Showing posts from January, 2012


Ray Lamontagne - The Man in Me (Bob Dylan Cover)

Found this gem the other night--felt apropos since I was thinking of my life at the Farm, my old work, my old boss (who is a HUGE Dylan fan). And since I am a HUGE Ray fan--you're welcome.

i heart the muppets

The Muppets Attack Fox News

This is great.

books turned Oscar nominated movie

I borrowed this list from EarlyWord--2011 Oscar nominated movies that were all based on books.
The Adventures of Tintin — Best Music (John Williams) – Tintin Teaser
Albert Nobbs – Best Actress (Glenn Close), Best Supporting Actress (Janet McTeer), Best Makeup 

The Descendants — Best Picture, Best Actor (George Clooney), Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Editing (Kevin Tent), Best Adapted Screenplay

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Max von Sydow)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  – Best Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Cinematography (Jeff Cronenweth), Best Editing (Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall), Best Sound Editing

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects

The Help – Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer)

Hugo — Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson), Bes…

the storytime that never was

I was supposed to do a storytime this morning, but apparently it was never advertised, so of course, no kids showed up. Thought I would share the lesson plan for the winter storytime that never was:
Into myself and theme: WINTER (again...sigh)Music/Movement: "Shake your sillies out," #13, Raffi's More Singable SongsBook 1:A Hat for Minerva Louise, Janet Morgan StoekeProp Story: a shortened version of The Mitten, Jan Brett w/puppets and mittens (one small, one GINORMOUS!)Music/Movement: Greg and Steve's "Freeze," #14, Kid in Motion CDBook 2:I love snow, Cynthia Rothman OR Jacket I Wear In The Snow, Shirley NeitzelProp Story: "The Great Snow," my retelling of "Papa's Teepee" from Handmade Tales, Stories to Make and Take,Dianne Las Casas Book 3:Snowy Day, Ezra Jack KeatsBook 4:The Snowmen Pop-Up Book, Carolyn Buehner OROH!, Kevin HenkesRhyme/Poem: "Bear in There," Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic (see below)Song/Movement:

may be Will Ferrel's finest

Hari Kari Will Ferrel SNL sketch.flv

Ok, I swear I will post real stuff soon, not just videos. Our friends Chris and Kate are coming down from Michigan today; looking forward to a good dinner and drinks tonight and lots of laughs. Can't wait! Can't it be 5pm yet, so I can leave work!?!

i almost want a soccer mom van now

SWAGGER WAGON Official Toyota Music Video HD

This was great.

at least he tells the truth

when you need to laugh

Bridesmaids the car scene

OMG! I love this movie so much--I watch scenes from it when I want to laugh. Never fails.

on silent haunches

This winter in Cleveland the weather has been strange. After all the melted snow then rain, then rain, then rain, I am wishing for things to dry up. I am wishing I were back at the Farm on one particular hot summer night, when a coolness surged in and surprised the fields into a mist that slid across the road and crept around the plants in my garden. I am wishing I was taking one of my "no talk walks" with my friend Sierra and admiring the beauty that is the Farm in any season. I am wishing that this hollow lonliness, which I've felt these past couple of days would stop lingering--like fog.

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbour and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
--Carl Sandburg

a not so tall tale

Once upon a time in the land of Liberry there were was an amazing building called the Fortress of Knowledge. The Fortress of Knowledge wasn't really a fortress against any enemies, but rather acted as a fortress against stupidity, for anyone no matter how old, who came into the Fortress of Knowledge and tried earnestly to learn the secrets of the books; who studied the ancient maps and scrolls of Pages du' Yellow; who quietly tried to master the maze of Internetia--any of these persons would benefit from the Fortress and fend off ignorance for another day.

There was much activity in the Fortress, both good and bad. Many wonderful pupils came to study the many arts made accessible in the Fortress, these were people of all ages, from the oldest of the old to the youngest of the young. Many were the variety of these pupils: quiet, lively, talkative (in a Fortress-volume'd voice), studious, or thoughtful. These pupils visited the Fortress, respectfully observing the customs of…

and the Caldecott winner is...

Chris Raschka’s “A Ball for Daisy” won the Randolph Caldecott award for best illustrated book, announced today by the American Library Association (ALA). And feel free to read a little review here by Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast--this site rocks!

and the Newbury winner is...

Congratulations to Jack Gantos' for taking the Newberry Award for his 2011, Dead End in Norvelt.

I just ordered this book this morning, looking forward to reading it.

Also, here is a list of the School Library Journal's June mid-year guesses at who they thought had a good chance in the running for the Newberry and Caldecott medals...I love looking over things like this, almost always a good list of books to check out!

C'mon'n ride that train

I was supposed to have a Pre-school storytime last Friday, but wouldn't you know it, they cancelled a half an hour before our storytime. I was ok with that. It was a slow Friday and it felt nice to just sit at the desk and chat with the othe librarian, catch up on some future storytime planning, and catch up on some library journal reading.

Thought I would share my Pre-school storytime on TRANSPORTATION

1. Welcome and Introduce myself and theme
2. Music/Movement: “Shake my sillies out,” #13 Raffi’s More Singable Songs
3. Movement: “I'm A Little Airplane,”
(tune "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a little airplane,
(children raise arms at sides to shoulder height.)
I can fly!
(tilt back and forth like a plane coming in for landing)
I look low (look around the ground)
And I look high. (look around the sky)
When I get all revved up.
(Make engine noises)
Watch me fly,
(Children raise arms to shoulder height.)
Lifting off
Into the sky! (Point up)
4. Book 1: Red Light,…

Cleveland pics

And thanks to my bestie Kim for allowing me to post her pics on my blog!

our first visitor

Last weekend was a great weekend. Kim, (my best friend since age 12) came for a visit, arriving late Saturday night. Both of us were wide awake and so spent an hour chatting and laughing over high school, middle school and elementary school yearbooks which I'd unearthed when moving. Yikes. It's funny how some memories are so clear and others so muddled. We got a kick out of reading some of the messages in the yearbooks which ranged from the cliche, "have a great summer!" to the more specific, inside joke ones which always included cryptic messages, nicknames and such. Apparently I was always boy crazy...? "Good luck with the boys this summer!" appeared in both my 3rd and 4th grade yearbooks, as well as high school ones. Hmmm...

Sunday was a lovely day: breakfast with the bestie, then meeting up with A3 and Dayna for an adventurous day which included:
Driving through (and getting turned around several times!) Cleveland; especially gorgeous is a city called Br…

the original "Doing the Pigeon"

For those of you who may not be familiar with Bert's "Doing the Pigeon." (Mentioned in my last post). I just had to share it. I love it so. And yes, for the record, I did dance like this...and I do a mean pigeon impression.

"doing the pigeon" and other bird-brained ideas

Thankfully there are a ton of great resources out there for librarians, teachers, day care providers and parents who do things around theme, or just want a catchy song or activity--hours of my life have been spared because so many people share said resources online. I will try and post my "lesson plans" for my storytimes and programs. Last week I had a public school visit with a class full of Kindergarteners.

Let me first say A. I love school visits  B. I try and have lots of movement in my storytimes, especially with younger kids--not only to make things more fun, but also to help keep their attention.  C. I HEART Sesame Street to pieces and will probably ALWAYS feature some of their music in my programs. There are so many choices!  And so many funny song!  D. Our storytimes are roughly a half an hour long (this one ran about 35 minutes)
Introduce myself and theme: BIRDS!Now before we begin, let’s all stand up and shake our sillies out!”:
“Shake Your Sillies out,” More Sing…

a chilling tale for a chilly night