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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Being There for Each Other

heart made out of many colored stones, on a sandy beach
Photo credit:  Pixabay
I have been presenting a few self-care workshops in the past several months, and at one of them, someone pointed out how hard it can be to find someone to truly listen to you when you need to talk/reflect/process something challenging in your life.  She was responding to a quote from Brene  Brown, suggesting that we let go of exhaustion as a status symbol, and saying that often when people talk about the challenges they are facing, it becomes a game of one-upping.  Example: 

"How are you?"

"Oh,  I'm tired because I've been pretty stressed at work and the baby is teething."

"Oh, you think you're tired?  I'm so tired!  I've been working 65 hour weeks to get a project done, and the kids are running me ragged with all their activities.  I don't know when I last had a quiet evening at home.  I bet you get a lot of those with the baby."

Like that. 

Turns out, it isn't that helpful to enter into a contest about who has the most stress or difficulty in their life.  Sometimes others just need us to listen compassionately, not try to solve their problem, and not let them know that we have it even worse.  I've been thinking about how we can create that kind of culture for each other as colleagues.  I see and hear all sorts of lovely things happening between librarians, and observe people developing supportive networks and friendships.  If there's anything I can do to help facilitate this, please let me know!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Storytelling Prop

Many thanks to Valerie Spooner from Ladysmith for this fun guest post!

My storytime regulars LOVE Pete the Cat and I love easy to make props for retelling stories. After spending way too much time on Pinterest and not seeing anything I loved (anyone else hate toilet paper tubes??) I had a burst on inspiration and made this guy:

Pete the Cat book and prop, made with a cup, Pete the Cat picture, and removable buttons

It’s affordable enough that the kids can make their own to take home, too!
  • Yellow paper cups (Dollar Tree is great for these, or you can get them at Walmart)
  • Velcro
  • Buttons (I just used buttons I had on hand - I'm regretting not buying colorful buttons like in the story)
  • Pete the cat coloring page, available at http://www.petethecatbooks.com/activities/rock-color-pete-cat/ (I just used his head and upper body and cut the rest off)
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Tape (to attach Pete’s head to the cup)