Friday, May 24, 2019

4K Field Trip: Erasing Mistakes

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce four year olds to the library
    • Offer a fun, memorable storytime
    • Send home basic summer information
Storytime
  • Eraser by Anna Kang
  • Perfect by Max Amato
  • Case of the missing chalk drawings by Richard Byrne
  • This is a whoopsie by Andrew Cangelose
Art project
  • Drawing with chalk on black paper
Resources


Notes
  • The kids also got to pick little erasers to keep at the end - we put them in a bag and had them pick blind. Next year I want to try to make sure I get ones that are not puzzle erasers that come apart!
  • Due to weather, I had to take this to the kids instead of them visiting the library. If they had visited, depending on time, we would have included open play, a messier/bigger art project, and pennies in the wishing well.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

5th grade field trip

After several years of having a performer come, in 2018 I went back to the original 5th grade field trip. I added checking out this year. The kids spend about 20 minutes listening to me tell them of their new responsibilities and privileges as middle schoolers (they count as teens in our library) and show them some books. They get a short tour, including visiting The Basement (there would be much protest if we skipped this, as at least half the kids now expect to visit it when they get to fifth grade). Then they have about 20 minutes to check out. It doesn't take them that much time to select books, especially since I've been booktalking them, but I usually have a lot of expired, lost, or messed up library cards to fix. The kids who are done hang out in our play area. You're never too old for trains and a play kitchen apparently!

I can handle this one on my own with two classes, but more than that and it needs two staff to split the group in half.

Booktalking cards (updated May 2019)
Scavenger hunt

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Rock 'n' Read: Let the show begin!

Magicalamity wings
  • Program Goals
    • Continue book clubs with kids who have aged out of Bookaneers or find the lower books too easy.
    • Encourage kids to build reading skills and enjoy reading!
    • Attendance: 5 kids (grades 3-5)
4:30-4:35: Introduction (New attendees and beginning of the year)
  • Introductions
  • How Rock 'n' Read 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.
    • 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 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 they think about the characters, expand on nonfiction, discuss how the books relate to their own lives, how and why they'd recommend them to friends, etc. Sometimes the crafts tie into the books, sometimes they're just what I came up with earlier that day.
  • Final meeting we decorate t-shirts
5:00-5:15: Booktalks and snack
  • I booktalk each book of the selections for the next meeting. I try to have the snacks be relatively healthy - usually a snack mix I make up myself with dried fruit, goldfish, chex, etc. (pre-mixed snack mix almost always have nuts which I want to avoid b/c of allergies). Sometimes apples.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to take home to keep from the prize cart.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Outreach Storytime: Frogs


  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Kevin Faulkner (pop-up) (J 2019)
Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • *Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley
  • Frog and Fly by Jeff Mack
  • Big Frog can't fit in by Mo Willems (pop-up) (J 2019)
Long stories (*nonfiction)
  • Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira (J 2019)
  • *Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson
  • I don't want to be a frog by Dev Petty (J 2019)
Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
Early Literacy Skills/Vocabulary/Concepts: Frog names (vocabulary), self-regulation, anticipating story endings.

Marketing

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Maker Workshop: Sewing Skirts


  • Program goals
    • Basic sewing techniques
    • Specific project - skirts
    • Build up interest in future workshops and one-on-one
Equipment and supplies
  • 9 sewing machines
    • 3 Elnas from the system
    • 3 Brothers (1 is clunky)
    • 3 older machines - Dressmaker, Sears Kenmore, Singer
  • Fabric and notions
  • Sewing tools
    • marking pencils
    • seam rippers
    • tape measures
    • pins
    • scissors
    • irons and ironing boards
  • Patterns
    • My adaption of Simplicity pattern 2609 copied on muslin
    • tracing paper pattern of "my very own skirt" from Sewing School 2

    Resources

    • Skirt emporium by Madame Zsazsa
    • Sewing school 2 by Amie Plumley
    • Girl with a sewing machine by Jenniffer Taylor
    • Improv Sewing by Blum
    Evaluation