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Friday, September 28, 2007

Storytime: Bears

This month's preschool storytime for outreach is Bears!


The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear (Child's Play Library)
by Don and Audrey Wood

The Three Bears
by Byron Barton

 We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Anniversary Edition of a Modern Classic
by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

 Where's My Teddy?
by Jez Alborough 

by Bruce Degen

With a little "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear" stretch thrown in the middle when they get antsy.

I decided to try something crazy this year and start my storytime with a book about the library. Not all the children I work with have a chance to come to the library, so they don't all know what I do. So I read them all Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw's Lola at the Library.

Lola at the Library

I think it worked because at the end of my storytime I explained to the kids that I had to go back to the library to do my work. "Remember," I told them, "I have to go buzz in the books." There were lots of nodding heads at that and then I was reminded to bring lots more books next time. With kids like that, who wouldn't?

[Additions for Family Storytime for ages 3-8 with craft.  Added 1-8-2011]

Additional Books:
Bears! Bears! Bears! by Bob Barner
Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup
Scare A Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin and pictures by John Bendall-Brunello

Three Bears Craft
Kathy Ross Crafts Numbers

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Reading can be beneficial

From Flickr
The caption said, "Note found at an online catalog station, Sunset Branch, Chandler (Ariz.) Public Library, on Sept. 4, 2007. "

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My New Favorite Blog

I love this blog! Tandem Insights It's on my blog roll and I couldn't be happier. They have a fantastic post today with a booklist of exciting biographies for teens. I hope they keep up the great work.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Internet Safety

I went to a round table discussion yesterday where MySpace and internet safety were discussed. I didn't learn anything ground-breaking, but I gained a lot of new perspective. Sometimes I forget that although I'm not cutting edge, I am so steeped in internet culture that what is a basic concept for me is gibberish to another. For example a MySpace "friend" is not a universally understood entity, and I would never think to explain it to anyone. I've also come to the realization that I feel about internet filters the same way I feel about abstinence education. Just telling kids not to have sex will not stop them from experimenting, and some of them will end up in trouble because they didn't protect themselves. Similarly, if you just tell kids to stay away from social networking sites they might experiment anyway and put themselves and their family at risk because they don't know what to be on the lookout for or what information shouldn't be disclosed. MySpace has an excellent link list for websites on internet safety. The original list is here. The links they have are as follows: OnGuard Online: FTC Safety Tips Specifically geared toward teens and tweens this site has safety tips. More links are available. The site also has a place where complaints can be filed for fraud, ID theft, computer viruses, etc. Has a Spanish option. Internet Crime Complaint Center "The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime." Enough said. This site has long been one of my favorites because it is flashy. Good looking websites always seem to be more positively received that badly designed websites. This looks cool enough not to be off-putting to kids-- and actually, it looks kind of fun. Also in Spanish. This one is for the parents. It defines commonly used acronyms and discusses safety tips. It also has some creepy examples of tactics pedophiles use. It seems more like fear-mongering, but if this is what you're getting asked to provide, here it is. This flash site looked good, but I was having trouble maneuvering through it. It says it had videos, but I didn't bother looking through them. This site has a quiz and an "internet safety plan". Extremely useful. This site has information about safety and how to work many popular social networking platforms. And as a bonus it's in forum format, so the questions are from real teens and parents. This is supported by AOL, Bebo, Facebook, Livejournal, MySpace, Xanga, and more. This site looks pretty similar to others on this list. It does have an option for pastors, which I didn't see on the other sites. This site also has free internet filtering software. I don't think filters are the way to go, but if someone wants one it is here. Also has some Spanish. National Crime Prevention Panel This site is relying pretty heavily off of McGruff, but it has some good information about cyberbulling. I would use NetSmartz instead of this. They did have some nice banners that librarians can use though. See below.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Need to find a book on a difficult subject?

See the Literature Database at Helping Books Connection. I'm always looking for new resources to help with reference questions, and this may prove to be a useful one. I particularly liked the ability to browse by subject. Unfortunately, it will take some exploration to discover which search terms work best for finding group by age or the like. But still, this could very well find it's way into my regular bag of tricks. For example some of the subject headings are: fairness, honesty, respect, adopted, step-parent, death, illness, bullies.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Look what you can get at Target

$59.99 Adult's Librarian Costume

I can't decide if I should feel flattered or insulted. And her skirt is atrocious-- I have to say, as a librarian, that I wouldn't be caught dead in it. Then again maybe I should buy it and wear it for all of the little children. Hmm.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Internet Filters and Online Safety

This quote is from a young man named Tom Wood who was able to crack an $84 million dollar internet filter in 30 minutes. Article is here Student cracks Government's $84m porn filter "Tom stressed the filters were missing the mark by a long way regardless of how easy they were to break. 'Filters aren't addressing the bigger issues anyway,' he said. 'Cyber bullying, educating children on how to protect themselves and their privacy are the first problems I'd fix. 'They really need to develop a youth-involved forum to discuss some of these problems and ideas for fixing them.'" So many people are focusing on the issue of filters for keeping kids away from things adults would rather they did not see. Many of the arguments I hear center around librarians being unable to work in loco parentis, and that it is a parenting issue and not the library's responsibility what kids view online on our computers. Are filters censorship? Of course they are. So, therefore they have no place in our public libraries, right? But, don't we also keep certain titles away from our children's departments because they are not age appropriate? In essence I am not against filters, per se. I can understand their function, and the desire to protect children and to respond to community needs. But, I think they are more trouble than they are worth. This article perfectly displays how expensive it is in both effort and money to create these filters. Kids are smart! They pick up on tricks to get past blocks and filters so quickly it will blow your mind. If they want to see it, they will find a way. What I find fascinating about the quote from this precocious teen is that I think he's being quite astute. The trick isn't to blindfold kids, but rather to teach them the skills necessary for safely travesering the online world. How to protect themselves, their information, and their families should be a priority.