Saturday, November 21, 2020

Program and take-home bag round-up for November 2020


Storytime Theme: Resilience
  • Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle, storytime craft from Ms. Pattie
  • Perfect Square by Michael Hall, collage bags (handmade paper, glue, scissors)
  • Felt Button Cuffs (felt button strips previously made by a volunteer, sewing materials added)
  • Bookaneers, virtual book club
    • Canvas bags from Discount School Supply, fabric paint, and other decorations
Storytime Theme: Family
  • Brick by brick by Heidi Woodward Sheffield, storytime craft from Ms. Pattie
  • Rainbow bead kits (misc. pony beads, foam striped and shaped beads, rainbow beading string)
Storytime theme: Thanksgiving
  • Run, turkey, Run by Diane Mayre, turkey craft from Ms. Pattie
    • Creamer bottles, turkey cut-out, feathers, tape (we had to make more!)
  • Teen take home activity: T-shirt totes
    • Recycled t-shirts, iron-on vinyl patches, sewing kit, embroidery thread, fabric paint, misc. accessories like beads, lace, etc.
  • Art kids for Thank you letters
    • Paint, glitter, stickers, markers. Envelopes and paper.
Extra crafts
  • Leftover storytime crafts from summer - bees, dinosaurs, construction, etc.
  • Leftover storytime crafts from Pattie

For more information on projects, etc. contact me at jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us

Friday, October 30, 2020

Program and take-home bag round-up for October 2020


Theme: Chickens (started the last week of September)
Theme: Fall
  • fall-themed craft, created by Ms. Pattie, added leaf-streamer pieces.
  • Parachute kits. Followed the directions from No time for flashcards, but my associate sewed the parachutes out of fabric with button holes at the edges. We included pipe cleaners, yarn, and little wooden people. 
  • Planting activity (clay pot, soil discs, seeds, and stickers) These were left over and I used them because the parachutes went really fast.
Theme: Apples
  • Apple craft from Ms. Pattie - red plates with holes punched in the edges and yarn to lace (fine motor skills) (also gave out 4 leftover egg shakers when we ran out)
  • DIY Marble Maze from Buggy and Buddy. We gave out a lot of these kits - they had been advertised as part of the Wisconsin Science Fest. The bags included marbles, wikki stix, paper, straws, pipe cleaners, and tape (while it lasted).
  • Teen activities - emoji zipper pouches. These were going to be for the virtual middle school book club, but I ended up canceling that due to lack of interest. We gave away most of the kits by the end of the month though. We had a lot of zippers previously donated to us and I think my associate used this site to put together the materials.
  • Teen activities: Galaxy suncatchers. This was another craft that was just for the teens. We still have a lot left and will continue giving them out through November. They have little pots of paint and glue, a plastic plate, and paint brush. My associate did this one too and put together the directions.
Theme: Pumpkins
  • Pumpkin storytime craft, provided by Ms. Pattie. This was a weaving project with a paper plate.
  • Air-dry clay activity kit - basically little pots of air-dry clay and some skewers. I bought more midway through the week because they went so fast.
Theme: Halloween
  • Paper plate ghost storytime kits from Ms. Pattie
  • Spooky softies
    • I made these specifically generic so families that don't celebrate Halloween could enjoy them too. They included felt die-cuts of a cat shape, gingerbread man, and circle (pumpkin). They could use the decorations to make them cute or spooky. Included were a sewing kit, embroidery thread, metallic beads, buttons, yarn, felt scraps, and stuffing.
Virtual school visit storytimes, click here for detailed plans (8 sessions)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Program and take-home bag round-up for September 2020


 Things are different now. These are the programs we did and the take-home activities we gave out in September.

Theme: Healthy food

  • Little Green Donkey by Anuska Allepuz craft, created by Ms. Pattie
  • Pots - packed in small clay pot, 2 pages of stickers, 2 soil discs, packet of seeds
Theme: Community Helpers
  • Stanley's School by William Bee craft, created by Ms. Pattie
  • Fabric paint and t-shirts (using up leftover craft materials)
  • Jumbo fingerpaint paper and paint (using up leftover craft materials)
  • Flying kites in the park
    • Kites provided by Ms. Pattie (left over from a cancelled program last May)
    • Library on the Go books
    • Extra crafts and other resources
Theme: Denise Fleming
Theme: Chickens (into the first week of October)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Take home storytime: Construction

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes
    • Storytime bundle August 2020
  • Projects
    • Construction with popsicle sticks
  • Supplies
    • 20 popsicle sticks
    • 10 rubber bands
    • 5 pipe cleaners
    • 5 crayons
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Construction

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing, and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about construction. Do you see any construction in your neighborhood? What things are built and what things grow naturally? What kind of tools are needed to build different things? What can you build with blocks, Lego, or other toys?

Get ready to WRITE by making letters with your popsicle sticks. How many letters can you recognize?

SING a process song with construction actions. "This is the way we hammer the nail" to the tune of "Here we go round the mulberry bush" or "The workers on the site hammer, hammer, hammer" to the tune of "The wheels on the bus."

PLAY with your construction project. Use the sticks, rubber bands, and pipe cleaners to build something. Practice taking it apart and trying again if it doesn't work the first time.

READ stories about construction (Find more in the EGO MACHINES neighborhood)

Too tall houses by Gianna Marino
Finn's fun trucks: Heavy haulers (board book)
The wheels on the dump truck (board book)
The book of diggers and dozers
Diggersaurs explore by Michael Whaite

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us

Friday, July 17, 2020

Take Home Storytime: Patterns

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes
    • Storytime bundle August 2020
  • Projects
    • Paint
    • Sand art
  • Supplies
    • Ziplock baggie of paint
    • Bottle of colored sand
    • Glue
    • Paper plate
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Patterns

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing, and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about patterns. Do you see patterns in nature? Around your house? Go for a walk and see how many patterns you can recognize.

Get ready to WRITE by drawing patterns in your paint with your finger or a stick.

Get ready to WRITE by practicing fine motor control with your sand art project. Squeeze the glue into patterns on the paper plate, then carefully shake sand over it. Let it dry, then shake off the excess sand and repeat!

SING any song with a refrain - it's a kind of pattern! Can you recognize the beat of a favorite song? Another pattern!

PLAY a game with a pattern like matching cards or Go Fish.

READ stories about patterns - and look for patterns in other books you read

Pitter Pattern by Joyce Hesselberth
Stripes of all types by Susan Stockdale
Spotty Stripy Swirly What are patterns? by Jane Brocket 
Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us