Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Gingerbread Man storytime

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a neutral holiday program
    • Offer a program on no 4K day
    • Introduce children to different versions of a folktale
  • Evaluation
    • 12-16-15
      • Attendance: 15
      • Notes: I'm writing this up a month after the fact. I don't know that I'll do it next year.
    • 12-17-14
      • Attendance: 25
      • Connections/feedback: A couple regular attendees and some new families showed up. They really loved the scavenger hunt. 
      • Notes: I don't normally offer a program after the big Santa's Kitchen ending program the previous Saturday, but this year I wanted to keep up having programs on the no 4K Wednesday. I adapted my We Explore format for this and it was a casual, fun storytime. However, this was stressful in conjunction with my end of year projects. I don't know that I would do it again. The flip books weren't really used b/c they didn't get put together correctly.
Storytime
I end with Catch that Cookie and then the kids can go find the decorated (paper) gingerbread people around the children's area. They can also make their own. Some teens decorated a bunch of paper gingerbread people and I had a staff person hide them around the library during storytime.

Books
  • Gingerbread boy by Beatrice Rodriguez
  • Pancake boy by Lorinda Cauley
  • Senorita Gordita
  • Catch that cookie by Hallie Durand
Flannelboard/Movement
Vocabulary and early literacy skills
  • Folktale
  • Gingerbread Man and variations (cultural knowledge)
  • Pancake, Gingerbread
  • Different animal names
  • Recognizing the tale and changes made to it
Supplies
  • Large gingerbread man die cuts
  • Markers, glitter

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Outreach Storytime: Winter Holidays

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a neutral holiday storytime
    • Learn about animals in winter
    • Distribute handout to encourage kids to visit the library
Books - older
  • Sister bear by Jane Yolen
  • Millie in the snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
  • Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano
  • Very Fuddles Christmas by Fran Vischer
  • Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve by Jan Brett
Books - younger
  • Soup Day by Melissa Iwai
  • Christmas Wombat by Jackie French
  • Waiting for winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser
  • Bear stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
  • Kitten's Winter by Eugenie Fernandes
Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
Evaluation

Monday, November 30, 2015

Paws to Read: Winter Reading Program 2015/2016


  • Program Goals
    • Offer an all-ages winter reading program
    • Offer a program over winter break
    • Keep kids reading through the slower months
    • Participation: 40

Who can participate? All ages, toddlers to teens

How does it work? Kids take as many reading challenges off the bulletin board as they want. When they're completed, they put them in the box by my desk. Each Friday I draw names (which are posted on the bulletin board and Facebook) and those kids get to pick from the prize box.

We have a casual "party" at the end - usually just some crafting and a few extra prizes.

You can find the reading challenges here - both in pdf and a zipped file.












Thursday, November 19, 2015

Messy Art Club: Embossing


  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Embossing foil pendants

I got this idea from Make and Takes. We pretty much did it exactly as it said and it was very popular.

Supplies
  • Foil
  • Pasteboard strips and cards (donated by artist)
  • Wooden styluses (originally bought to us with scratch-art and worked great for this)
  • Permanent markers
  • Yarn
  • Tape, Scissors, scratch paper (to put under while coloring)
Evaluation

  • 11-19-15
    • Attendance: 40
    • Feedback/Connections: Some regulars and some folks I hadn't seen in a while, plus a handful of middle schoolers
    • Notes: This was VERY popular. We haven't done a new project in a while and this was easy and kids and parents loved it. Remember to have disinfectant wipes to get permanent marker off the table. Lots of people wanted to take the pendants as gifts, so maybe a wrapping station?

Friday, October 23, 2015

We Explore Favorite Artist Edward Gibbs

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Edward Gibbs and his art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: I Spy art (10-10:15)
Kids draw pictures with pencils and pens around circles.

Supplies 
  • 9x18 construction paper with holes cut
  • pencils, pens
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I call people to storytime with the Storytime Song, then have the parents pass out the snack.

Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:40-11)
We painted the pictures we'd drawn.

Supplies
  • paint, brushes
  • aprons, paper towels

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Star Wars Celebration

  • Program Goals
    • Add a big program in October
    • Bring people into the library
    • Requests from patrons and staff
  • Evaluation
    • Attendance: 60
    • Feedback/Connections: People did remember the program from three years ago *wince* but this one went a lot better. It was low-key and everyone had fun.
    • Notes: I meant to have a movie playing - one of the Star Wars Lego spoofs, but I forgot to check to see if our license covered it. Two buckets of duct tape next time!
If you know me at all, you know I'm really not a "big program" person. I hate all the angst and stress of spending time and money and never knowing whether or not enough people to justify it will show up. My preference is for lots of little programs. However, I do try to do some big programs and I wanted to offer more Saturday programs this year, so we went with Star Wars. I was kind of nervous about it since I had a disastrous Star Wars program three years ago, but I hoped with additional help and more realistic activities it wouldn't be too bad.

Scavenger Hunt
  • Our adult services librarian was in charge of this. He did a really big Star Wars party at his previous library and helped a lot with ideas and so on. I just left it all in his hands.
Tie Fighter Target Practice
  • I also put the adult services librarian in charge of this. He had pictures of fighters cut out and attached to the walls and hanging from the ceiling and the kids made paper airplanes and practiced throwing them at the pictures.
  • Supplies
    • Paper, scissors
Droid Factory
  • My associate, Jess, was in charge of this. We put all the crafty stuff in the Storyroom and told the kids to enjoy themselves.
  • Supplies
    • A vast supply of recycled half-gallon water jugs
    • Glue, tape, stickers, glitter, magnets, scissors
    • Whatever else Jess found in the storage closet
Light Saber Central
  • One of the major mistakes I made three years ago was making the light sabers too sturdy. Never again! I had a year's worth of paper tubes for the kids to make light sabers out of. One staff member pointed out "they'll break as soon as they hit anything" and I replied "THAT'S THE IDEA". I went home with bruises last time.
  • Supplies
    • Paper tubes
    • Tape, markers
Save the Galaxy!
  • I was going to call it Death Star Games....actually, it's basically the same thing as my Backwards Angry Birds game. I had lots of balloons for the kids to turn into mini Death Stars and/or Storm Troopers, cardboard boxes to build a thing, and pool noodles for whacking. My aide was in charge of the game - the kids signed up as teams, blew up and decorated their balloons, created a construction, whacked it until it fell down, and then it was another team's turn. I did not want to expend $$ on everyone getting their own pool noodle.
  • Supplies
    • Pool noodles (cut in half)
    • Balloons
    • Markers
    • Cardboard
    • Clipboard, paper, pen, camera to take pictures of teams.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Reading Explorer: 500 Books Before Middle School

I originally got the idea for 500 Books Before Middle School from a post on Facebook. I can't remember who it was, but it definitely sparked off an idea for me! I have plenty of kids who want to keep reading after they finish 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and everyone loves stickers, right?

So, this is basically the same thing just for older kids. They get a folder with the first sheet, add stickers as they read, and get a free book when they finish. They also move their names from place to place on the habitats. There are two twenty-five-title sheets for Wisconsin, two for the farm, etc. My associate, Jess, put together the pictures and the trail.

I paid for the labels and first log sheet to be printed. I buy folders in bulk at the beginning of the school year and our local Kohls stuffed the first armload for me. I got most of the pictures for the log from free coloring page sites online.







Friday, September 18, 2015

We Explore Favorite Artist Herve Tullet

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Herve Tullet and his art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Evaluation
    • 9-18-15
      • Attendance: 19
      • Feedback/Connections: Two new families who happened to be there and the rest were regulars. A generally younger group.
      • Notes: Tullet always resonates with the kids, although I think this group was a little young to appreciate Help!
Art Project Part 1: Dot play (10-10:15)

Supplies 
  • Die cut circles and Os
  • Construction paper
  • Tape, markers
I encouraged the kids to think of the different ways they could use circles and draw on/around them.

Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I call people to storytime with the Storytime Song, then have the parents pass out the snack. We did Press Here, Help! This book needs a title and Mix it up. We talked a lot about what makes a book in Help! but I'm not sure the kids got it.

Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:40-11)

Supplies
  • Fingerpaint
  • Paper plates
I let each kid pick 3 colors and gave them a plate with colors and a plate for mixing.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Messy Art Club: Beading

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
  • Evaluation
    • 9-17-15
      • Attendance: 51
      • Feedback/Connections: Mostly regulars returning for their favorite program!
      • Notes: I should have remembered to bring my extra beading supplies from home and I should have more earring pieces next time. Also set the beads for older kids and younger kids apart (although they need to be sorted first)
Project: Beading

How it works: Put out all the supplies. Younger kids are encouraged to thread beads on the pipe cleaners, older kids to use the more intricate beading supplies.

Supplies
  • Beads (pony beads, wooden beads, donated seed beads, etc.)
  • Buttons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beading supplies
  • Dishes to put beads in

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Display: Staff Picks

This goes along with the September outreach theme of "meet the librarian" My teen aides are excited to be featured when it's their turn! I started with myself. Basically, it's a picture, a little blurb about the staff member, their favorite apple (picks? get it? apple picking is a big thing around here) and then....books!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Take Home Storytime: Fall Birds

  • 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 Fall 2015
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: Fall Birds

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

TALK about birds. What do birds do in the winter? What do they do in the spring?

Get ready to WRITE by creating bird streamers. Decorate your birds, tape them to the ribbons, and tape or tie your ribbons to the popsicle stick. Drawing and taping develop motor skills you will need later on for writing.

SING a silly song like Laurie Berkner's "I know a chicken" (https://youtu.be/9E7l0JPgclE)

PLAY with your bird streamers - run and dance to make the birds fly.

READ fun books! Letting your child choose books will help build print motivation, the enjoyment of books and reading.
  • Open this little book by Jesse Klausmeier
  • Shhh! We have a plan by Chris Haughton
  • Froodle by Antoinette Portis
  • I spy in the sky by Edward Gibbs
  • Odd one out: A spotting book by Britta Teckentrup

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, 723-2678 ext. 14

Friday, September 4, 2015

Birdwatching/Art Station

I thought the birdwatching station was a great idea. I still plan to keep it, and hope to expand it to include a hummingbird feeder and possibly attract something other than sparrows, but it turned out that all people really wanted was coloring pages. Since I started it in May 2014, only about 5 kids have written in the log. 
So, I revamped it! We still have a birdwatching station, with log. But I also extended it to add an art station.
I made the birdwatching station just the display shelf, log, and signage. I brought a table over to be the art station, put up a sign, and printed a variety of coloring sheets, both "story starter" kind of things and actual coloring sheets, mostly animals. Hopefully people will not just pick up the whole stack and walk away...





The old birdwatching station


Friday, August 28, 2015

Activity Table: Fall Into Reading

In the absence of my associate, I am being forced to come up with my own ideas! This sort of grew out of trying to find things for bored kids to do. I am not going to say how long the table was empty before I finally put it up...




Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Take Home Storytime: Frogs

  • 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 Summer 2015
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: Frogs

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

TALK about frogs. Have you ever seen a frog? Where do frogs live? What do they eat? What kind of sounds do you think a frog would make?

Get ready to WRITE by decorating your frog puppet and bugs.

SING a frog song, like Five Green and Speckled Frogs together.

PLAY with your frog. Tape the frog to the popsicle stick to make a puppet. Can she catch the worm or the dragonfly for her dinner?

