Saturday, December 10, 2016

Santa's Kitchen

Aide and volunteer set up the sink
  •  Program Goals
    • Offer a community holiday program
    • Offer a weekend program to finish off the programming season
    • Encourage new families to visit the library and connect
I was sure I'd written this program up earlier than 2013, but either I lost it when I transferred to this new blog or I just dreamed that I did. That happens to me a lot - I'm very productive in my dreams. This is our traditional end of year holiday program. I do it on the 2nd Saturday in December and it usually marks the end of our programming for the year. I've been doing it for quite a while - in 2010 we did gingerbread houses (hugely popular but a massive time sink) and then starting in 2011 we switched to cookie decorating. I added ornaments in 2012 and I used to do fancy wire stars but now that I have a big ornament program the Thursday before we just do pipecleaners.

Project: Ornaments
  • Pipecleaners, beads
  • wrapping station - wrapping paper, tape
Project: Cookie decorating

Supplies
  • 250 plain sugar cookies in holiday shapes and 6 lbs red, green, and white frosting ($100)
  • Cookie decorations - m&ms, sprinkles, chocolate chips ($15)
  • Holiday plates, napkins, and tablecloths (3 yards per table if you're doing wrapping paper)
  • Paper plates, plastic bowls, plastic spoons
Setup
  • Two small tables by the door for cookie serving, sink and trash can behind, window seat at far end for Nutcracker display (chair and piano bench), dancers in lobby (leave far door locked, chair barrier). Tables lined up against wall with bulk for cookies, 3-4 for ornaments.
Evaluation

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lego Club

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity, problem-solving, and math skills
    • Encourage collaboration and a friendly space for kids and parents to interact
    • Offer a program that fits a variety of ages and needs
    • Attendance: 35
Challenges
  • Build a creation with 25 pieces
  • Build a creation from one color
  • Build a vehicle
  • Build a robot
  • Build a city
  • Build a winter vehicle
Lego Club is my longest-running after school club. It's a drop-in program - people can come any time between 3:30 and 5:30 and stay as long as they want. I also put out displays of new materials for kids to check out and flyers for upcoming programs.

I tell kids that it's an "all you can create buffet". They use the plastic bowls to go down the "buffet" and make choices, and then build on the tables. Everyone knows that if it's on the buffet it's fair game, if it's on a table in the rest of the room you have to ask (some of us are still practicing this though)

Legos were provided through donations and supplemented with Pig Money.

During Lego Club I take pictures, admire creations, talk to parents about upcoming programs and whatever is on their minds, settle fights, keep an eye on kids who don't have adult supervision, and sort the Legos. When they are finished building, which can be anywhere from 10 minutes to the full 2 hours, they get their picture taken for the bulletin board and Facebook and put their creation on the "play" table. We don't break them down until they are gone. (I used to put them on display but we had to keep cleaning them up and we ran out of space).


Saturday, December 3, 2016

Scholastic Book Fair

This isn't a program, but I need to record my notes for posterity - and so that when I do it again, three years from now, I can remember everything I forgot about last time I did it...

The Set-Up

  • 5 cases (2 middle grade, 2 preschool, 1 beginning reader)
  • Boxes - extra board books, cookbooks, super value
  • The cases open to form a closed in circle with two of our light white tables against the wall in the middle. We borrow one small round table for the cookbooks and the cash register goes on the study table from the teen area.
  • It takes a day to set up, 1 person unpacking in the morning, one in the afternoon. More people go faster - sometimes. We generally don't decorate, unless you count decorations we cadged from the school's last fair.
The Running
  • Most of our traffic comes from families and grandparents - generally afternoons. Having the fair during a big community event (Santa reception) or program helps a lot.
  • Three days is enough for anyone. Many are willing but even with directions the cash register is confusing to some. Be prepared to clear your schedule and run the fair yourself (especially set-up and take-down). Don't forget change. It takes about an hour to run all the reports etc. afterwards and you still need to pack everything.
The Money
  • Checks are not worth the hassle. Cash is easier - if the amount is small enough you can use a credit card to pay the book fair. Credit cards are the preferred payment method of most.
What people buy
  • People do not like toys - esp. all the junky activity kits and all the little bits of register crap. We have no space for them in our tiny fair, they're easy theft items, and parents get annoyed that the kids fuss and cry when they want them to take books.
  • Paperbacks do the best. Very few people buy expensive hardcovers.
  • Grandparents and parents want more board books (actual board books, not media-tie-ins and novelty books).
  • Teen books don't get purchased. The teens who read have no money.








Thursday, December 1, 2016

Messy Art Club: Holiday Ornaments

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an inexpensive holiday program for families
    • Encourage creativity and using different art styles/materials
    • Help build gross and fine motor skills
    • 30-60 attendance
Project: Ceramic ornaments
I got a deal on these, otherwise to get enough for potentially 50-60 people is too expensive. 

Supplies
  • Ceramic ornaments (60?) (Discount School Supply)
  • Acrylic paint, brushes, aprons, paper plates, wax paper (to dry them on)
Project: Plastic ornaments
You need a lot of these and they are cheap plastic, so get extra! The big bubbles are the best, but people like the other shapes so I try to get some of them as well. Make sure you get the ones that pop open, otherwise kids will just fill them with sequins and nobody has that many sequins.

Supplies
  • Colorations Clear Ornaments (Discount School Supply)
  • Sequins, ribbon, glitter glue
  • glitter, containers to shake it in
  • glue, scissors, tablecloths
Project: Paper chains
If you don't have fancy paper, regular paper and markers works just fine.

Supplies
  • Paper, markers, scissors, tape
Project: Glitter Pinecones
The important thing with this is to have enough big tubs to shake the glitter over and to remind people to tie their strings on FIRST.

