It's not too hard, to tell them that you love them. Even a text will do. My son sent me a text when I had to work on a Saturday that he loved me and missed me and it was the sweetest thing EVER.
The reason I'm being all sentimental and everything is because I lost a great friend suddenly.
Stephanie Squiccarini was the head of the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival. She was not only the head though, she breathed life into the festival. She was the pulse of the festival.
I just assumed that she would always be there to support all that she does. So I never told her all the things that I wanted to. Therefor, I'm insisting you to tell those you love that you love them. End every discussion with I love you and a hug. Not only will it make them feel good, it will make you feel good. Because you never know when you will lose them.
I love when I fall upon neat articles that encourage me to let my kids explore science and math more.
Kids can be citizen scientists too
In this article in the magazine Popular Science, they encourage kids (and adults) to be "citizen scientists". They say that just because you don't have a science background, you don't have to say no to playing and exploring. For example there is an app where people are studying birds and sending information to the Audubon Society, and the 1 millionth person to send information? ... A twelve year old!
This is where the library comes in! We have tons of science toys that you can learn new science things without even realizing that you're learning something! And this is NOT just for the kids. There is plenty of things for the teens and parents to play with too. We want you to let your citizen scientist mind to flourish as well!
On the second and fourth Tuesday from 2-3pm and the second and fourth Wednesday from 6-7pm we have an open house where you can play with all the goodies in our new makerspace!
On Thursdays from 5:45-6:45pm we explore our imagination in a more condensed format: 1st Legos, 2nd Engineering, 3rd Art, 4th Technology and 5th is a mystery (even to us sometimes)!
Life Size Games Open House
For all ages and families.
Join us for a full day of life-size fun! We will be playing all of our life size games in two hour increments. Stop in anytime to join a game in progress or come at the hour marks to start a new one!
Noon-2pm: Yahtzee and Jenga
Yesterday (Thursday) when I normally write my blog post I was recovering from an exhausting morning playing Candyland ... and by exhausting, I mean EXHAUSTING. There was so much running around ... and not just by me, but by all the small children too. They had such a blast! There were about 75 people throughout that hour, roaming the rainbow bridge and gumdrop pass. Didn't get to make it? COME VISIT ON SATURDAY! Plus you'll get to play Monopoly! What could be better?
Miss Valerie and Miss Miranda have gone super crazy and created some amazingly huge games that really need to be played ... BY YOU! (This means you too teens.)
Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone! Plus Happy belated Birthday to my Mom! Thanks to my Mom's birthday, Valentine's Day has always been super special.
Which has been trouble in the past for my kids, because they were always required to make Valentine's Day cards for their classmates and not get purchased ones. It used to also be trouble for my husband, because expectations were high. Luckily, now all it takes is an "I love you" and I'm pretty much set.
How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Do you even celebrate it?
Onto the next question. So what do you love right now? Any special books, music or food? I definitely am all for the Easter egg peanut butter cups. They are soooo good. Probably a little too good, in fact.
I'm also in love with this musician Mariee Sioux.
Mariee Sioux is an American folk singer-songwriter. Her father Gary Sobonya is a mandolin player of Polish and Hungarian descent, and her mother Felicia is of Spanish, Paiute, and Indigenous Mexican descent. (from Google Music)
My music playlists on Google Music sometimes look totally random to me sometimes. I sometimes wonder what they would look to other people. I might be considered a little crazy. Folk music, electronic music, rap music, hard rock music, classical music ... really just about everything except country music.
It is an incredible book about the struggles of middle school and it even made me cry at one point. What a baby. :)
Now I've decided that my Girls Who Code club is officially here and officially awesome. Right now we have five girls (I am mad that our Buffalo girl wasn't here) and they were all absolutely fantastic. They gave me such enthusiasm and energy that I totally didn't want it to end. They were all so excited that we are going to work on creating a website.
The girls decided very quickly that the topic was going to be soccer and that part of it was going to be letting everyone know how many amazing female soccer players there are. *** I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW *** Yes, our girls have started, but they are a very friendly group of girls and I know that they wouldn't mind having more people to join them. I'm just letting you know now that you must like popcorn and sour patch kids because I promised the girls that I would have some.
Also I want you all to know that you DO NOT need to know anything about coding, computers or creating websites. What you do need is to: 1. be a girl between 9-13 years and 2. be friendly and willing to make new friends!
Hope to see you there on February 7th at 6pm! (We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday every month.)
Happy Thursday everyone!
So first ... what do you think? Are schools going to be closed tomorrow? They do like to frighten us, don't they? However even if school isn't cancelled ... WOW! Just found out that Rush-Henrietta is closed tomorrow. So anyways, even if school is open make sure to wear nice warm mittens.
