Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Reading: 2016 Edition

I'll be updating this over the next month, especially adding more details about the activity bags.

Every year I tweak summer reading a little more. This year, thanks to a generous donation from our Friends, I was able to give out bags and I used an idea from a conference - labels instead of registration. I also started putting together activity packs for prizes - my hope is to eventually completely replace food coupons. I also split the programs in two (passes halfway through and a book at the end) and expanded the younger kids program to include 3s and 4s. I have basic instructions for any staff who need to refer to something.

Ready, Set, Read
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read
  • Ages 5-12
  • Bags (I printed labels with the schools on them and counted those instead of bags)
  • Kids can choose a prize at registration (prizes donated by a local artist - bookmarks etc.)
  • Halfway prize - passes to local attractions
    • Old World Wisconsin
    • Milwaukee Museum and Planetarium
    • Country Springs Water Park (bogo)
    • MKE Wave
  • July/August reading calendar
  • Free book as final prize
Both of these programs get the same incentives. Every five days that are marked off (reading or literacy activities) they get a sticker. Every week they visit the library they get a "surprise". They can accumulate stickers but not weekly surprises. I call them surprises so that I don't have to plan them in advance!
  • Stickers from tv tie-in books, Discount School Supply, S&S Worldwide, and the dollar store
  • Coupons from Pizza Hut, Pizza Ranch, McDonalds, Qwik Trip, and Caseys
  • Activity bags
    • Balloon rockets
    • Floating Ball
    • Bead kit
    • Texture book
Teens
  • 6th grade and up
  • Bags (I did have teens register so I could match them up with names when they won)
  • Teens can choose a prize at registration (prizes donated by a local artist - bookmarks etc.)
  • Teens put their checkout receipts (or a small form) into a box and I draw names from it each week. Their prizes are books and candy bars.
Summer Reading Outreach
Resources

Saturday, May 14, 2016

It's a Pig Party!

The most popular part was the unplanned STEM activity
of creating static electricity and sticking balloons to the walls
  • Program Goals
    • Offer an all ages program in May (kids who can't attend graded field trips)
    • Signal end of spring programming
    • Celebrate Elephant and Piggie!
Stations
  • Photo Ops and Misc.
    • Pigeon cut-out (bought from a Friend for $10 and well worth it)
    • Free raffle for Dr. Seuss quilt (donated by patron)
    • Book table
  • Can I Play Too?
    • Marked off end of the room
    • Game is to keep a balloon (ball) in the air without using your hands
    • Supplies
      • Balloons
      • Masking tape (to mark floor)
  • Elephant and Piggie Puppets
    • Create puppets with lunch bags and puppet pieces
    • Supplies
  • I Really Like Slop!
    • I had a lot of cereal for them to mix and match
    • Supplies
      • Bowls, cups (for scooping), spoons
      • Breakfast cereal
  • Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
    • Kids cut and decorate masks
    • Supplies
      • Butterfly masks (die cut)
      • Popsicle sticks, tape
      • Markers, Scissors
Evaluation
  • 5-14-16
    • Attendance: 80
    • Feedback and Connections: A lot of toddler families that usually only attend Pattie's events. This was a good opportunity to let them know about upcoming summer programs. We had a larger group b/c the local ballet studio needed a place to dance at the last minute so a big group came over to add a little pizzaz to our program.
    • Notes: While I'd prefer to have staff to help out and there were some other ideas I didn't use - There is a bird on your head craft etc. - this went really well overall.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Rock 'n' Read: Let the show begin!

  • 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
  • Have kids make name tags, explain how Rock 'n' Read will work, remind them that everyone reads at different levels and speeds and we will be reading books about lots of different things. They don't have to finish their book and it's just about having fun!
4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
  • Pass out notebooks and bookmarks to decorate 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!
5:15-5:30: Booktalks, Voting
  • I booktalk each book and have them vote on which one they want. I started initially printing the sheets, but went to drawing them on the chalkboard b/c it was too much paper. They can select more than one book - we choose top picks, second picks, and then I sort of auction off the books that are left.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to take home to keep.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bookaneers: Setting sail on the sea of books

Bookaneers is actually my private homage to China Mieville, but I am not going to tell the 1st graders that.
  • Program Goals
    • Meet patron request for more programs, specifically book clubs, for younger readers
    • Collaborate with school reading specialists to meet the needs of struggling readers
    • Encourage kids to build reading skills and enjoy reading!
    • Attendance: 5 kids
4:30-4:35: Introduction (new attendees and beginning of the year)
  • Have kids make name tags, explain how Bookaneers will work, remind them that everyone reads at different levels and we will be reading books about lots of different things and that a parent or friend can help with reading if needed.
4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
  • Pass out notebooks and bookmarks to decorate 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!
5:15-5:30: Booktalks, Voting
  • I booktalk each book and have them vote on which one they want. I started initially printing the sheets, but went to drawing them on the chalkboard b/c it was too much paper. Sometimes I put them on the whiteboard or put bowls in front of the books for them to put their names in. Sometimes the group is small enough not to have to take turns.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to take home to keep.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Messy Art Club: Painting Things

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35

  • Project: Painting eggs
    • Supplies
      • Styrofoam eggs purchased from S&S Worldwide (240 for $80)
      • skewers, acrylic paint, brushes
      • water cups, aprons, tablecloths, wipes
      • drying boxes, pencils, file labels and pencils for egg tags
    • Instructions and Notes

      • I pre-skewer the eggs because they are sharp. It's better to poke the eggs into the box than lay them across. Make sure they label BEFORE they paint.

  • Project: Painting wooden items
    • Supplies
      • Wooden shapes (left over from various projects and prizes)
      • Wooden snakes (purchased in bulk two summers ago and only used a few)
      • Acrylic paint
      • Paper plates, paint brushes, aprons
      • wax paper, tablecloths
    • Instructions and Notes
      • I spread the wax paper out for kids to put their painted objects to dry on - just putting them on paper plates, etc. they stick
      • We don't use water cups - I tell them to take a new paint brush when they want to switch colors.

  • Project: Paint and laminate
    • Supplies
      • Die-cuts (die cut machine and paper)
      • Paint, paintbrushes
      • Markers, glitter glue
      • aprons, paper towels, paper plates
    • Instructions and Notes
      • Do NOT laminate shapes with glitter. Only paint, and they have to blot it first (paper towels)
      • I brought my small laminator over and I had a lot of small pouches left. These work best b/c in order to fill up a big pouch, you have to get a lot of pieces and people are usually in a hurry to leave.

  • Project: Paint pots and plant seeds
    • Supplies:
      • Small clay pots or plastic pots (Walmart) (plastic recyclables in case I run out)
      • Acrylic paint, brushes
      • tablecloths, paper plates, aprons
      • dirt, seeds
    • Instructions and Notes
      • Do NOT let the kids water their plants until they get home!
      • If you paint plastic pots, they will take a lot longer to dry than clay.
Evaluation