Supplies
  • Pinecones, yarn or ribbon
  • Glitter, glue, large plastic tubs

Project: 3-D paper ornaments
You fold the die cuts in half, glue the halves together. You do need symmetrical shapes. You need at least four, but you can add more and make it fancier. It works best if you glue the yarn or ribbon down the middle while/before you add shapes.

Supplies:
  • die cut shapes (Christmas trees, stars, gingerbread men)
  • hole punches, markers, scissors
Evaluation

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Messy Art Club: Recycled Art (3-D Collage)


  • Program Goals: 
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35

  • Project: Monster Boxes
    • Supplies
      • Recycled tissue boxes, egg cartons
      • Bookmark templates (if doing bookmarks)
      • Colored/patterned paper, paper scraps 
      • Decorations (pipe cleaners are very popular)
      • Glue, scissors, tape
    • Instructions and Notes
      • I originally got this idea from a display idea on Keeping up with kids: Monster boxes and I sometimes do Monster bookmarks although those aren't always popular.
  • Project: Bottle Cap Art
    • Supplies
      • Bottle caps (donated, a large box full)
      • Permanent markers
      • Paint; paintbrushes
      • Recycled card stock
      • Glue
      • Tablecloths
    • Instructions and Notes
      • How it works: Kids decorate bottle caps with permanent markers or paint, glue to card stock to create pictures.
  • Project: 3-D Collage Sculptures
    • Supplies:
      • Styrofoam balls from S&S Worldwide
      • pipe cleaners (teacher packs from Discount School Supply)
      • felt scraps, sparkles, yarn, ribbon, foil scraps, wiggly eyes, pom-poms
      • glitter glue, permanent markers
      • glue dots, glue, tacky glue, scissors
      • plastic tablecloths

Evaluation

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Take Home Storytime: Winter holidays (Christmas)

  • 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 December 2016
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: Winter holidays

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

TALK about the books. What characters do you see in the books? What do they do for the holidays? What does your family do for the holidays? How are you the same and different?

Get ready to WRITE by using fine motor skills to decorate your holiday craft.

SING a holiday song or rhyme. Rhyming and clapping rhythms helps children hear the sounds in words, part of phonological awareness. The following rhymes are great for recognizing rhythms and there are several versions online.
  • Five little cookies sitting on a plate
  • Five little snowmen standing in a row
PLAY by decorating the craft in your bag. You can make a Christmas ornament or just something sparkly and fun!

READ together! The following books focus on various aspects of not only Christmas but also seasonal and winter topics.
  • Millie in the snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
  • Who would like a Christmas tree? by Ellen Obed
  • Christmas Wombat by Jackie French
  • Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve by Janet Stoeke
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

Take home storytime: Let it snow


  • 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: 9-1-16
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 it snow!

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

TALK about the books you read together. Look for fiction and nonfiction stories about the snow in the Nature: Seasons neighborhood. Practice narrative stories by retelling the story after you read it.

Get ready to WRITE by drawing on your snowflakes with crayons or markers.

SING along with Kathy Reid-Naiman on her winter CD, "Sing the cold winter away" which includes traditional rhymes and fingerplays as well as holiday songs.

PLAY with your snowflakes. Can you make them whirl like a blizzard? Can you cut out more snowflakes on your own?

READ some of these stories about snow
Waiting for winter by Sebastian Meschenmoscher
Under the snow by Melissa Stewart
Kitten's winter by Eugenie Fernandes
Snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats
Snow day by Komako Sakai
Trudy by Henry Cole

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, November 9, 2016

Outreach Storytime: Folktales

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to folktales
    • Complement school curriculum focusing on folktales
    • Distribute handout to encourage kids to visit the library
Toddlers (*nonfiction)

Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • No dinner by Jessica Souhami
  • Foxy by Jessica Souhami
  • That's good, that's bad by Aliki
  • Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Long Stories (*nonfiction)
  • The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett
  • The great race by Nathan Scott
  • Footprints in the snow by Mei Matsuoka
Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
Cultures introduced
  • Indonesian, Scandinavian, Jewish

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fairy Tale Adventure

Balloon monsters are always popular
  • Program Goals
    • Get people into the library before winter
    • Saturday program for working families
    • Catch leftover enthusiasm of Halloween
    • Encourage families to check out fairy tales
    • Attendance: 50
Enchanted Forest (lobby)
Create wings and masks

Supplies
  • Cardboard wings from Discount School Supply
  • Cardboard and paper masks (die cut)
  • Decorations
  • Large popsicle sticks
  • Regular tape, staples, scissors, glue dots, glue
  • Wipes, paper towels
Deep in the Enchanted Forest (community room)
Half of the community room was set up to make swords (and decorate shields they collected on their journey) the other half was for fighting balloon monsters.

Supplies
  • Pasteboard strips (donated)
  • Duct tape (silver, gold, grey)
  • Balloons, markers
Gingerbread house (storyroom)
This was for puppet and block play with a few extra crafts.

Supplies
  • Die-cut gingerbread people
  • Markers, crayons, glitter glue
  • Pencils (for wands)
  • Ribbon
  • Tape, scissors
Fairy Tale Journey (throughout library)
I created a brand-new Fairy Tale Journey. The "magic jewels" were glitter stickers, rhinestones, and pearl beads. I made the mini treasure boxes out of old vhs cases and the pictures on the top of each box for the clues are here.

Instructions for staff

Photo album of event can be found on the library's Facebook page. (includes pictures of staff and set-up)

Evaluation

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: Building Science

This is something from Minecraft, obviously
  • Program Goals: 
    • Engineering!
    • Encourage kids to plan and think ahead
    • Encourage kids to be creative with a limited selection of items
    • 35 kids and adults in attendance
Project/Experiment: Cardboard Engineering
I usually have a separate project and experiment, but this doesn't lend itself well to that. I had a large board up with instructions for the kids
  1. Think: What are you making?
  2. Plan: Draw a plan! Collect supplies!
  3. Measure = 2, Cut = 1
  4. Build!
Don't have what you need? Didn't work? Back to step 1!

