Category Archives: Training and Mentoring

I’m a Freshman at Storytime University!

This summer, I enrolled in Storytime University, and I am having a lot of fun completing my homework! Storytime University is the brainchild of the fabulous joint chiefs at Storytime Underground. It was created as a way to recognize the … Continue reading

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You’re Invited to the Bell Awards Goodreads Discussion Group!

Do you love picture books? Are you hooked on early literacy? Do you love learning from other readers? Come join us at the brand-new Goodreads Discussion Group for the 2015 CLEL Bell Awards! If you’ve been reading Mel’s Desk for … Continue reading

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En Route to the ALSC Institute!

Today I am sailing off to Oakland for the 2014 ALSC Institute! I went for the first time 2 years ago and feel super lucky to be going back. Compared with ALA or PLA, or even with our state library … Continue reading

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Going on a Picnic: Flannel Friday AND Bonus Staff Training Activity

Today I’m sharing a flannel set that I did not make for an idea I did not come up with! But it’s a good one, plus I wanted to tell you how our team has used it for a staff … Continue reading

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On Inventing What You Need (and the Storytime Guerrillas)

I am just now coming back to earth after a phenomenal ALA Annual Conference–it was in fact my very first Annual and was an utterly charmed and serendipitous experience and I have a million things to think and blog about. … Continue reading

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Being with Kids

My daughters volunteer once a month in the preschool classroom at our church. Yesterday my 15 year old told me, “One of the boys was really cute today. We were taking the kids upstairs to watch the baptism in church, … Continue reading

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Blue Carpet No Fly Zone

AKA How To Use Flannelboards with Babies and Toddlers, with a Big Nod to Mother Goose on the Loose Yesterday on Twitter Amy asked how I manage to do flannelboards in baby storytime, when it’s so hard for the young … Continue reading

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Baby Storytime Training Class

Twice a year, my boss and I team up to offer our staff a training class specifically for baby storytime. We are very appreciative that our library has a strong committment to training and continuing education. The baby storytime class … Continue reading

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On Finding What You Love (and the Great Peter Brown)

This past September, I had the opportunity to attend the 2012 ALSC Institute in Indianapolis. It was an amazing experience and I learned something new from every program I attended. But I also had some great “aha” moments outside of … Continue reading

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Quick Tips for Parent Programs

I don’t present quite as many Every Child Ready to Read early literacy programs for parents and caregivers as I used to, and I miss them because they can be a lot of fun! A friend who is putting a … Continue reading

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