Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lego Club

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity, problem-solving, and math skills
    • Encourage collaboration and a friendly space for kids and parents to interact
    • Offer a program that fits a variety of ages and needs
    • Attendance: 35
  • Build a creation with 25 pieces
  • Build a creation from one color
  • Build a vehicle
Lego Club is my longest-running after school club. It's a drop-in program - people can come any time between 3:30 and 5:30 and stay as long as they want. I also put out displays of new materials for kids to check out and flyers for upcoming programs.

I tell kids that it's an "all you can create buffet". They use the plastic bowls to go down the "buffet" and make choices, and then build on the tables. Everyone knows that if it's on the buffet it's fair game, if it's on a table in the rest of the room you have to ask (some of us are still practicing this though)

Legos were provided through donations and supplemented with Pig Money.

During Lego Club I take pictures, admire creations, talk to parents about upcoming programs and whatever is on their minds, settle fights, keep an eye on kids who don't have adult supervision, and sort the Legos. When they are finished building, which can be anywhere from 10 minutes to the full 2 hours, they get their picture taken for the bulletin board and Facebook and put their creation on the "play" table. We don't break them down until they are gone. (I used to put them on display but we had to keep cleaning them up and we ran out of space).

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: Food Science

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with food (often crosses with mixing magic/chemical reactions)
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Popcorn Science
Experiment: Candy Science
  • Experiments from Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt
    • candy - sour, tootsie-rolls, peeps, etc.
    • baking soda
    • dishes, containers
I had one person handing out pre-measured amounts of candy and the kids could take it to different stations.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kindergarten Field Trip: We are in a book!

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to the library as a fun place
10-15 Minutes art project
Cut out and glue pieces to make a Piggie puppet. Don't forget to write their name on them! Leave them on the tables to dry.

  • Puppet pieces from Thrive After Three
  • Paper bags, glue sticks, markers (write names on puppets)
10-15 Minutes storytime
  • We are in a book by Mo Willems
    • Talk about all the books in the library and how Elephant and Piggie get read again each time they are checked out.
  • We're in the wrong book; This book just ate my dog by Richard Byrne
    • Books from other libraries, how we share between libraries. Reading dog.
  • There are cats in this book; There are no cats in this book by Viviane Schwarz
    • Play in the library, what kind of programs we do
  • Chester's masterpiece by Melanie Watt
Additional Activities

  • Pennies in the wishing well
  • Photo ops with the Pigeon
  • Play area
  • Visit the hamster

Tuesday, October 11, 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
  • Introductions
  • How Rock 'n' Read works
    • At each meeting kids will get a new notebook (if needed) and choose 1 or more books to check out (don't forget your library card!). Books will be due at the next meeting.
    • 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!
4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
  • 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!
5:15-5:30: Booktalks, Voting
  • I booktalk each book and have them vote on which one they want. It depends on how many kids attend. Sometimes I write/draw them on the chalkboard. 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 from the prize cart.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Outreach Storytime: The library is fun!

  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce myself to the children and teachers
    • Set expectations and a routine for outreach storytimes
    • Practice following directions
    • Show them that storytime will be fun!
    • Kids receive a Welcome back to school brochure (adapted from another library)
Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
  • Open up, Please! by Silvia Borando
  • Shapes, Reshape! by Silvia Borando
Preschool and Kindergarteners (*Nonfiction)
  • That's Not Bunny! by Chris Barton
  • Warning: Do not open this book by Adam Lehrhaupt
  • Count the monkeys by Mac Barnett
  • My Humongous Hamster goes to school by Lorna Freytag
Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
  • None
  • Opening: The more we get together (kids say names when I point to them)
  • ABC Stop song
  • Loud and Quiet
  • Baby Bear counts one; Baby Bear sees blue by Ashley Wolff (I'm just using letters and numbers right now; would like to make a better flannelboard)
  • Closing: Sunny Day
Vocabulary/Learning Objectives
  • Basics of storytime behavior