Saturday, December 10, 2016

Santa's Kitchen

Aide and volunteer set up the sink
  •  Program Goals
    • Offer a community holiday program
    • Offer a weekend program to finish off the programming season
    • Encourage new families to visit the library and connect
I was sure I'd written this program up earlier than 2013, but either I lost it when I transferred to this new blog or I just dreamed that I did. That happens to me a lot - I'm very productive in my dreams. This is our traditional end of year holiday program. I do it on the 2nd Saturday in December and it usually marks the end of our programming for the year. I've been doing it for quite a while - in 2010 we did gingerbread houses (hugely popular but a massive time sink) and then starting in 2011 we switched to cookie decorating. I added ornaments in 2012 and I used to do fancy wire stars but now that I have a big ornament program the Thursday before we just do pipecleaners.

Project: Ornaments
  • Pipecleaners, beads
  • wrapping station - wrapping paper, tape
Project: Cookie decorating

Supplies
  • 250 plain sugar cookies in holiday shapes and 6 lbs red, green, and white frosting ($100)
  • Cookie decorations - m&ms, sprinkles, chocolate chips ($15)
  • Holiday plates, napkins, and tablecloths (3 yards per table if you're doing wrapping paper)
  • Paper plates, plastic bowls, plastic spoons
Setup
  • Two small tables by the door for cookie serving, sink and trash can behind, window seat at far end for Nutcracker display (chair and piano bench), dancers in lobby (leave far door locked, chair barrier). Tables lined up against wall with bulk for cookies, 3-4 for ornaments.
Evaluation

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Scholastic Book Fair

This isn't a program, but I need to record my notes for posterity - and so that when I do it again, three years from now, I can remember everything I forgot about last time I did it...

The Set-Up

  • 5 cases (2 middle grade, 2 preschool, 1 beginning reader)
  • Boxes - extra board books, cookbooks, super value
  • The cases open to form a closed in circle with two of our light white tables against the wall in the middle. We borrow one small round table for the cookbooks and the cash register goes on the study table from the teen area.
  • It takes a day to set up, 1 person unpacking in the morning, one in the afternoon. More people go faster - sometimes. We generally don't decorate, unless you count decorations we cadged from the school's last fair.
The Running
  • Most of our traffic comes from families and grandparents - generally afternoons. Having the fair during a big community event (Santa reception) or program helps a lot.
  • Three days is enough for anyone. Many are willing but even with directions the cash register is confusing to some. Be prepared to clear your schedule and run the fair yourself (especially set-up and take-down). Don't forget change. It takes about an hour to run all the reports etc. afterwards and you still need to pack everything.
The Money
  • Checks are not worth the hassle. Cash is easier - if the amount is small enough you can use a credit card to pay the book fair. Credit cards are the preferred payment method of most.
What people buy
  • People do not like toys - esp. all the junky activity kits and all the little bits of register crap. We have no space for them in our tiny fair, they're easy theft items, and parents get annoyed that the kids fuss and cry when they want them to take books.
  • Paperbacks do the best. Very few people buy expensive hardcovers.
  • Grandparents and parents want more board books (actual board books, not media-tie-ins and novelty books).
  • Teen books don't get purchased. The teens who read have no money.








Thursday, November 17, 2016

Messy Art Club: Recycled Art (3-D Collage)


  • Program Goals: 
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35

  • Project: Monster Boxes
    • Supplies
      • Recycled tissue boxes, egg cartons
      • Bookmark templates (if doing bookmarks)
      • Colored/patterned paper, paper scraps 
      • Decorations (pipe cleaners are very popular)
      • Glue, scissors, tape
    • Instructions and Notes
      • I originally got this idea from a display idea on Keeping up with kids: Monster boxes and I sometimes do Monster bookmarks although those aren't always popular.
  • Project: Bottle Cap Art
    • Supplies
      • Bottle caps (donated, a large box full)
      • Permanent markers
      • Paint; paintbrushes
      • Recycled card stock
      • Glue
      • Tablecloths
    • Instructions and Notes
      • How it works: Kids decorate bottle caps with permanent markers or paint, glue to card stock to create pictures.
  • Project: 3-D Collage Sculptures
    • Supplies:
      • Styrofoam balls from S&S Worldwide
      • pipe cleaners (teacher packs from Discount School Supply)
      • felt scraps, sparkles, yarn, ribbon, foil scraps, wiggly eyes, pom-poms
      • glitter glue, permanent markers
      • glue dots, glue, tacky glue, scissors
      • plastic tablecloths

Evaluation

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Take Home Storytime: Winter holidays (Christmas)

  • 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 December 2016
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: Winter holidays

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

TALK about the books. What characters do you see in the books? What do they do for the holidays? What does your family do for the holidays? How are you the same and different?

Get ready to WRITE by using fine motor skills to decorate your holiday craft.

