Ever since I started using my cute little uke in storytime, I can’t imagine going without it. It adds a level of engagement and fun to each session, for everyone involved: the parents, the kids, and me! Each storytime feels like a mini concert, where everyone is the rock star. Toddlers come back to the… Read More How to Add a Ukulele to Toddler Storytime
Adult and Teen Summer Reading challenges can be tough. How can you inject some fun into the reading experience without seeming too childish or dictator-y? Everyone has a child within, but not everyone is willing to unleash that side of themselves in a public setting with no warning. This is why Book Bingo is a… Read More Book Bingo: Dos, Don’ts, and … What Even?
Thank you to Scholastic Canada for the Advanced Reading Copy. Guts by Raina Telgemeier will be published on September 10, 2019. This review contains spoilers, and is written from the perspective of a children’s librarian. It’s been 5 years since Sisters, the sequel to Smile, was published. From my experience working in libraries, interest in… Read More Raina Telgemeier is at the top of her game with new book, Guts
There are a lot of factors to consider when running a public library’s Instagram account: content, style, captions, frequency of posts, hashtags, stories, and engagement with users. But the most immediately impactful aspect is the quality of your photos. Most of the people who run their library’s social media accounts do not have degrees in… Read More Instagram Tips for Small Public Libraries – Photos
I heard through the grapevine that my neighbours to the south are celebrating A Universe of Stories as their Summer Reading theme this year! Canadians are celebrating Our Natural World. I know some people might not consider galaxies as part of our natural world, but I sure do. I imagine hundreds of American Librarians (hey,… Read More Galaxy Jars with Mini-Lesson on Nebulae
You might be rolling your eyes – ANOTHER post about slime Karissa? That tired old goopy mess? Aren’t kids totally done with that trend? Move on, girl! And yes. I’ve posted about slime a couple times: Homemade Layered Slime Jars with Ombre Effect How To Throw a Slime Party at the Library (and why you… Read More Space Slime with a Mini-Lesson on Chemistry
I have been tracking my reading on Good Reads for the first time ever this year, and I’m obsessed! I hope to get to a point where he only social media app I use is Good Reads. Here’s a round up of the books I’ve reviewed lately – including some ARCs from NetGalley. Much Ado… Read More Spring 2019 Book Review Round Up
Province cuts Ontario Library services funding in half Ford government cuts Ontario Library Service budget in half Province slashes Ontario Library Service funding by 50% These headlines caused a panicked outcry on social media. People read the headlines and thought that all Ontario libraries were losing half their budget. Rightfully, they were extremely concerned. But… Read More In Response to Ontario’s Library Services Cuts
It has been over a year since I last did a What I Loved post. Where did the time go!? I have loved so many amazing books and experiences since my last post that I’m kind of overwhelmed! I’ve picked my very most favourite reads of 2018 to highlight. Sadie Sadie is a Canadian YA novel… Read More What I Loved #20: Victoria Schwab, Heather Smith, Courtney Summers, a puppy, and … a new job!
It’s small town front page news! Kids can learn how to play the ukulele at the library. Teaching ukulele skills is a fun way to engage children with music education – and it might even inspire a life long passion! Parents are so appreciative for a cheap and casual alternative to expensive and intense music… Read More How to Teach Kids the Basics of Ukulele Playing