Archive | November, 2011

ARCHIVES | PDF + Word Document Files

29 Nov

PDF files from Guybrarian to you > feel free to print + share + spread the silliness!

PDF > FELT BOARD STORY: Ten Little Candles


PDF > FINGER PLAY: Here Is the Beehive

PDF > JOKES: Jokes About Our Bee Friends

PDF > Rhymes and Songs

PDF > ACTION! Zoom Zoom Zoom


PDF > FOLK TALE: The Monkey and the Crocodile

PDF > FELT BOARD STORY: The Monkey and the Crocodile

PDF > SONG + RHYMES: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, etc.

PDF > CLOSING SONG: I Love My Library

PDF > RHYMES: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (Complete Verses)

PDF > FINGER PLAY: Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle

PDF > Five Little Monsters

PDF > INSTRUCTIONS: How Not to Take Care of a Baby

PDF > POEM + FLASHCARDS: “The Moon Game” + The Phases of the Moon

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Cosmic Panda

PDF > FLASHCARDS: “Hello, Robots” – Meet the 4 Robots

PDF > SONGS: The Alphabet Song

PDF > RHYME: Thirty Days Hath September


PDF > RESEARCH ARTICLES: For Some Kids, a Book Is Just an iPad That Doesn’t Work

PDF > RESEARCH ARTICLES: For Their Children Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper

PDF > FINGER PLAY: 5 Little Monkeys



PDF > FINGER PLAY: Five Big Bees on a Billygoat’s Knee

PDF > SONGS: Bee Song + Bumble Bee

PDF > SONGS: Bees Here

PDF > FINGER PLAY: 5 Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Circle Square Triangle Rectangle Diamond Heart

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Circle Square Triangle

PDF > FLASHCARD: Cosmic Panda Character Card

PDF > STICK PUPPETS: Cosmic Panda – Main Characters for Chapters 1 + 2

PDF  > COLOURING SHEET: Cosmic Panda – Fill in the Stars

PDF > OPENING SONG: So Happy You’re Here by Hap Palmer

PDF > RHYME: Monsters Here!


PDF > JOKES : Jokes About Our Monster Friends

RESEARCH | NYT :: On eBooks for Children

27 Nov

It’s nice to think that some things remain “sacred.”

For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper

Published: November 20, 2011

Print books may be under siege from the rise of e-books, but they have a tenacious hold on a particular group: children and toddlers. Their parents are insisting this next generation of readers spend their early years with old-fashioned books.

Before nap time, Ari and Sharon Wallach read books to their twin daughters Ruby (in yellow shirt, left) and Eliana.

This is the case even with parents who themselves are die-hard downloaders of books onto Kindles, iPads, laptops and phones. They freely acknowledge their digital double standard, saying they want their children to be surrounded by print books, to experience turning physical pages as they learn about shapes, colors and animals.

Parents also say they like cuddling up with their child and a book, and fear that a shiny gadget might get all the attention. Also, if little Joey is going to spit up, a book may be easier to clean than a tablet computer.

“It’s intimacy, the intimacy of reading and touching the world. It’s the wonderment of her reaching for a page with me,” said Leslie Van Every, 41, a loyal Kindle user in San Francisco whose husband, Eric, reads on his iPhone. But for their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Georgia, dead-tree books, stacked and strewn around the house, are the lone option.

“She reads only print books,” Ms. Van Every said, adding with a laugh that she works for a digital company, CBS Interactive. “Oh, the shame.”

As the adult book world turns digital at a faster rate than publishers expected, sales of e-books for titles aimed at children under 8 have barely budged. They represent less than 5 percent of total annual sales of children’s books, several publishers estimated, compared with more than 25 percent in some categories of adult books.

Many print books are also bought as gifts, since the delights of an Amazon gift card are lost on most 6-year-olds.

Children’s books are also a bright spot for brick-and-mortar bookstores, since parents often want to flip through an entire book before buying it, something they usually cannot do with e-book browsing. A study commissioned by HarperCollins in 2010 found that books bought for 3- to 7-year-olds were frequently discovered at a local bookstore — 38 percent of the time.

And here is a question for a digital-era debate: is anything lost by taking a picture book and converting it to an e-book? Junko Yokota, a professor and director of the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books at National Louis University in Chicago, thinks the answer is yes, because the shape and size of the book are often part of the reading experience. Wider pages might be used to convey broad landscapes, or a taller format might be chosen for stories about skyscrapers.

Size and shape “become part of the emotional experience, the intellectual experience. There’s a lot you can’t standardize and stick into an electronic format,” said Ms. Yokota, who has lectured on how to decide when a child’s book is best suited for digital or print format.

