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My First Book Review!

After School Clubs

I’ve been waiting on pins and needles for my first book review and here it is. I’m over the moon! It’s from Booklist. Share my excitement! My husband loved the steak knives comment. Haha.

After-School Clubs for Kids: Thematic Programming to Encourage Reading.

Shaia, Lisa M. (author).
Feb. 2014. 208p. illus. ALA Editions, paperback, $45 (9780838912027). 028.5.
REVIEW.  First published May 22, 2014 (Booklist Online).

According to author Shaia, “This book will make your job a lot easier.” It is not self-aggrandizing if it is true . . . and it is. After-School Clubs for Kids walks the reader through 12 different general activity topics (science, fairy tales, humor, art, and mysteries, among them), providing four complete program plans for each topicand for each of three distinct grade-level groups (K–2, 3–4, and 5–6). Each plan recommends a reading component, an activity, and related music, clearly spelling out the time required for each element. A year’s worth of plans, plus program-publicity blurbs, lists of books to display each month, and the expert guidance of fellow librarians? One almost expects her to throw in a set of steak knives. Highly recommended for all librarians working with youth.— Genevieve Grove

7 comments on “My First Book Review!

  1. lochwouters
    June 19, 2014

    Ha! Where ARE the steak knives? Go you!!!

    • mrsshaia
      June 19, 2014

      I need Bryce to find a gif for me. Haha! Maybe an old QVC clip. Did Mike Rowe ever peddle them?

  2. itsybitsymom
    June 20, 2014


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  4. Carol Simon Levin
    August 15, 2014

    Congrats! Looking forward to seeing your plans and using your ideas! – Carol from Carol’s Program Palooza (

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