When I first started doing storytimes three years ago, they were fine. At their best, kids were engaged. They sat still during 2 stories and laughed at all the right times. Parents softly sang along to the songs, and helped kids complete their craft. As they left, kids gave me hugs and parents politely thanked… Read More How I Levelled Up My Toddler Storytime
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
This has been a tough few weeks for the world. Racially motivated crimes are in the news constantly. It’s difficult to wrap my mind around the hate exhibited, and impossible to fully understand the experience of people of colour (POC) in these times. These past couple weeks I’ve sought out stories that involve racial discrimination… Read More Why I read YA and Middle Grade fiction written by Women of Colour
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!
Sparkly, twirly, precious fun! A tutu workshop is a valuable addition to your library’s program calendar. Not only is it easy to teach, but the attendees leave with a legitimately beautiful product (that would have cost $30 – $50 to buy from the store)! I always try to be intentional about planning programs where the… Read More Tutu Workshop at the Library
I was so inspired by other Children’s Librarians doing displays like this that I had to take it on myself! It’s such a great passive, interactive display for little ones and their parents. It gets kids talking and thinking. Plus, it’s easy to change and add to as needed! I created the silhouettes by using… Read More Guess Who Children’s Character Display
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