Author Archives: Matt Imrie

The Dragon in the Library

Kit can’t STAND reading,

She’d MUCH rather be outside, playing games and getting muddy, than stuck inside with a book. But when she’s dragged along to the library one day by her two best friends, she makes an incredible discovery – and soon it’s up to Kit and her friends to save the library … and the world.

Hidden within the words of this wonderful text is a social action and protest guide, espousing the power of working together to overthrow the short-sighted policies of those consumed by greed that know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

Phew – that sounds pretty heavy for a children’s book!

But don’t worry!

The Dragon in the Library is a lot of things, it is a rousing tale of friendship and magical adventure, and it is a recognition of the power in collective action and the shared joy of reading as well as being a celebration of stories, the belief in magic, Libraries and all those that use them and work therein!

It is GLORIOUS! As a Librarian I felt seen and valued, Louie is an author that gets what Libraries are and how they make people feel, she understands what we do, and she has also written a fun tale that moves along at a cracking pace for readers of all ages.

The Dragon in the Library is written by Louie Stowell and illustrated by David Ortu. It is published by Nosy Crow and will be available from the 6th June 2019 in good bookshops everywhere!

Candy Gourlay in Los Angeles

Los Angelinos have a rare treat coming up this Saturday! They will have the opportunity to meet award-winning Filipino author Candy Gourlay at Philippine Expressions Bookshop in San Pedro.

For full details of Candy’s book talk, please follow this link: www.facebook.com/events/567085910451494/

Calling time on Teen Librarian Monthly

Today marks the 13th Birthday of Teen Librarian Monthly, it is at times hard to believe that it lasted as long as it has! The very first issue of Teen Librarian Monthly was two pages in length; the last one (in its current format) is five pages.

It has not really changed much over the years – the layout has changed, I started using a new header although I have reverted to an improved version of the original for the anniversary issue. I think my writing has improved over the years.

The decision to call time on TLM was not an easy one, I am hoping to resurrect it in a new format using one of the many online newsletter services that have grown up over the years.

I will be testing them out over the upcoming months to see how they work and decide which one (if any) meet my needs for a simple email newsletter service.

If anyone has suggestions on what they would like to see in a future TLM please do e-mail me or comment below.

The full archive of Teen Librarian Monthly is accessible at https://teenlibrarianmonthly.wordpress.com/

TeenLibrarian Monthly May 2019

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Space-related Ideas for Libraries

NASA

NASA Selfie App: available for iPhone & Android https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7220

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory education website: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/

 Straw Rockets: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/activity/straw-rocket/

NASA Image & Video Library – free to download & use: https://images.nasa.gov/

NASA Kid’s Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

Apollo 50thhttps://www.nasa.gov/specials/apollo50th/

European Space Agency

Education: https://www.esa.int/Education

European Space Education Resource Office https://www.stem.org.uk/esero

Music & Songs

Zar and the Broken Spaceship by Dino O’Dell 

Trout Fishing in America – Alien in my Nose

Lyrics: https://www.flashlyrics.com/lyrics/trout-fishing-in-america/alien-in-my-nose-41

Space Day Camp Song Sheet: https://ftclatsopbsa.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/2011-space-day-camp-song-list.doc

Science Experiments

Steve Spangler Science: https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/

Science Kiddo: https://www.sciencekiddo.com/

Science Bob: https://sciencebob.com/category/experiments/

Science Sparks: https://www.science-sparks.com/category/science-experiments-for-kids/

Imagination Station Toledo: https://www.imaginationstationtoledo.org/educator/activities/

Activity Ideas

Two Book Geeks site: www.twobookgeeks.blogspot.com

Fun with black light flashlight – tide liquid soak glows in uv light https://sciencenotes.org/list-of-things-that-glow-under-black-light/

Post-it note 8bit art https://8-bitart.com/

Glow in the dark slime https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/glow-in-the-dark-slime/

Pre-Kinders Space Activities: https://www.prekinders.com/space-theme/

Nebula in a Bottle: http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/diy-nebula-jar/

Straw rockets: https://buggyandbuddy.com/straw-rockets-with-free-rocket-template/

Hoop Glider: https://sciencebob.com/the-incredible-hoop-glider/

Stories       

Constellation Legends: http://tcoe.org/scicon/instructionalguide/constellations.pdf

Star tales: http://www.ianridpath.com/startales/contents.htm

Other Resources

CSLP Facebook page – for ideas and links to resources: https://www.facebook.com/cslpreads/

Herschel Space Observatory: http://herschel.cf.ac.uk/education

National Schools’ Observatory: https://www.schoolsobservatory.org/

GAIA in the UK: https://www.gaia.ac.uk/education

National Space Centre: http://education.spacecentre.co.uk/information/learning-resources

Astro Science Challenge: http://www.astrosciencechallenge.com/

UK Space Agency STEM Resources: https://www.data.org.uk/for-education/secondary/uk-space-agency/

Kid’s Astronomy: www.kidsastronomy.com

Rocketry for Kids: https://a2zhomeschooling.com/explore/astronomy/rocketry_kids/

RosCosmos: http://en.roscosmos.ru/117/

Scouts & the UK Space Agency: https://fundraising.scouts.org.uk/ukspaceagency

International Literacy Association: https://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog/literacy-daily/2019/03/05/blast-off!-space-exploration-and-litera

Pen&inc. CILIP’s new Magazine Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion in Children’s Literature

I have been looking forward to Pen&inc. since it was first announced in the CILIP Diversity Review of the Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards report!

