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Little Worm Hide and Seek

"Little Worm Hide and Seek" is a game I dreamed up on the reference desk Wednesday night. I am a big fan of felt board games like Little Mouse and Snowball, Snowball. Another game that I came up with is forthcoming on March 30th, which is when we will share ideas for the "Dream Big--READ!" summer reading theme.

"Little Worm" can be played (at least!) two ways. One is to make a bunch of apples in different colors similar to Little Mouse and Snowball, Snowball. Another way, which I thought up just now while typing this post, would be to use felt food pieces (like in this earlier Flannel Friday), and have the kids guess the type of fruit or veggie the worm is hiding under. I like this idea better.

Little Worm Hide and Seek
Little worm playing hide and seek.
Are you under the __name OR color of fruit___ 
Let's take a peek! 

For this one, I modified clipart from the OpenClipArt library. Since all of their content is licensed through Creative Commons, I can s…

Flannel Friday Roundup for Jan. 27, 2012

Good morning #flannelfriday-ers! Please leave a link to your posts in the comments here and I will edit them in throughout the day.

This week on our Facebook page, Kay has challenged us to leave comments on all the Flannel Friday posts.  It might take me a few days, but as Barney Stinson would say, "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!" We would love if even non-bloggers left us a little comment love to feed our weary blogger souls in the middle of a dreary winter's day.

In other FF news, we'd like to thank Anna for talking up our little group to her fellow Wisconsinians (Wisconsonites? Wisconsinganders?) on the YSS blog this week.  It is almost enough to make me forgive Wisconsin for trying to pretend it is the Mitten State, when everyone knows that it's Michigan. Stick to the cheese thing, Wisconsin. Everyone likes cheese. Except maybe vegans. Also, happy 175th birthday this week to Michigan! Woohoo. She doesn't look a day over 174.

In other Michigan news, the Michigan Libr…

Yummy Watermelons

While it's hardly watermelon season here, it's always nice in the middle of winter to think summery thoughts! Since I will be on maternity leave for most of the summer, I thought I'd share this simple flannel rhyme now, Yummy Watermelons by Shelley Lovett (of 

Yummy, yummy watermelon...I love watermelon!
I had a piece of watermelon at breakfast.  I had another piece of watermelon when I was playing outside. Read the rest of the poem and find the patterns here. 

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The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings

Today's Flannel Friday comes to us courtesy of Multicultural Folktales for the Feltboard and Readers' Theater, by Judy Sierra. Ms. Sierra, though I have never met or seen her perform/speak, is a treasure trove of storytelling gems. The one I want to share for the Flannel Friday Mushy Gushy Valentine's Day Extravaganza today for is "The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings." This story is a cute one about a parent's love for her child just the way he is. I think it's appropriate for Valentine's Day because parents are a kid's first Valentine, right? Right.

Here is an extremely simplified version:

Once there was a little rabbit  who always wanted to be like the other animals he would see.

He finds a magic pond  and wishes for red wings like the red bird he sees in the woods.

He gets them! But he can't fly. So he goes home to Mama Rabbit, but she doesn't recognize him. So he has to go back to the pond and wishes for the wings to be gone.

After they d…

Imagination Storytime

For the winter storytime session, I have been challenging myself to use as many new picture books as possible. I sometimes feel that I rely too heavily on my old favorites and while there is always room for them, I've enjoyed trying some of the great 2011 and 2012 books showing up from processing. Two of them inspired last week's Imagination-themed storytime.

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
That's How by Christoph Niemann
The Game of Light by Herve Tullet This is a really fun board book designed to be used with a flashlight to make shadows in different shapes on the wall. Check it out! The kids got a kick out of being in the library in the dark. I had them lie on their backs and look up at the ceiling. I asked a parent to hold the flashlight for me so I could focus on reading the words and manipulating the book so the images would be seen. I had to try a few different flashlights (FOUR) before I found one bright enough. 

I didn't quite realize until aft…

Try this Book: Kindergarten Magic

If you've been reading So Tomorrow for any length of time, you'll most likely have noticed that I am a huge fan of the book Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker. Many of my Flannel Friday posts originiated in that incredible resource. I am excited to let you know that I have finally been able to borrow a copy of Kindergarten Magic, also by MacMillan and Kirker.What follows is a review of sorts.

For public librarians, I would suggest browsing a copy from ILL as there is some good material but I find Storytime Magic to be more applicable to the public library setting. It would be useful to presenters who perform storytimes for school-age kids. I did really like the third chapter, "Welcome to the Library," as it lays out a great program for those orientation visits that are so popular with Scout troops and classroom teachers. Likewise, chapter 4 "Welcome to Kindergarten" would be a great starting point for a "Back to School" storyt…

Flannel Friday: Snowball, Snowball

"Snowball, Snowball" is my Flannel Friday for the day. I spotted this idea on Pinterest & I know this will be a hit with my storytime kids because they LOVE "Little Mouse, Little Mouse" and this is exactly the same thing but winter-themed. Perfect for mixing it up during our long Michigan winter storytime session. 

Snowball, snowball  Cold and round! Behind which mitten Can you be found?

I ran out of different colors of felt, so I only had time to make three different mittens. But I plan to make at least two more and will most likely add some puffy paint details, although I don't have Mary's steady hand.  I used a coloring page image of a mitten and used Microsoft Publisher's auto shapes's oval for the snowball. This was a quick and fun flannel to make. I think it would be perfect for a new librarian to tackle. 

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Pinterest for Librarians

One of the things that has surprised me lately is the number of emails I get with questions about Pinterest. I thought it might be handy to put some tips together. I know I am not the first librarian to write about Pinterest, by any means! I hope this helps someone out there though.

How do I use Pinterest? 
There is a pretty good help page. Pinterest is still in beta mode, but you can request an invite from It sounds like most people are getting them within a few days. If you can't wait, you can email me for an invite, and I'll try to send one on. Not sure how many Pinterest will let me send though. If you have any questions, I will try to answer them, but I am a librarian, not a Pinterest staffer. It is also important to remember that Pinterest is still a start-up and is somewhat prone to crashing. A victim of its own popularity, if you will.

One thing I would like to point out is that it is extremely important if you are adding a pin (by which I mean being the…