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Partnering with Girl Scouts

5 Dec

1200px-Girl_Scouts_of_the_USA.svgLast night I got to hang out with some awesome seven and eight year old Girl Scouts to work on a yoga badge. I offered storytime yoga for a number of years as a children’s librarian and the troop leaders asked if I could help them out.


I wanted to focus on empowerment and body image and strength (all things that coincide with yoga really nicely). So here’s what we did:

Sun Salutations


Read aloud: One by Kathryn Otoshi


Discussed the story and talked about what makes us feel strong and what we’re good at doing and being.

Strength Poses:

  • Mountain Pose
  • Warrior I
  • Warrior II
  • Warrior III
  • Mountain Pose
  • (repeat for balance)


Read aloud: Zero by Kathryn Otoshi


Discussed what we like most about ourselves and what makes us awesome

Relaxation Poses:

  • Bridge
  • Happy Baby
  • Pull Right/Left Knee to Chest
  • Deep Breathing with quiet music


Although the kids had a TON of energy, I hope they got a little something out of fun program – about what it takes to strong, kind and classy woman!


Teens, Stress & Anxiety

13 Oct

I just recently read an article in The New York Times about the number of teens who are experiencing severe anxiety. And my first thought, was how horrible that so many young people have to deal with what can be a debilitating disorder, but also what can we do, as a library, to help.

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Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Just Dance)

4 Aug

Level Up- Video Game Book ListsEach Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.

Just Dance (E 10+)

91XvJfBUcAL._AC_SL1500_Just Dance is a rhythm based videogame that gets kids (and adults!) off the sofa and grooving to the beat!  With a number of installments already released including kid-specific titles, you won’t be able to keep your toes from tapping!  The books suggested focus mainly on dance, but include a variety of dance styles, dancers, and not only include stories, but a few autobiographies as well.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman 
A novel in verse about a young classical Indian dancer, Veda, whose dreams are shattered when an accident requires a below the knee amputation.  Will Veda ever be able to dance again?  A coming-of-age story, perfect for readers looking to find their place in the world.

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer by Michaela DePrince 
An autobiography about Michaela DePrince, who lived in an orphanage in Sierra Leone, was adopted by an American family and later began the journey of becoming a world famous ballerina. A truly inspirational story for early chapter book readers.

Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield 
A classic, old-fashioned story about three young girls competing for their dreams at Coral Wintle’s London dancing school.  A great read aloud for adults and young ones alike.

Firebird by Misty Copeland  
Learning to dance takes hard work, dedication, and patience as one little girl learns in this story written by American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland.  A beautiful picture book for your youngest readers who yearn to dance.

Savion!: My Life in Tap by Savion Glover 
Dancing isn’t just for girls!  Savion Glover is a well-known male, tap dancer and this autobiography takes a look at what it took Savion to succeed as he incorporated rap and hip-hop into a traditional dance form.  This autobiography is geared toward middle grade readers.

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Dance Party + New Music = More FUN

25 Mar

Rainbow_Toe_Sock_ChallengeWe had our BEST dance party yet!  I intermixed some oldies, but goodies into my children’s music playlist and had a number of parents comment about how much they really enjoyed the music selection.  And for anyone who has never done this before… after 45 minutes of dancing the kids still went wild for Happy by Pharrell Williams.  They know it from Despicable Me, school, at home, wherever and absolutely loved hearing it at the library.  I ended up playing about 15 songs and we had a quick break about 20 minutes in for water.

I’m still having a difficult time getting the parents to dance too, but the music helped this time.  I also had a couple dads that danced – which I was really excited about!  I think the next time I offer this type of program, I’ll have to create a handout with the importance of music and dance for kids.  A few parents were really focused on getting there kids to dance just like Miss Laura, while I was trying to convince them that it wasn’t as important how they danced, but that they were dancing at all.  I offer this program as a place for kids to let off some steam, get some exercise, learn about rhythm and just have fun.  I definitely got a workout – we offered the program in the morning and evening which means I got an hour and half of cardio (boy, were my legs jello by the end of it!) But I know it’s important for me to dance, otherwise a lot of the kids might just stand around the room, usually if they see a “big” person having fun, they want to have fun too!

  1. Oh Hey Oh Hi Hello – Jim Gill
  2. If You’re Happy and You Know It – The Big Kidz Band
  3. Yellow Submarine – Greg & Steve
  4. No More Monkeys – Asheba
  5. Rock and Roll Freeze Dance – Hap Palmer
  6. Shake Rattle and Roll – Elvis Presley
  7. The Tempo Marches On – Jim Gill
  8. The Twist – Chubby Checker
  9. Animal Crackers – Wee Hairy Beasties
  10. ABC – Jackson 5
  11. Drivin’ In My Car – Ralph’s World
  12. Sing-a-Move-a-Dance – Colleen and Uncle Squatty
  13. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
  14. Clap Your Hands – They Might Be Giants
  15. Fast and Slow (The Rabbit and The Turtle) – Laurie Berkner
  16. Ants in My Pants – Gunnar Madsen
  17. Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys
  18. We Are the Dinosaurs – Laurie Berkner
  19. Feet – Peter Himmelman
  20. The Chicken Dance – Unknown Artist
  21. Big Fun – Greg & Steve
  22. Shoo Fly – Carole Peterson
  23. Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
  24. I’m Gonna Catch You – Laurie Berkner
  25. The Hokey Pokey – Unknown Artist
  26. Go Crazy Remix – Weird Science
  27. Happy – Pharrell Williams
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