Sunday, December 9, 2018

Outreach Storytime: Winter Holidays

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a neutral holiday storytime
    • Learn about animals in winter
    • Distribute handout to encourage kids to visit the library
Books - older
  • Sister bear by Jane Yolen
  • Millie in the snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
  • Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano
  • Very Fuddles Christmas by Fran Vischer
  • Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve by Jan Brett
Books - younger
  • Soup Day by Melissa Iwai
  • Christmas Wombat by Jackie French
  • Waiting for winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser
  • Bear stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
  • Kitten's Winter by Eugenie Fernandes

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Life-Size Candyland

The ice cream sea
  • Program Goals 
    • Holiday-neutral program 
    • Bring library users in during December 
    • Fun! 
    • Attendance: 200
This was our second year!

I looked at many, many resources online. Pinterest boards for ideas, other libraries who had done the program, and asked staff for ideas as well. These are some of the best resources I found:
Staff: 1 greeter, 2 in charge of crafts, 1 runner, 1 caller for teams.

As people came into the library they signed up their family and/or friends as a "team" with Terri. She also counted them and handed out the game instructions. Then they went into our community room (on the right) to do activities and play games while they waited for their turn.
I called teams pretty much non-stop for 2 hours, take them through our workroom to the Storyroom, and start them off with a spinner and a treat bag (if they forgot theirs).
When they finished they could go back in the activity room and decorate their bag and/or crown. If people didn't want to wait for a spinner they could just walk around.
Last year I had teen volunteers at each station; this year some really lovely ladies from the Fairytale Birthday Company volunteered their time and came as Grandma Nutt, Queen Frostine, and Princess Lolly. The kids loved them!

Game outline
  • Start in Storyroom - get your spinner and treat bag
  • Ice cream sea
    • Candy was thrown into the "sea" (plastic kiddie pool with ball pit balls - which we washed!). I hung tulle over the shelves and tables and put out ice cream cone decorations (made from yarn cones, styrofoam balls, and tissue paper)
    • Queen Frostine cardboard cut-out
  • Gingerbread house
    • We had a lot of cardboard (donated by my school colleague from smart boards etc.) and my staff constructed a giant cardboard house and decorated it with styrofoam, colored paper plates, etc. We had a lot of trouble getting it to stay intact - the roof kept sagging and our library is very dry in the winter, so the tape kept coming loose.
    • Gingerbread people cut-outs
  • Candy cane forest
    • Candy canes and candy sticks (made with pool noodles and ribbon)
    • Mr. Mint cardboard cut-out
    • Enchanted forest cut-outs
  • Lollipop land
    • This was the most time-intensive! Staff came up with a better set-up for this year - we took all the previously decorated and cut-out lollipops and clued them to big pieces of cardboard, which we painted. MUCH easier than trying to get them stand upright like we did last year.
    • Princess Lollipop cardboard cut-out
  • Gumdrop mountain
    • This was the stairs to our upper level. My volunteers cut out cardboard gumdrop shapes and we covered them with paint and glitter and leaned them against the wall on the sides.
    • Mr. Jolly cardboard cut-out
  • Candy Kingdom
    • This was in our audiobook room upstairs. It's a contained room. We had really giant cardboard circles (we used a tabletop as a pattern to cut them out) which we cut out a center hole so they were giant doughnuts, and we painted and glittered those. I hung a whole bunch of crepe streamers at the entryway in different colors to walk through and we also built castle walls.
    • This room had crowns for the kids to take and decorate as it was the final "winning" station as well as candy.
    • King Candy cardboard cut-out (also moved all the extra cut-outs up here since we had a real Princess Lolly etc.)
Community room activities
This was the other half of the game. I had a lot of crafts and games for people to do while they waited their turn to go around the gameboard.
  • Candyland board game
  • Candy-colored toss game (no, this was NOT beer pong!)
    • Plastic cups with paper, pompoms (first year we glued them to cardboard, second year free-standing)
  • Make your own lollipop
    • Die-cut cardboard circles
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Tape, markers
  • Make your own magic wands
    • Die-cut cardboard stars
    • Ribbon
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Tape, markers
  • Make your own gingerbread house
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Scratch paper, scissors
    • Hot glue
    • Tape, permanent markers
  • Rainbow drop painting
    • diffuser paper shapes (basically pre-cut coffee filters)
    • scratch paper
    • water color in ice cube trays
  • Additional craft supplies for random crafting and decorating crowns and bags
    • markers, tape, glue
    • pipe cleaners
    • jewels and sequins
    • glitter glue
  • Cover tables with plastic sheeting, bring over sink (and towels), have paper towels available

