Friday, June 16, 2017

Maker Workshop: Sewing

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
Supplies
  • Needles, needle threaders, pins
  • Multiple pairs of sewing 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
  • Let's Sew
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

Four year old kindergarten field trip: Pete the Cat

Tour of the children's area
  • Take kids the long way into and out of the library so it's not a "full" tour but they can see things to pique their interest and bring them back. Can also put pennies in the wishing well afterwards if time allows
Activities
  • Groovy buttons
    • Die-cut circles with holes punched
    • Ribbon
    • Markers
    • Kids decorate their buttons and string them
  • Art book covers
    • Pre-printed book covers "Pete the Cat and His ____ by ____
    • Markers
  • Create art books
    • Construction paper
    • Watercolor pencils
    • Water cups and brushes
    • Stapler
    • Kids draw pictures and brush over them with water, then we staple all the pictures together to make books (use their Pete the Cat art book covers)
Storytime
    • Pete the Cat: I love my white Shoes
    • Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons
    • Pete the Cat rocking in my school shoes
    • Pete the Cat and his magic sunglasses
    • Pete the Cat and the cool cat boogie

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Library on the Go

I've been thinking about how I reach kids over the summer. Do my school visits really make a difference? Would those kids come to the library anyways? How do I reach all the kids whose families don't normally visit the library, who have blocked library cards, who are worried about getting fines or paying for lost materials? Our town proper doesn't have a transportation barrier - you can walk across town in about 30 minutes - but we have outlying townships where kids have no way of getting into town.

So, my solution is to start my own bookmobile/summer outreach. I'm calling it Library on the Go. I got funding from a Dollar General summer reading grant and purchased a large amount of books. I will be visiting one of our low-income housing complexes and summer school (which is at the middle school) alternately over the summer. Kids will have the opportunity to sign up for summer reading (to participate they will still need to visit the library itself) and also to enjoy storytime and crafts.

I chose books that were all under $3.50 and paperbacks. I picked a lot of National Geographic easy readers, Scholastic Branches, I Can Read, and popular series like Ballpark Mysteries, Puppy Place, and I Survived. For this inaugural launch, I picked only easy readers and beginning chapters and only books I already had in the library. I also did not choose any tv tie-ins this time around. Our cataloger put in brief records and barcoded each book. My associate made a logo. Those are the only processing the books received. We put them in our professional collection so other patrons can't place holds on them.

For circulation, I will be scanning the barcodes into a spreadsheet. Each kid can have 2 LotG books. If they return them the next time I come, or drop them off at the library, they can have 1-2 more books. If they don't return them, there are no overdue fines and whatever is still "checked out" at the end of the summer I will write off. I also hope to lend these books to classrooms during the school year. I'm loading all the books into dishpans from Walmart which will be easy to transport and using an ipad and portable scanner.

Storytime Books
  • Princess in black by Shannon Hale
  • Bad Kitty gets a bath by Nick Bruel
  • Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
  • Not quite narwhal by Jessica Sima
  • I don't want to be a frog by Dev Petty
  • Lucy & Company by Marianne Dubuc
Craft Projects
  • Tongue depressor bracelets (saved from a previous program)
  • Nature balls (fill xmas ornaments with natural items)
  • Suncatchers (purchased)
  • Sun shadow art (purchased)
  • Stuffed key chain ornaments (purchased)
  • Paint shapes/biocolor (purchased)
  • Wooden tops (purchased)
Additional supplies
  • stickers, colored tape
  • paint, permanent markers
Schedule
  • June 15th
    • Location: Summer School
    • Project: Tops
    • Numbers: About 25 kids and parents; 37 books checked out; about 10 kids signed up for srp
    • Notes: It was pretty dead until about 11:30 or 12 when all the kids started leaving. It was also extremely hot. I mostly signed up kids, checked out books, and gave out tops. It's not the right venue for  "program" per say. This one I think I'll start a little later. Also, the ipad hates me and is making it difficult to type into the spreadsheet.
  • June 22nd
    • Location
    • Project
    • Notes
  • June 29th
    • Location
    • Project
    • Notes
  • July 13th
    • Location
    • Project
    • Notes
  • July 20th
    • Location
    • Project
    • Notes
  • July 27th
    • Location
    • Project
    • Notes
  • August 10th
    • Location
    • Project
    • Notes
  • August 17th
    • Location
    • Project
    • Notes
  • August 24th
    • Location
    • Project
    • Notes

