Thursday, March 26, 2020

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

The world is in a freeze socially. I am working from home. Thankfully, my library supports me in this decision and the mayor of the small town I live in has required lockdown for our community. I think when I first heard about the virus in January, I thought it would come here but I was not worried because I (naively) believed that we had plans in place as a country. I had watched the movie, Outbreak many years ago (1995!) and re-watched it. I thought the CDC would jump into action and take control of everything and that we had storehouses of supplies for times like these. I was wrong.

In February, around Valentine's Day I started buying just a few things extra here and there. I always try to err on the side of caution. It did come here and began to spread rapidly. In March, I began to push for the cancellation of programming and eventually, to being open to the public. My library closed to the public on Monday, March 23rd for two weeks with curbside service. I have three health issues that put me at high-risk. My dr. said I had a chance of 50% if I caught it. So I am working from home while my fellow co-workers are meeting at the building to work everyday. They have a choice to do the same, but chose otherwise at this time. 

I don't know what the future holds, for us, for the world. But I know something about myself and about you. We are fighters. We are strong. 

I will continue to update my resource page AT HOME so you can have access to things you need right now. If I could virtually sending you a hug and roll of toilet paper to each of you, I would. Thank you, my lovely reader, for being there. I appreciate you.


Friday, March 20, 2020

Creative At-Home Activities to Keep the Kids Busy!!!

I collected several of these great ideas from Facebook. Enjoy!
Learn to tie shoelaces

Template for weaving fish
Weaving fish activity

Cardboard hands and nail polish (with supervision) or use markers/paint

Thread pasta

Cardboard stencils
Also, you can make letters, numbers and shape ones!

Corn fine motor

String straws on dowels

Qtip Painting

Cut empty t.p. rolls, glue onto an animal color page. Have child color inside.

Thread pipe cleaners through a strainer!

Put straws through tp rolls that have been hole punched.

Match pom poms to colored dots.

Use foam to make a maze and use a piece of candy to follow it.

Large weaving project with paper and cardboard.

See more stuff HERE.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The do everything at home guide!

Since most of us are at-home and my social media feeds are FILLED to the brim with resources for kids and adults who are currently at home for social distancing or under lock down or quarantine, I thought I would make a special page dedicated solely to these free resources! Look for the AT HOME tab at the top of this blog! And please dear readers, stay safe!


Thursday, March 5, 2020


Hey all! It is March! I am adding some updates today to the assessment section of this site. I hope to add more to all of the pages soon.

What have I been up to?  I have been very busy working as a Children's Librarian. Here is a snapshot of some of the cool things I have been doing with the kids and teens:

These hearts were cut from cardstock with slits cut into the sides. The kids could choose to either cover them with paper strips or lace with colorful yarn. It was a fantastic fine motor activity.

At our Book Connection, we made guitars! The guitar shapes were pre-ordered from Oriental Trading, but if you have large enough paper like finger painting paper or poster board you can make your own.

We made slime during our Full STEAM Ahead program!

And we broke out the sequins

to create collage hearts for Valentine's.

I made simple construction paper hearts to decorate our children's area.

I also started the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten
program at my library. I applied for and we received a $2,000
grant from OETA for it! We were able to buy many books for early childhood age kiddos
and Lakeshore supplies to make take home backpacks to teach: Phonemic Awareness,
Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension,  Pre-Handwriting, Alphabetical Knowledge, Colors and Numbers. Whew! We want them ready for PreK/K.