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

Get Ready for Kindergarten (Safety Town)

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kindergarteners to the library
    • Encourage return visits throughout the school year
    • Remind kindergarteners about library safety
Activities (30 minutes each)
  • Storytime with Ms. Pattie
  • Sensory bottles (Makenna)
    • mini water bottles, sparkles etc.
    • funnels, duct tape
  • Lotto Tour
    • Pearl (reading dog/dog safety) is a stop
  • Dance with Toe to Toe Ballet
  • 11-11:30: Snack
Evaluation

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

We Explore Favorite Artist Leo Lionni

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Leo Lionni and his art
    • Encourage building motor skills
    • Encourage experimenting with artistic techniques
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Sponge painting (10-10:15)
  • I bought kitchen sponges, cleaned and dried them, and cut them into shapes. I had paper plates with a little paint on each and paper plates to paint and told them to stick to just one color and stamp lightly, so the sponges didn't get soaked.
  • Supplies
    • Aprons
    • Paper plates
    • Paint (fingerpaint)
    • Sponges cut into shapes
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
  • Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug
  • I start with Leo Lionni's very first book, Little Blue and Little Yellow and we talk about how the colors mix and whether it looked like he made it out of bits of paper or not. When we read Swimmy we talk about how he made the prints and that's like our sponge painting.
  • Books
    • Little Blue and Little Yellow
    • Swimmy
    • Inch by Inch
    • Alphabet Tree
    • Color of his own
    • Frederick
  • Supplies
    • Goldfish crackers
    • Dixie cups and napkins
Art Project Part 2: Torn paper collages (10:45-11)
  • Lionni had lots of different textures of torn paper in his collages and fortunately I have a patron who donates leftover handmade paper! I had the kids tear the paper into little pieces and glue them on to start with, suggesting that they make backgrounds - trees, grass, etc.
  • Supplies
    • Handmade paper
    • Paper scrap and tissue scrap tub
    • Glue
    • 9x18 sheets of white construction paper
Evaluation

Friday, June 17, 2016

Maker Workshop: Sewing

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
  • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • Needles, needle threaders, scissors
  • Embroidery thread, buttons, beads
  • Stuffing, tracing paper, pencils
  • Felt
Resources and Display Titles (by Jane Bull)
  • Crafty Creatures
  • Stitch by Stitch
  • Get Set, Sew
  • Make it
  • Made by Me
  • Crafty Dolls
Promo:
We will be sewing a crafty creature and learning some basic sewing 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 sewing implements with minimal supervision (needles and sharp scissors)
  • Ability to thread a needle (needle threaders will be provided) and knot the end.
Introduction
  • On the chalkboard
    • Tools NOT toys - lecture about needle safety (all needles must be accounted for etc.)
    • Choose a project; what skills do you need? what materials do you need?
    • plan + pin THEN cut + sew
    • Mistakes are OK
    • Sewing is all about patience, planning, and focus
Evaluation

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We Explore Favorite Artist Eric Carle


  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Eric Carle and his art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills (ripping, painting)
    • 20 children and adults in attendance
Art Project Part 1: Painting (10-10:15)
As the kids come in, they get aprons and start painting. I remind everyone to write their names at their spots, not to paint too thickly and pass out paper towels to blot the paintings. I just used a couple colors. Then we blotted them with paper towels and left them to dry. This takes about 15 minutes. I start gathering the kids to the rug for storytime after 15 minutes, but latecomers continue painting.
 
Supplies
  • Paint (red, blue, green) 
  • 8x11 white construction paper 
  • paint brushes, paper towels, aprons 
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
I start with the Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet and book. After this interactive story, I ask the adults to hand out the snack and we read more Eric Carle books. Depending on the audience, I talk about animal sounds, counting, coloring techniques, imagination, texture, etc.

Books
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar (puppet program) 
  • The Very Busy Spider 
  • 1, 2, 3 To the zoo 
  • The artist who painted a blue horse 
  • Hello Red Fox (school age)
Supplies
  • teddy grahams or animal crackers
  • sliced apples
  • Dixie cups and napkins 
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:40-11)
Everyone went back to their paintings and cut them up, then glued them onto the paper to make collages. More paper towels may be needed for things that are not quite dry.

Supplies
  • 8x12 white construction paper 
  • Scissors, Glue 
  • paper towels 
Display: Eric Carle books

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.