Monthly Archives: November 2015

Story Time Resources Roundup

15192976105_996f034506_z[1]Story time is a topic I write about quite frequently here at Field Notes, and today I’ve decided to feature a number of my favorite resources for story time research and ideas. At the NDLA annual conference in September, Aaron Stefanich, children’s librarian at the Grand Forks Public Library, and I hosted a Guerrilla Storytime session for people to share their favorite story time activities, and I thought we could use Field Notes as a platform to virtually share our favorite story time resources.

  • Abby the Librarian has a list of STEM story times themes, in addition to other story time themes.
  • Jbrary offers story time ideas, link roundups, and they also make YouTube videos!
  • The Show Me Librarian has an excellent collection of STEAM programs.
  • Storytime Katie has an extensive list of story time themes, as well as songs, rhymes, finger plays, and flannel boards.
  • Storytime Share by Saroj Ghoting offers early literacy “asides,” which are tips directed at the parents or caregivers that you can incorporate into story time.
  • Storytime Underground goes beyond just ideas and resources. You can also sign up for Storytime University, an online professional development opportunity.
  • Tiny Tips for Library Fun offers not only program ideas, but many other useful tips and resources as well.
  • ALSCblog is the blog for the Association for Library Service to Children. It is a great place to go to find out what neat new things children’s librarians are doing in other states.

Have you used any of these resources? Which resources do you rely on for new story time ideas or connecting with colleagues? Share your recommendations in the comments!

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Transforming Lives through 3D Printing at the Library

unleash-creativity[1]In September, I attended the NDLA annual conference in Jamestown. One of the sessions I attended was “3D Printing @ Your Library” presented by Greta Guck, the director of the Leach Public Library in Wahpeton. I thought it would be an interesting session, but it turned out to be considerably more inspiring than I expected!

Greta talked about how she was inspired to acquire a 3D printer after hearing Mick Ebeling speak at the ALA 2015 Midwinter conference. The founder of Not Impossible Labs and author of Not Impossible: The Art and the Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done, Mick has used 3D printers to create prosthetic limbs for people in Sudan who have lost their arms due to violence in the area.

After the conference, I did some research and one of the articles I found about “Project Daniel” makes an excellent point: “To many people 3D printing can seem trivial or a bit silly, but for some this technology has the potential to transform lives.” Many people probably do think of 3D printing as something neat and cool, without stopping to think about the life-changing applications of the technology. Continue reading

Fun with Information Literacy Games at Your Library

LOTRAt the NDLA conference in September, I attended a session called “Make Learning Fun: Simple Information Literacy Game for All Ages” presented by Julie Reitan, the director at the Minot Air Force Base Library. I was so impressed with Julie’s presentation that I asked if she would be willing to write a guest post for our blog. She graciously provided this overview. I hope you will be as inspired by her ideas as I was!

Information literacy games are a fun, hands-on way to teach library skills or to end an information literacy session and can be more interesting and more educational than a basic scavenger hunt. At the Minot Air Force Base Library, we have provided twelve information literacy games for a variety of age groups over the last three years either as a stand-alone program or a part of a larger program. We’ve learned a lot in the process and developed a basic strategy that can be used in just about any type of library. Continue reading

Makerspace Activities at Your Library

Prepr-Mindset-Creativity-White[1]At the NDLA annual conference in Jamestown, I attended a session called “Makerspaces in Your Library” presented by Minot Public Library Children’s Librarian Paulette Nelson, Minot Public Library Teen Librarian Pam Carswell, and North Dakota State Librarian Mary Soucie. The Minot Public Library recently opened a makerspace with the help of grant funding, so they have lots of cool tech toys, but at this session they provided participants with hands-on examples of low-cost maker activities to try if you don’t have a dedicated space. Continue reading