Welcome to the semi-regular installment of “In Case You Missed It!”
This week is a little bit light since Firefox crashed while I was going through my starred posts in Google Reader and I lost half of what I wanted to link! Posts span the last two weeks, since ALA Midwinter got in the way of making this a weekly feature. Since it’s a long couple of weeks, I separated posts out by topic instead of post date. Let me know which way works better!
- Melissa writes about touchstones and what little momentos can get you through the day when it’s rough! On my desk, I have a postcard that one of my dear ILOAs e-sent me, my Scaredy Squirrel puppet (the first book I read kids at my library was “Scaredy Squirrel”), a crayon art piece that my teens and I made, and drawings from my storytime kids who interrupted storytime to give me.
- Anne has her follow-up results post about Ethical Problems #2 — the answers are FASCINATING to read! I didn’t get a chance to answer since I was at Midwinter, but a lot of my answers would have needed clarification; ethical questions are so tricky!
- Abby wrote a great post about why joining ALA matters and why she’s renewing her ALA membership. As someone who has really gotten a great return on her own investment into ALA, I absolutely agree with Abby!
- Live bloggers once again invaded the ALSC Blog for Midwinter, offering their insights into tons of programming, events, and meetings!
- YOUTH MEDIA AWARDS. Do I need to say anything more?
- Marge breaks down her ten truths about award reactions! This list is GOLD and was picked up in AL Direct!
- Abby talked about STEM programming with her “Mad Science at the Library” program for grades 3rd-6th. Basically, her blog post made me jump up and down with space nerd geekery. I really want to try this for my kids at some point!
- Amy shares the results of her programming style survey! I love learning that I’m not alone in how I plan my programs.
- Marge is still rocking her 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Her post has a great round-up of links all about the program’s inception and her library’s specific events and materials.
On Early Literacy/Childhood
- Mollie wrote a brilliant post about early literacy and speech development! The breadth of knowledge shared blows me away and I can’t wait to start implementing some of what I learned in storytime practices and passing it along to my storytime families!
- Melissa also has another Early Literacy Storytime Idea — Pointing to a Word! If you are struggling for ways to teach your parents in storytime, look no further than Melissa’s tips.
- Beth gave two wonderful lists about Early Childhood blogs *outside* of the library world! I definitely added quite a few to my Google Reader account! Here’s the links to List 1 and List 2.
On Flannel Friday
- Sarah has the Mushy Gushy Valentine Round-Up from two weeks ago — make sure to get your ideas bookmarked and done before Valentine’s Day!
- Anne has this week’s round-up which includes a survey in preparation for Flannel Friday’s second anniversary!! Please go add your information if you’ve ever participated in Flannel Friday!
- Sharon has a Flannel Friday Announcement, all about preparation for Flannel Friday’s second anniversary!! If you don’t have a blog, I am willing to host guest posts for this special occasion!
See you next week!