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Library Program: Giant Size Candyland

WOW it has been awhile since I updated this blog! It’s been a busy year and I haven’t had a chance to share all of my success stories.

This is one I definitely want to shout about and encourage you to try at your library or community center or anywhere families need free activities.

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Giant Size Candyland!

Like all great library program ideas, I was inspired by Pinterest. One of the other libraries in our system also did the program but they have a backyard and could do it outside, a luxury my branch doesn’t have. BUT it did mean I was able to steal a lot of their props. Plan this program for November or January and find the person in your library system (there is always one!) who goes all out on their holiday decorations and has all the peppermint and gingerbread men decorations. Help them unpack early or encourage them to not put them away after the holidays.

Believe me, that’s how we got most of our supplies!

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The most time intensive part? Putting down the “squares” – I pretty much cleaned out our craft supply closet. All I did was use the good SCOTCH packing tape and tape them to the carpet. I was surprised how well they stood up to all the little feet walking on them for a few hours! I think I only had two that had to be replaced, but otherwise the kids tread lightly. But WOW it took awhile to get them all down on the floor – I think at least an hour, maybe two. We went around the meeting room, up the hallway and into the children’s area. Along the way we had lots of decorations and such that referred back to the game.

I printed out a color wheel spinner and just use brass brads and paper plates to create spinners. Then a very wise parent pointed out that we could just hand out the colored cards and have the kids randomly pick a card like they do in the games. BRILLIANT! Either way, everyone had fun.

We did the program on President’s Day because the kids were out of school and we knew families would be looking for something to do. We ran it for about two hours and it was busy the whole time. We had regular Candyland board games out for people to play while they waited for a free spinner/stack of cards or just to hang out. At the end, I used the sticker template provided one of the label companies to create round badges that said “I played Candyland at the Library 2017” so everyone got a sticker. I know some libraries like to hand out candy but with all the allergies and such out there, I didn’t want to do that. Everyone likes stickers.

This project was a lot of fun and while getting supplies together and creating the props took time, the day of the program was mostly just fun and watching everyone have a good time because everyone in the family could play Candyland since it is just about matching colors.

Here we are at the end of the day and we are still smiling!

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Up next: our home-made Escape Room!

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World Puppetry Day program

I’m a fan of puppets. I grew up watching Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and The Muppet Show.

Oh who am I kidding, I STILL watch Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and The Muppet Show!

So when my friend mentioned World Puppetry Day, I jumped at the idea of having a program at the library to talk about the different kids of puppets.

Blatant self promotion #muppets #puppets @aacpl

Our program attendees tend to run on the younger side, so even though we promoted the event for school aged children, we tried to make sure we had enough crafts to work for all ages.

We started off the program with a short talk about the history of puppets and went over from puppet related vocabulary, defining each kind of puppet. We described each puppet and asked the kids if they could guess the name of the puppet based on the description (This puppet uses a rod to control it’s arm, what would you call it? A rod puppet! Correct!). We showed them examples of store bought puppets and then also an example of a simple puppet you could make at home.

After that, I played a few clips of famous puppets and puppeteers. I made a quick YouTube playlist with some favorite clips and asked the kids what kind of puppet was being used (I didn’t play any of the clips in their entirety).

Then it was craft and play time! We brought a few puppets down from our Storytime collection and set them up on a table with a sheet, creating a makeshift stage area. We had print outs of knock knock jokes and the kids used them as scripts as they played with the puppets (at least, initially, then they went off into their own little games).

For puppet crafts, we had three different activities ranging in difficulty. If you can get your hands on the awesome book 10-Minute Puppets by Noel MacNeal, it is a great resource with lots of printables and inspiration for a program like this.

For the older children, we had the parts for the Elephant Rod Puppet already cut out and with holes punched sitting on a table. We used a thick cardstock for this. You will also need some straws, tape, and the gromits for the moveable parts.

On another table, we had butterfly shadow puppets. We made lots of butterflies, cut out from many different colored construction paper. Scissors and hole punches were on the table so the kids could create holes in the butterfly and then some colored plastic sheets that they could use to cover the holes. They taped a straw to the back and created their little works of art!