READ some of these stories about frogs (find more in the ANIMALS/AMPHIBIANS neighborhood)
  • Frog with the big mouth by Teresa Bateman
  • I don't want to be a frog by Dev Petty
  • Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson
  • Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus
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, 723-2678 ext. 14

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Display: Dewey Love to Read?

I got this idea from...someone on the internet. Somewhere. My associate made the handy box sign - you can't really tell, but it's got pictures of the subjects and numbers around the edge. I used an old suggestion pot and did the numbers. The bottom of the pot has a coil of yarn to fill it up and then a bunch of glass marbles to keep the sticks from sitting at the bottom.

Activity Table: Summer Memories

This is the activity station for August. I had a volunteer cut out and staple together the little memory books. So far the kids have mostly been interested in drawing on the table and taking the books home to work on, but that's cool too. The form for the books is here.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Go Go Garden: Hopeful harvest

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a summer storytime for a wide range of ages
    • Encourage outdoor experience and involvement in the gardens
    • Attendance: 25
  • Evaluation
    • 7-31-15
      • Attendance: 21
Storytime: 10-10:30
We didn't get anybody until nearly 10:20. I did Denise Fleming's Lunch, except the mouse was checked out so we used a bunny. Then we read In the garden, who's been here and played the Fruit Slices game.

Craft time: 10:30-11:30
I had another volunteer cut the bottoms of my vast collection of water jugs and the kids turned them into birdfeeders. We had little baggies of seed for them to take home.

Picnic/Outdoor time: 11-12

HOT. I got a few kids out to help water. Next year I'm putting someone else in charge of the outdoor portion. I hate outdoors in the summer. One tomato plant had some purple tomatoes almost ready, but that was it.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Display: Doodle along with Ellie McDoodle

This is just a quick little display popped up after our visit from Ruth McNally Barshaw! The books are going fast...I'm planning to make a more extensive display with doodling/drawing books some time.

Friday, July 17, 2015

We Explore Favorite Artist Steve Jenkins

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Steve Jenkins and his art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Evaluation
    • 7-17-15
    • Attendance: 17
    • Feedback/Connections: Saw a couple families I hadn't seen in a while. Kids really connected with the storytime at this one and they checked out a lot of Jenkins' books.
    • Notes: Paint doesn't really fit with this artist, but I needed a second part and I had paint on the brain I guess.
Art Project Part 1: Collage (10-10:15)

Supplies
  • Handmade paper
  • Plain paper
  • scissors, glue
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I call people to storytime with the Storytime Song, then have the parents pass out the snack. We only did two books, Actual Size and What can you do with a tail like this? because we spent so much time discussing them. The kids absolutely loved coming up to compare themselves to the animals in the first and I have a flannelboard/guessing game for the second book.

Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:40-11)

Supplies
  • Washable paint in no-spill cups
  • 9x12 paper
  • Paintbrushes, aprons, and lots and lots of wipes

Monday, July 13, 2015

Display: Library Family

I've always had pictures on this side of the bulletin board, but it took me a while to get a nice set up. Kids love looking for themselves and I'll change this out every couple months, or when it gets ripped by being touched by little fingers. Some of the pictures are a bit sad, as they show kids who have moved away or happier days before we had to ask some kids to leave the library, but everyone is still part of the family!

Take Home Storytime: Down on the Farm

  • 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 Summer 2015
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: Down on the farm

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

TALK about farm animals. What kind of animals live on the farm? What do they do on a farm? What food do we get from farm animals?

Get ready to WRITE by putting together and decorating your twirling ladybugs (directions below)

SING a farm song, like Down on Grandpa's Farm or Old MacDonald Had a Farm together.

PLAY with your twirling ladybugs! For more detailed instructions, check out Make and Takes www.makeandtakes.com/twirling-paper-ladybugs
Fold your four ladybugs in half vertically. Glue or tape the sides together with the string down the middle to make a four-dimensional ladybug. Decorate and hang up in the wind to watch it twirl!

