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Minute to Win It Tween Program

One of our other branches has been having a lot of fun with Minute to Win It programs, so we decided to try it over here at our main branch too. Rather than blather on about the rules of the games, I thought I'd share some videos off YouTube so you can see how they were played. All credit for this program goes to the children's staff at our other branch in the city and they were kind enough to let us use their supplies as well. Thanks!  
We registered 19 children for this program, grades 3-6. 17 kids showed up, which was a really good size. Two parents stuck around to watch, laugh, and video tape. Our program was scheduled after school, from 4-5 on Tuesday, January 21st. I took the opportunity when I was introducing the program to plug our book clubs (we have what is basically a school-age story time once a month my co-worker puts on and my tween book club, also monthly). We showed the kids each video before playing the game so they could learn some strategy and set the mood.…

Upcoming Conference Presentations

I'm very excited to announce that I have three upcoming conferences or presentations for 2014. If you are in Michigan or the vicinity, I hope you will be able to join us at one of them! I would love to make some more library friends. If you know me, you know I geek professional development and I'm a big fan of conferences for the in-person interaction.

The first one is the Michigan KidLib Unconference in Clinton Township (Metro Detroit). I've already written about this awesome day that I'm planning with Lisa and Andrea, but I just wanted to remind you that it's going to be Friday, February 21st. Registration is completely FREE and anyone interested in youth services is welcome, especially library school students. We have over 70 registered attendees! There's still time to sign up, if you'd like to join us.

Next up, I will be co-presenting (with Lisa and Megan Goedge) a Guerrilla Storytime on Friday, March 28th at the Michigan Library Association's Sprin…

Guest post at Storytime Underground

I'm over at Storytime Underground today as a "Guest Guerilla" chronicling how I built my professional learning network (PLN). Sara Bryce gave it the snappy title of "How to Steal Other People’s Lives without Really Trying: From Storytime Dads* to Flannel Friday: the Scandalous TL;DR of Anne Clark." Bryce don't play with bad titles!

Hope you enjoy! Having a PLN is so critical to my career satisification, but it is nerve-wracking to put yourself out there. But you've got to remember that turtles never make any progress until they stick their necks out either. And they've got a hard shell to fall back on.

*Just to be clear my husband was not a storytime dad. He was a storytime uncle, which made him fair game! Now he IS a storytime dad, so hands-off!