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review 2015-05-08 01:30
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder,Garth Williams

Laura Ingalls and her family live deep in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Their log cabin is surrounded by miles of trees, and their closest neighbors are bears, wolves, and panthers. Daily chores keep Laura and her sister Mary busy, but they still find time to go exploring with their dog, Jack. (source)


I remember reading all of the Little House books as a kid - as well as watching the TV series - and adoring them. I seriously wanted to be Laura Ingalls - I even had a bonnet that I used to wear everywhere, complete with braids in my hair. For my internship, I host an intergenerational book club for elementary aged girls and their favorite adults (worked out to be a mother-daughter group, but I loosely defined the role of the adult in an effort to include every family situation), and the girls decided that they wanted to read Little House in the Big Woods for our meeting in May. I was really excited about the opportunity to revisit one of my childhood favorites. 


To be completely honest, this just didn't live up to my memories. I actually found it to be quite dull. Wilder describes her childhood, but she does so without much storytelling style at all. Her tone is preachy at times, which is something that I had forgotten. I think that this book is very representative of the mindset held by authors of children's literature at the time when this was published. It's still a sweet book, but if I'm being honest, it just doesn't hold up to so many other children's books that are out there. I appreciate the historical value of this text... but I also think there are other books that are more likely to ignite a passion for learning about history. 


The Little House series still holds a special place in my heart. I still look forward to the day when I'll read these books with my own daughter -- but I'm far more excited to introduce her to the TV series, which manages to entertain while still delivering a wholesome message. I'm also more excited to read books like Beezus and Ramona and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to her - books that, again, have a wholesome message but are still fun to read. It makes me sad that my experience reading this book this time around wasn't what I'd remembered, but I guess that's just how things work out sometimes. Are there any books that you read and loved as a child, but were disappointed by as an adult?

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review 2015-05-07 00:15
Delirium - Lauren Oliver

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing.

They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. (source)

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text 2015-04-22 20:49
Rainy Day Storytime
Cloudette - Tom Lichtenheld
Drip, Drop - Sarah Weeks,Jane Manning
Rainy Day! - Patricia Lakin,Scott Nash

Because I've been so busy, I haven't even had time to post my internship updates! I'm really disappointed about that, because it would have been nice to have them all on here to go back and look at, but oh well, at least I can try to be more consistent with them from here on out!


Today I covered storytime for my supervisor, who was at a workshop. When she asked me to cover it last week, I decided to do a rainy day theme. It worked out perfectly, because today has been pretty rainy all day! 


We started as usual with our "Wiggle Fingers" rhyme. We always start with this rhyme because it adds consistency to storytime if there are a few things that are the same every week, and this rhyme in particular signals to the kids that it's time to settle down and pay attention. Here's how it goes: 


Wiggle wiggle fingers
Way up in the sky
Wiggle wiggle fingers

Wave them all bye-bye

Wiggle wiggle fingers

Fold them in a ball

Wiggle wiggle fingers

Do not let them fall. 


Then, we read Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld. This is a cute story about a cloud who's too small to do things like cause a big snowstorm or replenish the Mississippi River, but she learns that even little clouds can do important things. Picking this one was kind of a gamble - it is right on target for preschoolers (age 4-5), but even though our storytime is advertised for that age group, we frequently get babies and toddlers, and this story is a bit lengthy for that age group. As it turns out, today was really toddler-heavy, but they did pretty well with it, though I do think most of the story went over their heads. 


We then sang and danced to "Bean Bag Rock." This is an action song that we use at every storytime, it's from Georgiana Stewart's Action Songs for Preschoolers and the kids love it. We give them bean bags so they can shake them during the song and it helps them get any jitters out of their system before we move on to the next story. 


Next was Drip Drop by Sarah Weeks. This is an easy reader and I usually don't use them during storytime, but it was a really cute story and wasn't too long, so I decided to go for it. The kids loved it! It's about a mouse who has a leaky roof and can't contain all the water. 


Next we did a flannel board activity with umbrellas. The kids identified the colors of the umbrellas that I put on the flannel board, and then we talked about what colors their umbrellas at home were. 


The last story that we read together was Rainy Day! by Patricia Lakin. It was about 4 alligators who decide they want to go outside even though it's raining, and ended with them reading books at the library, which was perfect! The kids liked this, but it was a bit long for the end of storytime. It gave us a good segue to the end of storytime, but I think it would have been more successful if I'd read it at the beginning, since the kids would've had a longer attention span then. 


We ended with "The Wheels on the Bus," and then the kids made an R for Rainy Day craft: 


I think the kids had a good time - some got really into decorating their R! One boy made a whole bunch of different colored "umbrellas" around the R and was super proud of himself when he showed them off to me and named each color correctly. Definitely a success! 

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text 2015-01-07 22:07
January Book Display

It's been a while since I've made a post about my internship! Things just got crazy last semester and it kept slipping my mind. I'll try to do better this semester! 


Today, one of the things that I did was make a January book display for our young adult literature section. I decided to make the theme "Fight off the winter blues with a good book!" and selected several books with blue covers. 



What books will you be reading this month to fight off the "winter blues"?

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text 2014-09-30 13:50
Halloween Book Display

This post is a bit late - I made this display last week, but kept forgetting to blog about it! My fall book display was very successful and all the books were borrowed by last week, so my supervisor asked me to make a new display. Though a bit cliche, I chose Halloween, because it's fun and festive, and who doesn't love Halloween?

I went about the creation of this display a bit differently. While it is still definitely picture book-heavy, I tried to also incorporate chapter books, audio books, and a few non-fictions to appeal to older readers. We'll see if that is as successful as my display that was extremely picture book-centered - I hope it is! Also, while I picked a lot of books that are DEFINITELY Halloween books, I also picked books that might not actually be about Halloween, but are still intended to send a chill down the reader's spine. I think that this approach will appeal to a wider group of patrons. 


(Sorry for the glare on the book in the upper right! It is The Monsters' Monster.)


Books I chose: 

  • Crankenstein by Samantha Berger
  • Nightsong by Ari Berk
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting
  • Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting
  • Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke
  • T-Rex Trick-or-Treats by Lois G. Grambling
  • Halloween Night by Elizabeth Hatch
  • Hoodwinked by Arthur Howard
  • The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
  • The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt
  • The Vanishing Pumpkin by Tony Johnston
  • Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
  • Froggy's Halloween by Jonathan London
  • The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell
  • Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor
  • Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray
  • Haunted Castle on All Hallow's Eve by Mary Pope Osbourne
  • Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish 
  • Junie B., First Grader: Boo... and I Mean It! by Barbara Park 
  • We're Going on a Ghost Hunt by Susan Pearson
    Runaway Mummy by Michael Rex
  • Moonlight the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant
  • Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage
  • Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • 10 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman
  • The Dark by Lemony Snicket
  • Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan
  • The Widow's Broom by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
  • Tales to Keep You Up at Night by Ben H. Winters


Hopefully, this will get my library's patrons in the Halloween spirit! 

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