Field Trip: Explore Elkhorn

  • Program Goals 
    • Introduce kids to the library, from the past to the present 
Tour
  • Start upstairs, in the oldest part of the library.
    • Mary Bray - first librarian
    • Library is over 100 years old
    • Look at the ceiling of the genealogy room
    • Stop by the cabinet of old books and talk about how the things the library has changes (used to just have old books, now we have computers, toys, etc.)
  • Look at the first addition (upstairs)
    • Find the spots where the outer wall become the inner wall (bricks on ramp) and look at the inner windows
    • Look at the microfilm machine
  • Visit basement (optional)
    • Used to be children’s area
    • Floods (this is very exciting)
    • Go out steps through garden
  • Visit the newest part of the building
    • Talk about how the children’s area has changed over the years
    • Talk about the different kinds of materials we have now
    • Visit tech services and talk about how the library catalogs and processes materials.
Past, Present, and Future library books
  • 9x18 sheets of construction paper folded in half
  • On the front “The Library Today”, inside “The Library Tomorrow”, on the back “The Library Yesterday”
  • Kids write or draw about what they’ve seen and imagine for the library

If there’s still time, or while some kids finish their project, explore the children’s area and play.

Messy Art Club: Puppetry

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Felt puppets
  • Purchased kits from Discount School Supply
Project: Sock puppets
  • Recycled and purchased socks
General puppet supplies
  • styrofoam plates, dixie cups, small paper plates
  • paper tubes, popsicle sticks (different sizes)
  • googly eyes, buttons
  • stickers, sparkles
  • rods (purchased from craft store and walmart)
  • yarn, felt
  • handmade paper (donated)
  • permanent markers, fabric markers, regular markers
General Tools
  • Scissors, staplers
  • Hot glue, glue dots, white glue (cardboard for hot glue)
  • Duct tape, packing tape, regular tape

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

Friday, June 9, 2017

Maker Workshop: Clay

  • 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, mini cookie cutters
  • foil, paper plates
  • optional - earrings and other jewelry findings
Resources and Display Titles
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, June 6, 2017

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer Reading Outreach Book Lists

I've really struggled with what, exactly, to do for summer reading previews at the schools. Usually, I do a spiel and then booktalk. The kids like it, the librarians and teachers like it, but I wonder if any kids actually remember anything? Sometimes I get kids coming in asking for the books, which is awesome, but I've been doing this for almost 9 years now and I'm kind of...bored with it. This year I didn't do the usual thing - we sponsored an author visit and I didn't have the usual set up, so I guess now is the time to see if it makes a difference. I'm planning more outreach during the summer and would like to transition to doing individual classes if possible. Or something.

All of these - and more - I've put onto small cards which I'll hand out at outreach programs. They each have a suggested grade level, cover pic, and quick description. We'll see how that goes.


Picture Books (*nonfiction)
  • Be quiet! by Ryan Higgins
  • Great now we've got barbarians
  • Prince Ribbit
  • *Give bees a chance
  • *Anything but ordinary Addie
Easy Readers (*nonfiction)
  • Duck and porcupine
  • Good for nothing button
  • *Ham-Ham-Hamsters
  • *You should meet...
Beginning Chapters (*nonfiction)
  • Ella and Owen
  • Inspector Flytrap
  • Tales of Sasha
  • *Blast Back!
Middle Grade Fiction
  • Amina's voice
  • Cody and the fountain of happiness
  • Mary Bowser and the civil war spy ring
  • Forever or a long long time by Carter
  • Ghost by Reynolds
  • Hamstersaurus Rex
  • Army brats by Daphne Benedis-Grab
  • How to outrun a crocodile when your shoes are untied
Middle Grade Fantasy
  • Fairy wings by E. D. Baker
  • Girl who could not dream
  • Journey across the hidden islands
Middle Grade Graphics (*nonfiction)
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
  • Cici a fairy's tale
  • Real friends by Shannon Hale
  • Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson
  • Amazing Crafty Cat
  • Time museum by Matthew Loux
  • *Science Comics: Bats
Middle Grade Nonfiction (Narrative)
  • Sea otter heroes
  • Beastly brains
  • Lesser spotted animals
  • Behind the Legend: Loch Ness Monster by Erin Peabody
Maker Books
  • Modeling clay with 3 basic shapes
  • Let's Sew
  • Creative kids complete photo guide to crochet

Summer Reading 2017

poster in progress
This year's program continues the theme of simple, easy, and flexible. Thanks to my associate, Jess, who tweaks and creates most of our graphic design and layouts! (If it looks good it's her, if it doesn't it's mine).

