Thrive After Three

Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library

Frozen Preschool Party featuring Olaf

Since this is the coldest February on record, I decided to celebrate with the cast of Frozen, or my preschoolers! I read Olaf’s 1,2,3 and then we had fun at … Continue reading

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I Love My Hat by Douglas Florian

This is one of my new favs–it reminds me of Pete the Cat! The story is so versatile to fit a number of themes: getting dressed, farm, animals, tractors, stories … Continue reading

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Homeland Adult Flannel Board

While I wait for the next season of Homeland, I decided to make a felt set of my favorites: Carrie Mathison, Nicholas Brody, and Saul Berenson. In celebration of Damian … Continue reading

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Mo Willems’ We Are in a Play: Library Style

I wrote a play based on Mo Willems’ books featuring his famous characters Elephant and Piggie. I blended elements of a few stories together: My Friend is Sad, Are You Ready to … Continue reading

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Storytime University Thrive Thursday Badge!

Storytime University has a free, go-at-your-own-pace professional development program. It has amazing ideas and really made me expand my horizons by pushing my comfort level on so many things. I’m still … Continue reading

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Toy Stories: Traction Man Action Figure

The picture book series following Traction Man and his trusty sidekick, Scrubbing Brush, is filled with adventure and rescue missions. Here’s a craft that requires a little prep work, but … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The First Day of Winter by Denise Fleming

This is a new-to-me story, even though it’s about ten years old. I just fell in love with it and so have all of my kids. I had to make … Continue reading

January 28, 2015 · 4 Comments

One Mitten

Kristine O’Connell George’s One Mitten has been sitting in my TBM pile for about two years now! I had a vision in my head that required prep work and never … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Bear Hunt Obstacle Course

I’ve had A Librarian Less Ordinary’s Bear Hunt Idea in my file for one year. Finally I worked out the details in my head and had time to work on … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Kiss Like This

A Kiss Like This is a cute, quick story perfect for Valentine’s Day. Each baby animal kisses their grownup. Easy to use with toddlers and preschoolers. To check out more … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 2 Comments

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