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Something Funny Happened at the Library
Rob Reid
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0836-5
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $43.00
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162 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0836-5
Year Published: 2003

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"My job is to make kids laugh."

This is how storyteller, librarian, and all-around jokester Rob Reid opens his delightful new book, Something Funny Happened at the Library. Wouldn't it be great if kids came home from the library holding their sides, eager to pass on the funny things they heard in the library that day? According to Reid, getting the attention of young people is to make them laugh. From easy-to-win-over preschoolers to unimpressed teens, this book will serve as your personal humor coach for even the toughest audiences out there.

Being funny can be intimidating, but with tricks of the trade on how to warm up an audience, choose age-appropriate material, use facial and vocal expressions to lure them in, and select props, you're on your way to the comedy club. Young children won't be able to hold in their giggles after such programs as "The World's Worst Ice Cream Store," and intermediate age school kids will love to take part in book theme parties in honor of Captain Underpants or such special celebrations as "Boo Ha Ha." Even those middle and high school students, once convinced to participate in "Comedy Club" (a program that combines reading and "stand-up") or "Spoonerisms" (a wordplay game), will be rolling in the aisles. To enrich all of these programs, Reid also features the funniest ideas for readers' theater, how to host a lively library tour, and even rap songs that extol the virtues of reading and the library!

An annotated bibliography lists more than 300 of the funniest books available, sorted by category and age, including picture books, fractured fairy tales, folklore, and the funniest children's authors and illustrators. A complete resource for getting children and young adults snickering and having fun in the stacks with innovative programming that uses humor, Something Funny helps you to connect with children and young adults and, along the way, make the library the hippest place in town!
Table of Contents


Part 1: Tricks of the Trade
Part 2: Humor Programs for Preschoolers and Primary School-Age Children
     Bad Hair Day
     Crazy Critters: Animals That Don't Want to Behave Like Animals
     Picky Eaters
     With an Oink-Oink Here and an Oink-Oink There: Piggy Stories
Part 3: Humor Programs for Intermediate School-Age Children
     Traditional Story Program Format
     School Daze
     Special Events
     Boo Ha-Ha!
     Theme Parties
     Wayside School Party
     Captain Underpants Party
     The Time Warp Trio Party
Part 4: Humor Programs for Middle-School and High-School Students
     Storytelling and Writing Programs
     Liars' Club
     Finish the Story
     Reading Program
     Comedy Club
Part 5: Reader's Theater
     The Web Files
Part 6: Lively Library Tours and School Visits
     Tour Script
     School Visits
Part 7: Raps and Closings
Part 8: The Funniest Books in Your Library
     Picture Books
     Fractured Fairy Tales
     Easy Readers
     Juvenile Fiction Chapter Books
     Poetry Collections
     Anthologies and Folklore Collections
     The Funniest Children's Authors and Illustrators
Part 9: Two Last Treats
     Unattended Br . . . Uh, Children
     Story Hour for the Unaware

About the Author
For more than 20 years, Rob Reid has entertained children, bringing laughter along with him into libraries and schools nationwide. A humorist, storyteller, and librarian, he is currently a consultant for the Indianhead Federated Library System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and an instructor of children's and adolescent literature at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Reid is the author of Family Storytime, Children's Jukebox, and the picture book, Wave Goodbye. He earned his master's degree in library science from the University of Minnesota.

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