Tips for Recording Virtual Storytimes due to COVID-19

Virtual Storytimes are hugely popular right now, and for good reason. But a lot of librarians are new to video creation and don’t know where to start. Through trial and error, and some research, I’ve put together this list of best practices. Please leave your ideas and resources in the comments! The greatest challenge of… Read More Tips for Recording Virtual Storytimes due to COVID-19

Using Big Blue Blocks at the Library

Note: this is not an advertisement or a sponsored post. Just a librarian’s honest opinionΒ  on a wonderful product. When I first heard of Big Blue Blocks, I knew that I wanted to bring them to my library. Not only do they encourage imaginative play and physical literacy, but they are durable, lightweight, and surprisingly… Read More Using Big Blue Blocks at the Library

Draw Cute Animals – Tween Program Outline

This program was a huge draw (sorry I had to!) Kids come together and learn how to draw cute animals step by step. They also learn how to develop their own personal style, and how to infuse their drawings with characterization. It’s about drawing skills, yes. But it’s also about characterization skills. Storytelling. Humor. Artistic… Read More Draw Cute Animals – Tween Program Outline

Book Reviews: Albatross, The Whisper Network, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and The Need

Albatross by Terry Fallis (2019) Delightful is the word that comes to mind. Terry Fallis books are funny – they always have a strong comedic premise – but they also have depth. They have a clear moral without being cheesy. And this book is my favourite of them all. Adam is a teenager who wants… Read More Book Reviews: Albatross, The Whisper Network, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and The Need

Instagram Tips for Small Public Libraries – Photos

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