Thursday, 17 January 2013

Robot Storytime

This week our storytime theme was robots!  There aren't a lot of books in our library on robots, but we have a couple of good ones.  The best thing is that most of them are based around basic shapes, so you can get your storytime kids to tell you what shapes they can see, and it leads into the craft activity.

The first book read was R. Robot saves lunch by R. Nicholas Kuszyk.  This was a fun book, and it was fun to get the audience opinion on (SPOILER!) whether lunch or the saved robot was more important.


Next we read Hello, robots by Bob Staake.  A great rhyming read (one of the storytime kids said to me "that book rhymes!"), with discussion about what rain does to robots, and can we swap heads.

The last book we read was Robot zombie frankenstein by Annette Simon.  The endpapers are great in this book, as it has all the shapes that are used to make the robots.  It's a good way to get the children to interact with the book. 

For our craft activity, we had simple shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles) cut out, and the children could glue them onto paper to make a robot. 

Friday, 20 July 2012

Number storytime

A few weeks ago I did a counting storytime.  This is an easy theme to find rhymes for, as there are lots of counting songs and rhymes to choose from. 

The first book we read was Two is for twins by Wendy Cheyette Lawson.  This book talks about pairs and the number two.  Lots of fun with spotting the pairs on the different pages.

The next book we read for storytime was Countdown by Kay Woodward.  This combines a countdown to liftoff, with getting ready for bed.  Counting down from ten is a little bit tricky for my storytime children, but they managed with a little help.

The last book we read was How many jelly beans? by Andrea Menotti.  This is a fantastic book, which deals with really large numbers, as the children decide how many jelly beans they want to eat.  It has a great fold out at the end, and I had to get a helper from my storytime group to assist with holding the last page.

I kept it simple for our craft activity, with a number colouring in worksheet.

Night sky storytime

I have been neglecting my storytime posts for a while now, so I thought I would try and catch up on a few storytimes I have done recently.

This week I did a storytime based on the night sky.  I had a book about stars, one about the moon, and one on space.  It was a mix that worked very well.

The first story read was How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers.  This lovely book describes the efforts a little boy goes to catch a star, so it can be his friend.  The children enjoyed this book immensely.

Next we read Kitten's first full moon by Kevin Henkes.  Little kitten sees the moon and thinks that it is a bowl of milk, and tries all sorts of ways to get to it.  A lovely story, which allows the storyteller to have the children predict what they think will happen to kitten next.  A little laugh from one of my boys at storytime today, who told me the book wasn't finished as the pictures needed colouring in.

The last book we read was On the moon by Anna Milbourne.  This is a great book for learning basic information about astronauts, space and travelling to the moon.  All the children loved the look of the rockets and moon buggy, and were very intrigued by the fact that there are no houses on the moon.

Our craft activity was very simple, a black piece of paper, which the children glued star sequins on, and then drew a picture with coloured pencils.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Teen library

 Here is a really great way to have teens engaged in the library.  Anybody got a few million dollars they'd like to donate?
Cool teen library space

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Now this is how to do readers advisory

This flowchart is fantastic - a great way to promote reading.  It does have American bias and is based on their school summer reading program.  How cool would it be to be able to edit this chart and input books that suit your library and it's community and then have it available both online and in print.

Summer Reading Flowchart

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Haha.. Empire as a Spanish soap opera

Love this clip...Empire is my favourite Star Wars movie, but this take on it is hilarious.  Love all the long, lingering looks. (via Gizmodo)

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Lazy Cat Day

Playing around with Hipstamatic app - taking photo of my cat.

She's contemplating jumping over the fence, but decided to go and sleep on the outdoor furniture instead.  Sounds like a plan for a lazy Sunday afternoon to me.