Pajama Party!

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On Friday, April 8th, Milne Library will host a Pajama Party Story Time Celebration for children and their caregivers! This event is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council* and students from the School of Education. Any age is welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

Story Time (performed by members of the Young Children’s Council) will last from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (a change from past events), with refreshments, songs and crafts. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas! The event will take place in the Teacher Education Resource Center, located on the lower-level of Milne Library.

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Kylie Sitar – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

*The Young Children’s Council is sponsored by the Student Association


Get Yer Board Books Here!

BoardBooksIf you’re looking for the board books to use for lesson planning, be aware that they’ve got a new home in the Teacher’s Education Resource Center. Just take a look at the bright, colorful new shelving unit that just made its way into the center of the collection and have a browse…

Do you like it? Maybe you have some suggestions? Let us know!

Winter Storytime @Milne

Winter.StorytimeMilne Library will host a Winter Story Time Celebration for children and their caregivers! This event open to the entire community and is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. All ages are welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

Friday, December 11th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Teacher Education Resource Center
(located on the lower-level of Milne Library)

Story Time is performed by members of the Young Children’s Council and refreshments, songs and crafts will be provided.

Milne Library’s address is 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454.  Parking is available on Main Street; park by Ward Place, walk down the hill, and you will arrive at Milne Library! Look for signage to direct you into the library entrance.

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Dan Staton – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

Lesson Plans: Resources to Engage Students and Enhance Learning

MichellePostIt can be difficult to find the right website to use in lesson planning, specifically one that contains videos, activities, games or other engaging material. I am highlighting three that stand out: two because of their high-quality content & their alignment w/the Common Core (BrainPop & PBS LearningMedia), & one that specializes in hard-to-find educational videos (Kanopy Streaming Video).

These media resources are helpful to use while creating lesson plans for your classes and for use with students in the classroom. In addition to containing subject and topic specific videos, they are also rich in lesson planning and activity ideas, many aligned to the common core.

BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content. Resources include: movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, experiments, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics within Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Technology, Arts & Music, and Health. All content is aligned to and searchable by state standards including Common Core.

PBS LearningMedia provides access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections.  You must be a SOE faculty member or student to access this resource. Please contact me if you have issues accessing the site.

Kanopy Streaming Video is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides access to more than 26,000 films. Over 80 subject areas range from Global Studies & Languages to the Arts, to Education (K-12); Technical Training to Career Development to LGBT.

For more media resource ideas, visit the Education Lesson Planning guide, or contact the Education Librarian, Michelle Costello, directly at [email protected]

Thanksgiving Storytime @Milne

Thanksgiving.StorytimeMilne Library will host a Thanksgiving Story Time Celebration for children and their caregivers! This event open to the entire community and is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. All ages are welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

Friday, November 20th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Teacher Education Resource Center
(located on the lower-level of Milne Library)

Story Time is performed by members of the Young Children’s Council and refreshments, songs and crafts will be provided.

Milne Library’s address is 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454.  Parking is available on Main Street; park by Ward Place, walk down the hill, and you will arrive at Milne Library! Look for signage to direct you into the library entrance.

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Dan Staton – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

Halloween Storytime @Milne

Halloween.StorytimeMilne Library will host a Halloween Story Time Celebration for children and their caregivers! This event open to the entire community and is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. All ages are welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

Friday, October 30th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Teacher Education Resource Center
(located on the lower-level of Milne Library)

Story Time is performed by members of the Young Children’s Council and refreshments, songs and crafts will be provided.

Milne Library’s address is 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454.  Parking is available on Main Street; park by Ward Place, walk down the hill, and you will arrive at Milne Library! Look for signage to direct you into the library entrance.

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Dan Staton – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

Wave Machines, Puppets, and a Scavenger Hunt: The Perfect Field Trip!

On Friday, March 27, SUNY Geneseo was host to four 3rd graders and their teachers from the Genesee Valley BOCES program. The purpose of the visit was to introduce the students (all on the Autism Spectrum) to the idea of attending college and for them to experience the life of a college student (at least for one day). Each of the visiting students was paired up with a Geneseo School of Education student, who served  as their “buddy” for the day. The following is a write-up from one of the buddys.
miranda2“…I was able to spend the morning and afternoon with four great students from the BOCES program. My buddy for the day was a third grader named Makayla. We spent the morning looking at the wave machine in the Science building at Geneseo and seeing the cool things that happened when waves caused erosion on a shoreline! At lunch Makayla and I sat together with another student, Landon, and his college-buddy. They were telling us all about themselves including their pets and siblings and even what they have learned in school this year (they were especially excited to tell us about their fraction knowledge).  Makayla was full of questions about college and was really interested with the fact that we lived here as well as went to school! We next got to have some fun running around campus during our scavenge hunt. Makayla was especially excited about finding a colorful piano in the College Union, and even started to play some notes! When we finally arrived at our last location, the library, there were prizes waiting for the students. Makayla was really excited about her prizes and showed them off all around! It was a great time to read with her and see her interest in all the different books and puppets she could look at and use in the library. Overall it was a great day filled with lots of fun and excitement!”

