How do you stay connected to the wider field of child development and book publishing? I used to fill those buckets with social media and blogs, but these days I find myself turning to newsletters. For one, I can set them aside until I have the brain space to give them my full attention. Two,… Continue reading Newsletters for Children’s Librarians
Happy new year, everyone. I had hoped to end 2023 in a flurry of reflective blog posts, but a fractured elbow slowed me down. Thankfully I’m able to put the finishing touches on this yearly tradition, and share my favourite storytime picture books for the 11th year in a row. Is there anyone out there… Continue reading 2023 Favourite Storytime Picture Books
Recently I attended a few presentations on community work that reminded me of my favourite part of my job: Relationship building. In truth, I felt disconnected from community work for a long time. The pandemic disrupted many relationships. Libraries were closed, practising social distancing, and dealing with high staff turnover. Community partners had the same… Continue reading The Heart of Our Work
I’m back! How was everyone’s summer? Did you get all your professional development reading done? lolsob. I did watch a webinar called The Myth of School Readiness by Ida Rose Florez. She’s an excellent presenter and well qualified to speak on this topic. She delves into models of thinking in order to help us understand… Continue reading The Myth of School Readiness
Summer is upon us, friends! How’s everyone holding up? In anticipation of an increased work load and an increase in social activities outside of work, I’ll likely take the summer off blogging. In the meantime, here are some things to bookmark and read over the next few months. YAACING Newsletter Yes, I still write a… Continue reading I’ll Link to That: Things to Read This Summer
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt emotionally invested in storytime? *Raises Hand* I’ve been reflecting the past few months on the special place storytime holds in my heart. This reflection has coincided with my journey to have a healthier balance between work and home life. I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with being… Continue reading I’m Not the Center of Storytime and That’s Okay
One of my favourite emails to get is the one that goes something like, “I saw this on your blog and made it even better!” Cue the children’s staff at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library in Fairbanks, Alaska. Back in 2015 I shared my spring bunny scavenger hunt. You’ll want to start there… Continue reading Spring Bunny Scavenger Hunt: Update 2
For the first time in a long time I took a vacation and completely disconnected from work. I’m talking didn’t check my email, didn’t worry about looming deadlines, didn’t wonder how programs were going, didn’t think about community partnerships. Just…didn’t.* And it was absolutely glorious. I’ve been thinking about why this is the first time… Continue reading Who Am I If Not a Children’s Librarian?
I learned a new storytime song! I recently visited my family in California and took my niece to a storytime where I picked up this earworm. If you are nervous about using puppets in storytime, this song is for you! Here are the reasons I like it: Have I convinced you yet? Take a listen… Continue reading My New Favourite Puppet Song
You know that thing that takes a huge amount of coordination and causes a fair amount of stress in both the planning and execution? What if we just didn’t do it. What if we went back to the drawing board and started at square one. What if we reimagined what summer at the library looks… Continue reading What if the Summer Reading Club Didn’t Exist?