Outdoor Storytime, Thursday, June 26

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Thursday was a weird day. I’d had a migraine the night before, and even though I’d taken my meds and scared 95% of it away, I still had that funny migraine-hangover feeling on Thursday morning. So I wasn’t 100% up to snuff, but I hope nobody at my outdoor storytime knew that, because I had a fun and funny group, with some repeat customers from our regular story time, so it was nice to see some familiar faces in a new place.

We do our storytime about a block north of the library, in a brand new commercial/residential complex. The inside courtyard is pretty nifty:

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There are benches, and a little water jet wading fountain for the kids, and plenty of shade:

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This is where we had the storytime – it was plenty shady, and away from people having early lunches.

I forgot to take pictures of the books I used, but they were all pretty successful. Old favorites like If You’re Happy and You Know It, Count the Monkeys, and Caps for SaleI also used a new book that I thought might be fun: Let’s Be Animals. I had preschoolers, toddlers, and babies, so these books managed to bridge all those groups.

And then I went home and went to sleep. (Boss jokingly asked me later, “So were you really sick, or were you soccer-sick?” Because I can’t believe I slept through the U.S./Germany game either.)

Links:

Ramona’s come a long way, don’t you think?

Every council meeting should be this fun.

Everyone should – everyone who serves the public.

Barnes and Noble is consciously uncoupling from the Nook.

Yeah, I don’t think I’d put Birthday Twin’s books in the same category as “soft porn,” as this one mother did.

More tears for Harry Potter (don’t read this if you’re a twin)

I feel like I posted this before, but it’s my blog, and I can do what I want: vintage library photos!

Kate DiCamillo! She’s at ALA right now. I am not. Dammit.

A picture from the last day of filming for The Hunger Games.

I got children’s librarian! Obvs.

Sacre bleu! C’est vrai!

From Friend D:

Homelessness – not THE homeless – is a problem that needs to be dealt with. This is an interesting post.

From Sister A:

Big, exciting news!!

From Mama Bear:

10 books, old and new, that are perfect for summer.

Mary Rodgers, author of Freaky Friday, died recently. She also wrote Once Upon a Mattress, because she’s awesome.

In What’s Annabelle Reading, what’s Annabelle NOT reading? Hoo boy. I was stalking the catalog to see when the new Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling book The Silkworm would come out, and I got myself first on the list, and sped through it. Another fine effort in the Cormoran Strike series. I have to admit, I’m still surprised that a mystery novel can come out of the woman who brought us Muggles and Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans. Anticlimactically, I read The Hive, which was about mean-girl moms at a British elementary school, and yes, the clique, and it’s a hive, and the protagonist’s mother keeps bees, and yes, we get it, the Queen Bee, etc. etc., so stop hitting us over the head with the metaphor! Instantly forgettable.

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