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“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” --Benjamin Franklin

If I were to give one piece of advice to a new children's librarian, it would be to learn to plan and prepare. I'm going to show you the system that finally got me organized. Maybe it will work for you too.

All of the librarians at my library have monthly planners with our names on them because we're fancy. (Fun fact: I'll be Anna Clark in 2013 due to a typo on the order sheet.) I write everything in my planner. 
This time of year (fall) is when I start working on the next year's calendar. Here's what goes in:  All days the library is closed for holidaysAll half-days and school vacations (as soon as the public school district releases its calendar) so I know when to plan programs for days off and also so I am not blind-sided wondering why so many kids aren't in school todayLibrary paydays (marked with a $)All meetings (department heads have a standing meeting every other week at my library), conferences, and staff training sessionsVacation and time-off reque…

Two Little Bluebirds

It has finally happened! I am running out of flannel fridays to post! In the immortal words of Scooby-Doo, "RUH ROH!"  Today I am sharing "Two Little Bluebirds" also known as "Two Little Blackbirds," a felt adaption of the well-known fingerplay. If I recall correctly, the patterns are by Judy Sierra. 
Two Little Bluebirds Two little bluebirds Sitting on a hill, One named Jack, One named Jill.  Fly away, Jack! Fly away, Jill! Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!
Look for the roundup from Sharon later. 
P.S. Is it just me or does the photo look like an indie rock album cover? I think it's the font choice. 

Inspired by Pinterest: "Call Me Maybe" Bulletin Board

Thanks to this pin on Pinterest, I finally took down our summer reading bulletin board and put up a new one. It has been interesting to see who on the library staff "gets" this bulletin board. It took almost no time to put this board together as I recycled the letters from the texting bulletin board I used last year.
The main change I made was switching from "here's my trailer" to "here's my cover" because the location of our bulletin board isn't really conducive to incorporating QR codes. My apologies for getting this infernal song stuck in your head. 
Shout-out to the Comsewogue Public Library in New York for awesomeness in bulletin boardery.

Quick Tip: Personalize "The Wheels on the Bus"

One of my favorite storytime songs is 'The Wheels on the Bus." There's actions, most people know the song so you get participation, and it just plain works. One thing I like to do with this is song is to use the name of my town instead of "all through the town." The parents and kids always get a kick out of this.

With older kids, you could get out a map and use local street names ("up Washington Street," etc.--don't worry about it fitting the song perfectly) and trace a route from somewhere in the city (a school, park, etc.) to the library. This would be a great activity for parents to do with their kids at home.
What are some other possibilities?