Silly Storytime Take 2…or is it 3???

Hello! Hello! And Welcome to October! Is anyone else excited about the fact that it’s FINALLY starting to get cooler out?


Yea, I’m a Fall person; it’s my favorite season with Halloween being my absolute favorite holiday.


I don’t know about the rest of ya’ll; but man, life has been BUUUUUUSY! Which is better then it has been, cause for the rest of the year, it just straight up sucked; so I’ll take busy.

This is actually for my storytime last week; yes, yes, I know… I’m late. Like I said…..busy! Doesn’t help that my supervisor is on vacation last week and this week; so both the regular storytimes and the new mall storytimes fall to me. So yea…. time got away from me a bit.

Anyway; last week was another ‘Silly Storytime’; which was about the best I could come up with for a theme. In reality; I found some new books I really liked and decided to use those and ‘Silly’ was about all they had in common.

The first book I used was called Silly Doggie by Adam Stower:

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Which is a super cute book about a little girl who somehow mistakes a bear for a dog…… and the bear not only doesn’t eat her(which would be an awful children’s book), but lets this child treat him like a dog and love on him. It’s adorable and I had quite a few kids that told me very plainly that that was NOT a dog, thank you very much and pointed out that the bear would, indeed, probably eat the girl. So DON’T try to play with bears!

The next book was Whose Story is This, Anyway? by Mike Flaherty:

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This story was a bit longer, and lost my younger kids a bit; but the older kids liked it and it was a good book to break out different voices and have a bit of fun. The story starts off with a boy claiming that this was HIS story about him and his cat…until he gets interrupted by a pirate…. then a dinosaur….then an alien…..and finally a knight.  All the while the kid is being kinda a brat and saying this is HIS story and the others have to leave. Eventually the other characters get annoyed and wander off leaving the kid to his story, only for him to realize that his audience is supposedly bored with his story about his cat and it would really be improved by having all the other characters in it.

After that we did a storyboard of Ten Dizzy Dragons; a cute poem that I’ve used before and completely forgot about.


TEN DIZZY DRAGONS

Ten dizzy dragons lived long ago,
In a land full of magic where few people dared to go

The first dragon wore a garland of flowers
The second dragon had strong magic powers

The third dragon flew wildly through the air
The fourth dragon lived in a jewel filled lair

The fifth dragon rescued people in trouble
The sixth dragon liked to blow pretty bubbles

The seventh dragon wore a crown made of gold
The eighth dragon had a heart brave and bold

The ninth dragon had breath of smokey green fire
The tenth dragon was a terrible, awful liar.

Ten dizzy dragons lived long ago,
In a land full of magic where in your dreams you can go


This seems to be a fairly common flannel board. Sadly, I’m not sure where I got it originally (if you happen to know who the original artist/author is by all means let me know so I can give credit where it’s due). I’ve seen this flannel board done dozens of different ways, I went simple with mine; I kept the dragons white and just colored the specific parts that set them apart from one another.

 

A simple Google search will show you dozens of these dragons colored in a plethora of different ways.  If you’d like the plain print of, to make your own: ten-dizzy-dragons.

 

My third and final book was That Stinks: A Punny Show and Tell by Alan Katz:

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Which is a goofy story about a class doing show and tell; and each student seems to interrupt the class saying something offensive like ‘that stinks’ or ‘that’s garbage’, only for them to turn around and show the class something like a pet skunk, or some day old garbage (ew). There were quite a few very loud EWWWWWWWWWWW’s that erupted during this story.

Now, since I have younger kids in my Mall storytimes and my morning sessions during the Preschool Storytime; I did switch out That Stinks and Whose Story is this, Anyway. During the Mall program I initially used Whose Story is This, Anyway and saw that while the parents liked the story, I lost the kids a bit, so during the Morning session in regular storytime, I replaced it with That Stinks– which the younger kids liked a bit more. For them, my third book was a tried and true favorite The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak:

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Which, if you’ve never read it to your children; shame on you, go borrow it from the library right now and remedy that oversight immediately. It’s a fun book that has absolutely no pictures in it; just words. And it makes the reader say weird and goofy things. Kids LOVE it.

For the craft portion of my program we did masks/hats that corresponded to the Whose Story is This, Anyway book.  However, instead of a dinosaur mask, I substituted a dragon.

Dragon Mask Template

Alien Mask Template

Knight/Spartan Helmet Template

The Pirate Hat templates I got from FleeceFun.com from their free printables section.

I printed these out on cardstock, cut them out and punched holes in them so we could tie string to them. Then I let the kids color them however they wanted.

