I’m so pleased to offer this guest post from Nichole King of the Morgan Hill Library, Santa Clara County Library, in Morgan Hill, CA. I wasn’t supposed to host Nichole’s entry to this year’s Guest Post Palooza. The blogger who was paired up with Nichole was unavailable and I was the back-up, so this feels a little like fate. When Nichole planned her blog post, I don’t think she knew that I am a participant in the blog Robot Test Kitchen. This isn’t about Robot Test Kitchen, rather it’s about adapting old storytime favorites using current and contemporary themes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Mollie is hosting the Guest Post Palooza. Please visit her blog for the whole Guest Post Palooza round-up. Enjoy, Sharon
Beep! Boop! Bop! It’s Robots!
As a staple for storytime I’m always looking for a way to use the “B-I-N-G-O” tune with my current theme. For this specific storytime we used R-O-B-O-T. I used our Ellison machine to cut out circles and letters to create the flannel and I made up the words:…
For its fourth anniversary, the March 6th Flannel Friday will be Guest Post Palooza — we’re asking Flannel Friday bloggers to open up their blogs and host a post by someone else. If you’re reading this, it’s very likely that you’re about to write a guest post.
Now what? I think if you follow these steps, you’ll have a successful post. And who knows, maybe you’ll start your own blog!
1. Write to your host.
Find out the timeline. How long will it take her/him to upload the post to her blog? Is there anything they need from you? Blogs have formatting limitations and your host will want to make the blog look as good as possible. An open discussion of what you want the post to look like and how much the blogger can do is the best way to make this work.
2. Plan out your text.
This is just like storytelling. Like every good story time book, there is repetition. Build on that. In my post My Red Umbrella by Robert Bright, I focus on the same repetitive line that runs throughout the story. Honor the author in your post. Don’ t quote the whole book word for word, that feels like a copyright issue. Instead, sum up the text as much as possible.
I try and find my storytime voice when writing a post. In Make a Pig, which is a very silly flannel, I did my best to convey silliness. Have fun with this. It isn’t a paper, you won’t be graded (thankfully).
3. Take good pictures
Discuss this with your host. How do they want you to mail the pictures? Something’ else? Be clear which picture you want and where you want it attached to the text.
4. Formatting issues
Make sure your host knows what should be italicized, given quotes, bolded, underlined, or hyperlinked. When adding a link, make sure you copy and paste the exact link you want. For example…if I were to write a blurb about how to find me I might say Sharon is on Twitter @ReadingChick [insert www.twitter.com/readingchick]
5. Search other blogs
Find your favorite storytime blog and see how they present their flannelboards.
In March, Flannel Friday will celebrate its fourth anniversary. To do that, we’re trying something different — we’re inviting people who don’t have blogs to get in on the fun by hosting a Guest Post Party.
Do you have flannel stories from your collection that you’re dying to share, but don’t have a blog? We’ll pair you with a seasoned host who is willing to share his/her little space on the interwebs. It’s pretty easy. We’ll help make it that way.
Do you have a storytime blog and think it’d be fun to share your blog for a week? You can help by being a blog host. It’s pretty easy. We’ll help make it that way.
On March 6, 2015, there’s a place for you in celebrating Flannel Friday’s fourth anniversary. Fill out this Google Form and we will contact you. In the next few weeks, watch out for announcements and blog posts on what it means to be a guest blogger or blog host.
One of my co-workers created this. I think she intended it to be temporary. I found it on her desk and asked if I could do it for my Thanksgiving storytime as well.
The story: Momma Cat makes pie for her family. Everyone gets a piece with one left over.
Momma Mouse finds the pie and splits the remaining piece of pie amongst her brood. Everyone gets a piece.
Momma Ant finds enough crumbs for her family. Everyone gets a piece. All for Pie, Pie for All, indeed.
