Saturday, July 14, 2018

Kids Make

3D doodler pens. I am not particularly a fan,
but the kids got into them even though they broke a lot
  • Program goals
    • Showcase maker kits (circulating and in-house)
    • Encourage kids to try different projects
    • Promote maker workshops
Sewing Station
Project: Mini bag
  • 2 sewing machines
  • Fabric, thread, scissors
  • 2 tables, 1 adult volunteer (Rosie)
Fiber Arts Station
Project: Weaving
  • Large loom
  • pre-made cardboard looms, darning/weaving needles
  • yarn
  • Rainbow loom kit (from pop-up maker space)
  • 1 table, 1 adult volunteer (Mom)
Robotics/3D Station
  • 3D Doodler pens (from consortium, may or may not work)
  • Ozobots (2 - borrow from Chad)
  • Spinbot (in basement)
  • Spheros (2 - borrow from Chad) (ipads)
  • 1-2 tables; cover tables with paper, markers
  • Set up in corner of room - cardboard blocks for Sphero maze
  • 1 associate (Maria)
Beading Station
  • beads and tools (use teen kit and circulating maker kit)
  • perler beads (use teen kit)
  • felt on table
  • 1-2 tables, 1 teen aide (Kylee - help at other stations as needed in com. room)
Sculpting Station
  • Sculpey clay, tools (use teen kit) (extra Sculpey)
  • Cover table with plastic
  • 1 table, 1 teen aide (Makenna - alternate here and in lobby)
Building Station
  • Magna tiles, gears, marble run (all from pop-up maker space)
  • Legos
  • Corner (by closets)
Art Station
  • paint (biocolor, paint cups), paper plates, brushes, water cups
  • paper, scissors, glue
  • aprons, sink, towels
  • 4-5 tables, covered in plastic
  • narrow wood table for supplies
  • 1 teen aide (Colin) with Makenna as alternate
Resource Table
  • Books, circulating maker kits
  • 1 table in lobby below signs
  • Handouts (in publisher) Handouts (in pdf)
  • (These were what I was really hoping people would take. Each station is set up to connect back to the maker workshops, kits, and pop-up stations as well as additional resources)
sewing tables and loom table (that's my mom)

beading and clay tables. perler beads under clock

clay table and robot tables

3D Doodler pens

Maria setting up sphero mazes

art tables in lobby

resource table

Friday, July 13, 2018

We Explore Art: 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 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
    • Lunch (flannel board)
    • Barnyard Banter (big book)
    • In the Tall, Tall Grass
    • Mama cat has three kittens
    • Five little ducks (sing)
  • Snack
Art Project Part 2: Paint (10:40-11)
The kids could start a new project or add to their previous one. I encouraged them to get messy and use lots of thick, textured swirls.
  • Supplies
    • Fingerpaint
    • Shirt cardboard or cardstock
    • Glue, paper towels, paper plates.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Maker Workshop: Hand Sewing

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
  • Needles, needle threaders, pins
  • Multiple pairs of sewing scissors
  • Embroidery thread, buttons, beads
  • Stuffing, tracing paper, pencils
  • Die cut machine
  • Felt
Resources and Display Titles (by Jane Bull)
  • Crafty Creatures
  • Crafty Dolls
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.
  • 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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Library on the Go, Summer 2018

How the program works: I have a grant-funded collection of paperback easy readers and beginning chapter books. I take them to classrooms during the school year and various outreach venues during the summer. Kids can "check out" 1-2 books without a library card, due dates, or fines.