 

 Also, on a more personal note; one of our kiddos gave us a present she had been working on. A little number book! Why…. I don’t know. But for some reason she wanted to give this little book to her storytime librarians so I’ll proudly accept it and display it at the desk where all my coworkers can see it.

Alright, next up Nautical Storytime!

Ciao!

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Beaches and Oceans Take Two

Summers over, school has started back up for most the country (can I get a collective HUZZAH! from all the parents out there?); which means that for my library, storytime is once more in swing.

This year, seems like the library system is all about ‘Market Penetration’… (stop snickering… I hear you over there. Mind outa the gutter….) Which essentially means that we are attempting to get at least one active library user in every household. And guess what that means?

Yup….OUTREACH!

So every Monday we now do a storytime at the Mall. Sadly, it hasn’t been getting a lot – note any – participation. Granted, our regular storytimes don’t always have a lot of participation either; so I’m not sure if this new program simply hasn’t garnered any interest, or if folks just don’t know its there, despite our advertising.

In any case, the Storytime at the Mall will more or less be the same material we used at the Preschool Storytime the week before. At the moment, what few parents I have run across while there yesterday, I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t think they realize we’re from the library. Pretty certain they thought I was an author selling my books or something.

They gave me the same ‘oh shit, I made eye contact’ look I know I get whenever I accidentally look at one of the vendors at a mall that pushes the samples on people.

I immediately came back to the library and made some signs proclaiming that the PUBLIC Library was presenting Storytime at the Mall and it was FREE. I also made a big bright orange sign that sasys “Storytime In Progress, Please have a seat”. I’m hoping it clears up some of the confusion and maybe will catch interest.

Certainly can’t hurt.

It’s been a long and stressful last few months; so it’s kind of nice to get back to something I enjoy doing.

I decided to do Beaches/Oceans again do to the fact that we had quite a few new really cute Beach and Ocean themed books that had just come in. Also…. I really could go for a nice beach vacation; so hey, lets pretend! LOL.

The first book I read was Beachy and Me by Bob Staake:

Which was a colorful, cute, rhyming book about a lonely girl who befriends a whale.

The second book was Barnacle is BORED, by Jonathan Fenske:

Which depicts a barnacle (obviously), who is essentially complaining about how dull his life is.  He starts comparing his life to the cute, colorful polka-dot fish that he sees and imagines all the fun things this fish must be able to do…all the way up until said fish gets eaten. Suddenly Barnacle isn’t so bored anymore.

The parents actually seemed to get a kick out of this more than the kids. I know, a little morbid. However, the very last page of the book shows the same little colorful polka-dot fish safe and sound in the eel’s belly stating how bored IT now is…… which yea, gets a cackle out of the adults.

After that we play a number/color recognition game I called ‘Feed the Shark’.  I crafted a shark head out of cardboard, complete with sharp teeth and google eyes that’s very reminiscent of a JAWS movie cover.

Most of the kids LOVED it. Though I did have one who refused to get near it, kept trying to throw the fish into it’s mouth. We kept trying to explain to her that Bruce was a NICE shark and wouldn’t bite her….. but she just wasn’t going for it.

I made some basic fish that I printed out on colored paper and then added numbers too. I used only 1-10 this time, but it has the potential to be used for the whole alphabet as well.

The last book I read was If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, DON’T!, by Elise Parsley:

This was just a goofy book on why exactly bring a piano to the beach was a bad idea. It was seriously cute and the kids- who were all smart enough to know immediately that taking a piano to the beach is just silly – were wincing and wide eyed at all the things that happened to this poor piano. It was a great book to engage the kids and get some participation.

After that we had our craft; Water-Resistant Clownfish. I had the kids put on the google eyes (with glue dots on the back to make stickers) on first, then we used white crayons to draw designs on the fish cutouts (on cardstock), after that we used watercolors to paint.

The kids didn’t understand why we used white crayons at first; but once they applied the paint and saw their designs ‘magically’ appear, they thought that was pretty cool.

We had quite a few very colorful clownfish swimming around the library after storytime.

I also had a cart of both fiction and nonfiction books about beaches and oceans available for the kids to look through and check out.

I used the same set up, minus the books to check out, for the Storytime at the Mall program.

On a completely unrelated note… well, not quite unrelated, but unrelated to Storytime…. Welcome the newest addition to our household.

This is Kip. A 2 month old kitten my supervisor found under a truck near the library. It was a group effort to catch the sweet little fuzzball and get him cleaned up and taken to the vet. But once everything was said and done; my husband and I decided to take him home. Our new house has been empty without a kitty-cat.