Puppet program was very fun! More photos soon. #puppets #librarian

The last table had a craft for very little ones, a frog finger puppet that could be colored in. Two hole were cut into the bottom for “legs” created by the child’s fingers.

We set up the branch projector so the kids could test out their shadow puppets. They loved seeing the shadows on the wall (though don’t ask me why I went with Notepad instead of a blank PowerPoint slide…next time!)

While we only had 9 children show up they were VERY enthusiastic. They did all of the crafts, played with the puppets we brought down and talked to us about the puppets afterwards. One little boy wanted to create his own puppet (he wasn’t into the butterflies) and we gave him some plain white paper. He proceeded to draw a character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series and then he poked holes in him and used the colored plastic to create his own unique shadow puppet!

We’re already discussing next year. Of course, after we started to advertise the program we were approached by two different people asking about helping out with it. We are hoping they are still interested next year because we really didn’t have time to incorporate them into the event this time around. But we hope this can be an annual event, maybe even more elaborate each year with crafts and activities for older children and teens.

Shadow puppets! #puppets #librarian

in defense of simple crafts

Sometimes the simplest craft gets the kids talking. I had them draw where they would drive in their cars. #librarian #storytime

Back when I first started doing preschool storytimes, I used to do somewhat complicated crafts.  Lots of cutting out pieces and having the kids glue them a certain way. This was back when I worked at a smaller branch and only did storytime for one month and then had a break with lots of free time to plan.  Now I work at a much busier branch and our system has adopted a year-round Early Literacy Program calendar, which means every single week I am doing some sort of children’s program. Combine that with working on the desk (programming increased, staff did not, we actually lost one person and we are a very sparsely staffed system anyway) and it leaves very little time to create elaborate crafts.

Our preschool storytime groups average at least 30 kids each week.  That is a lot of kids and limits the kind of hands on crafts you can have. You have to keep it simple to make it easy to set up and take down. You have to keep it simple so you can maximize the minimal budget set aside for supplies.

I started taking advantage of our die cut machine.  It is very simple to crank out 40 bears, cars, crowns – whatever. At first, I felt very guilty, like I wasn’t putting enough in to the craft. I would look at other storytime blogs for inspiration and see crafts that involved lots of intricate pieces that had to be cut out by hand or purchased at the craft store and I felt like my glue and color crafts made me look like a lazy librarian.

But that is not true.

I really think the kids enjoy the simple crafts more and that they get more out of them.  It gives them the freedom to use their imaginations.  When I had my more complex crafts, I found that the parents were obsessed with the kids making it “right” instead of the child just having fun. I also found that the more complex the craft, the less time they spent on making it. They would glue the pieces where they had to go and then be done.

My craft today was very simple. We did stories about transportation and I had cars for the kids. They used gluesticks to attach the car to a piece of paper and then colored where the car was going. The kids worked on their projects for a solid 10 minutes, some more elaborate than others. As they colored, I took the time to walk around to each child and ask them about their car, where it was going and the colors they had used on the paper. The children were very eager to talk to me about their cars and would come running up to share their pictures with me an explain everything on the page.  One car was going to school, another had a rainbow on the door, and there was even a car parked outside a bakery (that girl was after my own heart).

So when you are sitting there, trying to figure out what craft to do for your preschool group, don’t obsess over whether the 300 little bits of paper you have to cut out will impress the parents. Think about how this craft will expand the child’s mind. Think about the early literacy skills they can pick up just by coloring in a car and telling you about how they have to drive to school. The more you encourage them to talk and share, the more positive experience they will have, and isn’t that what we want to create? A positive experience with reading, books, and the library.

Toddler Time – Construction, Cars, and Colors

Today’s Toddler Time was a bit last minute as I agreed to help out to spare a co-worker who was coming down with something and had barely survived the Babies program the day before. But I had a few books I had been wanting to test run so even though the book had a hamster in it, the children were the real guinea pigs (see what I did there?)

I went with a vehicle theme which also turned out to naturally have a color theme built into it! For fun, I threw together a quick flannel board because nothing is easier (and kills time) than talking about a flannel board.

