Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Outreach: Tales and Tails

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to folktales
    • Complement school curriculum focusing on folktales
    • Distribute outreach brochure and encourage kids to visit the library
  • 2014 Notes
    • TLC Wednesday (4K) (8): I always like to see how many of the kids are familiar with folktales when I do this theme. This class is the older 4s and 5s. They knew Little Red Riding Hood (which they just did in school), Gingerbread Boy, with some prompting they knew Goldilocks, although only one kid knew it well enough to understand how the story was changing in Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs. The same kid was the only one who knew Red Hen, at least well enough to know how the story was going. None of them knew Foxy, That's good that's bad, Enormous Carrot, or Biggest thing in the world but none of those are particularly well-known.
    • Tibbets Tuesday (Kindergarten class 1) (20): Extremely wiggly. Everyone loves Foxy though. We did No Dinner and I tried to draw the parallels with Three Billy Goats Gruff, but nobody knew that tale! Those who were listening enjoyed The Great Race but none of them knew the Tortoise and the Hare, which I tried to compare.
    • Tibbets Tuesday (Kindergarten class 2) (20): They did a great job with Squeaky Door. It really saves my voice when they can do the squeaks!
    • Tibbets Tuesday (Kindergarten class 3) (20): Another very wiggly class. I mostly did active/flannelboards for them.
    • TLC Thursday (4K class 1) (13): This class, after much prompting, recognized Three Billy Goats as the teacher had read it to them. I promised to bring a troll story next month.
    • TLC Thursday (4K class 2) (13): Very into the Souhami books.
    • TLC Thursday (3 year olds) (12): Only 7 of the 12 kids were here, and one was sick and isolated at the back. I still am working on books young enough for this group. We did Enormous Carrot, Biggest Thing in the World, Red Hen and The Little Little House and Footprints in the Snow.
  • That's good, that's bad by Aliki
  • The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett
  • The little, little house by Jessica Souhami
  • The sacred banana leaf by Nathan Scott
  • The great race by Nathan Scott
  • Sausages by Jessica Souhami
  • No dinner by Jessica Souhami
  • Foxy by Jessica Souhami
  • Footprints in the snow by Mei Matsuoka
  • Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Cultures introduced
  • Indonesian, Scandinavian, Jewish
Remote Collections
  • Folktales, Winter/seasonal, Thanksgiving/holiday

Messy Art Club: Mini Art

Some kids got very into the shells

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an inexpensive way for kids to make gifts
    • Encourage creativity and different art styles
    • 35 in attendance
  • Evaluation
    • 11-20-14
      • Attendance: 39
      • Connections/Feedback: A new family - and a brand new baby! I also had a bunch of teens at the end who were very happy to make lots of frames for the nursing home.
      • Notes: It felt like not as many people - I always forget that these decorative programs people tend to leave much more quickly. 
I had a lot of mini picture frames and small blocks that a patron donated - I still have enough for next year!

  • Picture frames, small artist blocks (I think that's what they're called?) donated by a patron
  • Glitter glue
  • Decorations
  • Acrylic paint, paintbrushes, aprons, paper plates

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We Explore Favorite Artist Ed Emberley

