August 09, 2016

Gone Fishing


Doing a little paper engineering, the A & the E (and heck, even the T, as we were using some basic-level technologies) in STEAM*!  Shared this project with my weekly STEAM session for grades 1-5, after telling a fishy tale.

The kids at the upper end of the grade range got through it pretty quickly, and were able to help the younger kids.  A child in the middle was able to do the same.  Some of the kids in grades 1-2 expressed immediate frustration and impatience, though after receiving assistance, they loved their final products.  I wish I'd photographed those, but I was too busy providing reassurance and a helping hand!  All of the children enjoyed customizing their final products: no two were alike.

This coooool fish project came from Krokotak, and art-filled website I'd never seen before stumbling upon these fish.




*STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

July 31, 2016

Upcoming Events

Here's the latest listing  of what I've got coming up, in both storytelling and "storytiming!"  Storytiming first:


Section 1:
WEEKLY LIBRARY STORYTIME EVENTS:

MONDAYS (Livermore Public Library, Civic Center
10:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime
10:45 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime
4:00 p.m.  Big Kids Wonder Workshop (Storytelling, STEAM, & other activities for students 1st grade & above) (Civic Center) 

WEDNESDAYS (Livermore Public Library, Rincon) 
10:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime
11:00 a.m. Bilingual Baby Storytime (prewalkers)

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Section 2:
STORYTELLING APPEARANCES:


Saturday, July 30
Sunday, July 31
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Storytelling at 1:30 & 2:30 each day, included with park admission.


Saturday, August 20:
How About a SLEEPOVER AT CHILDREN'S FAIRYLAND!

I'll be there the evening of Saturday, August 20, performing a few stories between all of the rides, puppet shows, dinner & after-hours fun!  Get some friends & family together, & book early.  Hope to see you there!






Thursday August 25
Storytelling at 10:30

Saturday, September 18
1st-time event!
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 8
Sunday, October 9
CHILDREN'S FAIRYLAND
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Storytelling at 1:30 & 2:30 each day, included with park admission.


Saturday, November 26
Sunday, November 27
CHILDREN'S FAIRYLAND
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Storytelling at 1:30 & 2:30 each day, included with park admission.

July 05, 2016

June 05, 2016

Upcoming Events

Here's the latest listing  of what I've got coming up, in both storytelling and "storytiming!"  Storytiming first:


Section 1:
WEEKLY LIBRARY STORYTIME EVENTS:

MONDAYS (Livermore Public Library, Civic CenterTHROUGH 8/15
10:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime
10:45 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime
4:00 p.m.  Big Kids Wonder Workshop (Storytelling, STEAM, & other activities for students 1st grade & above) (Civic Center) 

WEDNESDAYS (Livermore Public Library, Rincon) THROUGH 8/15
10:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime
11:00 a.m. Bilingual Baby Storytime (prewalkers)

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Section 2:
STORYTELLING APPEARANCES:

Wednesday June 22
PASO ROBLES LIBRARY
1:30 Study Center
3:00 Library

Wednesday, June 29
CAMPBELL LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6
LOS ALTOS LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, July 8
BELLE HAVEN BRANCH LIBRARY, MENLO PARK
Storytelling at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13
SARATOGA LIBRARY
Storytelling at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 19
FAIRFIELD CORDELIA LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:30

Thursday, July 21
MILPITAS LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:00

Tuesday, July 26
ARROYO GRANDE LIBRARY
Storytelling at 2:00

Wednesday, July 27
NIPOMO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 1:00

Thursday, July 28
ATASCADERO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 10:30

Thursday, July 28
OCEANO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:00

Saturday, July 30
Sunday, July 31
CHILDREN'S FAIRYLAND
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Storytelling at 1:30 & 2:30 each day, included with park admission.

Thursday August 25
MENLO PARK MAIN LIBRARY
Storytelling at 10:30

Other recent or upcoming events include storytelling & education programs for Live Oak Elementary, Prestige Preschool Academy, and Merryhill School. Private events (for schools, etc.) do not show up in listings above. For regular updates, connect with me on Facebook!

May 04, 2016

Upcoming Events

Here's the latest listing  of what I've got coming up, in both storytelling and "storytiming!"  Storytiming first:


Section 1:
WEEKLY LIBRARY STORYTIME EVENTS:

MONDAYS (Livermore Public LibraryTHROUGH 5/27
10:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime (Civic Center)
10:45 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime (Civic Center)
4:00 p.m.  Big Kids Wonder Workshop (Storytelling, STEAM, & other activities for students 1st grade & above) (Civic Center) 

WEDNESDAYS (Livermore Public Library, Rincon) THROUGH 5/27
10:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime
11:00 a.m. Bilingual Baby Storytime (prewalkers)

THURSDAYS (Menlo Park Library
10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytimes 

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Section 2:
STORYTELLING APPEARANCES:


Thursday, May 5
MENLO PARK LIBRARY
Storytelling at 4pm

Tuesday, May 17
Storytelling at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 19
Storytelling at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday June 22
PASO ROBLES LIBRARY
1:30 Study Center
3:00 Library

Wednesday, June 29
CAMPBELL LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6
LOS ALTOS LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, July 8
BELLE HAVEN BRANCH LIBRARY, MENLO PARK
Storytelling at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13
SARATOGA LIBRARY
Storytelling at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 19
FAIRFIELD CORDELIA LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:30

Thursday, July 21
MILPITAS LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:00

Tuesday, July 26
ARROYO GRANDE LIBRARY
Storytelling at 2:00

Wednesday, July 27
NIPOMO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 1:00

Thursday, July 28
ATASCADERO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 10:30

Thursday, July 28
OCEANO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:00

Saturday, July 30
Sunday, July 31
CHILDREN'S FAIRYLAND
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Storytelling at 1:30 & 2:30 each day, included with park admission.

