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