I haven’t decided what I’m doing for Storytime next week. I’ve found some cute, kinda silly new books that I like, so I might just do something along the lines of a “Silly Storytime’ again. “Goofy Storytime’ maybe? Hmmmmmm……

Well, until next time. Ciao!

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The Liebster Award

My friend Anna over at A Sweet and Delicate Thing and A Glorious Beauty recently nominated me for something called a Liebster Award.

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I’ll admit, I had no idea what this was.  Fortunately my girl Anna was wonderful enough to provide a link to the ‘Official Rules’ of this award; so answering that question was easy enough.  One of the many things I love about Anna’s blogs; she always does great research before she posts something.  I may not necessarily agree with what she’s posted; but she always have facts to back up any of her opinions.  That and she has such a unique perspective on things; it’s fascinating and informative to read.

The simplest explanation of this award is that it’s to recognize new bloggers, and in turn nominate at least five other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  Truthfully; the only two blogs I follow with any regularity are my friend Anna’s blogs. Soooo…. nominating five other newbie bloggers is going to be a bit difficult.  Admittedly, I spend far more time on Facebook than I do, here on WordPress.

Since part of this award was also answering questions the nominator posted; I guess I’ll go ahead and answer those and make an effort to browse some blogs and see if I can find any other newbies that catch my attention.

 Why do you blog and how did you get started?

I initially started blogging back in 2010, I believe. I had massive writers block for my own personal writing and was looking for some inspiration. At first, I simply shared some things I found funny.  Then I came up with the ‘Sh** My Husband Says’ idea; because really, I wish I had a recorder for the things that come tumbling out of that mans mouth. It’s too funny.  Then life happened, and I forgot about this blog for a while.  When I rediscovered it, I decided that I really should get back into writing.

Still had no idea what to write about…. at which point my Mother’s voice popped into my head: Write about what you know.

At the time, I was stalking several Storytime blogs looking for new fun ideas and crafts to do during our weekly Storytime…. which is about the time the light bulb went off in my head.

Duh… STORYTIME. You’re a Librarian, you dolt, write about what you know.

So, I started blogging my storytime ideas and crafts; and since, my son is now older and just as much of a character as his father, I couldn’t leave them out, not when they’re such a crucial part of my life.

If you could accomplish one thing with your blog, what would it be?

If some of my ideas help a single stressed, at-wits-end librarian; or my family stories entertain and cheer even a single person – I’ll feel accomplished. This blog was meant to provide information and entertain; if it does either of those two things then hey, I accomplished my goal.

What unique thing do you think you bring to the blogging community?

Unique? Hard to say; there are dozens of storytime blogs out there and I’m sure there are even more blogs about people’s families. Only thing I can say is that they aren’t written in MY voice and they aren’t MY family – who are unique in their own right.

What do you think is the most defining thing about yourself?

My morbid, twisted sense of humor? Honestly, don’t know. I’m a mother and a librarian; those are two things that I take very seriously and are two main defining factors to my being.

If you could do one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Travel with my family. My husband and my son are two of my favorite people in the world. I would love to be able to just travel the world, seeing new sights, experiencing new cultures… essentially having adventures with the two people I love most in the world.

Either that or living somewhere peaceful and scenic, surrounded by loved ones; either working at or running a library where I can continue to pass on the joy of reading and life long learning to new generations.

Not sure which idea appeals to me more….

 

Alrighty, that’s it for the questions. Like I said, I’ll browse around and look at some blogs to see what I can find and if any catch my fancy I’ll update this and nominate those bloggers in turn for this award. Thanks again for the nomination; and as always, I hope you enjoyed.

 

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Adventures in Pokemon Training!

 

Yes…. I too am part of the Pokemon craze that is currently sweeping the nation. Do I care that it’s a child’s cartoon; no. Pokemon was one of the first Japanese cartoons to finally make it to the states; as a child who spent a good many developmental years overseas in Okinawa, Japan, I grew up with anime, Godzilla and the less-sweet Japanese candy.

You seriously have no idea how excited I was the first time I saw Pocky on the shelf. My friends thought I was nuts.

Anyway, back when Pokemon made it’s debut here in the states, I was a teen, and thus to old and attempting (and failing) to be too cool for a silly thing like Pokemon.  Even though, behind closed doors I still watched it and played the card game with my younger brother…. and when the movies came to theaters…. guess who was the only one willing to take my little brother to see them…. you guessed it. Me.

All in the name of sisterly duty, of course…..

Now, I’m in my thirty’s and I have hit the ‘I don’t give a shit’ phase of my life; so I can do all the nerdy, geeky things that I never would have attempted out of embarrassment a decade ago.

