Monday, January 31, 2011

Family Program: Snowmen at Night

If the embedded image does not work, visit the upper right hand corner of this blog.  Under "Youth Services Programs and Resources," choose "Family Programs (All Ages)." Then choose "(2011 1) Snowmen at Night." 

You can also access the accompanying images under "Graphics" --> "Snowmen Directions" or "Snowmen Multi Colored."

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Using Picturebooks to Foster Unity

I recently received my Fall 2010 issue of the MultiCultural Review (Volume 19, Number 3, Fall 2010).  I have an article that appears in the EMIE Bulletin section.

I am sorry to say that there are a few mysterious mis-prints, including the title which should read "Using Picturebooks to Foster Unity," but I am excited to see the idea of it now a printed reality.

Below is the embedded article from Google docs:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Moon Over Manifest and the Need for the Newbery

Recently on the ALSC listserv, there has been discussion concerning the purpose and practicality of the Newbery Award.  As always, it's interesting to have a national discussion on library related issues.  I am always presented with new thoughts.

Personally, I think the Newbery Award still has its place and importance as libraries support literary quality and innovation in conjunction with pairing people with information for education and entertainment. I also support the idea of ALSC creating a "Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers" list which would also be practical in reaching and "hooking" those non-readers.

When I went back to reading Moon Over Manifest, Sister Redempta's statement on page 112 caught my eye: "Start with the word manifest.  It's a verb as well as a noun.  Look it up."  I experienced a bit of an impulse to explore this idea and its presence throughout the novel in an academic way -- similar to how I had explored Tuck Everlasting as an undergraduate student.  This wasn't necessarily a negative reaction.  However, when I began to read the next chapter which flashed back to 1917, I decided it was time to start another book.

There are so many stories and so much information to explore, that I decided to put it down for awhile and explore something else.  There's a place for hooking up the right person to the right story or right information, and for me, this wasn't the right match at the moment.

I've switched gears and began The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan -- Pura Belpre Author Award Winner.  I am loving Sis's illustrations and the concrete poetry ...

Monday, January 24, 2011

Middle Schoolers: Management and Moon Over Manifest

Here's a great compilation of after school, "tween" crowd control from the members of the Public Libraries: Young Adults and Children (PUBYAC) internet discussion list:

Moon Over Manifest
I'm about one hundred pages into the story, which seems pretty telling to me, since the last straight text, fiction book I actually finished reading the old school, physical book way was ... hmmmmm ... (I mostly listen to fiction stories on CD or mp3. I tend to read graphic novels, biographies, graphic novel memoirs, or bits of nonfiction books.)

So far, I'm reminded of the recent past Newbery winners ... the desert dryness in the Higher Power of Lucky (2007) and the magical mystery and importance of writing (letters/notes) and story in When You Reach Me (2010).

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snow Storytime for Site Visits

When I take a program on the road, I plan interactive stories. Not that I don't use interaction in all of my programs, but I am more aware of incorporating it into programs that I take out of the library because you never know what you might walk into.

I usually pick two rhymes -- one sitting, movement rhyme and one hand counting rhyme. Generally, I prepare two or three stories -- one to sing to, one magnetic or draw and tell, and one pop up or one we can read and talk about. I've also learned to throw a couple extra "bestseller" books into the bag that appeal to a younger audience than I expect and a couple books that appeal to an older audience than I expect. (I'll always remember walking into a "preschool" storytime and encountering elementary school kids!)

I'm also a bit more flexible in my agenda when I do an outreach program. I follow the flow of the audience interaction and our conversations as we read, rhyme, and sing to determine what to do next.

Here is what I used for an snow themed outreach program yesterday:

(Cover body parts.)
Snow on my forehead
Snow on my knee
Snow on my eyes
I can’t see

(Touch body parts or dress/comb them.)
Snow on my boots
Snow on my hair
Snow on my mittens
Snow everywhere
Adapted from Dick Wilmes

"Neighborhood Snowman" by ?
In this oral story, we use team work to create a snowman on the mag board. We make the movements of creating a snowball. We use sleds and skis (pictures) and helping hands (sitting movement) to stack the snowballs. Then we choose what to add to the snowman to give him personality.

There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro
We read/sing the book together, pausing for guessing, adding, and talking about the next mag board piece.

Who’s Been Here?: A Tale in Tracks by Fran Hodgkins
We look at and talk about the prints in the snow and guess the animal who made them. Each page we list the animals who came before.

Five little snowflakes floating gently down
Five little snowflakes making not a sound
One little snowflake landed on my tongue
Ehen there were ___ little snowflakes left to have fun

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Investment in a New Year
"...we have to keep investing, so that we survive the downturn and emerge ready to thrive in the good times."

But let us invest in what is effective. Let us re-evaluate all current practices, and discuss alternative ways of thinking and working together.

"Now is the time to come together for the future ... and to make decisions wisely so that those who come after us can enjoy, just as we did ..."

Let us come together with some shared visions, and missions for our work. Let us work toward a common goal.

In the work of children's librarians, our shared goal is to effectively implement Every Child Ready to Read -- to educate and support caregivers and youth in the ways of loving to read and learn together.