Now it is here! If you are a CILIP Member you will soon receive a physical copy in the post with the latest issue of Information Professional.

If you are not a member of CILIP – do not fear! You can still read a copy of this fantastic publication online!

It is essential reading for anyone interested in equality, inclusion and children’s literature!

Just click on the cover image below and you will be taken to the digitcal edition.

Passive Display Idea: Let fate decide!

A fairly simple idea using origami fortune-tellers (also known as cootie catchers, chatterboxes or whirlybirds) as a passive activity for library patrons to choose books or authors that may be diffrent from their usual tastes. I have included a craft element for patrons that wish to learn how to make their own fortune-tellers to take away. The instructions on how to make and use fortune-tellers can be found below.

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The Library 100

What makes a novel “great”? At OCLC, they believe literary greatness can be measured by how many libraries have a copy on their shelves.

The OCLC has compiled a list of the 100 most commonly held novels in Libraries using data from WorldCat.

Follow this link to find out more:https://www.oclc.org/en/worldcat/library100.html

Sensory Story-time Resource List

Several months ago I started researching how to offer multi-sensory story-times in my library. Mid-way through my preparations I changed library services and now this work is on hold for a few months while I find my feet again in a new position. In the interim I am making the resources I have been collating available, on the off-chance that they will assist others with an interest in extending their library services and story-times.

I will add more links as I go.

The magic of sensory story-times:
https://www.demco.com/webprd_demco/html/landing_pages/vrrp_yourtime/TheMagicOfSensoryStorytimes_June15.pdf

Sensory Story-time 101: where to start and how to make it amazing:
https://floridalibrarywebinars.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/2.1.18-Sensory-Storytime-101.pdf

Story-time for the Spectrum (American Libraries Magazine):
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2016/03/01/sensory-storytime-spectrum-libraries-add-services-for-children-with-autism/

Sensory Storytime: Roadmap, Tools & Ideas Summary & Bibliography | Laura Baldassari-Hackstaff & Laura Olson
https://infopeople.org/sites/default/files/webinar/2015/02-11-2015/SensoryStorytime_Handout.pdf

Begin your sensory story-time today:
https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2016/04/begin-your-sensory-storytime-today/

Programming for Children with Special Needs:
https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2009/06/programming-for-children-with-special-needs-part-one/

Sensory Story-time – a brief how-to guide:
https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2012/03/sensory-storytime-a-brief-how-to-guide/

SenseSational Storytime Manual:
https://www.eldoradolibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/SenseSational-Storytime-Manual.pdf

Tips and tricks for a successful story-time:
https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2018/08/sensory-storytime-tips-and-tricks-for-a-successful-program/

Books to read during sensory story-time:
https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2013/09/too-many-choices-books-to-read-during-sensory-storytimes/

Books and props:
https://www.vla.org/assets/Conference_Session_Docs_Slideshows/2017_VLAAnnual/PresenterMaterials/vla%20kaleidoscope%20sensory%20storytimes%20books%20handout%20-%20renee%20edwards.pdf

Advice and ideas for creating sensory story-times: http://systems.mykansaslibrary.org/disabilities-resource/sensory-storytime-information/

Transforming story-time:
https://www.paulsimeone.com/blog-articles/transforming-storytime-create-a-multi-sensory-story

Making Object Books: http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/sites/pathstoliteracy.perkinsdev1.org/files/uploaded-files/makingobjectbooks.pdf

How to Make Tactile Books: http://www.cultureforall.info/doc/guides/guide_about_how_to_make_tactile_books.pdf

Passive Programming Idea: Jokes in a Mug

A passive programme that I have found to be very successful is setting out a mug containing jokes on the service desk.

It has been attracting library patrons of all ages and has a dedicated band of followers who now come in on a regular basis just to pick up a joke.

If you are interested in testing it out, all you need is a mug/cup and a discrete sign advertising hat is on offer. You can collect a range of jokes and reuse them as statistically people would grab a different joke each time.

For those of you who may not have the time to hunt down jokes suitable for all ages I have a selection available to download below.

Jokes

Space and science fiction jokes

One Liners