Anyone who says bullying doesn’t leave a lasting impression; take note…. you’re in denial. It left enough of an impression that it is only now, nearly two decades later, that I’m able to cast off some of the baggage I’ve been carrying round from the bullying I received when I was in 6th grade. Not all of it, Goddess forbid that my pants ride up past my ankles when I sit down; but I can now geek out about the things I love without feeling embarrassed by it.

Partly because being a ‘Nerd’ or ‘Geek’ has become more socially acceptable.

So now I can proudly proclaim that YES! I AM A POKEMON TRAINER!

And I really don’t give two shits what you think about that. So 😛

Ah… how enlightening.

Anywho, for those who have had their head under a rock for the last week and are wondering what the F*** I’m talking about; I’m referring to the recent launch of the AR mobile app game: Pokemon Go!  A game where players get out and walk around their neighborhoods and ‘capture’ Pokemon. The key to this is that you actually have to get out of your house and WALK AROUND.

GASP!

*pauses to listen to all the gamers hissing as they are forced into the sunlight for the first time in ages*

So, this game uses the camera on your phone to superimpose the images of pokemon in the real world. I’m not the only one who will tell you that it’s majorly cool. I don’t know a kid in the 2000’s that didn’t want to break out and travel the world as a Pokemon trainer.

And the Pokemon pop up everywhere, in the oddest locations…..without much rhyme or reason.  Like, I found these guys at the gym:

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And these at my work:

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In addition to being able to go out and ‘catch’ these mostly cute creatures; there is of course, another aspect of the game that anyone who is familiar with the series will know is a must in any Pokemon game…… Gym Battles.
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Now the developers are still working out some of the kinks. But for the moment; there are three teams: Instinct, Mystic and Valor.
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If you have any Pokemon knowledge; you’ll notice that each team corresponds with one of the three legendary bird Pokemon:

Zapdos – Electric
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Articuno – Ice
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Moltres – Fire
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Now in order to participate in the Gym Battles, you have to join a team.

Personally, I’m Team Instinct!
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Then, there’s of course, a few fan based teams/alliances that are attempting to keep things light, carefree and peaceful, because OF-FREAKING-COURSE there are those overly-competitive people out there that want to take things a bit to far.

The first, pulls from the Pokemon 2000 movie and the ancient prophecy that surrounds the legendary bird Pokemon.

“Disturb not the harmony of fire, ice or lightning

Lest these titans wreck destruction upon the world which they clash.

Though water’s great guardian shall rise to quell the fighting,

Alone it’s song will fail.”

 

This is the Lugia Alliance or Team Harmony

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(Now if you’re a Pokemon enthusiast, then you probably know that’s not the WHOLE prophecy; they’re of course missing the part about the world turning to Ash.)

The other fan base team, is kinda a no brainer, because they were iconic. You can’t have Pokemon without…. you guessed it….

 

TEAM ROCKET!!!!!

Though, so far, most of those claiming to be Team Rocket are using the iconic villians to do more pranks and less actual…..villiany.

In fact there’s even a Team Rocket group that’s more about charity work then villiany; check it out here.

I have to admit; I’ve joined Team Rocket.  Just last night my son and I were walking our dog around the outside track at the gym hunting Pokemon, working on hatching the eggs, and all around killing time until my husband got off work.  It’s late, after 11pm, and we are NOT the only ones on this track; in fact there’s another family of 6 walking the track too.

We pass them a couple times, when on one pass one of the boys – who is bout my son’s age- calls over and asks if we had caught a Psyduck. To which MY son exclaims, “I TOLD you they were playing too!!!”

Smart-ass…..

Anyway, I had to restart my app, but I told the kid that yea, I had caught a couple. After they passed us, my app loaded and suddenly I realized that there was a Psyduck NEARBY and that was what the kid was asking about…. So, I immediately start looking for the goofy fowl – I want my Golduck dammit.

I quickly find it, and tell my kid, showing him the Psyduck standing next to the fishing lake. He cheers and exclaims, LOUDLY, “WE FOUND THE PSYDUCK!!!!!”

(facepalm)

I catch it-because, yea GOLDUCK!- and again my kid cheers, proclaiming loudly that we caught it. To which I exclaim; “TEAM ROCKET BLAST OFF AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT!!!!!” And race off to my car, leaving a stunned kid and a cackling father in my wake.

Back on track; once you’ve chosen one of the 3 main teams, you can then participate in gym battles in one of two ways… Attacking an Enemy gym (or one that defended by a different team) or by Sparring/Defending at a Friendly gym (or a gym that’s defended by one of your own team members).

Sparring with your team mates is a great way to level up your Pokemon, and defending a gym nabs you some cool prizes. Don’t be overly disappointed  if your gym is constantly overtaken; it’s going to happen.

