Thursday, November 16, 2017

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.
Schedule
  • September: Introductory meeting
  • October: Humor
  • November: Fantasy
  • December: Adventure
  • January: Real stories
  • February: History
  • March: Mystery
  • April: Animals

Evaluation

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Messy Art Club: Holiday Ornaments

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an inexpensive holiday program for families
    • Encourage creativity and using different art styles/materials
    • Help build gross and fine motor skills
Fuzzy tree friends
My associate made these cute felt candy cane mice - the kids really enjoyed it, but next time I'd probably cut a few more in advance. I think she got the pattern here.

Supplies
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Candy canes
  • Google eyes
  • Mouse pattern
  • Permanent markers
Project: Puzzle ornaments
Using up the puzzle pieces! You can paint these, but I'm not up for it by this time of the year usually. Again, I'd hot glue more ornaments in advance.

Supplies
  • puzzle pieces
  • glue, glitter, glitter glue
  • hot glue gun (supervised)
Project: Ceramic ornaments
I got a deal on these, otherwise to get enough for potentially 50-60 people is too expensive. 

Supplies
  • Ceramic ornaments (60?) (Discount School Supply)
  • Acrylic paint, brushes, aprons, paper plates, wax paper (to dry them on)
Project: Plastic ornaments
You need a lot of these and they are cheap plastic, so get extra! The big bubbles are the best, but people like the other shapes so I try to get some of them as well. Make sure you get the ones that pop open, otherwise kids will just fill them with sequins and nobody has that many sequins.

Supplies
  • Colorations Clear Ornaments (Discount School Supply)
  • Sequins, ribbon, glitter glue
  • glitter, containers to shake it in
  • glue, scissors, tablecloths
Project: Paper chains
If you don't have fancy paper, regular paper and markers works just fine.

Supplies
  • Paper, markers, scissors, tape
Project: Glitter Pinecones
The important thing with this is to have enough big tubs to shake the glitter over and to remind people to tie their strings on FIRST.

Supplies
  • Pinecones, yarn or ribbon
  • Glitter, glue, large plastic tubs

Project: 3-D paper ornaments
You fold the die cuts in half, glue the halves together. You do need symmetrical shapes. You need at least four, but you can add more and make it fancier. It works best if you glue the yarn or ribbon down the middle while/before you add shapes.

Supplies:
  • die cut shapes (Christmas trees, stars, gingerbread men)
  • hole punches, markers, scissors
Evaluation

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bookaneers: Setting sail on the sea of books



making puppets for Mr. Ball
Bookaneers is actually my private homage to China Mieville, but I am not going to tell the 1st graders that.
  • Program Goals
    • Meet patron request for more programs, specifically book clubs, for younger readers
    • Collaborate with school reading specialists to meet the needs of struggling readers
    • Encourage kids to build reading skills and enjoy reading!
    • Attendance: 5 kids (grades 1-3)
4:30-4:35: Introduction (new attendees and beginning of the year)
  • Introductions
  • How Bookaneers works
    • At the first meeting, or when they attend for the first time, kids receive a binder with a variety of starter sheets. They can get more sheets as needed online or at the next meeting. They do not have to fill in the sheets for each book, they're just for fun and to help them remember what they read. 
    • Books are due at the next meeting. They have a due date taped to the front of each book. Don't forget your library card!
    • It's ok if you don't feel like talking about your book or didn't finish.
    • It's ok to have a parent or friend help you read and/or write in your binder
    • We all read at different levels and speeds. This isn't a contest or a class; we're here to have fun reading together!
4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
  • Make/decorate notebooks and bookmarks if it's the first meeting, discuss what books they like and why and what their favorite things are. Otherwise, crafts and talking about our books!
5:15-5:30: Booktalks, Voting
  • I booktalk each book and have them vote on which one they want. It depends on how many kids attend. Sometimes I write/draw them on the chalkboard. Sometimes I put them on the whiteboard or put bowls in front of the books for them to put their names in. Sometimes the group is small enough not to have to take turns.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to keep from the prize cart.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Slime

  • Program Goals
    • Learn how to measure and estimate
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Learn how to follow a recipe
Project: Classic Easy Goo
  • Recipe: 
    • 1 tsp borax, 1/2 cup hot water (mixed) 
    • 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 cup water, food coloring or paint (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 or paint
    • measuring cups and spoons 
    • bowls 
Project: Slime with stuff in it (liquid starch)
  • Recipe:
    • 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 cup liquid starch
    • Add liquid starch by the tablespoon until the mixture is no longer stringy and does not stick to the sides of the bowl
    • Knead
    • Add pompoms, sand, or other ingredients and knead to mix thoroughly
    • Too sticky? Add starch. Too slimy? Add glue.
  • Supplies
    • glue
    • liquid starch
    • food coloring or paint, pompoms
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • bowls
Other Supplies
  • sink, paper towels, cloth towels
  • ziplock baggies

Other Slimes
Polka Dot Slime
Color-changing slime
Sand slime
https://artfulparent.com/2017/03/rainbow-fluffy-slime-recipe.html



Monstrous Mess

  • Program Goals
    • Fun, messy art program for kids who are off school
    • Sub for toddler storytime (provider is n/a)
    • Non-Halloween activities for families
I planned to run this approximately from 10am to noon. Toddler storytime usually meets at 10am and 11am. Since there was no school, I had both my aides available. I also pulled in additional staff to cover the youth services desk in the morning. The focus was on paint and messy art for the morning and some sensory activities.

