Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mo Willems: Pig Party!

Let's go for a drive!
  • Program Goals
    • Saturday program in spring
    • Celebrate Elephant and Piggie!
  • 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
  • Craft: There is a bird on your head!
    • Decoupage an egg
      • Styrofoam eggs
      • Tissue paper
      • Glue
      • Paintbrushes
  • 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.

Friday, March 16, 2018

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)
    • One day in the eucalyptus eucalyptus tree by Daniel Bernstrom
    • Monsters don't eat broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks
    • Shake the tree by Silvia Borando
  • Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
    • Poor little guy by Elanna Allen
    • Woodpecker wants a waffle by Steve Breen
    • A Hungry Lion by Lucy Ruth Cummins
    • Barnacle is bored by Jonathan Fenske
    • Plankton is pushy by Jonathan Fenske
    • *What do you do when something wants to eat you by Steve Jenkins
    • Can't catch me by Timothy Knapman
  • Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
    • Senorita Gordita by Helen Ketteman
    • *My awesome summer by P. Mantis by Paul Meisel
    • Little Red and the very hungry lion by Alex T. Smith
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
  • Previously used titles
    • Runaway dinner by Allan Ahlberg
    • Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
    • *How to swallow a pig by Steve Jenkins
    • I will not eat you by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff
    • *Run for your life by Lola Schaefer
    • Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
    • Cow loves cookies by Karma Wilson

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Book Explosion

  • Program Goals
    • Meet the needs of kids transitioning out of my Rock 'n' Read book club
    • Offer a book club for a new age group
    • Encourage both voracious and struggling readers
    • Attendance: 5 (grades 5/6)
Introductions; How Book Explosion works
  • Open to 5th grade and up (I'm flexible about ages for this program)
  • We will be exploring a different genre each month - the kids will get to choose books from a selection
  • This is not school. Everyone gets a plastic binder (which they can decorate) and notebook paper (if they want it) but they are not required to do anything with it. Or finish their books. They can come get different ones from the selection, or additional ones if they want.
  • We meet once a month on the third Thursday in the teen area.
Book discussion and crafting time
  • I don't require anyone to talk; if I ask a question and they don't want to answer it's fine. Then again, I have to remind some people that they can't have a mini Harry Potter fan fest of their own while we're discussing something else...
  • For our first meeting we decorate our notebooks. We'll have different art/craft activities that go with each genre. And snacks. There will always be snacks.
  • September: Humor
  • October: Fantasy
  • November: Adventure
  • December: Real stories
  • January: History
  • February: Mystery
  • March: Science fiction
  • April: Animals
  • May: End party


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Winter Wigglers: Interactive Storytime

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an active program during winter
    • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage parents to play with their children
    • Attendance: 20
  • Used 3-14-18
    • Shake the tree by Silvia Borando
    • There are cats in this book; There are no cats in this book by Viviane Schwarz
    • Foxy by Jessica Souhami
  • Used 1-17-18
    • Can you make a scary face by Jan Thomas
    • Don't push the button by Bill Cotter
    • It's a tiger by David LaRochelle
    • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
    • Shapes, reshape by Sylvia Borando
    • Jump! by Scott Fischer
  • Additional titles
    • Press here by Herve Tullet
    • Clap your hands by Lorinda Cauley
    • Touch the brightest star by Christie Matheson

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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
Experiment: Melting marshmallows
  • regular marshmallows and Peeps (of differing flavor and shelf life)
  • paper plates
  • old microwave
Project: Marshmallow building
  • marshmallows of various sizes
  • toothpicks

  • 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.