SING a holiday song or rhyme. Rhyming and clapping rhythms helps children hear the sounds in words, part of phonological awareness. The following rhymes are great for recognizing rhythms and there are several versions online.
  • Five little cookies sitting on a plate
  • Five little snowmen standing in a row
PLAY by decorating the craft in your bag. You can make a Christmas ornament or just something sparkly and fun!

READ together! The following books focus on various aspects of not only Christmas but also seasonal and winter topics.
  • Millie in the snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
  • Who would like a Christmas tree? by Ellen Obed
  • Christmas Wombat by Jackie French
  • Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve by Janet Stoeke
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, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

Take home storytime: Let it snow


  • 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: 9-1-16
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: Let it snow!

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

TALK about the books you read together. Look for fiction and nonfiction stories about the snow in the Nature: Seasons neighborhood. Practice narrative stories by retelling the story after you read it.

Get ready to WRITE by drawing on your snowflakes with crayons or markers.

SING along with Kathy Reid-Naiman on her winter CD, "Sing the cold winter away" which includes traditional rhymes and fingerplays as well as holiday songs.

PLAY with your snowflakes. Can you make them whirl like a blizzard? Can you cut out more snowflakes on your own?

READ some of these stories about snow
Waiting for winter by Sebastian Meschenmoscher
Under the snow by Melissa Stewart
Kitten's winter by Eugenie Fernandes
Snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats
Snow day by Komako Sakai
Trudy by Henry Cole

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, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Outreach Storytime: Folktales

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to folktales
    • Complement school curriculum focusing on folktales
    • Distribute handout to encourage kids to visit the library
Toddlers (*nonfiction)

Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • No dinner by Jessica Souhami
  • Foxy by Jessica Souhami
  • That's good, that's bad by Aliki
  • Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Long Stories (*nonfiction)
  • The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett
  • The great race by Nathan Scott
  • Footprints in the snow by Mei Matsuoka
Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
Cultures introduced
  • Indonesian, Scandinavian, Jewish

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fairy Tale Adventure

Balloon monsters are always popular
  • Program Goals
    • Get people into the library before winter
    • Saturday program for working families
    • Catch leftover enthusiasm of Halloween
    • Encourage families to check out fairy tales
    • Attendance: 50
Enchanted Forest (lobby)
Create wings and masks

Supplies
  • Cardboard wings from Discount School Supply
  • Cardboard and paper masks (die cut)
  • Decorations
  • Large popsicle sticks
  • Regular tape, staples, scissors, glue dots, glue
  • Wipes, paper towels
Deep in the Enchanted Forest (community room)
Half of the community room was set up to make swords (and decorate shields they collected on their journey) the other half was for fighting balloon monsters.

Supplies
  • Pasteboard strips (donated)
  • Duct tape (silver, gold, grey)
  • Balloons, markers
Gingerbread house (storyroom)
This was for puppet and block play with a few extra crafts.

Supplies
  • Die-cut gingerbread people
  • Markers, crayons, glitter glue
  • Pencils (for wands)
  • Ribbon
  • Tape, scissors
Fairy Tale Journey (throughout library)
I created a brand-new Fairy Tale Journey. The "magic jewels" were glitter stickers, rhinestones, and pearl beads. I made the mini treasure boxes out of old vhs cases and the pictures on the top of each box for the clues are here.

Instructions for staff

Photo album of event can be found on the library's Facebook page. (includes pictures of staff and set-up)

Evaluation

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: Building Science

This is something from Minecraft, obviously
  • Program Goals: 
    • Engineering!
    • Encourage kids to plan and think ahead
    • Encourage kids to be creative with a limited selection of items
    • 35 kids and adults in attendance
Project/Experiment: Cardboard Engineering
I usually have a separate project and experiment, but this doesn't lend itself well to that. I had a large board up with instructions for the kids
  1. Think: What are you making?
  2. Plan: Draw a plan! Collect supplies!
  3. Measure = 2, Cut = 1
  4. Build!
Don't have what you need? Didn't work? Back to step 1!

I've also tried cardboard squares for building - it didn't work quite right, but I probably didn't get the squares cut correctly.

Supplies (cardboard engineering)
  • Cardboard (every box for the last month and then some!)
  • Duct tape, packing tape, regular tape
  • Scissors, hole punches, staplers
  • Pencils (I still have about 3500 that were donated)
  • Pencils, scratch paper, rulers
  • Markers and stickers
  • Duct tape. Lots and lots of duct tape
  • Cardboard boxes. Many, many cardboard boxes
  • Lots of little pasteboard sticks (donated)
  • Shape stickers, colored masking tape, yarn
  • Scissors, regular tape, staplers
Project/Experiment: Bridges
  • Cardboard/boxes
  • Books on bridges
  • Popsicle sticks (2 sizes)
  • Yarn
  • Tape (regular, duct tape, packing tape)
  • Scissors (big and small)
  • Glue dots
  • Staplers, hole punches
Experiment: Pendulums
I got the idea from Adventures of a Children's Librarian. It didn't work perfectly, mostly because I had trouble getting the balls attached to the ladder (decided the roof was a bad idea) but the kids really liked it.

