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Reviews in Haiku

The end of the world
Is filled with scrappers and class war
Nothing new here, alas
Stories like this lead
to empathy in a messy world
ending sweet, I cried

Thrill a minute, Mars
Escapist novel fun fun
Can't wait for sequel

I have been a reading fool. Last week I completed some books that are nominated for the National Book Award, some for the Contempts challenge, and some just because. I also hosted an awesome Halloween Craft at the library for a great group of kids.

I read One Witch by Leuck , performed my very first shadow play (I created a theater from a box and then cut out my puppets and backgrounds.) I chose a story from Short and Shivery and put my theater in front of a gooseneck lamp and let the puppets do the work. Except for the room not being completely dark (sunlight creaked through the blinds) I thought it went well.

Check out this site for info about the shadow box, and free Billy Goats Gruff puppets. I found it to be very helpful.

We made shifty-eyed portraits, which I promise to do a tutorial on later this week. It is cheap, easy, and fun.
By the way, I am buying a copy of this for every librarian and bookworm I know, because they will get it. I mean really GET it.


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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.

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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.

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