Painting activities
  • Painting pumpkins - leftover pumpkins from a program, tempera paint, brushes
  • Fingerpaint - fingerpaint, paper
  • Scratch art - pre-made cardstock with crayons, kids cover it in black paint and draw designs with popsicle sticks. Additional crayons and cardstock to make your own.
  • Watercolors and biocolor - diffusion paper in various shapes, brushes
Sensory activities
  • 1 swimming pool with a pumpkin cut open to be investigated
  • 1 swimming pool with water and dish soap and plastic food from the kitchen
Other
  • Sink, paper towels, cloth towels
  • Plastic tablecloths on the tables (and on the floor below)
  • Aprons
I also put out monster and art books, our donation pig, and had my aides take pictures

Evaluation

  • 10-31-17
    • Attendance: 62 (estimate)
    • Notes: I will only do this again if it falls on the right day - no school AND a Tuesday. But everyone had a lot of fun and there was paint everywhere! If I do it again I need to schedule the aides a little longer for more clean-up time.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

We Explore Favorite Artist Beth Krommes

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Beth Krommes and her art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 10
Art Project Part 1: Scratch art (10-10:15)
If I had an older group I would have had them make their own, but during the school year this group is smaller. At 10:15ish, I sing the Storytime Song

Supplies
  • scratch art paper
  • scratch art tools
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
  • The house in the night by Susan Swanson
  • Blue on blue by Dianne White
  • Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root
  • Butterfly eyes by Joyce Sidman
  • Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman
Art Project Part 2: Paint (10:40-11)
This was fingerpaint, but they had popsicle sticks to make patterns. Each kid got to pick three colors and two popsicle sticks, one to spread and one to draw patterns.

Supplies
  • fingerpaint
  • paper
  • popsicle sticks
  • paper towels
Evaluation

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Messy Art Club: Embossing


  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Embossing foil pendants

I got this idea from Make and Takes. We pretty much did it exactly as it said and it was very popular.

Supplies
  • Foil
  • Pasteboard strips and cards (donated by artist)
  • Wooden styluses (originally bought to us with scratch-art and worked great for this)
  • Permanent markers
  • Ribbon
  • Tape, Scissors, scratch paper (to put under while coloring)
Evaluation

Friday, October 20, 2017

Maker Workshop: Sewing Machines

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Sewing Machines
  • 3 Elna sewing machines (purchased by the consortium)
  • Borrowed 2 more sewing machines - old Singer and a Janome (Singer did not work)
  • Patron donated a Dressmaker (I've never heard of it, but it works REALLY well!)
The Elna machines are very basic - but unfortunately, their treadle feet are super sensitive. Even I have trouble getting them to go slowly and it's really hard for kids to regulate them. They're also difficult to thread - there's an automatic needle threader but it's not intuitive. The thread tends to get tangled and break a lot. We did better once we'd put in better thread, but they're still not ideal machines.

I haven't gotten the Singer to work yet - it was very dirty and the bobbin is old-style which I haven't threaded in forever! It jammed up first time I went to use it. The Janome (and the staff member who came with it) have worked the best. S is a quilter and has been an invaluable colleague, helping to thread machines, give advice, and troubleshoot the constantly glitching machines. A patron donated a Dressmaker (at least that's the name on it) before the last meeting. It's a metal machine and it works beautifully. They called it a "workhorse" and it definitely is! I even figured out how to thread it with no problems and no manual.

Supplies
  • fabric (variety of quilting/cottons from Jo-Ann)
  • needles, thread, seam-ripper, scissors (purchased a bunch of Fiskars big and little ones and wrote FABRIC ONLY on them), bobbins (brought extra from home), pins
  • Stuffing, elastic
  • Tracing paper, rulers, pencils
Resources and Display Titles
  • I put a wide variety of sewing/sewing machine books out. The Jane Bull titles and Sewing School remain the most popular/used.
  • I printed out a bunch of practice sheets for sewing machines from online (I don't have the links right now, but they're easy to find).
Promo
We will be learning to use a sewing machine in a cumulative series of three workshops. You must sign up and attend all three workshops! We will start with basic sewing machine skills—threading a machine, controlling the foot pedal, and following a line. Attendees will also learn to follow a pattern, create an item, and finish with hand sewing techniques. There is no age requirement, but kids must have the required skills listed below.

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.
  • Ability to safely use a sewing machine with limited supervision
  • Have sufficient motor control to use a foot pedal
Introduction
  • "Tools vs Toys" safety lecture.
  • Sewing steps
    • practice
    • plan
    • pattern
    • pin
    • cut
    • sew
  • "It's ok to make mistakes"
Notes
  • This was a 3-part series and I had kids sign up for the first session, which signed them up for all three. I had several adults interested and I am going to offer a class open to adults next year (I did have one adult attendee who is a retired teacher so is fine hanging out with the kids)
  • Having at least one volunteer is a MUST. This is NOT something I could do on my own and I am extremely grateful for one of our circulation staff, who volunteered her time to help out.
  • Big things I'd like to improve on for next time
    • Hold the program in the larger community room, with heavy-duty tables. We were cramped in the Storyroom and my tables are flimsy. Plus there isn't enough space to lay out materials.
    • Better sewing machines. Ideally, I'd like to get Babylocks, like I have myself, but they are expensive. Still, perhaps I could add one a year or something. [edited to add - some patrons donated a very solid older machine before the last meeting. It works really well!]
  • Workshop specifics to work on
    • Spend more time teaching the kids to thread, operate, and trouble-shoot machines. I will need more volunteers (and machines) to do this. 
    • Make the kids spend more time practicing stitching before they start making projects
    • About 5 people is all I can handle. More than that and I will need twice as many machines and volunteers!
  • Minor details
    • I need pincushions. We are losing pins everywhere. [bought but I could use more than 2]
    • Sewing scissors - taken care of, I bought 6 pairs on sale
    • Buy stuffing beforehand for pillows
    • Notions - elastic, lace, safety pins! etc.
    • I'd like to have some previously made patterns and/or tissue paper available. Especially for simple skirts, a cape, and a general doll shape.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Force and Motion