Eventually, the game is supposed to roll out neat features like trading options and global leader boards.  Also, eventually, there will be mass city wide events to capture rare and legendary Pokemon…. but considering the game is barely a week old, I’ll give the developers a little slack. I’m still attempting to get my 3rd and final Evee evolution still, and haven’t even catch half of the 135 Pokemon that are available at the moment.

Honestly, I’m looking forward to the all the upgrades. It’s unclear how long the craze surrounding this game will go on for.  Will it still be popular once everyone’s data bills come in at the end of the month? A month from now, will people still be milling around in-mass at the poke-stops?  Who knows….

Personally, it gives me something to do while I walk. I could honestly walk around all day just collecting Pokemon; but sadly the heat drives me inside to the a/c, and both my kid and dog lack the enthusiasm and stamina I seem to possess.  Not sure how…. you’d think a 7 yr old and a dog would be able to run circles around a 32 yr old librarian….buuut apparently not.

It makes things doubly interesting since I’m planning on going into the military soon; so I’ll really be ‘travelling across the lands, searching far and wide’ on my Pokemon journey!

So, until next time! Be safe all you fellow Pokemon Trainers! No Catching and Driving!

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Adventures in Camping

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It starts off slow, a few wispy clouds to the south. Then builds….

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Soon  the sky has grown ominoysly dark. The wind picks up and thunder cracks the sky, shaking your very bones.

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An evening thunderstorm has arrived.

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Not uncommon at this time of year in Oklahoma.

Just figures its my damn luck to be camping when it does.

Yea, you heard me, my pasty white ass is in stuck in a tent in the middle of a thunderstorm. Just bloody brilliant.

Last time ot stormed, we road it out in the car because the poor dog is terrified of storms. This time…..hubby has the car.

I’ve prepared an covered area for the dog to hide, I’ve covered things that would be ruined if gotten wet, and I’ve even had the mind to set aside some firewood and kindling so I can make a fire later…… if the rains let up later.

Last time I had a big enough fire going that I kept some embers alive despite the downpour; yet getting a damn fire to actually CATCH after that was a pain in the ass. So now firewood is covered.

We’re about as ready as we can be for this storm. Even have a little green umbrella….just in case.

Lemme tell ya, riding out a thunderstorm in a tent is not one of my favorite things to do.  For one….its loud. No, I’m not talking ’bout the thunder either; though that was plenty loud too. No, the bloody RAIN was loud. And being in a small tent, it sounded like it was RIGHT ABOVE YOU….. ’cause, well…. it really was.

The munchkin and I ended up sleeping through it all. Fortunatley, the tent didnt blow away (YAY!) and we stayed dry.  Granted, that was mostly do to the fact that we were on an air mattress, had we been on the ground in sleeping bags, we would have woken up very damp this morning.

The tent leaked.

Yup….aint that grand? Though, you get what you pay for and really, how well do you expect a cheap $24 tent to hold up to a thunderstorm???

When the hubby got back close to 1:30 am, we went up to the bath house so I could go potty. I’m at the sink, washing my hands when I felt something bump my foot. Thinking its another june bug, I glance down.

Its not a june bug.

Its about the size of my fist, a dingy brown color….  now, I don’t have my glasses on, so to me it kinda looks like a….RAT!!!!!

Now, I didn’t scream, presay(of course, I didn’t,  I never scream) but I may have sucked in a rather large noisy breath that turned into hysterical laughter.

It wasn’t a rat….it was a TURTLE.  There was a bleaping turtle, covered in mud, in the women’s bath house.

Sadly, my phone was dead at the time so I couldn’t get a picture of the lil bugger. Thank goddess it was the middle of the night and no one was awake to witness me bout to loose my shit over a damn turtle.

Other then a little leaking, which may or may not be fixed with a little bit of sealant, and a wee run in with a peeping tom turtle, we made it though the night without any problems.

The morning, however,  is a different story.

Ugh….I hate mud. Its all well and good if you purposely go out with the intent of getting muddy. After a night of heavy rain, everything is damp and dirty. So it takes twice as long to clean and put away everything.

Which doublely sucks since we were heading out today, so I had to pack up the tent….which of co u rse, was covered. Had to roll up the mattress, which first had to be dried since, yea it was laying in a puddle.

We didnt really wanna stop our camping adventure yet,  but apparently this lake only allows you to camp for 10 days in a row before you gotta leave for at least 7. A little silly if you ask me. I mean, I understand why they do it and all…. but still.

All in all it was a fun trip. Wotko’s first. Kid is 7 yrs old and we hadn’t taken him camping yet. How awful is that?