Registration
  • Summer reading registration for ages 0-18 begins May 30. They can register in person at the library or online (online registration is just a google form that links to the calendar to print). I record name, age, and school. Grades 6 and up I am tracking library card numbers, just to make sure they all have valid library cards.
  • All ages up to 16 receive a fine amnesty coupon. All ages, 0-18, can get a registration prize (provided by a local artist) if desired. They're mostly bookmarks, pins, buttons, so not suitable for babies.
Reading Logs
  • Ages 0-3 have an activity/reading calendar for June. They get a prize at the end of June (rubber ducky and fizzy bath tablets) and a July activity/reading calendar. At the end of July they get a free book.
  • Grades kindergarten through fifth grade have an activity reading calendar for June. They get a pack of passes, provided by the consortium, at the end of June and a July activity/reading calendar. At the end of July they get a free book.
    • K-5th June calendar
    • K-5th July calendar
    • Passes (while supplies last)
      • Chipotle free kid's meal
      • Pizza Hut (coming)
      • MKE WAVE
      • Milwaukee Public Museum (issues with printing)
      • Country Springs Water Park bogo
      • Old World Wisconsin bogo
      • Milwaukee Bucks bogo (coming)
Weekly Incentives and Program Ethos
Our "prizes" are tied to visiting the library, not reading or other activities. Kids are not required to "complete" their calendars, read every single day, or do every activity. I've evolved this program over the years and it meets all of my summer reading goals which I've created to fit our individual library and community's needs.
  • Program that challenges voracious readers but does not discourage or penalize reluctant or struggling readers
    • The calendar system allows kids and families to set their own reading goals
  • Program that is simple and easy to use for busy families and does not involve a lot of paperwork and library-policing.
    • Some people sign off on their kids' calendars. If they want to do that it's fine, but I do not want to have to question kids like guilty suspects as to whether they read or not.
  • Program that emphasizes reading, not prizes or "stuff" you get
  • Program that encourages library visits, not just racking up reading minutes (or hours) or, again, "stuff".
Each week that the kids visit the library they can get an activity bag. One bag per week. If they miss a week they don't get two bags the next week. I updated and reformatted all the activity bag inserts, which you can see here. Of course, I'd already printed most of them, but now they're ready for next year. I purchased most of the materials for these either from Amazon or Discount School Supply.
  • Week 1: Floating ball
  • Week 2: Balloon rockets
  • Week 3: Texture book
  • Week 4: Beading bag
  • Week 5: Exploding sticks
  • Week 6: Scratch art
  • Week 7: Magnet fishing
  • Week 8: Marshmallow builders
The kids can get stickers for every day - or week - that they read. I'm pretty casual about how many they pick. I've gotten really tired of constantly policing the kids. I have stickers from the dollar store, Walmart, etc. but I also got some great foam stickers from Amazon.
Teens (6th grade and up)
  • Teens register and can pick a sign up prize if desired. Every week they turn in a check out receipt, they get to pick a colored marble which denotes a prize. Prizes are a box of small misc. things, mini candy bars, big candy bars, and books. They can get one prize per week. At the end of summer we'll go through all the collected receipts and choose three grand prize winners for gift cards.
Resources

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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, needs, and abilities
    • 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
  • Build a (Star Wars) space ship
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. There is a display of Lego and related books that can be checked out, as well as 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).

Attendance ranges from 20 to 50. If I'm busy, I will often have my experienced teen aides run Lego Club, just checking in occasionally to see how things are going.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Candy Science

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with food (chemical reactions)
    • Attendance: 35
When kids came in they got to pick up a cup of candy and then took it to the different stations.

Experiment: Sour Candy Bubble Test
  • Supplies
    • sour candy
    • baking soda
    • bowls and warm water
Experiment: Candy Oil Tests
  • Supplies
    • candy - Starbursts, Skittles, Tootsie rolls, or taffy
    • bowls and warm water
    • microwave and plates (optional)
Experiment: Shedding candy skin
  • Supplies
    • candy - jelly beans, dots, tootsie rolls
    • bowls and warm water
Experiment: Candy Colors
  • candy - skittles, lollipops, other color-coated candy
  • bowls and warm water
  • coffee filters, foil
  • glasses with 1/2 inch of water
Resources
  • All experiments were from Loralee Leavitt's Candy Experiments and Candy Experiments 2
  • I made handouts of the different experiments to do on the tables. You can see them here.

Evaluation

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Outreach Storytime: Let's Grow!

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Introduce early literacy to teachers and students
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • Plant the tiny seed by Christie Matheson
    • Watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli
    • *What will grow by Jennifer Ward
    • *Fantastic flowers by Susan Stockdale
    • Go Go Grapes by April Pulley Sayre
  • Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
    • *Up in the garden and down in the dirt by Kate Messner
    • *Plants can't sit still by Rebecca Hirsch
    • Do you know which ones will grow by Susan Shea
  • Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
    • *Planting the wild garden by Kathryn Galbraith
    • *Yucky worms by Vivan French
    • On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mo Willems: Pig Party!