  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Ed Emberley and his art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills (cutting, gluing, printing)
    • 20 children and adults in attendance
  • Evaluation
    • 11-19-14
      • Attendance: 29
      • Connections/Feedback
      • Notes: The storytime part of this went really well. Next time I should have copies of Big Green Monster available for checkout. Also, let parents know that if they do the thumbprints it will not come off any time soon!
Art Project Part 1: Collage (10-10:15)
I put a name tag at each space and parents write the children's name on "their" space. I had precut shapes and paper to cut up and the kids did cutting and gluing to make pictures. At 10:15ish, I sing the Storytime Song
  • Supplies
    • Precut shapes (circules, triangles, squares)
    • Construction paper (colored) and scraps
    • Cardstock (recycled)
    • Glue, scissors
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I get all the kids more or less sitting down and ask a parent or two to pass out the snack during the first story. Depending on the age of the kids, we'll talk about different aspects of the art, anything from identifying colors and shapes to asking questions about the author's process and materials. With the Emberleys, it's really hard to figure out which is actually Ed Emberley's art and which is his daughter's. I guess they have a very collaborative process. So I talked about how very different his art styles are and how he works with his family members to create new and different kinds of art.
  • Books
    • Go away big green monster (puppet)
    • The ant and the grasshopper
    • Drummer Hoff
    • Chicken Little
    • Bye-Bye Big Bad Bullybug
    • If you're a monster and you know it (song)
    • Red Hen (flannelboard)
  • Snack
    • animal crackers
    • dixie cups, napkins
Art Project Part 2: Thumbprints/drawing (10:40-11)
I borrowed an idea from my summer associate and told them to just color their fingers with marker and press them to the paper - instant fingerprints! I also encouraged them to draw with markers. They could add to their previous artwork or create new ones.
  • Supplies
    • Markers
    • Paper
    • wet wipes

Monday, November 17, 2014

Take Home Storytime: Let's Guess!

  • 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: 11-17-14
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 Guess!

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

TALK about the books you read together. Suggested stories below are great to encourage conversation between you and your child. Give them extra time to respond to questions - children need longer than adults to process information.

Get ready to WRITE by using a popsicle stick to draw patterns on your scratch board.

SING along with Jim Gill on one of his popular cds like The Silly Dance Contest. Listen for actions to perform with your child.

PLAY with your scratchboard - talk about what your child is drawing and how a scratchboard works. You can make your own scratchboard by covering a thick sheet of paper or thin cardboard with colors (marker works best) and then drawing heavily over it in black crayon.

READ some of these interactive stories that encourage guessing games.
Guess again by Mac Barnett
Who's like me? by Nicola Davies
Flappy, Waggy, Wiggly by Amanda Leslie
Guess who? by Guido van Genechten
I Spy (series) by Edward Gibbs
Who has this tail? by Laura Hulbert
Do you know which ones will grow by Susan Shea

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Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Mad Scientists Club: Catapults! Race tracks! Force and Motion

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with the science of force and motion
    • Encourage kids to problem solve and be creative
    • 35 kids and adults in attendance
  • Evaluation
    • 11-6-14
      • Attendance: 30
      • Connections/Feedback: Several new families that I talked to yesterday came and really enjoyed themselves.
      • Notes: I had a lot of younger/unattended kids so the catapults didn't work as well, since they really require a little more initiative and effort than the kids were willing to put into it. I didn't have hot glue available - I was sick and tired and couldn't handle it.
    • 9-12-13
      • Attendance: 50
      • Our first Mad Scientists Club! I decided to divide the program into two parts, a project that the kids could make and take home and an experimental/game component that they could do at the library. I realized I couldn't do much with actual talking about science, b/c of the structure of my program, but I can fully utilize the things that are already built in to my after school clubs; creative problem-solving, imagination, initiative, creativity etc. Otherwise known as "I can't control a group of 50 children, ages 2-12, coming and going at random times for an hour and a half so you're on your own, here are the supplies now do something!" I am so happy that this worked out well. Everything was a huge hit, we almost ran out of paper towel tubes but not quite, only one kid got a hot glue burn and it was wonderful.
Project: Catapults
I made some signs with instructions and pictures from several online sources, one for a super easy catapult and one for a more difficult model. I laminated these and put them out on the tables for people to refer to. I also put a warning sign that only adults could use the hot glue gun!

  • Popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, rubber bands
  • Bottle caps, cotton balls, small pompoms
  • Glue dots, hot glue gun, glue, tape, duct tape
Experiment: Racing cars
I was inspired by this program and this program as well as some of the experiments in Motion by Ellen Lawrence to make an experiment where the kids could try different kinds of friction and gravity. I set up some suggestions/rules and the kids did car races!

  • Paper towel tubes, some long boxes
  • Matchbox cars left over from summer reading prizes
  • Scraps to test friction - felt/fabric, foam, paper, tissue paper, foil
  • Scissors, packing tape, duct tape