Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day: Walking with Stories

I'm at Punderson State Park
alone for the moment
on a personal journey

How Will We Get to the Beach?
Me, I walk
pack on my back
Ipod in ears
pop beating the walk

Suddenly, suprise!
tears in eyes
a stranger offers a ride,
"I've been in your shoes before"
I love my Keen Shoes! I love my Keen shoes!

After musing and music
and sitting in mud
Walk in the Woods
on the Iroquois trail
listening to Eat, Pray, Love:

"I have a tendancy not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone is emotionally capable of reaching his highest potential." (Gilbert 285)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Babies: Motions Have Meaning

The embedded PDF below is available for download by clicking on "Baby Programs" under the "Youth Services Programs and Resources" heading in the upper right hand corner of this blog: http://librarieslearnlead.blogspot.com/

On the back of this handout, I printed the first page of Zero To Three: Playing with Babies: http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/play/playing-with-babies.html

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Gotta Move: Silly, Silly, Silly (Print Motivation)

I copied page 201 from the Collaborative Summer Library Program manual on the back side of the program handout.  I'm also switching the order a bit to help with the program's flow; We're getting more and more attendance, and the one-on-one name game is becoming difficult in the large group setting.

As always, if the embedded image does not load, you can find the pdf under "Youth Services Programs and Resources" --> "Music, Movement, and Early Literacy Programs" at http://librarieslearnlead.blogspot.com/ .

Saturday, May 21, 2011

2011 Summer Reading School Visit

This year, I made my summer reading school visit presentation the same for kindergarteners through third graders.  (It was a thirty minute auditorium visit by grade.)  Here is the outline:

Click here for the "Kye Kye Kule" lyrics and song clip, or
listen/purchase the versions below:

Below are the embedded supporting posters.  (There are also in this blog's "Graphics" folder.)  Images are from Microsoft Clipart.  I used them as a models to draw images for the other motions (not pictured).

I chose "The Alligator's Whistle" which is a musical story from Anne Pellowski's Storytelling Handbook

 , and I included optional audience participation. 

At one point in the presentation, I threw an inflatable globe (our library's summer reading prize/incentive) into the audience.  Whoever caught the globe had to say what they liked.  Of course, whatever they liked, I supported by mentioning the materials that the library had on that topic.  The older kids caught on to this trend and had fun trying to stump me with "likes" such as "cheese" and "sleeping" !!

Overall, the three most important steps I drill into the kids are:

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Simple Signs for Temporary Displays

I  like to have a poster to accompany temporary displays.  The following were created with Microsoft Word and Microsoft clipart.  Today I used legal sized paper, and advertised the Dewey numbers.  (See "Trains, Planes, and Automobiles (Cars)" poster.)

The embedded images below are also available in the "Graphics" folder under "Youth Services Programs and Resources" from this blog: http://librarieslearnlead.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Toddlers: Let's Be Silly! (Print Motivation)

If the embedded programming handout does not display below, visit the upper right hand corner of this blog: http://librarieslearnlead.blogspot.com/. Under "Youth Services Programs and Resources," choose "Toddler, ages 2 and 3." Then choose "(2011 5) Let's Be Silly (Print Motivation).pdf"

This is the third time that I've put an art/craft activity on the back of the handout!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Charles R. Smith Jr. (Virginia Hamilton Conference)

To paraphrase, Charles R. Smith Jr., in true multicultural literature, every individual grows.  For him, it appears that photography and writing, particularly poetry ("finding the right words, not necessarily fancy or long or rhyming"), is the mode for individual and societal sharing and ultimately, growth.

During his presentation at the 2011 Virginia Hamilton Conference on April 8, he performed his poems and shared his life; As a child, "I turned to books ... to help me fly" (from track 10 on About Me) and became inspired by various artistic and noteworthy African Americans (see track 11 from Inspirations), including Ms. Nikki Giovanni, who was also a speaker at the conference.

He is a phenomenal performer and witty wordsmith (you'll get his flavor as you listen to track fifteen "I Am a Poet - a Capella"), but I wish I could have recorded and put his presentation on Youtube.  When I got Portrait of a Poet signed (only MP3 downloads are available on Amazon), I did ask if he had already put performances on Youtube.  He answered that he hadn't but that they may have been posted by others.  While I haven't found such poem performance videos, here is a link to Simon and Schuster's Youtube video where he discusses his 2010 Coretta Scott King Award (illustration) book My People.  You can also view a still of the performance in my photo collection below.

One of his last thoughts was, "We are all made up of a variety of things that make us human beings."
Thank you for your work, Mr. Smith.