Friday, October 24, 2014

Are you ready for....the long haul? Wimpy Kid Party

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a program on a no-school day
    • Bring school-age kids into the library
    • Market collections (Wimpy Kid read-alikes)
    • Build a backlog of book/character parties for use on Friday afternoons
    • Attendance: 35
  • Evaluation
    • 10-24-14
      • Attendance: 20
      • Connections/Feedback: A lot of younger kids. Attendance on no-school days is really spotty, so this wasn't an unexpected number and not that bad considering. Everyone had a lot of fun and tried everything. I'm going to use some of the fill-in quizzes and the add to a comic project for a display next month.
      • Notes: Life happened and I didn't plan this until the last minute. I've also (true confession) never actually read the books. I'm more of a Big Nate fan. Next time I'll get stronger toilet paper because I realized I didn't need as much. I decided to add the movie at the last minute and that was good because it took the kids a long time to warm up and get moving.
Stations and Activities
  • Create your own diary
    • 8x5 white construction paper
    • Construction paper
    • Handmade paper (leftover)
    • Markers, scissors
  • Cheese Whiz Quiz
  • Manny Cereal Toss
    • I got this from Tiny Tips but I had the kids make their own cereal boxes
    • Construction paper, scissors, tape, markers
    • Toilet seat and recycling basket
    • Masking tape (for the floor)
  • Long Haul Games
    • I printed out word games etc. from previous event kits and suggested kids come up with their own car games that Greg might play.
  • Toilet Paper Wrap Race
    • I got this from a program on the ALSC blog.
  • The Big Screen and munchies
    • I had Dog Days playing just for extra noise and I put cookies out and a small circle of chairs
  • The World's Longest Comic
    • I came up with this myself. Hold the applause please. I had my aide draw a really, really simple comic on a long strip of paper and taped it to the wall, then invited kids to continue the story.
    • Paper, pencils, scissors
  • Book Display
    • I pulled a few books from everything BUT Wimpy Kid - a sample
      • Big Nate
      • Dork Diaries
      • Ellie McDoodle
      • Stick Dog
      • Dragonbreath
      • Bean Boy
      • Amelia Rules
      • Babymouse

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We Explore Nature: Fall

  • Program Goals: 
    • Learn about seasonal things (animals, leaves, migration, etc.)
    • Encourage children to go outside and explore
    • Develop early literacy skills
    • Attendance: 20
Project 1: Creating woolly bear caterpillars, squirrel ears, and flying geese puppets (10-10:15)
Kids label their space with a nametag.
  • Caterpillars - glue pompoms to tongue depressors
  • Squirrels - staple triangles to strips of paper, staple into crowns, color
  • Geese - glue to tongue depressor, color
  • pompoms
  • strips and triangles of paper
  • geese (free coloring page here)
  • stapler, glue dots, crayons, scissors
  • file labels (name tags)
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
Collect everyone with the Storytime Song, ask parents to pass out snack.
  • Books
    • Nuts to you by Lois Ehlert
    • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
    • Rainy, Sunny, Blowy, Snowy what are seasons by Jane Brocket
    • Every autumn comes the bear by Jim Arnosky
    • Leaf man by Lois Ehlert
    • Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Lawrence Pringle
    • Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone
    • Honk Honk Goose by April Sayre
    • Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
  • Flannelboard/Movement
  • Vocabulary
    • Migration
    • Hibernation
    • Fall & Autumn
    • Seasons
    • Colors (red, orange, brown, yellow, green)
Project 2: Leaf Colors (10:40-11)
I gave out leaves and fingerpaint and encouraged the kids to paint the leaves, paint their own leaves, etc.
  • Supplies
    • real leaves, die cut leaves
    • 9x12 white construction paper
    • fingerpaint
    • paper plates, paper towels, aprons
Our vocabulary words on the chalkboard

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Take Home Storytime: We Are the Dinosaurs

  • 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: 10-14-14
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: We are the dinosaurs!

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

TALK about dinosaurs. You can find books about dinosaurs in the new animals section in the picture books, or in the juvenile nonfiction (back towards the family bathroom) under 567.9

Get ready to WRITE by drawing! You can use markers or crayons to decorate your dinosaur

SING along with Laurie Berkner to "We are the Dinosaurs" online or on her cd Whaddya Think of That?

PLAY with your dinosaur! After you have decorated it, make up some stories - what is the dinosaur doing? What does he say? Does he just roar or can he talk?

READ some of these stories about dinosaurs

When dinosaurs came with everything by Elise Broach
Inside-Outside Dinosaurs by Roxie Munro
I'm Big by Kate McMullan
Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea

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