Friday, December 21, 2018

Library on the Go: School Year, 2018-2019

How the program works: I have a grant-funded collection of paperback easy readers and beginning chapter books. I take them to classrooms during the school year and various outreach venues during the summer. Kids can "check out" 1-2 books without a library card, due dates, or fines.

The books are cataloged under professional and as serials. The general categories are graphic novels (Squish, Bad Guys, Dragonbreath, Lunch Lady), Scholastic Branches, I Can Read easy readers, National Geographic Easy Readers, and various other series. When I check them out, I use our portable scanner and mini ipad and check them out on an outreach card so we get circs. If they don't come back after about 6-8 months, I delete them. So far about 80% have returned.
Fall 2018
  • 12-21-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • Last Library on the Go of the year! I hope to get more funding through grants to replenish my supplies next year.
  • 12-13-18 OPtions (approx 30 kids)
    • Lots of checkouts today! I brought some leftover die cuts to decorate and quite a few kids wanted to chat while they were preparing for their holiday concert.
  • 11-30-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • A nice big stack of returned books (one got eaten by a dog. It happens!) and the kids really liked Pterodactyl show and tell and Stegothesaurus.
  • 11-8-18 OPtions (approx 30 kids)
    • I had just gotten the hotspot back and it hadn't been charged so I ended up having to write all the barcodes down. Younger kids were excited to check out books, older kids were excited about the upcoming events (Harry Potter and holiday crafts for those not allowed HP). The younger kids played a little with the Ozobots - the older kids had to go straight outside, which was fine b/c I needed to be back earlier today for a meeting.
  • 11-7-18 Jackson wrap-around care (approx. 17 kids)
    • I brought two Ozobots, which were the hit of the evening, as well as the marble run. I also had a couple science kits from a neighboring library. I know most of the kids and they were excited to see me and check out books - probably checked out around 10 books total. They wanted me to come every day!
  • 10-24-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • There was a little worry that not all the books from last time had been returned, but I reassured the teachers (and kids) that it was fine - no due dates remember? Even without an assistant, it went smoothly and the kids were excited and happy to pick out a new book. We read Those darn squirrels and Round Robin.
  • 10-11-18 OPtions charter school
    • I came earlier - a little past 11 - and the first group of 4K kids (four boys) were ready for lunch a little past 11:30. I checked out books, chatted with kids, and passed out flyers for upcoming programs (including teen after hours next week). I brought our two ozobots to advertise an upcoming program - the older kids have a "free period" and while some of them played soccer in the gym the rest played with (i.e. wrestled and argued lol) over the ozobots.
  • 9-21-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • I've done Library on the Go with a 2nd grade class here once, and I regularly visit the kindergarten. This was my first 1st grade visits. We had a number of glitches (scanner stopped working, we set up in the wrong (empty) classroom, etc.) but luckily my colleague was here with me today so with two it was easier. I'll be on my own in the future. The kids were thrilled, they've always complained that they don't see me after kindergarten. I read This is a Taco and We don't eat our classmates and handed out reminders for book club and the Princess in Black party at the library tomorrow. I also dropped off books for a teacher, the queen of summer reading crown for the school librarian, and did my three kindergarten storytimes as well. Note to self: remember your id for the new checking procedure next month.
  • 9-20-18 OPtions charter school
    • I had a miss my first day here - I came too late (12:30) and missed the preschool - 2nd grade age group, which is the real audience. However, I did check out a handful of books and, what was even more exciting, reminded a lot of kids about book club and anime club and we later had good turnouts for both! I also dropped off some books for teachers/parents.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Book Explosion: Disney

  • Program Goals
    • Meet the needs of kids transitioning out of Rock 'n' Read
    • Encourage both voracious and struggling readers
    • Attendance: 5 (grades 5 and up)
Theme: Disney

  • Treasure boxes
  • Buttons
Read the book, compare to the movie!
  • Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
  • Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson (Metaphrog, various versions)
  • Frog Princess by E. D. Baker
  • Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  • Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac
  • Tarzan of the apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (unabridged)
  • Alice's adventures in wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (unabridged; abridged)
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (unabridged; graphic)
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (unabridged; abridged; graphic)
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Jungle book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Complete tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • Bambi by Felix Salten
  • Hundred and one dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  • Rescuers by Margery Sharp
  • Treasure island by Robert Stevenson
  • Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus
  • Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
  • Sword in the stone by T. H. White
Fairy Tales and Mythology
  • Green Fairy Book; Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
  • Outlaw: the legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee
  • Tales from the Arabian nights by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Fairy tale comics by various
  • Land of stories: Treasury of classic fairy tales
  • Singing bones by Shaun Tan
Disney Tie-Ins
  • Twisted tales by Liz Braswell (series)
  • Various by Rudnick
  • Never girls by Kiki Thorpe
  • Various by Serena Valentino
  • Kingdom Keepers: Disney after dark by Ridley Pearson
  • Lost in a book by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Isle of the lost by De la cruz
  • Various art books
More Fairy Tales, Fractured and Retold
  • Beanstalker and other hilarious scarytales by Kiersten White
  • Wild swans and Thumbelina by Xanthe Gresham
  • Sleeping beauty's daughters by Diane Zahler
  • Into the wild by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Where the mountain meets the moon by Grace Lin
  • Princess of the midnight ball by Jessica Day George (Young Adult)
  • Rose and the dagger by Renee Ahdieh (Young Adult)
  • Of giants and ice by Shelby Bach
  • Fairy's return and other princess tales by Gail Carson Levine
  • Toads and diamonds by Heather Tomlinson
  • Once upon a toad by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Extra-ordinary princess by Carolyn Ebbitt
  • Question of magic by E. D. Baker
  • Tale dark and grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  • Castle behind thorns by Merrie Haskell
  • Girl in the tower by Lisa Schroeder
  • Rat prince by Bridget Hodder
  • Brave red, smart frog by Emily Jenkins
  • Flunked by Jen Calonita
  • Misfits by Jen Calonita
  • You Choose Hansel and Gretel
  • You Choose Rumpelstiltskin
  • Grump by Liesl Shurtliff
  • Fairest of them all by Littman
  • Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde
  • Red by Liesl Shurtliff
  • Princess Sonora by Gail Carson Levine
  • Wide-awake princess by E. D. Baker
  • Adventurer's guide to successful escapes by Wade Albert White
  • Snow and Rose by Emily Winfield Martin
  • Hero's guide to saving your kingdom by Christopher Healy
  • Ravenous by MarcyKate Connolly
  • School for good and evil by Soman Chainani
Biographies and Real Princesses
  • Rejected princesses by Porvath
  • Thinking Girls' Treasury of real princesses and dastardly dames

