Category Archives: Training and Mentoring

Offline Professional Development: Top 40 List Assessment

Another exercise for those who need some offline work. Check in here to get started, and don’t forget to take your own time with these projects. This exercise starts with the Top 40 List, so if you haven’t made yours … Continue reading

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Offline Professional Development: Top 40 List

Hi team! I added a note to the intro post giving you permission to take your time with these exercises. Don’t feel like you need to keep up with these daily posts! Dig in & go slow. Today’s exercise: Top … Continue reading

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Offline Professional Development: Messaging Microscope

Here’s your next installment of some offline self directed exercises if you need some things to work on during your library closure. See the intro post here! Today your assignment is going to be to take a look at your … Continue reading

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Mel’s Offline Non-Webinar Professional Storytime Development

(bc wtf 2020?) Hey team, I know we are all are struggling with the basics right now, but I hope this finds you safe and healthy. Many of us are dealing with brand new work from home situations or are … Continue reading

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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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