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.