Supplies
  • Playground balls, sensory balls, ladders, yarn etc. to hang them with
  • Blocks

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Messy Art Club: Collage

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Supplies
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Construction paper
  • Handmade paper (donated from a patron)
  • Paper and tissue scraps
  • Construction paper
  • Recycled cardstock for bases
  • Old magazines
  • Decorations - feathers, sparkly things
  • Die cuts - precut
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Glue, scissors, tape, staplers, hole punches, pencils
Evaluation

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Outreach Storytime: Autumn

  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce kids to seasons and animal behavior
    • Complement school curriculum focusing on seasons
    • Distribute interactive handout with program marketing
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
  • Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • *Every Autumn comes the bear by Jim Arnosky
  • *Rainy, Sunny, Blowy, Snowy by Jane Brocket
Long Stories (*nonfiction)
  • Round Robin by Jack Kent
  • *Eat like a bear by April Sayre
Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
Vocabulary/Learning Objectives
  • omnivore
  • hibernation
  • migration

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: Food Science

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with food (often crosses with mixing magic/chemical reactions)
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Popcorn Science
Experiment: Candy Science
  • Experiments from Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt
    • candy - sour, tootsie-rolls, peeps, etc.
    • baking soda
    • dishes, containers
I had one person handing out pre-measured amounts of candy and the kids could take it to different stations.

Evaluation

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kindergarten Field Trip: We are in a book!

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to the library as a fun place
10-15 Minutes art project
Cut out and glue pieces to make a Piggie puppet. Don't forget to write their name on them! Leave them on the tables to dry.

Supplies
  • Puppet pieces from Thrive After Three
  • Paper bags, glue sticks, markers (write names on puppets)
10-15 Minutes storytime
  • We are in a book by Mo Willems
    • Talk about all the books in the library and how Elephant and Piggie get read again each time they are checked out.
  • We're in the wrong book; This book just ate my dog by Richard Byrne
    • Books from other libraries, how we share between libraries. Reading dog.
  • There are cats in this book; There are no cats in this book by Viviane Schwarz
    • Play in the library, what kind of programs we do
  • Chester's masterpiece by Melanie Watt
Additional Activities

  • Pennies in the wishing well
  • Photo ops with the Pigeon
  • Play area
  • Visit the hamster

Friday, October 7, 2016

Outreach Storytime: The library is fun!

  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce myself to the children and teachers
    • Set expectations and a routine for outreach storytimes
    • Practice following directions
    • Show them that storytime will be fun!
    • Kids receive a Welcome back to school brochure (adapted from another library)
Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
  • Open up, Please! by Silvia Borando
  • Shapes, Reshape! by Silvia Borando
Preschool and Kindergarteners (*Nonfiction)
  • That's Not Bunny! by Chris Barton
  • Warning: Do not open this book by Adam Lehrhaupt
  • Count the monkeys by Mac Barnett
  • My Humongous Hamster goes to school by Lorna Freytag
Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
  • None
Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
  • Opening: The more we get together (kids say names when I point to them)
  • ABC Stop song
  • Loud and Quiet
  • Baby Bear counts one; Baby Bear sees blue by Ashley Wolff (I'm just using letters and numbers right now; would like to make a better flannelboard)
  • Closing: Sunny Day
Vocabulary/Learning Objectives
  • Basics of storytime behavior

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: Mixing Magic

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Bubbles
  • Supplies
    • Different kinds of dish soap
    • glycerine
    • hose
    • bubble wands
    • bowls, eye droppers, spoons
    • big flat tupperwares
    • bubble solution
Experiment: Blobs in a Bottle
Experiment: Baking soda mini-volcanoes
  • Recipe:
    • (dough) 6 cups flour, 2 cups salt, 4 tblsp oil, 2 cups water
    • fill bottle with warm water and food coloring, add a few drops of soap
    • add 2 tblsp baking soda
    • pour in vinegar
  • Supplies
    • flour, salt, oil
    • baking soda, vinegar
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • plastic container (large water bottles)
    • plastic tablecloths, swimming pools
Project: Classic Easy Goo
  • Recipe: 
    • 1 tsp borax, 1/2 cup hot water (mixed)
    • 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 cup water, food coloring (mixed)
    • Pour borax solution into glue solution and stir then work with hands until all the water is worked out.
  • Supplies
    • borax
    • glue
    • food coloring
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • bowls
    • paper towels and plastic tablecloths
    • ziplock bags
  • Polka Dot Slime
  • Color-changing slime
Experiment: Liquid Rainbows
  • Corn syrup, blue dish soap, oil, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, water
  • Large bottles
  • Eyedroppers
  • plastic tablecloths
Extra projects
Many of these can only have a few kids at a time working on them, so I have other art materials out. They can create a volcano with books on display, do sticker art, or draw and write about their experiments.
  • Handmade paper (donated)
  • Recycled cardstock
  • Stickers and colored tape
  • Markers, glue, scissors, staples, tape
  • Sidewalk chalk (for outside programs)
Evaluation

