Thursday, May 11, 2017

Lego Club

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity, problem-solving, and math skills
    • Encourage collaboration and a friendly space for kids and parents to interact
    • Offer a program that fits a variety of ages, needs, and abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Challenges
  • Build a creation with 25 pieces
  • Build a creation from one color
  • Build a vehicle
  • Build a robot
  • Build a city
  • Build a winter vehicle
  • Build a (Star Wars) space ship
Lego Club is my longest-running after school club. It's a drop-in program - people can come any time between 3:30 and 5:30 and stay as long as they want. There is a display of Lego and related books that can be checked out, as well as flyers for upcoming programs.

I tell kids that it's an "all you can create buffet". They use the plastic bowls to go down the "buffet" and make choices, and then build on the tables. Everyone knows that if it's on the buffet it's fair game, if it's on a table in the rest of the room you have to ask (some of us are still practicing this though)

Legos were provided through donations and supplemented with Pig Money.

During Lego Club I take pictures, admire creations, talk to parents about upcoming programs and whatever is on their minds, settle fights, keep an eye on kids who don't have adult supervision, and sort the Legos. When they are finished building, which can be anywhere from 10 minutes to the full 2 hours, they get their picture taken for the bulletin board and Facebook and put their creation on the "play" table. We don't break them down until they are gone. (I used to put them on display but we had to keep cleaning them up and we ran out of space).

Attendance ranges from 20 to 50. If I'm busy, I will often have my experienced teen aides run Lego Club, just checking in occasionally to see how things are going.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Candy Science

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with food (chemical reactions)
    • Attendance: 35
When kids came in they got to pick up a cup of candy and then took it to the different stations.

Experiment: Sour Candy Bubble Test
  • Supplies
    • sour candy
    • baking soda
    • bowls and warm water
Experiment: Candy Oil Tests
  • Supplies
    • candy - Starbursts, Skittles, Tootsie rolls, or taffy
    • bowls and warm water
    • microwave and plates (optional)
Experiment: Shedding candy skin
  • Supplies
    • candy - jelly beans, dots, tootsie rolls
    • bowls and warm water
Experiment: Candy Colors
  • candy - skittles, lollipops, other color-coated candy
  • bowls and warm water
  • coffee filters, foil
  • glasses with 1/2 inch of water
Resources
  • All experiments were from Loralee Leavitt's Candy Experiments and Candy Experiments 2
  • I made handouts of the different experiments to do on the tables. You can see them here.

Evaluation

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Outreach Storytime: Let's Grow!

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Introduce early literacy to teachers and students
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • Plant the tiny seed by Christie Matheson
    • Watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli
    • *What will grow by Jennifer Ward
    • *Fantastic flowers by Susan Stockdale
    • Go Go Grapes by April Pulley Sayre
  • Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
    • *Up in the garden and down in the dirt by Kate Messner
    • *Plants can't sit still by Rebecca Hirsch
    • Do you know which ones will grow by Susan Shea
  • Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
    • *Planting the wild garden by Kathryn Galbraith
    • *Yucky worms by Vivan French
    • On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mo Willems: Pig Party!

Let's go for a drive!
  • Program Goals
    • Saturday program in spring
    • Celebrate Elephant and Piggie!
Stations
  • Craft: Elephant and Piggie Puppets
    • Create puppets with lunch bags and puppet pieces
    • Supplies
  • Craft: We are in a book
    • Create your own books
    • Supplies
      • Handmade paper, notebook paper
      • Scissors, staples
  • Craft: We are growing!
    • Create your own grass character puppets
    • Supplies
      • Green paper, markers, scissors, popsicle sticks, tape
  • Craft: The Cookie Fiasco
    • Create a cookie
    • Supplies
      • Cardboard circles (die cut)
      • Markers, decorations, glue
  • Game: Can I Play Too?
    • Mark off area
    • Game is to keep a balloon (ball) in the air without using your hands
    • Supplies
      • Balloons
      • Masking tape (to mark floor)
  • Game: Let's go for a drive/Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!
    • Masking tape road lines in lobby - have kids decorate cars and "drive" them in the lobby. Must take turns! At least one person to supervise!
    • Supplies
      • Cardboard boxes, stickers, markers
  • Food
    • I Really Like Slop!
      • cereal to mix and match
      • Supplies
        • Bowls, cups (for scooping), spoons
        • Breakfast cereal
    • Should I share my ice cream?
      • ice cream, bowls, spoons
      • server, napkins, trash can
    • Duckling gets a cookie?!
      • cookies from school, napkins
  • Decoration and Misc.
Evaluation

Friday, March 10, 2017

Outreach Storytime: Chomp! Let's Eat!

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Introduce early literacy to teachers and students
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • Monsters don't eat broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks
    • *Run for your life by Lola Schaefer
    • Cow loves cookies by Karma Wilson
  • Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
    • Poor little guy by Elanna Allen
    • Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
    • Little Red and the very hungry lion by Alex T. Smith
    • One day in the eucalyptus eucalyptus tree by Daniel Bernstrom
    • A Hungry Lion by Lucy Ruth Cummins
    • Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff
  • Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
    • Runaway dinner by Allan Ahlberg
    • *How to swallow a pig by Steve Jenkins
    • I will not eat you by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity