Family Storytime: Pets

Jan 27th, 2016 Family Storytime, Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 6 min read

Pets storytime is sometimes hard because I feel like we always focus on the dogs and the cats, being the most popular. There’s just not really great books on lizards and gerbils, etc… Hotrod Hamster sometimes makes it on the list, I just don’t think it’s as great as a read aloud as these classics. I read Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes because…

Storytime Underground, Local Chapter Chicago Burbs

Dec 26th, 2015 Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Storytime Underground is a pretty popular blog/website on peer-to-peer professional development for youth services staff/school librarians doing storytimes. They have decided to do local networking/social groups IRL (in real life). I had the honor to be asked to be the local chapter leader! So, if you are in the Chicago and surrounding suburban area, our local chapter Facebook Group will have discussion threads and e-invites…

Awesome Illustrations: Ask Me (ill. Suzy Lee)

Nov 17th, 2015 Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

If Suzy Lee didn’t live in Korea, she would be racking up Caldecotts. Just sayin’. I’m going to go draw now in my coloring book as if I had skillz like this. #covergasm #foreignbooksareawesome

Battle of the Books Orientation

Sep 24th, 2015 Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 4 min read

I’m so happy with Battle of the Books! I started this program last year at our library, so this will be the second annual Battle program. Up until the day before, we only had 8 kids on the registration list. I was freaking out. I thought we’d have to cancel. Last year we had about 18 kids sign up and eventually a few dropped and…


Sep 2nd, 2015 Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Apologies! My computer has died. The cat knocked over an entire cup of coffee on it and my boyfriend is trying to clean the sugar out of it, so it doesn’t light on fire when I attempt to turn it on again. Posting will resume! (Probably really slowly until I get another computer) But I checked out a laptop from the library today… go libraries!

The Sixty-Eight Rooms (book review)

Jul 27th, 2015 Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

The Sixty-Eight Rooms. By Marianne Malone. Read by Cassandra Campbell. 7 hrs. Listening Library, 2011. 9780307916334. Grades 3-6. Ruthie and Jack are on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago when they become enamored by the Thorne Rooms. They are 68 miniature rooms fully furnished, each room representing a place and time period from around the world. When Ruthie feels like there is…

Contest! and Post Topic for July

Jul 6th, 2015 Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

In July I will be posting about the 2016 Rebecca Caudill nominees. These books are the children’s choice books for the state of Illinois. Students that read 3 of the books this year can vote in March for their favorite. The Caudill awards are a great opportunity to promote a place where students’ votes count. Teachers can relate this directly to civics and how voting…

ALSC Online Class: School & Public Library Collaboration

May 29th, 2015 Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Sign up for my new class! Both schools and public libraries have the same goal to help people become lifelong learners and effective and efficient users of information. There are many mutual benefits of collaborating with your area public schools. You already have the same audience. Why don’t you reach them more effectively and benefit all involved? We will look at past successful collaborations. You…