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Mission Viejo Hands-On New Media Storytime Training

Carisa Kluver of and I are at the Mission Viejo Library  helping their staff get comfortable with being at the front of the room holding an iPad in storytime. We’ve been playing with a bunch of apps (below) and two particularly gregarious children’s librarians, Allison Tran and Daytha Howell, made an adorable video with the Sock Puppets app. We’ll post slides and additional resources from the trainings soon.

Mission Viejo Apps List

3 Little Pigs
Animal Sounds
The Artist Mortimer
Book of Holes
Boynton 4-pack
Byron Barton Collection 1
The Chicken and the Egg
Endless ABC
Felt Board App
Fierce Grey Mouse
First Words Deluxe
Flip Flap Farm
Go Away, Big Green Monster
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy (w/American Sign Language)
Hickory Dickory Dock
Keynote App
Kid in Story Book Maker
Kid in Story Reader
Kindoma Storytime
Little Bird’s Internet Safety Adventure App
Little Bird’s Safety Adventure eBook
Little Digits
Mother Goose on the Loose App
Parker Penguin
Reading Raven
Sago Mini Sound Box
Sock puppets
Songs for Kids
Stella and Sam Story pack
Toca Cars
Toca Monsters Kitchen
Very Cranky Bear
Wee Sing ABC
Professor Garfield – 4 free apps about media, cyberbullying, safety, and determining online authority:,,,

Kindle Books

Brown Bear
Pete the Cat
Sitting in my Box
Hand hand fingers thumb


My Book of Colors (free)
Toy Story: Woody’s Aqua Adventure (free)
The Seed Story (free)
Edwin The Super Duper Otter (free)
Yellow Submarine (free)
The Speaking Piano (free)


Farmer Brown Had 5 Green Apples Felt Board

Carisa Kluver and I were doing a New Media in Storytime workshop for the children’s services staff at the Mission Viejo Library last month. Before our participants arrived I was running through some of the digital storytelling techniques I wanted to demonstrate that day. I had one of my Keynote presentations up on the screen and I was running through Farmer Brown had 5 Green Apples… except that Farmer Brown didn’t have GREEN apples, as I was used to singing the song (I’ve been dong that song far longer than I’ve been using an iPad in storytime!) because the Software Smoothie Felt Board app only had RED apples. So I sang it wrong. Over and over, because I kept forgetting that the apples were red when my brain wanted them to be green.

Eventually Carisa said to me, “Why don’t you just ask Mindy to make you some green apples?”

Carisa was right; both she and I have worked with the folks who make the app and we know they’re always happy to get feedback to make their app a better early literacy tool. What was especially funny about this situation was that it illustrated one of the key points I always try to hammer home: children’s librarians have an unprecedented opportunity to work directly with content developers to raise the overall quality of children’s content offerings in the digital media marketplace.

Long story short, Mindy made me some green apples. You can see them below in my Farmer Brown had 5 Green Apples felt board below. Thanks Mindy!

California State Library: Early Learning with Families 2.0

I’ve been a little AWOL from the Little eLit blog recently. Many thanks to Amy for keeping content fresh while I’ve been elsewhere! Here’s one of the projects I’m going to be working on, and the official announcement from Gerry Maginnity, the Acting State Librarian of California.

My part in ELF 2.0 will be to create a technology tooklit to help children’s librarians integrate new media and technology for children into library collections, services and programs (It will be free and available to the public once it’s done. The prototype should be ready by November.) This project will be the next iteration of an existing project, the original ELF, but like so many other initiatives, ELF needs to be re-worked to take into account the realities of modern information consumption, especially for families with young children. I’ll be doing a whole lot of talking at the California Library Association Conference in Long Beach in November, where I’ll be working with Dr. Josh Sparrow of the Brazelton Touchpoints CenterCarisa Kluver of Digital StorytimeShira Lee Katz of Common Sense Media, Francie Dillon, Sharon Krull, and a whole pile of library rockstars. We’ll also be putting on some webinars and in-person trainings around California.

There are two related technology for children pilot projects at the Mission Viejo  and Rancho Cucamonga Libraries in Southern California that will give me lots of learning to report on. Mission Viejo is home to Little eLit Think Tankers Genesis Hansen and Allison Tran, and Rancho is a 2013 IMLS Medal Winner.

Drs. Marianne Martens and Virginia Walter will be helping to provide some badly needed library-based research around the issue of children, technology and libraries. The amazing and inspiring Suzanne Flint at the California State Library will be wrangling us all, and Sam Eddington (incoming chair of the ALSC Education Committee) will be helping to facilitate the discussions.