Someone Dislikes Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

One of the shelvers found this poor book and brought it to me. I guess someone doesn’t like Judy Blume. 


Disney Trivia

I am a big fan of the older animated Disney movies. I had really been wanting to do a trivia night with kids and families and I thought that Disney should be a topic that I would be able to find enough material for family friendly questions.


I started the night with a timeline of Disney movies where participants had to try and match the movie they were given to the years posted on the wall. My idea was that this would be sort of an “answer bank” showing which movies answers were from, but it ended up being really hard and a bit chaotic so I would probably just do this as a paper handout or word search next time.

Then I had a jeopardy style set of Disney questions with 5 categories with values 100-500. Teams took turns choosing their category and amount and were allowed to ask the audience for help if they got stuck. If you want to see the board it is here. (You should check it out for fun!)


Then I passed out a 25ish question packet with questions and spaces for the answers. Everyone had 10 minutes to answer as many as possible and when they were done they could turn in the paper and get their snacks and juice at the “snack bar” (bar trivia, get it?) This staggered everyone going up for snacks and gave me time to tally up points.

Finally we had a song round. Each team got one question where I played the Disney song and projected the lyrics until it got to the song title and they had to sing/say the next words (the title) and the movie the sing was from.  So one question looked like this:

Don’t let them in,
don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel,
don’t let them know
Well now they know

Do you know the song and movie?

Registrations: 35
Attendance: 20
Activity: Disney timeline
Activity: Disney Jeopardy
Activity: Disney Snack Bar Lightning Round
Activity: Disney Singalong Round

This Was My Week

Cheers and Jeers

Summer is off and running and I am doing my best to stay on top of things. One coworker is leaving for another jobs sometime soon. I am battling a lingering cough.

What Happened This Week?


  • Carnival Night! I wish the weather had been just 2 degrees warmer and sunnier.
  • I had to be to work before 9 for food service training. It was a long day.
  • Some of the things I ordered did not come in time for the carnival.
  • A coworker is very angry I took a table to display summer prizes and activities.


  • I am talking up summer reading logs and programs as much as humanly
  • I found out my STEM materials requests haven’t been processed yet.
  • Prep questions for Disney Trivia
  • I got to leave early today


  • Disney Trivia was quite fun
  • Catching up on emails
  • Entered all September – December programs and descriptions


  • Put in paperwork to go to a STEM conference later this year.
  • Reference desk seemed to be hopping.
  • A patron had me looking for a video of an interview with the Dalai Lama which I could not find. When I finally admitted defeat I found out they were actually looking for Deepak Chopra…

What did patrons want?

Captain Underpants books, Dav Pilkey books, quite a few title requests from 2014ish that no one seemed to have.


Carnival Night 2017

I can’t believe summer is finally here. On one hand it feels like I have been waiting forever and on the other hand it feels like the carnival night from last year wasn’t long ago at all. Honestly the setup for this was pretty much the same as last year with a few differences.

The Good
Attendance was a little higher this year and I think the games and booths ran a little smoother. We had a face painting lady and a balloon guy which is actually where a bit of the budget went, but as I think I typically under-spend in that area I wasn’t too worried about it. We want people to see a bunch of kids outside the library having fun.

The Bad
Some of the items I ordered for the carnival never made it. Apparently a box with my entire amazon order was damaged and returned and the amount credited to the account with no one catching this until I called to ask about the items I ordered when I got back from vacation. No new duck pool, no bowling set, and no tickets. I am very lucky I happened to save some of them from last year!

We didn’t have the paper show up this year which was a little sad. The weather was overcast and some people complained it was a little chilly. I was actually quit comfortable, but I think we would have had even more attendance with a sunnier day.


This year I put out some reading records, flyers for upcoming programs, and signup sheets for the next few programs at my table with the trivia game. I got quite a few sign ups and reading records given out which was really nice.

At the craft table this year I made blank underwear templates and instructed kids to design some underwear for the chance to win a Captain Underpants book. After the carnival I set the templates and colored pencils out at a “build a better world” activity table we set up.

This year I drug out 5 tables and tried to set one supervised ticket-earning activity and one unsupervised just for fun activity at each table.I think this worked well and I will probably use this setup again in the future.