We identified the color of each garage as I placed them on the board, then we matched the cars to their appropriately colored garages (I made a joke about double parking because why not?) and then we counted how many cars we had. Then we sang them a song that I found on the same site I found the inspiration for the flannel board:

Sung to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Cars are sleeping in their homes
Tired from the busy day
To the shops, and to the school
To the park, and to the pool
Cars are sleeping in their homes
Tired from a busy day

I also managed to dig deep into my memory and access the Car Car Song, which I used to sing with my brother when he was little. We learned it from the Kidsongs VHS but apparently that is a tweaked version of a Woody Guthrie song (my mom knew it as a Peter, Paul and Mary song). ANYWAY, it was a fun action song to get up and sing and help keep the wiggles at bay.

Here is the basic outline for the rest of the program:

Opening Song: Clap Along With Me/Open Shut Them

Construction by Sally Sutton (text recognition – point at LOUD words)

Stanley the Builder by William Bee (identify colors)

SONG: Take You Riding in my Car Car (have kid stand up and do actions)

My Car by Byron Barton (vocabulary word of the day – pedestrian)

FLANNEL: Cars and their garages (identify colors, matching, counting)

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (have kids say “NO!” to Pigeon)

Freight Train (big book) by Donald Crews (train noise – chugga chugga woo woo)

FINALE: If You’re Happy and You Know It!

Take Away: Car coloring sheet with song lyrics on the back

Sam’s guide to Star Wars Reads Day @ Your Library #StarWarsReads

The official Star Wars Reads Day has come and gone for 2014, but hosting a Star Wars event at your library is always a sure-fire way to get tons of new visitors into your building. With unofficial days like May 4 (“May the 4th be with you”), the new Disney XD series “Rebels” on the small screen, and a new set of stories headed for the big screen in 2015, Star Wars’ popularity will not be going away any time soon.

The great thing about a Star Wars event is that it is for all ages. You will see entire families and they will travel from all over if you can get the publicity out there in your library’s paper calendar or online social sites.

First things first – go to the 501st Legion’s website and find out if you have a local garrison. Star Wars programs are huge hits when you can have these amazing costumed fans wandering around. They do not charge for their services (though they have never said no to the boxes of donuts and coffee I leave for them in the back room). With this in mind, you obviously want to avoid the end of October (Halloween and New York Comic Con) and July (San Diego Comic Con) and it might be wise to check to see if there are any other major Star Wars events coming up (like Celebration Anaheim, a huge Star Wars convention sure to attract many of these fans away from home).

Thank you to the 501st Legion Old Line Garrison for making #starwarsreads day a huge success!

Once you’ve found a date on your calendar, contact your local garrison and they will start looking for volunteers to help out. Because of how my library system works, I tend to contact them ASAP, sometimes six months in advance. This isn’t necessary but the more time they have to put it up on their forums, the more chance you have of getting a strong turnout.

Another thing worth searching for is a local R2-D2 Builders Club. I know Maryland has a very active group and I’ve had their members stop by with amazing R2-D2s that thrilled everyone in the library. If you can connect with one of these awesome people, I highly recommend it.

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And one more random group to reach out to — collectors! I am a member of the DC Star Wars Collector’s Club and I was able to get one of our members to bring his collection into the library for the day. Club members have also donated items to be used for prizes. Teaming up with groups like these can add that extra special something to your program.

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Next, look at your space and thing about your community. If you have a meeting room and feel like it will be a small turn out, you could have it in there. But each year I have held the event, we have had over 100 people stop by, and our meeting room capacity is 160. I didn’t want to ruin anyone’s fun by citing the Fire Code, so we have always held the event in the Children’s area of the library proper. Yes, it’s loud and crazy but it means that everyone can have a good time and have plenty of space.  And it gives the added bonus of people stumbling upon the event by chance and calling friends to visit. My program usually goes 2-3 hours, so plenty of time for people to show up.

Also keep in mind that people will want to get photographs with any droids or costumers that are there so think of a spot that would work well as a staging area. You can direct the 501st members to that spot and have your patrons form a line.

