Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Reading 2015 Edition

My associate Jess with her Hero Headquarters display at the
youth services desk
After much research, discussion, argument, gathering of statistics, etc. I finally have our new summer reading program ready. I wanted something that got rid of all the plastic crap, that didn't take up so much time administering, and that made it impossible for anyone to fall into the "library police" trap of having a ton of rules for kids and parents to follow. I also wanted to get away from counting reading (books or time) while still encouraging kids to read daily. The staff primarily wanted some kind of regular small prizes so they didn't get yelled at by parents. This is what we ended up with. Will it work? Only time will tell...

One of the major changes was that people can sign up starting after Memorial Day. Summer reading doesn't specifically start until June 6, but all the people coming in after my school visits will be able to get calendars. We're also going back to registration, for all ages, which will be done by staff on a simple online spreadsheet via Google Drive.

Rubber Ducky Readers
  • Ages 0-3
  • June log (receive a bath squirt when they turn it in in July)
  • July log (receive a board book when they turn it in in August)
  • Adapted from Marge Loch-Wouters' Rubber Ducky Club
  • Funded by Kohls cares for kids and United Way in 2013/2014
  • I would like to make some changes in this program - primarily I'd like to get rid of my very wordy logs and just use the handy early literacy calendars provided by WLA. However, I printed a LOT of logs while I had the $$ so we will be doing this for a few more years. I didn't have to purchase any additional prizes this year as I still had squirts and books left over.
Every Hero Has a Story
  • Ages 3-12
  • Receive a prize when they sign up
    • Prizes donated by a local artist - primarily buttons with popular characters, animals, and also necklaces, bookmarks, etc. She and her staff made over 1,000 items for us!
  • Summer reading calendar
    • They cross off each day they read - no rules on how long or what they read
    • Every five days crossed off they get a sticker (they can add it to the superhero hideout in the children's area, but we're not pushing it)
    • They bring their calendar back in August for a packet of passes (6+) and a free book (as long as they have at least one day crossed off, they get the prize)
    • Every week they visit the library they get a coupon for a treat (so far I have pizza and I'm waiting on ice cream. if we run out there will be tootsie rolls or something)
  • Adapted from a gazillion sources, including suggestions from our adult services librarian who did something similar when she worked in children's services at another library.
Teen Summer Reading Club
  • 6th grade and up
  • Put their checkout receipts or drawing slip into a box. Every week I will draw names to win small prizes, all under $5.
    • Prizes right now include candy, fine forgiveness coupons, small gift cards, and books I've saved.
    Teen prize board. Teens names will be posted on the list
    and on facebook, then they pull off the prize they want. They are
    all numbered, matching the numbered prizes in my office.
  • Adapted from a discussion on Facebook - I think Teen Librarians, although I don't remember who the original program came from. They had much bigger prizes, but pointed out that we could just do things that fit our budget...
Instructions for staff (not quite done)

Note - if you are borrowing my summer reading materials, which I am happy to lend, please remember that the "every hero" logos and artwork are copyright by CSLP, so if your library doesn't purchase that you will need to change them out.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Display: Fact Sheets

I don't think I ever posted these, although Jess made them months ago! I saw a library that repurposed an extra tv screen into interesting facts and then directed you to the Dewey section. I asked Jess if she could make a couple for the end caps of the nonfiction. I don't know that I've seen people read them, but I don't look back there a lot and I think they're pretty cool.

Display: Read me if you like...

I saw this idea for a display....somewhere. A long time ago. I've been doing it with little slips of paper, which fall out of the books all the time. I finally got it together, printed out, colored, cut out, laminated, and cut out again 15 speech bubbles (ok, actually a volunteer and staff member cut out most of them, but you know). Then I discovered that they were TOO BIG and the tails aren't long enough to stick in the books. Also, the grammarian in me realized they make more sense if they say "like" and not "liked" because I often do genres and things, not just specific books and movies.
However! They look not too bad and I will use the bigger ones for the shelves with higher ceiling spaces and make some smaller ones!
YA graphic novels (with temporary signage). A kid came up and asked
if it was Dairy Queen "like ice cream". Uh, no.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May Outreach: Hop into summer

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
    • Promote summer reading and programs
  • How will we get to the beach? by Brigitte Luciani
  • The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Kevin Faulkner
  • Big Frog can't fit in by Mo Willems
  • Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira
  • Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley
  • Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson
  • There was an old monkey who swallowed a frog by Jennifer Ward
  • Frog and Fly by Jeff Mack
  • I don't want to be a frog by Dev Petty
Early Literacy Skills/Vocabulary/Concepts: Frog names (vocabulary), anticipation and waiting for the surprise ending, singing.

  • I took die-cut frogs with "Hop into Summer!" written on them
  • I took the summer reading handout - it has summer information on one side and a fine amnesty coupon on the back.
Remote Collections
  • No collections this month - we are using up the accumulation of books over the past few months
May 2015 Notes
  • 13th, 1:30: TLC 4K (Emily)
    • A little disrupted by a kid with a nosebleed, but much enthusiasm for the pop ups and I Don't Want to be a Frog. Which I discovered drives me CRAZY because yes, wolves DO eat frogs!
  • 13th, 2:15: LLL 4K (Jen)
    • They loved How will we get to the beach and several kids had been to the library and seen the baby chicks.
  • 15th, 9: LLL 4K (Tiffany)
    • I had 5 kids stand in a row for "Five green and speckled frogs" and that worked pretty well. The kids got really into telling me what animal they wanted to be for I don't want to be a frog. They also really clicked with the humor in Frog and Fly. This is a smart class!
  • 15th, 9:30: LLL 4K (Jen)
    • It was pretty hot and humid in the end classrooms today, so the kids were a bit more somnolent than usual, but they still participated well and had fun.
  • 15th, 10: LLL 4K (Debbie)
    • A lot of these kids had visited the library, so we had to have a long talk about the chicks and then a shorter storytime because they were practicing for graduation.
  • 21st, 9:30: TLC 4K (Amanda)
    • We had a longer storytime here because I was early. This class has the most library visitors.
  • 21st, 10: TLC 4K (Emily)
    • A subsection was very attentive, but overall rather wiggly.
  • 21st, 10:30: TLC 3s
    • I need to rework what I'm doing in this class, because a lot of the four year olds who aren't doing anything else have started joining us and they tend to take over.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Middle School Madness: Teen coloring

Jess's stealth program for this week was some fun coloring pages and colored pencils. We'll count how many coloring pages are used up.