Let's go for a drive!
  • Program Goals
    • Saturday program in spring
    • Celebrate Elephant and Piggie!
Stations
  • Craft: Elephant and Piggie Puppets
    • Create puppets with lunch bags and puppet pieces
    • Supplies
  • Craft: We are in a book
    • Create your own books
    • Supplies
      • Handmade paper, notebook paper
      • Scissors, staples
  • Craft: We are growing!
    • Create your own grass character puppets
    • Supplies
      • Green paper, markers, scissors, popsicle sticks, tape
  • Craft: The Cookie Fiasco
    • Create a cookie
    • Supplies
      • Cardboard circles (die cut)
      • Markers, decorations, glue
  • Game: Can I Play Too?
    • Mark off area
    • Game is to keep a balloon (ball) in the air without using your hands
    • Supplies
      • Balloons
      • Masking tape (to mark floor)
  • Game: Let's go for a drive/Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!
    • Masking tape road lines in lobby - have kids decorate cars and "drive" them in the lobby. Must take turns! At least one person to supervise!
    • Supplies
      • Cardboard boxes, stickers, markers
  • Food
    • I Really Like Slop!
      • cereal to mix and match
      • Supplies
        • Bowls, cups (for scooping), spoons
        • Breakfast cereal
    • Should I share my ice cream?
      • ice cream, bowls, spoons
      • server, napkins, trash can
    • Duckling gets a cookie?!
      • cookies from school, napkins
  • Decoration and Misc.
Evaluation

Friday, March 10, 2017

Outreach Storytime: Chomp! Let's Eat!

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Introduce early literacy to teachers and students
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • Monsters don't eat broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks
    • *Run for your life by Lola Schaefer
    • Cow loves cookies by Karma Wilson
  • Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
    • Poor little guy by Elanna Allen
    • Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
    • Little Red and the very hungry lion by Alex T. Smith
    • One day in the eucalyptus eucalyptus tree by Daniel Bernstrom
    • A Hungry Lion by Lucy Ruth Cummins
    • Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff
  • Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
    • Runaway dinner by Allan Ahlberg
    • *How to swallow a pig by Steve Jenkins
    • I will not eat you by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Balloon Science

  • Program Goals
    • Practice following instructions/directions
    • Practice the scientific method
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Static Electricity
All you need for this is balloons and kids. The kids rub the balloons on their heads, the carpet, or anything else and then see what they stick to.

Experiment: Blowing up balloons with chemistry
The baking soda and vinegar one is easiest - put the baking soda in the balloon and the vinegar/water mixture in the bottle. The sugar and yeast (a couple spoonfuls of each) needs to be shaken and can take about 30 minutes to expand.
  • Supplies
    • Baking soda, vinegar
    • Sugar, yeast
    • Water bottles w/caps, balloons
    • Funnels, tablecloths, wipes, paper towels
Experiment: Spinning Penny
I got this from Steve Spangler Science. Basically you put a penny (or other small object) in a balloon, blow it up, and make it spin. It's all about centrifugal force!
  • Supplies
    • Pennies or other similar sized objects
    • Balloons
Experiment: Balloon parachutes
I really wanted to do some experiments with helium, but left it too late to acquire any. Then my aide pointed out we could just buy some helium balloons. I let the kids experiment with balloon parachutes. I had the kids create balloon baskets with paper and tape, attach them to the balloon with string, and then take turns experimenting by dropping them off the ladder with various items in the basket to see how fast they'd fall.
  • Supplies
    • Balloons, string, paper, tape
    • Objects to weigh down "basket"
    • Ladder

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dr. Seuss Celebration

  • Program Goals
    • Popular program theme
    • Afternoon program for all ages
    • It's traditional
    • Attendance: 35
Set-up
  • For Messy Art program, place tables around the outside of the room for the various crafts. One table by the door holds the Dr. Seuss books.
  • For themed (Saturday) program, tables at the front of the room for cupcakes, movies at the back (circle of chairs around tv), tables at right angles to the walls on the right, tables parallel to walls on the left.
Activity Stations
  • Cat in the Hat: Create a striped Dr. Seuss hat
    • Supplies
      • Paper plates, red and white paper, ribbon/yarn
      • scissors, tape, staplers, hole punch
  • Seuss libs: Fill in the Seuss madlibs
    • Supplies
      • Worksheets with Seuss madlibs
      • Blank paper, markers, pencils
  • Seussimals
    • Supplies
      • Pipe cleaners, Pom poms, beads, buttons
      • glue dots
  • Seuss Masks: Be a Dr. Seuss feathered creature
    • Supplies
      • Paper plate masks (pre-cut)
      • Feathers, markers, yarn/ribbon
      • Glue, scissors
  • McElligott's pool: Decorate and "catch" fish
    • Paper fish (die cut or pre-cut)
    • Handmade paper scraps
    • Yarn/ribbon, popsicle sticks
    • Glue, scissors
Decorations:
  • Movie set up playing Dr. Seuss movies
  • Cupcakes:
    • cupcakes (7 mixes or 100 total), frosting (4-6 tubs), food dye (8 bottles)
    • plates, napkins, (disposable) bowls, popsicle sticks, big spoons for scooping
Evaluation

