Author Archive for Karen


Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016

Wow! What a busy time in the Children’s Room this summer! Now that the kids are back at school we are busy planning fall and winter programs. It’s also that time of year to talk up the services the children’s room offers, like our outreach...

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016

Beat the heat! Summer is a great time to get babies and toddlers into the water. Water play encourages the development of eye/hand coordination through pouring, squeezing, stirring, and squirting. Water helps release their emotions by pounding,...

Monday, May 16, 2016

Babies are learning more than you think. Studies show that your baby can start to hear and recognize voices of you and your partner in the womb as early as 25 weeks. This is a great time to talk to your baby or read to her. A few we eks ago I was...

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016

Last Saturday families from all around the corridor area explored the Iowa Children's Museum in “Celebration of the Young Child” event with free admission. Kids attended performances, created make and take crafts and had “Permission to Play”

Friday, Jan 15, 2016

It’s a new year and Kathy, Nancy and I are busy doing children's outreach storytimes out in our community. This is a perfect time to talk up the services the Children’s Room has to offer to preschools and daycare facilities in Iowa City. Did...

Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015

Last Wednesday was my last outreach before schools’ Winter Break. The kids say they’ll miss me. They give me hugs before I leave for the library...what’s not to love about my job? Katherine Habley, Nancy Holland, and I do children’s...

Friday, Jun 12, 2015

What I've learned during many outreach visits is that math is another important skill to bring to storytime. There are so many wonderful books to get kids counting. Without a doubt, kids are willing participants . I like to use flannel board...

Thursday, May 7, 2015

      Friday, May 8th, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 - 2 p.m. Join the fun with Sonia Culver from the Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center. Soina will share stories, songs, and rhymes, with information about helping your baby...

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015

  On Friday, May 1st at 10:30 am Come sample Spirit in Motion! Nurturing joy through music and movement. This is a fun, engaging program offered here at Book Babies. You and your baby will explore activities with guest Deb Singer. This early...

Friday, Feb 27, 2015

I got some big hugging energy this week at my outreach visits. I was greeted with hugs--lots of hugs! Those cute little hug machines! This is a picture book with some big hugging energy. I’d say it’s perfect for any time of the year, and double...

About Karen

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I'm Karen, and I work in the Children's Room. You can find me at the Children's Desk, or out and about town delivering outreach storytimes at community daycares and preschools. I also lead the Book Babies program on Friday. I love kid's books. I enjoy the stories and appreciate the art and creative concepts found in picture books and board books....