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Toddler Substitute Storytime: Dinosaurs


  • Program Goals
    • No children crying because I am not Ms. Pattie
    • Everyone has fun
    • Dinosaurs because why not?
Books
  • Dinosaur parade by Shari Halpern
  • I'm Bad! by Kate McMullan
  • Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson
  • Dino Chomp! by Beatrice Costamagna
Movement/Activity

Craft: Rainbow dinosaurs
  • die-cut cardboard dinosaurs
  • bleeding art tissue
  • water cups and paint brushes
Evaluation


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Messy Art Club: Painting and all the variations thereof

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Basic Painting Supplies
  • Finger Paint
    • Large popsicle sticks
    • Paper plates as palettes
  • Regular paint cups
  • Paint brushes, paper
  • Wipes, paper towels, sink
  • Plastic tablecloths, aprons
Notes: Be sure to save one table for finished creations, be vigilant for spills, and encourage the kids to think outside the box. I don't usually wash out the brushes but just toss them because life is too short.

Evaluation and specific painting programs

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

First Grade Let's Read!

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to the library
    • Give them something to take back home and interest parents in the library
    • Make the library a fun destination
Introduction 5 minutes
  • I take about five minutes to introduce myself to the kids, tell them how the game works (they have to stay in the lower library) and remind them not to run and yell. Kids and teachers help hand out the bingo sheets and everyone gets a crayon from the bucket.
Bingo Scavenger Hunt 10-15 minutes
  • This is basically my photo tour for the younger kids but with no tour. I took a whole bunch of pictures and then just scrambled them. You can see the original game boards here. I had a whole bunch of stickers at the youth services desk and as they completed rows (more or less) they got to pick a sticker.
Storytime 10-15 minutes
  • I sat all the kids down in the open area in front of the youth services desk and told them they could draw on the backs of their bingo sheets while they listened to the story. We read A Library Book for Bear by Bonnie Baker and then The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara.
Wishing Well and Goodbye
  • The kids trade their crayon for a penny for the wishing well in the lobby and everyone says goodbye! They take their bingo sheets home.
Evaluation

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: What floats, what flies

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage kids to think about how and why things float and fly
    • Encourage creative thinking and problem solving
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Making Boats
  • Styrofoam plates and bowls
  • Ribbon, straws
  • Paper, foil, wax paper, tape, markers
Project: Making paper airplanes
  • Paper
  • Rulers, pencils, scissors
  • Tape, Foil, wax paper, rubber bands, popsicle sticks
  • Ladder and masking tape for the floor
  • Paper airplane books

Baby Crafting

  • Program Goals
    • Give parents some simple crafts they could do for their babies
    • Substitute for Ms. Pattie
I have learned the hard way that it's really pointless to substitute for Ms. Pattie's baby storytime/playgroup. The babies get upset at a stranger and I'm not really a baby person - it's something you have to build up over time and repeated programs. So, I came up with an idea to do baby crafting! We put out all the toys for the babies (and toddlers) to play with and had two projects for the moms to work on.
  • Discovery Bottles
    • Recycled sturdy plastic bottles (cleaned)
    • Bells, sparkles, and misc. items
    • Duct tape and funnels
The caregivers, with or without their kids, could put things in the bottles and then duct tape the lids shut. Done.
  • Texture books
    • Shirt cardboard cut into squares and hole-punched
    • Fabric with a variety of textures
    • Yarn, kitchen shears and strong scissors, wood glue
The caregivers, with or without their kids, glued scraps of textured and colored fabric to the cardboard then tied the squares together into a book. We had originally intended to do blocks, as suggested by Library Bonanza, but we ran into a number of difficulties ranging from "the first thing 90% of these kids will do with blocks is to throw them at each other" to needing the blocks of wood for something else! So we came up with this.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We Explore Favorite Artist Denise Fleming

  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Denise Fleming and her art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills (ripping, painting)
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Decoupage (10-10:15)
We did decoupage as the closest thing to making our own paper that I could think of. The kids ripped up tissue paper and "painted" over it with glue. At 10:15ish, I sing the Storytime Song
  • Supplies
    • Shirt cardboard or thick paper (cardstock)
    • Tissue paper in small pieces
    • Glue, paintbrushes
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I get all the kids more or less sitting down and ask a parent or two to pass out the snack during the first story. Depending on the age of the kids, we'll talk about different aspects of the art, anything from identifying colors and shapes to asking questions about the author's process and materials.
  • Books
    • Beetle Bop
    • Cow who clucked
    • Barnyard Banter
    • In the Tall, Tall Grass
    • Mama cat has three kittens
  • Snack
Art Project Part 2: Paper/Paint (10:40-11)
I had a lot of handmade paper that was donated and fingerpaint to add. This kind of melted into the previous project (my original idea had been for them to take that one home to dry) so a lot of glue and tissue paper was added to this. It's all good!
  • Supplies
    • Handmade paper
    • Fingerpaint
    • Shirt cardboard or cardstock
    • Glue, paper towels, paper plates.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Toddler Substitute Storytime: Farm

