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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Noon Year’s Eve Party

16 Apr

balloon-balloons-bright-796606.jpgProgram Name: Noon Year’s Eve Countdown

What: This is an adorable idea I borrowed from another library as a way for families to celebrate the New Year at a countdown at noon instead of midnight so that the little ones could be awake to celebrate. We’ve done this a couple of times and have created a photo booth area, a craft to make noise makers, music, a read aloud, dancing and more. But, I must say that the kids absolute favorite part is the countdown at 11:59am with music and a balloon drop! It’s pretty magical and the kids LOVE it!

Where: We host this program in our children’s department as the week between Christmas and New Year’s is usually pretty quiet – we don’t usually hold any programs during this time – except for this one, making it a big draw for families.

When: Although many of the programs I’m talking about during the AtoZ Challenge can be done at any time of year, this is a specific time – December 30th from 11:30am-12:30pm.

Who: We open this program up to families – gearing it to children in preschool and early elementary school as they most likely aren’t staying up until midnight for the real celebration.

How: Our children’s librarian hosts this party – it’s fairly easy going with a variety of stations for the kids to check out and then gathering everyone up for the balloon drop. The set-up is definitely the hardest part of this program, we usually go online to see how other people have created balloon drops and the disposable plastic table cloths are the easiest way to hold the balloons close to the ceiling until you’re ready to let them fall.

Alternatives:

  • We also offered a Lunar New Year program this year which is the New Year’s celebration of many Asian countries.
  • You could create a program based on how other cultures celebrate the New Year and create a bulletin board or table displays to show the difference.

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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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#blogbookaday: World Pizza

27 Mar

31939790Summary:  “When Momma spots a wishing star, she starts to ask for world peace—but a sneeze changes “peace” into “peace-AH-AH-AHchoo!” World PIZZA! Suddenly, yummy pies of every kind come drifting down from the sky. That’s not exactly what Momma hoped for . . . or is it? With humor, warmth, and heart, this delicious picture book celebrates the things that truly bring us together.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A sneeze interrupts a momma’s wish for world peace and turns it into… world pizza! What happens next really does create world peace as people eat pizza around the world, sharing different toppings, different methods of eating it and in the end, there really is peace. Can pizza really solve all the world’s problems? I’d have to say no, but this sweet text and gorgeous illustrations of diverse kids from across the globe makes for a great story!

Personal Reaction: I loved the text and illustrations of this story, with lines line, “And in that moment the world was filled with kindness and love and no fighting.” The illustrations show kids and families from around the globe eating pizza as diverse as the cultures on the planet. This would be a fun story to read and then make homemade pizza for dinner one night!

Title: World Pizza
Author: Cece Meng
Illustrator: Ellen Shi
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: June 6, 2017


#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!

#blogbookaday: Middle Bear

15 Mar

34220849.jpgSummary:  “He was the second of three brothers. He was not big, but he was not small, either. Neither strong nor weak, neither tall nor short, neither a lot nor a little … He was the middle one.”  Everything about life with his brothers was middle-sized. And when you’re always in the middle, sometimes it’s hard to feel special. But then, one day the cubs’ parents fell ill, and their mother asked them to fetch some medicinal bark from a willow tree on the top of a mountain. When it turned out that this very important task could only be done by a cub of his middle size, he finally realized how special it was to be the middle one.

Author Susanna Isern’s lovely, melodic picture book tale — with a delightful use of repetition throughout — offers an upbeat and positive message to middle children everywhere. It’s a subject that is not often addressed in this format. With its hero’s quest theme, the story has the feel of a modern-day fairy tale. Manon Gauthier’s spare artwork and understated palette perfectly capture the poignancy of the bear cub’s emotional journey. Though the book focuses on the role of middle children, it really celebrates every child’s efforts toward self-discovery, as they seek out their own special place in the world. It also offers a wonderful opportunity to highlight the character education subject of perseverance or a lesson on empathy. “(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Middle Bear was exactly that in the middle between two siblings, neither big nor small, neither a lot nor a little, he was just in the middle. But when his parents need help, he soon realizes that being in the middle is sometimes exactly where you need to be. This was an interesting story about middle children and finding where you fit in the family. I found both the text and illustrations to be different enough to believe that the author and illustrator were not American and I was right – the author is Spanish and the illustrator is Canadian. I like the experience of translated titles and artistic styles that are different from ones typically seen in the U.S.

Personal Reaction: The style of this book is very different from other books I’ve seen with a dark palette and rough sketched drawings. I really enjoyed the cut paper collage aspect of the illustrations and also enjoyed the repetitive aspects of the text that are comforting and expected as the story progressed.

Title: Middle Bear
Author: Susanna Isern
Illustrator: Manon Gauthier
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: October 3, 2017


#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!

Picture Book Month: Family

17 Nov

17A story about families in a round about sort of way. If you read the text, the books is really all about how important and special your skin is, but when you look closer at the illustrations this beautiful story shows such diverse characters, it’s fun to pour over all the characters and different families on the page. I loved looking at all the different skin tones, facial features and hairstyles in this story and not only that – all the different clothes the characters are wearing and the activities the kids are participating in. If you have an “untraditional” family (and I quote that because families can be so different and there’s nothing wrong with that), you’ve got to check out this great title!
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Multi-Cultural Night

2 Aug

Multiculturalism.jpgThis is one of my favorite programs we put together at our library – we’ve done this a few times. What makes it absolutely amazing is that we ask our patrons to share their culture which means we get an authentic look into a variety of cultures in just one evening. Each patron/family sets up a table with clothing, household goods, toys, food, etc. to share with attendees. We also invite local dance schools to highlight different music and dance – this year we had Mexican folk dancing and a variety of other dances including the tarantella and an old fashioned square dance.

This is a wonderful program to support the multi-cultural community we live in  and with 150 people in attendance, I think it was well worth the time and organization to bring it all together. I won’t share program photos here on my blog, but it was wonderful to see a diverse crowd of people learning and exploring new cultures in an environment that lent itself to asking questions and understanding. Because, when it comes down to it.. that’s what we all need, kindness, empathy and understanding.

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