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
Who Am I If Not a Children’s Librarian?
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?
What if the Summer Reading Club Didn’t Exist?
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?
STEM is More Than Coding
You know what I love? Writing that stretches my thinking. Writing that helps me ask questions. Writing that asks me to be reflective of my own practices. If you don’t follow Adventures in Storytime (and Beyond) I highly recommend you do. Jen writes fantastic programming and reflection posts. Her recent post, S-T-E-M is a Four-Letter… Continue reading STEM is More Than Coding
Taking it Back
It’s me, hi. I would like to start blogging again. Like I haven’t said that before, right? I realize I have a problem though. Instead of hopping on here and jotting down quick thoughts and reflections, I’ve turned blogging into writing research papers. I’m not even joking. Part of this is my own fault (I’m… Continue reading Taking it Back
Threshold by Angela J. Reynolds
Today’s guest post is by a dear friend of mine – the talented and creative Angela Reynolds! You may know Angela from her blog ValleyStorytime which she’s been writing at since 2011. Angela has been a mentor and a friend to me over the years even though we’re on opposite sides of the country. I… Continue reading Threshold by Angela J. Reynolds
Movement Matters and ANIMALS MOVE
I am excited and proud to share a guest post today by my colleague and famous picture book author Jane Whittingham. You may have seen Jane’s books on your library shelves, at bookstores, or on many of my storytime books lists. In sum, they rock. And the good news is she has another one out… Continue reading Movement Matters and ANIMALS MOVE
Ambassador of Love and Joy
I don’t know another way to start this post except to introduce everyone to the newest member of the Jbrary family. Meet Dana’s new little bean, Islay. I’m calling her our Ambassador of Love and Joy. She’s already a fan of rainy B.C. summers and when her mom and auntie coincidentally form a Black Hat/Blue… Continue reading Ambassador of Love and Joy
2019 Picture Books: Counting, Numbers, and Shapes
Did you know early numeracy is a predictor of later reading success? Just one of the many good nuggets of information I picked up from the Center for Childhood Creativity. Here’s a selection of picture books coming out this year that support counting, number sense, and shape awareness. Don’t miss the other lists in this… Continue reading 2019 Picture Books: Counting, Numbers, and Shapes
2019 Picture Books: Neighbourhoods and Homes
Houses, apartments, dens, nests, planets – all of these are types of homes. This list features books about the places we live, both big and small, and the neighbourhoods we create with others. Don’t miss the other lists in this series: Books Featuring Babies Biographies of Women Feelings and Emotions Outer Space Mythical and Magical… Continue reading 2019 Picture Books: Neighbourhoods and Homes