Music and Movement - Revamped

I’ve gotten a crash course this week in running children’s programming, and so far it seems to be going ok. I’ve gotta hand it to all the children’s librarians I’ve worked with in the past though – this stuff can be exhausting! I just finished up a Music and Movement storytime, and while I didn’t run out of breath, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t close.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about why…

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I got a job!

In case the last post didn’t give it away… I’m now the Youth Services Librarian at Western Allegheny Community Library. Happy dance!

I got a job!

In case the last post didn’t give it away… I’m now the Youth Services Librarian at Western Allegheny Community Library. Happy dance!

Music and Movement - Bees, Elephants, and Bean Bags

Music and Movement - Bees, Elephants, and Bean Bags. My 1st solo children’s program at the library!

My very first solo children’s program at the library!

Age Group: Preschool/Pre K (Toddlers and babies are also welcome and can benefit, though not all activities will be within their developmental range)

Length of Program: 30-45 minutes

Description: In this program young children will learn delightful songs, dances, musical language and activities to enhance developmental concepts such as keeping…

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I’ve been seeing claims of ALS fraud for a bit, from various websites. CharityNavigator.org (a nonprofit evaluation site) shows that 72.4% goes to “programs” which, according to the ALSA’s 2013 finanicial statement, include research incentives (around 28% of the total), patient services (19%) and public education (32%), and is rated 4/4 stars for being transparent and efficient with its revenue. The IRS Form 990 for 2013 shows that more was given out in research grants than all salaries and benefits combined.

In fact, if you’re curious, basically everything the ALS spent money on for the last 3 years is available via IRS documents here:http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/13-3271855/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-association.aspx

No matter what you think about the challenge, before you click share on the accusations that we’ve been hoaxed by donating the ALS. They’ve been clear on what they do with the money, and have a pretty good reputation for revenue efficiency.

Maker Camp, Part 1

Summer came, and I started scrambling. Summer Reading Program! Final semester! Finishing my internship! ALA Annual! Maker Camp!  Now, summer is over (or nearly – kids started back to school today in a lot of Pittsburgh), and I’m taking a brief moment to figure out what exactly I did this summer, and how I did it.

There’s only so much time in a week, as obvious as that sounds. But when lots of…

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A visit to MakeShop at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, library makerspaces, and the importance of maker educators: A blog post.

A visit to MakeShop at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, library makerspaces, and the importance of maker educators: A blog post.

The Value of Mentorships

There’s been a lot of discussion about mentors and mentoring programs around ALA lately, or at least I’ve picked up on more recently. As I’m about to graduate (pending the last few assignments), I’ve had the chance to think about the many people who have been my mentors over my short library career. They have been people who have been genuinely invested in my success, no matter what definition of…

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At the Gates, Without the Password

At the Gates, Without the Password

“You’re really well prepared. Most resumes for new MLIS grads need padding – yours is full of really great stuff.”

That was really nice to hear during the ALA resume review service two weeks ago. I had just gotten a callback for a second interview, and by the end of the conference had scheduled an interview at another location. One month before graduation, and everything seemed to be going really…

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ALA Annual - Quick Sum Up

ALA Annual – Quick Sum Up

I started writing this post  Saturday of the ALA Annual Conference, and I found myself once again in the Networking Uncommons. It’s a great spot, right in the middle of everything, and I was only filling  in for an hour, but I had already gotten  sound set up, found out about a Raspberry Pi-powered Readers Advisory box, and kind of a little bit hacked into the netbook that the Uncommons has…

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