Friday, August 4, 2017

Read and Grow: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

We moved this one column over and
now we're using caterpillars instead of squares
and have butterflies at the top for completion
We've had increasing interest in this program; I had more kids ages 0-3 doing Read and Grow than involved in summer reading this year. So I took the first week after summer reading finish to revise and update the program.

How it works
Parents can pick up a folder from the box at any time. When they have read 100 books together, they get a caterpillar to add to the reading chart. At 500 books they get a pot and seeds. At 1,000 books they get a free book and their picture on a butterfly. Throughout the program they pick up stickers for their logs.

Supplies and insertions:
  • Folders (bought in bulk at back to school sales)
  • Sticky labels (printed at a local print shop and I have a lifetime supply because I couldn't find them and had more printed!)
  • Instructions
  • Read and Grow logs (now with caterpillars!)
  • Bookmarks with reading suggestions (haven't uploaded them yet)
  • Stickers are collected from a variety of sources, but the most popular are the foam stickers I get from Amazon (Purple Ladybug Novelty)
  • Books collection from donations, review copies, and Scholastic Book Fairs
People often ask if it's ok to re-read books, what if they forget to write them down, etc. It's all good! I don't have time or the inclination to police the finer points and I don't really care. The big thing is that families are reading.

Marketing flyers - 8x11 poster and 11x17 tv flyer. I periodically update these with new book covers.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Library on the Go: Park/Head Start and Evaluation


Summer school finished last week and I had to decide whether I was going to run this program in August or not. August tends to be really slow in my town, not much going on, although the kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day.

I had asked the pool manager if I could set up at the pool and I figured I'd try that at least once. I set up at 9 and it was pretty dead. They have an adult exercise class then so there were just a couple kids wandering over to the park or waiting for the pool to open. Once it opened to the public at 10 there were a lot more people but I was in the wrong area to connect with them - they come around the other side.

At 11 I noticed a lot of kids up at the Lion's Den (this is the picnic area that can be rented) and I went up to investigate. I found all my Headstart friends! We had missed each other in the communication of who was where when! So I hauled everything up there, checked out over 30 books, had more than 30 kids making crafts and chatting, some day camp kids wandered over as well. However, this isn't repeatable - the Lion's Den is usually booked for parties and the people who can afford a pool pass aren't really the group I'm looking for anyways. I decided to call it a successful start to the program and I have plans to take LotG to the next Headstart play group in September and make the materials available to classrooms during the school year. About 70 books are still in circulation but I expect most of those will eventually make their way back to me.

Notes for the future

  • Summer school, especially now that they're offering free lunch and afternoon classes, is the best venue for June/July. I need to remember to take water and a folding chair!
  • I have some potential venues for August next year - the only county shelter that takes families and is about 10 miles out of town. A partially disused camp/vacation site that is in close proximity to the townships and students who live out of town. Trying to do something with the low-income housing sites in town didn't work out and I'm kind of leary of trying again.
  • Things I need to add/change for next year - I need a handout that explains what the books are. I had a nice bookmark with all the dates and places on it, but when those changed it wasn't useful anymore! I need it to be in Spanish as well as English.
  • A minor point, but I need to make sure when I check the books out on the outreach card they have a due date of never.
Overall, I think this was very successful. I checked out over 140 books, signed up about 45 kids for summer reading, and usually had 20-30 kids doing crafts and chatting about books at each visit. I won't count up the number of non-returned books until the end of August (and still expect some to come back through school later) but I did lose 4 books to water damage.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Big Splash


First time we used our new gardens. Lots of pools and I added dirt. The kids weren't into it - I think they were scared of getting dirty. I used balloons I bought online and they were so tough they didn't break! The kids loved it - they were carrying them home (and through the library). About 30 people came.
  • 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!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Library on the Go: Last visit for Summer School Session 2


I just started in the cafeteria at about 11:45. Kids started arriving around 11:50. I did accidentally block the buses, so I need to park elsewhere or come earlier!

The last day of summer school so it was pretty empty, but I got a few new kids.

About 20 kids participated - they really like the wooden stuff to decorate. I checked out 17 books (except one I can't read my own handwriting for the barcode).

Next week I'll start at the park for August. My aide is entering all the books in a spreadsheet so I can use them for school and I'm revamping all my craft supplies.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

We Explore Favorite Artist Leo Lionni

I did bleeding art tissue for the first half and then stamped with the sponges (all big fish) for the second half. Went well. About 10 people were there.
  • 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, July 21, 2017

Maker Workshop: Brushbots

I am really behind on my program updates. I got the robots from a different source this year (which I don't remember) and thankfully they had the little flat batteries. Only about 5 people came, the weather was not good.
  • 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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Library on the Go: Summer School Session 2


This day was a little longer. I started with three storytimes for the pre-kindergarten classes and my aide brought in the Library on the Go stuff around 11ish and then I came down and joined her around 11:30. The second session is smaller anyways but it has shrunk a bit more because of people being gone - I still got a good turnout of kids interested in the craft (plastic suncatchers, decorated with permanent markers) and a decent number of books checked out.