  • Program Goals 
    • Experiment with the science of force and motion 
    • Encourage kids to problem solve and be creative 
    • Attendance: 35 
Project: Catapults

I made some signs with instructions and pictures from several online sources, one for a super easy catapult and one for a more difficult model. I laminated these and put them out on the tables for people to refer to. I also put a warning sign that only adults could use the hot glue gun!

Supplies
  • Popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, rubber bands 
  • Bottle caps, cotton balls, small pompoms 
  • Glue dots, hot glue gun, glue, tape, duct tape 

Project: Mini-Marshmallow Shooters
I had a variety of cups and sizes of balloons that kids could experiment with. It really only works well with really hard plastic cups, but we did fine experimenting with other cups and paper tubes. This would also work with pompoms, you don't have to use marshmallows. I got this from Amy Koester.

Supplies 
  • Plastic and paper cups (different sizes)
  • Balloons (different sizes) (you need BIG balloons)
  • mini marshmallows and/or pompoms

Experiment: Racing cars/Marble Run
I was inspired by this program and this program as well as some of the experiments in Motion by Ellen Lawrence to make an experiment where the kids could try different kinds of friction and gravity. I set up some suggestions/rules and the kids did car races.

Supplies
  • Paper towel tubes, some long boxes 
  • Matchbox cars left over from summer reading prizes 
  • Scraps to test friction - felt/fabric, foam, paper, tissue paper, foil 
  • Scissors, packing tape, duct tape 
Experiment: Hot Air/Cold Air

I got this from Read Sing Play. The kids put a balloon over the mouth of an empty bottle. Put in very cold and then very hot water and the balloon inflates.

Supplies
  • Plastic water bottles 
  • Balloons 
  • Pitchers 
  • Hot and cold water 
Experiment: Wind Play

I also got this from Read Sing Play. It's just a fan and straws and you practice blowing things - how far can you blow, which blows faster the fan or the straw, etc.

Supplies
  • Fan (large and small) 
  • Straws 
  • Streamers (ribbon, crepe) 
  • Miscellaneous things to test 
Ideas to try
  • cranes 
  • six simple machines 
  • alka-selzer rockets 
  • pumpkins out of baby socks, water balloon launcher, trebuchet to launch, measure distances 

Evaluation of Previous Programs 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rock 'n' Read: Let the show begin!

Magicalamity wings
  • Program Goals
    • Continue book clubs with kids who have aged out of Bookaneers or find the lower books too easy.
    • Encourage kids to build reading skills and enjoy reading!
    • Attendance: 5 kids (grades 3-5)
4:30-4:35: Introduction
  • Introductions
  • How Rock 'n' Read works
    • At the first meeting, or when they attend for the first time, kids receive a binder with a variety of starter sheets. They can get more sheets as needed online or at the next meeting. They do not have to fill in the sheets for each book, they're just for fun and to help them remember what they read. 
    • Books are due at the next meeting. They have a due date taped to the front of each book. Don't forget your library card!
    • It's ok if you don't feel like talking about your book or didn't finish.
    • We all read at different levels and speeds. This isn't a contest or a class; we're here to have fun reading together!
4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
  • Make notebooks and bookmarks if it's the first meeting, discuss what books they like and why and what their favorite things are. Otherwise, crafts and talking about our books!
5:15-5:30: Booktalks, Voting
  • I booktalk each book and have them vote on which one they want. It depends on how many kids attend. Sometimes I write/draw them on the chalkboard. Sometimes I put them on the whiteboard or put bowls in front of the books for them to put their names in. Sometimes the group is small enough not to have to take turns.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to take home to keep from the prize cart.

2nd Grade Community Walk


  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce kids to the library and its role in the community
    • Introduce kids and teachers to the different functions of library staff
    • Give kids and teachers a sense of community ownership of the library
    • Promote school/library cooperation
10-15 Minute Tour
  • Start upstairs at the director’s office
    • The director is the principal of the library. She helps everyone do their jobs, makes sure the library runs smoothly and represents the library to the community.
  • Adult services
    • Mr. Chad and his helpers do all the things for grown-ups that we do for kids - fun programs, new books, helps with computers and visits people who can’t come to the library.
  • Downstairs - Information desk
    • A place for grown-ups to ask questions. Kids can ask questions here too, if there is no one at the children’s desk!
  • Circulation
    • This is where the materials circulate. Circulation staff help keep track of who checks out what, remind you to return your books, put the books away, and answer questions about checking out books, fines, etc.
  • Children’s desk
    • This is where kids can ask questions! If you need help finding something, want a recommendation for a good book, need help with your homework, or want to find out what’s going on for kids in the library. Only Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Jess work here, so if there isn’t someone at the children’s desk you can go ask up front.
  • Technical services
    • Ms. Lindsay is in charge of putting all the information about the books into the computer, so we can find them in the catalog.
    • Ms. Lisa puts the covers on the books and fixes the broken books.
    • MAGIC TAPE
    • Discussion of where new materials (and the money for them) comes from
  • Back to circulation - go through the work room to Storyroom
10-15 Minute Craft and Storytime
  • Storytime
  • Decorate people who are important in the community. Kids leave people to be put up on the wall. Try to discourage ninjas. There are no ninjas in Elkhorn and if there were they would not be an important part of the community.
  • Books
    • The Fox in the library by Pauli (change the sentence about only checking out 10 books)
    • The Book that eats people by Perry
    • Backup books - Chester trilogy by Watt and Cats by Schwarz (in professional collection)
  • Supplies
    • die cut gingerbread people (large)
    • markers

