When you grow up… (Teresa)

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Inspired by this blog post, I asked the children’s department staff how they would have answered that question as a kid and why. Up first is Teresa…

When I was a kid I thought I’d grow up to be a teacher or a nurse; typical “girl” career choices! It’s funny I never considered being a librarian when I was little, because all I really ever wanted to do was read!

After being a candy striper in high school, I took the nursing profession off my list.   I did ultimately become a preschool teacher before working in libraries, so I feel I merged my childhood career dream with my favorite hobby.  I just wish I had more time to read!

Here are a few book titles about teachers and librarians!

The Library by Sarah Stewart
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Teacher! Sharing, Helping, Caring by Patricia Hubbell
Olivia and the Best Teacher Ever by Ilanit Oliver
Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
Amelia Bedelia Bookworm by Herman Parish

I was the kid who stayed up all night reading…

tumblr_mwy7lhfGfX1sx5cz2o1_500Were you that kid, too?

I have fond memories of, if not staying up all night to read, at least staying up pretty darn late! Now that I’m a gray haired woman of a certain age, I feel much better with adequate sleep.  These days, I get a lot of reading done while commuting to work.  Yes, I listen to audio books!

When my three children were younger, driving our mini-van on vacation was often a nightmare of bickering and squabbling until we learned to give each child his or her own “row” in the van!  It meant one parent had to be in the middle row, a small price to pay for peace and quiet.  We listened to audio books as well – it’s amazing how an engaging story can make the drive go smoother and faster.

Kids who love to read will find any way, any time they can to inhale books!  Be the parent who encourages this behavior, whether it’s letting them stay up a little bit late with a book light or flashlight, or listening to an audio book.

For some fantastic listening recommendations, take a look at the 2015 Notable Children’s Recordings from the American Library Association.



Talking about King with Kids

[Source: PBS News Hour]

[Source: PBS News Hour]

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from the Moline Public Library Children’s staff!  Below we have a round-up of some of our favorite MLK resources for you to to peruse with your kids on their day off from school.  Stop in to the library for books and other materials about Dr. King and we’ll point in you in the right direction!

The Library of Congress has a great collection of photographs of Dr. King, and a very basic kid friendly summary about his life and work.

The National Geographic Dr. King introduction is easy to follow, well-written, and accompanied by some wonderful photographs.

On the National Park Service’s website, you can find information and photographs from the Martin Luther King, Jr. National History Site.  There is even a virtual tour of Dr. King’s birth home!

Scholastic has compiled a list of great resources, biographies, book resources, and more for kids and

[Source: Library of Congress]

[Source: Library of Congress]

teachers.  We especially love the Dr. King’s Words section, which includes plays and quotes for students to read or perform.

Want to develop a lesson plan around Dr. King?  The National Education Association has Dr. King lesson plan resources broken down by age and subject.  PBS News Hour also has an excellent list of lesson plan ideas from the 2013 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

Want more ideas?  Come in and talk with us, and we’d be happy to help!

No Dogs Allowed Necklace


Our 1st-3rd grade book club read No Dogs Allowed! by Stephanie Calmenson and Joanna Cole for the month of August.  This delightful book is about two dog loving best friends, Kate and Lucie, who live in an apartment building that nodogsalloweddoesn’t allow dogs.  When they visit a local thrift store, they find matching dog bone necklaces that gives them the power to become dogs whenever they would like.  A dream come true for these canine-obsessed girls!

To go along with our book discussion, we made our own dog bone necklaces using air dry modelling clay.  These cute (but fragile) creations would make a great at-home or classroom craft to accompany a fun story.  Below, I’ve outlined how I created the dog bone charm.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments!

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Link Round-Up

via NPR (originally on Kickstarter)

via NPR (originally on Kickstarter)

15-year-old Gideon Gidori, is an aspiring astronaut from Tanzania is trying to raise money for tuition. In return, he and his host parents have “promised to throw the “greatest potato salad party in Tanzanian history” the day Gidori lifts off into space for the first time.” A really sweet story about a boy with a big dream. (Link)

We’re always trying to think up new S.T.E.A.M. projects for the Exploratorium, and we are loving this post featuring 12 Amazing Engineering Projects for Kids.  I wish we could all create our own geoboards! (Link)

We’re fans of Book Riot around these parts, and this list is no exception!  It makes me want to re-read all of my childhood favorites!  BUT I think that all ofindex Roald Dahl’s books (particularly Matilda) should have made it on this list. (Link)

Writer Brent Gleeson breaks down the 5 Similarities Between Leadership and Parenting in this Forbes article.  Some of them seem obvious after reading, but I don’t think I’ve ever really thought of it this way before. (Link)

This is a fantastic read from the exceptional site, Boing Boing, about How Harry Potter Shaped a Generation.  Can you think of a series or a book that shaped you as a kid? (Link)


Tough Subjects, Young Readers

Sometimes kids ask questions about things before you think that they’re ready for the answers.  It isn’t always easy to think of how to answer those questions in a way that tells just what they need to know, without giving them more than they can handle.

There are few subjects harder to discuss with kids than the Holocaust.  How much do you explain?  How do you make it something that doesn’t scare them, but makes sure that they understand how devastating the Holocaust has been  to generations of people?  That is often when good books can help bridge the gap of knowledge, while keeping the material appropriate and easy to understand.

This year, two fantastic books were published about the Holocaust that are appropriate for kids in early elementary school.  The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren and Fabio Santomauro and Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loic Daulvillier, Greg Salsedo, and Marc Lizano are both beautifully written and illustrated, and would be fantastic books to share with your curious second or third grader.

Based on a true story, The Whispering Town tells one of the clever wasy that ordinary people helped each other escape the Nazis.  This is a hopeful book that teaches the importance of helping others in need.

Hidden is marvelous in its ability to tell just enough for kids to understand that the Holocaust was devastating, even to kids like them, without overwhelming kids with the realities of concentration camps and war.  This is a gem of a graphic novel.


tumblebooksIf you’ve never used Tumblebooks, you’re missing out!  Where else can you read an animated, narrated version Kate DiCamillo’s fantastic Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride for free?  Or How I Became a Pirate? Or Doreen Cronin’s Wiggle? Tumblebooks also provides educational videos, games, and language learning. This is a great service that the Moline Public Library provides for FREE!


How do you get started?  First visit our website at: http://molinelibrary.com/funandgames.html

Once there, select Tumblebooks and start reading!  Make sure you always visit Tumblebooks through our website, otherwise it will not connect to our account.  Enjoy!