Anniversary News – and Family Fun Time

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Today is my six-month anniversary at the library. I can’t even believe it. I have no idea how that happened. All of a sudden, it went from September to March. Crazy. 

Yesterday was my first Family Fun Time, and I chose the theme of sports. I had a disappointingly small turnout – only 6, 2 adults and 4 children, but everyone (including the adults) were great participants, and it went really well. We started off with some stretching and jumping jacks, and then I read Soccer Beatwhich was fun. We played Simon Says and sang “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” and then I read Hooray, Jose!  Then we watched the 1946 Disney “Casey at the Bat,” which I loved as a kid, but I think it went over the kids’ heads. The adults liked it, though!

Finally, I read them Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, (written by actress Julianne Moore, don’t you know), and then we played Wonderball, which the adults knew, and, I learned through an informal survey of my coworkers, is a generational thing. 

Then – the best part – I handed out medals! I have a photo of some of the remaining ones below, but there were no “Winner of Wonderball” or “Best Simon Says player” – I didn’t want any like that. All storytime related or praising their efforts or enthusiasm. I gave myself “Most Positive Attitude,” to remind myself on days when my attitude is not so positive that it can be!

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All my coworkers got medals, too. It felt nice to give them. 

I wish I’d had more of a turnout, and I think I’ll do this one again in the summer, because I really liked it, and I would think it would get a lot of attendees. Yay!

Now, links:

What we find in children’s lit – with a special visit from LeVar Burton!

The more I reread this post, the more the Giver trailer pisses me off.

From Mama Bear, the following:

Neil Gaiman on why scary stories speak to us.

A candid look at lunch at the American Girl Cafe.

New YA books to put on your reading list!

Why are YA heroines all petite?

From Housemate A: American libraries don’t read teenagers like they should.

From Friend L: Why teens love dystopias (spoiler: they’re living in one).

Two from Coworker W: 

SHUT UP, I’M HAPPY IN MY DENIAL.

Some of these might blow your mind.

In What’s Annabelle Reading, I took a break from a book to read another book, and now I took a break from THAT book to read the copy of Divergent that just came in for me (!!!). I think I’ll go through it quickly, and let you know what I think. So far, I’m not writing home about it. 

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