#blogbookaday: All Aboard for the Bobo Road

25 Apr

All Aboard for the Bobo RoadSummary:  “All aboard for the Bobo Road! Fatima and Galo load the luggage while their dad Big Ali drives the bus. Help count on bikes, sacks of rice, melons and even goats and chickens as the bus travels past Gurunsi houses, the hippo lake, waterfalls and jungle, all the way to Bobo. With the authentic setting in Burkina Faso drawn from the author’s own experience, this is a wonderfully fun introduction for small children to an amazing culture. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Big Ali’s bus picks up people and goods along the Bobo Road, stopping at iconic sites throughout Burkina Faso. Throughout the story, the goods pile up including bikes, food, animals and more before finally getting to Bobo Station where everything is unloaded and the people on the bus go about their business. Fatima, Galo, and Big Ali sit down for a delicious meal after a long day of hard work! The bright illustrations showcase Burkina Faso in a gorgeous way and the text is simple enough for toddlers, but could be used through elementary school to introduce kids to this beautiful country.

Personal Reaction: I know very little about modern Africa and absolutely loved this small glimpse into a beautiful country. I also loved the counting aspect of this story making it so accessible to little ones and a great way to introduce a global perspective to little ones.

Title: All Aboard for the Bobo Road
Author: Stephen Davies
Illustrator: Christopher Corr
Publisher: Andersen
Publication Date: April 7, 2016


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Valedictorians Abound

25 Apr

3585052105_1052a5e228_b.jpgProgram Name: ACT/SAT Prep Classes and Practice Tests

What: ACT and SAT prep classes and practice test are available throughout the year for high school students to prepare for college exams. We also purchase test prep books and Playaway Launchpads that allow students to prepare for these tests.

Where: This program is offered in our large meeting space for practices tests and a smaller meeting space for prep classes. The larger room allows for students to spread out among tables, while the smaller space is perfect for a presentation about tips and tricks for test taking.

When: We offer this program in the fall and spring as kids are gearing up for SAT and ACT testing and have been offering it for a few years now as kids are continually looking for opportunities like these to increase their test scores.

Who: This program is for high school students only. For a little while we had families interested in younger students participating and we didn’t have the space for extra kids, so we’ve since narrowed the focus to high school students only.

How: We’re lucky enough to have a number of tutoring centers in our community that are willing to provide sample practice classes for us, plus we’ve partnered with the Princeton Review and have offered practice tests through them as well. We make an effort to partner with different organizations each year to ensure that we’re promoting the wide variety of tutoring centers in the area.

Alternatives:

  • A number of libraries offer after-school tutoring and if you do a search online, you’ll be able to find the logistics on how to offer a program like this.
  • We also offer a program called Reading Buddies which is for reading practice for Kindergarten-2nd graders who are paired with a student from 5th -12th grade. They meet at the library once a week for 30 minutes to practice reading skills and comprehension.

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

#blogbookaday: Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms

24 Apr

Sakura's Cherry Blossoms.jpgSummary:  “When Sakura’s father gets a new job, she and her parents leave their home in Japan. In America, Sakura misses the blossoming cherry tree where she and her grandmother would play and picnic. How will she feel at home in this new and unfamiliar place? What if she forgets the beloved grandmother she left behind? Making friends with her neighbour helps Sakura feel more settled and when springtime finally arrives, a gorgeous and fateful surprise awaits her.

Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms captures the beauty of the healing power of friendship through Weston’s Japanese poetry-inspired text and Saburi’s breathtaking illustrations. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is a beautiful story of the power of friendship as Sakura learns that saying good-bye is not easy. Sakura’s family leaves Japan for America for her father’s job leaving her beloved grandmother behind. Learning a new language, going to a new school and meeting new friends is difficult for Sakura. A surprise in the spring helps Sakura to understand that it’s never easy to say goodbye, but it’s also important to say hello.

Personal Reaction: This little book packs a huge punch talking about the immigrant experience, making new friends, the death of a family member and sharing in the beauty that surrounds you are all done equally well – told in tanka poetry (similar to haiku but with a few more lines). The illustrations show the relationship between Sakura and her grandmother and how much the cherry blossoms mean to the little girl. This was a beautifully done story – perfect for a young elementary age audience who will grasp the concepts well.

Title: Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms
Author: Robert Paul Weston
Illustrator: Mis Saburi
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: February 20, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Unique Crafting

24 Apr

activity-art-art-class-730807.jpgProgram Name: Crafternoon

What: This has been a hugely successful craft for kids and library staff alike – we called it Crafternoon! We pulled out all our craft materials – things that have a few pieces, extra leftovers from other crafts, pieces that we don’t have enough to use for another program – whatever leftovers we can find that kids would like to use, plus the regulars – glue, paint, crayons tape, scissors, etc.

Where: We offer this program in our meeting room – providing all the craft materials on a few tables.

When: This is a perfect program to provide on a day the kids have off from school, when the library is open. This program could be also a great program to host after school or as a weekend program.

Who: This program can be geared toward elementary school students through high school students and as I said the kids absolutely loved spending time creating and exploring new craft materials without having to follow strict instructions. I don’t think kids get a chance to be creative in this way very often and it’s wonderful to see their imagination at work.

How: This is a really great program for staff as I said, it gets rid of a lot of extra craft supplies you might not use otherwise, plus this program takes very little staff time as the staff doesn’t need to prepare anything and needs to be in the space to oversee the program, but not really lead anything.

Alternatives:

  • Makerspaces are another alternative to creative/art programs that many libraries now offer.
  • Basic classes in painting, needlepoint, drawing, etc. could be offered by local arts stores or art teachers in the area.

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

Top Ten Tuesday: Frequently Used Words To Describe Middle Grade Titles

24 Apr

This is a little something different, rather than rattling off a list of books, I spent some time really thinking about the words used in middle grade fiction and here are ten that are (I believe) fairly commmon:

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Overcome
  4. Invisible
  5. School
  6. Diverse
  7. Coming-of-Age
  8. Hope
  9. Belonging
  10. Identity

Middle grade fiction is about figuring out where a character fits in their world – within in family, friends, and school. Realistic fiction titles often involve overcoming odds, hope for the future and belonging. With diverse characters and coming-of-age stories, middle grade fiction is full of finding your identity and learning where you fit in the world.


TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

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