Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Library on the Go, Summer 2018

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.
Stops this summer
  • Early Headstart playgroup in the park
    • I took my aide and forgot to take folding chair(s)
    • We checked out 35 books and the kids enthusiastically colored keychains and little wooden animal shapes (purchased from Discount School Supply)
    • Approximately 30 people were there and I had time to talk to the Headstart leaders about future collaborations we have planned.
  • Library on the Go: The Learning Curve
    • I took my aide. We visited the four year old class and two school-age classes. I signed all the kids up for summer reading, they each checked out two books, and then I gave them each an activity pack (exploding stick bomb) which they decorated with stickers and tape. I had originally booked this visit for an hour, but we ended up going about an hour and a half, which was fine. There were roughly 10 kids in each class and we checked out 53 books.

Friday, June 15, 2018

We Explore Favorite Artist Leo Lionni

I did bleeding art tissue for the first half and then stamped with the sponges (all big fish) for the second half. Went well. About 10 people were there.
  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Leo Lionni and his art
    • Encourage building motor skills
    • Encourage experimenting with artistic techniques
    • Attendance: 10
Art Project Part 1: Bleeding art tissue (10-10:15)
  • I had some thick, textured canvas donated so this year I had the kids color it with crayons and then use bleeding art tissue
  • Supplies
    • Canvas or thick paper
    • Crayons
    • bleeding art tissue, paintbrushes, water
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
  • Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug
  • Depending on the age of the audience, we talk about the art in the books. With younger kids we will recognize colors or shapes; older kids we'll talk more about techniques.
  • Books
    • Little Blue and Little Yellow
    • Swimmy
    • Inch by Inch
    • Alphabet Tree
    • Color of his own
  • Supplies
    • Goldfish crackers
    • Dixie cups and napkins
Art Project Part 2: Sponge painting (10:45-11)
  • I had clean and dry sponges both in squares and cut into fish shapes. I put a few colors of paint on platters and they stamped their pictures.
  • Supplies
    • Aprons
    • Paint (I used biocolor, but fingerpaint works too)
    • Sponges cut into shapes
    • Platters or paper plates for the sponges

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Maker Workshop: Suminagashi (ink marbling)

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
The best instructions I found here at Inner Child Fun

Kids will have the opportunity to experiment with ink marbling and create beautiful marbled paper. This will be messy so wear old clothes! Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Sufficient motor control to manipulate ink and lift paper in and out of a tub
I reminded everyone that this was messy and gave some basic instructions, emphasizing using small dots of ink and not dumping it in.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 summer reading

May 29: online registration for kids only begins
June 4: registration for kids, middle school, and high school in the library opens
June 9: SRP kick-off and official start date
July 2-6: No regular programs (closed on July 4) (Craft-o-rama and a movie)
July 30: Storytime and regular programs end
August 11: SRP ends

All kids and teens receive a prize when they sign up, donated by a local artist; fantasy-themed buttons and bookmarks.
Registration is an online spreadsheet that all staff can access. I record kids' names, ages, and schools. Teens I also record if they have a library card. All kids under 16 get a fine amnesty coupon.

Summer reading instruction posters, all ages

Summer promo bookmarks
Summer reading flyers (I also have these in Spanish!)

Kids Program, Age 0 to 5th grade
Kids get stickers for each day they complete and a weekly activity kit if they visit the library. When they turn in their June calendar (it does not have to be "complete" they get a packet of passes and coupons supplied by the consortium. I had them divided into folders this year so they can put together their own packet. When they turn in their July calendar they get a free book. August is only a few weeks; if I get passes to our local county fair I will hand those out, if not free books. I have alternate prizes, board books, for the kids who are too young for the passes.

Middle School Program, 6th-8th grade
Middle schoolers turn in their receipt when they check out books or a reading card. Every week they turn one in, they get to pick a colored marble from a jar. Clear glass pebbles, they pick from a box of misc. small prizes (leftover from previous summers, Scholastic crap, stuff that came with movies, etc.). Blue pebbles they get candy ($1 each roughly) and red pebbles they get to pick a free book. There are fewer blue and red pebbles.

High School Program, 9th-12th grade
Teens have a reading log (which I borrowed from the adult program). They get a raffle ticket for each book they read and program they attend. These raffle tickets are put into the grand prize drawings. I have 6 grand prizes, half will be drawn in June and half in July, and a whole bunch of book sets to draw from in August. The grand prizes are gift certificates to local places - a popular coffee shop, athletic center, craft/art glass place, and salon and some donated prizes that my associate provided.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

3rd grade field trip

This was a new field trip for 2018 and I chose an art theme.


  • The book of mistakes by Corinna Luyken
  • Lost for words by Natalie Russell
Art Projects
  • Progressive drawing
    • Cover tables in white paper. All the kids get colored pencils.
    • They start a drawing, then every 30 seconds I ping a bell and they move on to the next drawing and continue it.
  • Fingerpaint (outside)
    • Giant fingerpaint shapes, fingerpaint paper
  • Wet chalk painting (outside)
    • Chalk, pool with water (also doubles to clean off in)
  • Outdoor activities
    • Bubbles, hula hoops, jump ropes