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Science Does Dough

  • Program Goals
    • Learn how to measure and estimate
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Learn how to follow a recipe
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Soap Foam Dough
I got this from And Next Comes L. I had a little trouble finding enough foaming hand soap and ended up using some antibacterial stuff as well.
  • Large plastic tubs, aprons, baby wipes, sink, paper towels, plastic tablecloths
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Foaming hand soap
  • Corn starch
  • Watercolors
Project: No Bake Playdough
I just grabbed this recipe off the internet here
  • Large plastic tubs, aprons, baby wipes, sink, paper towels, plastic tablecloths
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Flour, oil, salt
  • Food coloring

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Messy Art Club: Paper Projects

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

How it works: Kids cut or rip tissue paper and then tape it across the cut-outs, kind of like iris folding only much simpler. Lots of them like to hang their creations around their necks like necklaces afterwards. I only use markers in the community room b/c they're easier to clean off the tables than crayons.

Supplies:
  • Paper cut-outs (recycling! I save all the paper cut outs from die cutting to use for this but I also cut some from my stash of shirt cardboard. The kids get the die cut shapes to keep as a bonus or we use them later.)
  • Tissue paper
  • Yarn
  • Markers
  • Tape, hole punchers, scissors
Project: Paper Weaving
Supplies
  • Thick pasteboard strips (donated supplies)
  • Construction paper (regular and 9x18)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Tape (regular, packing tape, duct tape), staples, scissors
Other information
Project: Valentines
Supplies:
  • Paper
    • 9x18 purple, pink, red
    • handmade paper (donated by a patron)
    • die cut paper hearts
  • markers, sequins, glitter glue
  • scissors, glue, popsicle sticks (for spreading), sink
Evaluation

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Outreach Storytime: Get up and move!

  • Program Goals 
    • Encourage library visits during the winter
    • Introduce some active books to teachers and students
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
    • All kids received an invitation to the Dr. Seuss party in March.
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • Don't push the button by Bill Cotter
    • *Move! by Steve Jenkins
    • *Guess who, Haiku by Deanna Caswell
  • Preschool & Kindergarteners (*Nonfiction)
    • Mix it up by Herve Tullet
    • It's a tiger by David LaRochelle
    • Stripes the tiger by Jean Leroy
  • Long stories (*Nonfiction)
    • Open very carefully by Nicola O'Byrne
    • The bear who wasn't there by LeUyen Pham
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
  • Previously used titles
    • Use your imagination by Nicola O'Byrne
    • Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby
    • Warning: Do not open this book! by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Please, open this book! by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson
    • *Do you know which ones will grow? by Susan Shea
    • Can you move like an elephant? by Judy Hindley
    • *Who has these feet? by Laura Hulbert
    • Jump by Scott Fischer
    • Honk, Honk, hold tight by Jessica Souhami

Winter Wigglers: Obstacle Course

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an active program during winter
    • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage parents to play with their children
    • Attendance: 20

Supplies
  • Obstacle Course pcs (in file cabinet behind Jennifer’s desk)
  • Masking tape, stickers, easel with poster/instructions
  • Boxes for airfield (use B&T boxes from basement or tech services)
  • Hoops, beanbags, playground balls (basement)
  • Bubble wrap and foam sheets (basement)
  • Blocks from closet
  • Puppets in Storyroom

There are five possible activity areas

  • The Airfield OR Hoops and Beanbags
    • Set-up in open area in front of children’s desk
      • Use the masking tape to make a “runway” on the floor. Kids decorate boxes with stickers and then take turns “flying” their airplanes.
    • OR
    • Set-up in open area in front of children’s desk
      • Lay out the hoops on the floor
      • Optional - add “targets” or a line to stand behind with masking tape
      • Kids jump or throw beanbags into the hoops
  • Obstacle Course
    • Set-up: Lay the obstacle course pieces out in order between the shelves
      • Add a strip of masking tape for the “tightrope”
      • Make sure the jumping dots are lined up
  • Bouncy place
    • Set-up: Ideally integrate it into the obstacle course, put it after the frog or kangaroo bouncing spots. Needs a fairly open area. Lay out the bubble wrap and foam sheets.
  • Soft and Cozy Fun
    • Set-up
      • Put out tub of puppets. Pull curtain across. Remind kids NOT to go behind the curtains. Open puppet theater doors (tops). Lock ONE side of lower doors.
      • You can put out some of the simpler/soft baby toys, but NOT the ball pits.a mistake b/c big kids get into it)
Evaluation