Thursday, December 6, 2018

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 from me 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!
4:30 - 5:00: Discussion and craft
  • 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! We talk about genres, what makes a book funny, scary, or sad, expand on nonfiction topics, learn new vocabulary (I'm still trying to get them to remember "anthropomorphic"), and discuss the art in the books. Sometimes the crafts tie into books, sometimes it's just whatever I came up with earlier that day.
  • Final meeting we decorate t-shirts and the kids get a free book
5:00-5:15: Booktalks, snack
  • The kids get a snack (I try to make it something relatively healthy - dried fruit, pretzels, goldfish, apples, etc.) and I booktalk the selections for next time.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to keep from the prize cart.
5:15-5:30: Choosing books and wrap-up
  • Kids pick their book(s) for next time, finish crafts, younger siblings come in and eat snacks, etc.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Library on the Go: School Year, 2018-2019

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.
Fall 2018
  • 11-30-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • A nice big stack of returned books (one got eaten by a dog. It happens!) and the kids really liked Pterodactyl show and tell and Stegothesaurus.
  • 11-8-18 OPtions (approx 30 kids)
    • I had just gotten the hotspot back and it hadn't been charged so I ended up having to write all the barcodes down. Younger kids were excited to check out books, older kids were excited about the upcoming events (Harry Potter and holiday crafts for those not allowed HP). The younger kids played a little with the Ozobots - the older kids had to go straight outside, which was fine b/c I needed to be back earlier today for a meeting.
  • 11-7-18 Jackson wrap-around care (approx. 17 kids)
    • I brought two Ozobots, which were the hit of the evening, as well as the marble run. I also had a couple science kits from a neighboring library. I know most of the kids and they were excited to see me and check out books - probably checked out around 10 books total. They wanted me to come every day!
  • 10-24-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • There was a little worry that not all the books from last time had been returned, but I reassured the teachers (and kids) that it was fine - no due dates remember? Even without an assistant, it went smoothly and the kids were excited and happy to pick out a new book. We read Those darn squirrels and Round Robin.
  • 10-11-18 OPtions charter school
    • I came earlier - a little past 11 - and the first group of 4K kids (four boys) were ready for lunch a little past 11:30. I checked out books, chatted with kids, and passed out flyers for upcoming programs (including teen after hours next week). I brought our two ozobots to advertise an upcoming program - the older kids have a "free period" and while some of them played soccer in the gym the rest played with (i.e. wrestled and argued lol) over the ozobots.
  • 9-21-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • I've done Library on the Go with a 2nd grade class here once, and I regularly visit the kindergarten. This was my first 1st grade visits. We had a number of glitches (scanner stopped working, we set up in the wrong (empty) classroom, etc.) but luckily my colleague was here with me today so with two it was easier. I'll be on my own in the future. The kids were thrilled, they've always complained that they don't see me after kindergarten. I read This is a Taco and We don't eat our classmates and handed out reminders for book club and the Princess in Black party at the library tomorrow. I also dropped off books for a teacher, the queen of summer reading crown for the school librarian, and did my three kindergarten storytimes as well. Note to self: remember your id for the new checking procedure next month.
  • 9-20-18 OPtions charter school
    • I had a miss my first day here - I came too late (12:30) and missed the preschool - 2nd grade age group, which is the real audience. However, I did check out a handful of books and, what was even more exciting, reminded a lot of kids about book club and anime club and we later had good turnouts for both! I also dropped off some books for teachers/parents.

Outreach Storytime: Dinosaurs

  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce kids to dinosaurs
    • Follow kids' interests
    • Distribute program marketing
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea (2018)
Preschool and kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • If you happen to have a dinosaur by Linda Bailey
  • (1 copy) Pterodactyl show and tell by Thad Krasnesky (2018)
  • Too many dinosaurs by Mercer Mayer
  • I'm big by Kate McMullan (2018)
  • I'm bad by Kate McMullan
  • Dinosaur kisses by David Ezra Stein (2018)
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson (2018)
Long stories (*nonfiction)
  • When dinosaurs came with everything by Elise Broach
  • (1 copy) Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos (2018)
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna, the very first chicken by Douglas Rees (used spring 2018)
  • Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems (2018)
  • Edwina, the dinosaur who didn't know she was extinct by Mo Willems
Movement and music
Flannelboards and activities

Vocabulary/Learning objectives
  • Dinosaur names
  • Size comparison (big, little)