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#blogbookaday: Ready, Set, Sail!

3 Apr

35297327.jpgSummary:  “Join these sailors as they explore the sea during a fun day of sailing in this follow-up to Ready, Set, Build!

Shout your orders loud and fast.

“Hoist the mainsail up the mast!”

Grab your life vest, hold on to your compass, and get ready for a day full of sailing fun with a playful tiger and turtle! Follow these salty sailors as they raise their anchor, cast off, and explore the sea in their little sloop. And after a long day of sailing, they gather and tell tales of all the things they’ve seen!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A sweet story of two friends on an adventure in a sailboat filled with nautical terms for your own little pirate! I loved all the different animals that these two friends encounter as they travel the high seas and explore an island. I liked that this was a little different from most pirate-focused stories as this is more a focus on the actual sailing of a boat, more so than the search for buried treasure.

Personal Reaction: I thought this was a cute little story with sparse, rhyming text and adorable anthropomorphic animals. Each scene is filled with bright colors, cartoon expressions and lots of movement as the ocean carries the little boat on its way. This would be a great story to share with toddlers and preschoolers to introduce them to new vocabulary or before going out for a sail yourself!

Title: Ready, Set, Sail!
Author: Meg Fleming
Illustrator: Luke Flowers
Publisher: Little Bee Books
Publication Date: March 6, 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!

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Winter Solstice: 16 Pictures Books About Snow

21 Dec

 

Happy Winter Solstice today (if you live in the Northern Hemisphere). I’m one of those people who love the idea of snow, but if it makes it difficult for me to do anything, than I get cranky. I think it’s beautiful to look at and it’s so quiet when it’s snowing – but the reality of shoveling, clearing off the car and driving in it, makes it much less fun! Regardless, because it’s winter, I’m sharing some picture books all about snow! Enjoy!

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  1. Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
  2. The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming
  3. Red Sled by Lita Judge
  4. No Two Alike by Keith Baker
  5. The Thing About Yetis by Vin Vogel

  6. Mouse’s First Snow by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Buket Erdogan
  7. The Mitten by Jan Brett
  8. Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

  9. Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
  10. Big Snow by Jonathan Bean
  11. Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
  12. Snow by Manya Stojic
  13. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson
  14. Blizzard by John Rocco
  15. Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Richard Jones
  16. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr

Director’s Thoughts #9 – Telling Stories

17 Jun

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I’m trying something new with my staff as of the end of this week. I’ve been asking the question lately, “How do we make people care?” People being our staff, stakeholders, supervisors, etc. I want our staff to know that we’re making a difference every single day, I want our stakeholders to know about all the great things we’re doing and I want the township supervisors to see how we impact our community.

Statistics work great – how many people walk through our doors, how many items are checked out, how many people attend our programs, but these statistics don’t tell our story. So, this week I taped a piece of posterboard to the wall in our staff hallway (we don’t have our own break room). All I wrote on it was “Our Impact” and now I’m asking staff to share patron stories – nice words at the circ desk, a kind comment after a program or a word of thanks for help using the computers.

I’m hoping to show our staff just how much our community values the work we do. I’m hoping for great stories to share on our social media. And I want these strong stories to share with our Board in the hopes that they are not only impressed by our numbers, but also see just how much we do to impact our community in a truly positive way.

How do you collect and share your stories?

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