This Week @ MPL


Jabberwalking – my new favorite book!

Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera

New to our library is the great new poetry book Jabberwalking. This book is filled with enthusiasm and fresh ideas.

This book is both a guide on how to and poetry. The guide is not forceful and feels like a buddy is sharing information. The poetry is fierce and full of energy

I’ve read bits to my coworkers with gestures and full voice. They enjoyed it and want to know more about the book.

So very happy this book is in our library!

Miss Sarah


Podcasts for Kids

I’m a huge fan of podcasts.

One of my favorites is SYSK,  also known as Stuff You Should Know, about lots of random topics.  Recently on SYSK, I listened to  a segment called “How HeLA Cells Work”, about the tissue samples taken from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 without her knowledge or consent.  Those cells went on to become the first immortal line of human cells, which has benefitted science and humanity enormously, but at the same time has raised ethical questions and spawned the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

Often I will learn of a podcast from reading a book myself, and find that the author has their own or shared podcast, such as Dear Sugar, co-hosted by Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, who offer radically empathic advice.

A friend at work got me started listening to The Splendid Table, a public radio culinary culture and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch lives and feed souls.  Often I’ll learn about a cooking technique or new recipe I want to try.

I could go on and list many more podcasts that I’m enamored with…but this is a kids blog!

So, if you like listening to podcasts, maybe your kids would, too?  To help you find one, check out this site at Zooglobble for a great list of kid’s podcasts!

Miss Teresa

Storytime is the Best!

Last evening I stepped in for a coworker and did her Littles (birth to 3) story time.

I had the best time! Of course the kids were adorable and the parents were fantastic. But this time everything ran like clockwork, with a couple adorable hiccups.

The box of shaky eggs was opened early by a little one, but she shared with the others. It was so cute. I had a few rhythms to read by but it was a soft sound. I adjusted & did a shaky egg song a bit earlier than planned.

The little ones were attentive to the stories and I read with newfound confidence and enthusiasm. The stories rolled off my tongue, as the pages turned the little ones were waiting to find out what happened next.

Titles for this story time:

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill

Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques) was the scarf action play and we all smiled when one of the little ones took my scarf too.  It is such a fun song with little ones!

(waving scarf in the air)      Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels

(balling scarf in hands)       in the pot, in the pot

(Shaking hands cupped      shake them, shake them, shake them

around scarf)                      shake them, shake them, shake them

(throwing scarf in the air)  ‘Til they POP! ‘Til they POP!     


There were a few tears at the end when a little one didn’t want to leave.

The stars aligned, the little ones and their parents were in great moods and it flowed.

It was pretty close to perfect.  Nah, it was perfect!

Miss Sarah