I've also tried cardboard squares for building - it didn't work quite right, but I probably didn't get the squares cut correctly.

Supplies (cardboard engineering)
  • Cardboard (every box for the last month and then some!)
  • Duct tape, packing tape, regular tape
  • Scissors, hole punches, staplers
  • Pencils (I still have about 3500 that were donated)
  • Pencils, scratch paper, rulers
  • Markers and stickers
  • Duct tape. Lots and lots of duct tape
  • Cardboard boxes. Many, many cardboard boxes
  • Lots of little pasteboard sticks (donated)
  • Shape stickers, colored masking tape, yarn
  • Scissors, regular tape, staplers
Project/Experiment: Bridges
  • Cardboard/boxes
  • Books on bridges
  • Popsicle sticks (2 sizes)
  • Yarn
  • Tape (regular, duct tape, packing tape)
  • Scissors (big and small)
  • Glue dots
  • Staplers, hole punches
Experiment: Pendulums
I got the idea from Adventures of a Children's Librarian. It didn't work perfectly, mostly because I had trouble getting the balls attached to the ladder (decided the roof was a bad idea) but the kids really liked it.

Supplies
  • Playground balls, sensory balls, ladders, yarn etc. to hang them with
  • Blocks

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Messy Art Club: Collage

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Supplies
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Construction paper
  • Handmade paper (donated from a patron)
  • Paper and tissue scraps
  • Construction paper
  • Recycled cardstock for bases
  • Old magazines
  • Decorations - feathers, sparkly things
  • Die cuts - precut
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Glue, scissors, tape, staplers, hole punches, pencils
Evaluation

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Outreach Storytime: Autumn

  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce kids to seasons and animal behavior
    • Complement school curriculum focusing on seasons
    • Distribute interactive handout with program marketing
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
  • Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • *Every Autumn comes the bear by Jim Arnosky
  • *Rainy, Sunny, Blowy, Snowy by Jane Brocket
Long Stories (*nonfiction)
  • Round Robin by Jack Kent
  • *Eat like a bear by April Sayre
Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
Vocabulary/Learning Objectives
  • omnivore
  • hibernation
  • migration

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: Food Science

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with food (often crosses with mixing magic/chemical reactions)
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Popcorn Science
Experiment: Candy Science
  • Experiments from Candy Experiments by Loralee Leavitt
    • candy - sour, tootsie-rolls, peeps, etc.
    • baking soda
    • dishes, containers
I had one person handing out pre-measured amounts of candy and the kids could take it to different stations.

Evaluation

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kindergarten Field Trip: We are in a book!

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to the library as a fun place
10-15 Minutes art project
Cut out and glue pieces to make a Piggie puppet. Don't forget to write their name on them! Leave them on the tables to dry.

Supplies
  • Puppet pieces from Thrive After Three
  • Paper bags, glue sticks, markers (write names on puppets)
10-15 Minutes storytime
  • We are in a book by Mo Willems
    • Talk about all the books in the library and how Elephant and Piggie get read again each time they are checked out.
  • We're in the wrong book; This book just ate my dog by Richard Byrne
    • Books from other libraries, how we share between libraries. Reading dog.
  • There are cats in this book; There are no cats in this book by Viviane Schwarz
    • Play in the library, what kind of programs we do
  • Chester's masterpiece by Melanie Watt
Additional Activities

  • Pennies in the wishing well
  • Photo ops with the Pigeon
  • Play area
  • Visit the hamster

Friday, October 7, 2016

Outreach Storytime: The library is fun!

  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce myself to the children and teachers
    • Set expectations and a routine for outreach storytimes
    • Practice following directions
    • Show them that storytime will be fun!
    • Kids receive a Welcome back to school brochure (adapted from another library)
Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
  • Open up, Please! by Silvia Borando
  • Shapes, Reshape! by Silvia Borando
Preschool and Kindergarteners (*Nonfiction)
  • That's Not Bunny! by Chris Barton
  • Warning: Do not open this book by Adam Lehrhaupt
  • Count the monkeys by Mac Barnett
  • My Humongous Hamster goes to school by Lorna Freytag
Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
  • None
Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
  • Opening: The more we get together (kids say names when I point to them)
  • ABC Stop song
  • Loud and Quiet
  • Baby Bear counts one; Baby Bear sees blue by Ashley Wolff (I'm just using letters and numbers right now; would like to make a better flannelboard)
  • Closing: Sunny Day
Vocabulary/Learning Objectives
  • Basics of storytime behavior

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

2nd Grade Community Walk


  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce kids to the library and its role in the community
    • Introduce kids and teachers to the different functions of library staff
    • Give kids and teachers a sense of community ownership of the library
    • Promote school/library cooperation
10-15 Minute Tour
  • Start upstairs at the director’s office
    • The director is the principal of the library. She helps everyone do their jobs, makes sure the library runs smoothly and represents the library to the community.
  • Adult services
    • Mr. Chad and his helpers do all the things for grown-ups that we do for kids - fun programs, new books, helps with computers and visits people who can’t come to the library.
  • Downstairs - Information desk
    • A place for grown-ups to ask questions. Kids can ask questions here too, if there is no one at the children’s desk!
  • Circulation
    • This is where the materials circulate. Circulation staff help keep track of who checks out what, remind you to return your books, put the books away, and answer questions about checking out books, fines, etc.
  • Children’s desk
    • This is where kids can ask questions! If you need help finding something, want a recommendation for a good book, need help with your homework, or want to find out what’s going on for kids in the library. Only Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Jess work here, so if there isn’t someone at the children’s desk you can go ask up front.
  • Technical services
    • Ms. Lindsay is in charge of putting all the information about the books into the computer, so we can find them in the catalog.
    • Ms. Lisa puts the covers on the books and fixes the broken books.
    • MAGIC TAPE
    • Discussion of where new materials (and the money for them) comes from
  • Back to circulation - go through the work room to Storyroom
10-15 Minute Craft and Storytime
  • Storytime
  • Decorate people who are important in the community. Kids leave people to be put up on the wall. Try to discourage ninjas. There are no ninjas in Elkhorn and if there were they would not be an important part of the community.
  • Books
    • The Fox in the library by Pauli (change the sentence about only checking out 10 books)
    • The Book that eats people by Perry
    • Backup books - Chester trilogy by Watt and Cats by Schwarz (in professional collection)
  • Supplies
    • die cut gingerbread people (large)
    • markers