The books are cataloged under professional and as serials. The general categories are graphic novels (Squish, Bad Guys, Dragonbreath, Lunch Lady), Scholastic Branches, I Can Read easy readers, National Geographic Easy Readers, and various other series. When I check them out, I use our portable scanner and mini ipad and check them out on an outreach card so we get circs. If they don't come back after about 6-8 months, I delete them. So far about 80% have returned.
Stops this summer
  • 6-13-18 Early Headstart playgroup in the park
    • I took my aide and forgot to take folding chair(s)
    • We checked out 35 books and the kids enthusiastically colored keychains and little wooden animal shapes (purchased from Discount School Supply)
    • Approximately 30 people were there and I had time to talk to the Headstart leaders about future collaborations we have planned.
  • 6-20-18 The Learning Curve
    • I took my aide. We visited the four year old class and two school-age classes. I signed all the kids up for summer reading, they each checked out two books, and then I gave them each an activity pack (exploding stick bomb) which they decorated with stickers and tape. I had originally booked this visit for an hour, but we ended up going about an hour and a half, which was fine. There were roughly 10 kids in each class and we checked out 53 books.
  • 6-28-18 Summer School: Get ready for kindergarten
    • Storytime with I spy/books with holes in them. Craft - folded paper with pre-cut holes (kids had their own drawing materials). 
    • Checked out one easy reader to each kid; they got a bag with a summer reading calendar and summer program calendar in it as well as LotG bookmark.
      • Game of finger worms by Herve Tullet
      • It's an orange aardvark by Michael Hall
      • Tree by Britta Teckentrup
      • Bunny slopes by Claudia Rueda
      • I spy in the sky by Edward Gibbs
      • Looking closely along the shore by Frank Serafini
  • 6-29-18 Summer School
    • Adventures in Reading, 10am, 11am
      • Booktalking cards, sign up for summer reading, some sample books to tweak reading interest. Library on the Go books. I read a couple books out loud as well. For some reason I thought the second group was older kids and hadn't brought enough book cards of younger books - the first kids took them all with much enthusiasm. It was really hot, like 85+.
    • My aide also set up in the lobby. She signed kids up for summer reading, checked out Library on the Go, and had foam magnet crafts available.
    • All together we checked out about 75 books and signed up approximately 25 kids for summer reading.
  • 7-6-18 The Learning Curve
    • Thankfully my other aide showed up b/c the one I intended to take was sick. I read Alan's big scary teeth and Fred Forgets by Jarvis to the young fours. I also took beading bags with extra pipe cleaners for little hands. One kid stuck them in his ears. Yeah. I accidentally left Alan behind, because a kid wanted to read it and I forgot to get it back - I'll pick it up next time. I brought a July calendar for them to copy, stickers for their July calendars, and handed out pizza hut coupons as prizes, which almost all the kids were thrilled by. I got back about 4 books and some of the young fours had a fight over who got bug books. Clearly, I need more bug books.
  • 7-11-18 The Learning Curve
    • I read We don't eat our classmates by Ryan T. Higgins, The magic word by Mac Barnett, and Timothy and the strong pajamas by Viviane Schwarz to the young fours and left magnet fishing crafts for them. They were very absorbed in their books and going out to swim soon. The older classes were mostly absorbed in building with Legos, but with the teachers' urging, they picked out books, made butterfly crafts, and I read The Magic Word to some of them. They thought it was funny.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

I Survived program

  • Program goals
    • Encourage interests in science and history
    • Saturday program for school-age children
    • Attendance: 50
I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916
  • Photo op - Cardboard cut-out of shark mouth, created by various staff
  • Craft - mini sharks
    • Die cut cardboard fish
    • Scissors, markers
  • Experiment - fake blood
    • corn syrup, corn starch, flour, red food coloring, water
    • bowls, sink, cleaning materials
    • paint brushes
  • Decorations
    • mini sharks with shark facts
  • Resources
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005
I Survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888
  • Storm in a jar
    • paint, baby oil, glitter, alka seltzer
    • jars and/or clear water bottles
  • Resources
I Survived the San Francisco earthquake, 1906
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944
I Survived the destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • Vinegar and baking soda volcanoes
    • vinegar, baking soda (we used about 6-8 jugs of vinegar and a very large bag of soda)
    • washable paint, balloons
    • milk jugs or soda bottles, swimming pools
I Survived the sinking of the Titanic, 1912
  • Boats
    • Popsicle sticks, duct tape, corks, styrofoam plates
    • Ice chunks
    • Swimming pools
General resources