Publishers say they are gradually increasing the number of print picture books that they are converting to digital format, even though it is time-consuming and expensive, and developers have been busy creating interactive children’s book apps.

While the entry of new tablet devices from Barnes & Noble and Amazon this fall is expected to increase the demand for children’s e-books, several publishers said they suspected that many parents would still prefer the print versions.

“There’s definitely a predisposition to print,” said Jon Yaged, president and publisher of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, which released “The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen and “On the Night You Were Born” by Nancy Tillman.

“And the parents are the same folks who will have no qualms about buying an e-book for themselves,” he added.

That is the case in the home of Ari Wallach, a tech-obsessed New York entrepreneur who helps companies update their technology. He himself reads on Kindle, iPad and iPhone, but the room of his twin girls is packed with only print books.

“I know I’m a Luddite on this, but there’s something very personal about a book and not one of one thousand files on an iPad, something that’s connected and emotional, something I grew up with and that I want them to grow up with,” he said.

“I recognize that when they are my age, it’ll be difficult to find a ‘dead-tree book,’ ” he added. “That being said, I feel that learning with books is as important a rite of passage as learning to eat with utensils and being potty-trained.”

Some parents do not want to make the switch for even their school-age children. Alexandra Tyler and her husband read on Kindles, but for their son Wolfie, 7, it is print all the way.

“Somehow, I think it’s different,” she said. “When you read a book, a proper kid’s book, it engages all the senses. It’s teaching them to turn the page properly. You get the smell of paper, the touch.”

There are many software programs that profess to help children learn to read by, for example, saying aloud a highlighted word or picture. Not all parents buy in; Matthew Thomson, 38, an executive at Klout, a social media site, has tried such software for Finn, his 5-year-old. But he believes his son will learn to read faster from print. Plus the bells and whistles of an iPad become a distraction.

“When we go to bed and he knows it’s reading time, he says, ‘Let’s play Angry Birds a little bit,’ ” Mr. Thomson said. “If he’s going to pick up the iPad, he’s not going to read, he’s going to want to play a game. So reading concentration goes out the window.”

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GUYBRARIAN PDF ARCHIVES >For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper – NYTimes

Searching, checking out & placing holds in Library to Go

Installing Adobe Digital Editions & creating an Adobe ID

Dowloading eBooks to Adobe Digital Editions

Transferring eBooks to a device using ADE

Returning eBooks early using ADE

Installing Overdrive Media Console

Downloading audioBooks to OMC

Transferring audioBooks to a device using OMC (both MP3 & WMA)

Creating an audioBook playlist in iTunes from MP3 files

Converting MP3 files to “audiobook format” in iTunes

VPL LibGuide to choosing an eReader


GRAPHICS | Summer Reading Club

27 Nov

Here are some photos of graphics and other projects for the summer reading club at a small branch library. The year’s theme was “Savour Each Word” and the Club’s artist was the immensely talented Rose Cowles (link below).

The apple theme was repeated with apple-shaped helium balloons suspended from the ceiling in the children’s area:

A basket full of faux apples (many were fooled!) completed the “Savour Each Word” theme — it hid a treasure chest of small SRC prizes:

I also marketed the SRC to children and their parents at the Gordon Neighbourhood House Multicultural Fair:

PICTURE BOOKS | Oliver Jeffers :: Lost and Found

27 Nov

Another fantastic tale for children and adults from the talented Mr. Jeffers!

GRAPHICS | Babytime + Family Storytime Poster

26 Nov

Clip art from the web + Futura typeface (my choice for children!).

FAMILY STORYTIME | Animals That Don’t Do What They’re Supposed To Do

26 Nov


Welcoming Music | “Simple Gifts” – Wilson

3 minutes            Opening Rituals | Greetings + Chester

5 minutes            Read-Aloud Story 1 | Lost and Found – Jeffers

3 minutes            Song + Movement | “Old Macdonald”

5 minutes            Read-Aloud-Story 2 | The Cow that Went OINK – Most

3 minutes            Board Book | Series – Northwest Coast Native Art: Colour

5 minutes            Felt Board Story | “Little Mouse, Little Mouse”

4 minutes            Read-Aloud-Story 3 | Bark, George – Feiffer

2 minutes            Closing Rituals | Announcements and Birthday Club

1 minute              Closing Song | “I Love My Library” (“London Bridge”)

TOTAL:              31 minutes


☐  Chester

☐  Portable CD Player

☐  CD: Dulcimer Lullabies

☐  Snappy Library Cards

☐  Circle, Square, Triangle (in VPL colours)

☐ 8 Books: Northwest Coast Artists (4); Jeffers (2); Most; Feiffer

☐ Felt Board

☐  “Little Mouse” Felt Pieces

☐  Rubber Stamps + Ink Pad

☐  Babytime Brochures



Welcoming Music | Track 6 from Dulcimer Lullabies: “Simple Gifts” – Joemy Wilson


Opening Ritual | Greetings


Snap, snap, snap!

