What I’ve been up to

Oh my, it’s been too long since I’ve posted! Which also means I haven’t been doing very many storytimes lately. :(

I am currently subbing from time to time at the desk in the Kidspace at Gail Borden Public Library… where I also volunteer to cover storytime every now and then. I’m on the lookout for a part-time library job/new storytime home where I can regularly do storytimes again.

Meanwhile, I’ve also been writing and submitting children’s books (mostly picture books but also a wacky lower middle grade book… all with a thread of silliness, of course). I’m really enjoying the process and the journey… and I hope that one day I’ll be able to get published and read my own book at storytime!

I am also leading a series of “Story Theater” classes for Grades 1-3 at Gail Borden’s South Elgin Branch Library March 27-29, 10:30 – 11:30 am. We’re going to make stories come alive through storytelling and interactive theater games. It should be a lot of fun!

I keep saying that I’ll post more and then I don’t, so I won’t make any promises! But I do hope it won’t be as long until my next post. Best wishes!

Story Sparklers III

Another fun year performing at the Lakeside Fest in Crystal Lake! I hope that everyone has a great holiday weekend OPENING: Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me (from Pete Seeger: American Folk, Game & Activity Songs for Children) PROGRAM: Storytelling (with puppets): “Book! Book! Book!” (This is a well-loved librarian anecdote about a chicken thatContinue Reading

Happy Pig Day!

There are so many really fun pig stories out there! Sadly, I only have one more storytime left this summer (that I know of), and that is on THIS FRIDAY, July 1 at 12:30pm at the Lakeside Fest in Crystal Lake. Two storytimes in one week! Lucky me OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear aContinue Reading

I Know a Chicken!

I had SO MUCH FUN at storytime today! I really need to start thinking about finding a steady storytime home. Today, we did one of my favorite themes: Chickens! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins *Fingerplay: Beehive Storytelling (with puppets): “Book! Book! Book!”Continue Reading

Summer Job and Storytimes!

Hey, everyone! I’ve got some news to share… I’m back at a library! I am working a temporary summer job over at the super duper Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin! I’ve been volunteering on and off over there for a while, but it’s nice to now be an employee at my local library. I’m workingContinue Reading

The Ghost with the One Black Eye

I’ve mentioned before that I am a fan of storyteller Priscilla Howe… Today for a local round-up of kiddie library staff, I shared one of her hilarious “baby” stories, a silly campfire tale about a baby who WANTS HER APPLE JUICE! and a black-eyed ghost that stands in her way. It’s called “The Ghost withContinue Reading

Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

I don’t usually post anything here other than storytime plans, announcements, and the occasional booklist or early literacy tip (and even those posts have been rare lately! Sorry; I am still on hiatus**), BUT I have to come out of the woodwork to declare my love for Beverly Cleary and to wish her a veryContinue Reading

Another guest appearance!

I’ll be back filling in for the Drop-In Fall Storytime over at the Rakow Branch Library in Elgin next Wednesday, November 25 at 10:30 am. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the Silly Librarian in action! We’ll be having fun with a Thanksgiving theme

I’m a guest, I’m a guest!

Hello out there! I’m still alive! Tomorrow, I’ll be guest storytime-ing at the Rakow Branch Library in Elgin. I’m looking forward to doing a parrot-themed program with the kids at 10:30 am. I’m not totally done hibernating, but it’ll be nice to get out and play for a little while.

Hibernating…

I am feeling a little sad today, knowing that storytime is starting up again… without me. I’ve had the best group over at the Randall Oaks Branch Library in West Dundee, Illinois these past couple of years, and I already miss them lots! I know that Ms. Susan will do an excellent job. I haveContinue Reading