Friday, September 30, 2016

We Listen: Clever Tricksters

This set includes four tales that are (loosely) trickster stories.

  • Stone soup by Marcia Brown: 9781591127352
  • The tale of tricky fox by Jim Aylesworth (hc): 9780439095433
  • My lucky day by Keiko Kasza (pb only): 9780142404560
  • I, crocodile by Fred Marcellino (pb only): 9780060088590

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Maker Kit: Bug Science

This was one of the first maker kits I made. The original bug house was given to me with a praying mantis inside - they never picked up the bug house so I used it! Eventually it got very dirty and icky, but it was still intact, so this is a pretty good brand. The original set of bugs in plastic got very worn and chipped, so I replaced those as well.

This kit mostly checks out in the summer, when there's actual bugs around, but it goes out at other times as well, when kids are doing science projects. I don't put consumables in this kit very often.

Kit includes: 

  • Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs by Judy Burris (out of print): 9781603429856
  • Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Bug House Toy (purchased from Amazon)
  • Celestron 44409 3D Bug Specimen Kit #3 (Black, Orange, Brown) (purchased from Amazon)
  • Magnifying glasses - Excellerations - from a set purchased from Discount School Supply
  • Activity papers, coloring pages, stickers

Friday, September 23, 2016

We Listen: Silly Stories

This set includes four silly stories and cds.

  • The rain came down by David Shannon: 9780545138574
  • That's good! That's bad! by Margery Cuyler: 9781595190963
  • Imogene's Antlers by David Small (out of print): 9780874993226
  • George and Martha by James Marshall: 9780618839513

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Maker Kit: Sew More Fun

This is the second sewing kit I made and the simplest. It's basically a book, scissors, and needles. I'm planning to get some little magnetic boxes for the needles - I've been keeping them in a piece of felt!

I supply most of the consumables from leftovers from my own sewing stash, but I also have stuff donated or left over from work programs. I promote the sewing kits after I do sewing workshops and they generally circulate briskly.

Kit includes:

  • Sewing School: 9781603425780
    • This is a spiral-bound book which originally included patterns - the patterns went missing though.
  • Good scissors, needles, needle-holder
  • thread, yarn, ribbon
  • quilt squares
  • scrap fabric
  • buttons

Friday, September 16, 2016

We Listen: Musical Stories

This set includes two books that are songs or include music and two song book collections.

Materials include:

  • Mary wore her red dress and Henry wore his green sneakers by Merle Peek: 9780618752492
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin: 9781416927181
  • Wee Sing for Baby (out of print): 9780843177756
  • Wee Sing children's songs and fingerplays (out of print): 9780843177619

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Maker Kit: Magnetic Science

Quite a few of my maker kits come from materials/tools I got for programs but didn't want sitting in the closet, only to be used a few times a year!

I have a very popular magnet science program I do for Mad Scientists Club occasionally and this goes along with that.

The magnet set doesn't last forever, but it's inexpensive and easy to replace. I don't put all the consumables in every time, it's just a list of some things that might be included.

Kit includes:

  • magnets - buy in bulk from Discount School Supply
  • misc. things for experiments - some magnetic and some not
  • dixie cups for magnet robots

Friday, September 9, 2016

We Listen: Silly Pet Tails

This set includes four silly stories about pets. Hey, Al was pushing it a little, but the dog is part of it so... I needed four to make up the set!

  • Hey, Al by Arthur Yorinks (pb only): 9780374429850
  • The Day Jimmy's Boa ate the wash by Steven Kellogg (pb only): 9780140546231
  • Pinkerton, Behave! by Steven Kellogg (pb only): 9780142300077
  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel: 9781427231789

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Maker Kit: Microscope

I purchased a cheap microscope for use in a snow science program - I wanted the kids to be able to look at snowflakes. I put it in a maker kit afterwards for people to check out but it didn't last very long. Sad.

However, it was so popular I felt it was worth purchasing again and so I bought a second microscope to replace it. I bought the AMSCOPE-KIDS Beginner Microscope Kit on Amazon for about $40.

I updated the kit so the circulation staff doesn't have to check every single slide and tiny piece (there are over 60) - they just make sure the microscope is there and we trust our patrons for the rest. I cleaned out the kit and put better pictures on it.

Friday, September 2, 2016

We Listen: Dog Tails

This bag includes four different stories about dogs.
  • Arthur's New Puppy by Marc Brown (out of print): 9780316059558
  • "Let's get a pup!" said Kate by Bob Graham (pb only): 9780763621933
  • No dogs allowed! by Sonia Manzano (pb only): 9781416938385
  • Hairy Maclary's rumpus at the vet by Lynley Dodd (pb only): 9781582460949