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Rarely boring.

Read about (and see videos from!) the last two Music Club program here.  I love knowing great people to do some great music programs for kids.

A Library Book Burning Success Story

Book burning would get just about anyone’s attention, right?

When a .7% tax increase seems too large a burden for a town, a clever PR campaign saves the day.  This should be required watching.


Jeremy Tankard helps my kid think I’m cool.

My daughter isn’t here yet.  And I’m thinking it’ll be at least a couple years before she grasps the rather elusive concept of  ‘cool.’


Somewhere between finding out about ‘cool’ and being about 14 years old, she’s going to think I’m really cool.  In part because I met the children’s author / illustrator Jeremy Tankard, and he signed a book for my daughter.  He’s the author and illustrator of Grumpy Bird, Me Hungry and Boo Hoo Bird. He gave a really great presentation on himself as an artist. How his style has changed over time and slowly morphed into doing children’s illustrations.   Part of his presentation involved him drawing some stuff in Photoshop, which was mind boggling and might as well have been a death star tight rope liger demonstration to the room full of children’s librarians who operate daily with 10 year old computers.

Anyway he signed my book, which ruled.

The Photoshop picture he did in the presentation was downright nifty and I thought it’d go well in the nursery. So I asked him if he could email it to me.   He said sure, and asked if I could hang out a bit longer – he had to sign other books. After signing other people’s books he started doing a drawing for the nursery!

At some point, my daughter will think I’m cool for this. Thanks Jeremy!

Music Club

My job at the library is pretty cool.  I started a Music Club summer series for kids.  Basically, I get bands to play at the library for kids, and in between songs they talk about their instruments and how they work, etc.  Each program has time for the kids to get up on stage and try the instruments themselves.  So far it’s gone really well, with each session drawing between 60-95 people.

The first three are recapped here, with some videos on Von Barlow, Tony Steve, and Tropic of Cancer.

Video from yesterday’s program with After The Bomb, Baby! is up on the Children’s Department blog here.  I think this band has a whole new following.


Testing… testing… 1, 2, 3…

Not bad for a Monday, really.

I got to meet a bunch of people I hear nearly everyday on the radio.  That was surreal.

And then I got talk for five minutes about a new program I’m doing at the library.  That segment is near the end.

You can listen to the show here.

I said ‘um’ about 9 times.

The first speaker was the new city council president.  It was nice to hear he’s all about the city helping promote education, not so nice was that he doesn’t necessarily equate that with library funding.  I should have called in from the lobby.

Three Little Speckled Frogs!

There is a song I sing every week with my Toddler Power Hour class.  I play the guitar and sing and the kids all have various instruments that rattle about.

It’s the big finale.

At one point I tried to sing a different ending song to the storytime.  After that song about dinosaurs or whatever it was clear the toddler were not satiated.  A room full of 2 year olds just sat drooling at me and demanding ‘the frog song.’

So it’s always the big finale.

Gruven, one of the toddlers, came in with a bunch of cookies today.  One special one for me.

They were the tastiest frogs I ever had!  Thanks Gruven!