Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

"There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start." -Shel Silverstein

Storytime To Go

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I am so excited to share this awesome grant idea with you all!  My good friend and coworker was recently told she wouldn’t have a job as of February 1st due to our library district losing in the election for a tax initiative (don’t worry guys, she already found a new job :)).  Because of this two of our smaller libraries had to close, leaving our town to only 3 libraries.  So, needless to say, she had to pass along some of the projects she was working on and I was lucky enough to be a part of this amazing grant she was awarded.  She had the great idea to create what she calls “Storytime To Go”  And that’s exactly what it is.  It will be 15 kits (12 themed & 3 bilingual) that are put together with books, flannels, songs, rhymes etc for patrons to be able to check out and take home with them.  But here is the best part, there will also be a digital version of someone (me among other children’s librarians) doing the actual storytime and the patron will be able to download it.  How neat is that?!  I am so so sad to see her go, but very excited to be able to carry out her wonderful idea.  I will update you all when things get moving along a little bit more.

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Bob Shea Storytime

So last week I did a Bob Shea storytime to prepare for his visit to MY library.  That’s right people, he came to my library and I even had dinner with him! (This is all because the amazing Seth is friends with him on twitter and Bob was on his book tour and asked if he could come to our library.  The power of social networking!)  He’s such a nice guy too.  Oh, if you don’t know who he is then go read his books.  I’ll wait here.  They’re awesome, right?!  Let me just tell you that this storytime was awesome.  The kids loved every part of it!  Here is my handout:

Bob Shea Storytime Handout

And to go along with the book I’m a Shark, we made these pretty sweet shark hats.  I found the tutorial here.

Here are a few pics from his visit too!

Here is me and Bob (I call him Bob now)

Here is Bob drawing.  What could it be??

That’s right!  Dinosaur!!!

Here is Bob reading one of his books.

Here is a picture of the dance party he drew! (Jelly bean dance party, he draws a lot of his characters from the shape of beans!)

The program that he did was awesome.  We had 84 people attend!  What I love about him is that not only can he write and draw, but he can also talk to a crowd!  People were laughing the whole time.  Be sure to check out his newest book too, Dinosaur VS Santa!  It’s a good one 🙂

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Do you know…Mo?!

I won my very own one-of-a-kind Mo Willems art sketch!  This wonderful blog http://ripplesketches.blogspot.com/ got some great illustrators to donate sketches to be bought and all the proceeds go to help save the animals in the gulf.  Basically the way it worked was every half hour she would post a new sketch and if you were the first one to email her about it, then you would donate and it’s yours!  I figured, hey why not try?  He’s one of my favorite author/illustrators AND the money goes to a great cause.  What could be better?!    Well, I tried for the first 3 sketches with no luck.  I was only able to try for one more (there were 5 total to give away) due to the fact that I had to go pick up my daughter from daycare.  So I tried…and I got it!   This has made my month!  And here is a look at the wonderful sketch that I WON.

I can’t wait until I get my awesome sketch (Mo is sending it to me personally)  hehe.   OH!  AND guess who won the very last sketch?  Seth did!  So now we are both the proud owners of our very own Mo Willems art.  Hooray!

On a side note, if you don’t know who Mo Willems is, then I feel bad for you 🙂

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