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Mr. T’s out…

Hi folks…this will be my final posting : (

I have accepted a new position, in the same library district, but at a totally different location.  It looks like as of now, my StoryTime days are over.  And I am bummed!

StoryTimes will of course continue at the QC Library, under the leadership of our new librarian, Alex Cybulski (otherwise known as Mr. C!).  He is truly awesome and will no doubt take Toddler Time to all new levels of excellence! 

I want to thank everyone for their support & kind words of encouragement over the past few months.  Y’all have made my time at QC Library life-changing, to say the least, so thank you very, very, much.

Cheers all,

– Mr. T

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Thanks for the great StoryTime everyone!!

So…as most of you know, this week’s StoryTime schedule was c-r-a-z-y!  But, everything went off without a hitch – thanks so much to everyone who came & supported our program : )

Remember, we’re back on a regular schedule next week.  Our updated calendar can always be found on our website

On Tuesday, we celebrated Arizona’s 100th birthday w/ a visit from the acclaimed author Conrad Storad!

 

 Then, on Wednesday we had a crafty story time where we sang a song about living in Arizona!  It was super silly & I had a great time!  I feel so blessed to be a part of this library team & your story times…thanks folks : )

Oh, and guess what?  Me n’ Miss Karrie got a valentine!!

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Feb. 7th & 8th

Hi folks!  Thanks for bearing w/ us as we try our new “mashup” idea…it means so much to me, and the library, that we have you there!

This week’s theme was chocolate!  Everyone even got a little treat @ the end…

We tried a few new songs, including “Don’t Worry, Eat Chocolate” w/ shaky eggs.  I also had the great joy of meeting PreSchool StoryTime folks that I wouldn’t normally get to see.  For the whole breakdown of what we covered, please see Miss Karrie’s blog @: http://qcfriends.org/misskarrie/?page_id=35

Please remember to check our “online calendar” for the latest times & such, so that no one has a disappointing StoryTime experience!  I’ll post later this week on what we’re doing next week, where we’ll have a visit from the acclaimed author Conrad Storad!

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Be sure to watch QC Library’s calendar!!

Hi again, I just wanted to remind folks that StoryTimes at the library will be juggled a little bit, so for the most up-to-date times & such, your best bet is to check with the library’s online “calendar of events” before every week: http://www.mcldaz.org/library/userdef/branches/ud_mcld_branch_QC.aspx 

Just as a side-note, on Wednesday of this week, we officially rocked the house by doing our first “run” under the parachute.  This activity has been a bit touchy for me because it’s a bit unprecedented for the Queen Creek Branch’s ToddlerTime…so I need to be really careful or I won’t be able to do it anymore.

Part of being careful is not risking little ones bumping into each other by running underneath the parachute during our “activity” portion of StoryTime.  So, w/ the caveat of “enter at your own risk” & “grown-ups w/ little, little, little ones may want to step back before we do the run”, we actually attempted the stunt!

And guess what?  It went really well!  No collisions, lost limbs, bumped heads, or tears of any sort!  In fact, I look forward to making “the run” a part of our normal line-up starting next month.  So RIGHT ON, to all those grown-ups who helped me get the crowd under control!

Oh, and also for next month, I hope to change our song line-up a bit…please let me know what tunes you’d want to sing & unless it’s really wacky, I’d be happy to give it a shot.  For now, I’m thinking let’s keep the repetitiveness of “Hello and how are you” & “Goodbye, goodbye” (I’m trying to tackle an acoustic Beatles cover as we speak) and maybe ditch the “Hokey Pokey” (in part because I keep goofing the words!).  And…let’s replace “Two Little Black Birds” with “Old MacDonald”.

This means more guitar & less finger-plays, so we’ll see how it goes!  As always, all comments are welcome & your input is appreciate, whether it be positive or negative.  All will be used to build a better StoryTime! 

Cheers,

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Hi All!

Hey everyone…I’m the new “story time” dude at the Queen Creek Library, taking over for the much loved Miss Sarah (who is now home taking care of new baby boy, Sam).  I’m very, very excited to be taking over the ToddlerTime program (which falls on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for the most part), but Miss Sarah left quite a legacy behind, so bear with me as I try to catch up & fill shoes/whatnot…

Before I forget, the latest info on the dates/times of my StoryTimes can be found on the Maricopa County Library District’s website, under “Queen Creek Branch” then “Calender of Events”: http://mcldaz.org/library/userdef/branches/ud_mcld_branch_QC.aspx

Just to let you know a little about me – I’ve worked in public libraries for almost seven years, handling everything from shelving books, to helping at the front desk, and coordinating volunteers to holding computer classes.  One thing I’ve never tackled is presenting a real-life StoryTime…but I’ve been blessed with such an opportunity in my current position, so I thought, “Why not?”

Well, little did I know how demanding & rewarding the experience can be…all at once, I’ve been deep-fried in kid’s authors, songs, & activities.  How bountifully entertaining & educational this world is!  After taking over for Miss Sarah, I thought that this Spring would be a nice time to try something new with the “traditional” line-up.  But soon, I learned that there’s actually no such thing as a “traditional” story time at all!

So where are we now?  This is the first week of QC’s StoryTime schedule & I’ve put together what I think is the right combo of songs/stories for my abilities.  While I’m not a huge blogger, I find myself really anxious to share these great ideas that I’m coming across online & in conversations with other StoryTimers.  This site will mainly be an outlet for me to share all this cool stuff & review what we’ve covered in the week’s StoryTimes.

If you have any comments/suggestions for me, please don’t hesitate to use this blog as a vent.  I’ll make every attempt to address concerns timely & effectively, plus, I just might learn a thing or two!  Thanks for your time & interest – long live a child’s spirit through story & song!

P.S. Miss Sarah’s original blog may be found here: http://misssarahstorytimes.wordpress.com/

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