Friday, July 11, 2014

Play, Baby, Play! and other fun ALA adventures

Two weeks ago I was in Vegas for ALA Annual! It was a fabulous, hot, and humid time. While there I was able to attend a committee meeting, some great presentations, and even give a few myself. Since I can't figure out if my slides are actually available through ALA or not, I decided to go ahead and post them up here.

I was lucky enough to present with the fabulous Kendra of Read, Sing, Play. We are both extremely passionate about early literacy programming, storytimes, and cheap wine, so it was a perfect match for us to present together. We decided to do an IGNITE session where each slide advances every 15 seconds and we have 5 minutes total.

It was seriously one of the coolest things I've ever done. It's amazing how much information you can get out in 5 minutes! It also makes you realize how much people ramble in presentations when they don't need to (guilty).

I'm assuming the picture is a little blurry because of
 the manic energy we were putting out there. 


Here are all of our slides:



I also presented with the fabulous joint chiefs of Storytime Underground about storytime. We had a great crowd and they had some amazing things to share at the end of the presentation.



Four Guerrilla Storytimes happened at ALA as well. The wrap-ups can be found over at Storytime Underground. Everyone was amazing and I found like 10 new things that I want to start doing in storytime immediately.

The highlight of my conference was the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet. I was very fortunate to receive the Kate McClelland and Kathy Kransnieqicz Scholarship since this was my first ALA. The scholarship was sponsored by Random House so I was invited to sit at their fancy table at the banquet. I sat next to Clare Vanderpool, Matt De La Pena, and Markus Zusak! It was probably the coolest night of my life. I couldn't even look at Markus for like 75% of the banquet. They were all very lovely to me.

My biggest regret was that I didn't have enough free time to go and find Elvis. My dad is absolutely obsessed with him and I knew he would be slightly disappointed in me. As I was getting off the plane in Minneapolis, I heard a familiar voice behind me. It was ELVIS! He had followed me all the way back to Minnesota. He said he was coming to visit family and only impersonated in the winter usually, but I think it's because he knew I needed to tell my dad that I was successful in my search.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Biggest Baby Shower Ever – Community Outreach

The community I live in is amazing. There are so many great opportunities for library outreach. We go to school fairs, parent read nights, mom & baby classes, daycares, and anyone else who will invite us. One event that I look forward to every year is the Biggest Baby Shower Ever!


It is coordinated by the Mayo Clinic and groups come from all over to participate. There are about 20-30 booths at this event, with everything from the YMCA to Mary Kay represented. The library has been lucky enough to get invited to this event for the past few years. Around 250-300 people attend each year, and it is a great opportunity to meet new patrons!

I always make sure to have a bright and fun table. The event is located in a Children's Museum, so I'm competing against a lot of background items to grab their attention. I also make sure to have some sort of "giveaway" for parents. Fact– New moms love free things.


This year I brought plastic keys and rubber duckies to hand out. Each had a sticker with our logo and website on them. Truthfully, I found both of the items in the basement (lots of buried treasure down there) and decided I was tired of seeing them every time I went downstairs.


On the table I included some of our alphabet sensory bags we use in storytime, board books, a handout about storytime,  and a sign-up sheet for our Baby Book Bees initiative. I also set up a little reading nook in the corner with paperbacks of popular characters for older siblings who were getting bored. I had quite a few parents thank me for this last minute addition.

They only got the bib if they signed up for Baby Book Bees.
Once people started showing them off
I had lots of questions about the program!

The main thing I highlight when I talk to people are our storytimes. We offer speciality ones for infants, babies, toddlers, and a family storytime. I also talk about all of the different resources we offer such as DVDs, books, audio books, etc. I encourage expecting moms to use us to read parenting books. You'll only read them once or twice and they're usually $25-$35 each! It's way more cost efficient to get a library card and check the books out from us. I keep our tri-fold pretty sparse and use lots of white space. I usually only have parents for a minute before they walk away, and the pictures always make them stay a little longer.


I love this event because I get to meet potential patrons for the first time, while also seeing some old friendly faces. I always leave this event feeling successful because of the number of people I speak to, but this year the success was even more apparent. We opened up storytime signups the following day and my infant storytime is almost full 2 days into sign-ups! I've never had an infant storytime fill up, so we're all feeling pretty happy about this.