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Outreach - Science Saturday

At the beginning, when everything was
still clean. It didn't last long!
Table 1: Lego Building Club
  • Giant Lego tub
Table 2: Library promotion
  • Osmo
  • 3-D printer items
  • Maker kits, science experiment books
  • Tablet and scanner (to check out)
  • Program calendars
Table 3: Mad Scientists Club

Recipe
  • Mix 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 water, and food coloring
  • Mix 1 tsp of borax and 1 cup of very hot water
  • Pour borax solution into glue solution. Stir until cooled, then work with hands until all the water is worked out
Supplies
  • Glue, borax, food coloring
  • measuring cups, mixing bowls, spoons, pitcher
  • tablecloth, wipes, ziplock bags

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Take Home Storytime: Frogs


  • 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
      • Last used
    • Supplies
      • Brown paper lunchbag
      • Die cut paper circle (white)
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: Frogs

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

TALK about the books. Reading nonfiction helps kids learn specific vocabulary words. Talk about the words you don't know or look them up online or in the dictionary.

Get ready to WRITE by using fine motor skills to make an egg. You will need a piece of paper, tape, and drawing materials.

Color your "egg" (circle) and tape it to the paper on one side. Draw a picture underneath of what's inside the egg. Write a story on the back of what's hatching!

SING a song. "Five green and speckled frogs" is a classic Raffi tune. If you've never listened to Raffi, try some out! He's a classic children's musician with music ranging from the get-up-and-dance to the slow and sweet. Fun for the whole family to sing along!

PLAY like a frog! How far can you hop?

READ together! Did you know children's books have three times more rare words than conversation and 25% more than television? The more rare words a child knows, the easier it will be for them to learn to read when it's time for school and formal education. Read these stories about frogs together and learn some new words!

Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira
Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson
That's mine! by Michael Van Zeveren
I don't want to be a frog by Dev Petty

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, 262-723-9143

Take Home Storytime: Oceans


  • 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
      • Last used
    • Supplies
      • Brown paper lunchbag
      • Bleeding art tissue paper
      • Die cut (white) paper whales
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: Oceans

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

TALK about the books. Some of the books are poetry - how are they different from the storybooks? Read the nonfiction book About Crustaceans and talk about what crustaceans you have seen.

Get ready to WRITE by using fine motor skills to make a rainbow whale

You will need scratch paper (newspaper or paper bags), paintbrush, and water
Instructions - put your whale on the scratch paper. Lay your bleeding art tissue on the whale. "Paint" it with water and watch the colors bleed onto the whale!

SING a song. Take a familiar tune (the wheels on the bus) and change it up. Sing about "the animals in the ocean" or "the fish in the aquarium".

PLAY in the water! Can you float things in a sink or bathtub? Which things sink? Which things float?

READ together! The following books offer many different ways to read about oceans.

In the sea by David Elliott
I'm the biggest thing in the ocean by Kevin Sherry
About Crustaceans by Cathryn Sill
Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan

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, 262-723-9143

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Messy Art Club: Make it stick!

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and using different art styles/materials
    • Help build gross and fine motor skills
    • 35 attendance
Project: Sticker resist
How it works: The kids are supposed to put stickers on the paper, paint with watercolors, then remove the stickers to leave a shape. It never works quite like I want it to - I think I need better paper and/or stickers.

Supplies
  • liquid watercolors
  • paper (need watercolor paper)
  • stickers (still using the shape stickers from 3 years ago!)
  • paint cups, brushes, tablecloths, aprons, paper towels
Resources



Project: Tape art and stickers
How it works: I collected as many different kinds of tape and stickers as I could. I had my aide pre-cut the sticker sheets so nobody would walk off with the whole stack.

Supplies
  • Stickers - geometrical shapes, small glittery stickers, and everything I could find in the cupboard
  • Tape - colored masking tape, colored craft tape (or washi tape)
  • Markers, Paper
Evaluation

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Outreach Storytime: Animals in the snow

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits during the winter
    • Teach kids about animal behavior and other winter phenomena
    • Distribute handout to encourage kids to visit the library
Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
  • Kitten's Winter by Eugenie Fernandes
  • *Who has this tail by Laura Hulbert
  • Into the snow by Yuki Kaneko
Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
  • *Best in snow by April Pulley Sayre
  • *Otters love to play by Jonathan London
  • Arctic White by Danna Smith (did not use)
  • One very big bear by Alice Briere-Haquet
  • *Bear report by Thyra Heder
Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
  • Rabbit's snow dance by Joseph Bruchac
  • Mina's white canvas by Hyeon-Ju Lee
Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
Vocabulary: Hibernation, Migration, Snowflake, Weather

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Raising a Reader

Occasionally I present to adults about reading, literacy, etc. These are those occasions.