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This was an amazing experience, not only for the 3rd graders but for the Geneseo students (and staff) as well! We hope that this is just the first in many such opportunities.

Valentines Day Storytime

heartsMilne Library is hosting a:

Valentine’s Day Story Time Celebration
for children and their caregivers!

When:           Friday, February 13th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where:         Teacher Education Resource Center
located on the lower-level of Milne Library

Join us for refreshments, songs, games, and crafts!

This event is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. Any age is welcome, although these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Olivia Hrycko – [email protected], Meaghan Trevett [email protected],  or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

Campus address:

1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY  14454

Parking is available on Main Street, if you park right by Ward Place and walk down the hill, you will arrive right at Milne Library!

Be sure to mark future storytime dates on your calendar! Look for events on March 6th & April 17th of 2015.

Picture Perfect! Teaching with Picture Books

picturebooksThe adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” rings especially true when talking about picture books. Anyone who has browsed through bookstore or library shelves can attest to the fact that a compelling photo or illustration on the cover may entice us to pick up a rather dull sounding book. We may ask ourselves “Why is there a skull and crossbones on the cover”, or “what is that woman thinking, swimming with that shark?”

In addition to making texts more appealing the artwork in picture books can make it easier for readers to make sense of the accompanying (sometimes complex) text. This can be particularly helpful to classroom teachers who are looking for ways to introduce complicated or controversial topics to their students.

Milne Library has a large collection of picture books on various subjects and themes such as: geometry, human impact on the earth, disabilities, grief, and acceptance. Using picture books to introduce these topics can help both the teacher (making it easier to cover difficult to understand content) and the students (may engage them with content they normally wouldn’t choose).

All children’s picture books are located on the lower level of the library in the Teacher Education Resource Center (TERC). A few new titles, with summaries (from the catalog/book jacket), are listed below. For help on locating these books visit this site or contact the education librarian, Michelle Costello ([email protected]).

Titles:

  • Bats on Parade by Kathi Appelt — “On a midsummer’s night the Marching Bat Band makes a rare appearance, its members grouped in formations that demonstrate multiplication from two times two up to ten times ten.”
  • A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz — “The renowned cat conservationist reflects on his early childhood struggles with a speech disorder, describing how he only spoke fluently when he was communicating with animals and how he resolved at a young age to find his voice to be their advocate.”
  • Cloud Spinner by — Michael Catchpool “When the king orders a boy to make him a huge wardrobe out of the clouds in the sky, the boy warns him that it is more than he needs but the king does not listen.”
  • Half a World Away by Libby Gleeson — “When Louie’s best friend Amy moves to the other side of the world, Louie must find a way to reconnect with her.”
  • House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser– “Built on a treeless yard by a family who cleared away all the sprouting trees on the property, a house is eventually abandoned and left to deteriorate on a lot that is gradually overrun by wild trees, in a poignant tale of loss, change, and nature’s quiet triumph.”
  • Same, Same, but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw — “Pen pals Elliot and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries–America and India–they both love to climb trees, have pets, and ride a school bus.”
  • The Tin Forest by Helen Ward– “An old man’s persistent dreams transform a garbage dump into a forest full of life.”
  • Varmints. Part One by Helen Ward & Marc Craste — “When tall buildings and loud noise drown out the sounds of bees in the grass and birds in the sky, one soul cares enough to start over again and help nature thrive.”

 

Fall Story Time Celebration

Fall.StorytimeMilne Library will host a Fall Story Time Celebration for children and their caregivers! This event open to the entire community and is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. All ages are welcome, though these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

Friday, September 19th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Teacher Education Resource Center
(located on the lower-level of Milne Library)

Story Time is performed by members of the Young Children’s Council and refreshments, songs and crafts will be provided.

Milne Library’s address is 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454.  Parking is available on Main Street; park by Ward Place, walk down the hill, and you will arrive at Milne Library! Look for signage to direct you into the library entrance.

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Marissa Zinone – [email protected] or Michelle Costello – [email protected]