Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gotta Move: Letter B (bells, bears, and ...)

Here's my newest outline for a music and movement program that addresses the six early literacy skills:

(If the image above does not load, go to "Youth Services Programs and Resources" ---> "Music and Movement Programs" --> "(2010 12 16) Letter B.")

Before "The North Wind Doth Blow," I will pass out the following pieces to the children:

(If the image above does not load, go to "Youth Services Programs and Resources" --> "Graphics" --> "North Wind Doth Blow (pieces).")

As I point to the words on the poster (that I got from enchantedlearning.com), I'll ask the child with the next word/image to come up and place it on the sticky board.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quick Advice for the (Budding) Children's Librarian

As a librarian:

Join and BE ACTIVE in the American Library Association: http://www.ala.org/

Use, especially, the list making features on Worldcat.org: http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/MissHayleyMac/lists

Use Shelfari or LibraryThing to keep track of what you have read/would like to read:

Learn about emotional intelligence and communication (e.g. active listening): http://learningemergingleadership.blogspot.com/2010/09/listening.html

Keep exploring and learning about technology: http://www.wired.com/

For children's librarians:
Join and use the ALSC and PUBYAC listservs: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/compubs/alsc20/alscdisclist/index.cfm

Keep exploring new ways to present programs while infusing Every Child Ready to Read tips and teaching/encouraging/recognizing parent involvement:
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/ecrr/index2.cfm (URL to change soon)

Be familiar with child (brain) development: http://www.worldcat.org/title/rethinking-the-brain-new-insights-into-early-development/oclc/37178569?referer=list_view

Use a variety of storytelling skills/techniques: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0ByZSJgcQD22tMmMwNTE3MmEtMjFjMi00NjA4LWJlOTYtZDg1OThhZTM1NDQ2&hl=en
(See also the National Storytelling Network at http://storynet.org/ )

Make sure to REALLY serve all ages from birth to sixth grade. (e.g. Offer special "Tween" programs for 4th to 6th grade.)

Offer family programs for all ages and really mean and prepare for all ages.

Be conscious of your storytime themes.  Make themes as inclusive as possible.  (e.g. If I offer an exclusively Christmas storytime, my non-Christmas celebrating patron feels excluded.)

Be conscious of your activities.  (e.g. If someone with a special need dropped in, how could I modify the activity/rhyme?)  https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0ByZSJgcQD22tNGIzYTMxNDEtNmNiZC00YTU1LWE5YTEtNTEwMjQ3NzM5NWI5&hl=en&pli=1
(Try using picture schedules at all storytimes ... http://www.mayer-johnson.com/products/boardmaker/)

HAVE FUN during your programs!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Starlight at Night Program Outline

If the embedded image above does not load, go to "Youth Services Programs and Resources" ---> "Family Programs (All Ages)" ---> "(2010 12) Starlight at Night."

Program props (story pieces/clipart made book) can be found in the "Graphics" folder under "Youth Services Programs and Resources."

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pajamarama for the Family: Starlight at Night

Click on the following link to access the Microsoft and Google Image clip art that I will be using for a Family "Pajamarama" program: https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0ByZSJgcQD22tM2ZjOTcwODctN2I3Zi00OTk0LTk1ZWYtNTliOWFiYjJkNjRj&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

The program will be on Monday night at 6:30 p.m.  The theme is "Starlight at Night."  The opening activity is a combination rhyme, name game, and Every Child Ready to Read application.

Before the program begins, I'll invite the children to pick one of the pre-cut star graphics.  The caregiver will be encouraged to teach their child about letters and writing as the child writes his/her name.

During the opening rhyme, different colors will be called, and the child with the appropriately colored star will be invited to place his/her star on the post-it sticky board (http://tinyurl.com/StickyBoard)

A colleague mentioned that these graphics could be laminated, and the names be written on them with dry erase markers.  This would allow for reuse.  However, I have decided to have the children take their stars home, if they choose.

(I have no time to laminate them, and it will act as a supplemental take home piece.  At the very least, I can put them on display for December.)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Libraries: Launchpad for Knowledge!

Because I do not have a painted picture at this moment ... I will paint with my words ...

Surf Board to Informational Literacy

Libraries should teach patrons how to read  ...
from screen to shining screen
from shore to shining shore
America, Happy Hanukkah!