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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Story Slam in Omaha, NE

Come tell your story at the W. Dale Clark Library, 215 Sl 15th street Omaha, NE, from 6-8:30pm.

The theme is Family: Feuds and Fun.
Do you have a great story about a family fight or feuds. Do you have something your family has done that you will never forget. I will never forget the giant watergun fight that was started by my 80 year old grandmother.

Sponsered and hosted by Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Storytelling

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In Memory of Amanda Jura

December 8th was the anniversary of the death of Amanda Jura, she was my student at Heartland School. She loved to be with friends, shop, swim and she loved to color Winnie the Pooh pictures. It was one of the hardest moments of my teaching years, to mourn a life lost so young and so tragically. So, to honor Amanda's memory I'll bring her to life in Web 2.0, tag her name 3 times, and post a sweet photo I took of her many years ago at a Christmas Party.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Story Time Cautions

This is a cautionary tale, a word to the wise, or remember to preview all sharing from children. This is a true story of sharing by a sweet faced 8 year old girl at a recent storytime. I do a social skill based storytime at the local shelters and this week the skill was, "making an apology" or restitution. After telling a story and reading a book about a little boy who got in trouble, the girl waved her hand in the air and wanted to know if she could tell what she did to get in big trouble. I let the group know the ground rules for sharing, but she is still bouncing up and down wanting to tell her story. Against my gut instinct I agreed to let her tell.
Ana's Story:
Okay, so, one time we got a dog, and he went in my brother's room and peed on his blanket. (so far it's ok). Then, I wrapped the dog in the blanket {I am getting worried}, and put the dog under the bed. Then, my brother came in and took the dog and put it in the freezer {my mind is screaming damage control, damage control}. Then we went to bed, my dad got up in the morning and got mad because when he opened the freezer he found the dog. { I start talking about being kind to animals...} oh, she says, the dog wasn't dead he was still breathing because we wrapped him in 4 blankets!!! {me- tries to bring the group back to topic, "did you say you were sorry?"} oh no! my brother was mad we took the dog out of the freezer, because the dog peed on his blanket. { at this point, it was clearly time to do our craft}

Show and/tell Rules:
#1 all items or stories must be previewed by the presenter
#2. Establish clear boundaries and items which can be shared
#3. Limit time
#4. Use protective interrupting (protect the child from themselves or protect others)
#5. Report/confiscate if necessary (I had a child bring a bullet for show & tell once)

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Library Detective

Poor Nanny, Poor Nanny the man in the wheelchair yelled at us. We thought he needed to know about getting a replacement social security card, but now all we heard was "poor nanny, poor nanny". Suddenly it dawned on me he was saying, 490 (it was like a game of Mad Gab).

More Mab Gab talk and I finally figured out he wanted to looked up someone he was in Vietnam with, who had died in combat. I knew you could search the memorial wall online so I put in the name and I had the information. He almost started crying when he had the printout in hand.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA

Crystal and Mary, Library Detectives!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

ChaCha Reference Questions

ChaCha questions to the guides.

Can you answer these in less than 3 minutes and in under 160 characters, using a reliable website.

  • How long would it take a dragonfly to travel from New York City to Mexico City?
  • How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?
  • Wut does ipatid mean? (I should give a prize for anyone who gets this)
  • Will Jimmy and me get married?
  • How many people lived in the United States of America in 1759?
  • What is Hannah Montana's phone number? I want to ask her out on a date?

You want more? Let me know?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Overheard at the Library

A young man talking on his cell phone: Yeah, mom I'm coming home, I'm at the corner waiting for the bus. pause... it will be here in 15 minutes. (in truth- he had just signed onto to a 60 minute computer with his friend, they were watching you tube videos.)

After her mom had slapped her hand, A four year old little girl sitting at a computer said this, : "Stop hittin' me, or I'll beat your f----- ass", (the mom stopped, and continued helping the child on the computer)