Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Middle School Madness: Paint

  • Program Goals
    • Reach middle school students
    • Build relationships with after school center
    • Circulate materials
The last time I visited they requested a painting project. I had a bunch of mini pots I'd purchased with no clear idea in mind and figured this would work for them.

Supplies
  • mini pots
  • acrylic paint, brushes
  • paper plates, tablecloth, paper towels

Evaluation

Monday, February 1, 2016

Take Home Storytime: ABCs


  • 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 Winter 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: ABCs

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

TALK about the ABCs. What letters do you see in the books? What sounds do they make?

Get ready to WRITE by tracing the paper letters in your take home bag with your finger.

SING the ABC stop song - this is a great way to not only teach the abcs but also get kids to focus on listening for directions. Also, it's fun! (http://tinyurl.com/jtcdfbz)

Make letter cards to PLAY with. Glue your letter to one side of the card and draw a picture of something that starts with the letter on the other side.

READ together! Letter knowledge includes numbers as well as letters. Try some of these fun alphabet and counting books. You can find more concept books in the picture book area by looking for the yellow concept sticker.

  • Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff
  • Caveman: A B.C. story by Janee Trasler
  • Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
  • 10 Hungry rabbits by Anita Lobel
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: Penguins


  • 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 winter 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: Penguins

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

TALK about penguins. How are they different from other birds? How are they the same?

Get ready to WRITE by decorating your penguin pieces and gluing them together. Make up a story about your penguin and write it on the back!

SING a song of penguins! Try singing to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it" and make up your own motions.
I am Mr. Penguin, Penguin white and black
I have flippers, flippers, flippers that I flap
When I walk I waddle, waddle, When I talk I bobble, bobble
I am Mr. Penguin, Penguin, white and black

PLAY with your penguin pieces before gluing them together. What shapes do you see? What different pictures can you make?

READ fun books! Letting your child choose books will help build print motivation, the enjoyment of books and reading. You can find books about penguins and other birds in the ANIMALS/BIRDS neighborhood (yellow stickers)

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

I Spy Aquarium

February 2016
This was a hard one to get a picture of!

Winter Theme, January 2015

Winter Holidays by Jess, December 2015

Created by Jess, October 2015, Fall Camouflage



Updated April 2015! We have a new list for marking off the items that includes both pictures and words and a sticker reward. The response was HUGE. We went from less than 20 to over 100 participants in a month. The kids were much more enthusiastic about the stickers than expected and I had to put stickers at the other desks, since they were enthusiastic enough to trek up to the circ and information desks and ask for their sticker.

I started this in the summer of 2014. My aide put together the first one, then a volunteer, then I turned it over to my new associate, who does amazing work. We count participation by the number of lists used, although a lot more people look at and talk about it than use the lists.

Created by Jess, School Display, August 2015




Created by Jess, Under the Sea theme for April 2015


Created by Jess. March 2015

Created by a volunteer. Winter 2014

Created by a summer aide. Summer 2014