The premise is very simple. Miss Diane made a pie (she’s a pastry chef by training, so even her fake pie looks good.) Then she cut the pie up into pieces. The pie crumbs are taped on. I read the book and took the pie pieces off as the story dictated. Note: the book says Momma cat made an apple pie, this one is clearly a cherry pie.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all. Hope it’s filled with pie.
I don’t get a lot of traffic on this blog. It’s a vehicle to keep track of my storytimes, and I use this blog to share the amazing flannels that come out of the department where I’ve worked since January 1997. Some of these flannels are mine, most of them aren’t.
This flannel is not mine. It’s made by Miss Suzanne, a part-time librarian. Someone on staff was getting ready for Star Wars Read Day (we made it a whole weekend) and wanted to have a flannel board for her storytime. Suzanne made a “Make a Jedi.” You’ve probably seen the Make a Pig on this blog. It’s the number one post on my blog (other than round-ups). This is the premise: get kids to help you build a thing. “What comes next?” or “What else does a pig/snowman/gingerbread man/pirate need?” It works for just about everything, and increases their expressive vocabulary. Also, it’s a hoot. It’s also a good time waster. Really, it’s the trifecta of flanneling: works for most things, it’s fun, and a time stretcher. …
Let me just say that we are under construction this summer. Our program room is housing A/V materials, our puppet collections are in file drawers…and my 60+ puppet collection is at home. Nothing is as it should be, but this is such a cool prop story, I wanted to share this for Shark Week. My co-worker Miss DJ made this prop story. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist is about seven years old, hopefully you can find a copy. Momma Fish tells her three little fish, Jim, Tim and Kim to make a home of their own in the deep blue sea.
I hope you enjoy this little (and short) video we made at my library: 5 Little Goldfish Swimming in the Sea. The shark pencil holder came from Raymond Geddes and was one of our summer reading prizes and I kept thinking, we need to do something for Shark Week with these things. We did. I think the librarian who edited it, did an excellent job, don’t you?
Now for the round-up.
Speaking of new formats… Anne from So Tomorrow is sharing her recent Scratch project The Fish with the Deep Smile. She’s going old school with two previously shared posts as well. That Anne, always bringing new technologies into storytime.
Jbrary is sharing a Baby Shark song on their YouTube channel. I decided different formats were okay since this is all about the Shark!
Our library is undergoing a renovation this year. It means collections are moving; new carpeting; new services. Sigh. It also means that we have to move stuff. Eventually, hopefully, everything in the library will be moved. And not for the sake of moving, but because we’re getting new carpeting (yay!) and suspending things in the air just hasn’t proven cost effective.
Also, visual clutter is a problem. If you’re a children’s librarian, you probably know visual clutter. Visual pollution comes to mind. And, if you’re a children’s librarian, you don’t even see your visual pollution. It’s just Daily Work and an essential part of our job. These materials are the tools of our trade. If the service we provide (storytime) is valued, then we need our stuff. It doesn’t always make sense to use a flannel once and throw it away. The whole notion is a) silly and b) wasteful. It’s a waste of staff time and taxpayer money. So we keep it.
In our perfect world, we’d have doors on our story collection. But, it’s impractical. Opening and closing doors to closets is just a waste of time. We chose open shelves because it’s easier. and really, worrying about how it looks is just vanity.
However. This collection just keeps growing. Every once in a while, we’ll weed some books from our shelves. A few years ago, we weeded the the flannel boards. We reworked some too. But still, the files were crammed.
I found this in the Flannel story drawer when we were looking for things for Gingerbread storytime. I don’t know how old it is or any source information. It’s pretty brilliant though. We have a tradition around here of taking old storytime favorites and adapting, so it’s very possible that it was a homegrown idea based on the delightful works of Mr. Bill Martin, Jr.
Since we needed two copies for Gingerbread storytime, I asked my incredibly talented co-worker, Miss Diane, to make two of them. And make them big. As you’ll see, she obliged. Better than I could ever do. Really, her details are fantastic. Silver duct tape around the ornaments. Christmas lights that are double sided. She’s a treasure. …