READ some of these stories about farms (find more in the COMMUNITY/FARM neighborhood)

  • I spy on the farm by Edward Gibbs
  • What the ladybug heard by Julia Donaldson
  • It's milking time by Phyllis Alsdurf
  • Ping pong pig by Caroline Church
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, 723-2678 ext. 14


Friday, July 10, 2015

Go Go Garden: The Garden Grows

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a summer storytime for a wide range of ages
    • Encourage outdoor experience and involvement in the gardens
    • Attendance: 25
  • Evaluation
    • 7-10-15
      • Attendance: 35
Storytime: 10-10:30
I started with shakers and Laurie Berkner's "Fruit Salad Salsa" then we read The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes, Do you know which ones will grow? by Susan Shea, played "Garden vs. Not Garden", did "Little Brown Seed" and read Lola plants a garden by Anna McQuinn.

Craft time: 10:30-11:30
I had a volunteer (i.e. my mom who was on vacation ha ha) cut the bottoms off a whole bunch of the gallon water jugs I drink. Pattie brought in cord, duct tape, and foam stickers and I contributed pipe cleaners, beads, and tools. The kids made them into wind chimes.

Picnic/Outdoor time: 11-12
Yeah, this isn't happening. The gardens are NOT child friendly! My aide and I spent over an hour weeding in the heat and with mosquitos. My aide also punched holes in the bottom of the tomato pots which I neglected to do. Then one little girl came out and helped me water. The good news is our foundation is interested in making a community children's garden and so next year we expect great things!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Take Home Storytime: Spots and Stripes


  • 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 Summer 2015
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: Spots and Stripes

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

TALK about patterns. What patterns do you see around you?

Get ready to WRITE by tracing patterns with your finger in sand, salt, or dirt.

SING songs with repeating patterns like "Old MacDonald Had a Farm"

PLAY with the shapes in your take home bag. What creatures can you make? A caterpillar? A train? Can you decorate them with patterns?

READ some of these stories about patterns (look for more concept picture books with the yellow concept sticker)

Stripes and spots by Dahlov Ipcar
Stripes of all types by Susan Stockdale
Spectacular Spots by Susan Stockdale
Spotty Stripy Swirly What are patterns? by Jane Brocket

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, 723-2678 ext. 14

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Children's Gardens

Last year we had two pools that were supposed to be pizza gardens and pumpkins in the walled garden. It was freezing cold most of the summer and the walled garden dirt turned out to be less than it could be and we got nothing much but a few tomatoes and 1 small pumpkin, very late in the summer.

This year, we were supposed to weed and plant on May 20. It was about 30 degrees. We finally got the plants to use at Go Go Garden and it was pouring rain. So I got my aide and we planted on Saturday. A little at a time and hopefully the gardens will improve slowly over the years.

I thought this bare spot would be nice to put a couple tomato plants, as soon as I scraped off the rough gravel on top. And the gravel underneath. And underneath that. When I got down about a foot and a half, I gave up, dumped some potting soil in, and shoved the plants in. Whatever.

We left the empty half of the walled garden empty while we were waiting for vegetables and then last week someone from the city showed up (without any communication) and planted a bunch of unwanted flowers. Uh....whatever. There was still space left, so we shoved the squash plants and a bunch of bean seeds in there. 

I have doubts about the drainage qualities of these pots, but it's too late now. They have tomatoes and the pool has 2 squash plants and some bean seeds.

From the sidewalk. The city did bring us a bunch of bags of dirt, so all is forgiven. I'm going to use the rest for our planting programs. That railing and bushes hide a staircase down to the basement and the door leads to the landing on the stairs going to the basement. Someday, we plan to turn the bare spots to the right into a butterfly garden.

The walled garden outside the storyroom. The door is an emergency exit.

