Thursday, October 28, 2010

Final Week @Brandon Public Library

I am finished at Brandon.  Yesterday was my last day.  On Monday we had two Baby and Me storytimes.  For the second one I read the books.  We read, sang and danced, and then had play time for 15 minutes.  Most of the children were dressed in their Halloween costumes.  They were so sweet.
Yesterday, I led the preschool storytime all by myself.  The theme was pumpkins. We read 3 pumpkin themed books, sang and danced, and had cupcakes, cookies, and punch.  The children were also dressed in their costume.  We had a princess, Spiderman, a police officer with big muscles, and a pirate.  They were so sweet.

I am sad that my time at Brandon is over.  Just when I was getting to know the other workers there it was time to leave.  I feel like a learned a lot there.  I got lots of ideas for storytimes and crafts.  I also watched Rachel do a book order from Baker and Taylor.  On Monday I went with Ms. Jessica to the HQ office to use the Ellison machine to cut out pumpkin shapes for storytime.  I also really enjoyed getting to know the people that I was working with.

Overall, this was a great experience and I am so glad I got to do it!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Brandon Public Library Week of 10/18

This week I came to the library on Monday and Friday.  On Monday we had 2 Baby and Me storytimes. One at 10:00 am and one at 11:00 am.  Both had really large crowds.  The theme for storytimewas bats.  Everyone really enjoyed it.
Friday was a pretty relaxed day.  Everyone just kind of got caught up on their work for the week.  I continued putting labels on the easy reader books denoting them counting books or abc books.
My time here is almost up and I'm pretty sad about it!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Wednesday, October 13 at Brandon Public Library

This week I only went to Brandon one day.  On Monday I went to the USM Teacher Fair and on Friday all CMRLS libraries were closed for staff development.  
Wednesday was Preschool Storytime.  Mrs. Jessica let me read the first book.  It was called I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll.  It was so cute.  It was about a little boy who could not fall asleep without his monster, Gabe, under his bed.  It was a little long but the kids were all really good and sat and listened.  After we read that one we did some singing and dancing and read two more books.  All with monsters as the main character.  Can you figure out what the theme for this week was?!  The craft to go along with the theme guessed it.   A monster mask!!  We took a paper plate, cut it in half, and had strips of construction paper cut for hair, wiggly eyes, and construction paper noses for the kids to decorate their own monster.  They loved it.  It was so much fun!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Brandon Public Library Week 3

Yikes!  Been so busy I almost forgot to post.
This past week I was at Brandon on Wednesday and Friday.  On Wednesday I observed Mrs. Jessica do the preschool storytime.  The theme was Owls.  They read 3 owl books, sang and danced, and then made a puppet with a brown paper bag and a cutout of the owl.  It was very cute.  After that we finished decorating.  I made my very own display in the young adult section.  I was quite proud of it and some of my books have already been checked out!!
On Friday Rachel did some work on upcoming programs and even got some things going for summer reading 2011!!  She is a planner!!  And I got to see the Cricut machine work.  I think that was the highlight of my week.  Now I want my very own Cricut!!  This week i will only be there on Wednesday because today I went to the teacher fair on campus and Friday all CMRLS libraries will be closed for staff development.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Brandon Public Library Week #2

This past week was a great week at the Brandon Public Library.  On Monday they had 2 Baby and Me programs.  The first one had 8 kids and 5 adults.  I observed during this one.  But, I did get up and do the dances to the songs!  They sang and danced, read 2 books on counting, and then had playtime for 15 minutes.  The next Baby and Me program I read the books and led the singing and dancing.  For this one there was 4 kids and 3 adults.  The program was exactly the same as the first one.  After we did this we began taking down the displays from last month.
On Wednesday they had one preschool program.  I didn't read the books, but I participated in the singing and dancing and helped with the craft.  The theme for this program was space.  Mrs. Jessica read books about space and the craft was a space rocket.  For this we took a small rocket pattern that the children had colored, taped it on the front of a cone shaped water cup (the kind that are at the water cooler), and then used small strips of red crepe paper for the fire.  It was a very simple craft and the kids seemed to enjoy it.  There were 15 kids and 7 adults for this program, I believe.
After we got cleaned up from the program we started decorating for Halloween.  The children's department is now covered in pumpkins and scarecrows.  Pics to come later!!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Week 1-Brandon Public Library

I hung out at the Brandon Public Library on Wednesday and Friday of this week.  It is an awesome library.  I stayed in the children's department with Rachel Nowell and Jessica Bilbo.  On Wednesday I watched Jessica do preschool storytime.  She had around 20 kids and about 6-8 adults.  The theme was "My Favorite Books."  Jessica read her books and they sang and danced.  After they got done with that each child made a bookmark that they could take home and put in their favorite book.  The children seemed to love it and most were very well behaved. On Friday they usually don't schedule any programming.  Jessica was off so Rachel showed me many interesting things.  She actually has storytime planned for the next 3 years!!  She is the most organized person that I know.  I will be back there tomorrow and I believe that tomorrow there will be 2 "Baby and Me" storytimes.  I'm excited to see the little ones and see how they react!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Final Week @Mize Attendance Center

This week I completed my final hours at Mize.  It was a very good experience overall and I can see myself in that type of job position. It's amazing how fast the last 4 weeks went by.  I am so excited to begin the last 75 hours at the Brandon Public Library!!!