Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

I've never posted how we do 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, so here's a handy guide. I adapted the materials used at La Crosse by Marge Loch-Wouters and it's worked very well for us.

Each child, ages 0-5, gets a folder with a sticky label on it, the first log (1-51) and a resource bookmark. 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
  • Resource bookmark
  • 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.

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
Every month I update the giant flowers on our columns, stamping for each sticker given out (which is also how I track participation - I keep track of how many folders and stickers are given out each month). I would have liked to do something that the kids did, but it's not possible since the children's desk isn't regularly staffed and it's too much extra work for the front-desk reference person to continually walk back to the children's area.

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 6, 2014

Preschool Interactive: A whale of a tale

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy messages
    • Learn about whales
    • Practice motor development with painting
    • 25 children and adults in attendance
  • Attendance: 15
  • Connections/Feedback:
  • Notes for the future:
    • 8-6-14: This is the last Preschool Interactive. Starting in the fall, I will be doing an irregular schedule of We Explore programs and more outreach instead.
Books
  • Following papa's song by Gianna Marino
  • Hello, Baby Beluga by Darrin Lunde
  • The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura
  • North: the amazing story of Arctic migration by Nick Dowson
Flannelboard/Movement/Music
  • Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito (opening with shakers)
  • The More We Get Together (names)
  • I'm The Biggest thing in the ocean by Kevin Sherry (flannelboard)
Early Literacy Aside

Project: Painting
  • Supplies
    • Fingerpaint, big popsicle sticks, paper plates, paper, aprons

Take Home Storytime: A Whale of a Tale



  • 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: 8-6-14
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: A Whale of a Tale!

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

TALK about an animal. You can look for books about specific animals in the juvenile nonfiction in the 590s.

Get ready to WRITE by painting! You can use washable fingerpaint outside for a fun, mess-free art project.

SING along with Laurie Berkner on one of her popular cds, including Victor Vito.

PLAY with your whale puppet! Decorate your whale and tape it to a popsicle stick to make a puppet.

READ some of these stories about whales
  • Following papa's song by Gianna Marino
  • Hello, Baby Beluga by Darrin Lunde
  • The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura
  • North: the amazing story of Arctic migration by Nick Dowson
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, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Messy Art Club: Sand Art

  • Program Goals
    • Younger kids - encourage motor development (pouring and stirring), create patterns
    • All ages - encourage creativity and experiment with different art techniques and supplies
    • Provide a flexible program open to all ages and skill levels
    • 40 children and adults in attendance
  • Attendance: 58
  • Connections/Feedback: Talked to parents about making art with kids - it's ok for them to make something too!
  • Notes for the future
    • 7-31-14: Small tubs of sand are perfect - a few left over and enough for everybody.
    • 9-26-13: Used leftover colored sand and shells. Kids really like to just mix it all up, so it's not worth buying the sand in bulk.
Project: Sand Art (with shells)

Supplies
  • Sand, shells
  • Thick paper - recycled cardstock and/or construction paper, paper plates, pencils
  • Plastic tubs, spoons (dixie cups b/c someone took a bunch of my spoons)
  • Glue sticks, glue

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Take Home Storytime: Let's Swim

  • 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
    • Bag contains two cardboard boat die cuts
    • Last used: 7-30-14
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: Let's Swim!

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

TALK about how different animals swim

Get ready to WRITE by developing your motor skills with lacing. All you need is a piece of cardboard with some holes and yarn or string. If the yarn frays, wrap a little tape around the end to make it easier to poke through the holes.

SING along with Laurie Berkner on one of her popular cds, including Victor Vito.

PLAY with your boat! Decorate it and make up a story to go with it.

READ some of these stories about swimming
  • Sergio makes a splash by Edel Rodriguez
  • See what a seal can do by Christine Butterworth
  • The most obedient dog in the world by Anita Jeram
  • Sink or swim by Valerie Coulman
  • About crustaceans by Cathryn Sill
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, 262-723-2678 ext. 14