  • Program Goals
    • No children crying because I am not Ms. Pattie
    • Everyone has fun
    • Farms because it's Farm Technology Week
Books
  • Simms Taback's Farm Animals
  • Peekaboo! On the farm by Cocorette
  • The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
  • This little chick by John Lawrence
  • Cows to the rescue by John Himmelman
  • Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Movement/Activity
  • Die-cut farm shapes
  • Paper plates with a slit precut to put the puppets through
  • Crayons, popsicle sticks, tape
Evaluation
  • 7-19-16
    • 10am: 40
    • 11am: 15
    • Notes: Hot and sweaty but everyone had fun

Friday, July 8, 2016

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

This is our 4th annual stuffed animal sleepover. We have weathered the 4 foot tiger, the escape of the hamster (it was NOT my idea to take him out of the cage!), the animals playing poker (again, NOT my idea), irate parents, and the unexpected arrival of 50+ animals, instead of the 20 that everyone else seems to get.

Every year I do it a little differently, depending on what day it falls on, how tired I am, how many people show up to help, etc.

Basically, kids drop off their animals and we ID them. This year I got a cool superhero id badge from another librarian that was awesome. At some point while we're closed for the holiday, I come in with whatever help I can collect and my volunteers take pictures. I then upload the pictures into a Souvenir Booklet for each kid. You can see one of this year's booklets here.

At some point, I make some kind of slideshow and/or posts for Facebook. This year I scheduled posts all Friday afternoon and my associate will hopefully turn the full selection of pictures into a slideshow for Utube on Monday. I had 3 friends taking pictures this year and it took about an hour and a half. Loading all the photos into the booklets took about 3 hours because I forgot to tell my helpers to take the photos in groups and not randomly!

This is a great way to promote the library and it offers a fun and fairly labor-free program for kids who don't get to go on vacation over the holiday. It's a nice thing to look forward to and marks the division between the two months of summer.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Toddler Drive-In

  • Program Goals
    • Fun and easy program during off program week.
    • Cute pictures to advertise the library
Supplies
  • Boxes
  • Stickers
  • Paper plates
  • duct tape, masking tape, regular tape
  • scissors
  • Snacks
I had the kids use the stickers, markers and crayons to decorate their boxes and paper plates. The paper plates became both wheels and steering wheels. I gave everyone about 20 - 30 minutes to play with the boxes, and then we all lined up and watched cartoons for about 20 - 30 minutes and had some snacks.

Evaluation

Friday, July 1, 2016

Maker Workshop: Carpentry

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • 5x5 squares of wood, enough for 15 houses, with a hole in one piece
  • Sandpaper
  • Nails
  • Hammers
  • Pencils
  • acrylic paint
Resources and Display Titles
  • I had both woodworking and bird books
Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to create and decorate a simple birdhouse and learn some basic carpentry skills along the way. Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use carpentry implements with minimal supervision (sandpaper, hammer, nails)
Introduction
  • I reminded everyone of the "tools not toys" rule.
  • I told them to think about the kind of bird they wanted to use their house, how they were going to hang it, and whether or not they would use all the pieces.
  • I demonstrated how to safely use a hammer - small taps to get the nail started, hold it close to the head for more control.
Evaluation

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We Explore Favorite Artist Il Sung Na

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Leo Il Sung Na and his art
    • Encourage building motor skills
    • Encourage experimenting with artistic techniques
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Collage and water colors (10-10:15)
I encouraged them to do the watercolors first and then add the paper pieces with small dots of glue.
  • Supplies
    • Watercolor pencils
    • Scrapbooking paper
    • Paintbrushes, scissors, glue, water cups
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug
This is a new artist for this series, but I've used his books in other storytimes before. We ended up talking more about the books than the art specifically - especially habitats and finding animals in the pictures. Several kids were very into discussing patterns though.
  • Books
    • Thingamabob
    • Hide & Seek
    • Welcome Home Bear
    • Opposite Zoo
  • Supplies
    • Fruit Loops
    • Dixie cups and napkins
Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:45-11)
I was able to add Il Sung Na as an artist because he branched out into a new painting technique in Opposite Zoo.
  • Supplies
    • Paint, paper, brushes
Evaluation

Friday, June 24, 2016

Maker Workshop: Beading

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
  • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • Beading tools, scissors
  • Crimps, clasps, wire, beading string, earring pieces
  • Beads
  • Bowls to collect beads
Resources and Display Titles
  • I forgot to write these down - and nobody really looked at them anyways.
Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to create a variety of beaded projects and learn some basic beading skills along the way. Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use beading implements with minimal supervision (sharp pliers, wire)
  • Ability to thread small beads onto wire.
Introduction
  • I reminded everyone of the "tools not toys" rule.
  • I demonstrated how to make a basic dangly earring with headpins and how to use a crimp to tie off a bracelet or necklace.
  • I also made a short length of crocheted beaded wire and a shark's tooth pendant. I have a sewn bead piece, but I don't know how to do that myself.
Evaluation

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summer Reading: 2016 Edition

I'll be updating this over the next month, especially adding more details about the activity bags.