He loves it, as most kids seem to. So we’ll probably be back out there in 7 days time, or we’ll go to another lake (every time we go back to the house we’re staying at, my husbands aunt tried to give our dog away. How fucked up is that? All because she’s on a chain. But, I digress).

So far we’ve seen tons of animals fish, turtles, snakes, geese…soooo many geese, a crane, various birds, and squrriels.

We’ve found 2 baby snake skeletons, which was so cool. What? I collect bones and weird shit, hush, don’t  judge.

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We found a baby bird… at first I thought it had been hurt. We caught it and put it into a bucket so our hell hound wouldn’t  see it.

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Turns out, it was fine. Probably tired. Apparently it was learning to fly that day. Mama bird was in the tree right above me, and bot was she pissed when I picked up Jr. After it rested, it hopped out of the bucket and it and Mama went back to uts flying lessons. Which was rather cool to watch.

The geese were near permenent guests at our site. Every morning and wvening they would come by, at least 30 of them.

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We did have a few hiccups during the trip. On day 1, since my husband was working a lot, Wotko and I went and set up camp.

No, biggie, right? Setting up a tent is fairly easy.

Well we get everything set up and I’m working on building a fire. Never really tried doing so before, least not without lighter fluid. I’m sitting on one of the larger srones of the fire pit when this older gentleman comes up and offers me a folding chair.

Well, thats sweet. I had wanted a chair, but it hadn’t been on the budget this run. So, I tell him thank you and he offers to lend a hand if we need help. He poi ts us to this big, nice RV with a sleek Mustang sitting beside it. He apparenly even has a dishwasher in there.

How the hell is THAT camping?  But, I don’t say anything. My Mama taught me manners, and when someonenis being nice to you, you don’t get snide.

So anyway, he leaves and I go back to my fire. Then a while later he comes back and asks if we’re ‘ok’.

It hasnt even been an hour.

Me: Well, yes sir, we’re fine.

Mr. Nice Guy: Are you sure? *looks at tent* because you look a little ill prepared.

*twitch*

It takes everyrhing I have not to say: ‘why? Because i dont have a dishwasher in my tent?’

By this point I’m a little peeved, but am still being polite. He leaves and we dont see him til the next day.

The hubby is off work that afternoon, so he’s cooking us steaks. The guy comes BACK over and is like ‘ooooh so there is a man, here. I was worried there for a minute.’

Then he starts talking to my hubby about our tents and just making small talk.

I’m bout to loose it. Few things get me as steamed as someone thinking I NEED a man to take care of me. Sexist bullshit pisses me off, so badly.

After that, Mr. Nice Guy didn’t say a thing to us for a solid week. He didn’t even come get his chair when he left.

Then there was a lady who complained about our dog being left at site. Even though she had food, water and was right next to the lake so she could go lay in the water.

She ended up coming over and feeding her and shit. As if our Mia was starving. She JUST had a big steak all to herself. She’s not starving.

Then there were the idiots who decided that HEY LETS GO FISH WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE CAMPING. (-_-) Ugh.

First time this idiot was fishing RIGHT NEXT to the dog. And she was terrified of this guy waving a pole around. I got back from work and there he was, 2 ft from my dog. Like, seriously WTF?

I (politely) chased him off. Then a few days later, I’m sitting there cooking andsome other idiots pull into the area between our site and our neighbor, and get out to fish. Not only that, seeing us RIGHT THERE, they come over onto our site and start fishing.

Seriously,  did they change lake etiquette and I wasn’t aware of it? I coulda sworn that if someone was camping, you didnt fish. Same as if someone was fishing, you didnt swim in that area.

So this time, I sicced my Wotko on them. See how relaxing fiahing is when you have a 7 yr old talking your damn ear off.

They lasted about 10 minutes before they went back to their car.

Not saying my kid is annoying. Buuuut, he’s a talker. And he’s not shy in the slightest.

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Other then that, it was a fairly relaxing trip. I look forward to the next one. ‘Til then, here are some pictures Wotko and I took over our trip.

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Best Day Ever!

So, I had the opportunity to attend a Steve Spangler Science workshop through my work. I had never been to one of his workshops, but we do have a one of his books: Naked eggs and flying potatoes : unforgettable experiments that make science funthat we used some experiments from last year during the Science themed Summer Reading Program.

The workshop was on ‘Exploring Amazing Hands-on Science and Literature with Young Learners’….how could I NOT want to attend???

