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Blerg

So apparently my last post was in April. Blerg. I guess between working on my house, my direct sales job, and my REAL job at the library, I just keep forgetting. Sorry.

I just returned from a week on Martha’s Vineyard which was relaxing, though quite hot. I am tan, but only in the sense that I look more like a normal human being than usual. I wasn’t thrilled about going back to work on Monday (yesterday) but I thought that maybe a week off would have given me a better perspective on things and straightened out my brain a bit.

I was wrong. Then, today, I was even more wrong. Summer Reading program confusion. (my fault.) Scheduling conflicts. (my fault.) No staff. (not my fault, but may as well be.) Double blerg.

However, Monday did have it’s perks: I drove a lovely elderly woman to her house because she locked her keys in her car in the library parking lot. I now have a free pass to swim at her house on the lake on my lunch break any time I want. 😉

Also, our amazing MOMs club in town gave me a check for $500 to spend for the children’s room! They are awesome. 🙂

Looking forward to a better day tomorrow. Perhaps I will do that eye-bombing thing and stick googly eyes on things in the library. That might be fun.

Cheers,

Miss Molly*

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Toto the Tornado Kitten!

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This little girl read the book beforehand and was SO excited to meet Toto! She brought him some food to donate to the local pet shelter.

For those of you who are not familiar with the story, Toto was found in a tree as a newborn kitten after surviving a tornado that swept through Western MA about 2 years ago. A paramedic and his wife found the kitten and saved him. They wrote a book and do story time programs around MA to raise money for local pet shelters. All proceeds from book sales are donated.

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April 17, 2013 · 9:36 pm

Blind Date with a Book

Borrowed, yet again, from Pinterest and other libraries, this is my version of “Blind Date with a Book.”

I used YA books and wrapped them in pretty paper. I printed out blurbs on each book from Goodreads and put them on the front – careful to erase anything about the title, author & character names. I realized after that I had to have the barcode avilable – it wouldn’t be much fun to unwrap the book at the circ desk to scan the barcode. I probably could have done this a better way, but I felt through the paper for the barcode and used an exacto knife to cut around it. This took a little while….to say the least. Then I looked up some lame pick-up lines. That was pretty fun.

I think only one person has checked out one of these so far – and only because I told her to 🙂 Oh well, it looks kinda cool, anyways. Below is my flyer and some pics of the books on display.

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Cheers.

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READBOX

New Young Adult display! I copied it from a picture I found on Pinterest. 🙂

I put books on the shelf that have already been made into movies or that will be made into movies. Here’s a list I found – with the help of my good friend, Ali!  YA Books Into Movies

Definitely eye-catching!

 

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Cheers!

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BEA is Almost Here!

Super excited to be traveling to NYC to attend BEA (BookExpo America) bright and early Tuesday morning! Unfortunately, I will not be able to see Stephen Colbert at the Tuesday Author Breakfast (boo) but I have tickets to the Wednesday Children’s Author Breakfast (with 2 of my favorite authors: John Green and Lois Lowry!) and also to the Thursday Breakfast featuring Kirstie Alley and special appearance by Jimmy Fallon! (my secret t.v. boyfriend.)

Lots of authors I’m excited to see and LOTS of galleys I cannot wait to get my hands on! Maybe I’ll even have some to give away….perhaps. 😉 I will use some of the autographed copies for summer reading prizes for the kids and teens at the library – some I’ll keep just for me!

 

(images from PW.com)

I’ll be going with my library director and another librarian I work with. (And contrary to popular belief, Librarians DO know how to party!)

And luckily I now have a new phone – yes, I broke down and got the iPhone 4. (Not the 4S – couldn’t quite rationalize the extra $100.00) But this phone is better than the laptop I am currently typing on so I am very happy to have it! Plus, the BEA mobile app works great on the iPhone – so excited to use it! I’ll try to post pics while I’m there using – yep! – my new phone 🙂

Just did a bit of shopping for the trip (Target & Banana Factory Store – best 2 stores around!) And thanks to my very good friend and popular author of  Shop Talk – the blog from the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art I will be attending as a VIP, which I think gets me free coffee in the VIP lounge. I will definitely need it!

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Easter Story Time

Yup, it’s definitely past Easter. Trying to catch up on my Story Time posts!

Holiday picture books are tough to find – especially for 3-year-olds. They have the tendency to be on the longer side. The kids did pretty well with the two I chose: The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen and Bunny Trouble by Hans Wilhelm.

We played an Easter Egg matching game I made for the felt board. Basically, I hand each kid an egg and when I put the matching one on the board, the kid who has the matching one brings it up and puts it on the board. Very easy, but they love it.

For the craft, I took a couple different ideas and put them together. I had tons of leftover plastic eggs from when we used to have a big Easter egg hunt. I bought large yellow pom poms (unfortunately I had to buy several assorted bags for this, but we’ll use them later.) Each kid had a pom pom, two google eyes, and a little foam triangle for a beak. They glued these on and while they dried, they decorated the eggs and a foam bowl with Easter stickers. They shredded green tissue paper and glued it into the bowl. Then they attached pipe cleaner handles to the foam bowls and ended up with an Easter basket. The pom pom chicks went into the plastic eggs and were placed in the basket. The end result: an Easter basket with an egg which, when opened, produces a cute baby chick! I wish I had pictures but I guess I forgot my camera that day, but the picture below is what the chicks looked like.

  The chick craft idea came from freepreschoolcrafts.com

 

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Earth Day Story Time!

Skipping the Sunday Quiz to post my Earth Day story time I held this past week for April Vacation. I had about 20 people come, which is a good turnout for such a beautiful day!

I kept this one pretty simple. I read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and we made “litter bugs” for our craft out of a bunch of recycled materials.

I had forgotten just how long The Lorax is, but the kids were really good. It actually helped that so many of them had seen the new movie recently and so they knew the story even if they hadn’t read the book. Before I started reading, we talked a little about Earth Day and about recycling and reusing. One little girl told me she used empty food containers as pretend food for her play-kitchen. I said that was a great idea – to wash out food containers and reuse them as toys. “Oh, no,” the girl said solemnly, “my mom doesn’t wash them.” Her mother was laughing, but indignantly told us she did actually wash out the containers.

We talked about the book and about the importance of having trees for shade and food and clean air and places for animals to live. They made it through the book (with only one “farting” incident, I suspect from the same little girl, which made us all a bit silly!)

The kids (and their parents) made some pretty cool litter bugs. I did have to put out the glue guns, as many of the materials would take way too long to dry with Elmers.

 

Happy Earth Day!

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