Friday, December 14, 2018

Outreach Storytime: Winter Holidays

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a neutral holiday storytime
    • Learn about animals in winter
    • Distribute handout to encourage kids to visit the library (my associate had the great idea to copy and share the soup recipe from Soup Day - do this next year!)
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • *Kitten's Winter by Eugenie Fernandes (blown-up pictures on magnets) (2018)
  • *Soup Day by Melissa Iwai (2018)
  • (1 copy) Bear stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson (2018)
Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano
  • Very Fuddles Christmas by Fran Vischer (2018)
  • Christmas Wombat by Jackie French (2018)
  • (1 copy) Waiting for winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser (2018)
Long stories (*nonfiction)
  • (1 copy) Sister bear by Jane Yolen (*2018)
  • Millie in the snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
  • Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve by Jan Brett
Movement and Music
Flannelboards and Activities
Vocabulary and Learning Objectives

  • Identify North American winter animals
  • Prove to the kids that yes, wombats are a real thing
  • Observation of detail, cause and effect

Friday, November 30, 2018

Outreach Storytime: Dinosaurs

  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce kids to dinosaurs
    • Follow kids' interests
    • Distribute program marketing
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea (2018)
Preschool and kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • If you happen to have a dinosaur by Linda Bailey
  • (1 copy) Pterodactyl show and tell by Thad Krasnesky (2018)
  • Too many dinosaurs by Mercer Mayer
  • I'm big by Kate McMullan (2018)
  • I'm bad by Kate McMullan
  • Dinosaur kisses by David Ezra Stein (2018)
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson (2018)
Long stories (*nonfiction)
  • When dinosaurs came with everything by Elise Broach
  • (1 copy) Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos (2018)
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna, the very first chicken by Douglas Rees (used spring 2018)
  • Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems (2018)
  • Edwina, the dinosaur who didn't know she was extinct by Mo Willems
Movement and music
Flannelboards and activities

Vocabulary/Learning objectives
  • Dinosaur names
  • Size comparison (big, little)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Book Explosion: Harry Potter

  • Program Goals
    • Meet the needs of kids transitioning out of Rock 'n' Read
    • Encourage both voracious and struggling readers
    • Attendance: 5 (grades 5 and up)
Theme: Harry Potter

  • Owl softies
  • Bamboo wands
  • Monster books
Harry Potter Read-Alikes
  • City of beasts by Isabel Allende
  • House with a clock in its walls by Bellairs
  • Iron Trial by Holly Black
  • Miss Ellicott's school for the magically minded by Blackwood
  • Children of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston
  • Lightning catcher by Cameron
  • Artemis Fowl by Colfer
  • Dark is rising by Susan Cooper
  • So you want to be a wizard by Duane
  • Charmed children of Rookskill castle by Fox
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • Un Lun Dun by Mieville
  • Worst witch by Jill Murphy
  • Potterwookie by Obert
  • Wizard for hire by Skye Obert
  • Akata witch by Okorafor (YA)
  • Shadowshaper by Older (YA)
  • Ordinary magic by Rubino-Bradway
  • Cabinet of wonders by Rutkoski
  • Magyk by Sage
  • Alchemist by Michael Scott
  • Emerald Atlas by Stephens
  • Spellbinder by Helen Stringer
  • Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
  • Rose by Holly Webb

Friday, November 9, 2018

Maker Workshop: Sewing Machines

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
    • Attendance: 10
Sewing Machines
  • 3 Elna sewing machines (purchased by the consortium)
  • Donated machines: 2 Brothers and a Dressmaker
  • Borrowed: 1 Janome
  • Some people bring their own machines
On Sewing Machines: The Elna machines are very basic - but unfortunately, their treadle feet are super sensitive. Even I have trouble getting them to go slowly and it's really hard for kids to regulate them. They're also difficult to thread - there's an automatic needle threader but it's not intuitive (we eventually gave up even trying to use this). The thread tends to get tangled and break a lot. We did better once we'd put in better thread, but they're still not ideal machines.

I had a Singer donated but it was too dirty and jammed - I gave it to a patron to try to fix. The two brothers are ok machines, albeit with a tendency to unthread themselves. The Janome (and the staff member who came with it) have worked the best. S is a quilter and has been an invaluable colleague, helping to thread machines, give advice, and troubleshoot the constantly glitching machines. The donated Dressmaker is an old-style metal machine. It works beautifully, but the kids are a little scared of it.

  • fabric (variety of quilting cottons and flannel from Jo-Ann)
  • needles, thread, seam-ripper, scissors (purchased a bunch of Fiskars big and little ones and wrote FABRIC ONLY on them), bobbins (brought extra from home), pins
  • Stuffing, elastic, and other notions
  • Tracing paper, rulers, pencils
  • Volunteers helped make more copies of the patterns from Sewing School, which I also include in my sewing kits.
Resources and Display Titles
  • Sewing practice paper sheets can be found in multiple places, but I like the ones at Family Consumer Sciences
  • Books
    • Sewing School (multiple titles)
    • Books by Jane Bull
    • Sew Creative by Jennifer Colin
    • Kid's guide to sewing by Sophie Kerr
    • Super simple sewing for kids by Curto
    • Creative kids complete photo guide to sewing by Bergeron
Kids, teens and adults are invited to join us for a maker workshop with sewing machines. You can register for one session or all three. Please be aware that the library has a limited number of sewing machines. If you are bringing your own machine, please note it in your registration.
Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn basic sewing machine skills as well as choosing and completing a simple project.
  • Threading a machine
  • Controlling the treadle (foot control)
  • Sewing a straight line and curves
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.
  • Ability to safely use a sewing machine with limited supervision
  • Have sufficient motor control to use a foot pedal
  • The first time I offered this was in the fall of 2017. I had kids sign up for the first session, which signed them up for all three. My second three sessions, in April of 2018, I opened to adults and had people sign up for individual sessions. Most people came at least twice, with only a few at the last session.
  • Having at least one volunteer is a MUST. A member of the circulation staff volunteered the first time and I made sure she got paid for work time the second time.
  • Misc.
    • Moved the program to the larger community room, with heavy-duty tables. We were cramped in the Storyroom and my tables are flimsy. Plus there isn't enough space to lay out materials. I had to share the room with a teen program, but it was still an improvement.
    • How many people you can handle really depends. If it's all kids with absolutely no experience, 2 facilitators per 5 kids is about all you can do. If you have adults who are better at waiting and trying things on their own, or kids with some experience, you can go up to 10.
    • Some kids are reluctant to practice stitching or learn how to operate the machines. I don't push, but I will gently remind them that this is an important part of sewing also.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Outreach: Lakeland School

Prep: Before the class arrives, block the emergency exit in the storyroom (just put some chairs in front of it so it's still accessible, but we don't lose any kids). Wait at the door to welcome students in from the bus.