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

We Explore Favorite Artist Lois Ehlert

  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Lois Ehlert and her art
    • Practice motor development (cutting, gluing), using rulers and scissors
Art Project Part 1: Cutting (10-10:15)
Parents label the child's space with a name tag and then I encourage them to cut out lots of different shapes. I also had several matching games with our new magnetic chalkboard for the kids to try out if they got bored cutting. At 10:15ish, I sing the Storytime Song
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
    • Planting a Rainbow (big book) (talk about colors)
    • RRRalph (talk about found objects in collage)
    • Fish Eyes (talk about counting)
    • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (sing, talk about letters)
    • Oodles of animals (talk about shapes)
  • Snack
    • Apples and sweet peppers
    • Napkins
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:40-11)
I asked the parents to help me distribute the rest of the materials needed for creating the collages. The kids used the shapes they'd cut and the found objects (one tub for each table) to create pictures.
  • Supplies
    • Found objects (yarn, buttons, seeds, etc.)
    • Glue, white construction paper
Evaluation

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Science Tricks

The exploding rockets are never not fun.
  • Program Goals
    • Explore different types of science
    • Encourage children to ask questions
    • Have fun with science
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Defying gravity with forks
  • Supplies
    • forks, cups
    • toothpicks
    • matches
    • cup of water (to extinguish matches)
  • Sources
Experiment: Static electricity
  • Supplies
    • Balloons
    • Styrofoam plates
    • Styrofoam balls
    • Towel pieces
  • Source
Experiment: Alka-Selzer rockets
  • Supplies
    • alka-seltzer (had a previous supply in the basement)
    • film canisters (purchased on Amazon)
    • water
Experiment: Speeding stick
  • Supplies
    • popsicle sticks
    • dish soap
    • tub of water
  • Source
    • Cool science tricks by Daniel Tatarsky
Experiment: Balloon kebabs
  • Supplies
    • balloons
    • skewers
    • oil
  • Source
    • It's not magic it's science by Hope Buttitta
Ice fishing
  • Supplies
    • ice cubes and dishes
    • salt
    • string
    • water
  • Source
    • Magic tricks with science by Samantha Bell

Other materials
  • prisms
  • cardboard tubes
  • straws
  • bubble solution

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

We Explore Favorite Artist Katherine Tillotson

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Katherine Tillotson and her art
    • Encourage building motor skills
    • Encourage experimenting with artistic techniques
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Watercolors (10-10:15)
I premixed watercolors and had thick paper for them to paint on (because they like to soak it!)
  • Supplies
    • Aprons
    • paint cups
    • watercolor paints
    • paper
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug. This is a new one, so I tried several different titles to see how it would go. I finished with It's Picture day today!
  • Books
    • It's picture day today by Megan McDonald
    • All the water in the world by George Ella Lyon
    • Night train by Caroline Stutson
    • Shoe dog by Megan McDonald
    • All ears all eyes by Richard Jackson
  • Also available
    • Penguin and little blue by Megan McDonald
    • Nice try tooth fairy by Mary Olson
    • When the library lights go out by Megan McDonald
  • Snack
    • Graham crackers
    • Napkins
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:45-11)
Tillotson primarily uses watercolors, but she does include collage techniques especially in It's picture day today! so I used this for the second part of the art.
  • Supplies
    • Paper scrap tub
    • Buttons, sparkles, feathers
    • Paper
    • Scissors, glue sticks
Evaluation

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Messy Art Club: Puppetry

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Felt puppets
  • Purchased kits from Discount School Supply
Project: Sock puppets
  • Recycled and purchased socks
General puppet supplies
  • styrofoam plates, dixie cups, small paper plates
  • paper tubes, popsicle sticks (different sizes)
  • googly eyes, buttons
  • stickers, sparkles
  • rods (purchased from craft store and walmart)
  • yarn, felt
  • handmade paper (donated)
  • permanent markers, fabric markers, regular markers
General Tools
  • Scissors, staplers
  • Hot glue, glue dots, white glue (cardboard for hot glue)
  • Duct tape, packing tape, regular tape

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Reading Explorer: 500 Books Before Middle School

I originally started Reading Explorer in the fall of 2015. It was basically an extension of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten with sheets to color in and stickers. Each sheet was a different habitat and kids moved their names along the habitats. I got quite a few kids participating, but they tended to lose interest and I never liked the poor artwork on my logs.

This summer I completely revamped the program. I used a lot of elements from my defunct winter reading program to make it both more challenging - this program is really directed at high-level and voracious readers - and to encourage readers to explore the library and different genres and subjects.

The kids pick up a folder with an instruction sheet and the first set of challenges. My volunteers made a bunch of laminated magnifying glasses to put up on the shelf-end with the participants' names on the handles. They can add stickers as they complete challenge sheets. Each 100 books (4 sheets) they will get to pick a "badge" i.e. a button from our button maker. When they finish they get a free book.