Granted, it’s geared more to teachers than librarians, but child educators are child educators regardless of their titles. And science is totally awesome and essential. Even more so in an area where there are people who still believe the planet is flat, the sun revolves around the earth and/or that dinosaurs lived along side man a mere few thousand years ago……

That being said, it’s become one of my career goals to try to add some science, some nonfiction, some S.T.E.A.M. aspect to all my programming.  For those of you who don’t know what S.T.E.A.M. is, it’s an acronym that stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

This workshop is all about making connections, and getting kids engaged.

Steve Spangler is incredibly energetic and funny. Who would have thought that a fun, interesting way to get a discussion going on air movement was to show kids how to effectively and EFFICIENTLY toilet paper a house???

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It’s not enough to just toss it, oh no…. a paint roller is the perfect fit for a TP roll, attach said roller to a leaf blower and BOOYAH you have an Automatic House TP-er….

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I only wish I had thought to get video of it before the demonstration was done.

Sure, there will probably (definitely) be some annoyed parents and teachers wanting to know WHY you decided to teach the kids how to do that. But, who cares, they’re now engaged and you can have conversations and discussions on WHY it worked and how air moves.

There was an experiment on bubbles…because what kid doesn’t like bubbles???

Now sadly, just making bubbles isn’t really an experiment….it’s great fun, but not an experiment. You’re  not testing anything, and to be a true experiment, you need variables to test. So you could test different bubble solutions. Or…

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Which types of gloves will work best to hold bubbles. What size bubble is best for bouncing? Oh yea… Bubble +Science = So much fun!

Bouncing Bubbles Video

Bubbles Inside Bubbles video

Or you could try to make square bubbles….

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There were dozens of experiments involving colors.  Everything from making your own at-home lava lamps to demonstrate liquid density.

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To mixing primary colors.

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I’ve tried a similar activity during a storytime before, using tempera paint in plastic baggies. I think I prefer this method, the color gel mixes well and the kids can then hang the baggies up against a window and it’ll give off a stained glass window effect.

Another color experiment we did was trying to make 24 different colors only using the three primary colors (red, blue and yellow).

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Which was rather fun… some people just randomly mixed colors until they got 24 different shades. Others started off with a single base color and then added one drop of another, then 2 drops, then 3 drops etc., etc.; thus guaranteeing 24 different shades.

I did a bit of both. LOL

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Afterward, we added some Jelly Crystals to the mixtures.

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And waited….. by which means, we all went to lunch. LOL

By the time we got back from exploring the Science Museum (which if you’re in Oklahoma and you haven’t been, you really should go, it’s an awesome place).

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We had crystals! Or rather, Jelly-like crystals. Being a collector of crystals, I’m not sure these would count in any-way-shape-or-form as ‘crystals’; buuut it was still pretty cool.

If you put the differnt colored ‘crystals’ together, they’ll share water between themselves and actually mix the colors; and if you decide to just let them dry out, they’ll retain the color and you can then put them in a flower pot or such. Or turn them into a frozen owie pack for the kiddos.

There was also a sound portion where we used Palm Pipes (pre-cut PVC pipes in different sizes that when tapped with the flat of your palm will make different musical notes). The task was to gather in groups and ‘make our own songs’. Which was interesting to say the least; as someone who is musically challenged, I was at a loss on this one. Fortunatly there were a few in my group who had a better knowledge of music then I did and were willing to play conductor.

Music just isn’t my thing.

Though, after the event, Mr. Spangler sent out an email on how to make our own set of Palm Pipes (sadly, no that will not be shared). If I get bored one year I might make a set and attach them to a stand; then just let the kiddos make their own music without having to worry about the different pipes disappearing.

The last portion of the workshop was dedicated to the making of something I know every kid will love…. SLIME!

Yea, you heard me. Slime.

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We made regular slime, glow-in-the-dark slime, shiny slime, and even made slime using Elmers glue….. which was a ooey gooey white mess that looked like something I’d rather not speak about…. but let your mind wonder into the gutter for a moment and I’m sure you’ll get the idea.  I mean, don’t get me wrong; it was indeed slime….. the visual though.

Moving on…

After that we made Atomic Worms….

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Which are black light reactive…. oooh yea…. those bad-boys glowed like something out of a sci-fi movie.

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How wicked is that?  I’m going to have to remember this the next time I do a Halloween party. LOL.

Seriously, all goofing aside. It was a great workshop. We discussed various ways of linking Science and Literature together to get the kids engaged and involved. It was a wonderful experience and I only wish I could convince my bosses that they really, really want to send me on the Science in the Rockies or even better the Science at Sea workshops….. somehow I doubt they’d be willing to foot the bill for me to have a 3 day trip to the Colorado Mountains, or a week long cruise trip to Alaska…. even if we’d be discussing science.

