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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Reading 2015 Edition

My associate Jess with her Hero Headquarters display at the
The youth services desk
After much research, discussion, argument, gathering of statistics, etc. I finally have our new summer reading program ready. I wanted something that got rid of all the plastic crap, that didn't take up so much time administering, and that made it impossible for anyone to fall into the "library police" trap of having a ton of rules for kids and parents to follow. I also wanted to get away from counting reading (books or time) while still encouraging kids to read daily. The staff primarily wanted some kind of regular small prizes so they didn't get yelled at by parents. This is what we ended up with. Will it work? Only time will tell...

One of the major changes was that people can sign up starting after Memorial Day. Summer reading doesn't specifically start until June 6, but all the people coming in after my school visits will be able to get calendars. We're also going back to registration, for all ages, which will be done by staff on a simple online spreadsheet via Google Drive.

Rubber Ducky Readers
  • Ages 0-3
  • June log (receive a bath squirt when they turn it in in July)
  • July log (receive a board book when they turn it in in August)
  • Adapted from Marge Loch-Wouters' Rubber Ducky Club
  • Funded by Kohls cares for kids and United Way in 2013/2014
  • I would like to make some changes in this program - primarily I'd like to get rid of my very wordy logs and just use the handy early literacy calendars provided by WLA. However, I printed a LOT of logs while I had the $$ so we will be doing this for a few more years. I didn't have to purchase any additional prizes this year as I still had squirts and books left over.
Hard to see, but more stars...

Every Hero Has a Story
  • Ages 3-12
  • Receive a prize when they sign up
    • The competition has begun.
      West Side and Tibbets are
      obviously the schools with
      visiting classes...
    • Prizes donated by a local artist - primarily buttons with popular characters, animals, and also necklaces, bookmarks, etc. She and her staff made over 1,000 items for us!
  • Summer reading calendar
    • They cross off each day they read - no rules on how long or what they read
    • Every five days crossed off they get a sticker (they can add it to the superhero hideout in the children's area, but we're not pushing it)
    • They bring their calendar back in August for a packet of passes (6+) and a free book (as long as they have at least one day crossed off, they get the prize)
    • Every week they visit the library they get a coupon for a treat (so far I have pizza and I'm waiting on ice cream. if we run out there will be tootsie rolls or something)
  • Adapted from a gazillion sources, including suggestions from our adult services librarian who did something similar when she worked in children's services at another library.
Teen Summer Reading Club
  • 6th grade and up
  • Put their checkout receipts or drawing slip into a box. Every week I will draw names to win small prizes, all under $5.
    • Teen prize board. Teens names will be posted on the list
      and on facebook, then they pull off the prize they want. They are
      all numbered, matching the numbered prizes in my office.
    • Prizes right now include candy, fine forgiveness coupons, small gift cards, and books I've saved.
  • Adapted from a discussion on Facebook - I think Teen Librarians, although I don't remember who the original program came from. They had much bigger prizes, but pointed out that we could just do things that fit our budget...
Instructions for staff (not quite done)

Note - if you are borrowing my summer reading materials, which I am happy to lend, please remember that the "every hero" logos and artwork are copyright by CSLP, so if your library doesn't purchase that you will need to change them out.

Donated from a local school. The door opens! We're
going to hang the superhero capes from our toy
bags inside, so the kids can go in and Ta-Da! change
into superheroes a la Superman

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Outreach Storytime: Frogs

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
    • Promote summer reading and programs
  • How will we get to the beach? by Brigitte Luciani
  • The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Kevin Faulkner
  • Big Frog can't fit in by Mo Willems
  • Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira
  • Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley
  • Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson
  • There was an old monkey who swallowed a frog by Jennifer Ward
  • Frog and Fly by Jeff Mack
  • I don't want to be a frog by Dev Petty
Early Literacy Skills/Vocabulary/Concepts: Frog names (vocabulary), anticipation and waiting for the surprise ending, singing.

