Of Prep and Other Things


Give me ten minutes, and I can pull together a storytime for any of my regular crowds: babies, ones, toddlers, or pre-schoolers. (In fact, I was halfway through writing that sentence when I realized I did exactly that today – we had an overflow of preschoolers, so Coworker J and I tag-teamed with them. We switched off on songs and books, and I thought quickly and pulled out Jeremy Draws a Monster and The Monster Returns to read to them. Both short enough that I can read them back-to-back.)

But kindergarteners are a whole different matzah ball. They may only be a year older than preschoolers, but they’re in a different mental space. They’re schoolkids now. There are different expectations on them about sitting still and other behaviors, so doing storytime with them is a little different.

We do a regular storytime with a local school every other Monday, and I’ll be visiting them this week, so I had to pull together a few books and come up with a craft idea and another idea for fun. You’ll see after I do it – I never post my books and ideas beforehand, it’s bad luck! – but I think I may have come up with a plan that will suit their age group well.

This Sunday I’ll have time to prep two more storytimes (I know they’re coming, but can’t remember what they are off the top of my head).

Lotsa links:

Today’s top link: It is so important to narrow the (huge, disgusting, overly large) gap between the haves and have-nots. Books are the easiest way to do that. eBooks for all!

I got Puck, and so did Mama Bear!

Happy birthday, Nancy Drew!


My note to myself for this link was “omg no.”

Definitely some books to put on my TBR list.

A few photos of Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender in the, um, Scottish play.

From Coworker J:

Let’s take a nostalgic ramble with Judy Blume, shall we?

From Coworker L:

I particularly adore #12. Late for a date? I will fine you a quarter a minute. Just kidding. Maybe.

From Friend D:

A difficult challenge, and not nearly enough minority authors to make it doable.

This guy has a problem. I don’t have it. Do you?

D.E.A.R.! April was D.E.A.R. month, so this post is coming just a mite too late.

I don’t know what Brandcast is, but my Birthday Twin is involved, so: yay.

Did not expect this statistic, so: double yay!

From Library Friend D:

Many libraries – no matter their location – are a refuge for the homeless. (My library system calls them “people in a transitional housing situation.”) And despite this well-meant attempt at a euphemism, it doesn’t bring anyone any closer to humanizing them. But this project might.

Stolen from Friend R’s Facebook:

If I ever found a man who loves Our Jane like I love Our Jane, I might never let him go.

From Friend T:

The trailer (!) for Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. (I tried a few times to get through the book. Maybe the miniseries will be the ticket.)

From Mama Bear:

Mama Bear always laughs at me about #13. I don’t like movie poster book covers, so there!

3D printers are ultra-cool. I have a little TARDIS on my desk.

This is a British list, which is why I didn’t recognize any of the titles except one, which I’m quite cranky about.

The Toast! I love the Toast! They nail it down.

You don’t think I would have been able to have a list of links without SOMETHING Harry Potter, did you?

You can watch it on your phone / You can watch it from your home.

Seriously, in case I haven’t mentioned it, like, five times, you absolutely cannot get a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s autobiography. Unless you want to pay through the nose. Then you can.

The New York Times reviews the HBO adaptation of The Casual Vacancy. Or you can skip the link and just know that Mama Bear no likey, which is really all you need.

Another review.

Philip Glass by the book. Big Baltimore shoutout!

From Sister A:

You may not know that I did my study abroad in Bath, so I have a deep sentimental attachment to that lovely little city. And Paris, well, who doesn’t love Paris? Check out this story.

More Judy Blume news. Sister A’s email’s subject line was “Because she’s awesome, obvs.” (Indeed.)

Clickbait books. Superclever.

In What’s Annabelle Reading, if you’ve ever been to Philadelphia, one of its hidden gems is the Mutter Museum in the College of Physicians. It is a fascinating collection of medical oddities, specimens, and junk. I highly recommend it between cheesesteaks. But who was Dr. Mutter? Learn about him in Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern MedicineFascinating man. Then, caught at home without a library book, I dipped into my own bookshelves and reread Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half in one sitting. I love it more every time I read it. After that, with a serious case of Royal Baby Fever (the baby’s due any day now!), I read The Little Princesses – again, for the billionth time. Still waiting for the one book I wanted to come in at the library, and wanting something light…er, I picked up Alex Garland’s The Beach, which always makes Thailand seem like a bad idea, though it generally isn’t.


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