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: Mixing Magic

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Bubbles
  • Supplies
    • Different kinds of dish soap
    • glycerine
    • hose
    • bubble wands
    • bowls, eye droppers, spoons
    • big flat tupperwares
    • bubble solution
Experiment: Blobs in a Bottle
Experiment: Baking soda mini-volcanoes
  • Recipe:
    • (dough) 6 cups flour, 2 cups salt, 4 tblsp oil, 2 cups water
    • fill bottle with warm water and food coloring, add a few drops of soap
    • add 2 tblsp baking soda
    • pour in vinegar
  • Supplies
    • flour, salt, oil
    • baking soda, vinegar
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • plastic container (large water bottles)
    • plastic tablecloths, swimming pools
Project: Classic Easy Goo
  • Recipe: 
    • 1 tsp borax, 1/2 cup hot water (mixed)
    • 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 cup water, food coloring (mixed)
    • Pour borax solution into glue solution and stir then work with hands until all the water is worked out.
  • Supplies
    • borax
    • glue
    • food coloring
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • bowls
    • paper towels and plastic tablecloths
    • ziplock bags
  • Polka Dot Slime
  • Color-changing slime
Experiment: Liquid Rainbows
  • Corn syrup, blue dish soap, oil, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, water
  • Large bottles
  • Eyedroppers
  • plastic tablecloths
Extra projects
Many of these can only have a few kids at a time working on them, so I have other art materials out. They can create a volcano with books on display, do sticker art, or draw and write about their experiments.
  • Handmade paper (donated)
  • Recycled cardstock
  • Stickers and colored tape
  • Markers, glue, scissors, staples, tape
  • Sidewalk chalk (for outside programs)
Ideas to add
  • giant's toothpaste/elephant's toothpaste
  • https://artfulparent.com/2017/03/rainbow-fluffy-slime-recipe.html

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Toddler Substitute Storytime: Dinosaurs


  • Program Goals
    • No children crying because I am not Ms. Pattie
    • Everyone has fun
    • Dinosaurs because why not?
Books
  • Dinosaur parade by Shari Halpern
  • I'm Bad! by Kate McMullan
  • Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson
  • Dino Chomp! by Beatrice Costamagna
Movement/Activity

Craft: Rainbow dinosaurs
  • die-cut cardboard dinosaurs
  • bleeding art tissue
  • water cups and paint brushes
Evaluation


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Messy Art Club: Painting and all the variations thereof

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Basic Painting Supplies
  • Finger Paint
    • Large popsicle sticks
    • Paper plates as palettes
  • Regular paint cups
  • Paint brushes, paper
  • Wipes, paper towels, sink
  • Plastic tablecloths, aprons
Notes: Be sure to save one table for finished creations, be vigilant for spills, and encourage the kids to think outside the box. I don't usually wash out the brushes but just toss them because life is too short.

Evaluation and specific painting programs

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

First Grade Let's Read!

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to the library
    • Give them something to take back home and interest parents in the library
    • Make the library a fun destination
Introduction 5 minutes
  • I take about five minutes to introduce myself to the kids, tell them how the game works (they have to stay in the lower library) and remind them not to run and yell. Kids and teachers help hand out the bingo sheets and everyone gets a crayon from the bucket.
Bingo Scavenger Hunt 10-15 minutes
  • This is basically my photo tour for the younger kids but with no tour. I took a whole bunch of pictures and then just scrambled them. You can see the original game boards here. I had a whole bunch of stickers at the youth services desk and as they completed rows (more or less) they got to pick a sticker.
Storytime 10-15 minutes
  • I sat all the kids down in the open area in front of the youth services desk and told them they could draw on the backs of their bingo sheets while they listened to the story. We read A Library Book for Bear by Bonnie Baker and then The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara.
Wishing Well and Goodbye
  • The kids trade their crayon for a penny for the wishing well in the lobby and everyone says goodbye! They take their bingo sheets home.
Evaluation

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Big Splash

  • Program Goals
    • End of summer party
    • Quick and easy program
    • Attendance: 35
Supplies
  • Paint
    • fingerpaint, paint tubs, paint brushes, paper
    • tablecloths, wipes, paper towels, cleaning spray
  • Outdoor activities
    • hose, sprinkler, pools, tubs
    • Balloons, bubble wands, bubble solution, balls for the pools
    • Popsicles, cooler, scissors
Evaluation
  • 7-30-16
    • Attendance: 16
    • Notes: Summer reading didn't end today and this summer has been slow so I ran this with my two aides. They did all the set up and clean up (and threw most of the water balloons at each other, I think...)
  • 8-1-15
    • Attendance: 65
    • Feedback/Connections: Parents, especially of little ones, really love this program. It's very laid back and casual and the gentle sprinkler and small pools are perfect for this age group with the paint as an afterwards/rainy weather activity
    • Notes: I always underestimate the amount of staff I need for this. Note to self -need FOUR staff - one to handle summer reading, one to supervise outside, one to supervise inside, and one to move around between the three spots. Also, next year I need something to fill water balloons more quickly and easily!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Maker Workshop: Brushbots

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • Brushbot kits (15) (purchased from easybotics.com)
  • AAA batteries
  • stickers
Resources and Display Titles
I did not put anything out.

Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to create a mini robot and learn some basic electronic skills along the way! Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use required materials with minimal supervision (sharp pliers, wire, batteries)
Introduction
I reminded everyone of the "tools vs toys" rule and then they got started. I printed out instructions and suggestions for games etc. from the website.

Evaluation
  • 7-22-16
    • Attendance: 12
    • Notes: I felt very "meh" about this one, but it turned out really well. The kids loved it and we had extras (which was good b/c a couple motors died). Next year I'll buy the brushbot kits from Maker Shed when they're in stock and pre-strip the wires.

Field Trip: Explore Elkhorn

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to the library, from the past to the present
  • Tour
    • We started in the oldest part of the library and talked about the history and the way the library used to be. We looked at the geneaology room, the basement, and the cabinet of old books.
    • Next, we looked at the first addition (upstairs). We saw where parts of the outer wall became the inner wall, we looked at the microfilm machine, and we looked at the Christmas Card paintings.
    • Finally, we looked at the newest part of the building, including the children's area. We talked about how the library cataloges and processes materials, how we have many different kinds of materials
  • Scavenger Hunt/Guessing Game
  • Past, Present, and Future library books
    • I folded 9x18 sheets of construction paper and wrote on the front "the library today" inside "the library tomorrow" and on the back "the library yesterday". The kids wrote or drew on the pages.
  • The kids got to explore the library and hang out
Evaluation
  • 7-22-16 (3rd and 4th grade)
    • Notes: Only half the kids ended up coming - they had fun though and were definitely challenged by the guessing game!
  • 7-1-16 (1st and 2nd grade)
    • Notes: I did not do a scavenger hunt with this group

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: What floats, what flies

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage kids to think about how and why things float and fly
    • Encourage creative thinking and problem solving
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Making Boats
  • Styrofoam plates and bowls
  • Ribbon, straws
  • Paper, foil, wax paper, tape, markers
Project: Making paper airplanes
  • Paper
  • Rulers, pencils, scissors
  • Tape, Foil, wax paper, rubber bands, popsicle sticks
  • Ladder and masking tape for the floor
  • Paper airplane books

Baby Crafting

  • Program Goals
    • Give parents some simple crafts they could do for their babies
    • Substitute for Ms. Pattie
I have learned the hard way that it's really pointless to substitute for Ms. Pattie's baby storytime/playgroup. The babies get upset at a stranger and I'm not really a baby person - it's something you have to build up over time and repeated programs. So, I came up with an idea to do baby crafting! We put out all the toys for the babies (and toddlers) to play with and had two projects for the moms to work on.
  • Discovery Bottles
    • Recycled sturdy plastic bottles (cleaned)
    • Bells, sparkles, and misc. items
    • Duct tape and funnels
The caregivers, with or without their kids, could put things in the bottles and then duct tape the lids shut. Done.
  • Texture books
    • Shirt cardboard cut into squares and hole-punched
    • Fabric with a variety of textures
    • Yarn, kitchen shears and strong scissors, wood glue
The caregivers, with or without their kids, glued scraps of textured and colored fabric to the cardboard then tied the squares together into a book. We had originally intended to do blocks, as suggested by Library Bonanza, but we ran into a number of difficulties ranging from "the first thing 90% of these kids will do with blocks is to throw them at each other" to needing the blocks of wood for something else! So we came up with this.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We Explore Favorite Artist Denise Fleming

  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Denise Fleming and her art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills (ripping, painting)
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Decoupage (10-10:15)
We did decoupage as the closest thing to making our own paper that I could think of. The kids ripped up tissue paper and "painted" over it with glue. At 10:15ish, I sing the Storytime Song
  • Supplies
    • Shirt cardboard or thick paper (cardstock)
    • Tissue paper in small pieces
    • Glue, paintbrushes
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I get all the kids more or less sitting down and ask a parent or two to pass out the snack during the first story. Depending on the age of the kids, we'll talk about different aspects of the art, anything from identifying colors and shapes to asking questions about the author's process and materials.
  • Books
    • Beetle Bop
    • Cow who clucked
    • Barnyard Banter
    • In the Tall, Tall Grass
    • Mama cat has three kittens
  • Snack
Art Project Part 2: Paper/Paint (10:40-11)
I had a lot of handmade paper that was donated and fingerpaint to add. This kind of melted into the previous project (my original idea had been for them to take that one home to dry) so a lot of glue and tissue paper was added to this. It's all good!
  • Supplies
    • Handmade paper
    • Fingerpaint
    • Shirt cardboard or cardstock
    • Glue, paper towels, paper plates.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Toddler Substitute Storytime: Farm

  • Program Goals
    • No children crying because I am not Ms. Pattie
    • Everyone has fun
    • Farms because it's Farm Technology Week
Books
  • Simms Taback's Farm Animals
  • Peekaboo! On the farm by Cocorette
  • The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
  • This little chick by John Lawrence
  • Cows to the rescue by John Himmelman
  • Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Movement/Activity
  • Die-cut farm shapes
  • Paper plates with a slit precut to put the puppets through
  • Crayons, popsicle sticks, tape
Evaluation
  • 7-19-16
    • 10am: 40
    • 11am: 15
    • Notes: Hot and sweaty but everyone had fun

Friday, July 15, 2016

Maker Workshop: Suminagashi (ink marbling)

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
Resources and Display Titles
I forgot to put out any display titles, but this was so messy that it was just as well! I did give information to several people on where to get the inks and printed instructions to a Deaf family.
The best instructions I found here at Inner Child Fun

Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to experiment with ink marbling and create beautiful marbled paper. This will be messy so wear old clothes! Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Sufficient motor control to manipulate ink and lift paper in and out of a tub
Introduction
I reminded everyone that this was messy and gave some basic instructions, emphasizing using small dots of ink and not dumping it in.

