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Storytime Prop – Rain

The heat is on and rain is nowhere in sight-at least not REAL rain. Here is a simple, inexpensive way to make a rain prop for storytimes. Cut strips of clear plastic, gather together and tape to a stick. You can also draw blue raindrops on the plastic strips with a permanent marker if you like. Move the stick back and forth quickly to make the rain illusion. Use this prop with songs, fingerplays and stories.

Thanks to Ellen Scott at the Austin Public Library for this idea. She and Karen Carlson used this prop in the puppet show “Chicken Big” based on a book by Keith Graves. Great show!!!

Getting your catalog where your patrons will see it

Nancy from West asked her local school district if they could put a link to the West Public Library’s catalog on the school’s website. Students looking for materials for school projects can see quickly if their local public library has what they need. Great idea, Nancy! Chris from Round Rock also shared a way to reach patrons – a LibX browser toolbar add-on for Firefox and Internet Explorer will allow patrons to search your library catalog from their browser. “The best thing about the toolbar is that, since it is in the browser, you don’t need to go to the library’s homepage or a link to access the catalog. Just go to the toolbar, enter your search terms, choose your search type, and click the button to get to the results in your catalog”, says Chris. There’s more info on LibX  and check out the Round Rock catalog example.

Sit! Stay! Read! Graduation

Johnson City had a graduation for the dogs who “passed” the Sit! Stay! Read! training to be therapy dogs for reluctant readers. Graduation was Wednesday, November 17. This innovative program builds a partnership between the Library and the Johnson City School District. The program pairs students with trained therapy dogs who act as empathic and non-judgmental partners for reading. Congrats, pups!