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Let me know what you think. Everything should be here that was here before. If you have trouble finding something, there is still a search box but I’d be glad to help you find what seems to be missing; just let me know. (And if it is missing, I’ll get it back).

I did drop the twitter on the blog page. You can still follow my library tweets though. Go to and search for BabetteR.

Try these two suggested activities 😀

The American Film Institute has all kinds of TOP 10 LISTS.  Print one off and see how many your Thanksgiving crowd can figure out.  (We did the TOP 100 MOVIE QUOTES).  You do have to register to log in but it’s a freebie.

For non-movie buffs, the younger set, or silly grown-ups, ever see a bouncing turkey explode?  Check out the Turkey Shoot game (and when the noise gets on your nerves, just turn off the sound, right?).

Have Fun (and a great turkey day!)

If you have ideas about how to make this blog better (come on, you know you do!), add them to the comments section of this post or email me.  Hopefully with the holiday this week, things will be a little quieter at work and I’m going to overhaul the blog.  I’ve had several comments about the readability of the blog colors (I love the funky look but they are not easy on the eye).

What else can you tell works or doesn’t work–either with the look or the content?  What do you like or not like?  I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t want to know so let me hear it! 🙂

And have a blessed Thanksgiving!

The Friends’ Wrapping Party for books to go to La Puente’s Christmas Party was a huge success last night!  It was really well attended and everyone had fun!  I was very impressed with the range of folks we had–familiar faces, new faces, and literally all ages (even two year olds and teens).  About 350 gorgeous, cool, brand new, well known books were wrapped.  We had refreshments, music, and stories as well.

While giving to places like La Puente (our local homeless shelter) is always a good thing, I really want to commend the Friends for recognizing the value of giving books.  Middle class kids have 200 books of their own.  A kid in poverty has 0.4. Yeah, that is NOT a typo; less than half a book.  So how is a kid supposed to develop an interest in books if they have no books?  (That’s “print motivation,” one of the essential early lit. skills kids need to develop BEFORE they go to school and start learning to read).

Giving kids books helps to address this problem, one book at a time.

Again, kudos to the Friends!

Check out the first rendition of my favorites for homeschooling.  Just click on the tab at the top of the page.

I hope this isn’t an oldie.  I hadn’t heard it before.  Hope you enjoy too. 🙂

Q: How does a home schooler change a light bulb?

A: First, mom checks three books on electricity out of the library, then the kids make models of light bulbs, read a biography of Thomas Edison and do a skit based on his life. Next, everyone studies the history of lighting methods, wrapping up with dipping their own candles. Next, everyone takes a trip to the store where they compare types of light bulbs as well as prices and figure out how much change they’ll get if they buy two bulbs for $1.99 and pay with a five dollar bill. On the way home, a discussion develops over the history of money and also Abraham Lincoln, as his picture is on the five dollar bill. Finally, after building a homemade ladder out of branches dragged from the woods, the light bulb is installed. And there is light.

Here’s another take on RSS “how-to.”

If you’ve never seen Common Craft videos, take a look at a few others.  They really are nicely done.

Very Cool Animation!  This is likely done with a free program called PIVOT which you can download and play with too.  Watch this first without the sound.  Then let your kids narrate it as you watch.  Finally turn on the sound.  I really don’t think the sound adds that much.  Soundless it’s like watching a moving comic book.

If you or your kids create a Pivot animation, let me know.  I’ll figure out some way to post it here for all to enjoy!

The storytelling group Spellbinders will host four storytellers this Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m to 11 a.m. here at Southern Peaks Library.  The event is free.

Come join the Friends of the Library on Tues., Nov. 18, at 6 p.m for our first, hopefully annual, “Wrapping Party.” As part of the library’s focus on early literacy, at La Puente’s Annual Community Christmas Party in December, every child will receive a new book from Santa in addition to their toy.  The Friends have donated over 300 books to be given out, and they all need wrapping! We’ll have music and munchies and lots of fun!  We’ll have wrapping paper and other supplies, but we could certainly use more donations of such if you are able.  If you have questions, call or email me.

In honor of snow today in Alamosa, here’s rhymes for snow times (or pretend ones).

On the first one, pretend to be a snowman stretching and growing tall; then shrink as you melt.  The second just uses wiggly five fingers.

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