  There are a lot of methods for making the pom poms but I like the method in this video as it takes the least amount of supplies.  In the picture the smaller sprite was made by wrapping yarn around the tines of a fork.  The bigger sprite was made by wrapping the yarn around my hand. This is a good craft to encourage teamwork is your teens will most likely need someone to try the center string in place. 

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.

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the newest content.

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


Howdy

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*

Howdy,

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