We plan to have storytimes and programs here, picnicking under the tree, etc. but there's no fence and a busy road right behind the sidewalk, so we're going cautiously.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Go Go Garden: Planting and Guessing

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a summer storytime for a wide range of ages
    • Encourage outdoor experience and involvement in the gardens
    • Attendance: 25
  • Evaluation
    • 6-12-15
      • Attendance: 45
      • Feedback/Connections: Lots of sign-ups for summer reading.
      • Notes: I should have expected a bigger group - Pattie always draws a crowd. This was a little hectic and it was just as well that it was raining and we had to skip the outdoor portion, because I don't feel there was enough adult supervision to keep the little ones safe outside. It was very nice overall and we got to see lots of new kids. It was mostly preschool-age, which was great because that's my best age.
Storytime: 10-10:30
I started with shakers and Laurie Berkner's "Fruit Salad Salsa" then we read Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn Galbraith (edited for the younger audience) then we did "The Enormous Carrot" which was super popular and finished with Looking Closely in the Garden by Frank Serafini.

Craft time: 10:30-11:30
Pattie did stepping stones. Messy, but fun

Picnic/Outdoor time: 11-12
People were supposed to go outdoors, help us plant the gardens, and eat under the tree. It was raining and this didn't happen.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Display: Super Reads for Super Animals

Jess's awesome display skillz strike again. This is mostly nonfiction about animals with cool abilities.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Activity Table: Create a superhero mask!

A volunteer die cut butterfly masks (I have a custom die cut) and then Jess trimmed a lot of them down into different shapes and hole punched them. Quite a few kids have made masks already! We used up some cardstock that's printed on one side and I've been recycling forever, so that was good too.

Take Home Storytime: Babies

  • 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 Summer 2015
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: Baby Animals

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

TALK about babies. Do you have a baby at your house? Do you know someone with a baby? What do babies do that is the same and different as big kids? How about baby animals?

Get ready to WRITE by drawing patterns on your scratch art boards with your popsicle stick

SING together. If your children are older, see if they recall some of the songs and lullabies you sang when they were small. Try out some new songs by checking out our children's music cds or looking for song books in the FUN/MUSIC neighborhood.

PLAY a rhyming game; this will help build phonological awareness. You can play rhyming games when you're walking outside, visiting the grocery store, or around the house. Name an object and help your child find a word that rhymes!

READ some of these stories about babies (find more in the OURSELVES/FAMILY and ANIMALS neighborhoods)

Lucky ducklings by Eva Moore
Dolphin baby by Nicola Davies
One special day by Lola Schaefer
What happens next by Nicola Davies

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, 723-2678 ext. 14

Take Home Storytime: Under the Sea


  • 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 Summer 2015
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: Under the Sea

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

TALK about oceans. Nonfiction books are great for building vocabulary. Look in the ANIMALS/OCEANS neighborhood for books with numbers on the spine to find nonfiction about oceans. Try to explain unfamiliar words instead of replacing them with familiar, easy words.

Get ready to WRITE by coloring your dolphins.

SING some ocean songs. Try some old favorites like "The wheels on the bus" with new words - how about "the animals under the ocean"?

PLAY with your dolphin puppets. After you have colored them, tape them to the popsicle sticks and put on a puppet show!

READ some of these stories about oceans (find more in the ANIMALS/OCEANS neighborhood)

Shark and Lobster's amazing undersea adventure by Viviane Schwarz
About habitats: Oceans by Cathryn Sill
I'm a shark by Bob Shea

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, 723-2678 ext. 14

Friday, May 29, 2015

Middle School Madness: Guess the Superhero

 After I finished reorganizing the teen area, we now have a shelf area devoted to our stealth programs. We kept the coloring pages, because they were so popular. Jess added a "Guess the superhero" game this week.

Display: Heroes of the Ancient World

This is just the empty half of our new nonfiction display shelf. I haven't bought enough new nonfiction to fill it and I had an Olympians poster. Jess laminated it and added a sign and voila.