Monthly Archives: February 2015

Mother Goose on the Loose Kit

This is what you need to have a successful Mother Goose on the Loose. I am leaving my current library to go to another and will need to make up another MGOL kit so I’m making a list of what I have and what I need.

Carpet square set. These aren’t super necessary but they’re nice to have. MGOL encourages you to make the room into a semi circle to it’s easy to step around to pass out instruments, you can see all the kids faces and walk around without having to worry about stepping on fingers or toes. These squares make that layout easily apparent. It also gives you something to reference when you say, find your carpet letter! in order to make everyone sit back down.

Stuffed farm animal set. I got mine from Demco I think however when I just went to look they only sold them individually. Annoying.

Hand bell set. These are expensive, but worth it. When I bought them they were $3.36 not $8 something so maybe wait it out and check the price every once in awhile. If you have a small group of kids that you can talk to and stretch the program length a bit they are great conversation pieces. You can ask what animal is on their bell. What color it is. Have the kids whose animals are the same sing the song with you. Etc.

Colorful scarf set. I’ve heard that there are better ones than these that don’t fray on the edges as much but I’ve been fine with these. They’re reasonably priced and do the job.

You can do it without these next things, but I find them to be useful and the kids love them.

Spider puppet. Similar to this one but I know that I didn’t get it on Amazon.

Five Little Monkeys set. This is adorable and the kids love it. They always want to put the monkeys on their fingers during free play afterwards.

These are the toys I currently have for the kids to use in free play. I always buy the same toys (from Walmart) and I always try and get two of each of the popular ones so there’s an easy way to stop fighting during a time when someone doesn’t want to share. I attached links when possible. Toy phone (2), toy camera (2), wooden blocks, toy piano (not electronic), interlocking beads, toy cars (6), wooden puzzles (as many as I can afford), mystery shape bucket, stackable rings, plastic ball (I have this but don’t think I’ll buy it again).

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

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This was a great book. Very intense, but not graphic. I think some of the mystery novels of today are very graphic in how people are murdered and I’m not into that. No spoiler alert, the daughter dies in the first 10 pages. There is no suspense with that. The suspense is how she died. The people in her family all know different details about her or about the night but won’t tell each other or the police for fear of what it means about themselves. It makes you think about what other people know that you don’t. It would make a great book club book.

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You and Me by Susan Verde

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This book is lovely. I adore it. I closed the cover and wanted to immediately go buy it for all of my friends. I love cute children’s books that adults can appreciate. It’s why I had a kids book read at my wedding. I also love this illustrator (Peter H. Reynolds). If you haven’t read The Dot or Ish or I’m Here, you should! I also love Plant a Kiss, which has one of my favorite authors Amy Kraus Rosenthal. She also does the books about animals who live the opposite of what we think. A pea who doesn’t like candy and wants to eat his vegetables, an owl who doesn’t want to stay up at night and a pig who likes to be clean. Anything with Peter H. Reynolds name on it is wonderful. Check him out!

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First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

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I didn’t know that this book was part of a series. I kept seeing it all over Goodreads and then I saw Jodi Picoult put it on her Facebook page so I thought, “Ok sure. I’ll read it.” I’ve actually seen book one and I think I may have even checked it out once. But it’s not necessary to read book on in order to understand this book, book two.

I like it. It was a bit of fluff reading which is always nice. Having previously speed read The Girl on a Train this was a nice follow up. The Waverly sisters have magic powers and so do their daughters. Bay is just finding out what her power is while falling in love with someone. High school romance at its peak. Anyway, it was okay. I have no idea what book one is about and I probably won’t read book three. Take that as what you will. Because some of it is from the point of the high schooler, it could also be considered a YA book, although at my library it is in the adult section.

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Storytime for Scooters: Valentine’s Day

VALENTINE’S DAY

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

SONG

The More we get Together (with ASL)

BOOK

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Love is You & Me by Monica Sheehan

SONG

I Love You, You Love Me (with some ASL)

BOOK

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Where is Baby’s Valentine? by Karen Katz

SONG

Head Shoulders Knees & Toes

BOOK

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Tuck-in Time by Carole Gerber

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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The Girl on the Train

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My review: “This book is crazy sauce. Gone Girl epic.” And while I have some negative thoughts about Gillian Flynn it seems that Paula Hawkins is piggy backing on the new psychological thriller genre that’s plaguing the nation. Although it’s not super violent like some of Flynn’s books (aka cutting and pulling out people’s teeth). I think Hawkins has a good balance with the reader and the “main” character, Rachel, so you’re unsure of whether you like her or trust her. I say “main” character because the book jumps between three characters, the women in the story. I always enjoy books that flip back and forth between characters. Especially a book like this when you need multiple POVs in order to know what’s going on. I highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl or likes a good mystery. You don’t have to take my word for it, it is currently #1 everywhere (B&N, Amazon, etc.)

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