Friday, March 27, 2015

Annual Spring Break T-Shirt Party

  • Program Goals
    • Signal a program break
    • Bring people into the library
    • Encourage creativity
    • Attendance: 45
  • Evaluation
    • 3-27-15
      • Attendance: 31
      • Feedback/Connections: Several new families and lots of familiar faces. Everyone really enjoyed it and I was excited to see some of my special needs patrons for the first time.
      • Notes: This was the smallest group I've ever had - and it was wonderful. The only drawback was issues with the paint AGAIN. Tops popping off, smaller paint going blurt, very annoying. I need a new paint supplier.
    • 3-24-14
      • Attendance: 44
      • Feedback/Connections: People really appreciated the new, more organized program. It was too chaotic in the past.
      • Notes: Lots of changes. Spring Break was earlier, I had 2 staff assisting (one to run the ironing table, one to fetch and carry), I did not require registration, I had people bring their own t-shirts, I put all the materials on tables at the end with instructional signs, like Messy Art Club, and covered all the tables. I also remembered to dust the shelf tops to put the t-shirts on.
Supplies
  • Fabric Crayons
    • Paper, pencils, tracing paper, permanent markers, stencils, flannelboard books
    • Iron, newspaper, towels
    • Instruction sheets
  • Fabric markers
  • Fabric paint
  • Extra t-shirts
  • Other
    • Tablecloths, wipes, paper towels
Programs from previous years

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Preschool Interactive: Rain Showers

  • 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 weather
    • Attendance: 15
  • Evaluation
    • 3-25-15
      • Attendance: 6
      • Feedback/Connections
      • Notes: Basically nobody came. One kid at 5 minutes past starting time who wasn't in a mood for stories so I just started her on the craft, then was joined later by another, and much later by a third. I don't think the afternoon time is going to work out ultimately.
    • 4-24-13
      • Attendance: 18 people (not counting the visiting preschoolers)
      • Feedback/Connections: I think some of them were annoyed that I had the school there, but it was only 11 kids and they were very well-behaved. 
      • Notes While it's not practical for our space to have 70 people at storytime, it's not practical for my time to consistently have less than 20 and I may have to consider other options next year if our numbers continue to drop. Too many 3s and 4s are going to school now for a morning storytime for this age group to be successful.
    • 5-2-12: I still felt sick, but this went really well. We talked about the weather (thunder and lightning) and the hatching chicks. 
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito
Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

Movement: Rain on the green grass

Early Literacy Aside: This story is about the different places animals live. There are often new words in nonfiction/true books that help build vocabulary.

Nonfiction: When rain falls by Melissa Stewart

Movement: Little Brown Seed/Five little Flowers

Short stories:

  • Waiting out the storm by Joann Macken
  • Boom! Boom! Boom! by Jamie Swenson
  • Rain by Linda Ashman

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Bleeding art tissue paper painting

Prep: Die cut cardboard boats (leftovers from another project), paper plates, bleeding art tissue, paint brushes, water

Kids paint water/rain scenes on and around the boats

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Take Home Storytime: It's Raining!

  • 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 3-21-15
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: It's raining!

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

TALK about the weather. Ask children to observe what they see and help them with words to describe it; cloudy, sunny, rainy, stormy, windy, snowy. Talking with your children is a great way to build vocabulary!

Get ready to WRITE by painting your frog. Lay the bleeding art tissue paper on the frog and "paint" it with water. The painting motions will develop fine motor skills needed for writing later on!

SING along about the rain! Some cds including great rain songs are Caspar Babypants' "This is Fun" and Raffi's "Rise and Shine".

PLAY with your frog! After you've painted him, make him a background - where do frogs like to live? Can you draw a pond for him?

READ some of these stories about rain (find more in the NATURE/WEATHER neighborhood)

Waiting out the storm by Joann Macken
When rain falls by Melissa Stewart
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
Thunder-Boomer by Shutta Crum
My side of the car by Jules Feiffer
Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Display: Teen Graphics

My new associate is amazing at displays. I am not. I've never quite gotten over my personally reservations about things that don't seem "practical" (you will see few if any decorations at my programs), plus I'm generally insanely busy with at least 5 projects in progress and an unlimited to do list, with more projects to work on if I ever get the time. Plus and in addition, I suck at displays. I have no sense of layout or graphics, no art abilities, and....yeah. So my end cap display was the two signs you see below and a print-out of new graphic novels. Taped to the shelf.
However. I can see how displays brighten up and improve the collection, make the area more welcoming, add interest, and are just generally a Good Idea. This was one of the things I wanted my new associate to focus on and she's doing an amazing job. She took my lame-o signs off, covered the shelf with manga, created superhero backgrounds for the letters, and improved my signs with a border. Voila!

