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Pinning apps

I wanted an easy way to start sharing my favorite apps with parents. Pinterest to the rescue once again! I already share good book on Pinterest, and collect my storytime and program ideas there, so why not put apps there too? So, I just created a board, and there I can post apps that I personally have used and a tiny little review, plus the price of the app. Nifto-presto, it is done! Here the link to my board. Is anyone else pinning apps? I’d love to follow and see what you recommend!
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Angela Reynolds
Youth Services Manager
Annapolis Valley Regional Library

Sharing my iPad

reflectionFinally, I have figured out how to project my iPad at the Annapolis Valley Regional Library! It really was very easy. All I had to do was hook up my iPad 2 with an adapter and an HDMI cable to mirror my iPad through the projector (or an HDMI enabled TV) to share apps, books etc with an audience. If you don’t want to pay the $45 or so for the adaptor, (plus a few bucks for an HDMI cable if you don’t already have one) and you already have a laptop and projector, you can pay $14.99 for this cool app: Reflection. Then you’ll be hooking your projector up to the laptop. I decided to go the adapter and cable route so I don’t have to carry around the laptop as well as the iPad and projector. The beauty of the Reflection app is that you can move around the room with your iPad, since it is using WiFi to connect to the laptop. I am tethered with the cable, but my cable is 10 feet long, so I am going this way for now!

My first plan is to offer an App Class for parents to show them some of the cool apps I’ve gotten for free and for very cheap, so that they can get good stuff for their kids. With the iPad Mini available this holiday season, I hope to share some quality stuff with parents so that their kids can have good eBook and app experiences, and I can share some tips and suggested uses at the same time!

Angela Reynolds
Youth Services Manager
Annapolis Valley Regional Library

Welcome Angela!

Angela Reynolds, the manager of Youth Services at the Annapolis Valley Regional Library (where I had my first grown-up librarian job!), has joined Little eLit and is going to help develop some virtual storytelling programs.  Welcome, Angela!

Angela Reynolds
Youth Services Manager
Annapolis Valley Regional Library

The fabulous Angela Reynolds has been a children’s/youth librarian for over 15 years. Angela has worked as a librarian in Kentucky, Oregon, and now, in Nova Scotia. She has served on several ALSC committees, including the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Committee, the Carnegie Committee, and spent two years under headphones on the Notable Recordings for Children committee. She writes book reviews for School Library Journal and audio reviews forHorn Book. You can find her writings on the ALSC blog and on ValleyStorytime.

It’s a secret. But it’s awesome.

Little eLit and the Annapolis Valley Regional Library are teaming up to do……. something totally awesome that I can’t tell you about yet! Despite the rain and wind, my colleague Angela Reynolds is cooking up new ideas for digital early literacy programming. When we have something fun to share, we’ll post it and get some other library systems in on the fun, too. Keep safe, Angela, and everyone else on the East Coast!