Does your community have an outreach event like this? If not, you should convince your library to organize it. It is a great resource for new parents and it's a wonderful way to reach new patrons!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Baby Storytime –Farm

Opening Song
Welcome Song

Opening Rhyme/Movement
Hands are Clapping

Early Literacy Tip
If your child really loves a certain page of a book, then stay on it. When we all read our board book together we don't all have to stay on the same page. If your child really loves the black sheep or red bird then stay on that page a little longer and start talking about it! Every time you talk to your child you are introducing them to new words and building their vocabulary.


Shape Game
Today, I hid a cow. You can find out about this game here.

Rhyme/Movement
This is Big

Book
Farm Animals by Simms Taback
All of these giant fold-out books are perfect for baby storytime! I use them often and they're always a winner.

Rhyme/Movement
Itsy Bitsy Spider

Rhyme/Movement
Roly-Poly

Book
I Went Walking  by Sue Williams
The sing song rhythm is perfect for baby storytime. Plus there's plenty of opportunity for animal noises!

Rhyme/Movement
Giddy-up, Giddy-up

Rhyme/Movement
Where is Thumbkin

Choral Reading
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin Jr.
or
Ten Little Fingers and Tel Little Toes by Mem Fox

Egg Shakers
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Egg Shaker Song

Closing Song
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Playtime!






Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Baby Storytime – Opposites

Opening Song
Welcome Song

Opening Rhyme/Movement
Hands are Clapping

Early Literacy Tip
Your little one is going to get up and move during stories. That's ok! They are still absorbing the language and seeing you enjoy reading even if they're not looking at the pages.

Shape Game
Today, I hid arrows. You can find out about this game here. (As an aside, figure out how you're going to explain the concept of opposites before storytime. It's really hard to define it without using the word 'opposite'.)

Rhyme/Movement
Itsy-Bitsy Spider
We did it once like normal and the second time around we said the Great Big Spider! The kids thought it was hilarious when I used my deep voice.

Book
Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli
All of her board books are fabulous! Parents and babies just adore them.

Rhyme/Movement
Where is Thumbkin

Rhyme/Movement
Roly-Poly

Book
Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

Rhyme/Movement
Giddy-up, Giddy-up

Rhyme/Movement
The Elevator Song

Choral Reading
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin Jr.
or
Ten Little Fingers and Tel Little Toes by Mem Fox

Egg Shakers
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Egg Shaker Song

Closing Song
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Playtime!






Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Baby Storytime – Hello!

This was my first storytime of a new session. We took a long 3 month break, so I wanted to make sure everyone felt comfortable. During the first 2 storytimes I always introduce myself, talk about why we're here, and share a rough outline of what each storytime will look like.

I also make the parents go around the circle and introduce themselves, their baby, and say a "fun fact" about their child. It can be a new milestone, something they love/hate, or something they just want to share. It really helps me remember the child's name and relieves some of the awkwardness in the room.

Opening Song
Welcome Song

Opening Rhyme/Movement
Hands are Clapping

Early Literacy Tip
It's ok if your child doesn't participate during the songs. They're in a new space and might be nervous. Parents just keep smiling and doing the motions and your little ones will start mimicking you. You're the role models, so they look at you to see what they should be doing.

Shape Game
I know I said I was going to get rid of this, but I chickened out. So many kids request it or come up and immediately start saying the shapes that I know it is a great thing. I'm just sick of it. Maybe if I make new flannel shapes I'll feel better about it? Something to add to my to-do list.

Today, I hid a happy face because I love when people say hello to me! You can find out about this game here.

Rhyme/Movement
Itsy-Bitsy Spider

Book
Say Hello Like This by Mary Murphy
This book is new and adorable! It is a perfect book to use with babies. You should all go buy it right now.

Rhyme/Movement
Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Rhyme/Movement
Giddy-up, Giddy-up

Book
Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter
A storytime classic. It's a little long for my crowd, so I usually clip a few pages. Everyone loves waving hello though!

Rhyme/Movement
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Rhyme/Movement
The Elevator Song

Choral Reading
I finally decided to use books other than Brown Bear, Brown Bear and started purchasing new board book sets for our choral reading time. I went back and forth between these two sets for the 6 week session. I will be introducing new ones each session.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin Jr.
or
Ten Little Fingers and Tel Little Toes by Mem Fox

Egg Shakers
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
The Egg Shaker Song

Closing Song
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Playtime!
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