25 Titles about Underwear and the Bathroom

24 Feb


As I’ve said in the past, I’m not going to get political on my blog, but as situations arise, I’m using my blog to process my own thoughts and feelings, so by the suggestion of my boyfriend – here’s a booklist about the bathroom (and some underwear books thrown in for good measure!)

  1. A Potty for Me! by Karen Katz

  2. Duck Goes Potty by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
  3. Potty by Leslie Patricelli
  4. Everyone Poops! by Taro Gomi
  5. Poopendous! by Artie Bennett, illustrated by Mike Moran
  6. Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman

  7. Once Upon a Potty: Girl by Alona Frankel
  8. One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  9. Once Upon a Potty: Boy by Alona Frankel
  10. The Underwear Book by Todd Parr
  11. Dinosaur Vs. the Potty by Bob Shea
  12. Polar Bear’s  Underwear by Tupera Tupera
  13. I Have to Go! by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  14. Time to Pee! by Mo Willems
  15. Underpants Dance by Marlena Zapf, illustrated by Lynne Avril
  16. Potty Animals: What to Know When You’ve Gotta Go! by Hope Vestergaard, illustrated by Valeria Petrone
  17. Ballet Cat Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea

  18. The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Adventure by Dav Pilkey
  19. Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
  20. The Qwikpick Papers: Poop Fountain! by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Sam Riddleberger

  21. Out of Patience by Brian Meehl
  22. Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader For Kids Only! by The Bathroom Readers’ Institute
  23. All About Poop by Kate Hayes, illustrated by Brenna Vaughan

  24. Poop Happened!: A History of the World from the Bottom Up by Sarah Albee, illustrated by Robert Leighton
  25. You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Toilets! by Fiona MacDonald, illustrated by David Antram

Uncommon Partnerships – Government Access

23 Feb

We’re lucky to have a very strong connection with our local government access channel. They help us by filming large programs and running them on our government access channel at a later date.  They also help us by creating Public Service Announcements for our summer reading program and for other children’s programs. We’ve even done promotional programs talking about our services for patrons – online resources, children and adult programs and more.

Our newest partnership with the government access channel is currently in the works – we’re looking at providing a reader’s advisory program once a month with suggestions based around popular books for children, teens and adults. Our first show will highlight Diary of a Wimpy KidEverything, Everything and All the Light We Cannot See. The plan is to offer four suggestions for each title to help our community with common read-alike questions and to promote books for all ages! What kind of partnerships do you have that are not “typical”?

Director’s Thoughts #6

22 Feb


While many people had a long weekend, ALL my staff was at work on Monday for a staff training day. We have, what I would consider a medium-sized library with almost 50 people on staff (most of whom are part-time or very part-time).  We haven’t had any sort of large meeting with staff for as long as I’ve been working in the library and although I can type up memos and emails, it’s a lot different when I can actually speak to the staff about my expectations for our library.

My main focus was on customer service – simple reminders that our staff sometimes forgets or may be unclear on – patron privacy, pop-up windows on our ILS system and easy ways to engage with our patrons to make for stronger relationships. Although I didn’t get a chance to see everyone at one time, I offered a 2-hour training in the morning, afternoon and in the evening to get to all my staff members throughout the day. While staff was not in training, they were able to work on projects that they can’t usually get to because they’re focused on customer service. It was a great choice to be closed to the public as much of my staff was really happy to be able to get to those long lingering projects, spent time cleaning up their desk or worked on our large weeding project! I ended up with more work as I was in training sessions all day, but much of my staff said they enjoyed the training and that it was very helpful to their jobs.  Now, I’m hoping that everyone remembers our little reminders.

I’m thinking about offering training twice a year – looking at offering training in the fall, most likely on Veteran’s Day. It’s helpful to be closed to the public on a day where many businesses and schools are already closed. I’m thinking about going through a lot of our online resources so that staff is more familiar with these services so they can promote them better. What type of training do you think would be helpful for library staff?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

21 Feb

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I chose to focus on series, either the first or subsequent books that I just couldn’t get into.  Trilogies are m kryptonite – I’ll love the first one and then I’m usually disappointed with book two or three.

  1. The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
  2. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  3. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  4. The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
  5. The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  6. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
  7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  8. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  9. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  10. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Book

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/20/17

20 Feb

25203675I didn’t get to quite as many books this week, but I enjoyed the ones I did get to read!  Wish is a sweet story about family and friendship found in unexpected places (and a small spoiler alert – although there is a dog on the cover of the book, the dog does NOT die!) hour of the Bees is a story of magical realism that reminded me a little of The Lgihtning Queen with stories and folklore woven into the story.  Finally, The Star-Touched Queen was not what I was expecting at all, but in a good way. A fantasy story seeped in Indian folklore – I read the whole thing in one day, I couldn’t put it down!

This week, my plan is to read the other books I didn’t get to last week:

  1. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  2. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

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