For my monthly outreach visits I always have an interactive flannel board game. For our Friendship storytime I found some clipart on www.mycutegraphics.com and turned it into a puzzle game. I gave each child one half of the friendship puzzle and then asked each child to come up to put their piece on the felt board.
“If you have the friends with soccer balls please come put them on the board”
After they put their matching friends on the board they were invited to high five the friend who had their match (if they chose to).
Here is a PDF download of the friend pairs… I tried to get it with the puzzle template over them but when I rescanned them it looked really lossy. Basically, just with a pencil make a puzzle on each one and cut it out, then cover it with contact paper and stick some zelcro on the back!
Oh your job must be so relaxing and peaceful… you just get to read all day!
Blogging about our days as children’s librarians is not new, Abby the Librarian has done it, as has The Show Me Librarian, Never Shushed, and Storytime Secrets. But, we all bring a fresh and different perspetive and I have been wanting to blog about one of my days for quite some time to show the real variety in what I do each day. Recently my days have been quite the mixed bag. There are some days where I start my morning with two very full storytimes and end it with giving a presentation to a local community group about our library expansion project, with some collaborative work and patron engagement in between. There are very rarely two days that are similar, sometimes I have a couple programs in one day, and others I spend most of the time in my office planning. My favorite parts of my days are when I get to interact with the tiny humans enjoying the library. Even if it just means waving goodbye or popping my head up when I hear a “Mom! Miss Meg is here!”. Actually, about two minutes ago I had a 3 year old that I know from outreach visits introduce me to his dad, by his father’s first name, which gave both of us a good laugh.
Here was my Wednesday:
8:30am- leave for work, listen to a TAL podcast on the way
8:50am- arrive at work, talk to our amazing custodian for a few minutes. Teach him how to download podcasts onto his ipod touch.
9:15am- clean up community room (our only room in the library for programming). Put away tables and chairs and clean up any remaining craft supplies from storytime on Tuesday.
11:35am- OH HEY I HAVEN’T CHECKED MY E-MAIL YET. Check e-mail. Respond accordingly
11:45am-1:30pm- Work in my office on the spring calendar while also hopping to the desk to help check out
1:30pm- realize that I forgot to put my lunch of leftovers in the fridge and instead it has been in my bag the entire time
2pm- go out for lunch, get an okay salad to go from grocery store
2:45pm- set up for after school club. The craft this week is bracelets and necklaces so not too much to set up. Although I do have to drag all of those tables and chairs out that I put away this morning so I guess this is my third workout of the day
3:30pm- finish working on spring calendar
4pm- After School Club! Spend the next hour making bracelets and necklaces while jamming out to some kidz bop
5:00pm- IMPROMPTU DANCE PARTY. Literally. Some of the younger siblings of after school club kids came in and I put on Shake it Off and we had a dance party for a few minutes. The mother of one of the dancing children sent me this video to the library facebook page and I tried my skillz at turning it into a gif:
5:10pm– Quickly gather information I will need for evening meeting
5:15pm– Leave library and head to neighboring town for a forum about the CT Office of Early Childhood 4 year strategic plan. I attended as the Children’s Librarian of my town as well as a member of my town’s early childhood collaborative. Bonus: This meeting includes delicious food! AND COOKIES!
**While at this meeting I was happy to see that “Partnerships” are included in one of their goals. Unfortunately, libraries were not mentioned. I work closely with and am a member of the local early childhood collaborative and they know how beneficial our partnership is so my group was not hesitant to bring libraries to the table and let the OEC know that this was a vital thing missing from their plan. A tweet of mine also brought it to the attention of ALSC and they will be sending me some information to share with the OEC. I also sent some e-mails today to try and open up communication between the state OEC and libraries that are working hard with young children and their families in the state.
7pm– Head home!
Even at home I wear my children’s library hat while I read a middle grade book, interacted with Hafuboti on facebook about library programs, and checked twitter which is 99% librarians on my feed.
OTHER CHILDREN’s LIBRARIANS:
Please write posts about your day! IF you don’t have a blog, guest post here and tell us about your day!