Instruction sheet

Link to Challenges
Right now there are 13 challenges. Each one has suggestions for what genres or subjects to read, a discussion question, a link to a blog or website with reading suggestions, and lists of books for younger and older readers. I did get a bit rushed near the end, so I'll probably update these at some point.


This is the original format of the program.

Reading Explorer Label
Complete Reading Explorer Log (This is a big file - if you want the original publisher file, let me know)






Friday, August 4, 2017

Read and Grow: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

We've had increasing interest in this program; I had more kids ages 0-3 doing Read and Grow than involved in summer reading this year. So I took the first week after summer reading finish to revise and update the program.

How it works
Parents can pick up a folder from the box at any time. When they have read 100 books together, they get a caterpillar to add to the reading chart. At 500 books they get a pot and seeds. At 1,000 books they get a free book and their picture on a butterfly. Throughout the program they pick up stickers for their logs.

Supplies and insertions:
  • Folders (bought in bulk at back to school sales)
  • Sticky labels (printed at a local print shop and I have a lifetime supply because I couldn't find them and had more printed!)
  • Instructions
  • Read and Grow logs (now with caterpillars!)
  • Bookmarks with reading suggestions (haven't uploaded them yet)
  • Stickers are collected from a variety of sources, but the most popular are the foam stickers I get from Amazon (Purple Ladybug Novelty)
  • Books collection from donations, review copies, and Scholastic Book Fairs
People often ask if it's ok to re-read books, what if they forget to write them down, etc. It's all good! I don't have time or the inclination to police the finer points and I don't really care. The big thing is that families are reading.

Marketing flyers - 8x11 poster and 11x17 tv flyer. I periodically update these with new book covers.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Library on the Go: Park/Head Start and Evaluation


Summer school finished last week and I had to decide whether I was going to run this program in August or not. August tends to be really slow in my town, not much going on, although the kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day.

I had asked the pool manager if I could set up at the pool and I figured I'd try that at least once. I set up at 9 and it was pretty dead. They have an adult exercise class then so there were just a couple kids wandering over to the park or waiting for the pool to open. Once it opened to the public at 10 there were a lot more people but I was in the wrong area to connect with them - they come around the other side.

At 11 I noticed a lot of kids up at the Lion's Den (this is the picnic area that can be rented) and I went up to investigate. I found all my Headstart friends! We had missed each other in the communication of who was where when! So I hauled everything up there, checked out over 30 books, had more than 30 kids making crafts and chatting, some day camp kids wandered over as well. However, this isn't repeatable - the Lion's Den is usually booked for parties and the people who can afford a pool pass aren't really the group I'm looking for anyways. I decided to call it a successful start to the program and I have plans to take LotG to the next Headstart play group in September and make the materials available to classrooms during the school year. About 70 books are still in circulation but I expect most of those will eventually make their way back to me.

Notes for the future

  • Summer school, especially now that they're offering free lunch and afternoon classes, is the best venue for June/July. I need to remember to take water and a folding chair!
  • I have some potential venues for August next year - the only county shelter that takes families and is about 10 miles out of town. A partially disused camp/vacation site that is in close proximity to the townships and students who live out of town. Trying to do something with the low-income housing sites in town didn't work out and I'm kind of leary of trying again.
  • Things I need to add/change for next year - I need a handout that explains what the books are. I had a nice bookmark with all the dates and places on it, but when those changed it wasn't useful anymore! I need it to be in Spanish as well as English.
  • A minor point, but I need to make sure when I check the books out on the outreach card they have a due date of never.
Overall, I think this was very successful. I checked out over 140 books, signed up about 45 kids for summer reading, and usually had 20-30 kids doing crafts and chatting about books at each visit. I won't count up the number of non-returned books until the end of August (and still expect some to come back through school later) but I did lose 4 books to water damage.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Big Splash


First time we used our new gardens. Lots of pools and I added dirt. The kids weren't into it - I think they were scared of getting dirty. I used balloons I bought online and they were so tough they didn't break! The kids loved it - they were carrying them home (and through the library). About 30 people came.
  • Program Goals
    • End of summer party
    • Quick and easy program
    • Attendance: 35
Supplies
  • Paint
    • fingerpaint, paint tubs, paint brushes, paper
    • tablecloths, wipes, paper towels, cleaning spray
  • Outdoor activities
    • hose, sprinkler, pools, tubs
    • Balloons, bubble wands, bubble solution, balls for the pools
    • Popsicles, cooler, scissors
Evaluation
  • 7-30-16
    • Attendance: 16
    • Notes: Summer reading didn't end today and this summer has been slow so I ran this with my two aides. They did all the set up and clean up (and threw most of the water balloons at each other, I think...)
  • 8-1-15
    • Attendance: 65
    • Feedback/Connections: Parents, especially of little ones, really love this program. It's very laid back and casual and the gentle sprinkler and small pools are perfect for this age group with the paint as an afterwards/rainy weather activity
    • Notes: I always underestimate the amount of staff I need for this. Note to self -need FOUR staff - one to handle summer reading, one to supervise outside, one to supervise inside, and one to move around between the three spots. Also, next year I need something to fill water balloons more quickly and easily!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Library on the Go: Last visit for Summer School Session 2


I just started in the cafeteria at about 11:45. Kids started arriving around 11:50. I did accidentally block the buses, so I need to park elsewhere or come earlier!

The last day of summer school so it was pretty empty, but I got a few new kids.

About 20 kids participated - they really like the wooden stuff to decorate. I checked out 17 books (except one I can't read my own handwriting for the barcode).

