Monthly Archives: August 2015

Share, baby, share!

Inspired by my dear colleague Mary, I want to share two awesome organizations that I am involved with:png-of-logo-vectordraft Continue reading Share, baby, share!

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Bilingual storytime: Estamos en un libro!

My bilingual family storytimes all follow the same outline, and I fill in the blanks with books, flannel stories, apps and activities!

Although this program had a low attendance, I wrangled some older kids who were hanging out in the children’s room this evening with the promise of cookies and Mo Willems, and they LOVED this fun classic.

Book: Estamos en un libro!/We are in a book! by Mo Willems.

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As I do, I read first in English, then in Spanish. One older girl translated to English as I read the Spanish version, and I was impressed with her combined Spanish/remembering skills. Continue reading Bilingual storytime: Estamos en un libro!

Summer Reading: Comic Creation

When I first decided that I wanted to do a comic creation program as part of our summer reading program, I was thinking digital comics. However, I quickly realized that even all the ipads I could scrounge up (this was before we got our brand new super shiny ipads from our friends group) wouldn’t be enough for all the kids I wanted to let in.

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Apps alone: a NEW new media storytime

This was my last new media storytime of the summer (read about the first and second), and about the same time that I started really thinking about what I wanted to offer in the fall.

After the less than enthusiastic responses to the print books I read (tried to read) during my first storytimes, I decided to ditch the book and do an entirely digital program for this last one. I did a lot of thinking about what the point of the storytime was:

  • to model good apping and joint media engagement to parents
  • to address concerns about media use for hesitant families
  • to gently steer families who use new media as a babysitter in a different direction
  • to provide concrete and quality app recommendations and RA (AA? App Advisory?)
  • to provide access to both tech hardware (the iPads) and software (paid apps that they can try before purchasing)
  • to provide an alternative format to traditional, book-based storytime for kids who are not developmentally able to handle a regular storytime, no matter how much singing and dancing we do

Continue reading Apps alone: a NEW new media storytime