Category Archives: Child Development

What I Have Learned in Dog Training

Maybe everybody does this. I am always trying to relate something I learn from one area in my life to the other areas of my life. The thing I’ve been doing lately that has been one big learning experience is … Continue reading

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Wonder

It has been a long spell since I got to do a storytime. Right now, the children’s programming room is being transformed into Middle Ground, a space for middle schoolers, and a new program space hasn’t been built yet. So … Continue reading

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Celebrating Frog & Toad Day, May 22

Last year, I commented here that although I am a great admirer of Dr. Seuss, I’m a little tired of Dr. Seuss’s birthday being a big event every year. I suggested that maybe we could celebrate the birthday of another … Continue reading

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Getting through the sorrow and the horror

When I was a little girl in the sixties, I remember seeing on television that people were setting their city on fire. It was baffling and terrifying to me. I remember standing out in the backyard, feeling the sunshine and … Continue reading

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The questions people ask us

Recently, I posted about the questions we ask ourselves. Today, I’m sharing some of the questions patrons ask us. A Library Board member asked recently why we hire librarians instead of lower-paid staff to cover our desks. I ended up … Continue reading

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The prize dilemma

What’s the best summer reading prize? My answer to that used to be automatic: Of course you give them a book. Of COURSE! If you have a lot of money, you give them this: If you have a more normal … Continue reading

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No Child Left Behind @ your library?

I am back on my early literacy soapbox, thanks to the checklist someone passed to me of how library staff in one library system are being rated on their storytimes. The checklist is entirely based on Every Child Ready to … Continue reading

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A happy dance from Scotland

I know it sounds melodramatic, but Brotherhood 2.0 has changed my life. The year-long video project between Printz Award-winning author John Green and his Eco-Geek brother Hank Green is something my two sons and I have been following with huge … Continue reading

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Love of Stories vs. Phonemics

A friend recently commented that her son had his first day of Kindergarten and they tested his reading. (Right there, that makes me sad.) His mother asked how he did, and he said that he couldn’t really read the words, … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: One Month Down, One to Go

Awhile back, I promised to show more of our Summer Reading Game, and this gorgeous Saturday afternoon is about the quietest we’ve been since June 4th when the game began. You’ve already seen some pictures of the game being built. … Continue reading

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