Evaluation

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

We Explore Favorite Artist Michael Hall

  • Program Goals
    • Show children and caregivers different art techniques
    • Introduce children and caregivers to new authors and new perspectives on favorite authors
    • Provide a flexible program that is open to a variety of ages and needs
    • Introduce shapes and colors
    • Introduce using a ruler
    • Practice rhyming (early literacy skill)
    • 20 children and adults in attendance
Art Project Part 1: Drawing and making shapes (10-10:15)
  • I told the kids to draw colorful pictures, flip them over, and use the ruler etc. to draw shapes on the back.
  • Supplies
    • Construction paper
    • Pencils, markers
    • Rulers, bowls, cups
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
  • Books
    • Perfect Square
    • My heart is like a zoo
    • Frankencrayon
    • Red
    • It's an orange aardvark
    • Cat tale
  • Snack
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:40-11)
  • The kids cut up (or ripped) their paper and glued them to the paper
  • Supplies
    • White construction paper (9x18)
    • Glue
Evaluation

Friday, July 8, 2016

Maker Workshop: Sculpting

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • Sculpey multipacks (5 - had quite a bit left over)
  • paring knives, needles, toothpicks, rolling pins
  • aluminum, paper plates
Resources and Display Titles
  • I grabbed a few adult books and printed out a bunch of pictures from the Sculpey website
  • Instruction sheets for baking (wrote up from back of box and my own experience)
Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to create a variety of clay projects and learn some simple sculpting skills along the way. Kids will be taking their creations home to bake. Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use sharp implements with minimal supervision (paring knife)
Introduction
  • I reminded everyone of the "tools not toys" rule.
  • I told them to plan ahead, demonstrated a couple techniques (mixing the clay) and then circulated and answered questions.
Evaluation

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Toddler Drive-In

  • Program Goals
    • Fun and easy program during off program week.
    • Cute pictures to advertise the library
Supplies
  • Boxes
  • Stickers
  • Paper plates
  • duct tape, masking tape, regular tape
  • scissors
  • Snacks
I had the kids use the stickers, markers and crayons to decorate their boxes and paper plates. The paper plates became both wheels and steering wheels. I gave everyone about 20 - 30 minutes to play with the boxes, and then we all lined up and watched cartoons for about 20 - 30 minutes and had some snacks.

Evaluation

Friday, July 1, 2016

Maker Workshop: Carpentry

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • 5x5 squares of wood, enough for 15 houses, with a hole in one piece
  • Sandpaper
  • Nails
  • Hammers
  • Pencils
  • acrylic paint
Resources and Display Titles
  • I had both woodworking and bird books
Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to create and decorate a simple birdhouse and learn some basic carpentry skills along the way. Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use carpentry implements with minimal supervision (sandpaper, hammer, nails)
Introduction
  • I reminded everyone of the "tools not toys" rule.
  • I told them to think about the kind of bird they wanted to use their house, how they were going to hang it, and whether or not they would use all the pieces.
  • I demonstrated how to safely use a hammer - small taps to get the nail started, hold it close to the head for more control.
Evaluation

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We Explore Favorite Artist Il Sung Na

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Leo Il Sung Na and his art
    • Encourage building motor skills
    • Encourage experimenting with artistic techniques
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Collage and water colors (10-10:15)
I encouraged them to do the watercolors first and then add the paper pieces with small dots of glue.
  • Supplies
    • Watercolor pencils
    • Scrapbooking paper
    • Paintbrushes, scissors, glue, water cups
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug
This is a new artist for this series, but I've used his books in other storytimes before. We ended up talking more about the books than the art specifically - especially habitats and finding animals in the pictures. Several kids were very into discussing patterns though.
  • Books
    • Thingamabob
    • Hide & Seek
    • Welcome Home Bear
    • Opposite Zoo
  • Supplies
    • Fruit Loops
    • Dixie cups and napkins
Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:45-11)
I was able to add Il Sung Na as an artist because he branched out into a new painting technique in Opposite Zoo.
  • Supplies
    • Paint, paper, brushes
Evaluation

Friday, June 24, 2016

Maker Workshop: Beading

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
  • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • Beading tools, scissors
  • Crimps, clasps, wire, beading string, earring pieces
  • Beads
  • Bowls to collect beads
Resources and Display Titles
  • I forgot to write these down - and nobody really looked at them anyways.
Promo:
Kids will have the opportunity to create a variety of beaded projects and learn some basic beading skills along the way. Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use beading implements with minimal supervision (sharp pliers, wire)
  • Ability to thread small beads onto wire.
Introduction
  • I reminded everyone of the "tools not toys" rule.
  • I demonstrated how to make a basic dangly earring with headpins and how to use a crimp to tie off a bracelet or necklace.
  • I also made a short length of crocheted beaded wire and a shark's tooth pendant. I have a sewn bead piece, but I don't know how to do that myself.
Evaluation

Get Ready for Kindergarten (Safety Town)

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kindergarteners to the library
    • Encourage return visits throughout the school year
    • Remind kindergarteners about library safety
Activities (30 minutes each)
  • Storytime with Ms. Pattie
  • Sensory bottles (Makenna)
    • mini water bottles, sparkles etc.
    • funnels, duct tape
  • Lotto Tour
    • Pearl (reading dog/dog safety) is a stop
  • Dance with Toe to Toe Ballet
  • 11-11:30: Snack
Evaluation

