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Still Solid: More Teen Space Changes

A few weeks ago, I posted about the small changes we’ve made to the teen space in our library. And those small changes went a long way toward making the space more teen-friendly. The challenge has always been that this space is part collection, part programming, and part hallway (we’re …

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STEM in Preschool Storytime

I really love STEAM. Which is a weird thing for an English major-turned-librarian to say, perhaps, but there’s something really satisfying about connecting traditional literacies to more recently recognized ones. I’ve been connected with a lot of great resources through the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, City of Learning, and the …

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Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Agnieszka, called Neshka by everyone she loves, is a small-town girl. She hasn’t much left her little village, and she never really wants to. Her family has been in the Valley for ages, and something just feels right about the place. Except the Wood. The Wood always lurks at the …

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover

We hosted our first stuffed animal sleepover (a program where children have a storytime and leave their stuffed friend at the library overnight for photographed shenanigans). Another program I inherited after a staff member left, I wasn’t entirely sure how this program would go. It was scheduled the week of …

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Teen Spaces: Modifying an All-Too-Solid Room

You know the problem: you want to create the most epic of teen spaces, but you’re locked into an architectural space that just wasn’t designed for it. All the walls are covered in shelving, there’s almost no plugs, bookshelf islands occupy most of the rest of the space, and everything …

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Book Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is a girl who can shapeshift into a monster. Or a monster who can shapeshift into a girl. Or something more complicated than that. In any case, she shows up unannounced at supervillain extraordinaire Ballister Blackheart’s lair and declares herself his sidekick. He is… not amused. “I can’t have …

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PreK Art and Science: Popsicle Stick Symmetry

Resources: Murphy, Stuart J. Let’s Fly a Kite. 2000. “Making Shapes.” Education.com. 2013. http://goo.gl/g3aOx9 Schwake, Susan. “Fold Me a Print.” Art Lab for Little Kids. 2013. p 76. Supplies: For the Mirror Demo: Symmetry mirror Household objects, some symmetrical, some not For “Making Shapes” Take Home: 20 craft sticks/child Markers in assorted colors …

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Homeschool Art and Science: Gravity

A quick one-shot lesson plan from a juvenile art and science session I ran as an intern. I wrote this up in detail for a Teaching and Learning class during my MLIS. Resources: Chin, Jason. Gravity. 2014. Supplies:     For Gravity Drop: Ping pong balls, marbles, Styrofoam balls, pencils, …

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PreK Art & Science: Ice Painting

Ice Painting via Wadleigh Memorial Library Resources: Schwake, Susan. “Ice Drawings.” Art Lab for Little Kids. 2013. p 36. “Primary Colors.” Ok Go for Sesame Street. 2012. http://youtu.be/yu44JRTIxSQ – 1:30 music video reinforcing primary colors as the basis of all color. Supplies: White Cover Stock Food Coloring Craft Sticks Prepared …

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Let There Be Moose

Some days, you plan everything and it just doesn’t work. Other days, you kind of forget about the fact that you’re actually running storytime until the day of… (I’ve never done that, don’t look at me like that…) I grabbed some moose books. Yes, moose. We had just gotten “This …

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