Help Us Celebrate 1,000,000 Views!

We’ve been counting our zeros and we’re almost at 1,000,000 views! To celebrate this momentous occasion we’re asking for your help.

We’re asking you to send us a short video featuring you, your storytime crowd or your little one singing a song you learned on our channel. It doesn’t have to be the whole song – a small clip is fine! We plan on compiling all the clips and making a celebration video to show off all the amazing faces that have been part of our journey thus far.

To submit a video please upload your video file to Google Drive. Then “Share” the video with Jbrary (jbrary@gmail.com) by our January 31st, 2015 deadline. Google Drive accepts most formats including .WebM files, .MPEG4, 3GPP and MOV files, .AVI, .MPEGPS, .WMV, .FLV and .MTS. If you have any questions or need any help, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

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It’s our first time hosting the Flannel Friday roundup and we are so excited!  Thank you Meg for the GIFs!

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In case you’re new, here’s the run down:

What is Flannel Friday?
Flannel Friday is a weekly event in which participants post a description of a flannelboard, puppet, or prop storytime activity on their blogs every Friday. It is a way of sharing ideas, encouraging new techniques, and building community among children’s library staff around the world.

Where is Flannel Friday?
Currently, Flannel Friday can be found through:
*Posts on participating blogs (see archive or list of participants)
*Conversations and links under the hashtag #flannelstorytime on Twitter
*Posts gathered and organized on the visual bookmarking site Pinterest
*Conversations on Flannel Friday Facebook page

Who Can Participate?
Anyone can participate in Flannel Friday! Find out how at Get Involved.

If you’d like to participate in this week’s roundup, just leave a comment on this post!

Happy 1-Year Birthday to Jbrary!

It’s our 1-year birthday today!

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We are so grateful to every single person who has supported us and watched our little YouTube channel grow. To celebrate, we’d like to share some Jbrary highlights interspersed with children’s librarian themed “Hey Girl” memes featuring my nephew Blake because THAT’S HOW WE ROLL.

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Let’s start with a look at some statistics:

But those are just numbers.  What’s really made this year special is the people we’ve connected with.  Our community of practice.  The youth services librarians all across the world who we learn from every day and who inspire us to keep doing what we’re doing.

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So what did we get up to this past year? In addition to filming over 200 videos, we were also involved in some neat projects.  We participated in the CLEL Bell Awards blog tour by highlighting our favourite books to sing.  Thank you so much to Mel from Mel’s Desk for allowing us to promote this awesome resource that highlights picture books that provide excellent early literacy development support.  We also wrote a guest post for Pragmatic Mom featuring our Top 10 Multicultural Books to Sing.  If you couldn’t tell, we kind of like to share our love of music!

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In an effort to share all of the wonderful resources we find on our blogroll each season, we also started writing a quarterly column for the newsletter published by the Young Adult & Children’s Services section of the British Columbia Library Association. Our column in YAACING, “We’ll Link To That,” features all sorts of professional development goodies for youth services librarians. So far, we’ve written a column for Fall 2013, Winter 2013, and Spring 2014. We are super excited to keep giving shout outs to those who share their work online for us all to benefit.

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Lastly, we’ve made an effort to provide new, weekly content on our blog.  From storytime plans to evaluating our babytimes to reflecting on what it means to be an On Call Librarian, we spent the last year talking about things that advocate for our field.  Our most popular post is our Superheroes Preschool Storytime, followed closely by Song to Get the Wiggles Out.  We’re also very proud to have participated twice in Flannel Friday, first with our Jamberry felt song and then with the catchy Pyjama Party song our co-worker Miranda taught us.

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 So where are we off to next?  For starters, we plan to begin our second year as Team Jbrary  by presenting a Guerrilla Storytime at the 2014 BCLA Conference on April 1st.  Then in June we’ll be heading to Las Vegas for our first ever ALA Annual Conference! We are so excited to meet all of our online friends in real life and hope to meet many new faces as well.

What a year, what a year, what a year, what a mighty good year!

Merry Christmas from Jbrary!

Well it’s about that time and both of us here at Jbrary would like to wish you all the best the season has to offer! Whether you’re singing Christmas carols or getting outside to enjoy the cooler weather here are a couple videos which we think make the season bright.

Let’s All Do a Little Clapping

This is sung to the tune of We Wish You a Merry Christmas but will get the wiggles out waaay better! Try stomping, stretching and dancing for best results.

Clap Your Hands

You might just recognize the tune but we think this is much more exciting than boring old Jingle Bells.

This Little Light of Mine

Though not a traditional Christmas song, with candles all around the house at this time of year this is a lovely one to sing and sign with kids!

For more ideas check out our Winter Storytime Playlist. In the meantime we wish y’all a big Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014!

Welcome to Our New Website!

Jbrary got a bit of a facelift!  Welcome to our new site, and here’s what’s on it:

  • YouTube Playlists:  An alphabetical list of our playlists on YouTube.  Here you can find videos grouped together by theme, activity, and age.  For example, we’ve got a playlist just for toddlers and a playlist featuring songs and rhymes using sign language.
  • Storytime Resources: Here is where we link to the storytime outlines we’ve featured on our blog.  Posts are organized by age group, so you can easily find what you’re looking for. Don’t forget to see our Pinterest page for even more storytime theme ideas.
  • Blogroll: Stay connected!  This page features our ever growing list of online storytime resources.  We highlight other people making videos, storytime wikis, and outstanding Youth Service Librarians’ blogs.
  • About Us: Learn more about Lindsey and Dana, and feel free to contact us.

App Advisory at West Vancouver Memorial Library

Following all the app chatter at the BCLA Conference this year the West Vancouver Memorial Library just launched their app advisory Tumblr, as well as their new website. Lindsey and I were lucky enough to be involved with writing and reviewing apps for the Tumblr which provides a quick overview of the characteristics of the app, includes a picture or trailer and a brief annotation. Life is tough when you’re dissecting a virtual frog while manning the reference desk!

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This piece is part of our larger column which will appear in the Fall issue of the YAACing newsletter. Stay tuned for our round-up of all things awesome on the web this Fall!

Storytime Book Reviews

Finding the right book for the right group of kids is one of the main components of a successful storytime.  To assist those of us hunting for the perfect read- aloud, we’ve created a Storytime Book Review playlist that will feature quick, two-minute reviews of our favourite storytime books.  These videos will include:

  • A brief plot summary
  • A few glimpses of the illustrations
  • Reasons the book is a great storytime pick
  • Thematic connections
  • Early literacy tips

To help us out, we’ve enlisted the aid of our friend Mackie! Here’s a little about Mackie:

Mackie is excited to be entering her second year of her MLIS program. She has a background in Community Development, and in the future wants to work in a public library with underserved children. Her favourite characters are Nobody Owens (from the Graveyard Book), Olivia (the pig), and Princess Elizabeth (the Paperbag Princess). She spends most of her free time curled up with a good book and one of her two cats.

If you have any books that you’d like to see Mackie review, please leave us a comment or email us at jbrary@gmail.com.

Happy Reading!