Thursday, February 14, 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.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Owl Diaries: Warm Hearts Day

Made all by herself (with a little help)

  • Program Goals
    • Celebrate a popular beginning chapter series
    • Sewing project for kids with alternatives
    • Fun!
Projects
  • Owl softies
    • Die cut felt pieces, hand-cut felt pieces, stuffing
    • Embroidery thread, needles, scissors
  • Owls
    • Die cut paper owls (wings, beak, eyes are separate)
    • paint, paper, glues sticks
  • Warm Hearts
    • Die cut hearts (used leftover marbled paper and handmade paper and gold sticker paper)
    • Paper and leftover cards and envelopes
    • Paint
Evaluation

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Bookaneers: Setting sail on the sea of books



making puppets for Mr. Ball
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 (grades 1-3)
4:30-4:35: Introduction (new attendees and beginning of the year)
  • Introductions
  • How Bookaneers 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.
    • It's ok to have a parent or friend help you read and/or write in your binder
    • 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/decorate 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 makes a book funny, scary, or sad, expand on nonfiction topics, learn new vocabulary (I'm still trying to get them to remember "anthropomorphic"), and discuss the art in the books. Sometimes the crafts tie into books, sometimes it's just whatever I came up with earlier that day.
  • Final meeting we decorate t-shirts and the kids get a free book
5:00-5:15: Booktalks, snack
  • The kids get a snack (I try to make it something relatively healthy - dried fruit, pretzels, goldfish, apples, etc.) and I booktalk the selections for next time.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to keep from the prize cart.
5:15-5:30: Choosing books and wrap-up
  • Kids pick their book(s) for next time, finish crafts, younger siblings come in and eat snacks, etc.

Raising a Reader

Occasionally I present to adults about reading, literacy, etc. These are those occasions.

2-7-19 MOPs (Canceled - will reschedule in the fall)
I repeated a lot from my visit two years ago - I'm pretty much extempore with this kind of stuff. I also went over some new library services like being fine-free etc.

1-19-17 MOPs
I talked about 3 words to remember - RELAX, EXAMPLE, and INTERACT. I told moms to relax about their preschoolers not reading, to cut out some time for themselves so kids see them reading, and to focus on interaction in screen time.

I used these books to demonstrate the five early literacy skills - Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play
  • Hoppity Frog by Emma Parish (board book)
  • Blocks by Irene Dickson
  • Sing by Joe Raposo
  • What animals really like by Fiona Robinson
  • Create with Maisy by Lucy Cousins
  • A squiggly story by Andrew Larson
as well as toy bags from the library. I also had event calendars, 1,000 books before kindergarten folders, and handouts with resources.

A Long Time Ago
I was invited to a child development class at the high school to speak about library-as-a-career stuff, choosing books for children, and reading aloud. First time I've ever really been in a high school classroom. It went ok, I even got some kids to laugh at the right spots and some mildly interested questions. I'm putting down what I did because I might go back some time for the earlier child development class and I don't want to start from scratch...this is sort of roughly what I did, although it was a lot more hopping around and not as organized as it looks here.

First, I gave a brief How-I-Became-A-Librarian speech. Next time, I should add in the practicums and experiential work I did, not just the schooling, partly because I think hands on is more useful than academics and partly because I had extra time at the end, so I can!

