Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bookaneers: March meeting

  • 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
  • Evaluation
    • 3-3-15
      • Attendance: 8
      • Connections/Feedback: I have 13 registered but the weather is not helping! One new person came - they were sick at the last meeting.
      • Notes: I just kind of played this by ear in discussions. We talked about genres, what makes a book funny, why cats have whiskers, how reptiles sense things, and illustrations. I collected the books to return too early - I should do that later next time. I also let the kids take extra books to check out.
4:30-4:35 - Introduction for new members, name tags

4:35 - 5:00: Discussion and craft
  • Go around tables and take turns telling about the books we read. I also put the snack out at this point (I had donated candy, apples, and pretzels)
  • Magnifying glasses (cut Os out of cardboard, tape to popsicle sticks, decorate)
  • Bad Kitty party activities
  • Die cut dragon comics (die cut dragons, 9x18 sheets of white paper marked off in comic panels, markers)
5:00-5:15: Booktalks
This month's choices were:
  • Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol (1 choice)
  • Gymnastics jitters by Jake Maddox (1 choice)
  • Henry and the cannons by Don Brown (1 choice) (extra pick)
  • Scary Tales: Home Sweet Horror by James Preller (2 chose)
  • DK Adventures: Horse club by Patricia Murphy (extra pick)
  • Let it begin here by Don Brown
  • Lulu and the duck in the park by Hilary McKay (1 choice)
  • Showtime by Sheryl Berk (1 choice)
  • Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight by Wendy Maas (1 choice)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Take Home Storytime: Let's Eat!

  • 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: 3-2-15
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 eat!

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

TALK about rhymes. Reading and talking about rhymes helps children hear the smaller sounds in words and gets them ready for reading. Look for Mother Goose rhymes in the TALES/Nursery neighborhood in the picture books.

Get ready to WRITE by cutting out your food shape and decorating it. Use crayons or markers or glue on rice or other seeds.

SING some fun food songs from Jbrary, found online here http://tinyurl.com/nh98dfy

PLAY with your food! Check out the fun books by Saxton Freymann (E FRE in the picture books) to see some cool ways to turn your fruits and vegetables into Food For Thought.

READ some of these stories about food

Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff
Edible Alphabet by Carol Watterson
Monsters don't eat broccoli by Barbara Hicks
Me hungry by Jeremy Tankard

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dr. Seuss Celebration

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an afternoon program for all ages
    • Promote the library's collection
    • Celebrate Dr. Seuss
    • It's traditional!
  • Evaluation
    • 2-27-15
      • Attendance 75
      • Feedback/Connections: Lots of families newish to me came - many of them are getting ready to age out of toddler storytime, so that was a great connection to make. Also lucked out with a whole group of school-age and middle school kids. Once I coaxed them into the room they had tons of fun, primarily snapchatting cupcakes!
      • Notes: 3 middle schoolers helped clean up, but overall it wasn't a big deal. 2 hours for set up (with an aide for an hour) and about 30 minutes to clean up (me, aide, 3 volunteers). Cupcakes left as always, so we can do a middle school program on Wednesday. In incorporated the Seusslibs table into the book table so there would be more hat room. Every year one or two kids will come up with an idea for the craft materials and everyone else will hop on board with glee. This year, it was truffula trees (or flowers) made with pom poms and pipe cleaners and glue dots.
    • 2-28-14
      • Attendance: 67
      • Notes: I had my aide stay and run the hat table, which was great. I had both my aides to help clean up, because the Friends wanted to start their Oscar movie asap.
    • 3-1-13
      • Attendance: 75
      • Notes: It helped enormously that I had 2 hours to set up. The only thing I would change is just buy the frosting - 5-6 tubs should be enough and have 4 tables for hats, 3 tables for Seussimals, and 1 table for Seuss libs.
Cupcake Tables:
  • cupcakes (7 mixes), frosting (4 tubs), food dye (8 bottles)
  • plates, napkins, (disposable) bowls, popsicle sticks, big spoons for scooping
Cat in the hat:
  • Paper plates, red and white paper, scissors, tape, staplers
Seuss libs:
  • Worksheets with Seuss madlibs
  • Blank paper, markers, pencils
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom poms, beads, buttons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • glue dots
  • Signs with doggerel for each table.
  • Laminated Dr. Seuss figures (made last year)
  • Red and white table cloths
  • Seuss book display
  • Link to files and posters
  • Movie set up playing Dr. Seuss movies
  • Don't forget to take pictures!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Preschool Interactive: Let's eat!

