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Friday, September 26, 2014

Existential Storytime

Every so often I get to fill in for storytime here at my new branch, and it's always fun.

Today I ran the Preschool Storytime program and one of the books I read was The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli (a great read-aloud).

When I finished the book, I asked the kids if they thought a watermelon seed could ACTUALLY grow inside a person's belly.

One of the girls (who I suspect was slightly older than preschool age, but it's all good) raised her hand and said:

"No. There is no truth there."

Sometimes storytime gets existential, y'all.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Brooklyn Classic

Hey guys, I haven't been posting too many library stories here lately because things have been ohmygodcrazy with my new job (plus with the picture book, podcast, and, you know, LIFE) so I'm going to try to be better about that. In the meantime, I'll be passing along cool opportunities I see or am asked to spread the word about (but only if I really think they are cool, I swear).

Here's one for becoming an "engaged, young supporter" of Brooklyn Public Library (plus...COCKTAILS):

Second Annual Brooklyn Classic 
Fall Cocktail Party + Benefit

Enjoy live Latin jazz rhythms with the Jeremy DeJesus Quintet and savor
fine Caribbean and Latin-infused fare from Naturally Delicious as we celebrate
our Library and its role as a vibrant cultural anchor for every Brooklyn community.
Hosted by the Brooklyn Eagles, a new group of engaged 
young supporters of Brooklyn Public Library. 

Tuesday, September 30

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Central Library
10 Grand Army Plaza

Tickets start at $150 and include Brooklyn Eagles membership.
To purchase tickets, please click here.

Proceeds from the Brooklyn Classic directly support Brooklyn Public Library’s
collections and programming for children, youth and families.

For more information about the Brooklyn Classic or the Brooklyn Eagles,
contact Mike Fieni, Manager of Community Engagement at mfieni@bklynlibrary.org
or visit bklynlibrary.org/brooklyneagles.


Mercedes Armillas
Justin & Leigh BrannanAndrew Brent
Lauren Brignone

Kwanza Butler *
Ashley C. Cotton
Kate Cucco

Sean E. Cunningham
Charles Duhigg
Myla Goldberg
Peter Goldstein
Peter Goldwasser
Melanie Hartzog
Sarah Johnson
Brooklyn Public Library Trustee
Marie Clare Katigbak
Joel Kress
Hon. Brad Lander
Arden Levine
Dena Libner
David Margalit
Lucy Mayo
Yolanda McBride
Kathleen McGee
Hon. Carlos Menchaca
Ashley Mihlebach
Eric Munson
Joseph Musso
Shauneequa Owusu
Grace Rauh
Tucker Reed
Adam Riff
Jeremy Robbins

Divya Sashti
Elizabeth Semmens
Jessica Silver

Emma Straub
Shin-pei Tsay
Michelle R. Van-Ess
Joanna Weiss
Dan Wilbur

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Faces of the Past

As I (slowwwwly, paaaainfully) transition into my new supervisory role, I've been going through my old files and weeding out things I no longer need. The image below (which I made, by the way, don't be jealous of my art skillz) was on a handout that I apparently intended to use in a children's program:

I can't even remember what sort of program I was going to do (I think something with emotions? Like, the kids were supposed to complete the face with how they were feeling? Or something?), but I apologize to the kids of Brooklyn for ever planning to inflict this kind of existentially terrifying image on them.

Of course, feel free to use this if it will help you with programs or with just expressing how you feel. For example, this is how I look when the kids come to the library after school: