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I Like to Move It, Move It

You can only sit on your couch for so long.  Here are some of the online resources I use to find movement activities for storytime here at the library.

GoNoodle - This features some of my faves, like Koo Koo Kanga Roo, Blazer Fresh, and Moose Tube.  There are also dance-alongs to hits like U Can't Touch This.

Jim Gill - I completely LOVE this man!  All of his songs inspire movement, and he has several excellent music videos on his website.

Kids Yoga Stories - This takes established yoga poses and reimagines them to meet a variety of different themes.  For example, I did a series of poses in my Island Life Story Lab about the Galápagos Islands.

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Puzzled About What to Do Today?

This was supposed to be the beginning of our Spring Break Staycation week.  And it still is . . . just not in the way we planned.  Monday, March 23, 2020 was going to be our Library Chill Day.  We were going to have coloring sheets and puzzles available all day long.  Well, we can still make them available to you . . . right here! 

Design You Own Popsicle Stick Puzzle

Printable Matchstick Puzzles

Printable Tangram Puzzles

Printable Animal Mix-and-Match Puzzles

Mandala Coloring Online

Stained Glass Coloring Online

Zentangle Butterflies Coloring Online

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Spring Has Sprung!

Today is the first day of spring!  Should you celebrate by spring cleaning?  Probably.  Will you?  Probably not.  So why not use it as an excuse to let your creative juices flow?  Here are a few springtime art projects you can try.  

We're all looking for ways to fill an abundance of down time.  Today is St. Patrick's Day, so why not spend some of that time making rainbows?  Here are a few ways you can do just that!

For years, Gene Luen Yang has been living two lives. He’s known for his comic book work, such as American Born ChineseBoxers and Saints and DC’s Superman Smashes the Klan, which have earned him both a MacArthur Fellowship grant and the position of Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. But he’s also a high school teacher in Oakland, California. His new graphic novel brings both worlds together in an entirely unexpected manner.  He had to cancel his book tour (I bet you can guess why), so follow him on Twitter to experience his cartoon tour instead.

Dragon Hoops (03/17/20)
Gene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins.  But Gene doesn’t get sports. As a kid, his friends called him “Stick” and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men’s varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that’s been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships.  Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he’s seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn’t know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons’s lives, but his own life as well.

Watch the book trailer, then take a look at the publisher's website for a sneak peek.


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