Monthly Archives: June 2013

Should Adults read Children’s Books?

I feel like people talk about this a lot. But if you’re an adult, shouldn’t you be able to decide for yourself if you want to read children’s books?

Anyway, BBC talks about it here. Check it out.

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Scooters: Digging for Worms

Opening Song

(see week one for words)

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Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Usually I would consider this book kind of long for 0-3s but our craft was Hungry Caterpillar related & I had fake fruit to roll out when he ate it in the book to keep their attention. I also brought out my finger butterfly at the end and they liked that. I also read it first so I knew they’d be more likely to listen to a longer-ish book.

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Book: Garden Animals by Lucy Cousins

SONG

One little, two little, three little earthworms

Four little, five little, six little earthworms

Seven little, eight little, nine little earthworms

Ten little wiggly worms!

Ten little, nine little, eight little earthworms

Seven little, six little, five little earthworms

Four little, three little, two little earthworms

One little wiggly worm!

RHYME

See the wiggly wiggly worm? (wave index finger)

See it squiggle, squiggle & squirm? (wave finger in the air)

Over, under all around (wave around left hand)

Where’s the wiggly squiggly worm? (hide finger in left fist)

One, two, three – POP! (pop out worm)

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Book: I like Bugs by Lorena Siminovich

SONG

(bring on the spider puppet!)

The eency weency spider went up the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

And the eency weency spider went up the spout again.

RHYME

Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet eating some curds and whey

Along came a spider who sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away!

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Book: Who’s in the Garden? by Phillis Gershator

 

CLOSING SONG

(see previous weeks for words)

This is our lovely little Hungry Caterpillar handprint craft. Three prints in a row was much more difficult than our past one hand or one foot. But they turned out cute cute cute!

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ALA 2013

So apparently I’m going to ALA 2013, Chicago. When is this wonderful American Library Association conference? 3 days. Its in 3 days. I was not planning on going, and I was just informed this morning that I am going. Awesome.

I’m not complaining. I love ALA. I have been the past 3 years. BUT, I just wasn’t prepared. I was supposed to work this weekend. I had book club plans on Sunday. Granted its for a book I hated so I was just going to go and bash on it anyway, but STILL.

There also aren’t a lot of programs I care to attend. I’ve wrote down a few but I think my main goal here is going to be sightseeing & eating. Wish me luck.

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Library eBooks

I cannot count the number of phone calls I receive involving eBooks. They’re usually, well no they’re always, negative calls. “This isn’t working.” “How do I do this.” “Why can’t I check this out?” “Your catalog says its available.” WTF.

Borrowing an eBook from your library is difficult. They make it difficult on purpose. They meaning publishers. They don’t want us to have free eBooks. Librarians know this. Please don’t yell at us. We can’t help it. So please be nice to us. And read this article. It explains why its hard. And it has nothing to do with us.

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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

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This book is essentially a futuristic version of The Scarlet Letter. Here’s a quick summary.

“A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated, and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love.”

It is a church bashing book. I’ll get that out there right now. And honestly, some of that really bothered me because I was raised in church and some of the things Hannah was taught as a kid, I was taught. I know what Promise Keepers is and Aiden Dean is highly reminiscent of Joel Osteen in my mind. But, I was truly fascinated with her character & could not stop reading (or listening in this case). I wanted to know what would happen to her and how she and her friend would survive in a world where they couldn’t hide. Highly recommended. It would make a great book club book & our library offers it as a book club kit.

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Scooters: Getting Dirty

This week we had a Getting Dirty theme. Presumably when digging into (reading) mud or the garden like our previous storytimes you will eventually get dirty! This was more about taking baths than getting dirty but in all three books the kids start out dirty. We did a lot of washing and rubber duck spotting (in the books).

Opening Song

(see first post for lyrics)

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Book: Bath Time by Charles Reasoner

RHYME

(I handed out scarves from Mother Goose on the Loose & we dried ourselves with them)

Dry your ears

Dry your nose

Dry your fingers

Dry your toes

Dry your shoulders

Dry your hair

We are dirty everywhere!

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Book: Let’s Wash Up! by Patricia Geis

SONG

(with same scarves, to the tune of Here we Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wash our face, wash our face, wash our face

This is the way we wash our face so early in the morning

Brush our teeth…

Brush our hair…

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Book: Caillou: Bath Time by Joceline Sanschagrin

I handed out little rubby duckys at this time and let the kids take them home. Then we sang Five Little Ducks went out One Day. They totally loved this song for some reason. I had five little magnet board ducks that I made disappear and I’m telling you, that was amazing to them in itself.

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Five little ducks went out one day,

over the hill and far away.

Mother duck said,

Quack quack quack quack.

But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks… and so on.

CLOSING SONG

Can you kick with two feet two feet two feet

Can you kick with two feet? Kick kick kick

Can you nod with one head…

Can you wave with two arms…

Can you kiss with two lips…

Once storytime was over this is the craft we did. Rubber duckys! Duckies? What’s the right spelling for ducky/ies? Ours were in a bathtub instead of what looks like a lake in this picture.

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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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This was a good book. The whole time I was listening to it I thought it was written by a woman, btw. Not that that’s relevant. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on my own but there’s a Tournament of Books that I follow in the summer and Beautiful Ruins was up against Gone Girl. Having read everything surrounding the craziness of Gone Girl I was surprised it didn’t beat out everything. Runaway bestsellers do that. And since I wasn’t a big fan of Gone Girl I thought, well if this is better than that it can’t be that bad, right?

Summary: “… a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.”

I don’t know if I’d say it was better. But it was good. I liked the characters, some more than others, and I liked how they all interconnected through the flashbacks and current day. I think it tied up a little too quickly but all in all it was enjoyable. I think it may be better for people who like the movie world a lot more than I do, which is saying something because I really like movies. It also really made me want to go to Italy. Which is bad because I can’t go to Italy.

On a side note, despite my lack of addiction to the books of Gillian Flynn she was here for an author event our library sponsored and I met her and got one of her books signed. I love having signed books. It makes me feel special. Kind of like the Kevin Bacon thing. Now I’m only one degree away from so and so, blah blah.

Proof.

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