This week, I had my second Zoom session with my Book Worms kiddos. We read Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler and made Q-tip skeletons. I had fifteen kiddos and it was a wild ride from start to finish. We had multiple technical difficulties, one kid had a breakdown over the craft, and all of … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: October 2, 2020
Virtual programming has been a struggle for me. Keeping school age kids engaged digitally when they are burned out on hybrid schooling is hard. Going into this fall, I knew that I wanted to provide some opportunities for families to relax and laugh together. I worried at first that I might be met with pushback … Continue reading The Library Rules: A Hilarious Game Show Competition to Keep Your Patrons Laughing!
Just dropping in to say that the first episode of season two of Epic Athenaeum premiered this week! Give it a watch below! If you want to vote on the theme of our next episode, visit the Johnson City Public Library's Facebook page and comment on the post! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06DR7QfJxNg
Max and Marla Are Going On a Trip by Alexandra Boiger It's been a while since I've done a picture book review, and I wanted to share this sweet story I read last month. Max and his snowy owl, Marla, are excited to go on a trip when school lets out for the summer. Max … Continue reading Book Review: Max and Marla Are Going On A Trip
I just wanted to pop in to share some good news from this week! Ever since our library closed, we've been hesitant to use Zoom for programming very much. We've used it for meetings and I've used it to update our Librarians-in-Training on library happenings, but not much else. Our preschool librarians are worried it's … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: September 4, 2020
Age Range: 5-12 years old; All AgesTime: 1 hourProgram Type: Drop-In; Registration; At Home As many families begin a new homeschooling, virtual school, and/or hybrid learning adventure this year, I wanted to talk about a couple of programs I've offered at the library that facilitate cross-curricular, open-ended learning. And the best part? They are so … Continue reading Cardboard and Engineering Challenges: Easy, At-Home Learning Opportunities!
I actually don't have an outfit for this month and I've made a decision about these blog posts based on over a year's worth of data. I've always felt that the OOTM posts were a little out in left field compared to the rest of the blog, and I honestly think they'd make nicer Instagram … Continue reading Outfit of the Month: July 2020
Classes for my graduate program begin on Monday! I am only enrolled in one class this semester, and it is fully online and asynchronous. I'm hoping I won't be too overwhelmed since it seems pretty flexible, but I'm getting nervous. My second undergrad degree finished in 2014, six years ago! How has it been that … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: August 14, 2020
It's back to the old grind this week, and I wanted to share with you a really great service we've been offering our patrons for a few weeks now. Word is starting to get out about our professionally curated Book Bundles, which are bundles of several titles on a theme or topic selected per patron … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: August 7, 2020
“Myth is at the beginning of literature, and also at its end.” – Jorge Luis Borges Last month’s Book Scouts featured stories that are rooted in mythology, folklore, fables, and legends. The books listed here are targeted toward middle grade children, but can be enjoyed by readers and listeners of all ages. If you love … Continue reading Book Recommendations: Mythical Reads