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
The Library Rules: A Hilarious Game Show Competition to Keep Your Patrons Laughing!
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!
Weekly Nibble: September 11, 2020
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
Cardboard and Engineering Challenges: Easy, At-Home Learning Opportunities!
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!
Weekly Nibble: August 7, 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
Weekly Nibble: July 31, 2020
Image is an Animal Crossing villager diving into the ocean from a cliff. Caption reads: "Should I go to work tomorrow or should I fling myself into the ocean" Luckily, this week I haven't had to choose. (Animal Crossing for days! I have really worked on improving my island and breeding flowers.) Hallelujah for vacation … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: July 31, 2020
Fairy Tale STEAM: A Digital Program Series That Encourages Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Age Range: 5-12 yearsTime: One hour for three challenges with in-person groups; One hour per challenge at homeProgram Type: Registration; Series; Online When COVID-19 shattered our plans of in-person summer reading programming, we scrambled to retrofit many of our pre-planned programs to be viable online options. This saved us a lot of valuable time several … Continue reading Fairy Tale STEAM: A Digital Program Series That Encourages Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Weekly Nibble: July 17, 2020
Here I am, back at it again. I just can't help myself. =) In all seriousness though, there is something I wanted to put out there this week for discussion. I finished filming and editing my final summer reading video this week. For almost four months now, I've been doing this digital programming thing and … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: July 17, 2020
Weekly Nibble: July 10, 2020
I have been thinking about these blog posts for a few weeks now. They were originally intended to be a small reflection, anecdote, or useful tidbit from each week's work. With COVID-19 ramping up everywhere and no reopening in sight, I just don't think these posts are sustainable in a weekly format at the moment. … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: July 10, 2020
Book Recommendations: Magical Reads
“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – J.K. Rowling We’ve all wished for and needed a little magic these past few months. My first Book Scouts of the summer, inspired by our “Imagine Your Story” Summer Reading Program, is a tribute to all things magical. The books … Continue reading Book Recommendations: Magical Reads