How to Tell a Story

8631214f-e8d3-40db-937d-c846b748b766Recently, at one of our NaNoWriMo group meetings, we talked about how to put together a story, and the art of the first line. While I spend a great deal of time with my young writers talking about elements of a story, and working specifically on first lines, I’ve never really done this with the adults.

But I came across this fabulous new book called, HOW TO TELL A STORY, by Daniel Nayeri, which is part book, part game…and now I want to use it everywhere! This book is used as a resource to allow children to learn how to construct a story using 20 interactive colour-coded blocks to help them along. Used in big groups or small, it’s a great way to get children of all ages to think about how stories work, and why they won’t work. I’m pretty sure our adults would have fun with this as an exercise as well.

You can see more about this interesting new teachable here:

Doesn’t this sound fun? I can’t wait to see what everyone writes!

Green Eggs and Ham…revisited!

greenLooking back on some of our more popular posts, it surprises us to see Green Eggs and Ham on the list. While it was actually a really interesting look into how Theodore Geisel’s editor challenged him (Dr. Seuss) to write a book using only 50 words, the post continues to be one people search for most. Are people looking for information on this challenge because they want to try it themselves? Or are they simply interested in green eggs and ham? Your guess is as good as mine. Until the Great Google tells us why someone searches, we’ll never know.

However, if you are looking for recipes for Green Eggs and Ham, Food Network star Paula Deen has a fun recipe that involves a few drops of food colouring, and some fancy cookie cutters to use on the toast. But there are also plenty of fantastic–and creative–green eggs and ham recipes to be found on Pinterest….not all of which are actually eggs, or ham.

What if Geisel’s editor had chosen the 50 words for him instead of letting him choose which words to use? Would that have made it more difficult? Or would our Dr. Seuss memories be about something even more off the wall, like purple potatoes and blue milkshakes? This could be a fun writing challenge, and one I’m considering for our Young Writer’s group a little further into the new year. Maybe you should give it a try, and see what you come up with!

Regardless, GREEN EGGS AND HAM continues to be a popular book for children many generations down the line. I bet you could stop almost anyone in the street and ask them to recite at least one line from the book, and they could do it. Can you say the same about many other popular children’s books?

I do not think so. I say no.


What is French Storytime all about?

We’ve had a bit of a slow start to our French Storytime, or “Une Heure de Conte en francais” at the library on Friday mornings this fall. Since we’re gearing up for the last few before we take a break, I’d like to talk about what we do at these sessions. They’re a lot of fun, and I think many people would enjoy them!

French Storytime posterfall2015WHO IS THIS FOR?

French storytime is aimed at children with some French language skills, but there is no need to be fluent. We read stories mostly in French (although there is plenty of English to keep everyone up to speed), and sing songs, or watch French videos.


We begin with lots of great stories, and try to base the sessions on the median age of the group. If the children appear to have more French language skills, we’ll switch it up and do a lot of fun reading. And if they’re still learning, then the sessions change. We also end each morning with a fun colouring sheet and possibly even a stamp, and a visit with some puppet friends.


We hold all our storytime sessions in the Barbara Walsh room, just off the Kids Corner. You can come in the back door, or drop in the usual way through the front entrance. During the colder months, we’ll have lots of space to store coats and boots, but come a little bit early to get settled. No registration is required, so drop in around 10:30am on Fridays to participate.

As with our other storytime sessions, we’ll be taking a little break during December, and starting up again in the new year. Follow us on Facebook for a current schedule. And if a storytime day falls on a day when buses are cancelled, we won’t hold the storytime session.


Join us each Friday at 10:30am for about a half hour session. You can stay as long as you wish, as the library is open all day on Fridays, but plan to come a few minutes early so that we can get started. Our last session is Friday, November 27th.

Help us to keep wonderful programs like this going through the year. Plan on attending and enjoy what the library has to offer!

Une Heure de Conte en Francais

nostoryJust a reminder, there will be no French Storytime this morning. We’ll be back next Friday morning at 10:30am, though!

***If your child is home for the PA day today, though….we’re still running the Lego Drop In from 2-4pm today! Come in for some Lego fun…no registration required.

Halloween Costumes

All right, I’ll admit it. I’m lazy when it comes to Halloween. I like the idea of coming up with a costume, and showing how witty or creative I can be, but I just never seem to feel like doing it when the time comes around. When I was a kid, it was a different story. Maybe I need candy as incentive?

Aside from the year before last, when I went crazy with the Zombie makeup for Halloween Craft Night (okay, even that was just me dressing in black and throwing a bit of powder on my clothes), I usually just throw on my headband with flying bats and call it a costume.

734377_602372259798774_1696912807_nSo, this year, it’s my turn to work at the library on Halloween–which falls on a Saturday–and I’m starting to feel the pressure of coming up with a costume. Will I or won’t I? I guess you’ll just have to wait until Saturday to find out.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for some easy costume ideas, try one of these sites….and Pinterest has a TON of great ideas! A lot of these require the child or adult to be in a warm environment….not out trick-or-treating in the cold, but you can adapt. (Remember when all our costumes were created around fitting over a big snowsuit?)

Party Blog


Lego Family!


Napoleon Dynamite

What are you wearing for Halloween this year?


Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Yes…we’re doing it again….a Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the library!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover posterAs part of our Ontario Public Library Week celebrations, we’re looking forward to our Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Friday, Oct. 23rd! Drop a stuffie off anytime that day, and we’ll get them ready for an overnight bit of fun at the library. (No, your child doesn’t stay…just the stuffed animal!)

We have lots of things planned for that evening, and when your child picks up their friend the next day, we’ll have lots to show them. We’ll be posting the photos on Facebook on Saturday, Oct., 24th, so keep watch. It’s going to be crazy fun!