Next week I'll start at the park for August. My aide is entering all the books in a spreadsheet so I can use them for school and I'm revamping all my craft supplies.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We Explore Favorite Artist Leo Lionni

I did bleeding art tissue for the first half and then stamped with the sponges (all big fish) for the second half. Went well. About 10 people were there.
  • 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, July 21, 2017

Maker Workshop: Brushbots

I am really behind on my program updates. I got the robots from a different source this year (which I don't remember) and thankfully they had the little flat batteries. Only about 5 people came, the weather was not good.
  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • Brushbot kits (15) (purchased from easybotics.com)
  • AAA batteries
  • stickers
Resources and Display Titles
I did not put anything out.

Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to create a mini robot and learn some basic electronic 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 required materials with minimal supervision (sharp pliers, wire, batteries)
Introduction
I reminded everyone of the "tools vs toys" rule and then they got started. I printed out instructions and suggestions for games etc. from the website.

Evaluation
  • 7-22-16
    • Attendance: 12
    • Notes: I felt very "meh" about this one, but it turned out really well. The kids loved it and we had extras (which was good b/c a couple motors died). Next year I'll buy the brushbot kits from Maker Shed when they're in stock and pre-strip the wires.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Library on the Go: Summer School Session 2


This day was a little longer. I started with three storytimes for the pre-kindergarten classes and my aide brought in the Library on the Go stuff around 11ish and then I came down and joined her around 11:30. The second session is smaller anyways but it has shrunk a bit more because of people being gone - I still got a good turnout of kids interested in the craft (plastic suncatchers, decorated with permanent markers) and a decent number of books checked out.

I've found that mostly the older kids (middle school) go for the craft and then the younger ones slide over to the books. Especially if I give out fun bags, they all want to check out! I have leftover Finding Dory bags from a colleague which have attracted a lot of kids. Some just borrow the books and go read at their lunch table.

About 30 kids overall participated; 9 new kids for summer reading (this is the last week I'll do summer reading, since it ends next week); about 5 kids picked up calendars; 32 books checked out.

We Explore Favorite Artist Michael Hall

  • Program Goals
    • Show children and caregivers different art techniques
    • Introduce children and caregivers to new authors and new perspectives on favorite authors
    • Provide a flexible program that is open to a variety of ages and needs
    • Introduce shapes and colors
    • Introduce using a ruler
    • Practice rhyming (early literacy skill)
    • 20 children and adults in attendance
Art Project Part 1: Drawing and making shapes (10-10:15)
  • I told the kids to use the rulers and other items to trace shapes then cut them out. Their cut-out shapes would be their art materials.
  • Supplies
    • Construction paper
    • Pencils
    • Rulers, bowls, cups
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
  • Books
    • Perfect Square
    • My heart is like a zoo
    • Frankencrayon
    • Red
    • It's an orange aardvark
    • Cat tale
  • Snack
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:40-11)
  • The kids cut up (or ripped) their paper and glued them to the paper
  • Supplies
    • White construction paper (9x18)
    • Glue
Evaluation

Friday, July 14, 2017

Maker Workshop: Crochet


  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • Crochet hooks (20)
  • Sugar 'n' Cream yarn (20)
  • Chromecast
Our adult services librarian suggested the Chromecast so I could show utube videos on the tv (after my aides cast aspersions on my teaching ability). I bought the yarn and hooks at Walmart - probably about $30 for the all of them.

This is the first time I've tried this maker workshop. 10 kids came. A couple picked it up right away, one was really too young and mostly just sat there (I did show her how to finger knit) and one was left-handed which I was not prepared for. She was very gracious despite my fumbling attempts to help her and did end up with a little chain. The others, once they pushed through the initial frustration, all ended up with chains and one really got into it, refusing to tie hers off at the end as she wanted to keep going. The really tricky part is always the tension and if you don't have the manual dexterity to hold the yarn loosely, it's very frustrating. I think it went pretty well though and everyone had a good time.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Library on the Go: Summer School, session 2

There was a week off after the first session of summer school and we returned this week for summer school session 2. This is a smaller session, so I wasn't expecting as many people. Plus, school was closed yesterday due to extensive flooding and electrical issues (we found out about the second b/c the alarm kept going off. It was very distracting.)

It was just as hot. We had a couple kids for the 11-12 hour, one who had been waiting for us so they could return their books and check out two more! I had the laptop instead of the ipad and OF COURSE it was messed up too - wouldn't work in offline mode, kept flipping the screen, etc. Offline doesn't matter at the school b/c I can just use the guest wifi but I'll need it in August! I'm almost definitely lined up for taking Library on the Go to the pool.

This week's project was popsicle stick bracelets. We had a bunch left over from a previous project and I had those plus colored masking tape, duct tape, permanent markers, and stickers. Some of the kids got very creative - I saw one wearing hers as a choker - and others were thrilled to find misc. treasures in the box that I forgot were in there.

I forgot a folding chair and my water bottle, two things that I told myself I wouldn't forget! All of the books were in my trunk during the flooding and I belatedly discovered that the trunk was sopping wet. Only 3 books were damaged though. We signed up about 5 kids for summer reading, checked out about 32 books (I think a couple kids might have forgotten to check out...) and about 30 kids participated. My favorite was the boy whose friend dragged him over to look at the books. He picked out Princess Pink and the land of Fake Believe and promptly sat down and was absorbed in it.

I need to keep working on getting the laptop functional, remember to bring a chair and water, and make a bookmark explaining what the program is. It's too noisy to explain! My previous bookmark had dates that ended up being changed and I didn't get around to making another.

