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About booksnquilts

I'm the Children's Services Coordinator for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Central Virginia.

Early Lit Tips: Mind Your P’s And Q’s

While harvesting peas from my small, backyard garden this morning, I was reminded of one of my favorite ABC books, LMNO Peas by Keith Baker. Alphabet books are a natural choice for the Early Literacy Practice of Writing. Writing and … Continue reading

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Early Lit Tips: Under the Sea

Summer weather often brings thoughts of going to the beach. Children are often fascinated by the shells and creatures they encounter there. In honor of the recent World Oceans Day (June 8), lets learn more about animals that live under … Continue reading

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Simply STEM – A New Wiki For Library Programming

Many people think that the purpose of STEM education and programming is to get kids to grow up to be engineers or scientists. But the authors of STEM Lesson Essentials: Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics describe the goal of … Continue reading

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Early Lit Tips: Let’s Go Bananas!

So often adults describe active children as little monkeys. Let’s celebrate that energy and fun-loving attitude with some of my favorite monkey books and rhymes. These books are great read alouds and lend themselves to multiple early literacy practices, but … Continue reading

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There Is Always A Learning Curve

Okay, maybe if you do a project like setting up a wiki often enough that isn’t entirely true. But in my experience, since each project is different, you will encounter something new that makes you feel like a beginner all … Continue reading

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Early Lit Tips: Take It Outside

June is Great Outdoors Month. With that in mind, and in celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 1, let’s head outside this week. Early Literacy Practice: Singing One fun way to help build your child’s pre-literacy skills is … Continue reading

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Early Lit Tips: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spring is a great time to explore the concepts of seeds and growing things. Here are some books, rhymes and an activity that will build both early literacy skills and introduce some science concepts as well. Early Literacy Activity: Reading … Continue reading

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Literacy – More Important Than Ever

Because Literacy In All Its Forms Is More Important Than Ever Since I started this blog, I have often struggled to find a clear focus. As my professional experience grew and changed, my perspective and interests also changed. As I … Continue reading

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That Might Just Be Opportunity in Disguise

I was recently selected for a professional position that fell through after I had already resigned from my previous job. The reasons aren’t important. But the process forced me to re-evaluate my approach to librarianship and professional development. After briefly … Continue reading

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STEM Programming in Libraries

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Programs are a hot topic these days. There is a real push to offer more science and technology types of programs and events. It’s a trend in education and among non-profit organizations for children. But … Continue reading

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