Friday, September 4, 2015

Birdwatching/Art Station

I thought the birdwatching station was a great idea. I still plan to keep it, and hope to expand it to include a hummingbird feeder and possibly attract something other than sparrows, but it turned out that all people really wanted was coloring pages. Since I started it in May 2014, only about 5 kids have written in the log. 
So, I revamped it! We still have a birdwatching station, with log. But I also extended it to add an art station.
I made the birdwatching station just the display shelf, log, and signage. I brought a table over to be the art station, put up a sign, and printed a variety of coloring sheets, both "story starter" kind of things and actual coloring sheets, mostly animals. Hopefully people will not just pick up the whole stack and walk away...





The old birdwatching station


Friday, August 28, 2015

Activity Table: Fall Into Reading

In the absence of my associate, I am being forced to come up with my own ideas! This sort of grew out of trying to find things for bored kids to do. I am not going to say how long the table was empty before I finally put it up...




Friday, August 21, 2015

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

I adapted the materials used at La Crosse by Marge Loch-Wouters and it's worked very well for us. Of course, every year I update it a little!

Each child, ages 0-5, gets a folder with a sticky label on it and the first log (1-51). I sometimes hand them out through daycares/preschools, but generally I depend on in-house marketing and talking to new families after storytime, etc.

Supplies:
  • 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!)
  • First log, 1-51
  • I have flyers up around the library and at a few places in town.
How it works - parents read to their child, they color in one petal for each book read and write the titles on the back. They bring in their sheet and get a special sticker for each flower completed (10 books) and the next log. When they reach 1,000 books, we take a picture and they get to pick a free picture book. If we remember, when they come back in for the first time we add their name to a little laminated square and put them on the growth chart.

Supplies:
  • Stickers - favorites are the foam stickers from S&S Worldwide but I also use summer reading stickers and stickers scavenged from our tv tie-in tub books.
  • Books - collected from donations, review copies, and a few trips to Scholastic Warehouse sales
I've updated this several times to make it simpler, to take out unnecessary stats (do I really need to know how many stickers I give out?) and more interactive with fun ideas from my associate who suggested the growth chart.

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 and kids are getting fun stickers.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Take Home Storytime: Frogs

  • 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 for the future
    • Last used Summer 2015
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: Frogs

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

TALK about frogs. Have you ever seen a frog? Where do frogs live? What do they eat? What kind of sounds do you think a frog would make?

Get ready to WRITE by decorating your frog puppet and bugs.

SING a frog song, like Five Green and Speckled Frogs together.

PLAY with your frog. Tape the frog to the popsicle stick to make a puppet. Can she catch the worm or the dragonfly for her dinner?

READ some of these stories about frogs (find more in the ANIMALS/AMPHIBIANS neighborhood)
  • Frog with the big mouth by Teresa Bateman
  • I don't want to be a frog by Dev Petty
  • Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson
  • Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus
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, 723-2678 ext. 14

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Display: Dewey Love to Read?

I got this idea from...someone on the internet. Somewhere. My associate made the handy box sign - you can't really tell, but it's got pictures of the subjects and numbers around the edge. I used an old suggestion pot and did the numbers. The bottom of the pot has a coil of yarn to fill it up and then a bunch of glass marbles to keep the sticks from sitting at the bottom.