What’s that? What’s that?

That’s the sound of Happy-Snappy Library Cards welcoming you to Storytime at the Vancouver Public Library!

Welcome boys and girls! Welcome big people!

[Scan audience and decide which greetings might be appropriate]:

l   Bienvenue!

l   Bienvenido!

l   Benvenuti!

l   Bem-vindo!

l   Nuānyíng Guānglín!

l   Yōkoso!

l   Mabuhay!

l   Hoan nghênh!

l   Wilkommen!

[Wave to everyone] Hi! My name is Michael and today we’re going to have some FUN!

Before we start, a few words:

Kids, I hope you’ll put on your best “listening skills” for the next half hour. That means sitting still and really, really listening to the stories. And then, when the time comes, participating in the activities!

Big people, if your child gets restless, please feel free to take them out into the hallway until they are ready to rejoin us. Everyone appreciates your cooperation and consideration. Thanks!

Now, are you ready? Okay!

1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – Let’s Go!

Art, Arf!

Oh my! I forgot something. Chester? Chester? Chesterwhere are you?

Arf! ARF!

Oh, there you are. [Put on puppet]. Hi Chester!

Hello Michael. Who are all these people?

They’re you’re neighbours, Chester. They live in your neigh-bour-hood.

Won’t you say “hello” to your new friends?

Arf! ARF!

Are you telling any stories about dogs today, Michael? Arf. ARF!

Well, Chester, I do have a story today about a dog. His name is George.

I think you’re going to like the pre-dic-a-ment George gets himself into.

But we’ve got other stories — about cows and pigs and penguins —

for your new friends today.

Oh! And some mice, too.

Arf. Arf! ARF! More!

Today’s stories are about animals that don’t do what they’re supposed to do. And the stories are about friendship and how we can learn things from our friends — and how a good friend is like a gift.

And … for the youngest members of our audience today – and that includes you, too, Chester …

Arf. Arf!

[Whisper] Chester’s still a puppy.

— we’re going to learn our colours. Sound like a plan? Well then … Chester, I’m going to put you over there so you can listen to the stories? Okay?



Now let’s all get comfy and listen. Okay? Well, then …

1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – Let’s Go!

Read-Aloud Story 1 | Lost and Found – Oliver Jeffers

Our first story today is about a penguin that doesn’t live where it’s supposed to live. It’s also about friendship. Does anyone know what a penguin is? Where do they live? What’s a friend?

Today’s story is called Lost and Found. It’s by one of my favourite writers and illustrators for children, Oliver Jeffers.



A good friend is a great gift. That’s what I think.


(To the adults: I really like picture books that are written and illustrated by one person; if you liked this one, I’d recommend its sequel, called Up and Down [Point to book]).


Singing + Movement | “Old Macdonald”

Now, our next book is about animals that live on a farm. So let’s all get up, shake our wiggles out, and sing two verses from that silly song about Old Macdonald and his farm. Now, what sound does a cow make? And a pig?

Okay … 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – Let’s Sing!


Old Macdonald

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O
With a “moo-moo” here and a “moo-moo” there
Here a “moo” there a “moo”
Everywhere a “moo-moo”
Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a pig, E-I-E-I-O
With an “oink-oink” here and an “oink-oink” there
Here an “oink” there an “oink”
Everywhere an “oink-oink”

Old Macdonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

So, in English, cows go “moo” and pigs go “oink-oink.” But wait … did you know that other languages have different sounds for animals? For example, Korean cows say “Um-er” and Koreans pigs say “Gul-gul.”

Does anyone know any other animal sounds in other languages?

Thanks for sharing!


Read-Aloud-Story 2 | The Cow that Went OINK – BIG book } Bernard Most

[Show book] This is a story about how each and every one of us is special and how lucky we are when we find a special friend who can teach us things. It’s written and illustrated by a fantastic writer for young children, Bernard Most.


The Cow that Went OINK …

I think you liked that one! [Invite comments]

Board Book | Learn the Colours with Northwest Coast Native Art


So, last week we learned our shapes, remember?

[Show shapes]: Circle. Square. Triangle?

This week, we’re going to learn the names of colours!

I like this little book about the colours for its local content – West Coast First Nations artists illustrated the book to give children a taste of their cultures. It’s from this series of board books in our collection [Point to the other books in the series].