1-19-17 MOPs
I talked about 3 words to remember - RELAX, EXAMPLE, and INTERACT. I told moms to relax about their preschoolers not reading, to cut out some time for themselves so kids see them reading, and to focus on interaction in screen time.

I used these books to demonstrate the five early literacy skills - Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play
  • Hoppity Frog by Emma Parish (board book)
  • Blocks by Irene Dickson
  • Sing by Joe Raposo
  • What animals really like by Fiona Robinson
  • Create with Maisy by Lucy Cousins
  • A squiggly story by Andrew Larson
as well as toy bags from the library. I also had event calendars, 1,000 books before kindergarten folders, and handouts with resources.

A Long Time Ago
I was invited to a child development class at the high school to speak about library-as-a-career stuff, choosing books for children, and reading aloud. First time I've ever really been in a high school classroom. It went ok, I even got some kids to laugh at the right spots and some mildly interested questions. I'm putting down what I did because I might go back some time for the earlier child development class and I don't want to start from scratch...this is sort of roughly what I did, although it was a lot more hopping around and not as organized as it looks here.

First, I gave a brief How-I-Became-A-Librarian speech. Next time, I should add in the practicums and experiential work I did, not just the schooling, partly because I think hands on is more useful than academics and partly because I had extra time at the end, so I can!

Then, I started with the very early board books and gave examples of reading books with infants and young toddlers. The boardbooks I used were:
  • eyelikenature: Leaves
  • indestructibles: Flutter! Fly! by Karen Pixton
  • Baby Faces by Margaret Miller
Then I talked about books with more narrative and text for older toddlers, as well as how different books work for different kids.
  • How do dinosaurs love their cats? by Jane Yolen
  • Can YOU make a scary face? by Jan Thomas
I also showed books with a simple storyline and pictures that work well with both toddlers and preschoolers and talked about adapting stories to fit your group.
  • Digby Takes Charge by Caroline Church
  • Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
I talked about what makes a good easy reader, how easy readers are changing (from stuff like Dick and Jane to Toon Books and Mo Willems) and what makes a good beginning chapter book.
  • Pigs make me sneeze by Mo Willems (also used this to show how some easy readers work as read-alouds)
  • Benny and Penny by Geoffrey Hayes
  • Extreme Machines by Christopher Maynard (really, any DK nonfiction reader will work here)
I talked about how important it is to keep reading aloud to kids after they've started reading on their own, how it increases vocabulary and improves comprehension and is just plain fun!
  • Book that eats people by John Perry
  • Chester by Melanie Watt
  • Billy Twitters and his blue whale problem by Mac Barnett
I also did a presentation on using nonfiction as read-alouds and beginning readers and why it's important not to limit kids to fiction.
  • Down down down by Steve Jenkins (this is a great example of using nonfiction with text that's too dense for reading aloud to a pre-1st grade group. It makes a great interactive experience by having the kids guess the names and types of different animals and discussing their behavior)
  • Wolfsnail by Sarah Campbell (I would have taken my galley of Growing Patterns, but I lent it to somebody else...they were duly grossed out by the meat-eating snail and I used this as an example of a nonfiction easy reader that also works as a read-aloud)
  • Forest Explorer by Nic Bishop (I couldn't find Spiders or Frogs or Moths & Butterflies. This one doesn't really work as a read-aloud, but I wanted them to see an author that can be used much the same way I use Steve Jenkins but with photographs)
Extra books I took but didn't use:
  • Busy Penguins by John Schindel (boardbook)
  • Birthday for cow by Jan Thomas (picturebook)
  • Race you to bed by Bob Shea (picturebook)
  • Night Lights by Susan Gal (picturebook)
  • Mitten by Jan Brett (picturebook)
  • Froggy eats out by Jonathan London (picturebook)
  • Dinosaur Hunt by David Catrow (easy reader)
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa (easy reader)
  • About Amphibians by Cathryn Sill (nonfiction picturebook)
  • Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald (picturebook)
  • Pigeon finds a hot dog by Mo Willems (picturebook)
  • Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff (picturebook)
  • Guess Again by Mac Barnett (picturebook)

Mad Scientists Club: Science of Snow

  • Program Goals
    • Learn about snow crystals
    • Learn how to use a microscope
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Snowflakes
Kids made snowflakes (I'd like to add more resources on symmetry and crystals)
  • Paper
  • Scissors
Experiment: Looking at snowflakes
I purchased a microscope for the library and we had plenty of snow. I put my aide in charge of the microscope.

