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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Choose Kind

3 Apr

choose_kind_tumblr.pngProgram Name: Choose Kind – Card Making for Seniors, Students, Police, Fire, Military

What: We’ve offered this program a number of time in the past – a passive program that is great for any age group, any time of year. We set up a station with some basic craft supplies – paper, crayons, stickers, scissors and glue and then leave basic instructions for the kids. We’ve had the kids create thank you cards for local police and fire personnel, holiday cards for senior citizens living in assisted care communities and for students during finals week.

Where: The best part about this program is that we just set it up on a table in our children’s department. It can be anywhere in the library where you have a little extra room.

When: Another program that can be done at any time during the year and works really well when you need a filler program to offer – maybe during late August when summer reading is over or May before summer reading starts. Anytime of the year is a good time to choose kind.

Who: We set this program up for kids of all ages, but you could offer it in the teen department, or even in the adult department and see if anyone creates anything! This could also work as a program for college students on a campus as a relaxation program during study hours for mid-terms or finals.

How: This doesn’t even require a moderator, just a little staff time to pull some craft material out of the closet and to straighten up the passive program station throughout the day. We’ve often had to put a sign out for patrons to encourage them to make a card to leave at the library (and then allow them to make a card to take home for someone they know)


  • Besides cards for the military, we’ve done a sock drive and collected leftover Halloween candy to send overseas.
  • You could also do a drive for travel size bathroom goods for the homeless or a food drive for a local food pantry – remember that they receive a lot of donations around the holidays, but people are always hungry!


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!


Samantha Mabry’s Take on Book Banning

21 Oct

I came across this piece on Twitter last night and was very interested to read Samantha Mabry’s view on banning books. Samantha Mabry is the author of A Fierce and Subtle Poison and All  the Wind in the World. I’ve read both of these titles and loved them and I’m always interested to hear what authors have to say in interviews and written pieces.

Samantha’s point is that the feeling of finding a book that is made just for you, doesn’t happen with every book you read. She found her book  that she felt was written just for her at the age of 34 – she went 34 years before connecting to a book that was that powerful to her. And when schools and libraries ban reading material – it offers less of a chance for kids to find their story.

She also points out that curriculum that promotes and encourages diverse voices helps readers to find stories that mirror their lives and feel as though they’re written just for them. And as a librarian or teacher, it is our job to read these books and booktalk them to kids because a book that speaks to me, will most likely not speak to someone else the same way, but that’s what makes it so special when you find that just-right-book – it’s magical.

Check out her whole article on Bustle!

20 Titles to Create a Classroom Community

11 Aug

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There’s a lot of talk about reading a book a day during the school year, the importance of reading aloud to students and the need to teach and show kids empathy and kindness in today’s world. This is a wonderful list of titles that you can share at any time of year, but would make a great way to start the school year – expecting kindness from every student in the classroom and using picture books to show that expectation.

  1. You’re Finally Here! by Mélanie Watt
  2. One by Kathryn Otoshi
  3. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  4. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
  5. School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  6. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  7. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton
  8. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
  9. Be A Friend by Salina Yoon
  10. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
  11. Zen Ties by Jon Muth
  12. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose and Hannah Hoose, illustrated by Debbie Tilley
  13. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
  14. Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora
  15. Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
  16. It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
  17. Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
  18. The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, illustrated by Kirstie Edmunds
  19. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
  20. We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
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