Onto Girls Who Code. I was really excited and hopeful for the program. That girls would just flock to the library in order to be a part of this program. But no. Not yet. I am still very hopeful however. I think that with a little more advertising, it will be extremely popular.
We did have one girl who was in the library and we made her join us to learn about Girls Who Code and eat candy. We asked her to bring some of her friends and she said that she actually LIVES IN BUFFALO but comes to Chili because her knows and feels comfortable here. Miss Jill and two of our pages Miranda and Laura were in the room as well and you could hear and audible "awwwwww" driving that far to get to the library? That made the event totally worth it, even though the girl to lady ratio was definitely off. Oh well. A little advertising and a few more weeks and it will be awesome. I hope to see you there! WE HAVE CHOCOLATE!
So here we go ...
I decided that we needed to do a Girls Who Code club.
There are tons of articles in which they describe how there are far fewer women getting computer science degrees vs men, even though the need for people with those degrees has gone up. In this NPR article, Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn? they discuss how one college changed things around to make women feel more comfortable in the program. So now, that one college is at about 50/50 with women/men, unlike many other colleges which are 20/80 women/men. With increasing job needs, we need more people, and women have lots to offer.
Then I listened to this episode of the NPR podcast Hidden Brain. The Edge of Gender. In it there was an interesting discussion based on a personal memo sent out by a Google employee on how women and men are inherently different and therefor it makes sense that there are so much less women in computer science.
How does that make you feel ladies? I know that there are differences between men and women and how they react to different situations, but each person could be useful no matter their gender.
This is a VERY long-winded way of saying that we really need to find a place where girls are comfortable coding and using computers without feeling insecure around the guys. Which is why I am doing this program.
I will let you know that my knowledge of coding is very limited. I know bits and pieces, but that's it. Plus I'm making Miss Jill and her daughter Laura participate in this (I know, you're surprised, aren't you?) and they claim to know even less.
This is my way of saying that we will learn together. We can teach each other together and become stronger people because of it.
So, if you are a girl between 10-16 and are available the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 6pm. I expect to see you there. There's a ton we can learn together. I just know it.
I feel bad sometimes because I find these crazy things that I want us to do at the library and I manage to make Miss Jill's hair stand up on end. I really do have the best of intentions, but sometimes ... well I get started and then I just the temptation gets too great.
This is how I'm feeling right now with podcasting and video storytelling. I went to a library conference where librarians are sharing all of the things they are doing at their own libraries ... and there were two that I KNEW I wanted us to do.
This video below is the first of what I want to do.
I would love to have kids or teens come up with either book that they would like to recreate, or their own original piece of work. Then I would love it if they created the artwork and narrated their stories using the equipment that would also be used for podcasting.
Lots of learning would be required, from learning to use image editing software, powerpoint, voice over software, and an assortment of other things, however, I think this could be a great experiment for all of us ... including Miss Jill. :)
You who come will be the first to see our new "toy". I use quotes due to the fact that this is more than a toy. I expect lots of learning to come out of this.
The Friends of the Chili Library are super supportive of us here in Youth Services and for a while now we've been discussing other ways that we can play and learn here in Chili.
Make sure that you listen to the sound in the video. Its AWESOME!
Yes. Today is seriously "Revenge of the Sith". And its not only because its the day after "May the Fourth" and so we need to let the dark sith lords have their special time.
Its been so dark and gloomy. Nothing works correctly and even I can't work correctly. Everyone I've spoken to today would like to blow something up and hide under a big dark cloak. So far, no one has discussed blowing up Alderaan, but hey, you never know, its only just after 3pm.
I personally, love hiding under big dark cloaks and so when I am purchasing jackets, I make an attempt at seeing if I can hide my whole face in it. Its almost as if you could disappear into another world in that dark "cotton jacket" cave, without having to search out for a real one. Those are too damp and they have bats usually. I love having it so I can just see enough that I can read a book and maybe munch on some popcorn or drink some coffee. Oh and melancholy music. Can't forget to have melancholy music playing.
I wonder what Anakin Skywalker was thinking about while he had his hood up in his angry looking cloak? He always looked like there was a big tennis match going on in his head. "good guy. no. bad guy. no. good guy. I hate the universe. no. the universe is good. no." .... that is way too much work to go on inside a mind wrapped up in a hooded cloak. Sometimes I even wonder what kind of music did he listen to, especially on dark and gloomy days. Do you think he listened to music that would make him even gloomier? Yeah, probably.
What do you do on dark and gloomy days? I hope you at least spend some of the time curled up and reading a book. Are there certain things you like to do in order to brighten the atmosphere, or do you just accept that its a dark and gloomy day and go with it? Is there music you like to listen to or food you like to eat on dark and gloomy days? Come on! Tell me your dark and gloomy day stories!
Its me. I like tech toys.