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

We Explore Favorite Artist Leo Lionni

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Leo Lionni and his art
    • Encourage building motor skills
    • Encourage experimenting with artistic techniques
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Sponge painting (10-10:15)
  • I bought kitchen sponges, cleaned and dried them, and cut them into shapes. I had paper plates with a little paint on each and paper plates to paint and told them to stick to just one color and stamp lightly, so the sponges didn't get soaked.
  • Supplies
    • Aprons
    • Paper plates
    • Paint (fingerpaint)
    • Sponges cut into shapes
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
  • Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug
  • I start with Leo Lionni's very first book, Little Blue and Little Yellow and we talk about how the colors mix and whether it looked like he made it out of bits of paper or not. When we read Swimmy we talk about how he made the prints and that's like our sponge painting.
  • Books
    • Little Blue and Little Yellow
    • Swimmy
    • Inch by Inch
    • Alphabet Tree
    • Color of his own
    • Frederick
  • Supplies
    • Goldfish crackers
    • Dixie cups and napkins
Art Project Part 2: Torn paper collages (10:45-11)
  • Lionni had lots of different textures of torn paper in his collages and fortunately I have a patron who donates leftover handmade paper! I had the kids tear the paper into little pieces and glue them on to start with, suggesting that they make backgrounds - trees, grass, etc.
  • Supplies
    • Handmade paper
    • Paper scrap and tissue scrap tub
    • Glue
    • 9x18 sheets of white construction paper
Evaluation

Friday, June 17, 2016

Maker Workshop: Sewing

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
  • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • Needles, needle threaders, scissors
  • Embroidery thread, buttons, beads
  • Stuffing, tracing paper, pencils
  • Felt
Resources and Display Titles (by Jane Bull)
  • Crafty Creatures
  • Stitch by Stitch
  • Get Set, Sew
  • Make it
  • Made by Me
  • Crafty Dolls
Promo:
We will be sewing a crafty creature and learning some basic sewing skills along the way. Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. There is no age restriction, but you must have the following skills to attend:

Required skills:

  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use sewing implements with minimal supervision (needles and sharp scissors)
  • Ability to thread a needle (needle threaders will be provided) and knot the end.
Introduction
  • On the chalkboard
    • Tools NOT toys - lecture about needle safety (all needles must be accounted for etc.)
    • Choose a project; what skills do you need? what materials do you need?
    • plan + pin THEN cut + sew
    • Mistakes are OK
    • Sewing is all about patience, planning, and focus
Evaluation

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We Explore Favorite Artist Eric Carle


  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Eric Carle and his art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills (ripping, painting)
    • 20 children and adults in attendance
Art Project Part 1: Painting (10-10:15)
As the kids come in, they get aprons and start painting. I remind everyone to write their names at their spots, not to paint too thickly and pass out paper towels to blot the paintings. I just used a couple colors. Then we blotted them with paper towels and left them to dry. This takes about 15 minutes. I start gathering the kids to the rug for storytime after 15 minutes, but latecomers continue painting.
 
Supplies
  • Paint (red, blue, green) 
  • 8x11 white construction paper 
  • paint brushes, paper towels, aprons 
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
I start with the Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet and book. After this interactive story, I ask the adults to hand out the snack and we read more Eric Carle books. Depending on the audience, I talk about animal sounds, counting, coloring techniques, imagination, texture, etc.

Books
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar (puppet program) 
  • The Very Busy Spider 
  • 1, 2, 3 To the zoo 
  • The artist who painted a blue horse 
  • Hello Red Fox (school age)
Supplies
  • teddy grahams or animal crackers
  • sliced apples
  • Dixie cups and napkins 
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:40-11)
Everyone went back to their paintings and cut them up, then glued them onto the paper to make collages. More paper towels may be needed for things that are not quite dry.

Supplies
  • 8x12 white construction paper 
  • Scissors, Glue 
  • paper towels 
Display: Eric Carle books

Evaluation

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summer Reading: 2016 Edition

I'll be updating this over the next month, especially adding more details about the activity bags.

Every year I tweak summer reading a little more. This year, thanks to a generous donation from our Friends, I was able to give out bags and I used an idea from a conference - labels instead of registration. I also started putting together activity packs for prizes - my hope is to eventually completely replace food coupons. I also split the programs in two (passes halfway through and a book at the end) and expanded the younger kids program to include 3s and 4s. I have basic instructions for any staff who need to refer to something.

Ready, Set, Read
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read
  • Ages 5-12
  • Bags (I printed labels with the schools on them and counted those instead of bags)
  • Kids can choose a prize at registration (prizes donated by a local artist - bookmarks etc.)
  • Halfway prize - passes to local attractions
    • Old World Wisconsin
    • Milwaukee Museum and Planetarium
    • Country Springs Water Park (bogo)
    • MKE Wave
  • July/August reading calendar
  • Free book as final prize
Both of these programs get the same incentives. Every five days that are marked off (reading or literacy activities) they get a sticker. Every week they visit the library they get a "surprise". They can accumulate stickers but not weekly surprises. I call them surprises so that I don't have to plan them in advance!
Teens
  • 6th grade and up
  • Bags (I did have teens register so I could match them up with names when they won)
  • Teens can choose a prize at registration (prizes donated by a local artist - bookmarks etc.)
  • Teens put their checkout receipts (or a small form) into a box and I draw names from it each week. Their prizes are books and candy bars.
Summer Reading Outreach
Resources

Friday, June 10, 2016

Library Camp-Out

  • Program Goals
    • Kick off summer with a casual and fun program
    • Promote the library as a community destination
    • Attendance: 20
6:30-6:45
  • Welcome everyone, pass out snacks (marshmallows, teddy grahams, chocolate chips in cups), get settled in Storyroom
6:45 to 7:15
Start in Storyroom with creepy stories from mild on up
    • Squeaky door
    • Creepy carrots
    • Monster and the tailor
    • Book that eats people
    • Haunted hamburger
    • Curse of the campfire weenies
    • Half-Minute Horrors
7:15-7:45
  • Kids and families move out as the stories get too scary. Aide helps them check out, sign up for summer reading, they can also run around the library.
Evaluation