We Explore Nature: Eggs

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a program for 4K kids not in school
    • Encourage families to explore outside
    • Learn about eggs
    • Develop early literacy skills
    • Develop motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Evaluation
    • 3-18-15
      • Attendance: 22
      • Connections/Feedback: Several new families and a couple regulars. Very casual.
      • Notes: I was sick and then realized most of my stuff was in my outreach bag, which was in my car, which I'd just left at the auto shop. So I just grabbed some random books and went with it.
    • 4-16-14
      • Attendance: 14
      • Notes: I'm determined to keep this storytime going until I have expanded outreach and have something to replace it. We skipped Chicken-Chasing Queen, which was too long for the age of this group, and spent a lot of time on the oviparous game.
Project 1: Hatching eggs (10-10:15) Kids cut their circle in half, tape the two halves to the paper, and decorate. You can make it like a little pocket or like a lift the flap.

Supplies
  • Die cut birds, circles
  • Paper, tape
  • Markers, crayons
Storytime/Snacktime: (10:15-10:40)
Collect everyone with the Storytime Song, ask parents to pass out snack. I had a number of books about eggs and chickens to read and look at and also the Are you oviparous? game.

Supplies
  • Snack, napkins
Books
  • Chickens to the rescue by John Himmelman
  • This little chick by John Lawrence
  • What will hatch by Jennifer Ward
  • Eggs 123 who will the babies be? by Janet Halfmann
  • Egg is quiet by Dianna Aston
Project 2: Nesting chicks (10:40-11)
I had the kids use glue and yarn to build a "nest" on a paper plate and then glue dots to attach feathers to a large pompom which was their "chick"

Supplies
  • yarn, paper plates, glue
  • jumbo pompoms, wiggly eyes, feathers, glue dots

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Take Home Storytime: For the 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 3-11-15

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: For the birds

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

TALK about words. Point to the words as you read them. Help children recognize repeated letters, like the "b" in "bird".

Get ready to WRITE by coloring your birds.

SING along with the birds! Try out several online resources that let you listen to bird calls. www.allaboutbirds.org is a great resource that includes tips for identifying birds, bird calls, and coloring pages.

PLAY with your birds! Tape them to the ribbons, tape your ribbons to the popsicle stick, and take your birds out flying.

READ some of these stories about birds (look in the ANIMALS neighborhood with the yellow stickers for more bird books)

Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff
About Birds by Cathryn Sill
Make way for ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Birds by Kevin Henkes
Thunder birds by Jim Arnosky

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, March 6, 2015

Display: Award Books

First, as anyone who knows me will be aware, this is NOT my work. When I did an awards bulletin board last year, I basically stapled printed out lists to the board. Zap. Done. I have no taste, patience, or bulletin board style...but this year I have a secret weapon. Her name is Jess and she is my new associate. She has mad bulletin board skillz. I said "award bulletin board! here is a list of awards!" and she Made It So.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Preschool Interactive: For the Birds

  • 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 birds
    • Attendance: 15
  • Evaluation
    • 3-4-15
      • Attendance: 15
      • Feedback/Connections: I'm getting a different group of kids at this storytime, but mostly still too young for an actual preschool storytime. I did finally get a couple actual 4K kids (the main reason I tried this afternoon storytime) today.
      • Notes: I need to either lower my expectations of storytime attendance, offer something for toddlers (which would be redundant, since we already have 3-5 programs for this age group) or switch all my preschool programming to outreach.
    • 6-12-13: Alas how things change...I had only 6 kids aged 3-6, 1 toddler, and 1 baby. Preschool storytime is officially dead. The kids are in school, summer school, outside activities, etc. I don't know what I'm going to do with this program in the fall - my preference would be to bring in kids from the schools, but that may not be possible. 
    • 1-25-12: I was surprised at what a huge hit Blue Chicken was. The kids requested two repeats of flap little birdies. I was worried that Pretty Ladybug would be too long, since we sing for every single number, but we went to 20 and everyone enjoyed it and parents afterwards said they liked doing higher numbers. I think it might have gone better if I'd had something standing up afterwards though. I almost didn't read Loon Baby because some kids were losing interest, but then I pointed out to myself that there were still more than 10 kids listening and they quieted down for the story. 
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Make way for ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Movement: Flap Little Birdies (Hop little bunnies)

Nonfiction: About Birds by Cathryn Sill/Bring on the Birds by Susan Stockdale/Thunder birds by Jim Arnosky

Early Literacy Aside: Print awareness includes numbers as well as letters and we're going to practice recognizing some of our numbers in this next song. I'm going to need your help counting and singing!

Movement/Flannelboard: Pretty Ladybug

Short story: Early bird by Toni Yuly

Short story: Birds by Kevin Henkes

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Fingerpainting

Prep: Paint, paper plates, popsicle sticks, paper, paper towels

Kids paint!

Closing song: Sunny Day

Kids paint

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