Other recent or upcoming events include storytelling & education programs for Live Oak Elementary, Prestige Preschool Academy, and Merryhill School. Private events (for schools, etc.) do not show up in listings above. For regular updates, connect with me on Facebook!

April 06, 2016

Upcoming Events


Here's the latest listing  of what I've got coming up, in both storytelling and "storytiming!"  Storytiming first:


Section 1:
WEEKLY LIBRARY STORYTIME EVENTS:

MONDAYS (Livermore Public LibraryTHROUGH 5/27
10:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime (Civic Center)
10:45 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime (Civic Center)
4:00 p.m.  Big Kids Wonder Workshop (Storytelling, STEAM, & other activities for students 1st grade & above) (Civic Center) 


THURSDAYS (Menlo Park Library
10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytimes 

___________________________________



Section 2:
STORYTELLING APPEARANCES:


Thursday, April 7
MENLO PARK LIBRARY
Storytelling at 4pm

Saturday, April 9
Participating in the 27th Annual Sunnyvale Library Storytelling Festival
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 5
MENLO PARK LIBRARY
Storytelling at 4pm

Tuesday, May 17
Storytelling at 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 19
Storytelling at 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday June 22
PASO ROBLES LIBRARY
1:30 Study Center
3:00 Library

Wednesday, June 29
CAMPBELL LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6
LOS ALTOS LIBRARY

Storytelling at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, July 8
BELLE HAVEN BRANCH LIBRARY, MENLO PARK

Storytelling at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13
SARATOGA LIBRARY

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Storytelling at 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 19
FAIRFIELD CORDELIA LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:30

Thursday, July 21
MILPITAS LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:00

Tuesday, July 26
ARROYO GRANDE LIBRARY
Storytelling at 2:00

Wednesday, July 27
NIPOMO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 1:00

Thursday, July 28
ATASCADERO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 10:30

Thursday, July 28
OCEANO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:00

Other recent or upcoming events include storytelling & education programs for Heads Up CDC, Live Oak Elementary, and Prestige Preschool Academy. Private events (for schools, etc.) do not show up in listings above. For regular updates, connect with me on Facebook!


March 31, 2016

Read Up! 3 Nonfiction Picture Books for Animal Lovers

I've got three here to share either on the lap or in a storytime; see what you think!


Every Day Birds
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater & Dylan Metrano
Metrano's large, bold cut-paper illustrations really catch the eye, and VanDerwater's sparse, lightly-rhyming text leaves plenty of room for the listener & reader to discuss whether they've seen each bird.  At the end of the book, for those with a more advanced attention span, all of the illustrations reappear in thumbnail form, along with a full paragraph of detail about each bird.

Fabulous Frogs
Martin Jenkins & Tim Hopgood
Hopgood's mixed-media illustrations are attention-grabbers for sure, starting out with the Goliath frog, which is 2-pages huge!  We get to see an amazing (okay, "fabulous") variety of frogs from around the world, with simple text printed large & bold, and more detailed information in a smaller font down below.  I love books that can work at multiple levels like this.  At the end of the book, the creators provide a simple index, recommended resources for further information--and even more wonderful frog pictures!

Giant Pop-Out Ocean
(Chronicle Books, no author/photographer information provided)
Kids in preschool & above will love knowing the answers to the guessing-game questions in this book ("I have a hard shell, and you'll find me in tide ppols.  My pincers help protect me.  What am I?"), and everyone will love the big, colorful photographs that unfurl as the answers.  I'm not sure what "I can even balance a ball on my nose" is doing on a spread that is supposed to be about wild dolphins, though!

Check out these books, and let me know what you think!  Do you have any favorite nonfiction picture books about wildlife, or favorite books of any kind about anything else?  Let me know!  See more of my suggestions at Read Up!