  • I took die-cut frogs with "Hop into Summer!" written on them
  • I took the summer reading handout - it has summer information on one side and a fine amnesty coupon on the back.
Remote Collections
  • No collections this month - we are using up the accumulation of books over the past few months
May 2015 Notes
  • 13th, 1:30: TLC 4K (Emily)
    • A little disrupted by a kid with a nosebleed, but much enthusiasm for the pop ups and I Don't Want to be a Frog. Which I discovered drives me CRAZY because yes, wolves DO eat frogs!
  • 13th, 2:15: LLL 4K (Jen)
    • They loved How will we get to the beach and several kids had been to the library and seen the baby chicks.
  • 15th, 9: LLL 4K (Tiffany)
    • I had 5 kids stand in a row for "Five green and speckled frogs" and that worked pretty well. The kids got really into telling me what animal they wanted to be for I don't want to be a frog. They also really clicked with the humor in Frog and Fly. This is a smart class!
  • 15th, 9:30: LLL 4K (Jen)
    • It was pretty hot and humid in the end classrooms today, so the kids were a bit more somnolent than usual, but they still participated well and had fun.
  • 15th, 10: LLL 4K (Debbie)
    • A lot of these kids had visited the library, so we had to have a long talk about the chicks and then a shorter storytime because they were practicing for graduation.
  • 21st, 9:30: TLC 4K (Amanda)
    • We had a longer storytime here because I was early. This class has the most library visitors.
  • 21st, 10: TLC 4K (Emily)
    • A subsection was very attentive, but overall rather wiggly.
  • 21st, 10:30: TLC 3s
    • I need to rework what I'm doing in this class, because a lot of the four year olds who aren't doing anything else have started joining us and they tend to take over.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Middle School Madness: Teen coloring

Jess's stealth program for this week was some fun coloring pages and colored pencils. We'll count how many coloring pages are used up.

Chick Central

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to the life cycle of a chicken
    • Bring in non-library users
    • Partner with schools and community
  • Evaluation
    • April 2015
      • I bought a new incubator, after last year's disaster. 3 of our 7 eggs hatched, and our Egg-spert brought in some extra chicks and ducklings for the last week.
This program doesn't have a way to count attendance, but it does bring us a lot of great publicity. Generally, I provide the incubator, my school partners provide the eggs, and local people from the community provide expert assistance and the materials for caring for the chicks for a week or two after they hatch.

We first did this in 2012, I believe. We didn't get the eggs from a good source and the few that hatched were...deformed. The borrowed incubators also did not work well (the duck eggs didn't hatch at all). In 2013 we bought our own incubator, but didn't find out until too late that the thermometer was unreliable. 2014 was going to be The Year and things were going well...until we accidentally flipped the incubator and Tragedy Ensued. This year I have a new incubator and we have high hopes!
The whole crew from 2015

These are from the first hatching

School partner, Pattie Woods

Community partner, Virgil Wuttke (the eggspert)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Middle School Madness: Puzzling

The next stealth program Jess is trying for the middle school is a puzzle. I have a lot that I'm done with, so I brought one in. So far, quite a few kids have worked on it and it's only spilled once!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Middle School Madness: Duct Tape Designs

We're having problems trying to get middle schoolers to attend middle school madness, now that we no longer have much teen space left. So Jess is trying them as stealth programs. This is the duct tape one she set up. She left it up for a couple days and just kept an eye on it - about 5 kids used it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Preschool Interactive: Spring into ABCs

  • 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 letters
    • Attendance: 15
  • Evaluation
    • 5-6-15
      • Attendance: 6
      • Feedback/Connections
      • Notes: That's it, the last preschool storytime. This program is officially discontinued now. Sad, but inevitable.
    • 3-13-13: We had a long discussion about letters (the kids loved it when we said their names with no e's) and we read Fabulous Fishes twice, once repeating, once identifying the fishes. So, we didn't have time for the frog book and song, but the kids loved the sand art.
    • 2-29-12: I just can't win with the weather. Several kids pointed out "it's not snowing!" when I taught them the snow rhyme. E-mergency worked better than I had expected, we talked about what our names would sound like with no E. I read I Spy with my little eye by Edward Gibbs instead of doing the goldfish song. Best was the flannelboard/puppet version of I'm the biggest thing in the ocean. Lots of kids made squids with their tape.
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Opening name song: The more we get together

Early Literacy Aside: Letter Knowledge is knowing the same letter can look different, that letters have names and are related to sounds. (Put flannel vowels on board). Identify letters. Who knows what sounds these letters make? What would happen if we lost all the sounds E makes?

Long story: E-mergency by Tom Lichtenheld

Movement/flannelboard: ABC stop song

Nonfiction: Animal ABC by Marcus Pfister

Short stories
Caveman: A B. C. Story by Janee Trasler
Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Fingerpaint

Prep: Paper plates, aprons, fingerpaint, wipes

Kids finger paint on paper plates