Are we ready to learn our colours? Okay then, 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – Let’s Learn!

“Red! Blue! Yellow! Green! Purple! Grey! Brown! Pink! Orange! White!”

Fantastic folks!

What’s your [point to a few audience members] favourite colour?

Felt Board Story | “Little Mouse, Little Mouse”


Now, I bet some of you have been wondering what all these coloured houses are doing here today. They weren’t here last week, were they?

Well, this is a game I really like to play but I need [Point] your help. And the younger kids here today need the help of the older kids. So, let’s all work together, okay? Are you ready to play? 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – Let’s Play!


Look at all the little houses we have.

They’re all different colours.

Let’s see what colours we have:

We have a red house; a pink house; a blue house … and a white house.

But we have a problem. Your see, we don’t know which house the little mouse is hiding in. Will you help me find her?

Let’s call for her:

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Using sound effects slowly peel back all the houses but leave four on the board)


Hmmm … she wasn’t in any of those houses. Maybe if we whisper she’ll come out. [Softer]:

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Pull back another empty house)

Let’s try this house:

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Peel back the house to reveal the little mouse)

There she is! Hello little mouse!



Let’s make sure she’s the only one, okay?

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”    

“Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the [Point to] ________ house?”

(Slowly peal off the remaining two houses with exaggerated SFX)


No. No more mice. She’s the only one! Thanks for your help everybody —

I don’t’ think I could have found her without you!

(To adults: do mice live in houses? Are they supposed to?)

Okay, now it’s time for our last story, Bark George, written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer. This one’s for you, Chester!


Arf! Arf!



Read-Aloud Story 3 | Bark, George – Jules Feiffer

[Contingency Plan: If time is running out, hold up the book and tell the audience that unfortunately it’s time to say goodbye but Bark, George will be the featured book next week, when the themes will include … Dogs and the Wacky Things They Do!]

This is a fantastic story about a dog that doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do.

Do any of you know this book? (If someone knows the story, ask their name and, at the end of the story, ask them if they would like to deliver the punch line.) I hope you like it!

This story is for you, Chester!

Arf! Arf!

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer …

So, what did you think of George’s pre-dic-a-ment?


Closing Rituals | Announcements + Birthday Club

Well, girls and boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, that con-cludes today’s Storytime. Thanks for being such good listeners. And thanks for helping me find that mouse! I hope you had fun — I know I did. I really hope to see you all again next week, when we’ll learn about sizes – little monkeys and big gorillas, tiny insects and gi-gan-tic dinosaurs and things like that.

Before we go, does anyone have anything they’d like to say?

Thanks for coming to Storytime at [Joe Fortes/Kerrisdale] today.

Don’t forget that we also have fun at Babytimes on [day of week and time].

I have brochures here for anyone who knows a family with a baby. And please tell your friends about Family Storytime.

Kids, I also have some animal stamps if you’d like to remember your visit to the Library today. And Chester would love to meet you if you want to meet him. He loves little children and he never bites!

Finally … is anyone celebrating a birthday this week?

[If so, sing “Happy Birthday”]

So now it’s time to say goodbye. Let’s all stand and sing our goodbye song:

Closing Song | “I Love My Library” (“London Bridge”)

Now it’s time to say goodbye,

say goodbye, say goodbye.

Now it’s time to say goodbye.

Un-til … next time!


See you at the library,

library, library.

See you at the library –

I love my li-brar-y!


One more time!


Thanks again for coming to the Vancouver Public Library today! My name is Michael and I hope to see you again soon!

GRAPHICS | Read. Learn. Grow. Banner

26 Nov

A creative project for a small branch library.

I designed and constructed a 20-foot-long supergraphic using images of water, air, and land baby animals with their mothers …

… set on an azure blue banner of corrugated paper (I love that stuff!) and glued the words READ. LEARN. GROW. on it to spark children’s curiosity about the world around them.

ABOVE > Conceptual design

BELOW > Laying out the design before gluing

ABOVE > Before

BELOW > After

BELOW > The new mascots for the children’s club room


26 Nov


FELT BOARD  STORY | Ten Little Candles

Ten little candles on a birthday cake

Puff! Puff! (Blow out 2 candles)

Now there are eight.

Eight little birthday candlesticks

Puff! Puff! Now there are six.

Six little candles and not one more

Puff! Puff! Now there are four.

Four little candles, red, white and blue

Puff! Puff! Now there are two.

Two little candles, we’re almost done

Puff! Puff! Now there are none.

FELT BOARD STORY- Ten Little Candles – PDF


26 Nov

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