An Ode to Libraries

My library is now closed for the next several months for an extensive renovation . People that don’t use libraries are often confused about them. “Aren’t you guys going to be extinct with everything online?” My response is usually, “It’s been a while since you’ve been to a library hasn’t it? Not everything is online and libraries are more than books.” It’s been surreal watching the library I’ve worked in for the last several years gradually empty out as they moved items to other branches.


It felt like I imagine it must feel working in a store that’s going out of business. Seeing the picture books–my favorite part of the collection–go was a little sad.


My library was full of life. The new library will be too but it won’t have the old memories.


Like the crayon-written and misspelled notes left in the toy mailbox. The littles, oh the littles and the stories they would tell. I’ll never forget one little girl who came in all excited one day exclaiming, “My book flew away! It flew away just like a bird!” Apparently, she was in the back seat reading a small paperback picture book with the windows down and it flew out of her hands and right out the window landing in the street behind them! Grandma had to stop the car and go back to retrieve the flying book. There was the 6 year old boy who saw Pinterest  up on my computer and said, “I’m on Pinterest. Look me up.” I did. He had a board dedicated to pictures of rear ends!  One day he informed he was on LinkedIn. He listed his background as, “likes to play and Pokemon”.  This sort of became a thing where every time he came in he’d tell me about the latest social media site he was on. To date he can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Youtube and Twitter. You don’t meet a kid like that everyday! There’s the little preschooler who’s never met a batch of slime or play dough she didn’t love. The 18-month old who has a lot of suggestions about storytime or at least I think he does. I can’t quite understand what he’s saying yet but there’s a lot of babbling, pointing to something and then looking at me with very serious expressions. There was the girl whose name I’ll never forget because it’s an unusual and hilarious pairing of two nouns. She came in not long ago and asked me if I remembered her and I thought, “Oh honey, you have no idea!” I remember the precocious 5-year-old who would just sit on the floor in the nonfiction section looking at every book we had on science and animals. There were the tweens and teens who’d swap book recommendations with me and have big conversations with about books and how to get through the horror that is the middle school years. There was the  teary-eyed mom who came in on our last day with her kids and a camera around her neck to take pictures of the old place. The mom who tried not to cry and didn’t want to say goodbye. The older woman who came in during our fixtures sale because she “just wanted a souvenir of the place where her daughter learned to love books “. The library was a part of their lives impacting them in huge and meaningful ways. There is no place like a library, a place that’s open and free for everyone of all ages and walks of life, a place to learn, interact, connect or just be. Are libraries dying? Not on your life.

Stack Happy


The contenders

Looking for a new book that my partner and I can read aloud together. How it works: I bring home a stack, we take turns reading the first chapter of the books to each other and pick our favorite. He likes mystery and I like funny. Maybe the next one is in this stack?

Friday Faves, Pinterest edition!

Today’s post is dedicated to some of my favorite Pinterest boards for inspiration. Why reinvent the wheel? This is what Pinterest is for! Happy pinning!

Babble Dabble Do is a bright, fun site with lots of hands-on ideas for kids and they have a great Pinterest page. You’re sure to find an idea for whatever project you have in mind. 

I just discovered What Do We Do All Day’s Pinterest page. Lots of book, STEM and craft boards worth checking out.

Imagination Tree is another fun site with a Pinterest page to match. Tons of boards but I especially like the craft and sensory idea boards. 

This art teacher’s page gives you all, and I mean ALL, the art inspiration you could ever, ever want!

Check out their page for fun craft and sensory ideas galore!

Take a look at Home Chic Home for beautiful interior inspiration. I love every space pinned on this board!

Funny, cute and inspirational words for whatever mood you’re in. 

Lonely Planet’s page will help you fill up that bucket list!


Best of March Reading Roundup

I’ve been in a mood where I want to read everything I see. If only there was time to do that. One of these days I’m going to take a reading vacation. Just me, some beach, a stack of books and a big mango daiquiri! In the meantime, a few standouts I came across this month.

