Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Michael Dahl, Author & Storyteller, Is Coming To Van Meter For Our WRAD Celebration!

We are very excited to share that our friend, author and storyteller, Michael Dahl, is coming to Van Meter Community School on February 1, 2019 to help us celebrate World Read Aloud Day!

He will be sharing his newest Capstone picture book, Family is a Superpower, Cave of the Bookworms and several others with the students and teachers, and a few friends and libraries we will be connecting with online as we celebrate WRAD on that day. 
Here is Michael's schedule for the day and all of the special activities we have planned.  
We hope you follow along on our library Instagram and Twitter @vmlibraryvoice and on our Facebook Page, The Library Voice, throughout the day.  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Josh Funk & His Virtual Visit To Our Students In Iowa!

Last week, we had the honor of having one of our favorite authors, 
Josh Funk, visit the Van Meter kindergarteners and...
...my sister Heather's students in Amana, Iowa.  
Josh was amazing as he talked about writing and how he became an author.
He even answered questions from our kindergarteners and Heather's kids in Amana.  This is always one of our favorite parts!  
And one of my favorite parts was when Josh read Lost in the Library, which is one of our favorite new library books. 

It was an amazing Skype!  Everyone loved it so much. 
Now, I just have to show you Josh's website!  

It is amazing! You will find it here too.  
On his site, there is a page just for kids filled with....
 Character Cards, 
Book Trailers, 
Play Book Songs, 
 Activity Kits and Coloring Pages, 
 Activity Kits filled with...
 ...so much fun for our....
 ...learners, readers,
classroom teachers and librarians.
We especially love the Lost in the Library Activity Kit since this is the one Josh read to us during his Skype visit.
One last thing....You must check out Josh's Resources for Writers where he has developed 12 lessons for writing picture books.  These are all so awesome and will be super helpful and meaningful to our young writers. 

Thank you Josh for visiting our libraries and inspiring our students and teachers.  YOU are amazing, my friend!  We can't wait until you visit again! 

Creating AWESOME Business Cards In Buncee!

As I get ready to head off to London for the BETT Conference at the end of the week, I want to make sure I am ready to make connections and new friendships so I turned to Buncee to create fresh new very special business cards! 

It is quick and easy to make business cards using Buncee especially with the new template feature and so many wonderful, eye catching choices. 

Let me show you how to create them too! 
Log into Buncee and select Business Cards from the 3.0 version.
There are many template choices for Buncee or you can create your own.  
Since I wanted a square business card (something different that will stand out), I chose the Square from Select Canvas Size. It will automatically resize your Buncee when you click on Apply. 
For us, as librarians, there are TONS of really awesome background and other assets under the Library categories.  In fact, whatever your job or interests might be, there are designs for everything in Buncee.

First, I picked a Background from the Library category.
Then I started adding the other assets from the Library category by searching for items such as me to...
 ...create a really fun business card with a cute side including Buncee Man and....
...a side with all of my important information. 

As you can see, there are so many stickers, backgrounds, and other assets that will make you shine in your business card. 
After my design was complete in Buncee, I went to Vista Print where I uploaded the two sides to create my business cards.  There is even a killer deal right now from Vista Prints too! 

I can't wait to take my new business cards to BETT and then onto FETC, TCEA, NCCE and many other places this year.  

I hope that you have fun creating and sharing your new business cards in Buncee too.