  • Program Goals
    • Model early literacy skills through stories and art
    • Offer a program at a new time (early afternoon) to meet the needs of 4K students
    • Learn about healthy food choices
    • Attendance: 15
  • Evaluation
    • 2-25-15
      • Attendance: 8
      • Feedback/Connections: All new families! One I had met before, but not in storytime. They enjoyed the stories even though it was a small group and what I had planned was older.
      • Notes: I still need to make a flannelboard for Edible Alphabet. Even the younger kids liked it - they love finding the ladybugs in the pictures.
    • 2-20-13
      • Attendance: 11
      • Notes: We read all our stories, but left out all the songs except Five Fat Peas and the kids weren't really interested in that. I need a bigger audience to get them involved in movement.
    • 2-15-12
      • Attendance: 25
      • Notes: I wanted a flannel to go with Edible Alphabet, but didn't have time to make it. I threw in Jeremy Tankard's Me Hungry after Edible and cut "the animals on the farm". Boots was a very...energetic song and the kids were pretty relaxed. They loved all the stories, especially Me Hungry and Wild Boars! 

Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff

Movement: Five fat peas

Nonfiction: Edible Alphabet by Carol Watterson

Movement: Jumping Beans

Early Literacy Aside: We're going to practice our early literacy skills by reading a rhyming story next! Everyone gets to help out on the refrain, "Monsters don't eat broccoli!"

Short story: Monsters don't eat broccoli by Barbara Hicks

Short story: Me Hungry by Jeremy Tankard

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Cookbook Scrapbook

Prep: Scissors, glue, magazines, recycled cardstock, crayons, markers, staplers

Kids cut out pictures of food and ingredients or people eating. They can staple their pages together into a book and write (with their caregivers' help) on them.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mad Scientists Club: Mixing Magic part 1

  • Program Goals
    • Learn about volcanoes
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Attendance: 35
  • Evaluation
    • 2-19-15
      • Attendance: 26
      • Feedback/Connections: One new family! A group of older kids at this one - some actual teens. The only ones able to make it here in the cold. They were, on the whole, well-behaved.
      • Notes: To make sure I had enough ingredients, I planned to set off volcanoes at 3:45, 4:15, 4:45, and 5:15 (more or less) instead of doing them constantly and giving each kid their own volcano. I only ended up needing to do two - it was freezing cold and we had a very small group and making the dough was very absorbing and time-consuming. I thought at the last minute that I should use my big half-gallon water bottles and they were perfect - we fit 8 into one swimming pool and didn't have to use a second pool at all.
    • 3-13-14: I was going to have a third project, liquid rainbows, but then realized that while I'd gotten the ingredients...I didn't have anything to pour them into! So that will be a project for another time. This was enough anyways. MORE than enough. I covered the tables for the slime and we did the baking soda volcanoes in the swimming pools, lined with plastic tablecloths. I should definitely have covered the floor with plastic - we got a lot of dough on the floor and that took my aides a while to clean up. I also needed more specific recipes for them. One was in charge of the slime and the other in charge of the dough and I did the actual pouring of the volcanoes (although the kids added the "magic ingredient"). At the last minute, I added markers and paper for the people waiting their turn and that was genius - the kids loved it. It was one of those programs that whizzes by - we actually stopped around 4:40ish when we started running out of ingredients for the dough and we were all exhausted!
Experiment: Baking soda mini-volcanoes
  • Recipe:
    • (dough) 6 cups flour, 2 cups salt, 4 tblsp oil, 2 cups water
    • fill bottle with warm water and food coloring, add a few drops of soap
    • add 2 tblsp baking soda
    • pour in vinegar
  • Supplies
    • flour, salt, oil
    • baking soda, vinegar
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • plastic container (large water bottles)
    • plastic tablecloths, swimming pools
Create a volcano. I had lots of books about volcanoes and encouraged the kids to create pictures or models of them.
  • Handmade paper (donated)
  • Recycled cardstock
  • Markers, glue, scissors, staples, tape