Every year I tweak summer reading a little more. This year, thanks to a generous donation from our Friends, I was able to give out bags and I used an idea from a conference - labels instead of registration. I also started putting together activity packs for prizes - my hope is to eventually completely replace food coupons. I also split the programs in two (passes halfway through and a book at the end) and expanded the younger kids program to include 3s and 4s. I have basic instructions for any staff who need to refer to something.

Ready, Set, Read
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read
  • Ages 5-12
  • Bags (I printed labels with the schools on them and counted those instead of bags)
  • Kids can choose a prize at registration (prizes donated by a local artist - bookmarks etc.)
  • Halfway prize - passes to local attractions
    • Old World Wisconsin
    • Milwaukee Museum and Planetarium
    • Country Springs Water Park (bogo)
    • MKE Wave
  • July/August reading calendar
  • Free book as final prize
Both of these programs get the same incentives. Every five days that are marked off (reading or literacy activities) they get a sticker. Every week they visit the library they get a "surprise". They can accumulate stickers but not weekly surprises. I call them surprises so that I don't have to plan them in advance!
Teens
  • 6th grade and up
  • Bags (I did have teens register so I could match them up with names when they won)
  • Teens can choose a prize at registration (prizes donated by a local artist - bookmarks etc.)
  • Teens put their checkout receipts (or a small form) into a box and I draw names from it each week. Their prizes are books and candy bars.
Summer Reading Outreach
Resources

Friday, June 10, 2016

Library Camp-Out

  • Program Goals
    • Kick off summer with a casual and fun program
    • Promote the library as a community destination
    • Attendance: 20
6:30-6:45
  • Welcome everyone, pass out snacks (marshmallows, teddy grahams, chocolate chips in cups), get settled in Storyroom
6:45 to 7:15
Start in Storyroom with creepy stories from mild on up
    • Squeaky door
    • Creepy carrots
    • Monster and the tailor
    • Book that eats people
    • Haunted hamburger
    • Curse of the campfire weenies
    • Half-Minute Horrors
7:15-7:45
  • Kids and families move out as the stories get too scary. Aide helps them check out, sign up for summer reading, they can also run around the library.
Evaluation

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Field Trips, School Visits, and Outreach