Messy Art Club: Outdoor Painting

Program Goals

  • Explore different painting techniques
  • Outdoor program b/c the room wasn't available
  • Bring in a variety of ages
We froze a variety of paint in ice cube trays and popsicle makers. Conclusion - thick, gooey fingerpaint in ice cube trays is the only thing that really works.

I also purchased a sheet of foam at Jo-Ann's and we used the die cut to make shapes. I had a bunch of large fingerpaint shapes from Discount School Supply. I strung ribbons across the trees and had clips to hang up the paintings.

Supplies
  • Foam (die cut shapes)
  • Frozen paint with popsicle stick handles
  • fingerpaint paper in shapes
  • plastic trays, plastic pools (to wash off in), hand towels
Evaluation
It was super hot. About 30 people came. I am re-evaluating the after school clubs for next year - I'm going to try switching them to a different day and I will probably not have them next summer. I really need a better method of hanging the paintings to dry outside.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Maker Workshop: Suminagashi (ink marbling)

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
Resources and Display Titles
I forgot to put out any display titles, but this was so messy that it was just as well! I did give information to several people on where to get the inks and printed instructions for a Deaf family.
The best instructions I found here at Inner Child Fun

Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to experiment with ink marbling and create beautiful marbled paper. This will be messy so wear old clothes! 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.
  • Sufficient motor control to manipulate ink and lift paper in and out of a tub
Introduction
I reminded everyone that this was messy and gave some basic instructions, emphasizing using small dots of ink and not dumping it in.

Evaluation

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Library on the Go: Back at summer school

SUCCESS!! I started at summer school around 11am and this time I brought along my aide (and her follower, a 4th grader). We unloaded and set up. It was cooler and I got a slow but steady trickle of people. Shortly after 12, we picked up the tables and walked them down to the cafeteria (much to the bewilderment of some of the school staff, but they mostly all know me so it didn't matter) and I FOUND THE KIDS. Well over a hundred of them are taking advantage of lunch and, since if you stay for lunch you can't use the buses, most of them were not in a big hurry to leave. We were swamped!

I checked out 48 books, signed up 29 kids for summer reading, and around 50 kids stopped by to talk, take a craft (I tore through the magnet kits, color-me keychains, and Finding Dory bags my colleague had donated) and look at the books.

I registered kids who visit the library to check out movies and games but have never participated in summer reading because their parents don't speak English and the language barrier is too great. I signed up kids who attend our rural elementary school and I only see them briefly as part of a class perhaps once a year. I signed up kids who have never visited the library at all. I told them over and over that everything was FREE!

In a follow-up of success, one of the children I signed up and their caregiver, who I had explained the program too, both came to the library for the first time to return their LotG books and the child got their first library card and checked out library books!

The ipad is still giving me grief - I'm going to use a laptop next time.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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
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
Evaluation

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Library on the Go: Week 2, low income housing complex

This was a total failure. I tried, I really, really did try, prior to getting this started to get in touch with the Housing Authority. I left phone messages, dropped off materials, but I never really got any response. Then I found out last week that the complex I chose, which has a lot of library patrons in it and a high percentage of kids with blocked cards, was potentially being rezoned, or whatever you'd call it, so it's no longer low income. In the end, I decided just to cross my fingers and go for it. The worst that could happen is either nobody showed up or they told me to leave.

Well, nobody showed up. I unpacked everything, and sat, alone. I saw one elderly lady with a walker meander across the parking lot and a moving van. It was basically dead. Either there were no kids there, they couldn't see me, or something. I decided I needed to make some changes, fast. I drove around town a little, looking at where kids had congregated (no, that was not at all creepy! uh, maybe...) and talked to our parent educator who is closely tied in with social services and the school district. I decided to expand my summer school outreach to both the lobby AND the free lunch (new this year) in the cafeteria through July. In August I will hopefully be able to set up in the park by the pool (this may or may not work out). Next year I might try a camp spot outside of town that a teacher recommended.

Mad Scientists Club: Geology

  • Program Goals
    • Practice following instructions/directions
    • Practice the scientific method/inquiry
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Smashing rocks
We had safety glasses, hammers, and a selection of rocks. We smashed them. It was endlessly fascinating and the kids lined up for their turn over and over again.

Project: Making fossils
Jess collected a wide variety of things for the kids to use - the most popular were shells and some rubber snakes.
  • Supplies
    • air-dry clay (purchased on Amazon)
    • misc. things to make shapes with
    • popsicle sticks
    • foil
Project: Sand strata
I had a bunch of pictures of geological strata in rocks and sand formations and a couple kids got into it, but mostly they were more interested in making art with the sand. Which was fine.
  • Supplies
    • colored sand (purchased from Discount School Supply)
    • construction paper
    • glue
    • funnels, spoons, and trays for excess sand
    • pictures of geological formations
Evaluation

Friday, June 16, 2017

Maker Workshop: Sewing

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
Supplies
  • Needles, needle threaders, pins
  • Multiple pairs of sewing 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
  • Let's Sew
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

Four year old kindergarten field trip: Pete the Cat

Tour of the children's area
  • Take kids the long way into and out of the library so it's not a "full" tour but they can see things to pique their interest and bring them back. Can also put pennies in the wishing well afterwards if time allows
Activities
  • Groovy buttons
    • Die-cut circles with holes punched
    • Ribbon
    • Markers
    • Kids decorate their buttons and string them
  • Art book covers
    • Pre-printed book covers "Pete the Cat and His ____ by ____
    • Markers
  • Create art books
    • Construction paper
    • Watercolor pencils
    • Water cups and brushes
    • Stapler
    • Kids draw pictures and brush over them with water, then we staple all the pictures together to make books (use their Pete the Cat art book covers)
Storytime
    • Pete the Cat: I love my white Shoes
    • Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons
    • Pete the Cat rocking in my school shoes
    • Pete the Cat and his magic sunglasses
    • Pete the Cat and the cool cat boogie

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Library on the Go: First visit

OMG HOT.