Tour: A short tour of the lower level, paying particular attention to the circulation area (older classes may observe while we check out a book on the school's institutional card), looking at all the things in Technical Services, and ending up in the Storyroom. Tours depend very much on the make up of the class. Be aware of kids who will run away and keep things very short and simple.

Storytime: Simple books with interactive elements. Don't go too fast - give the kids time to respond - but stay upbeat and energetic. Don't try to get every kid participating; make sure they can all see what's happening and then let the teachers monitor their level of participation. Be prepared for meltdowns or kids losing interest - teachers and aides will handle this, just keep going!
  • Go away big green monster by Ed Emberley (puppet available)
  • What will fat cat sit on? by Jan Thomas
  • The wide-mouthed frog by Keith Faulkner (pop-up)
  • Press here by Herve Tullet
Craft: Not all the kids will be into crafts, but you can have something available. Best choice is a simple die-cut (gingerbread man, bat, owl, or fish are our large ones), markers and crayons. Have the white tables ready to pull out and set up - remember these kids are taller than our toddlers and/or in wheelchairs to pull up to the table.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Toddler Substitute Storytime: Dinosaurs

  • Program Goals
    • No children crying because I am not Ms. Pattie
    • Everyone has fun
    • Dinosaurs because why not?
  • Dinosaur parade by Shari Halpern
  • I'm Bad! by Kate McMullan
  • I'm big by Kate McMullan (2018)
  • Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea (2018)
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson (2018)
  • Dino Chomp! by Beatrice Costamagna
  • We are the dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner (2018)
Craft: Rainbow dinosaurs
  • die-cut cardboard dinosaurs
  • bleeding art tissue
  • water cups and paint brushes
Craft: Suncatcher dinosaurs
  • die-cut thin cardboard dinosaurs
  • Tape pieces of tissue across the cut-out
  • hole punch and tie strings

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

STEM Challenge: Catapults

  • Program Goals
    • Drop-in program for all ages
    • Experiment with science concepts and materials
    • Build fine motor skills
    • Build STEM skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Popsicle sticks (small, large, and jumbo)
  • Rubber bands
  • mini cupcake papers, cotton balls
  • regular tape, masking tape, stickers
  • scissors
  • Instructions (printed and on ipad)
How it works
We mostly made the simplest model, but even then a lot of the kids need help wrapping the rubber bands. I guess it's not something they learn in school (either that or I do it a weird/difficult way) and most of the younger kids and some of the older kids needed help to get them on tightly. I had some more difficult models, and my aide worked with some kids and on her own on them, but only got one finished.



Thursday, October 25, 2018

Outreach Storytime: Autumn

  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce kids to seasons and animal behavior
    • Complement school curriculum focusing on seasons
    • Distribute interactive handout with program marketing
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson (2018)
  • (1 copy) Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes (2018)
Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (2018)
  • *Every Autumn comes the bear by Jim Arnosky
  • *Rainy, Sunny, Blowy, Snowy by Jane Brocket (2018)
Long Stories (*nonfiction)
  • (1 copy) Winter is coming by Tony Johnston
  • (1 copy) Round Robin by Jack Kent
  • Goodbye summer, hello autumn by Kenard Pak (2018)
  • Those darn squirrels by Adam Rubin (2018)
Movement and Music
Flannelboard and Activities
Vocabulary/Learning Objectives
  • autumn/fall
  • seasons
  • hibernation
  • migration

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

We Explore Resource List: Fall/Harvest

While I run the We Explore Art series my colleagues run We Explore Outdoors/Fall/Preschool Adventures. I'm collecting here the resources I put together for them for the fall programs

Reading list bookmarks
Flannelboards and manipulatives
Rhymes, Songs, and Movement
  • Woolly bear caterpillars
    • brown pompoms, clothespins or popsicle sticks, glue
  • Squirrel ears
    • Strips of brown paper, brown triangles, stapler
    • Staple triangles to strips, then staple strips together to make a crown
  • Flying geese
    • die cut birds, popsicles, tape or ribbon
    • You can either tape the "geese" directly to the stick to make a puppet or attach them to a ribbon and tie the ribbons to the stick, then run to make them "fly"
  • Leaf colors
    • die cut white leaves, paint or drawing materials
Vocabulary and Concepts
    • Migration
    • Hibernation
    • Fall & Autumn
    • Seasons
    • Colors (red, orange, brown, yellow, green)
Books for babies and toddlers (*nonfiction, B-boardbook)
  • *Crayola Fall Colors
  • *Every Autumn comes the bear by Jim Arnosky
  • *Racoons and ripe corn by Jim Arnosky
  • B-Walk and see, 123 by Rosalind Beardshaw
  • *Rainy, Sunny, Blowy, Snowy by Jane Brocket
  • *From apple trees to cider please by Chernesky
  • Pick a circle, gather squares by Chernesky
  • Nuts to you by Lois Ehlert
  • Leaf man by Lois Ehlert
  • Kitten's autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
  • *Animals in fall by Martha Rustad
  • Full of fall by April Pulley Sayre
  • Honey by David Ezra Stein
  • B-Babies in the forest by Ginger Swift
  • B-Stormy night by Salina Yoon
  • *Watching the seasons: Fall (Bullfrog Books)
  • *What happens in fall? (Bullfrog Books)
Books for preschool (*nonfiction)
  • Time for cranberries by Detlefsen
  • In the garden, who's been here? by Lindsay George
  • *Awesome autumn by Bruce Goldstone
  • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
  • *How do you know it's fall? by Ruth Owen
  • Goodbye summer hello autumn by Kenard Pak
  • *Secret life of the woolly bear caterpillar by Laurence Pringle
  • *See what we eat by Scot Ritchie
  • *Hello autumn by Shelley Rotner
  • *Fall leaves: Colorful and crunchy by Martha Rustad
  • *Colors of fall by Laura Purdie Salas
  • *Eat like a bear by April Pulley Sayre
  • *Pick, pull, snap: where once a flower bloomed by Lola Schaefer
  • Tractor Mac: Harvest time by Billy Steers
  • *Winter's coming by Jan Thornhill
  • Miss Maple's Seeds by Eliza Wheeler