Most popular book at every school visit,
with every grade. I kid you not!
This is a record for posterity and my own peace of mind, organizing all my school visits. I don't post this until after the visits, so I'm not making a record of which classes are visiting me when for the perusal of the internets.
  • May 26, Thursday
    • West Side, 2nd grade, 3 classes, 67 kids (1-2:45)
      • Tour w/Jess (2nd grade community walk tour)
      • Scavenger Hunt
      • Summer preview and storytime (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • Read-Aloud
          • Mother Bruce
          • Hoot Owl
          • Frog on a Log
        • Nonfiction
          • Koala Hospital
          • Glow
          • Free spirit doodles
        • Chapter books
          • MVP: Gold Medal Mess
          • Fluffy strikes back
          • Stick Cat
          • Race the Wild
          • Haunted Library
          • West Meadows Detectives
          • Great Pet Escape
          • Hamster Princess of Mice and Magic
          • Sofia Martinez my family adventure
          • My pet human
          • Princess in Black and the hungry bunny horde
          • Olive and Beatrix
          • Stinky Cecil
          • Scary Tales
          • Mr. Ball An Egg-celent adventure
          • Kit-Kit-Kittens
          • Head lice
          • Dino-Mike
          • My life in pictures
      • We did our regular community friends - gingerbread people - craft, but I let them take them home instead of putting them up in the library.
  • May 27, Friday
    • Tibbets, 2nd grade, 3 classes, 52 kids (12-1:30)
      • Tour (2nd grade community walk tour)
      • Library cards (pre-signed)
      • Summer preview and storytime (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • see above
      • We did our regular community friends - gingerbread people - craft, but I let them take them home instead of putting them up in the library.
  • May 31, Tuesday (off-site at West Side)
    • Summer preview and storytime/booktalking (flyers handed out to teachers)
      • samples of summer materials, promote programs, remind teachers of library resources
    • 1st grade, (8:45-9:15)
      • use 2nd grade list
    • 4th grade (9:40-10:10)
      • Use 3rd grade and add
        • Gorillas up close
        • Alabaster Shadows
        • Courageous princess
        • Terrors from the deep
        • Extreme planet
        • Alamo All-Stars
        • Wishing day
    • 5th grade (10:15-10:40)
      • Use 4th grade and add
        • Slacker
        • Awkward
        • Worst night ever
        • Jewelry tips and tricks
        • Get a job making stuff to sell
        • Nail Care
        • Guts and Glory: Vikings
        • Rutabaga adventure chef
        • To kick a corpse
        • Infestation
    • Kindergarten (11:15-11:45)
      • additional read-alouds
        • I will chomp you!
        • Land shark
  • June 1, Wednesday
    • West Side, 3rd grade, 2 classes (9:30-11)
      • Tour w/Jess
      • Scavenger Hunt
      • Browsing and checkout
      • Butterfly (superhero) masks
      • Summer preview and booktalks (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • Use 2nd grade list and add
          • Trouble with ants
          • FukuFuku
          • Emily Feather
          • Magical animal adoption agency
          • Cici a fairy's tale
          • Science Comics: Dinosaurs
          • Living fossils
          • Mission Mumbai
          • Save me a seat
  • June 1, Wednesday (off-site at Tibbets)
    • Summer preview and storytime/booktalking (flyers handed out to teachers)
      • samples of summer materials, promote programs, remind teachers of library resources
    • 20 minutes per grade, use lists from earlier visits
      • 1st grade
      • 4th grade
      • 5th grade
      • Kindergarten
      • 3rd grade
  • June 2, Thursday (off-site at Jackson)
    • Summer preview and storytime/booktalking (flyers handed out to teachers)
      • samples of summer materials, promote programs, remind teachers of library resources
    • Half an hour per grade, use lists from earlier visits
      • 2nd grade
      • 3rd grade
      • Kindergarten
      • 1st grade
      • 4th grade
      • 5th grade
  • June 7, Tuesday
    • West Side, 3rd grade, 2 classes (9:30-11)
      • Tour
      • Scavenger Hunt
      • Browsing and checkout
      • Butterfly (superhero) masks
      • Summer preview and booktalks (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • Use 2nd grade list and add
          • Trouble with ants
          • FukuFuku
          • Emily Feather
          • Magical animal adoption agency
          • Cici a fairy's tale
  • June 7, Tuesday
    • OPtions (homeschool/charter school)
      • I gave a brief talk to the younger group (preschool/2nd grade) and the older group (3rd/5th). I had a selection of books for them to look at, check out, and summer reading materials. This was about 30-40 kids total. I was a bit burned out by this point.
  • June 8, Wednesday
    • Middle School (Gold Team 6th grade, 7th grade lunch)
      • I did a brief, 20 minute talk to 6th grade and then passed out fine-free coupons and let them look at the books. Meanwhile, Jess set up in the cafeteria and handed out fine-free coupons. We had our tablet to check out books to the 7th graders, but nobody had brought a card. Next year they might have a better idea we're coming though!
      • These are (most) of the books we brought, listed on Pinterest. Mainly the 6th grade titles, because those I booktalk.
  • June 9, Thursday
    • Middle School (Trailblazer Team 6th grade, 7th grade lunch, 8th grade lunch)
      • Same thing again, except we'd already seen these 7th graders. 8th graders were really uninterested, but I walked some books around to the tables and got a few sparks of interest.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Messy Art Club: Painting Things

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35

  • Project: Painting eggs
    • Supplies
      • Styrofoam eggs purchased from S&S Worldwide (240 for $80)
      • skewers, acrylic paint, brushes
      • water cups, aprons, tablecloths, wipes
      • drying boxes, pencils, file labels and pencils for egg tags
    • Instructions and Notes

      • I pre-skewer the eggs because they are sharp. It's better to poke the eggs into the box than lay them across. Make sure they label BEFORE they paint.

  • Project: Painting wooden items
    • Supplies
      • Wooden shapes (left over from various projects and prizes)
      • Wooden snakes (purchased in bulk two summers ago and only used a few)
      • Acrylic paint
      • Paper plates, paint brushes, aprons
      • wax paper, tablecloths
    • Instructions and Notes
      • I spread the wax paper out for kids to put their painted objects to dry on - just putting them on paper plates, etc. they stick
      • We don't use water cups - I tell them to take a new paint brush when they want to switch colors.

  • Project: Paint and laminate
    • Supplies
      • Die-cuts (die cut machine and paper)
      • Paint, paintbrushes
      • Markers, glitter glue
      • aprons, paper towels, paper plates
    • Instructions and Notes
      • Do NOT laminate shapes with glitter. Only paint, and they have to blot it first (paper towels)
      • I brought my small laminator over and I had a lot of small pouches left. These work best b/c in order to fill up a big pouch, you have to get a lot of pieces and people are usually in a hurry to leave.