I've found that mostly the older kids (middle school) go for the craft and then the younger ones slide over to the books. Especially if I give out fun bags, they all want to check out! I have leftover Finding Dory bags from a colleague which have attracted a lot of kids. Some just borrow the books and go read at their lunch table.

About 30 kids overall participated; 9 new kids for summer reading (this is the last week I'll do summer reading, since it ends next week); about 5 kids picked up calendars; 32 books checked out.

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 use the rulers and other items to trace shapes then cut them out. Their cut-out shapes would be their art materials.
  • Supplies
    • Construction paper
    • Pencils
    • 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 14, 2017

Maker Workshop: Crochet


  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
Supplies
  • Crochet hooks (20)
  • Sugar 'n' Cream yarn (20)
  • Chromecast
Our adult services librarian suggested the Chromecast so I could show utube videos on the tv (after my aides cast aspersions on my teaching ability). I bought the yarn and hooks at Walmart - probably about $30 for the all of them.

This is the first time I've tried this maker workshop. 10 kids came. A couple picked it up right away, one was really too young and mostly just sat there (I did show her how to finger knit) and one was left-handed which I was not prepared for. She was very gracious despite my fumbling attempts to help her and did end up with a little chain. The others, once they pushed through the initial frustration, all ended up with chains and one really got into it, refusing to tie hers off at the end as she wanted to keep going. The really tricky part is always the tension and if you don't have the manual dexterity to hold the yarn loosely, it's very frustrating. I think it went pretty well though and everyone had a good time.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Library on the Go: Summer School, session 2

There was a week off after the first session of summer school and we returned this week for summer school session 2. This is a smaller session, so I wasn't expecting as many people. Plus, school was closed yesterday due to extensive flooding and electrical issues (we found out about the second b/c the alarm kept going off. It was very distracting.)

It was just as hot. We had a couple kids for the 11-12 hour, one who had been waiting for us so they could return their books and check out two more! I had the laptop instead of the ipad and OF COURSE it was messed up too - wouldn't work in offline mode, kept flipping the screen, etc. Offline doesn't matter at the school b/c I can just use the guest wifi but I'll need it in August! I'm almost definitely lined up for taking Library on the Go to the pool.

This week's project was popsicle stick bracelets. We had a bunch left over from a previous project and I had those plus colored masking tape, duct tape, permanent markers, and stickers. Some of the kids got very creative - I saw one wearing hers as a choker - and others were thrilled to find misc. treasures in the box that I forgot were in there.

I forgot a folding chair and my water bottle, two things that I told myself I wouldn't forget! All of the books were in my trunk during the flooding and I belatedly discovered that the trunk was sopping wet. Only 3 books were damaged though. We signed up about 5 kids for summer reading, checked out about 32 books (I think a couple kids might have forgotten to check out...) and about 30 kids participated. My favorite was the boy whose friend dragged him over to look at the books. He picked out Princess Pink and the land of Fake Believe and promptly sat down and was absorbed in it.

I need to keep working on getting the laptop functional, remember to bring a chair and water, and make a bookmark explaining what the program is. It's too noisy to explain! My previous bookmark had dates that ended up being changed and I didn't get around to making another.

Messy Art Club: Outdoor Painting

Program Goals

  • Explore different painting techniques
  • Outdoor program b/c the room wasn't available
  • Bring in a variety of ages
We froze a variety of paint in ice cube trays and popsicle makers. Conclusion - thick, gooey fingerpaint in ice cube trays is the only thing that really works.

I also purchased a sheet of foam at Jo-Ann's and we used the die cut to make shapes. I had a bunch of large fingerpaint shapes from Discount School Supply. I strung ribbons across the trees and had clips to hang up the paintings.

Supplies
  • Foam (die cut shapes)
  • Frozen paint with popsicle stick handles
  • fingerpaint paper in shapes
  • plastic trays, plastic pools (to wash off in), hand towels
Evaluation
It was super hot. About 30 people came. I am re-evaluating the after school clubs for next year - I'm going to try switching them to a different day and I will probably not have them next summer. I really need a better method of hanging the paintings to dry outside.

Friday, July 7, 2017

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 for 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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Library on the Go: Back at summer school

SUCCESS!! I started at summer school around 11am and this time I brought along my aide (and her follower, a 4th grader). We unloaded and set up. It was cooler and I got a slow but steady trickle of people. Shortly after 12, we picked up the tables and walked them down to the cafeteria (much to the bewilderment of some of the school staff, but they mostly all know me so it didn't matter) and I FOUND THE KIDS. Well over a hundred of them are taking advantage of lunch and, since if you stay for lunch you can't use the buses, most of them were not in a big hurry to leave. We were swamped!