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Art Workshop: Mini Watercolors

  • Program Goals
    • Drop-in program for all ages
    • Experiment with art techniques and supplies
    • Build fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Colorations ultimate art paper
  • q-tips
  • liquid watercolors, ice cube trays, aprons
I adapted this from Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci

How it works
I cut the paper into sections and poured the paints into the ice cube trays and the kids painted.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Free Lego Build

After many, many years of running Lego Building Club, I moved away from that in favor of open Lego days. The reasons were many - we got new carpeting in our community room, so I tried to shift as many programs back to the Storyroom as possible. It was taking a lot of staff time to haul all the Legos across the library and supervise and attendance was dropping as people got involved in other activities. I had initially moved Lego Building Club to the Community room years ago for space issues and now we could move it back!

The Storyroom has three entrances/exits. You access it from the play area, so moms with younger kids can hang out there while the older kids build. There's an emergency exit tucked in a back corner that leads outside. Finally, the door you see in the photos above leads into my office/staff workroom.

I or my aide sets Legos up on Thursday evening, after whatever other program we have is finished. We put out three big white tables, all the lego bins, and an easel with a sign-in sheet. Friday morning, staff who open prop the door open. That's it. On Saturday or Monday, whichever somebody next works, the Legos are picked up and the sign-ins tallied. I pop in and out throughout the day and occasionally snap some pictures or chat with families. Since we've started doing this, we've averaged about 20-30 people throughout the day and for where we are right now it's working out really well.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Book Explosion: Histories and Mysteries with American Girl

  • Program Goals
    • Meet the needs of kids transitioning out of Rock 'n' Read
    • Encourage both voracious and struggling readers
    • Attendance: 5 (grades 5 and up)
Theme: Histories and Mysteries with American Girl

  • Finger knitting/braiding - yarn
  • Rainbow loom - maker kit
  • Mystery cards
Books (American Girl)
  • Like sisters: Emma moves in
  • A girl named... Misty
  • Samantha mystery: Clue in the castle tower
  • Marie-Grace mystery: Hidden gold
  • Kit mystery: Menace at Mammoth cave
  • Nanea mystery: Legend of the shark goddess
  • Rebecca mystery: showstopper
  • Luciana; Luciana braving the deep; Luciana out of this world by Erin Teagan
  • According to Aggie (graphic novel)
Books (Historical Fiction set in the USA)
  • Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Lucky broken girl by Ruth Behar (1960s)
  • True confessions of Charlotte Doyle (early 1800s) (YA)
  • Chasing secrets by Choldenko (1900 San Francisco)
  • Mighty Miss Malone by Curtis (Great Depression)
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper (1930s South)
  • Salt by Helen Frost (American Revolution) (novel in verse)
  • Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale (Civil War) (graphic novel)
  • Detective's assistant by Kate Hannigan (Chicago, 1850s)
  • Full of beans by Jennifer Holm (Great Depression)
  • Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (1900)
  • Hattie big sky by Kirby Larson (pioneer) (YA)
  • Compass south by Hope Larson (1860s) (graphic novel)
  • Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (Civil Rights)
  • Betty before X by Shabazz (Civil Rights)
  • Witch of blackbird pond by Elizabeth Speare (Colonial times/Salem witch trials)
  • Moon over Manifest by Vanderpool (WWII)
  • My year in the middle by Lila Quintero Weaver (Civil Rights, 1970s)
  • Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Cold War)
  • One crazy summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Civil Rights/Black Panthers)
Books (Mysteries)
  • Leaving by Altebrando (YA)
  • Red Blazer girls by Michael Beil
  • Strike three, you're dead by Josh Berk
  • Book scavenger by Jennifer Bertman
  • Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (YA)
  • Peculiar incident on shady street by Currie (supernatural)
  • London Eye mystery by Siobhan Dowd
  • Into the lion's den by Linda Fairstein
  • Under the egg by Laura Fitzgerald
  • Absolutely, truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Zap by Martha Freeman
  • Spy school by Stuart Gibbs
  • Van Gogh deception by Deron Hicks
  • Wig in the window by Kittscher
  • Case of the vanishing golden frogs by Markle (nonfiction)
  • Kiki Strike inside the shadow city by Kirsten Miller
  • Spirit hunters by Ellen Oh (very creepy)
  • Framed! by James Ponti
  • Enchantment lake by Margi Preus (YA)
  • Woof by Spencer Quinn
  • Westing game by Ellen Raskin
  • Impossible clue by Sarah Rubin
  • York: Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby (YA)
  • Murder is bad manners by Robin Stevens
  • Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Three times lucky by Sheila Turnage
  • Emperor's riddle by Kat Zhang
Books (Real Girls)
  • Path to the stars by Acevedo (biography, Latina)
  • Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando
  • Pashmina by Chanani (graphic novel) (Indian)
  • Secret of danger point by Kim Dwinell (graphic novel)
  • Little leaders: Bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison (biography, African-American)
  • Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins
  • Sunny side up by Jennifer Holm (graphic novel)
  • Little white duck by Na Liu (graphic novel)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

STEM Challenge: Ozobots

  • Program Goals
    • Drop-in program for all ages
    • Experiment with science concepts and materials
    • Build fine motor skills
    • Build STEM skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Educational set of Ozobots (provided by the consortium)
  • Markers (thicker is better)
  • White bulletin board paper to cover the tables
  • Rules to make straight lines
  • Additional coding sheets and games from
How it works
My aide covered all the tables with paper and we set out Ozobots, markers, and coding sheets. Then the kids came in and played. My aide mostly hung out with them - she hadn't used them before and was interested and she's very patient, which is great because that's the main thing with Ozobots - you have to be patient and draw your lines carefully or you don't get results (not the ones you're looking for anyways).