If you ever get the chance to attend one of the Steve Spangler workshops; I would recommend it. He really is very entertaining and has a unique way of getting kids interesting in science.

If you want to check out Spanglers stuff, or order some of his science kits, go to Steve Spangler Science; and if you’re in Oklahoma and want to check out and visit the Museum, then head over to Oklahoma Science Museum to check out their prices and newest exhibits.

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‘Things with Teeth’ Storytime

So last week was a very busy week for me and honestly, I ended up having only a single day to work on my storytime for this week.  Which is fine, you’d be amazed at what I can come up with in an eight hour time period.

In truth, I had absolutely NO idea what to do my storytime on this week.  Initially, I had planned on doing my Snake storytime. Yet, with only one day, to get everything together, I felt that wouldn’t do that particular theme justice. Especially since teaching kids about Snakes is something I’d fairly passionate about.

It just so happened that we had gotten a bunch of new books delivered recently; while I was going through them, I found some really cute ones that I thought the kids would like… and then a theme just popped into my head: ‘Things with Teeth’.  I had a ‘Things that Leap’, why not a ‘Things with Teeth’ – all the characters in the books I’d decided on had teeth… so yea, it worked. Woohoo!

Anyway, I started off asking the kids if they could think of some animals that had teeth – which they were more than happy to shout out to me.  Then I asked if they could think of some animals that DIDN’T have teeth…. could have heard the crickets chirping on that one.  One or two voices suggested something – chickens, and new-born babies.

My first book was The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

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A cute story about a bunch of animals who disturb poor bear while he’s trying to sleep and how they attempt – and fail- to cheer the grumpy omnivore up.  There were quite a few places in this book where Bear roars, which made great opportunities for the kiddos to demonstrate their roaring abilities (which was quite impressive. I had 18 kiddos in my morning session – twice the amount I normally have. Ordinarily, we are lucky to have 18 kids total for both sessions!)

The next book was The Dragon’s Toothache by Annie Basant.

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This was a very colorful book; it depicts a girl coming upon a dragon with a toothache and tries to help him, only to be accidentley swallowed. Once swallowed, the girl finds herself in the dragon’s belly along with a bunch of other characters that had also been swallowed when they attempted to help the dragon. The story was very cute and in the end, encourages children to brush their teeth to avoid a toothache.

After that, we played my “Teeth or No Teeth” game.  I rooted through all the animal pictures I had accumulated – which was a LOT – and sorted them into animals with teeth and those that didn’t have teeth.  I passed out various pictures to the kids and they each got a chance to come up to the board and try to decide whether their animal had teeth or not.

If they needed help or didn’t know what the animal was; I would ask the rest of the kids to help them and all of us would figure out which column the animal went.

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The third and final books was called SQUISH, SQUASH, SQUEEZE by Tracey Corderoy

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Which was a very cute, brightly colored book that depicted a bear, crocodile and tiger attempting to prevent a mouse from moving into their house.

For the craft portion of my program; we made:

Clothes Pin Sharks and Crocodiles. 

What you need:

Shark clipart

Crocodile clipart

clothes pins

glue dots

green card stock (optional)

white cardstock

Alligator clipart

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Shark clipart

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I printed off the sharks on white cardstock, and the alligators on green cardstock. I cut them out and then cut them in half.  Using the whole picture doesn’t really work (sadly) the tails just get in the way. So I trimmed those off and  then cut the alligator and the shark horizontally through their mouths.

Next, then I put glue dots on the backs of both the top and bottom of the animals. Then stuck them to the side of the clothes pin.

Those are very simplistic instructions. If you need more detailed ones, message me and I can send you some step-by-step instructions.

Anywho… you’re finished craft should resemble these:

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The kids loved making their own sharks and alligators. I had quite a few that were attempting to ‘chew’ on things throughout the library after storytime ended, including me! LOL

I also made sure there was a cart available of books for them to check out, if they wanted. Now since I had such a wide topic range; I had everything from teeth, to dentist visits, to various animal books – both fiction and nonfiction – available.

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I hope you all enjoyed Things with Teeth; we’ve only got two more storytimes (only one of which I’m doing).

My next one will be on Snakes for sure. Last Sunday my son nearly stepped on this lil guy

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When leaving his aunt house after dinner. It was laying out in the driveway by our car. Now, it’s probably hard to see…. but that’s a copperhead. So sadly, it didn’t survive us finding it. I wouldn’t be able to stand it if we let it live and then found out one of our baby cousins found it and got bitten.

Just goes to show that it’s definitely time to pull out that storytime and get to working on it. I got over a week to get it ready.

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