I checked out 48 books, signed up 29 kids for summer reading, and around 50 kids stopped by to talk, take a craft (I tore through the magnet kits, color-me keychains, and Finding Dory bags my colleague had donated) and look at the books.

I registered kids who visit the library to check out movies and games but have never participated in summer reading because their parents don't speak English and the language barrier is too great. I signed up kids who attend our rural elementary school and I only see them briefly as part of a class perhaps once a year. I signed up kids who have never visited the library at all. I told them over and over that everything was FREE!

In a follow-up of success, one of the children I signed up and their caregiver, who I had explained the program too, both came to the library for the first time to return their LotG books and the child got their first library card and checked out library books!

The ipad is still giving me grief - I'm going to use a laptop next time.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We Explore Favorite Artist Julie Paschkis

Best swirly art in the style of Julie Paschkis!
  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Julie Paschkis and her art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Paper quilts (10-10:15)
I had two samples - shapes drawn with pencil, which you could then cut your pieces to fit, and a more collage-style quilt.

Supplies
  • Handmade paper
  • Recycled cardstock
  • Pencils, scissors, glue
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I call people to storytime with the Storytime Song, then had the parents pass out the snack. We started with Mooshka because we had been making quilts, then Where is Catkin? and finished with P. Zonka. For P. Zonka, I had made copies of Paschkis' art process from Seven Impossible Things' interview and we talked about how she sketched out the chickens, tested the colors, and then put all the pictures and words together.

Books
  • Mooshka: A Quilt Story
  • Where is Catkin?
  • P. Zonka Lays an Egg
Snacks
cookies, napkins

Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:40-11)
I had pencils if they wanted to sketch first, but my crowd was mostly younger and just enjoyed painting.

Supplies
  • Pencils
  • Washable paint in no-spill cups
  • 9x12 paper
  • Paintbrushes, aprons, and lots and lots of wipes
Evaluation

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Library on the Go: Week 2, low income housing complex

This was a total failure. I tried, I really, really did try, prior to getting this started to get in touch with the Housing Authority. I left phone messages, dropped off materials, but I never really got any response. Then I found out last week that the complex I chose, which has a lot of library patrons in it and a high percentage of kids with blocked cards, was potentially being rezoned, or whatever you'd call it, so it's no longer low income. In the end, I decided just to cross my fingers and go for it. The worst that could happen is either nobody showed up or they told me to leave.

Well, nobody showed up. I unpacked everything, and sat, alone. I saw one elderly lady with a walker meander across the parking lot and a moving van. It was basically dead. Either there were no kids there, they couldn't see me, or something. I decided I needed to make some changes, fast. I drove around town a little, looking at where kids had congregated (no, that was not at all creepy! uh, maybe...) and talked to our parent educator who is closely tied in with social services and the school district. I decided to expand my summer school outreach to both the lobby AND the free lunch (new this year) in the cafeteria through July. In August I will hopefully be able to set up in the park by the pool (this may or may not work out). Next year I might try a camp spot outside of town that a teacher recommended.

Mad Scientists Club: Geology

  • Program Goals
    • Practice following instructions/directions
    • Practice the scientific method/inquiry
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Smashing rocks
We had safety glasses, hammers, and a selection of rocks. We smashed them. It was endlessly fascinating and the kids lined up for their turn over and over again.

Project: Making fossils
Jess collected a wide variety of things for the kids to use - the most popular were shells and some rubber snakes.
  • Supplies
    • air-dry clay (purchased on Amazon)
    • misc. things to make shapes with
    • popsicle sticks
    • foil
Project: Sand strata
I had a bunch of pictures of geological strata in rocks and sand formations and a couple kids got into it, but mostly they were more interested in making art with the sand. Which was fine.
  • Supplies
    • colored sand (purchased from Discount School Supply)
    • construction paper
    • glue
    • funnels, spoons, and trays for excess sand
    • pictures of geological formations
Evaluation

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: First visit

OMG HOT.

Ok, now that's out of the way. My first trip was more or less a success, but I definitely hit a few snags. I had advertised myself as being there from 10:30 to 11:30. I arrived around 10 and it was pretty dead until past 11, when parents started wandering in to pick up kids. Then there was a wild rush of kids running out to meet parents and get on the bus. I distributed tops, but most kids didn't have time to color them. About 25 kids and parents stopped by the tables to talk to me, some of them new people, some regular library patrons. I checked out 37 books and signed up about 10 kids for summer reading.

Things to change next time:

  • OMG HOT. Bring a water bottle
  • The ipad hates me. The app for using google sheets doesn't work well and you have to double-tap in each, separate cell. This is difficult when kids are hanging all over my very light, folding tables and sometimes it takes multiple tries. I need a better system.
  • Start later. There's no point in sitting there sweating for an hour.

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Library on the Go: The Plan

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

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