This book is super cute with its thick-lined pastel illustrations. It’s about a little chick who tries to convince her egg friend to hatch listing all the fun things they can do once he does. He’s got an excuse for everything and repeatedly declares, “I’m not hatching.” The excuses are funny and the reader may be a little surprised at what finally gets him to hatch. Can’t wait to read this one at stortyime!

Susan Gal’s illustrations perfectly capture the wild and wonderful beauty of spring. With flaps that open to reveal spring’s hidden surprises to the ‘magic’ words on each spread this is lovely read aloud title for anytime of the year. I just did it in storytime this week and kids and adults were transfixed by it.


I don’t know why cows are funnier than other animals; they just are. This title is about a cow with a dream, a dream of flying. What else do you need to know? From beginning to end this is a good story with a great message of staying curious and discovering the possibilities.


I know this book came out a long time ago but it was new to me. Actually, I’d tried reading the book a long time ago and just couldn’t get into it. A friend recommended the audio book. Oh. My. God. So much funny. I’m sure people that saw me driving thought I was crazy as I doubled over the steering wheel laughing hysterically to myself! All the parts about him in France and the bit about explaining Easter to the Muslim classmate, worth listening to just for that. Seriously. Listened to some parts several times because I couldn’t get enough! His odd, deadpan voice is the perfect vehicle for his dry, sarcastic humor. It does get a little dark at times when he’s talking about his struggle with drug addiction. But if you can overlook that and you’re the kind of person who appreciates a dark, sarcastic wit, you will love this.


I read tried reading Eat, Pray, Love. It seemed like another book about bored, white, suburban life and I’d already read enough of those. So I was really surprised when I saw her Ted Talk on creativity and loved it. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it. I’d heard good things about this title and decided to give her another try. So glad I did because this book is AMAZING. I’m not finished yet but so far it’s funny, insightful and inspiring. She has a fresh perspective on inspiration and working through fear which I found to be helpful. If you liked Eat, Pray Love you should read this. If you liked her Ted Talk, you should read this. Just go ahead and put it on the to-read list. You can thank me later.😉

What were your favorites this month?




Storytime Rewind

We had storytime yesterday with ages ranging from 0-8 years  and everyone had a good time. I don’t usually follow a ‘theme’ per se. I just pick books, music and activities I like. Here’s what we did!

I’d been wanting to read these pirate books for a while and yesterday was the day. If you haven’t yet read Half-Pint Pete, read it already!  It’s one of the better pirate books I’ve seen. I wasn’t sure about Swap! for a readaloud but I did it anyway. The illustrations are a little busy but the older kids were able to follow what was happening, and I had everyone saying ‘swap’ every time we saw it. There was a little girl about two years old who after a few rounds of saying ‘swap’ with the group looked at her mom and exclaimed, “I said swap! I’m reading!”


In between I read….

This is a beautiful book with flaps on each page that reveal the magic of spring. It has lots of interesting words having to do with spring and kids thought it was fun getting to say things like, “hocus pocus” and “bibbity boo”. It’s a good one to read this time of year.

We sang……

I’ve been trying to incorporate more diversity in my storytimes. One of the ways I am doing that is with music. “Funga Alafia” by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael on their Bouncy Blue CD is a fun West African song of welcome and has actions that you can simplify for the preschool crowd. Loosely translated it means the spirit in me welcomes the spirit in you;  everyone is welcome here; namaste or amen. That’s a great message to share with people. Youtube it if you’re unfamiliar.

“Funga Alafia” by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael (use with shakers and bells)

“Finger Poppin” by Georgina Stewart

“Ram Sam Sam” (watch the Wee Sing video here)

“I Can Shake My Shaker Egg” by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael (so much fun to watch kids moving to this one!)

“Skinnamarink” by Sharon, Lois and Bram (Don’t count them out because their music is older. They’re awesome! And they do the best rendition of “Itsy Bitsy Spider”!)

For our station time we…..

played in a sensory table filled with packing peanuts, seashells and scoops

did body tracing on rolls of butcher paper

and had a ‘build-a-palooza’ using all the blocks we had


By the end, one little boy kept coming up to me with a big smile and giving me hugs. I think he enjoyed storytime!

What did you do or are going to do in storytime this week?