Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Hooray! My article entitled "Play to Learn: Free Tablet Apps and Recommended Toys for Ages 3–7" has been published in ALSC's Children and Libraries.  It is available through the Ebscohost database.

I will be adding the article's app suggestions as well as others to a Notebook: 

It's just in the beginning stages now, but please continue to check back =)

Please note that to access the notebook, your internet browser will have to be the newest version.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Leaders and Consensus

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."
Martin Luther King Jr.

Interesting ...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Springpad vs Pinterest

I've been working on creating "notebooks" on that I am hoping will allow me to better bookmark, organize, and share program handouts, websites, videos, voice recordings, files, and notes.  I am hoping that the efficiency and features of this system will let me move away from Google Drive and Google Docs (which I usually embed in this blog).

The only minor limitation I see with Springpad so far is that to access the site, one's browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Apple Safari) has to be the newest version. However, from what I understand, one can email a "spring" (bookmark etc) from one's email in an older internet browser (on public computers etc) and this will be added to one's Springpad notebooks.

I also like that Springpad has mobile app (iOs and Android) capabilities and can bookmark and organize websites, notes, videos, and uploaded documents vs.'s picture only boards.

Let's try this and see how it goes ... Click on the link to access my brand new "My Library Programs" notebook -- remember to be in the newest version of one of the internet browsers listed earlier.  So far there is a note called "Tales & Talk for 2s & 3s."  Click on it to access an uploaded .pub and .pdf files of a recent program handout. 

How does that work from your end?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ghost Draw and Tell Story

Great Draw-and-Tell at this link:

Summer Reading Ideas from PUBYAC

Here is a great compilation of ideas for Summer Reading/Library Programs from the PUBYAC listserv.  More of my own thoughts to come ...

Message: 3
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:39:25 -0500
Subject: [PY] Summer Reading Program Ideas-Compilation

My original post asked what new ideas libraries had for Summer Reading
Programs. I did receive more requests for a post than actual ideas,
but hanks to all that responded. Guess it?s time to put our thinking
caps on! Some themes/trends I noticed:

1. Instead of just Children?s and Teen programs, some libraries
are breaking it down into separate programs for babies, kids, tweens,
and teens.

2. Instead of just asking participants to read books, libraries
ask participants to complete tasks, like write a book review, or
attend a library event.

3. More programs have an online element. Some are offering
online registration/recording, while other libraries are taking it a
bit further with online activities.

Pierce County Library has an interesting SRP program for teens
including online challenges that earn ?badges?. Check out their teen
program here:

Iowa City Public Library has an example of a ?task sheet? here:

This wasn?t a SRP, but I liked the way the library in St. Louis
partnered with other organizations to get kids reading and exercising.
Check it out:

Below are some responses I received from PUBYAC members.

Here?s how SRP works at my library:

1. Children birth to 18 come in and register between June 1 and August 31.

2. The next time they visit they check in and receive a free new
book and a packet of coupons.

3. They can check in once in June, once in July, and once in
August for a total of three free books and coupons.

This program meets our two goals of (1) getting people into the
library and (2) keeping kids reading all summer long. Last summer we
had 1128 kids register and gave away 2010 books. Our city has a
population of 18,000. People come to our library from other
communities because the kids are so excited to get free books. I have
countless parents tell me every year how happy they are that we give
away books instead of those gewgaws. The program works very well for
us and I?d strongly encourage other libraries to give it a try. Good

Additional Resources:

Dr. Linda B. Gambrell, "Seven Rules of Engagement: What's Most
Important to Know about Motivation to Read" (Reading Teacher v.65#3
Nov 2011 p.172-178
Motivation and Rewards by Marinak and Gambrell

We did the food theme this summer and we gave them "menus." For each
menu k-4th grade had to read 30 minutes a day and choose from a
pre-selected list of activities; tweens had to read at least 50 pages
for the week. When they finished, they handed in their menu to
receive a prize. They were issued a new menu for every week of the
Next summer is a travel theme and I don't know what kind of log they
will get, but we will stick to the weekly thing because it was very

This article was just published on a statewide list about summer
reading in Indianapolis. They have used a very different model for
more than 20 years, giving each book read a point value and allowing
kids to spend their "points" on a selection of prizes. The past
couple of years they have partnered with community organizations for a
philanthropic twist.

