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Webkinz Fun – My First Program!

Sorry for the delay! My itsy-bitsy netbook is still under the knife in intensive care.  Right now, it sits, gutted, on my other desk.  Because I password-protected my files originally, I am unable to access them now from the severed hard drive.  Alas, it will be more time before my digital mobility is functional again.
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This Monday was my first real library Children’s program: “Webkinz Fun.”  My supervisor gave me the great idea, as she had success with the concept in the past.  For those of you who may be unfamiliar, Webkinz are the newest incarnation of the Beanie Babies phenomenon.  However, Webkinz have the distinction of having an online component in which children and their parents can participate in virtual communities based on the stuffed pets that they have paid for adopted.

The program went relatively smoothly, despite the one child in the room who was determined to test out just how long his lungs would allow him to wail.  Fortunately his mother and my supervisor were both in the room, so I wasn’t faulted for his tantrum.  It was a very laid-back activity and consisted of:

  • children introducing themselves and their pets to each other
  • a game of Webkinz bingo (this was a big hit)
  • a craft where children designed a plastic name tag for their pet
  • children showing off their name tags to each other (this wasn’t quite smooth since the children were getting antsy)

All-in-all, this program felt like a success, and got a “great” rating from my supervisor, which made me very happy.  My favorite pet names were Chihuahua for a Chihuahua, Ssssss for a snake, and Flower for a dog.  How cute!

For my October program, I’ll be hosting a Knuffle Bunny fest centered around the recently-premiered Knuffle Bunny Free that hit the shelves this week.  I’ll give more updates on the program as I plan the details.

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A Quiet Night at the Library

Right now, our library seems to be in the very middle of a multi-week lull in the action in the Children’s Room. The Make a Splash summer reading club ended nearly two weeks ago, but there is still a week left before procrastination-happy parents come in for last-minute summer reading books requested by the schools.

I normally work only 1pm-5pm on Fridays, but I volunteered for extra hours (and extra $), so I worked until 9pm.  From 5-9 I was on duty in the Young Adult/teen room.  It was the slowest day I’ve experienced, and the lack of teens was probably compounded by the fact that the weather outside was lovely.  During my four hours in the teen room, I probably helped only 5 teens and one elderly gentleman – much fewer than usual.

Luckily, I’d been given some projects to work on by my superiors and the other librarians.  Tonight was perfect for doing computer-heavy, involved tasks.  Here’s a sample of the few projects I’ve been doing:

1. Princess Book List.  In the Children’s Room, we’ll often get parents of preschool girls asking for princess books.  Inevitably, this happens while all of the librarians are busy with other patrons, so the princess patrons simply get referred to the Disney section.  Well, my superiors (and I) agree that it would be ideal to encourage non-Disney books, and make them easily available for the little girls that like everything to be a combination of pink, purple, and sparkly.  I finished the list today, and it should appear on the SHPL webpage next week.

2. Summer Book Weeding. This is my first assignment of this sort.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with library lingo, “weeding” is the process of assessing the frequency of use of materials in order to give/throw away anything that doesn’t earn its place on the shelf.   Today, I started the first round of weeding of the Summer Story books, just going through ones that have been on the front display shelf.  So far, it seems that less than 1/5 of the books are going into the tentative “weed” pile.

3. Journal Hunting. One of the full-time librarians got handed down an assignment from the boss, and she handed it down to me.  I started going through the School Library Journal, checking to make sure that our library has copies of all the most highly featured materials in the journal.  So far, I’ve found that we already have all but a few of the books that appear in the featured lists (this one happened to be about picture books that reinforce mathematical concepts).

Although these three projects are business-as-usual for seasoned librarians, they are all new tasks for me.  I’m excited to learn new procedures and develop familiarity with all aspects of the profession.  Additionally, I may also soon begin re-cataloging all of the audio CD collection in the Children’s Room.  We shall see….and don’t forget to enjoy the extra “quiet time” at the library in the August slow season.

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No Flying, No Tights

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Sorry I’ve been MIA for awhile from my little blog – but I do keep up with my google reader, at least.  I’ve been busy with my first annotated bibliography for my Fundamentals of Library Science summer course, and I’ve let my meager writing fall by the wayside.

My topic of research is graphic novels, and how they can be used in libraries to support literacy.  If you know of any cool websites, please write a comment about it; it would be most welcomed.

A librarian coworker highly recommended this awesome site called No Flying, No Tights, which includes great recommendations of graphic novels, based on age and genre.  I’ve explored it only a little, but so far, it looks like a great readers’ advisory (and personal reading) tool.  Tell me what you think.