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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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Hi There.

Library person. Geek person. Extrovert person. Person about whom other adjectives apply. Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. – St. Augustine Libraries are a …

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PreK Art & Science: Little Blue and Little Yellow

Little Blue & Little Yellow via Chez Beeper Bebe Resources: Lionni, Leo. Little Blue and Little Yellow. 1947. Mulder-Slater, Andrea. “Tasty Color Mixing.” KinderArt. http://goo.gl/y9JhLq Supplies: Copy of Little Blue and Little Yellow for each child. For Frosting Station: Blue food coloring Yellow food coloring Red food coloring Vanilla frosting …

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Audiobook Review: Museum of Thieves

I can’t be alone in searching IMDB to find out who starred in my favorite things. I recently did this for Dragon Age. One of the voice actor’s in that series – Claudia Black, who voices Morrigan – branched into recording children’s audiobooks. Her first voiced series is The Keepers …

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Book Review: The Red Pencil

I had a resolution to read more diversely this year, and I’m really pleased I started out with The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney. It surprised me on a number of levels, but really hit home. The book is told in poems, written in the voice of Amira, a …

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Of Harpies and Crying Wolf

I was killing time on my break today when I was made aware of the statements posted by #teamharpy on their legal defense fund site. First, false allegations suck. Second, rape culture sucks. Third, truth is often squishier than the facts. Since I took Ms. de Jesus and Ms. Rabey at …

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STEAM Three Ways: Silly Putty

Library staff are often crunched for time, particularly in the youth services department (although I may be biased here). To that end, getting the supplies and planning for a single science activity that can be used in multiple age groups has a real, measurable time and budget savings. It’s important …

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“Because I have a story too”: Diversity in Biographies

Image submitted by Tye Jiles to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks tumblr “Why are there more biographies about white people?” I’d been helping a family find children’s biographies to use for a family project on Black History Month, and the 7-year-old girl asked a great question. I quickly came up with the best …

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Grinding And Gameification

I’ve been thinking about grinding lately. Grinding in video games, per Wikipedia, “is a term used in video gaming to describe the process of engaging in repetitive tasks during video games.” It’s an issue in gaming, of course, and there are numerous posts about that already. (I fall in the …

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Ocarinas, Light Sabers, and Learning Gateways

Cover image via Kotaku. Original owner’s site seems disabled, but if you know it, pass it on so I can credit. About 2 years ago, a good friend of mine tried to get me into gaming. I was not enthused about the idea. I mean, I barely played Angry Birds. …

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