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