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A Trip to Target (Or How I Ended Up Adding 8 More Books to My Personal Library)

3 Aug

825377I was scrolling through Twitter yesterday and came across Peter H. Reynolds’s tweet stating, “Rumor has it: Target has 2 autographed copies of my book “The Dot” in every store in USA. If u happen to find one: post a pic of yourself holding the book inside – I will send you an original dot watercolor autographed by yours truly. Use

Of course, I head over to Target hoping to find an autographed copy of The Dot an absolutely adorable story about a little girl who feels uninspired and uncreative, until she’s encouraged to try to creating something small… just a dot and soon she’s become an artist as she explores art and learns about the power of inspiring others.

IMG_20180802_203244235So long story short… after roaming around the book section (completely missing the fact that all the picture books were along the back wall) – I found one!!!!

Plus, while I was in Target, I picked up the six books in Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series and I also grabbed the first book in the Princess In Black series by Shannon Hale, so I walked away with eight books and none of the stuff I should have picked up like the dog food or groceries for dinner. I’d call it a win!

Oh, and if want to do a fun activity at home, school or the library – check out what we did to celebrate Dot Day a few years ago with our elementary school kids, it was a whole lot of fun and so creative!

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#blogbookaday: What If…

16 May

35959676.jpg“Creativity, the power of imagination, and the importance of self-expression are celebrated in this inspiring picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends.”

Summary:  “This girl is determined to express herself! If she can’t draw her dreams, she’ll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can’t do that, she’ll turn her world into a canvas. And if everything around her is taken away, she’ll sing, dance, and dream…

Stunning mixed media illustrations, lyrical text, and a breathtaking gatefold conjure powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A very creative little girl imagines what would happen if she didn’t have a pencil to draw with and so begins her story of creating with whatever tools she has at her disposal. I loved how simple and yet so profound the text was, it was truly beautiful. And the illustrations – a combination of collage and pen and ink really work well telling the girl’s story. This is a must-have book in your collection!

Personal Reaction: I have been waiting, literally for months, to get my hands on a copy of this beautiful book and it didn’t disappoint! I think it’s my favorite cover so far this year and the text and illustrations weave so seamlessly together, it’s just amazing! This is must-have book to encourage imagination and creativity and also makes a great introduction to teaching kids about wants vs. needs or having more than others. I love everything about this gorgeous story. Plus, if you’re a huge nerd like me, you’ll see the little breadcrumb Mike Curato left in the full page spread of the little girl’s room – a character that is very familiar!

Title: What If…
Author: Samantha Berger
Illustrator: Mike Curato
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 10, 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!

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