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Field Trips, School Visits, and Outreach

Most popular book at every school visit,
with every grade. I kid you not!
This is a record for posterity and my own peace of mind, organizing all my school visits. I don't post this until after the visits, so I'm not making a record of which classes are visiting me when for the perusal of the internets.
  • May 26, Thursday
    • West Side, 2nd grade, 3 classes, 67 kids (1-2:45)
      • Tour w/Jess (2nd grade community walk tour)
      • Scavenger Hunt
      • Summer preview and storytime (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • Read-Aloud
          • Mother Bruce
          • Hoot Owl
          • Frog on a Log
        • Nonfiction
          • Koala Hospital
          • Glow
          • Free spirit doodles
        • Chapter books
          • MVP: Gold Medal Mess
          • Fluffy strikes back
          • Stick Cat
          • Race the Wild
          • Haunted Library
          • West Meadows Detectives
          • Great Pet Escape
          • Hamster Princess of Mice and Magic
          • Sofia Martinez my family adventure
          • My pet human
          • Princess in Black and the hungry bunny horde
          • Olive and Beatrix
          • Stinky Cecil
          • Scary Tales
          • Mr. Ball An Egg-celent adventure
          • Kit-Kit-Kittens
          • Head lice
          • Dino-Mike
          • My life in pictures
      • We did our regular community friends - gingerbread people - craft, but I let them take them home instead of putting them up in the library.
  • May 27, Friday
    • Tibbets, 2nd grade, 3 classes, 52 kids (12-1:30)
      • Tour (2nd grade community walk tour)
      • Library cards (pre-signed)
      • Summer preview and storytime (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • see above
      • We did our regular community friends - gingerbread people - craft, but I let them take them home instead of putting them up in the library.
  • May 31, Tuesday (off-site at West Side)
    • Summer preview and storytime/booktalking (flyers handed out to teachers)
      • samples of summer materials, promote programs, remind teachers of library resources
    • 1st grade, (8:45-9:15)
      • use 2nd grade list
    • 4th grade (9:40-10:10)
      • Use 3rd grade and add
        • Gorillas up close
        • Alabaster Shadows
        • Courageous princess
        • Terrors from the deep
        • Extreme planet
        • Alamo All-Stars
        • Wishing day
    • 5th grade (10:15-10:40)
      • Use 4th grade and add
        • Slacker
        • Awkward
        • Worst night ever
        • Jewelry tips and tricks
        • Get a job making stuff to sell
        • Nail Care
        • Guts and Glory: Vikings
        • Rutabaga adventure chef
        • To kick a corpse
        • Infestation
    • Kindergarten (11:15-11:45)
      • additional read-alouds
        • I will chomp you!
        • Land shark
  • June 1, Wednesday
    • West Side, 3rd grade, 2 classes (9:30-11)
      • Tour w/Jess
      • Scavenger Hunt
      • Browsing and checkout
      • Butterfly (superhero) masks
      • Summer preview and booktalks (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • Use 2nd grade list and add
          • Trouble with ants
          • FukuFuku
          • Emily Feather
          • Magical animal adoption agency
          • Cici a fairy's tale
          • Science Comics: Dinosaurs
          • Living fossils
          • Mission Mumbai
          • Save me a seat
  • June 1, Wednesday (off-site at Tibbets)
    • Summer preview and storytime/booktalking (flyers handed out to teachers)
      • samples of summer materials, promote programs, remind teachers of library resources
    • 20 minutes per grade, use lists from earlier visits
      • 1st grade
      • 4th grade
      • 5th grade
      • Kindergarten
      • 3rd grade
  • June 2, Thursday (off-site at Jackson)
    • Summer preview and storytime/booktalking (flyers handed out to teachers)
      • samples of summer materials, promote programs, remind teachers of library resources
    • Half an hour per grade, use lists from earlier visits
      • 2nd grade
      • 3rd grade
      • Kindergarten
      • 1st grade
      • 4th grade
      • 5th grade
  • June 7, Tuesday
    • West Side, 3rd grade, 2 classes (9:30-11)
      • Tour
      • Scavenger Hunt
      • Browsing and checkout
      • Butterfly (superhero) masks
      • Summer preview and booktalks (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • Use 2nd grade list and add
          • Trouble with ants
          • FukuFuku
          • Emily Feather
          • Magical animal adoption agency
          • Cici a fairy's tale
  • June 7, Tuesday
    • OPtions (homeschool/charter school)
      • I gave a brief talk to the younger group (preschool/2nd grade) and the older group (3rd/5th). I had a selection of books for them to look at, check out, and summer reading materials. This was about 30-40 kids total. I was a bit burned out by this point.
  • June 8, Wednesday
    • Middle School (Gold Team 6th grade, 7th grade lunch)
      • I did a brief, 20 minute talk to 6th grade and then passed out fine-free coupons and let them look at the books. Meanwhile, Jess set up in the cafeteria and handed out fine-free coupons. We had our tablet to check out books to the 7th graders, but nobody had brought a card. Next year they might have a better idea we're coming though!
      • These are (most) of the books we brought, listed on Pinterest. Mainly the 6th grade titles, because those I booktalk.
  • June 9, Thursday
    • Middle School (Trailblazer Team 6th grade, 7th grade lunch, 8th grade lunch)
      • Same thing again, except we'd already seen these 7th graders. 8th graders were really uninterested, but I walked some books around to the tables and got a few sparks of interest.