Monkey Mania – 2 copies of a Barrel of Monkeys game
Basketball Hoop – My son’s basketball hoop and ball
Trivia – I had 2 questions for 8 different categories represented on the wheel. I should have had more and I think I picked questions that were just challenging enough that I could talk a kid into figuring out the answer with some clues.
Registrations: 92
Attendance: 70?
Activity: Face Paint
Activity: Crafty Coloring
Activity: Lucky Ducks
Activity: Basketball Shoot
Activity: Disc Drop
Activity: Monkey Mania
Activity: Ring Toss
Activity: Balloon guy
Activity: Wheel o’Fortunes Trivia
Activity: Welcome


STEAM Kids: 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for Kids

Hey, I found a STEAM/STEM book I actually like! Or I guess it would be more apt to say I found a STEAM/STEM book that I think works for me at my library.

steam kids

Often times I see project books and they have one or two good projects and a lot of fluff. Maybe things are too easy, too hard, too dependant upon adults, etc. I feel like this was a really good mix of projects in different areas that, for the most part, weren’t too much like homework. I saw a lot of things I have done or considered doing. Some of the projects range from circuit bugs to catapults to rotational symmetry art.

I would bet most of these projects are on pinterest, but I actually hate wading through pinterest to try and find something I saved a year ago so having them all in a book is a plus for me. I also like that the projects have a breakdown of difficulty, estimated time, and an explanation of the STEM components.


Book Thoughts – The Secret Rescuers

The Secret Rescuers The Storm Dragon-68980-3

These covers caught my eye the very first time I saw them. When I saw them at Target I knew I had to get them for work. I am 99% sure that grade school me would have loved these. Heck, who and I kidding I like them now and can’s wait for the next one to come in.

The first book stars Sophy and she stumbles across a magic rock that lets her speak with magical creatures, which is good because a baby storm dragon has crash landed in the castle’s orchard. The adults want to capture the dragon so it is up to Sophy to save him and return him to his family.

the sky unicorn

In the second book Ava’s life is changed when she meets Clover, a unicorn foal, and Sophy. Ava acquires a magic rock from Sophy which lets her communicate with magical animals. When a bad man betrays the hidden unicorn herd Clover is captured and locked in a cage. Ava and Sophy must think quick to rescue him.

These are really cute, if a little light. I wish the interior illustrations were in color or a little less sketchy.

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gameinhart is a nominee for the Buckeye Children’s & Teen Book Award in the grades 3-5 category.

some kind of courage cover


I know there are quite a few people out there who are tired of sad books and dead parents. Some Kind of Courage is not your book. Right off the bat we have a Joseph, a young boy who lost his mother and sister to illness and then his father to an accident. The man who is supposed to be caring for Joseph is a drunk and sells his pony, Sarah, to a thug while Joseph is out doing chores.

I am probably dating myself here but this remind me a lot of the movie Wild America, where three brothers traveled across America filming wild animals for a documentary. It is the kind of story you really can’t tell with the interference of parental figures.

I liked this book much better than The Wild Robot, though I think it has more of a niche appeal. Joseph is a really good kid that stays positive throughout the book. I love the dynamic between him and his unlikely traveling companion, Ah-Kee,  a young Chinese boy, the only survivor of a terrible accident.

Sadly, I don’t like the cover. I think the art is more off-putting than enticing and I dislike the chunky font. Joseph does not really look like a boy and and it completely eliminates Ah-Kee, who is present for a majority of the adventure.






This Was My Week

Cheers and Jeers

Ah vacation! As much as I like the structure of work it was good to have a few lazy days. I intended to read a book a day, but I spent a lot of time organizing STEM information and reading STEM books that I never even counted.

What Happened This Week?


  • Closed for the holiday
  • STEM/STEAM focus group on Tuesday


  • An entire day on the reference desk, minus my hour lunch.
  • Printed signs, put up decorations, etc for summer program


  • Some people associated with the remodel came to look at the building.
  • My boss had drama with a raccoon kit that ultimately died.
  • Made phone calls about missing supplies and books
  • Printed blank underwear templates for a Captain Underpants design contest


  • Reference desk all day
  • Writing descriptions for programming through the end of the year including new STEAM program, new Science Saturday program, and new family book discussion

What did patrons want?

I lot of movie requests and one patron that calls and I can’t understand what he wants. I think he asked for 50 Shades of Grey. Let’s hope so because that is what he is getting.