Now the part that you really need to plan out! Like I mentioned, you are going to have fans of ALL AGES attending your event. We’ve had everything from 30 – 300+ people so keep those crafts SIMPLE but fun.

A sure fire hit (and a book tie-in!) is Origami Yoda and the Fortune Wookiee. Author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda Tom Angleberger uploaded instructions to his blog to help young folders: The Simple 5-Fold Yoda and the pattern for the Fortune Wookiee. (I do recommend doing a few practice ones yourself so you’re ready to help the kids if they get stuck).

Another favorite (and easy) craft is to let the kids color a stormtrooper helmet, cut out the helmet, and then tape it to a stick, creating their own mask.  When I set up for this craft, my instructional poster includes photos of different variations of Star Wars stormtrooper cosplayers, to highlight that they can be more than just white helmets.

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LEGO is always a hit with any age so the blank LEGO Minifigure coloring sheet works well here too. Again, when I make the poster with the instructions for the craft, I have a bunch of images of Star Wars Lego minifigures to help inspire.

Star Wars Reads Day 2013

There are lots of activity and coloring sheets in the Star Wars Reads Day packet. If you do decide to take part in this event, definitely register for the email list so you can find out about publisher giveaways. Posters and stickers can make for great prizes.

This year I did a scavenger hunt/raffle where the children had to follow hints around the library, finding a secret letter at each location to spell out the name of the planet where the Rebel base was located. I used these slips as a raffle for prizes, awarded the following week.  I had the contestants write down their name, age, and phone number so I could be sure to pick out appropriate prizes.

I also created a 10 question Trivia Challenge, also asking entrants for their name, age, and phone number. It had some tricky questions, but I had 5 people who managed to get most of them correct so they got nice prize packs as well – a mix of Star Wars items and library items.

It makes for a very busy, non-stop few hours, but it is a whole lot of fun.  I stay on my feet the entire time, checking on my special guests and checking on my patrons (and usually photocopying more of the crafts as things get low).

#swrd #starwarsreadsday #library

Please feel free to comment if you have any questions about this program. It really is one of my favorite events (even if I pass out afterwards).

Toddler Time #1

We’ve started doing Toddler Time programs at our library as part of our Early Literacy Initiative. We’ve never done programs specifically for this age group and the turn out has been crazy. Toddlers are 18-36 months and when you get 57 of them in a room, things get a little wild. At least I was mentally prepared as we started doing them earlier this month and I knew the numbers would be large.

I figured the best thing to do with a group that size was to keep them focused on me as much as I could using songs and rhymes and other active things.

Early Literacy Tip #1 — Singing, doing rhymes together, and making animal noises slows down your speech so children can hear the smaller parts of words. This is part of phonological awareness and it will help the child later when they are learning to sound out words.

Before the kids came into the room, I made sure I had my puppet ready!

This helped to get their attention on me as he waved to everyone who came in. I’ve decided I really like puppets with arms I can move! Once it felt like we had everyone in the room, I showed the kids that when Wavy claps there is no sound! Then I asked them to clap so I could hear them. Then we sang the “Clap Your Hands” song, which I think was originally on a Wee Sing album but I know it by heart now so I just sing it on my own.

The we did the classic “Open, Shut Them” to get everyone sitting down and facing forward.

After everyone was seated, I did my early literacy tip for the parents. Then to keep it all going, I asked the kids to bring out their SPIDERS. We did Itsy Bitsy Spider and his cousin, Great Big Spider (I just have the kids hold their arms out for this one).

Since they were doing so well seated, I did a really quick book, Peek-A-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti. This is one of my go-to books for younger crowds. I asked the kids if they knew their barnyard animals and also how to play peek-a-boo. This book had both the kids and the parents involved.

I could feel the wiggles starting to come back so then I did “Head to Toe” by Eric Carle but I think the concept of moving like an animal may have been too much for the younger end of this crowd and I could feel myself starting to lose them. I sorta rushed the last half the book to get through it so we could move on.

