Thursday, February 28, 2013

Think Spring

I've been planning my Spring Evening Storytimes and I thought I would share my book selections with you.  I will post the crafts that I plan to do for each week soon.  Some of the crafts are new this year and I still need to make my samples!

Book List:

  • Spring Is Here by Will Hillenbrand 
  • and then it's spring by Julie Fogliano
  • In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
  • beetle bop by Denise Fleming
  • The Wonderful Book  by Leonid Gore
  • Big Bad Bunny by Franny Billingsley
  • Hugless Douglas by David Mellin
  •  Don't Worry Bear by Greg Foley
  • How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen
  • Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Strickland


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lorax Day display

Here is the start of my Lorax Day display.  I've made three 2 1/2 feet truffula trees that will be used in my book display.  Here is a picture of one of those trees and my display board:

I made the trees using a wrapping paper tube and a light weight fabric that I purchased from here.  
First I covered the tube in white fabric and used a black fabric marker to make the stripes.  I hot glued a 4" Styrofoam ball to the the end of the tube. The top of the tree was made by cutting fabric into squares.  I did not measure them as I cut. The squares were roughly 5".  Using straight pins at the center of a square I pinned individual squares all over the Styrofoam ball. 
*This picture shows a bowl for the base.  It was not stable enough for the tree.  A new base is in the works. An update will follow soon!

I will post the book display once the base for the trees is finished.  My wonderful husband is designing a base that will be steady enough to hold the trees.  Pictures will be up later this week.
Here's the book display with the Truffula Trees:


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Font Collection

I want to share with you some of my new favorite fonts to use with program flyers and on the library websites.  Below are links to many websites that have free fonts.

You can find these fonts HERE

You can find these fonts HERE

You can find these fonts HERE

You can find these fonts HERE

You can find these fonts HERE

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Three Little Pigs App and Craft

Here is what I did the other night for my evening storytime.  This is for my Three Little Pigs theme.
We read:
  The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia

And then I grabbed the iPads and had the kids work together to go through the Three Little Pigs story the app by Nosy Crow.

After the stories we made paper bag pig puppets that I got from this website. You can find the templates on the website as well. I did cut the eyelashes down a bit.  They were too wide for the size eyes I used.
Here's what they look like:


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Dr. Seuss's Birthday Craft

I love to make a big deal out of Dr. Seuss's birthday here at the library.  To celebrate next month on March 2, 2013 I'm going to have a Lorax Day!  I put together my own Truffula Tree using a small Styrofoam ball, squares of tissue paper and an unsharpened pencil. Lorax Day will include time to make this adorable tree and then watch the new Lorax movie.

What you need to make this Truffula Tree:
Small Styrofoam Balls
Tissue paper (any color) cut into squares. Mine are about 1 1/2" square (they are not cut perfectly)
Glue sticks (liquid glue was too runny and took to long to dry)

  • Use the scissors to punch a hole into the Styrofoam ball, just enough to be able to work the pencil in.
  • Stick the pencil into the hole just made eraser end first
  • Using the glue stick apply glue on the ball near the pencil base
  • Take squares of tissue paper and scrunch them 
  • Place scrunched tissue paper to the ball covered in glue

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” 

 Dr. Seuss, The Lorax