Then, I started with the very early board books and gave examples of reading books with infants and young toddlers. The boardbooks I used were:
  • eyelikenature: Leaves
  • indestructibles: Flutter! Fly! by Karen Pixton
  • Baby Faces by Margaret Miller
Then I talked about books with more narrative and text for older toddlers, as well as how different books work for different kids.
  • How do dinosaurs love their cats? by Jane Yolen
  • Can YOU make a scary face? by Jan Thomas
I also showed books with a simple storyline and pictures that work well with both toddlers and preschoolers and talked about adapting stories to fit your group.
  • Digby Takes Charge by Caroline Church
  • Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
I talked about what makes a good easy reader, how easy readers are changing (from stuff like Dick and Jane to Toon Books and Mo Willems) and what makes a good beginning chapter book.
  • Pigs make me sneeze by Mo Willems (also used this to show how some easy readers work as read-alouds)
  • Benny and Penny by Geoffrey Hayes
  • Extreme Machines by Christopher Maynard (really, any DK nonfiction reader will work here)
I talked about how important it is to keep reading aloud to kids after they've started reading on their own, how it increases vocabulary and improves comprehension and is just plain fun!
  • Book that eats people by John Perry
  • Chester by Melanie Watt
  • Billy Twitters and his blue whale problem by Mac Barnett
I also did a presentation on using nonfiction as read-alouds and beginning readers and why it's important not to limit kids to fiction.
  • Down down down by Steve Jenkins (this is a great example of using nonfiction with text that's too dense for reading aloud to a pre-1st grade group. It makes a great interactive experience by having the kids guess the names and types of different animals and discussing their behavior)
  • Wolfsnail by Sarah Campbell (I would have taken my galley of Growing Patterns, but I lent it to somebody else...they were duly grossed out by the meat-eating snail and I used this as an example of a nonfiction easy reader that also works as a read-aloud)
  • Forest Explorer by Nic Bishop (I couldn't find Spiders or Frogs or Moths & Butterflies. This one doesn't really work as a read-aloud, but I wanted them to see an author that can be used much the same way I use Steve Jenkins but with photographs)
Extra books I took but didn't use:
  • Busy Penguins by John Schindel (boardbook)
  • Birthday for cow by Jan Thomas (picturebook)
  • Race you to bed by Bob Shea (picturebook)
  • Night Lights by Susan Gal (picturebook)
  • Mitten by Jan Brett (picturebook)
  • Froggy eats out by Jonathan London (picturebook)
  • Dinosaur Hunt by David Catrow (easy reader)
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa (easy reader)
  • About Amphibians by Cathryn Sill (nonfiction picturebook)
  • Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald (picturebook)
  • Pigeon finds a hot dog by Mo Willems (picturebook)
  • Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff (picturebook)
  • Guess Again by Mac Barnett (picturebook)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Library on the Go: Winter/Spring 2019


Library on the Go is the outreach bookmobile I run from the back of my car. No, that's not shady at all... It consists of a varying number of paperback easy readers and beginning chapter books which kids are allowed to check out without requiring a library card. There are no due dates or fines. They can return the materials to any library and they will (eventually) make their way back to me. If they do not return them, I have given them a book and that's good too!

The books are funded through a mix of grants, cataloged as professional on a serials record without titles or authors, and I circulate them by checking them out on an outreach card so we get circulation numbers but they're not tied to the kids checking them out. They are usually limited to 1 or 2. I've had as many as 8 bins but right now am at about 3-4.

Depending on the venue, a Library on the Go visit may be me, a few boxes of books, and bookmarks. It may include a craft or project, a storytime or other giveaways. I currently visit two schools during the school year and a variety of venues in the summer.

  • 2-5-19 Jackson Elementary School
    • After school/wrap-around (about 15 kids)
    • I brought cardboard boxes and hot glue to go with their building theme, as well as a basket of books for their center. Checked out about 10 books and helped paint a model of the Statue of Liberty!
  • 2-5-19 OPtions virtual charter school
    • Visited by my associate
  • 1-22-19 OPtions virtual charter school
    • About 30 kids total
    • Checked out about 20 books. This is the bigger group, but incipient winter storms meant a much smaller attendance than usual. We did have several kids use the ozobots and the main purpose, to introduce my new associate to the teachers, kids, and school so they can handle Tuesday visits in future, was fulfilled.
  • 1-17-19 OPtions virtual charter school
    • About 30 kids total
    • Checked out about 10 books. Brought the ozobots and the younger kids played with them a little, but they were going out for recess. Gave flyers to middle schoolers for Book Explosion (had 18 kids later that day as a result!)
  • 1-16-19 Tibbets Elementary School
    • One 1st grade class (2nd class was testing)
    • Read Bruchac's Rabbit's snow dance and checked out 2 books to each kid
  • 1-9-19 Jackson Elementary School
    • After school/wrap-around (about 15 kids)
    • Brought air-dry clay to go with their paleontology theme. I only checked out a couple books, but I also supply this group with a selection of library books each month so this is more of an outreach stop than a LOTG stop anyways.