Experiment: Magic puffing snow
I got this from Fun at home with kids. We did not use any coloring, as I expected a lot of it to end up on the floor.
  • Large plastic tubs, baby wipes
  • Ingredients:
    • 3 cups baking soda (break up clumps)
    • 1/4 cup shampoo (mix until completely combined)
    • 5 tblsp water (mix)
  • When you're reading for puffing
    • Sprinkle citric acid over the top and mix until combined. Takes a long time to completely puff up.
Evaluation

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Wigglers: Dance Party

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an active program during winter
    • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage parents to play with their children
    • Attendance: 20
Playlist no. 1
  • Hand out shakers
    • Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner
    • Shakin' Everywhere by Jim Gill
  • Sit Down
    • The Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell (Blue Clouds)
  • Put away shakers and stand up
    • Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
    • Train beat song by the Sugar Free Allstars
    • Loud/Quiet by Caspar Babypants
  • Sit down and hand out strummies
    • Samantha the Butterfly by Fox and Branch
  • Put away strummies and stand up
    • List of Dances by Jim Gill
    • Sneezing song by Jim Gill
  • Hand out shakers again
    • Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner
    • Rattle my rattle by Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Put away shakers
    • Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill
    • Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell
Playlist no. 2
  • As kids come in
    • Good Morning by Stacy Buehler "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Dance around edge of rug
    • Merry-go-round by Elizabeth Mitchell "Little Seed"
  • Dance
    • Fast and Slow by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
  • Sit down
    • Beethoven's Five Finger Play by Jim Gill "Music Play for folks of all stripes"
  • Curl up small to start, follow actions
    • Baby's getting up by Caspar Babypants "This is fun"
  • Balance around edge of rug
    • Balance Beam by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
  • Make a train and move around room, depending on age of kids
    • Little red caboose by Elizabeth Mitchell "Catch the Moon"
  • Stand up and dance, following the instructions (sit down at end)
    • I changed my mind by Jim Gill "Music play for folks of all stripes"
  • Hand out shakers, stay sitting
    • Milkshake song by Anne-Marie Akin "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Shake to the rhythm, pick and eat apples (flannelboard), put away shakers
    • Ten Green Apples by Alan Mills
  • Stand up, do actions and basically jump up and down
    • Drive the firetruck by Rob Newhouse "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Follow actions
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly by Rob Newhouse "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Sit down, hold up fingers
    • Five days old by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
  • Stand up and do animal actions (tell kids to do their favorite animals)
    • Animal inside you by Frances England "Family Tree"
  • Dance and follow actions
    • I really love to dance by Laurie Berkner "Buzz Buzz"
  • Hand out shakers, follow actions
    • Stop and Go by Elizabeth Mitchell "Catch the Moon"
  • Follow actions, sizzle and pop
    • Popcorn calling me by Laurie Berkner "Buzz Buzz"
  • Follow actions
    • Walking, Walking by Anne-Marie Akin "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Dance elegantly
    • Ella the elegant elephant by Caspar Babypants "Hot Dog"
Evaluation

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter Wigglers: Block Party

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an active program during winter
    • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage parents to play with their children
    • Attendance: 20
Supplies
  • Blocks (I plan to slowly grow this collection. I'm especially interested in adding chalkboard blocks, but didn't have time to make them)
    • Vinyl blocks from children's area
    • Wooden, cardboard, and rubberwood blocks from Discount School Supply
    • Duplos and duplo tables
  • Other play materials
    • Chalk for the chalkboard wall
Setup
  • I moved all the tables to the back of the room and put on Elizabeth Mitchell or other calm music. There is an easel at the front of the room with a poster for the block party on it and a clipboard for people to sign in.
Resources

Monday, January 2, 2017

Take Home Storytime: Animals in the 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
    • Last used January 2017
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: Animals in the snow

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

TALK about the books. What animals do you see in the books? How do they behave in the snow? Are they real animals or pretend animals?

Get ready to WRITE by using fine motor skills to make a rainbow snowflake.
  • You will need scratch paper (newspaper or paper bags), paintbrush, and water
  • Instructions - put your snowflakes on the scratch paper. Lay your bleeding art tissue on the snowflakes. "Paint" them with water and watch the colors bleed onto the snowflake!
SING a song or do a fingerplay 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 penguins
Five little snowmen standing in a row
Search online for "learning with snow by Jean Warren" for more activities and songs

PLAY in the snow! What kind of things do animals do in the snow? Can you copy them? Can you look for animals in the snow?

READ together! The following books talk about real animals in the snow and fun stories about playing in the snow.

The fox in the dark by Alison Green
Animals in Winter by Martha Rustad
When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan
Kitten's winter by Eugenie Fernandes
Duck skates by Lynne Berry

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, 262-723-9143