Since they were up and ready to go, I went to my old stand-by of “Jumping and Counting” by Jim Gill. Hardest part here is counting as slow as the kid on the CD! I do a big arms, Pete-Townsend-playing-guitar style counting to help slow down the counting with the actual kids in the room with me.

Best thing about this song? It ends with Gill saying “and you can jump right back down into your seats” so now that we are sitting again, we can try a book. I read “Waking Dragons” which is really short and colorful and the few kids up front were fine but with a room full of 57 kids, its too hard to do a real book so once that was over, it was time for another activity.

Thank goodness for Microsoft Word! The day before I had found a cute Dragon clipart and used it to create a “Five Little Dragons” flannel board.

I used the rhyme on Nancy Stewart’s website but I changed the ending and had Mother dragon roar “I’m going to eat your snack” because that is the sort of thing my mom would have said to make me come back haha.

Then we did “Going on a Dragon Hunt” which is just “Going on a bear hunt” but with more dragons. 🙂

And for their take-home craft, I printed out black and white versions of the Little Dragons and Mother Dragon and added the text of the rhyme for everyone to take home and make their own 5 Little Dragons story.

And now I need a nap!!!

My Instagram was mentioned on YALSA!!!

I was just alerted that my Instagram account was listed in the YALSA blog post “Instagrams, Tumblrs, and Vines, Oh My!“, (posted the day before Christmas, so you might have missed it).

Honestly though, this is beyond cool to me. This is really just my personal Instagram account where I post silly things or things I am proud of and, as you can probably guess, that means I post a lot of pictures from work because I love my job.

Just goes to show that if you are passionate about something, someone will eventually notice and give you a little shout-out! So thank you YALSA blogger!!

this sums up being a librarian…

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This quote (from Adventure Time, Season 1 Episode 18, “Dungeon”) has become my new motto.  You hear people say “Ask the librarian, they know everything” but the fact is that we just know enough to find you what you need.  We know how to ask the right questions to help you find the best resource for your project or the new favorite book.  It is more our confidence that we can find you what you need than our actual knowledge.

Conference Fun Time: Books for the Beast

Beast2013logo Yesterday, I attended Books for the Beast, a conference about young adult literature that occurs every two years in Baltimore. It’s like most library book conferences – you read a set of books, attend discussion groups and then hear a few speakers – except that actual tweens, teens, and young adults are invited to the event as well.

For a change of pace, the organizers moved away from lumping the books by genre for the groups and instead put things together by a theme. I think this was brilliant because it kept people from just picking their favorite genre. On the flip side of that, in previous conferences many attendees would pick a genre they didn’t normally read, but that also worked to to the books disadvantage since the readers would go in with preconceived notions based on the genre category. Each theme managed to contain a variety of genres, and usually one graphic novel too.

If you are curious, here is the list of this year’s themes:

A is for Athlete:
Pinned by Sharon Flake
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
Marathon by Boaz Yakin

B is for (Follow Your) Bliss:
Winter Town by Stephen Edmond
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

C is for Continental:
A Game for Swallows: to live, to die, to return by Zeina Abirached
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

D is for Dead:
How they Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Orchards by Holly Thompson

E is for Excitement:
Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
Legend by Marie Lu
Trapped by Michael Northrup
Au Revoir Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

F is for Fantastic:
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Misfit by Jon Skovron

I facilitated the “Continental” group, first on my own then with a partner for the second session. I chose this group because I had already read two of the books (Verity and Swallows) so I figured getting through the other three shouldn’t be a problem. Since I facilitated, I didn’t actually get to discuss the books myself – the group leader is meant to pose the questions that gets the group talking but not give their own opinion that may sway the group. So I’m going to post my thoughts here now!

I listened to Anna and the French Kiss since it was clearly a romance and I figured that the audiobook would get me through. I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity of the story. It is a girl meets boy story, but the characters are very well developed and while Anna does spend a good portion of the book worrying about if Etienne likes her, she does have plenty of other stuff going on in her life too. (A few of the younger teens in our group were upset with Anna having a crush on a boy who already had a girlfriend).

