Friday, June 19, 2015

We Explore Favorite Artist Julie Paschkis

Best swirly art in the style of Julie Paschkis!
  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Julie Paschkis and her art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Evaluation
    • 6-19-15
      • Attendance: 25
      • Feedback/Connections: Several families that were new to me came and really enjoyed the program. One grandma was very interested in Julie Paschkis and would like to use what we did with her own students.
      • Notes: I really need older kids to get the sketching part down, but it was fun anyways.
Art Project Part 1: Paper quilts (10-10:15)
I had two samples - shapes drawn with pencil, which you could then cut your pieces to fit, and a more collage-style quilt.

Supplies
  • Handmade paper
  • Recycled cardstock
  • Pencils, scissors, glue
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I call people to storytime with the Storytime Song, then had the parents pass out the snack. We started with Mooshka because we had been making quilts, then Where is Catkin? and finished with P. Zonka. For P. Zonka, I had made copies of Paschkis' art process from Seven Impossible Things' interview and we talked about how she sketched out the chickens, tested the colors, and then put all the pictures and words together.

Books
  • Mooshka: A Quilt Story
  • Where is Catkin?
  • P. Zonka Lays an Egg
Snacks
cookies, napkins

Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:40-11)
I had pencils if they wanted to sketch first, but my crowd was mostly younger and just enjoyed painting.

Supplies
  • Pencils
  • Washable paint in no-spill cups
  • 9x12 paper
  • Paintbrushes, aprons, and lots and lots of wipes

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Children's Gardens

Last year we had two pools that were supposed to be pizza gardens and pumpkins in the walled garden. It was freezing cold most of the summer and the walled garden dirt turned out to be less than it could be and we got nothing much but a few tomatoes and 1 small pumpkin, very late in the summer.

This year, we were supposed to weed and plant on May 20. It was about 30 degrees. We finally got the plants to use at Go Go Garden and it was pouring rain. So I got my aide and we planted on Saturday. A little at a time and hopefully the gardens will improve slowly over the years.

I thought this bare spot would be nice to put a couple tomato plants, as soon as I scraped off the rough gravel on top. And the gravel underneath. And underneath that. When I got down about a foot and a half, I gave up, dumped some potting soil in, and shoved the plants in. Whatever.

We left the empty half of the walled garden empty while we were waiting for vegetables and then last week someone from the city showed up (without any communication) and planted a bunch of unwanted flowers. Uh....whatever. There was still space left, so we shoved the squash plants and a bunch of bean seeds in there. 

I have doubts about the drainage qualities of these pots, but it's too late now. They have tomatoes and the pool has 2 squash plants and some bean seeds.

From the sidewalk. The city did bring us a bunch of bags of dirt, so all is forgiven. I'm going to use the rest for our planting programs. That railing and bushes hide a staircase down to the basement and the door leads to the landing on the stairs going to the basement. Someday, we plan to turn the bare spots to the right into a butterfly garden.

The walled garden outside the storyroom. The door is an emergency exit.

We plan to have storytimes and programs here, picnicking under the tree, etc. but there's no fence and a busy road right behind the sidewalk, so we're going cautiously.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Go Go Garden: Planting and Guessing

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a summer storytime for a wide range of ages
    • Encourage outdoor experience and involvement in the gardens
    • Attendance: 25
  • Evaluation
    • 6-12-15
      • Attendance: 45
      • Feedback/Connections: Lots of sign-ups for summer reading.
      • Notes: I should have expected a bigger group - Pattie always draws a crowd. This was a little hectic and it was just as well that it was raining and we had to skip the outdoor portion, because I don't feel there was enough adult supervision to keep the little ones safe outside. It was very nice overall and we got to see lots of new kids. It was mostly preschool-age, which was great because that's my best age.
Storytime: 10-10:30
I started with shakers and Laurie Berkner's "Fruit Salad Salsa" then we read Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn Galbraith (edited for the younger audience) then we did "The Enormous Carrot" which was super popular and finished with Looking Closely in the Garden by Frank Serafini.

Craft time: 10:30-11:30
Pattie did stepping stones. Messy, but fun

Picnic/Outdoor time: 11-12
People were supposed to go outdoors, help us plant the gardens, and eat under the tree. It was raining and this didn't happen.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Display: Super Reads for Super Animals

Jess's awesome display skillz strike again. This is mostly nonfiction about animals with cool abilities.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Activity Table: Create a superhero mask!

A volunteer die cut butterfly masks (I have a custom die cut) and then Jess trimmed a lot of them down into different shapes and hole punched them. Quite a few kids have made masks already! We used up some cardstock that's printed on one side and I've been recycling forever, so that was good too.

Take Home Storytime: Babies

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes for the future
    • Last used Summer 2015
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Baby Animals

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about babies. Do you have a baby at your house? Do you know someone with a baby? What do babies do that is the same and different as big kids? How about baby animals?

Get ready to WRITE by drawing patterns on your scratch art boards with your popsicle stick

SING together. If your children are older, see if they recall some of the songs and lullabies you sang when they were small. Try out some new songs by checking out our children's music cds or looking for song books in the FUN/MUSIC neighborhood.

PLAY a rhyming game; this will help build phonological awareness. You can play rhyming games when you're walking outside, visiting the grocery store, or around the house. Name an object and help your child find a word that rhymes!

READ some of these stories about babies (find more in the OURSELVES/FAMILY and ANIMALS neighborhoods)

Lucky ducklings by Eva Moore
Dolphin baby by Nicola Davies
One special day by Lola Schaefer
What happens next by Nicola Davies

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us, 723-2678 ext. 14

Take Home Storytime: Under the Sea


  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes for the future
    • Last used Summer 2015
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Under the Sea

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about oceans. Nonfiction books are great for building vocabulary. Look in the ANIMALS/OCEANS neighborhood for books with numbers on the spine to find nonfiction about oceans. Try to explain unfamiliar words instead of replacing them with familiar, easy words.

Get ready to WRITE by coloring your dolphins.

SING some ocean songs. Try some old favorites like "The wheels on the bus" with new words - how about "the animals under the ocean"?

PLAY with your dolphin puppets. After you have colored them, tape them to the popsicle sticks and put on a puppet show!

READ some of these stories about oceans (find more in the ANIMALS/OCEANS neighborhood)

Shark and Lobster's amazing undersea adventure by Viviane Schwarz
About habitats: Oceans by Cathryn Sill
I'm a shark by Bob Shea

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us, 723-2678 ext. 14