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Weekly Story Time Titles (Week of Jan 15, 2024)

Each week I share the titles I chose for my 15-minute volunteer story time sessions at my kids’ school library.   KINDERGARTEN I chose a snow theme for today’s stories.  We started with “I’m Going to Build a Snowman” by Jashar Awan.  It doesn’t snow in our area so there were many children in this […]

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Favorite Picture Books I Read in 2023

Here are the top 7 pictures books I read in 2023. I chose them based on how much I personally enjoyed them and how much the kids I read to (during my preschool-aged public library story time, and during my volunteer reading to my kids’ kindergarten and 2nd grade class). These books weren’t necessarily published […]

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First Grade Friday

Every Friday, I volunteer at my daughter’s school library to do a 15-minute story time during her class’ library time. Here’s what I read this week! The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat The kids LOVED this re-telling of the The Three Little Pigs story. It easily kept their attention the […]

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The 1 Thing Christian School Librarians Should NOT Be Doing

When I talk with librarians who work at Christian schools, the conversation often turns to the topic of inappropriate books.  Many Christian school librarians struggle to fill their shelves with titles that reflect their school’s values and beliefs. However, in their genuine desire to protect their students from harmful influences and in order to avoid […]

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Preschool Storytime: Farm Animals

Farm animals story time is a theme that you can use year-round, but I like to do it during the fall. Many children are visiting apple farms or pumpkin farms during the fall so they’re familiar with the idea of farms. It’s also a nice theme to use if you want an alternative to Halloween […]

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Preschool Storytime: Bears

Opening Song: Hello, Friends (from JBrary) Song: ABC Song (traditional) When it fits well, I try to introduce a letter that corresponds with the theme. This week, I did “B” for “bears.” I started off by telling the children I had a mystery bag full of interesting things. They all started with the letter “B.” […]

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Preschool Storytime: Dinosaurs!

Opening Song: Hello, Friends (from JBrary) Song: ABC song (traditional) I printed out the entire alphabet and hung it on my flannel board. We sang the ABC song once through slowly while I pointed to each letter. Then we sang it faster the second time. Activity: I printed out a large Letter D flashcard. We […]

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Preschool Storytime: Eat Your Veggies!

Opening Song: Hello, Friends (from JBrary) Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes I wanted to start with a familiar song because I had several new songs planned for this Storytime session. We’ve done this several times in the past and it’s always good for getting wiggles out! We start by singing it slow the first […]

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Preschool StoryTime: Cats

Every week I share what I did for my preschool storytime. I hope this helpful and enjoyable for you! Books These are the books I had on hand for the storytime. I usually have a range of ages from 1 year-5 years old, so I’m always prepared with way more books than I actually need. […]

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4 Reasons Every Christian School Library Needs a Collection Development Policy

Creating a collection development policy for your Christian school library may seem like a daunting task.  However, it is one of the most important documents a school library needs.  Taking the time to create a thorough collection development policy now will save you a lot of time and stress later. Reason 1: It provides clarity […]