Author Archives: Julie Crabb

The Coolest Things I Saw on the Internet Recently

Why hello there!

 

Yes, we have been slacking on the coolness collection lately. However, that just means that you are getting an eyeful today. Are you ready?

 

First, I am gonna toot the SU horn a bit. Cory took over the SU Twitter last week and while some may call it an epic rant, I prefer to call it TRUTH. We saw the need to officially  take the stance that we will choose a side when it comes to human rights. We ask you to to join us.

 

Yes, we felt a little famous after the thread had a ‘moment’ on Twitter and we watched with awe as our notifications began buzzing. We were inspired by many libraries and librarians and library staff and people who are simply amazing. Multnomah County Library hosts a Black Storytime as well as Storytimes in multiple languages. The Denver Public Library is asking users to join the conversation by submitting their race card. The Skokie Public Library created Black Lives Matter reading lists that allow families a chance to talk together about the movement.

 

and….yes, diverse books are exactly what our patrons need. Windows and mirrors for everyone, but be sure your ‘diverse’ display isn’t filled with just books about civil rights, pride, and Japanese lantern crafts. Make sure you show off those books that have diverse characters just being characters in a book. I loved this piece from Raych Krueger at Book Riot for spreading that sentiment: Picture Books With LGBTQ Parents Just Being Parents.

 

Talking is important. Taking a stand publicly is important. We know that so many of you are finding it hard to do so in systems that refuse your efforts. We are here for you. We got your back always. Now to more coolness:

 

Jbrary shared a fabulous list of non-librarian blogs that you must check out. I personally read Mama OT and this baby happens to really like all those tummy time tips.

 

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Yes, I exploit my baby’s adorable face.

 

Roller Derby ladies invaded this library’s book club and our hearts went pitter patter.

 

Try a Rube Goldberg Machine program like Ms. Anna!

 

Check out Miss Julie’s Top Five Tips for Youth Reader’s Advisory. I now want to make a candy readalike list!

 

Go Pokemon Go.

 

Finally, some flannel fun with dinosaurs, monkeys, and tools.

Sunday Storytime Challenge

Every other week, we will post a Sunday Storytime Challenge. The goal is to encourage the SU community to try new things and share out those adventures. Challenges will vary widely and can include craftiness, elevator speeches, networking, professional development and beyond!

 

So here is this week’s challenge!

 

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It has been a few years since I first was inspired by Rebecca at Sturdy for Common Things to present a spontaneous Storytime. (Storytiming also had a wonderful take on this!)

 

Basically, there can be times when your library is flooded with people, but there is no programming going on. Perhaps you are like my library and you have LONG breaks between Storytime sessions. Why not put a sign around your neck and offer a story at 1:47 pm? Get on you intercom and invite the whole library to wiggle with you at 9:15 am! Did a fabulous new perfect-for-Storytime book just touch your hands? Go test it out on that one family that is in the building at closing!

 

Did you fashion a bright sign to wear on your head? Did you sing your heart out for a family that had no idea the library offered Storytimes? Make sure to come back and share with us! There are so many ways you can share:

 

  • Simply comment to this post!
  • Email us at storytimeunderground@gmail.com
  • Tweet it out using #storytimechallenge
  • Do you have a kick-ass blog? Share your challenge story there and send us the link!

 

There is no concrete timeline for you to complete the challenges and they will always remain open.

 

We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish!

Sunday Storytime Challenge

Every other week, we will post a Sunday Storytime Challenge. The goal is to encourage the SU community to try new things and share out those adventures. Challenges will vary widely and can include craftiness, elevator speeches, networking, professional development and beyond!

 

So here is this week’s challenge!

 

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Props can add a lot of wow to your Storytime routine, but they are terrifying if you have never used them. Shakers, parachutes, puppets, and scarves are becoming pretty common, but often fall into the category of expensive to buy and time consuming to make. So, this week, take the time to make something for your Storytime crowd. Be creative and use the depths of your unorganized storage area!

 

Need a push?

 

Get out the glue and felt to make 2 little ‘somethings’ that fit on your fingers! I recently made this dragon duo to take over the popular 2 Little Blackbirds fingerplay.

 

A paper towel tube, foil, and tinsel are all you need for Roving Fiddlehead’s Itsy Bitsy Spider waterspout prop!

 

Use all that leftover fabric you are hoarding to make giant food like this PIZZA from a Librarian Less Ordinary!

 

Grab some felt, poof balls, and googly eyes for this adorable set of peas pressed in their pea pod from Fun With Friends at Storytime.

 

Do you have cardboard, sticks, and string? Thrive After Three shared props for This Is Not a Stick and This Is Not a Box.

 

Pipe cleaners are probably hiding in the nooks and crannies of your desk. Pull them out and makes some flies a la Mel’s Desk.

 

Finally, some apples, a headband, and glue make this festive head prop from Catch the Possibilities.

 

What amazing things were born from your fingers? Are your covered in felt, glue, glitter, or permanent marker? Make sure to come back and share with us! There are so many ways you can share:

 

  • Simply comment to this post!
  • Email us at storytimeunderground@gmail.com
  • Tweet it out using #storytimechallenge
  • Do you have a kick-ass blog? Share your challenge story there and send us the link!

 

There is no concrete timeline for you to complete the challenges and they will always remain open.

 

We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish!

Sunday Storytime Challenge

Every other week, we will post a Sunday Storytime Challenge. The goal is to encourage the SU community to try new things and share out those adventures. Challenges will vary widely and can include craftiness, elevator speeches, networking, professional development and beyond!

 

So here is this week’s challenge!

 

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Utilizing the non-fiction collection for Storytime has some pretty incredible benefits. Put a big shiny spotlight on your collection, introduce some fancy vocabulary and concepts to your kiddos, or just showcase some pictures of real things.

 

Need a creative boost?

 

Check out this old Ask a Ninja post for some deep pondering.

 

I love Librarian Lisa’s early literacy tip.

 

Abby shared her STEM suggestions and Anne at So Tomorrow provided some Dewey-fied options.

 

Watch this Storytime Skill Builder video!

 

What book did you use? Did it go over well with your Storytime crowd? Make sure to come back and share with us! There are so many ways you can share:

     

  • Simply comment to this post!
  • Email us at storytimeunderground@gmail.com
  • Tweet it out using #storytimechallenge
  • Do you have a kick-ass blog? Share your challenge story there and send us the link!

 

There is no concrete timeline for you to complete the challenges and they will always remain open.

 

We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish!