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Director’s Thoughts #14 – It’s Been Awhile: Storytime

12 Oct

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b8a7c2491785eeb0c506cfc6f7c40d36--nurse-humor-medical-humorThis week I covered a co-worker’s storytime while she was away and after a year of being away from it; it was strange coming back. I did storytime for eight years as a children’s librarian and I think that I made a smart decision to move into another role when I did.

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Random Acts of Poetry Day

7 Oct

Today is Random Acts of Poetry Day! I think poetry often gets a bad rap as people remember poetry for being inaccessible and difficult to understand. People remember having to memorize poetry in school or trying to study poetry to understand what the poet what truly trying to say.

Many kids flock to Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky for their silly, nonsensical poetry, but somewhere along the line, kids start pushing poetry away and by the time people become adults, they’ve pushed poetry out of their realm of reading possibilities.
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My favorite poem in the book occurs in August:

One my favorite poetry books in recent years is called When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad. It has fairly short poems about the seasons – with each poem’s title being a specific date. It works well for me because I live in an area of this country that has four distinct seasons. Plus, you can’t go wrong with the adorable illustrations that match each poem.

If you want to be sure

That you are nothing more than small
Stand at the edge of the ocean
Looking out

I absolutely love water in al forms – creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes and the ocean and this poem completely connected with me! Reminding me that I am a small part of a much larger world out there.

So, take sometime today to read a poem, borrow a book of poetry from the library, or find something online! Enjoy!

Resource: Library Services for Children Journal Club

6 Oct

lsc-journal-club-logo-v3.pngBear with me as I introduce this story by telling you all how I met Lindsey. Lindsey (and her awesome colleague Dana) have this little website called Jbrary. I’ll wait for you to check out their amazing-ness if you don’t know who they are already. Go ahead, I’ll wait… You’re back? Awesome. So, I had been following Lindsey and Dana through their blog and on Twitter for awhile. We’d share each other’s posts and chat about children’s library stuff, but seeing as they live in Vancouver and I live in Philadelphia, we never met in person. That is, until the ALA Annual Conference in 2014 held in Las Vegas. I went to an open house for ALSC members and as we were playing a get-to-know-you game, I bumped into these two. I (and quite possibly all three of us) fangirled about finally meeting in person. And that is how I met Lindsey (online and IRL).

And, Lindsey just created this amazing new resource for children’s librarians called the Library Services for Children Journal Club. The LSC Journal Club was created to keep children’s librarians informed of research and articles published that pertain to our field and spend time discussing these materials with others. Lindsey will be hosting meetups in Vancouver, but she’s reaching out to bloggers and librarians around the world in the hopes that more children’s librarians create their own meetups – whether that means a relaxed setting with wine at someone’s house or in a staff meeting at work.

I find that many children’s librarians are so busy being children’s librarians, they don’t have time to spend on research and I love to learn more about my field, so any and all journals are a huge help!

I can’t wait to share this great resource with my own staff, but also with our county/consortium because I think it’s going to be super valuable! Check it out!

So Much More Than “Just” a Picture Book

28 Sep

IMG_20170927_210501.jpgDan Santat dedicated his most recent book, After the Fall to his wife. That’s adorable enough. But, check out his interview with Colby Sharp and get ready to melt at his obvious love and respect for his wife and the journey they have taken.

The way Dan talks about anxiety and postpartum depression – from his own family’s perspective, really shows what an emotional, mental and physical toll it can take not only on a single person, but on the other’s in their life. Her strength to seek help for herself and tackle her fear inspired Dan in so many ways and After the Fall is a love letter to his wife.

Mental health is just as important as physical health, yet there is a stigma in this country that asking for help is weak. But, if the help can allow you to live your fullest life, then why is that weak? If I have a sprained ankle, I’m going to go to the doctors who can help me heal, why isn’t it the same for your mental health?

Dan Santat – I’ve loved your children’s book, but this interview is a beautiful glimpse into your personal life and I want to thank you for sharing it with the world.

Reserve Your Spot: KidLitCon

13 Sep

KidlitconLogo2017.pngIf you live in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland area (or farther) and you blog about children’s literature, then you’ve got to check out KidLitCon 2017 held in Hershey PA, November 3rd & 4th this year.

I got the chance to attend KitLitCon three years ago in Baltimore and it was an awesome weekend of networking with other kidlit bloggers, hearing authors speak and learning about new ideas and concepts that I could incorporate into my blog. The conference is put together by the same group of awesome individuals who also host the CYBILS awards which are book awards given by book bloggers.

The conference was definitely useful and even more importantly a lot o fun, so if you’re interested in attending, check out the website

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