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Monday, February 25, 2008

Storytime: Pigs

Oink, oink! Get your snorts ready for this preschool storytime.


The Three Little Pigs (Reading Railroad Books)
The Three Little Pigs
by James Marshall
--They had a difficult time following the whole story, so I found it easier to skip from "I'll think I'll try a different method" (or something like that) to the middle on the next to last page when he jumps down the chimney.
See How They Grow: Pig
See How They Grow: Pig
by Bill Ling and Mary Ling

by Audrey Wood and pictures by Don Wood

Long-nosed Pig (A Pop-Up Book)
The Long-Nosed Pig
by Keith Faulkner and pictures by Jonathan Lambert

Eat, Cried Little Pig
"Eat!" Cried Little Pig
by Jonathan London and pictures by Delphine Durand

Bed Hogs
Bed Hogs
by Kelly DiPucchio and pictures by Howard Fine

For fun we did "This Little Piggie" with our fingers right before Wood's "Piggies".

And we also got the cutest finger puppet set from our puppet guy. I believe the brand is Manhattan Toy. So we also sang rousing renditions of "Old MacDonald".

As an aside, I really need to learn how to take it easy with my animal noises. Just snorting like a pig a few times too many times makes my throat sore when I do three classes in a row.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Children and Pictures

My favorite response: "It's beautiful! Can you tell me about it?" What they say is usually way better than what I can imagine. And most of the children I deal with gladly soak up any attention from an adult.

My kindergarten teacher came back in yesterday. She wanted large pictures of beans sprouting. No other seed would work. I told her she could go to a copy shop and enlarge a picture, but she said they wouldn't do it for her because it's copyrighted. I told her she is completely within her rights to use the pictures because she is using them for nonprofit educational purposes, hopefully this won't come back to bite me later. And still I have not had a thank you!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Gripe of the Day

Most of my patrons are a joy to work with. Occasionally, I get an overbearing parent or an unappreciative child, but there is usually some redeeming factor in our encounter. But not my Unreasonable Kindergarten Teacher. Lucky me, she only seems to come when I'm on the reference desk (that's how these things work, don't they?) On her first visit she asks the circulation clerk for books, and the clerk points her to me. The teacher is looking for rhyming books. This isn't too difficult, but she's not very satisfied with what I show her. The reference interview lasts longer than usual, and I'm slightly annoyed when she leaves. She didn't seem to understand that I'm not the checkout clerk, so finally I check out her books for her. Second visit, she asks the circulation clerk for help, and she points her in my direction. The teacher wants more rhyming books. Specifically, she's moved on to two-syllable rhyming words with her students. The tricky part is she wants a Dr. Seuss book. I show her all the Dr. Seuss books. Hop on Pop and their ilk are too "easy". And she doesn't like the rhyming words in the bigger Seuss books. I tell her that's probably wise because, in my experience, Kindergarteners respond best to books with only a few lines on the pages. She breathes down my neck as I look through the stacks and stands in front of the reference desk looking through her books. She must have vision problems because she holds the books closely to her face. She tries to check out with me, and I send her back to the clerk...and breathe a sigh of relief that that 30 minute ordeal is over. Third visit, and she again asks the clerk her question, and is again pointed to me. Today she wants pattern books. Most of the books I bring her just aren't good enough. But, "patterns" is something that shows up pretty easily in the catalog so it takes less time than the two-syllable Dr. Seuss rhyming books request. While she is blocking my desk looking through her books I remind her that check out is with the clerk. But five minutes later when she is ready to go she still interrupts me while I'm speaking to another patron; she wants to check these books out. I stifle an inner groan. Fourth visit is a phone call, and I'm leaving for the day. I take name and number and tell her my colleague will be in touch when things calm down. Fifth visit she comes in for the books my colleague has pulled, and I'm on the desk. Before she can even ask her question the clerk sends her to me. The request had been for one big book about "getting along". She wanted one book that would explain respect/caring/and something else I've already blocked from my mind. None of the books my colleague has pulled works for her. I explain to her that the book she wants simply does not exist. She keeps repeating her request in different ways, like this will solve the problem. I tell her there is no book that defines "getting along" and even if there were I couldn't just look it up on the computer because we can't search the content of every single book. In between her repeating her request I stumble into the stacks to find anything else while she stands in front of the desk holding books to her nose. She informs me that the books I've been pulling aren't appropriate for kindergarten students because the best books only have a few lines on the pages. (I wonder where she learned this, see Visit #2). She also tells me she's disappointed in the library because we usually have much more than this available. By the time she's asking me to check out her books (while the clerk holds out her hand saying "check out is over here"), I'm about ready to scream. My tactic for when she returns is to tell her that maybe the book isn't perfect but she can use it as a springboard for discussion. (And I'll try to leave out the part I'm really thinking, which is to quit finding books to do your teaching for you). What's even more amazing, is that I haven't once heard her say thank you. Maybe if she's dissatisfied enough she'll just go to a different library, that would be nice.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

A Library Wedding

How cute! Check it out here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Storytime: Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year!
Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Chinese New Year 2008 from Kaboose

Get Ready for the New Year with Sagwa from PBS in this game.

Get a Chinese Name

K-2 Storytime

D Is for Dragon Dance
D is for Dragon Dance
by Ying Chang Compestine pictures by YongSheng Xuan

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China
by Ed Young

The Empty Pot
The Empty Pot
by Demi

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Feet in Mandarin Chinese
(click on words for pronunciation)

Tou 头 Head
Jian bang 肩膀 Shoulders
Xi gai 膝盖 Knees
Jiao 脚 Feet
Yan jing 眼睛 Eyes
Bi zi 鼻子 Nose
Zui ba 嘴巴 Mouth
He 和 And
Er duo 耳朵 Ears

Tou, jian bang, xi gai, jiao
xi gai, jiao.
Tou, jian bang, xi gai, jiao
xi gai, jiao.
Yangjing, bizi, zuiba, he erduo.
Tou, jian bang, xi gai, jiao
xi gai, jiao.