Ok, now that's out of the way. My first trip was more or less a success, but I definitely hit a few snags. I had advertised myself as being there from 10:30 to 11:30. I arrived around 10 and it was pretty dead until past 11, when parents started wandering in to pick up kids. Then there was a wild rush of kids running out to meet parents and get on the bus. I distributed tops, but most kids didn't have time to color them. About 25 kids and parents stopped by the tables to talk to me, some of them new people, some regular library patrons. I checked out 37 books and signed up about 10 kids for summer reading.

Things to change next time:

  • OMG HOT. Bring a water bottle
  • The ipad hates me. The app for using google sheets doesn't work well and you have to double-tap in each, separate cell. This is difficult when kids are hanging all over my very light, folding tables and sometimes it takes multiple tries. I need a better system.
  • Start later. There's no point in sitting there sweating for an hour.

Field Trip: Explore Elkhorn

  • Program Goals 
    • Introduce kids to the library, from the past to the present 
Tour
  • Start upstairs, in the oldest part of the library.
    • Mary Bray - first librarian
    • Library is over 100 years old
    • Look at the ceiling of the genealogy room
    • Stop by the cabinet of old books and talk about how the things the library has changes (used to just have old books, now we have computers, toys, etc.)
  • Look at the first addition (upstairs)
    • Find the spots where the outer wall become the inner wall (bricks on ramp) and look at the inner windows
    • Look at the microfilm machine
  • Visit basement (optional)
    • Used to be children’s area
    • Floods (this is very exciting)
    • Go out steps through garden
  • Visit the newest part of the building
    • Talk about how the children’s area has changed over the years
    • Talk about the different kinds of materials we have now
    • Visit tech services and talk about how the library catalogs and processes materials.
Past, Present, and Future library books
  • 9x18 sheets of construction paper folded in half
  • On the front “The Library Today”, inside “The Library Tomorrow”, on the back “The Library Yesterday”
  • Kids write or draw about what they’ve seen and imagine for the library

If there’s still time, or while some kids finish their project, explore the children’s area and play.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Maker Workshop: Clay

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • Sculpey multipacks (5 - had quite a bit left over)
  • paring knives, needles, toothpicks, rolling pins, mini cookie cutters
  • foil, paper plates
  • optional - earrings and other jewelry findings
Resources and Display Titles
Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to create a variety of clay projects and learn some simple sculpting skills along the way. Kids will be taking their creations home to bake. 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 sharp implements with minimal supervision (paring knife)
Introduction
  • I reminded everyone of the "tools not toys" rule.
  • I told them to plan ahead, demonstrated a couple techniques (mixing the clay) and then circulated and answered questions.
Evaluation

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Library on the Go: The Plan

I've been thinking about how I reach kids over the summer. Do my school visits really make a difference? Would those kids come to the library anyways? How do I reach all the kids whose families don't normally visit the library, who have blocked library cards, who are worried about getting fines or paying for lost materials? Our town proper doesn't have a transportation barrier - you can walk across town in about 30 minutes - but we have outlying townships where kids have no way of getting into town.

So, my solution is to start my own bookmobile/summer outreach. I'm calling it Library on the Go. I got funding from a Dollar General summer reading grant and purchased a large amount of books. I will be visiting one of our low-income housing complexes and summer school (which is at the middle school) alternately over the summer. Kids will have the opportunity to sign up for summer reading (to participate they will still need to visit the library itself) and also to enjoy storytime and crafts.

I chose books that were all under $3.50 and paperbacks. I picked a lot of National Geographic easy readers, Scholastic Branches, I Can Read, and popular series like Ballpark Mysteries, Puppy Place, and I Survived. For this inaugural launch, I picked only easy readers and beginning chapters and only books I already had in the library. I also did not choose any tv tie-ins this time around. Our cataloger put in brief records and barcoded each book. My associate made a logo. Those are the only processing the books received. We put them in our professional collection so other patrons can't place holds on them.

For circulation, I will be scanning the barcodes into a spreadsheet. Each kid can have 2 LotG books. If they return them the next time I come, or drop them off at the library, they can have 1-2 more books. If they don't return them, there are no overdue fines and whatever is still "checked out" at the end of the summer I will write off. I also hope to lend these books to classrooms during the school year. I'm loading all the books into dishpans from Walmart which will be easy to transport and using an ipad and portable scanner.

Storytime Books
  • Princess in black by Shannon Hale
  • Bad Kitty gets a bath by Nick Bruel
  • Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
  • Not quite narwhal by Jessica Sima
  • I don't want to be a frog by Dev Petty
  • Lucy & Company by Marianne Dubuc
Craft Projects
  • Tongue depressor bracelets (saved from a previous program)
  • Nature balls (fill xmas ornaments with natural items)
  • Suncatchers (purchased)
  • Sun shadow art (purchased)
  • Stuffed key chain ornaments (purchased)
  • Paint shapes/biocolor (purchased)
  • Wooden tops (purchased)
Additional supplies
  • stickers, colored tape
  • paint, permanent markers