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

We Explore Art: Ed Emberley

  •  Program Goals:
    • Introduce Ed Emberley and his art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills (cutting, gluing, printing)
    • Attendance: 10
Art Project Part 1: Collage (10-10:15)
I had precut shapes and paper to cut up and the kids did cutting and gluing to make pictures. At 10:15ish, I sing the Storytime Song
  • Supplies
    • Precut shapes (circules, triangles, squares)
    • Construction paper (colored) and scraps
    • Cardstock (recycled)
    • Googly eyes
    • Glue, scissors
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I get all the kids more or less sitting down and ask a parent or two to pass out the snack during the first story. Depending on the age of the kids, we'll talk about different aspects of the art, anything from identifying colors and shapes to asking questions about the author's process and materials. Technically Emberley and his daughter collaborate, but I usually don't talk as much about the art in these books because we're so busy having fun!
  • Books
    • Go away big green monster (puppet)
    • Red Hen (flannelboard)
    • Drummer Hoff
    • Chicken Little
    • If you're a monster and you know it (song)
    • I know an old monster (song)
  • Snack
    • animal crackers
Art Project Part 2: Thumbprints/drawing (10:40-11)
If you don't have stamp pads the kids can color their fingers with markers and press them to the paper. Stamp pads are easier. I also have Emberley's thumbprint and other drawing books on display.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Collaborating with your public library: A win-win for everyone!

This is a 30 minute talk I gave at a local childcare center for their professional development day.

Learn about the many different resources, materials, and services offered by public libraries in general and the Matheson Memorial Library in particular. Storytime kits, technology, online resources, and new books will be showcased along with tips for use in early childhood classrooms.

Talking points
  • What is a library consortium and how does it work?
  • Ask your consortium if they offer
    • Institutional cards/classroom collections
    • Field trips and/or classroom visits
    • Storytime kits
  • Things you may be able to check out at your library
    • Storytime kits and/or toys
    • Maker kits/technology/STEM kits
  • Professional resources you may be able to share
    • Books - child development, storytimes, play spaces, and early literacy
    • Library resources - puppets, die cuts, etc.
Matheson Memorial Library resources
  • Field trips/classroom visits
  • Institutional cards/classroom collections
  • Materials
    • Storytime kits and toy bags
    • Audiobook bags
    • Maker kits
  • Professional resources
    • Professional collection books (includes Big Books)
    • Die cuts (bring your own paper)
    • Craft supplies (glitter, magnets)
    • Puppets, legos, other interesting toys
Online resources
  • Kanopy, Hoopla, Tumblebooks, Freegal (depends on library)
  • Professional resources - Gale courses, Learning Express, (depends on library)
  • Overdrive, Badgerlink
Badgerlink resources
  • Education - Wisconsin Public Television
    • Young Performer's Initiative (music and dance appreciation)
    • PBS Learning Media Wisconsin (educational videos)
  • (activities and teacher resources for books)
  • Britannica School Elementary (nonfiction videos and other resources)
The world of library resources
  • Mel's Desk
  • Curious City DPW
  • Delightful children's books
  • Show me librarian - All things STEAM

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

We Explore Favorite Artist Melissa Sweet

  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Melissa Sweet and her art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills (cutting, drawing)
    • Attendance: 10
Art Project Part 1: Collages (10-10:15)
I encouraged kids and parents to cut out words as well as pictures to create their collage.
  • Supplies
    • old magazines/recycled picture books/galleys
    • scissors, glue sticks
    • 9x18 white construction paper OR shirt cardboard
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
  • Books
    • Carmine a little more red
    • Easy as pie
    • Baabwaa and Wooliam
    • Rubia and the three osos
Art Project Part 2: Watercolors (10:45-11)
I've used actual paint for this, but you get better (and less messy) watercolors with watercolor pencils if they're available.
  • Supplies
    • Watercolor pencils
    • Water, paint brushes
    • Construction paper

Monday, October 1, 2018

Storytime Theme: Goldilocks

This is a resource list for my colleague who provides toddler storytimes at the library and preschool/early literacy training at our local school-sponsored charter school (plus a gazillion other things).

Flannelboards and manipulatives
  • Printed Goldilocks and the three bears flannelboard (see Terri)
Rhymes, songs, and movement

  • Good Ms. Padgett sings The little red hen and other stories (cd)
  • Make your own puppets
    • Teddy bear die cut, gingerbread man person shape
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Decorations, tape
  • Fractured fairy tale
    • For readers - pre-print words and have the kids arrange them and write in their own to create a fractured fairy tale (similar to madlibs)
    • For non-readers - cut out photographs, bears, little girls, chairs, etc. and then add in weird stuff. Have the kids arrange them and then "tell" the story. This will work as a flannelboard too.
  • STEM - how heavy?
    • Small cardboard boxes, weights (rocks? books?)
    • Kids stack items on the boxes until they collapse
    • Bonus if you can use a scale to weigh the items
  • STEM - let's compare
    • Collect items to compare - soft vs hard, hot vs cold, etc.
  • Snacks
    • instant oatmeal (porridge); chocolate pudding; teddy grahams
Vocabulary and Concepts
  • Counting
  • Comparison and degrees (hot, warm, cool, cold)
Classic retellings
  • Goldilocks and the three bears by Jim Aylesworth
  • Goldilocks and the three bears by Caralyn Buehner
  • Goldilocks and the three bears by Lauren Child
  • Three bears by Paul Galdone (long)
  • Goldilocks and the three bears by Valeri Gorbachev
  • Goldilocks by Ruth Sanderson (long)
Fractured retellings
  • Yours truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada
  • Papa Bear's page fright by Wade Bradford
  • Red Riding Hood meets the three bears by Charlotte Guillain
  • Goldilocks and just one bear by Leigh Hodgkinson
  • Goldilocks and the just right potty by Leigh Hodgkinson
  • Three bears ABC by Grace Maccarone (needs to be replaced - no longer own)
  • Once upon a slime by Andy Maxwell
  • Goldi Rocks and the three bears by Corey Schwartz
  • Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems
  • 3 bears and Goldilocks by Margaret Willey
Other books
  • Goldilocks variations by Allan Ahlberg (pop-up)
  • Truth about bears by Maxwell Eaton III (nonfiction)
  • Goldilocks and the three bears: a make and play production by Christopher Harbo (puppets)
  • Cook me a story by Brian Kozlowski (cook book)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Princess in Black party

