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