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Weekend Plans: Princeton Children’s Book Festival

21 Sep


I’m excited for some fun weekend plans after a really crazy week at work (think budget entries, interview questions, and policy updates). This Saturday, September 22 is the annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival from 11am – 4pm.

With over 80 authors and illustrators, it’s an amazing way to get to meet so many children’s book people all in one space. I love seeing kids so excited to meet a favorite author, families choosing which books they want to purchase and for me, I get the chance to get a number of titles signed for Christmas and birthday gifts for the littles in my life.

When my grad school roommate was the first of my close friends to start having kids, I got her daughter signed copies of books for Christmas and her birthday. Now, I’m up to eight kids I buy for (plus for my own personal library) and I love being able to pick out some great titles for a special gift. The kids get something that they most likely won’t receive from anyone else and a curated, signed library as they get older.

Each year for the festival, I create a list of authors and illustrators I want to visit and the titles I’m looking for and pair them with the kids I’m buying for, plus there’s always a good number of authors and illustrators I want to add to my personal library.


Music & Movement: Transportation

20 Sep

I’ve never done a Music & Movement program before, but I’ve always wanted to and we finally had some space in the calendar and I knew that I definitely needed to do a little preschool programming. It was a little intimidating to put together, probably because I am a musically and rhythmically challenged individual – can’t hold a tune and am constantly running into things and even clapping off-beat sometimes. But, in the end, I borrowed some ideas from the ALSC blog, Miss Meg’s Storytime, and Storytime Katie and created a program that I could not only run, but enjoy too! We patted our lap and clapped our hands to Bread and Butter, tapped rhythm stickers as I sang Down by the Station (not sure how, but I was able to hold the book and a rhythm stick in one hand and tap with my other hand while singing… multi-tasking at it’s finest!), and as cool down waved our scarves and learned some opposites at the same time.

The kids definitely had a lot of energy as it’s been raining here almost non-stop for the past week and a half. They loved dancing to the music I chose on our iPad and stretching in our warm-up. Overall, I’d consider the program to be controlled chaos – meaning I definitely learned a few things I’d do differently next time, but overall had a lot of fun!

Down By the Station

Opening: Bread and Butter (Jbrary)
Bread and butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say hello as quiet as we can

Verses:…loud as we can
…slow as we can
…fast as we can
…high as we can
…low as we can
…nice as we can

Book: Down By the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter (rhythm sticks)

Activity: Yoga Stretches (mountain, star, triangle, etc.)

Seals on the Bus.jpgMusic: Shake Your Body Down by Laurie Berkner Band (dance)

Book: The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort (sign language for each animal)

Music: Shake, Rattle and Rock by Greg and Steve (with shaker eggs)

Activity: Wave Your Scarf Up and Down (with scarves) (Jbrary – to the tune of London Bridge)
Wave your scarf
up and down,
up and down,
up and down.
Wave your scarf up and down,
wave your scarf.

Verses: left and right…
fast and slow…
high and low…
around and around
wave goodbye

Closing: Bread and Butter (Jbrary)
Bread and butter
Marmalade and Jam
Let’s say goodbye as quiet as we can

…loud as we can
…slow as we can
…fast as we can
…high as we can
…low as we can
…nice as we can

AtoZ Blogging Challenge Recap

1 May


I made it! 26 posts about library program during the month of April! A big thank you to everyone who stopped by, liked my posts and left comments! If you’re looking for any specific posts, I’ve created this list for easy access to all 26 program ideas.


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!

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