Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Flannel Friday Round-Up

It's Flannel Friday Round-Up time again!  Without further ado, here we go.

Do you like trying something a little different in your story time?  Check out Lisa at Thrive After Three's optical illusion for Batman or Penguin.  Superheros are always popular or you can store it for next year's superhero summer reading theme.

We have ducks and have color matching in Kathryn at Fun with Friends at Storytime's Rubber Ducky.  Plus, if it will work with your group and you have the pieces, you can easily pass out 1 duck for each child to bring up to the flannelboard.

You know you have a flannelboard hit when a colleague recreates it.  Bridget at What is Bridget Reading? made Five Tiny Gnomes based on Sunflower Storytimes rhyme and pattern.

Angela at Valley Storytime has another inspired by Flannel Friday post in the form of Five Little Fluffy Sheep.  What is really neat about her flannel pieces is that she has real colored wool on them.

Wow, people must be clearing out their Pinterest boards right now as we have a third inspired by Flannel Friday post.  A Librarian Less Ordinary made puppets to go with I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems.  Plus, a cool craft is involved involving blowout party favors.  You know the kids will love it!

Anne at itsybitsymom retells the story of How Will We Get to the Beach? by Brigitte Luciani.  What is really neat about her post is the combination of felt pieces and pieces made from milk filters.  I have to get some of those!

If you ever do a story time about colors, you need to make Storytime Katie's crayons.  They are relatively simple to make and have a great rhyme to go with them.

Amy at The Show Me Librarian has been getting her felt on this year.  This week's contribution is finger puppets based on The Little Red Hen.  The final product turned out great.

Kelly at Ms. Kelly at the Library was inspired by Who Uses This? by Margaret Miller to create her flannelboard.  What I really like about her post is that she explains why she didn't strictly follow this story and illustrations for her groups.

Just in time for Fizz Boom Read, Linda at Notes from the Story Room brings us a draw-and-tell story called Building a Bot.  What always amazes me is that she creates these stories from scratch!

You are going to be totally blown away by Jane at Piper Loves the Library's felt S.T.E.A.M.-punk robot.  Her staff does a summer reading show at all of their elementary schools and her pictures are amazing.

That's a wrap for this week.  Next week's round-up will be hosted by Linda at Notes from the Story Room.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Early Literacy Kits, Round 2

If you missed the first post about this project, you will want to start here.  I have had a lot of librarian interest in this project so I am sharing my progress as I go.  A week ago I finished four more kits!

Kit 3-Mouse Paint
This kit contains:

Kit 4-Polar Bear, Polar Bear
This kit contains:

Kit 5-Nursery Rhymes
This kit contains:
Kit 6-The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This kit contains:

As with our last round of kits, these are extremely popular.  There is currently none of the kits checked in at any of our locations.  While I wish that I could move faster to get these out, I have found that it takes me about 4 hours to put each kit together, from ordering to laminating, to creating content for the booklets, to processing the actual kit when it is ready to go.  9 more to go!

Library Spaces

This past spring I have been doing a lot of traveling for meetings and conferences.  Of course, I always stop in at local libraries as there are always neat ideas that I can "borrow" for my own workplace.  For those who don't get to travel much or just love looking at library spaces, here are some pictures from my travels.

Indianapolis Public Library
If you haven't ever been to the Central Library location of the Indianapolis Public Library, it is definitely a destination spot.  Seriously, your eyes will glaze over in wonder as you look around.  My only gripe about the building was that there was no teen space.  The children's area has a high tech feel.

They run a QR code scavenger hunt throughout the department.  How cool is that?!?  While I can't invest in these stations like they have, I can definitely make my own QR code hunt.

In their juvenile nonfiction area, they have black-and-white pictures above the shelving bays to show off what is there.  I really like this, especially for younger kids who can't read yet.  Plus, we all know that Dewey is a foreign language to most people.  Pictures really do help!  While our shelving ranges are too tall to do something like this, it may be possible to add pictures to the endcaps.

This is probably the neatest part about the whole library.  They have a green screen!  Kids (and adults!) can predict the weather or drive a racecar.  There is raised seating in this area and they actually do all of their story times here!  When I asked about how that would work, they said that they do a normal story time where the presenter sits up front.  Then during the last 10 minutes or so, kids could come up and play with the green screen.  It is a great way to add technology to every story time!

Willard Public Library-Battle Creek
The Willard Public Library in Battle Creek, MI does a fantastic job creating a bookstore feel as you wander through the displays.  They use multiple copies and faceouts, which promotes circulation.  

I hadn't seen a library break out their seasonal books before and I thought this was a neat concept (excuse the bad picture).  We all know that spring, summer, fall, and winter books tend to only circulate during their given season.  This tends to hurt circulation when comparing them to the rest of the collection.  I really liked this idea, plus the display space on the tops of the shelves.

Bloomfield Township Public Library
I will be honest-as a children's librarian I "borrow" a lot of ideas from this library.  They have a lot of specialized collections that we are just starting (or enhancing) at my library, including special needs and parent/teacher collections  If you haven't been there before, you definitely need to stop by if you are in Metro Detroit.

I love the built-in shelves on all of the endcaps throughout their children's area.  This makes it easy to pull out and highlight various books.  Plus, kids can see what is in that area!

This is their story time room.  I really liked the curved feel to the room as it makes it easier for everybody to see the presenter.  Ours is a square and it is hard to find a good place to set up the flannelboard and the cd player for easy access and so everybody can see.

Harper Woods Public Library
This is a smaller library that I just visited this past week.  They recently went through a renovation and really made good use of their space.

While the children's area is downstairs, they have clear signage so you can identify the department.  Plus, the children's reference desk is right when you come down the stairs.

No space in this building was wasted.  Under the stairs are these great blobby holes that are perfect reading nooks.  Plus, they bring color into the children's area.

That's all that I have for now.  I will be back the next time I get a round of pictures!

Flannel Friday-Two Little Bluebirds

This is one of my favorite rhymes to use with my Tot Time group (12-24 months).  When I saw that Mollie had created a flannelboard to go with it, I stole (um, borrowed) her pattern and made my own.

Two little bluebirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack. Fly away Jill.
Come back Jack. Come back Jill.

Recently I have been working on circulating early literacy kits.  One of the themes is nursery rhymes and I REALLY wanted to include this rhyme.  To make it more fun, I expanded it a bit.

Two little purple birds

Two little yellow birds

Two little pink birds

Because these were circulating, I used puffy paint rather than googly eyes so I didn't create a choking hazard.  I included a rhyme card with each set (content by me and design by our Community Relations person).  In addition to the rhyme, I give suggestions to parents as to how to play with the rhyme.  For example, instead of using Jack and Jill, use Brad and Bill.

This week's hosts are Lindsey and Dana over at Jbrary!  Stop of by for some great ideas.  As always, for all Flannel Friday information stop by the official blog.
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