  • Program goals
    • Saturday program for September
    • Popular chapter book series
    • It seemed like a good idea at the time
  • Craft: Create your own pony
    • Create a hobby horse out of cardboard
    • Supplies
      • Horse heads cut out of cardboard (pattern from my colleague, cut out by volunteers with varying levels of success)
      • Long cardboard tubes
      • Masking tape, markers
      • Yarn
      • Scissors
  • Craft: Create a glitter ring
    • Create and decorate a jeweled ring
    • Supplies
      • Pipe cleaners
      • Jewels
      • glue dots
  • Craft: Create a disguise
    • Decorate both or either of a butterfly mask and a superhero mask
    • Supplies
      • Markers
      • Jewels, feathers, sequins/glitter
      • Glue
      • Large popsicle sticks, tape
  • Craft: Create a scepter
    • Tape together and decorate pasteboard strips to be a monster-fighting scepter
    • Supplies
      • Pasteboard strips
      • Tape, glue
      • Jewels, markers
  • Craft: Create a tiara
    • Decorate and put together a tiara
    • Supplies
      • Printed patterns from online
      • Tape, scissors
      • decorations
  • Craft: Create a monster puppet
    • Make a felt or sock hand puppet
      • Supplies
        • Leftover felt puppets and pieces
        • Socks
        • Hot glue
  • Game: Monster smash
    • Cardboard backdrop, aide behind it throws up balloons, kids jab them with their scepters
      • Cardboard backdrop (use previous ones)
      • Balloons
  • Game: Pony race
    • Lobby - (open doors at the end so they don't smash into them? or pile cushions in front of the closed doors?)
    • Alarm sound - kids race their hobby horses down the lobby.
  • Decorations and misc.
    • Pink and black streamers
    • Books

Friday, September 21, 2018

Outreach Storytime: Cats

to add - fat cat (danish folktale), three little kittens, cat says fiddle-i-fee
  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce kids to animal behavior
    • Fun, non-holiday storytime!
    • Distribute interactive handout with program marketing
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • Cat book by Silvia Borando
Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • Cat wishes by Kalista Brill
Long Stories (*nonfiction)
  • Millions of cats by Wanda Gag
Movement and Music
Flannelboard and Activities

Vocabulary/Learning Objectives

We Explore Resource List: Seeds/Planting

While I run the We Explore Art series my colleagues run We Explore Outdoors/Fall/Preschool Adventures. I'm collecting here the resources I put together for them for the spring/planting season.

Reading list bookmarks

Flannelboards and manipulatives
Rhymes, Songs, and Movement
Vocabulary and Concepts
Books for babies and toddlers (*nonfiction, B-boardbook)
  • *Planting a rainbow by Lois Ehlert (big book)
  • *Rah Rah Radishes by April Pulley Sayre
Books for preschool (*nonfiction)
  • *Planting the wild garden by Kathryn Galbraith
  • Carrot seed by Ruth Krauss

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Book Explosion: Pokemon and manga

  • Program Goals
    • Meet the needs of kids transitioning out of my Rock 'n' Read book club
    • Encourage both voracious and struggling readers
    • Attendance: 5 (grades 5-6)
[In 2017/2018 I ran this with a different genre each month. It was only mildly successful, so I'm switching to a different pop-culture, book-related theme each month]

Theme: Pokemon and age-appropriate manga

  • Buttons (discarded Pokemon book to cut up)
  • Pokemon stickers
  • Perler beads
Books (Pokemon)
  • Art of Pokemon adventures
  • Pokemon cookbook
  • Pokemon Adventures (1)
  • Pokemon Adventures Black & White (1)
  • Pokemon Adventures Black 2 & White 2 (1)
  • Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum (1)
  • Pokemon Adventures HeartGold & SoulSilver (1)
  • Pokemon Horizon Sun & Moon (1)
Books (manga for younger readers)
  • Baron the cat returns by Hiiragi
  • Beet the Vandel Buster by Sanjo (1) (2 copies)
  • Big adventures of Majoko by Fuji (1)
  • Big Hero 6 by Ueno (1)
  • Boy and the Beast by Hosoda (1)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP (1)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura (omnibus) by CLAMP
  • Cardcaptor Sakura, Master of the Clow by CLAMP (1)
  • Chi's sweet home by Kanata (1)
  • Complete Chi's sweet home part 1 by Kanata (2 copies)
  • Fluffy, fluffy cinnamoroll by Tsukirino (1)
  • Happy happy Clover by Tatsuyama (1)
  • Hikaru no go by Hotta (1)
  • Howl's moving castle (the manga) by Miyazaki (1) (2 copies)
  • Kiki's Delivery Service by Miyazaki (1)
  • Kingdom Hearts chain of memories by Amano (1)
  • Kingdom Hearts chain of memories by Amano (omnibus) (1)
  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix by Amano (1) (2 copies)
  • Leave it to pet by Sonishi (1)
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time by Himekawa (1) (2 copies)
  • Ponyo by Miyazaki (1)
  • Spirited away (the manga) by Miyazaki (1) (2 copies)
  • Splatoon by Hinodeya (1)
  • Yo-Kai Watch by Konishi (1) (2 copies)
  • Yotsuba&! by Azuma (1)
Books (manga for older readers)
  • Natsume's book of friends by Midorikawa (1)
  • One piece by Oda (1)
  • Pretty guardian sailor moon by Takeuchi (1)
  • Shugo Chara Chan! by Mizushima (1)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh by Takahashi (1)
  • Amulet: The stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (2 copies)
  • Capture Creatures by Gibson (2 copies)
  • Click here to start by Denis Markell
  • Howl's moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Bananya (dvd)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

STEM Challenge: Build a structure

They made a centipede!

  • Program Goals
    • Drop-in program for all ages
    • Experiment with science concepts and materials
    • Build fine motor skills
    • Build STEM skills
    • Attendance: 20


  • Marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • Dixie cups
  • Sink and cleaning materials
How it works
  • Kids use marshmallows and toothpicks to build structures. I talked to them about why they were leaning, how to prop them up, why you need a wide base, which structures are sturdier, etc. (mostly this is an on-your-own one - I reorganized the craft closet and worked out at the desk with my teen aide keeping an eye on things).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Art Workshop: 3-D Paper Collage

  •  Program Goals
    • Drop-in program for all ages
    • Experiment with art techniques and supplies
    • Build fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • 8x12 white construction paper, cut into halves
  • Paint cups (tempera and biocolor) and brushes
  • Paper towels, heat tool
  • Cardboard (squares left from a different program)
  • Scissors, glue
  • Aprons
  • I adapted this from Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci
How it works
  • Show kids how to fan fold the paper, encourage them to paint lightly. Blot dry with paper towels or use the heat tool (it's basically an extra hot hair-dryer).
  • When their pieces are dry, they can glue them to the cardboard to create collages

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Book Talking Cards

As I work on developing outreach, especially pre-summer school visits, I've moved away from hauling tons of books and started using booktalking cards instead. These are little cards with book covers and a brief description. The kids can take as many as they want, it helps them remember what I talked about, and they make great bookmarks! I've recently updated my cards to go with a large outreach/circulation visit I'm doing soon and I reorganized them into sections. I've attached them all in publisher format. Please use them, as I spent a lot of time on these and would like to make it worth the time and effort!

