Thrive After Three

Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library

Defeating the “Decline By 9”

Scholastic released their Kids & Family Reading Report. There were a lot of interesting seeds in there, but my biggest concern is the “Decline By 9.” I’ve seen this firsthand … Continue reading

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Mary Poppins Club

Over a four-week period, I did reading club featuring the classic story of P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins. It was hugely successful with a high retention rate of early elementary school … Continue reading

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Magic Bag: Spring Edition

About four years ago I started using a “Magic Bag” with a winter story, All You Need for a Snowman (it was actually my first Flannel Friday post!). Since then, kids … Continue reading

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Be the Competition! Join the School Age Programming Movement

As I am taking the plunge into the school age programming pool and trying to get others to swim with me, I am noticing a trend…Some youth services librarians don’t think … Continue reading

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Rethinking Book Clubs for the School Age

After years of tweaking, I have perfected the Book Club for Kids. When I began my career as a children’s librarian, I was under the impression that any child that … Continue reading

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Fractured Fairy Tale Club: Book vs. Movie

In honor of our local theater featuring The Little Mermaid this summer, I decided to do a fractured fairy tale club to coordinate with them. Some local children will be … Continue reading

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Book vs. Movie: Ant Bully

I’ve done a series of successful Book vs. Movie programs with grades K-6. Here’s another one: Read the picture book The Ant Bully to the children. That way there is no requirement … Continue reading

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Book vs. Movie: Epic

I’ve done a series of successful Book vs. Movie programs with grades K-6. Here’s another one: Read the picture book Leaf Men to the children. That way there is no requirement … Continue reading

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Book vs. Movie: Meet the Robinsons

I’ve done a series of successful Book vs. Movie programs with grades K-6. Here’s another one: Read the picture book A Day with Wilbur Robinson to the children. That way there is … Continue reading

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Book vs. Movie: Babar

I’ve done a series of successful Book vs. Movie programs with grades K-6. Here’s another one: Read the picture book Babar to the children. That way there is no requirement to watch … Continue reading

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Book vs. Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

I’ve done a series of successful Book vs. Movie programs with grades K-6. Here’s another one: Read the picture book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to the children. That way there … Continue reading

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Flannel Friday Halloween Extravaganza

Welcome to Flannel Friday’s Halloween Extravaganza! There are enough ideas in here to do a whole season of Halloween-themed storytimes! Click away my friends… Halloween Ideas: Carol shares a Halloween … Continue reading

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13 Nights of Halloween

A few years ago I made a storytelling board for Ten Timid Ghosts and the kids loved the suspense of it. I wanted to do something new, so I found … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

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