Monday, March 2, 2015

iPad Story

My first day using the iPad was frightening because I had never used one and was afraid my patrons would mark me with a scarlet letter. I started story time by passing out a pre-survey to see how savvy my patrons are with technology.Everyone but one parent was familiar with an iPad. Majority felt that it was appropriate to use during story time and a few were unsure or just said no. It was a good thing I didn't look at the results until after using the iPad for six weeks. I did purchased an iTV to use with the projector to project onto the wall, the only downside was if a child stood in front of the projector we saw nothing. I never let the kids hold the iPad, I did the work for them. During the six weeks I used the following apps & books:

  • Make a scene (Christmas) - Kids went to the wall to dig letters from the snow to spell the mystery word.
  • Overdrive - Borrowed ebooks to read
  • Animal - I didn't project but play the "guess what animal" sound game.
  • Purchased books: Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, Napkin Man and Turkey Gobble. These had little interactive areas for us to do while reading.
  • SeeTouchLearn: I used for alphabets
  • Feltz & Mother Goose on the Loose: felt board

So I didn't use it that much, probably a good 5 - 10% per session. I'm not sure if it was the weather or the iPad but my attendance started to increase. At the end of the six weeks I passed out my post-survey, the results were: Everyone thought using iPad during story time was appropriate; some felt it was interactive; some had issue with the set-up of the projector, some felt iPad should be used a few times but not during every story time and everyone loved seeing the book enlarged on the wall.

In the end I have decided to apply for a grant to purchase a ceiling projector for the Story Room. My plans are to project more stories on the wall and when using iPad for a game to let the kids one at a time use it while others look on.

Tanya Thompson
Youth Services Librarian
Geneva Public Library

Spring printables

Here are some Spring printable pages!


Friday, February 27, 2015

St. Patrick's Day printables

Here are a few St. Patrick's Day printables.




Monday, February 23, 2015

Summer Reading Planning Workshop - Reminder

Don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Planning Workshop on the PLS Calendar of Events!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Free Friday from Guildcraft

Another free Friday printable from Guildcraft.  Have fun with it!



Contact Albany!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Summer Reading workshop

Just a reminder!

Please sign up on the PLS Calendar of Events for the Summer Reading Planning Workshop.  This workshop is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015 at the Pioneer Library System from 9 - 3pm.


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Take Your Child to the Library Day 2015

Pete the Cat stopped by the Palmyra Community Library and shared his "groovy" attitude.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Snowmen on a stick

Looking for a healthy winter themed snack?
Try this from:

Banana Snowmen on a Stick

We're getting in a wintry mood with these fun fruity snacks which children can make from 

Everything is better on a stick, right? and these fun party snacks are no exception. Bananas, apples, grapes, a few chocolate chips and a pretzel stick (or you could use a matchmaker choc stick) and a simple but fun make.

Bananas will brown over time so make them right before you eat them.