Spreadsheet of all titles contained in book talking cards

1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade FICTION

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Library on the Go, Summer 2018

How the program works: I have a grant-funded collection of paperback easy readers and beginning chapter books. I take them to classrooms during the school year and various outreach venues during the summer. Kids can "check out" 1-2 books without a library card, due dates, or fines.

The books are cataloged under professional and as serials. The general categories are graphic novels (Squish, Bad Guys, Dragonbreath, Lunch Lady), Scholastic Branches, I Can Read easy readers, National Geographic Easy Readers, and various other series. When I check them out, I use our portable scanner and mini ipad and check them out on an outreach card so we get circs. If they don't come back after about 6-8 months, I delete them. So far about 80% have returned.
Stops this summer
  • 6-13-18 Early Headstart playgroup in the park
    • I took my aide and forgot to take folding chair(s)
    • We checked out 35 books and the kids enthusiastically colored keychains and little wooden animal shapes (purchased from Discount School Supply)
    • Approximately 30 people were there and I had time to talk to the Headstart leaders about future collaborations we have planned.
  • 6-20-18 The Learning Curve
    • I took my aide. We visited the four year old class and two school-age classes. I signed all the kids up for summer reading, they each checked out two books, and then I gave them each an activity pack (exploding stick bomb) which they decorated with stickers and tape. I had originally booked this visit for an hour, but we ended up going about an hour and a half, which was fine. There were roughly 10 kids in each class and we checked out 53 books.
  • 6-28-18 Summer School: Get ready for kindergarten
    • Storytime with I spy/books with holes in them. Craft - folded paper with pre-cut holes (kids had their own drawing materials). 
    • Checked out one easy reader to each kid; they got a bag with a summer reading calendar and summer program calendar in it as well as LotG bookmark.
      • Game of finger worms by Herve Tullet
      • It's an orange aardvark by Michael Hall
      • Tree by Britta Teckentrup
      • Bunny slopes by Claudia Rueda
      • I spy in the sky by Edward Gibbs
      • Looking closely along the shore by Frank Serafini
  • 6-29-18 Summer School
    • Adventures in Reading, 10am, 11am
      • Booktalking cards, sign up for summer reading, some sample books to tweak reading interest. Library on the Go books. I read a couple books out loud as well. For some reason I thought the second group was older kids and hadn't brought enough book cards of younger books - the first kids took them all with much enthusiasm. It was really hot, like 85+.
    • My aide also set up in the lobby. She signed kids up for summer reading, checked out Library on the Go, and had foam magnet crafts available.
    • All together we checked out about 75 books and signed up approximately 25 kids for summer reading.
  • 7-6-18 The Learning Curve
    • Thankfully my other aide showed up b/c the one I intended to take was sick. I read Alan's big scary teeth and Fred Forgets by Jarvis to the young fours. I also took beading bags with extra pipe cleaners for little hands. One kid stuck them in his ears. Yeah. I accidentally left Alan behind, because a kid wanted to read it and I forgot to get it back - I'll pick it up next time. I brought a July calendar for them to copy, stickers for their July calendars, and handed out pizza hut coupons as prizes, which almost all the kids were thrilled by. I got back about 4 books and some of the young fours had a fight over who got bug books. Clearly, I need more bug books.
  • 7-11-18 The Learning Curve
    • I read We don't eat our classmates by Ryan T. Higgins, The magic word by Mac Barnett, and Timothy and the strong pajamas by Viviane Schwarz to the young fours and left magnet fishing crafts for them. They were very absorbed in their books and going out to swim soon. The older classes were mostly absorbed in building with Legos, but with the teachers' urging, they picked out books, made butterfly crafts, and I read The Magic Word to some of them. They thought it was funny.
  • 7-20-18 Summer School
    • Adventures in Reading, 10am and 11am
      • I read some books, handed out bookcards, checked out books, and talked a little about the library. It was still very, very hot. One kid who was adamant that he never read and didn't want to check out a book spent most of the class reading the I Survived book I forced him to borrow. Another kid didn't end up borrowing any books due to slime-related incidents.
    • My aide set up in the lobby, but we left soon after I finished as almost everyone was hurrying out to the buses and pick ups due to rain.
    • We checked out about 60 books, signed up about 10 new kids for summer reading, and chatted with several teachers and many families.
  • 7-25-18 The Learning Curve
    • I read This is a moose by Tom Lichtenheld and Shake the tree by Vignocchi to the young fours. Then my aide, their teacher, and I helped them put together a pre-packaged magnet craft. About... 10 kids? I think? School-agers got tops, as I promised at my last visit. Decorating them with permanent markers and spinning them occupied most of the time, had to convince them to take a break and get their books.
  • 8-1-18 The Learning Curve
    • It was a very busy day/week and I was a bit out of it. The school-age kids had come to the library the day before on a field trip and picked up their free books for summer reading. I brought enough for the young fours, but forgot to bring a story. So I had them tell The Squeaky Door with me. I gave out left over texture bags for them as well. The school-age kids got the butterfly craft we'd done at a Lois Ehlert program - paper tubes, die-cut butterflies, markers, pom poms, glue dots, popsicle sticks, clothespins. In retrospect, it wasn't easier but it was all I could think of at the time. My bag of die cut butterflies was actually mixed animals and the kids were thrilled to make spiders come out of tubes, fuzzy horses, etc.
    • Issues with one kid who finds a way to turn anything into a weapon, and also was bugging another little boy about wanting to make a unicorn. I told him that unicorns were originally made up because of narwhal horns and that men were actually the first to draw pictures of them. At least it made him stop talking. You never know what you're going to have to field on these trips!
  • 8-8-18 The Learning Curve
    • I remembered to bring books this time for the younger kids. We read Jessica Souhami's Foxy and There are cats in this book by Schwarz. I brought leftover marshmallow building activity bags from summer reading and once we got them over wanting to immediately eat them all, they got into building with them. Older kids I brought beads and suction cups (donated) with strings tied to them to make suncatchers. Some kids got really into it making patterns and didn't want me to leave with the beads.
  • 8-14-18 Public Health
    • Public Health holds immunization clinics twice a month regularly and I got permission to set up at one today, since there should be more people going back to school. Because they are so busy and there are so many things going on (the building I was visiting houses WIC and a number of other groups) I expected it to take some time for me to talk to the correct people and get set up, so I came about 30 minutes early. My teen aide and I were set up by about 3:30 - we were able to put our table in the hallway where families going in and out of the entrance to the exam rooms would pass us. I had brought suncatchers and permanent markers, but the kids were mostly too young and people were in a hurry. I think if we'd been in the waiting room the crafts would have gone over better, but they were kind of crowded out there. We stayed until 6pm and checked out approximately 15? books. I also distributed some of our new YS newsletters (they haven't been fully proofed yet, but good enough). There was a steady stream of people, but many of them had babies or teens which was outside our age-range. Some of the staff were interested in future collaborations, especially if we could expand to the 0-3 range. I also taught my aide to crochet, which I intend to be useful when we have the next class...
    • I wouldn't do this at every clinic, but I think it's worth it in August to get some info out to families in the area going back to school. One little girl was thrilled to hear we were having a Princess in Black party, two families were delighted to pick out books to read in the waiting room, and the excitement on children's faces as we explained they could borrow books for free (and the relief on caregivers when I told them they didn't have to worry about due dates) was a nice finish to the summer!
  • 8-15-18 The Learning Curve
    • Mostly all subs today, so I had to explain the program but the kids knew how it went! After last night's outreach I was discombobulated and ended up grabbing a couple books from home - The day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Steven Kellogg and my own childhood favorite, Fanny and May by Jon Buller. The kids thought it was funny! I took scratch art for the littles and suncatchers (which I'd been going to use yesterday) for the big kids with permanent markers. Got lots of books back.
  • 8-22-18 The Learning Curve
    • Last visit until I start my regular storytime visits in the fall. I had a sinus infection but still read There are no cats in this book, Splot by Gianna Marino, and That's Mine! Michel Van Zeveran. I brought big tongue depressors, permanent markers, stickers, and tape and for the big kids sparkles and googly eyes (and glue dots). They got really into it. One kid made a giraffe with tape and sticks, another a picture frame. And lots of stick puppets of course.
  • 8-25-18 Open Arms Free Clinic
    • I don't normally visit the free clinic, since it works primarily with adults. The food pantry next door is more my audience, but their open days don't coincide well with my schedule. However, I heard they were having an open health screening day for kids going back to school (this may seem late but most schools in my area start after Labor Day b/c of the county fair) so I decided to give it a shot. The food pantry people, who were handing out school supplies and food (someone donated boxes and boxes of cakes, huge bins of watermelons, and canteloupe, and other produce!) were super nice. They lent me a tent so I didn't have to sit outside in the sun! I've never had a tent before! I brought my last two boxes of books, all the crafts left over from LotG over the summer, and 30 fair tickets remaining from summer reading. There ended up being somewhere in the neighborhood of about 25 families. Since they could only handle 50 at the clinic and I heard that the last time they did this they had 0, this was a good number! I gave away all but one of the fair passes (with the help of a nurse I know who was checking people in and translated "free ticket to the fair for kids" b/c all I could get to was gratis para ninos and that didn't explain what it was I was giving their kids for free!) checked out about 5 books, chatted with the food pantry volunteers, and had one really sweet interaction with a little one who was going to 4K in the fall and had been pretty traumatized by their shot. Their caregiver was really happy that I could cheer them up with a suncatcher and some coloring! I don't know if my schedule will work to do this again, but I might try harder to get in on food pantry days, although they give out free books (not sure if that's a regular or just a school supply thing) so I might be superfluous. Anyways, nice people all around!
That concludes Library on the Go for summer 2018. I checked out approximately 600 books, which are slowly trickling back to me. Right now I only have two tubs of books left, about 50 total. The drawback with the county-wide health events is that I end up with a lot of kids outside of Elkhorn. Not that it's bad, just that I need to make sure the bulk of my time and effort is going towards my own patrons. Learning Curve, Head Start, and the summer school events were the most successful. If staffing allows, it makes a HUGE difference to have a second person along to help. Also, I need a new scanner, more books to restock, and I had to purchase a new folding dolly b/c mine broke. If I'm doing more public outreach (as opposed to schools) I'd like to have a tent of my own and a skirt for the table with the library name/logo, but that's unlikely to happen.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Big Splash

