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Where has the time gone?

Again, I have been slacking on the blog. Sorry. My only saving grace is that I keep a book journal, so my reads are getting logged that way. I started the book journal in 2001, and it is fun to look back and to see what I have read. It all started when I bought a book at Barnes and Noble only to come home and find that I had read it, in fact I owned it, but they had changed the cover on me. In the meantime, it has been all about school work here. I did squeeze in a trip to the Bahamas. Let me just say that Carnival cruises rock! As my budget is less than friendly, it was an affordable trip that was fantastic. The airfare to Miami actually cost us more than the cruise itself. My idea of heaven has always been a deck chair, some fresh air, and a book. Mission accomplished.
Just a heads up for those of you in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Philadelphia Book Festival is upon us. The only one I'm really excited about is Margot Livesy. Eva Moves the Furniture is one of my favorite books. Oh, and a couple of years ago I read The Life Before Her Eyes and it was wonderful. Now it's going to be a movie starring one of my favorite actresses, Uma Thurman. I just watched There Will Be Blood, and I want to read the novel it is adapted from: Oil! by Upton Sinclair.


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How to Make a Sharknado for Your Shark Craft

I have had an insane amount of fun this summer, but I always try to do something for Shark Week. This year I called it Shark Lab and we are making three crafts I have never done with the kids before.

But for ME, I wanted a Sharknado.
Inspired by this post, and I tried several different dish soaps and NONE of the tornadoes looked as good as they did in this lady's posts. She must have magic soap, but it really works!

Then I went to three stores to find either plastic sharks that would be light enough to float and not just sink to the bottom of the jar and/or shrinky dink material (make my own damn sharks!) Both hunts were fail, so I made them myself using  a template I cannot find again. Sorry.

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Teddy Bear Storytime

Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

My opening song is Hello Bubbles which I learned from Read Sing Play here. BTW this woman is a storytime goddess and I have picked up many great ideas on her blog.

Story the 1st: The Red Hat by Lita Judge

 Why? Because I want to get across to my kids that books do not always have to have words in order for us to "read" them, and I want to give pre-readers a chance to feel proud they finished a book on their own. I plan to try to read or highlight at least one wordless read for the next couple of storytimes.

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