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece had been on my to-reads list for quite sometime but only because David “Doctor Who” Tennant did a blurb for the back of it. The title told me enough about the book that I had not been in a rush to read it but this conference gave me a reason. It was a heart-breaking story, beautifully written but I can’t imagine who I would give it to. I suppose those teens who are attracted to lives filled with tragedy. Though this isn’t your typical teen dealing with death book since the narrator is only 10 years old. (Teens in our group said they never would have picked this book up on their own).

The Book of Blood and Shadow is not my kind of book. It’s a Da Vinci Code sort of mystery with a teen cast. If you like reading through mysterious letters and dealing with secret societies, you might enjoy this one. For me, it took too long to get started, and I was enjoying the story at the beginning of the book so when it switched over to the kind of story it was really going to be, I lost interest. It’s not quite a thriller, not quite a mystery, and not quite supernatural. It is a bit too long and I got sick of the main character worrying about if the mysterious boy likes her when she was supposed to be solving the murder of her best friends. (Even the teens felt the story had one too many plot twists, leaving them feeling frustrated by the end).

A Game for Swallows is a graphic novel about Lebanonese Civil War. It is less of a story and more of a captured moment from the author’s childhood. Abirached uses the format wonderfully, as the members of her neighborhood crowd into the foyer of her grandmother’s home, and crowd into each panel. For better or for worse, the book drew many comparisons to Persepolis, probably because it deals with a crisis in the Middle East and the Abirached’s art style in very similar to Satrapi’s.

Code Name Verity was probably my favorite of the group. I read it when it first came out last year, fascinated by the very simple cover art (I try not to read the book flaps anymore, too many spoilers). It took me awhile to get into the book, but once you began to understand where the story might be going, it was hard to stop reading. And then, of course, you get the 180 in the middle of the book. Since I had read the book over a year ago, I started listening to it to try to refresh my memory. Reading the book is an experience in itself since you can see the codes that the writer is trying to hide within the text. Listening to it is also an experience, as the narrators do a wonderful job with the text. I recommend both. Not one or the other – both. When you finish the book the first time, you’re going to want to go back and do it again, so I suggest both formats. (My favorite comment from a teen was how they don’t like Historical Fiction but they liked this book because it wasn’t trying to teach her anything. I tried not to laugh maniacally because I’m sure she learned something and just doesn’t even realize it).

OH! and then there were the wonderful speakers. Author Robin Wasserman did a great presentation on “darkness” when it comes to books and especially why it’s appealing and important to young adult readers. Then Sharon Flake talked about taking people out of boxes in her stories and that even though when she writes she is focusing on taking African-American boys out of stereotype boxes, she is always surprised by how many other kinds of teens she hears from who have read her books and connected to them. Raina Telgemeier talked about being on the outside, and how she took those experiences and wrote her two graphic novels that have connected with teens all over the country.

So if you are a teacher, librarian, or teen in the Baltimore area (we actually had a librarian in my group who came down from Pennsylvania!), mark your calendar for 2015. Books for the Beast will be back and you won’t want to miss it!

This morning I had a message from another librarian in my system sitting in my inbox. She told me that during her shift the evening before a young lady, a senior in high school, came into the library with her family. Her younger siblings were signing up for the Summer Reading program and the librarian told her about the teen program we have this year. This prompted the girl to start telling the librarian about how she didn’t used to like reading until she visited my branch. Apparently, she was at my library and her father told her she couldn’t leave until she picked out a book and she huffed and puffed and dragged herself over to the Information Desk.

This is the point in the story where my colleague decided the girl was talking about me –

[…]the teen asked for book recommendations. She told the librarian she enjoyed The Hunger Games and said the librarian became so excited she was spazzing out. It was pretty funny; she starting waving her arms etc. and you recommended several titles but I remember The Uglies. She said she read every one and rattled off other titles that I’ve seen you post about.[…] She said please tell her everything you see here (and she waved her hand from her head to her feet) is all because of her! It was very sweet.

How awesome is that?  Usually I worry (after the fact) that my spazzing will scare the children and teens away from reading.  But apparently she found it endearing and really enjoyed the books I gave her.  So, YAY! I really hope she makes her way back to my branch at some point, I’d love to put a face to this story. ❤