Storyteller John Weaver



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February 20, 2016

Upcoming Events


Here's the latest listing  of what I've got coming up, in both storytelling and "storytiming!"  Storytiming first:


Section 1:
WEEKLY LIBRARY STORYTIME EVENTS:

MONDAYS (Livermore Public LibraryTHROUGH 5/27
10:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime (Civic Center)
10:45 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime (Civic Center)
4:00 p.m.  Big Kids Wonder Workshop (Storytelling, STEAM, & other activities for students 1st grade & above) (Civic Center) 


THURSDAYS (Menlo Park Library
10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Toddler Storytimes 

___________________________________



Section 2:
STORYTELLING APPEARANCES:


Saturday, February 27
CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY MUSEUM OF SAN JOSE
Storytelling throughout free Family Lunada/Lunada Familiar event
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 3
MENLO PARK LIBRARY
Storytelling at 4pm

Thursday, April 7
MENLO PARK LIBRARY
Storytelling at 4pm

Saturday, April 9
Participating in the 27th Annual Sunnyvale Library Storytelling Festival
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 5
MENLO PARK LIBRARY
Storytelling at 4pm

Tuesday, May 17
Storytelling at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday June 22
PASO ROBLES LIBRARY
1:30 Study Center
3:00 Library

Wednesday, June 29
CAMPBELL LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 19
FAIRFIELD CORDELIA LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:30

Thursday, July 21
MILPITAS LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:00

Tuesday, July 26
ARROYO GRANDE LIBRARY
Storytelling at 2:00

Wednesday, July 27
NIPOMO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 1:00

Thursday, July 28
ATASCADERO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 10:30

Thursday, July 28
OCEANO LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:00

Other recent or upcoming events include storytelling & education programs for Warm Springs Elementary, Hacienda CDC, and Brier Elementary. Private events (for schools, etc.) do not show up in listings above. For regular updates, connect with me on Facebook!


Storyteller John Weaver

February 12, 2016

Read Up! Dogs at Bedtime

Have you got your library card ready?  Reserve these books now, and check them out!



Goodnight, Good Dog
Mary Lyn Ray & Rebecca Malone
This is a quiet book, quiet like the night.  Bedtime has come, but the dog isn't sleepy.  He's still thinking about his wonderful day in the sun with his family.  He's not ready for bed; he's ready for a new day to begin.  This seems like a very calming bedtime book, to help the people sharing it reflect upon their day, and think a bit about the next one.

Time for Bed, Fred
Yasmeen Ismail
While the dog in Goodnight, Good Dog quietly roams the house for a bit while his family sleeps, Fred is actively, disruptively, joyfully fighting against bedtime.  He's trying to squeeze in as much remaining action from the day as he can, before he is forced to go to bed.  It is probably those 26 pages of activity that finally tired him out!  I love the funny situations and the beautiful, action-loaded watercolor illustrations.

Have you read these books?  What do you think?  If you have any other favorite books to share, I'd love to hear about them!

Click on this link & READ UP!  I have many more great books to share with you!

-- Storyteller John Weaver



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January 30, 2016

Upcoming Events



Here's the latest listing  of what I've got coming up, in both storytelling and "storytiming!"  Storytiming first:


Section 1:
WEEKLY LIBRARY STORYTIME EVENTS:

MONDAYS (Livermore Public LibraryTHROUGH 5/27
10:15 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime (Civic Center)
10:45 a.m. Toddler/Preschool Storytime (Civic Center)
4:00 p.m.  Big Kids Wonder Workshop (Storytelling, STEAM, & other activities for students 1st grade & above) (Civic Center) 


THURSDAYS (Menlo Park Library
10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Toddler Storytimes 

___________________________________



Section 2:
STORYTELLING APPEARANCES:


Thursday, February 4
MENLO PARK LIBRARY
Storytelling at 4pm

Wednesday, February 17
Storytelling at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 3
MENLO PARK LIBRARY
Storytelling at 4pm

Thursday, April 7
MENLO PARK LIBRARY
Storytelling at 4pm

Thursday, May 5
MENLO PARK LIBRARY
Storytelling at 4pm

Tuesday, May 17
Storytelling at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29
CAMPBELL LIBRARY
Storytelling at 3:30 p.m.


Other recent or upcoming events include storytelling & education programs for Warm Springs Elementary, Hacienda CDC, and Brier Elementary. Private events (for schools, etc.) do not show up in listings above. For regular updates, connect with me on Facebook!


Storyteller John Weaver

January 13, 2016

READ UP!


Have you got your library card ready?  Reserve these books now, and check them out!


Say Hello!
Linda Davick
This book's official summary puts it very nicely: "...the world would be a lot more fun if hellos were shared." The rhyming text offers a wealth of different ways to give a friendly greeting: "With a hug.  With a shake.  With a Curtsy.  With a Cake."  I love the letter in the mail going to Uncle Wally on Sea Lion Drive in Pacifica!  The huge pictures of smiling faces, the abundance of white space surrounding them, the simple ideas offered one-per-page: all of these things pull in the adult reader & children, inviting them to take time to think & talk about each possibility, and to brainstorm a few other ways to offer hellos, and kindness.

Puddles
Jonathan London & G. Brian Karas
Here, a brother & sister take great joy in exploring the post-rainstorm world of their own yard & neighborhood, filled as it is with frogs, worms, mud, tiny rivers, and (of course) puddles!  Is Mom's order to not get wet one that is even possible to follow?  I love the sense of adventure here, and the opening to discuss that adventure, and the post-rain world, with young co-readers.

Have you read these books?  What do you think?  If you have any other favorite books to share, I'd love to hear about them!

Click on this link & READ UP!  I have many more great books to share with you!

-- Storyteller John Weaver