Author Archives: Brytani

Coolest Things Strikes Again!

So, we’re a little behind on our reading.




After much catching up, here are just a few things we want to call out this week:


Abby wrote about how asking her staff to do a lap around the children’s area made her space more welcoming and secure AND helped them provide better customer service. Go, Abby!


We LOVE the awards that Bryce made for her staff, recognizing them for all the everyday aches and pains and calling them out for small acts of excellence. Go borrow some of hers and then steals ours while you’re at it.


Are you looking for new material for your fall-themed storytimes? OF COURSE Jbrary has you covered with a round-up of their favorite fall and Halloween songs and rhymes.


Have we pointed out one of our new favorite blogs, Jen in the Library? No? Silly us.  If you’re getting your feet wet with media mentoring and using apps in storytime, her blog is a godsend. She has details on what apps and ebooks she’s using, how she used them, and how they were received.


Did you know that joint chief Holly is working on a guide for Demco on programming with Meeperbots? Don’t worry, you can get a preview of a Battle Bots program here.


Lisa Mulvenna made these adorable foam figures to go with The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants. They are the best!


Local Chapter of the Month: Connecticut

This month, we’re highlighting another outstanding local chapter by giving them a shout-out on the blog.


Have you always wanted a group of mentors and friends IRL? Make sure you’re connected with your local chapter for online discussions and in-person meet-ups. Not only are they a great way to learn from your peers, they’re also fun. Find your local chapter here, or learn more about what it takes to be a chapter leader.


Now, back to business. This month we’re giving a shout-out to Connecticut!




This group is dedicated to sharing. In the last year, they’ve met up almost quarterly to share ideas for upcoming seasonal programs and to brainstorm some of the harder questions. My favorite part is the notes from their meetings. You can learn all kinds of things, such as:


  • Preschoolers love origami stars as prizes
  • Tips for helping kids remember those pesky log-in credentials for online summer reading tracking.
  • Working with massive crowds in programs
  • Incorporating STEM elements in storytime

If you’re like me, you probably love rifling through new thoughts and ideas, and this chapter is a great place to go for that. If you’re in CT, make sure you join. If not, take a gander anyway.


#ilovemylibraryjob Round-Up: Summer

Do you need a pick me up? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered.

Here are your bright beams of sunshine collected over the summer.

Okay, well first is this beautiful creation from Angie. YOU ARE SO WELCOME.




Drinking with friends and reading picture books is totally professional development.




Being recognized for your hard work always feels amazing!




Nothing like spectacularly odd children to make you smile.




And I just love stories of outreach storytime success!





Coolest Things I Saw on the Internet

So, if you’re like us, you might be taking a lot of breaks in your day to say things like:




Because, yes. Often.


But today we’re bringing you awesomeness in the form of the brilliant things our peers are doing on the internet. Maybe by the time you’re done reading, you’ll feel like at least your corner of the world is a little less suck-y.


Perspective-Altering Awesomeness (Maybe/hopefully)


First, of course, Bryce wrote this post about being an ally for people with disabilities in the library. This is something that I’m personally still learning about all the time. A lot of us don’t have loved ones with disabilities, so their struggles may seem a little foreign to us. Thankfully, we have professionals like brave Bryce to guide us.


Then Miss Julie gave us some examples of STEM and STEAM-related programs that she thought were well done and responsive to the community’s needs and used it as a way to help us think about how overwrought and tone deaf other programs and services can be.


If you haven’t read Jbrary’s article on the important issue of talking to kids about race, please do so now. I love how this post makes it clear that talking about race, even in storytime, is not pushing an agenda. Just like pointing out the differences in shapes or talking about being kind to the child with the helmet, it’s essential to development.


I loved when Abby wrote about feeling overwhelmed. Her first post was several months ago on the ALSCblog  and I hope you read that, too. It links to some of my favorite posts about burn out and I love how writing about it helped so many other people relax somehow. I have not been blogging as much because of my hectic summer, so I loved when Brooke chimed in too about her break from blogging.  It’s okay to stop, people!


One last thing:

Holly found this gem on Youtube. You won’t be sad you watched it.



Local Chapter of the Month: Wisconsin!

This month we’re celebrating another local chapter, and it’ssss *drum roll* WISCONSIN!


(No we did not pick it because it’s home to two joint chiefs. How dare you.)



You knew it was only a matter of time before we highlighted the great library state of Wisconsin for its active local chapter. Here’s why the joint chiefs are loving this group.


  • They’re getting to know each other over coffee and wine.
  • They’re finding partners for presentations.
  • They’re sharing information to help with summer reading and implementing 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.
  • They’re listing job openings and answering questions about their workplaces.
  • They’re encouraging participation in local conferences and learning opportunities.


With 69 members, this group is off to a strong start and we can’t wait to see them continue to grow and learn from each other.


Thanks for all you’re doing to lift each other up, Wisconsin!