  • Project: Paint pots and plant seeds
    • Supplies:
      • Small clay pots or plastic pots (Walmart) (plastic recyclables in case I run out)
      • Acrylic paint, brushes
      • tablecloths, paper plates, aprons
      • dirt, seeds
    • Instructions and Notes
      • Do NOT let the kids water their plants until they get home!
      • If you paint plastic pots, they will take a lot longer to dry than clay.
Evaluation

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Outreach Storytimes: Eggs and Hatchlings

Program Goals
  • Encourage library visits
  • Build relationships with students and teachers
  • Teach kids about eggs
  • All kids received a handout with upcoming March/April programs and an egg activity
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • Early bird by Toni Yuly (March 2015)
    • This little chick by John Lawrence (March 2016)
    • That's mine by Michel Van Zeveren (March 2016)
    • Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchinson (March 2016)
    • Peep and Egg: I'm not hatching by Laura Gehl (March 2016)
  • Preschool and Kindergarteners (*Nonfiction)
    • *What will hatch by Jennifer Ward (March 2015)
    • *An egg is quiet by Dianna Aston (March 2015)
    • *Eggs 123 by Janet Halfmann (March 2016)
    • Odd egg by Emily Gravett (March 2015)
    • *What will I be by Nicola Davies (March 2015)
    • Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend (March 2016)
    • Chickens to the rescue by John Himmelman (March 2016)
  • Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
    • Argus by Michele Knudsen (March 2016)
    • Foxy and Egg by Alex T. Smith (March 2015)
    • Egg drop by Mini Grey (March 2015)
    • An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
    • Busy-Busy Little Chick by Janice Harrington
    • *Hatch by Roxie Munro (March 2016)
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
Vocabulary: Oviparous, amphibious, tadpole, hatch, nest, spring

Notes


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Winter Wigglers: Teddy Bear Hunt

  • 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
I put this on my calendar with no clear idea of exactly what I was going to do. Then, suddenly, it was time! I didn't want to do a traditional "Going on a Bear Hunt" since we have that with the Ice Age Trail and mammoths in the fall and also it was too much work to set it up. So I put together some activity sheets based on Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, scattered bear paws around, and made paper puppets for the kids to collect and then use in the puppet theater. Kids hung out and it didn't take too long to set up, unlike the obstacle course.

Evaluation
  • 3-2-16
    • Attendance: 20
    • Notes: We had a major snowstorm the day before so the word didn't get out what we were doing. The people who came to hang out enjoyed it though.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Middle School Madness: Paint

  • Program Goals
    • Reach middle school students
    • Build relationships with after school center
    • Circulate materials
The last time I visited they requested a painting project. I had a bunch of mini pots I'd purchased with no clear idea in mind and figured this would work for them.

Supplies
  • mini pots
  • acrylic paint, brushes
  • paper plates, tablecloth, paper towels

Evaluation

Monday, February 1, 2016

Take Home Storytime: ABCs


  • 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 Winter 2016
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: ABCs

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

TALK about the ABCs. What letters do you see in the books? What sounds do they make?

Get ready to WRITE by tracing the paper letters in your take home bag with your finger.

SING the ABC stop song - this is a great way to not only teach the abcs but also get kids to focus on listening for directions. Also, it's fun! (http://tinyurl.com/jtcdfbz)

Make letter cards to PLAY with. Glue your letter to one side of the card and draw a picture of something that starts with the letter on the other side.

READ together! Letter knowledge includes numbers as well as letters. Try some of these fun alphabet and counting books. You can find more concept books in the picture book area by looking for the yellow concept sticker.

  • Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff
  • Caveman: A B.C. story by Janee Trasler
  • Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
  • 10 Hungry rabbits by Anita Lobel
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, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

Take Home Storytime: Penguins


  • 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 winter 2016
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: Penguins

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

TALK about penguins. How are they different from other birds? How are they the same?

Get ready to WRITE by decorating your penguin pieces and gluing them together. Make up a story about your penguin and write it on the back!

SING a song of penguins! Try singing to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it" and make up your own motions.
I am Mr. Penguin, Penguin white and black
I have flippers, flippers, flippers that I flap
When I walk I waddle, waddle, When I talk I bobble, bobble
I am Mr. Penguin, Penguin, white and black

PLAY with your penguin pieces before gluing them together. What shapes do you see? What different pictures can you make?

READ fun books! Letting your child choose books will help build print motivation, the enjoyment of books and reading. You can find books about penguins and other birds in the ANIMALS/BIRDS neighborhood (yellow stickers)

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

I Spy Aquarium

February 2016
This was a hard one to get a picture of!

Winter Theme, January 2015

Winter Holidays by Jess, December 2015

Created by Jess, October 2015, Fall Camouflage



Updated April 2015! We have a new list for marking off the items that includes both pictures and words and a sticker reward. The response was HUGE. We went from less than 20 to over 100 participants in a month. The kids were much more enthusiastic about the stickers than expected and I had to put stickers at the other desks, since they were enthusiastic enough to trek up to the circ and information desks and ask for their sticker.

I started this in the summer of 2014. My aide put together the first one, then a volunteer, then I turned it over to my new associate, who does amazing work. We count participation by the number of lists used, although a lot more people look at and talk about it than use the lists.

Created by Jess, School Display, August 2015




Created by Jess, Under the Sea theme for April 2015


Created by Jess. March 2015

Created by a volunteer. Winter 2014

Created by a summer aide. Summer 2014