The Adult Summer Reading program at Downey City ILbrary does Book
Bingo. Adult patrons can fill out as many bingo cards during the
program as they want, and each one is put into a raffle. Themed gift
bags (fun in the sun, BBQ, etc.) are raffled off at the end. Each
time a patron turns in a completed book bingo card they get a

One great simplification we added two years ago was reading logs
counting days: kids check off each day they read, not book titles, not
time, not book types or a reading contract.

At one library I worked at previously and at my current job, we
did/do the reading log for the kids, but then we had scratch-off
tickets for the teens. At my previous library, for each book they
read, they received a scratch-off. Sometimes they won a prize (ice
cream coupons, mini-golf coupons, etc.) and sometimes they didn't.
Either way, they would fill out the back for a chance to win the grand
prize. They LOVED it!
At my current library, we have a reading calendar for teens. They keep
track of their minutes and for every 5 hours they read they get a
ticket. I like this because it doesn't matter WHAT they read, just how
much. They can either win a prize, a book, another ticket, or a grand
prize entry.
You can either order the scratch-offs from an outside company like my
previous workplace did, or you can make your own, like we do now. We
print them on cardstock and attach the stickers to scratch off. You
can purchase these in big rolls.

Our summer reading format is to set your own goal. They do write the
books down in their log and bring it back for the prize at the end,
but it is not minutes or an arbitrary number of books read. It really
works well... the reluctant readers seem more eager to participate and
the avid readers set higher goals than I would set! We encourage kids
to talk it over with their parents or teacher. We also let kids
reevaluate if they set their goal too high...every year there is
someone who sets a goal of 200 or more and realizes half way thru the
summer that that is a lot of books!

Thanks again to all that responded!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Movement in the Library

Not only are some children kinesthetic learners (and all that good movement stuff I presented in the "Yoga Storytimes" presentation in August) ...

I just saw that Ohio will institute Physical Education standards in the state evaluations:

So, once again, adding more movement into library programs can support the learning that is being stressed in schools ...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

9/11 Story from a Survivor

Catherine Balkin, founder of Balkin Buddies, has posted her husband's story online:

He was in the World Trade Center on 9/11 ...

Catherine says, "You are free to share this account with your students or quote from it as needed. We do not require that you ask us for permission in advance and there is no charge to use it. We have no wish to profit from 9/11 in any way."

She also encouraged me via email to share it with anyone who "may benefit" from it.  Take a look ...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gotta Move: Noises in the Night

For summer, we grouped the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers into this multi-age, early literacy program. 

We asked the babies to sit in the front, and during the program, provided modified movements for caregivers to do for the babies.  For example, for Wee Willie Winkie, we encouraged the parents to move the babies' feet and lift and lower them on "upstairs" and "downstairs."

I introduced the program by saying, "Let's have fun, be active, and get ready to read!"

I used an iPad to project a sun, a sunset, and a moon scene on a screen (via a VGA adapter and VGA cable) as we repeated Wee Willie Winkie and changed the time on a toy clock from 8 to 9 to 10 o'clock. 

We used puppets/props along with physical/animal motions during Little Owl's Night.

I ended up using the cricket vs. grasshopper activity as my "waiting activity" -- waiting for everyone to come in and get settled before actually starting the program.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cicada Outreach Program


Waddaleeatcha Slap knees twice, clap twice
Waddaleeatcha Double scissor cross hands left over right, right over left
Doodleydoo Right hand touches right shoulder, nose, lands on left shoulder
Doodleydoo Left hand touches left shoulder, nose, lands on right shoulder

Simplest song there isn't much to it
All ya gotta do is doodley doo it
I like the rest but the part I like the best goes
Doodley doodley doo
Quack! Quack!

Draw and Tell: "Cicada" using Singing Fingers App

Listened to different Cicadas songs from The Songs of Insects by Lang Elliott; Wil Hershberger

Showed some pictures and highlighted facts from Cicadas!: Strange and Wonderful by Mr. Laurence Pringle and Meryl Henderson

Insect Parts 1 (
(tune: Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes)
Head, thorax abdomen, six legs
Head, thorax abdomen, six legs
And eyes and ears and antennae
Head, thorax abdomen, six legs

Point to the appropriate parts on your body for each of the insect parts. Put up index fingers and waggle them for antenna, and put three fingers out on each side for 6 legs!!

Showed a dead Cicada that I had found on my porch!  (The inspiration for the program!!!)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Technology and Temple Grandin

First, let me say that in order to type this and all new posts, I have to access my blog in Google Chrome ... time to find a new way to share online ... How can I move the content of this blog into something more appealing and accessible?  I've tried a wiki but didn't like that it was purely text oriented ... Anyway ...

So I'm reading Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

And I was disappointed that a freshman college Agriculture Production student working at for the summer hadn't yet heard about Temple Grandin.

Not only am I inspired by Temple's intelligence, passion, and work ... I am inspired by the Teachers that encouraged her interests and who fueled her passion in science.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Silent but Active

I've been quiet on this blog but active in professional activities:

I have worked on the Ohio Library Council Planning Committee for their Children's and Teens Services Conference:
Please take part in the "Swap and Shop" even if you are elsewhere in the States!

-- Yes, I finally listened to Gantos' Dead End in Norvelt 2012 Newbery Winner:

I'm working on a co-presentation:

Communicating on the Librarians' Executive Board for our library's union.

Creating a list of (mostly free) Apple apps to use in Library Programming and am planning programs using the iPad (+ LCD projection potential) in programming.

Planning to bring back our music and movement age 0-6 programs this summer and hopefully in the fall.

I am also using iTunes University to take a "Programming Methodology" class by Standford University.

I'm still honing my communication skills as I work "on desk" throughout our 16 branch library system ... am looking at Patron Behavior in Libraries: A Handbook of Positive Approaches to Negative Situations by Beth McNeil and Denise K. Johnson and listening and taking to heart the information in Five Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Importance of Words

"Mama, my throat hurts," my two-year old niece said.

And my sister knew it was time to rush to the emergency room.

It turns out that an allergy (to cashews? we'll find out after tests...)
has the ability to make this little girl stop breathing...
Anaphylactic shock

How does Auntie Tat deal with the situation?
Biblio-therapy ... This book is actually simple and clear enough to work for the littlest ones:

All this to say ... how important it is for little ones to be able to communicate ... how important to share words with little ones...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Recommended EBooks

I just saw a YouTube ad for the following book. Will explore to help plan financial literacy for children library programs. I would like to project and share the following eBook at a grandparent advertised/invited family library program.

Friday, May 18, 2012

ASL and Nursery Rhymes

Are you familiar with Kathy MacMillan's incorporation of sign language into library storytimes?

What about pairing this rhyme with "Itsy Bitsy Spider" ... even in baby programs?

What about using the following signs as you present "Jack Be Nimble" to babies and toddlers?  Even if they aren't making the signs themselves, the motion will keep their focus on you as the presenter:

(Having trouble emedding the videos ... Please follow the links.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Zoo Storytimes for Toddlers vs. Preschoolers

For an after storytime activity/extension, I will place those plastic capsules that have an animal shaped sponge inside into plastic water bottles with warm water (lid screwed on) -- one per bottle and one bottle per child.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I worked at our "downtown" branch recently.  After helping a middle-aged woman find some books on "recovery" and some religious music, she shared with me a personal story as well as the Cherokee tale about "the two wolves inside of me."  ... another commonality of humanity -- the fight within us all ... 

Here's a Youtube telling:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Hugs All Around: An Outreach Story

I've done
of outreach last week ...
and there is always more



love it:

No sooner had I sat down in the "teacher's chair"
one Boy has something to say
"What is it?" I ask
"You're hot!!" he says, and gives me a hug
small Girl and big Boy both follow his lead
"Thank you.  Nice to meet you . . . I'm Miss Hayley, and I'm from the Library..."

Sometime after I bring out the Library's burping frog puppet:

little Girl says seriously, "I'm inviting you to my birthday party."
"Did you all like that? ... (I make eye contact with Girl) Thank you. (I look away to attend 
to a different, needing "friend.")

At the end of the visit, little Girl states: "See you at my party."
Another Sweet Child hugs me good-bye

Hugs All Around
... we all needed them

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Leadership as Described by Alton Chung

"I see my role as that of facilitator, i.e. to ask a lot of questions, to ensure that everyone knows what everyone else is doing, and to hold the space for what we would like to become."

Chairperson Alton Chung from the National Storytelling Network
in Storytelling Magazine Jan/Feb/Mar 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012