  • Program Goals
    • End of summer party
    • Quick and easy program
  • Staff: Need at least two volunteers or staff to run the outdoor activities and one inside for summer reading/paint supervision.
  • Paint (Storyroom)
    • paint cups, paint brushes, paper
  • Outdoor activities
    • hose, sprinkler, pools, tubs
    • Balloons, bubble wands, bubble solution, squirt guns, balls for the pools (this is when we clean them)
    • water toys (optional)
    • Popsicles, cooler, scissors

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Maker Workshop: Crochet

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
  • 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.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Maker Workshop: Sculpting (clay)

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
  • 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
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)
  • 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.

Friday, July 27, 2018

We Explore Art: Gianna Marino

Using watercolor pencils
  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Gianna Marino and her art
    • Try different kinds of painting
    • Offer a smaller, quieter program
    • Attendance: 10-15
Art Project Part 1: Water color pencils (10-10:15)
  • Supplies
    • Paper
    • Water color pencils
    • Water cups, paintbrushes
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:35
I sing the Storytime Song to call everyone to the carpet and pass out the snack. Depending on the age of the kids, we'll talk about different aspects of the art, anything from identifying colors and shapes to asking questions about the author's process and materials.
  • Books
    • Too tall houses
    • Following papa's song
    • Night animals
    • If I had a horse
    • I am the mountain mouse
    • Zoopa
    • Meet me at the moon
    • Boy, a ball, and a dog
    • One too many
    • Splotch
Art Project Part 2: Paint (10:40-11)
The kids could start a new project or add to their previous one. I let them mix colors on paper plates.
  • Supplies
    • Paint cups (tempera)
    • Paper
    • Paper plates, brushes

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Maker Workshop: Brushbots

Hard to tell, but they're watching it vibrate
  • Program Goals
    • Encourage kids to explore different skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
I've purchased many kits and finally decided this year that the extra expense wasn't worth it. I bought the components and it was less expensive, I think, and easier overall. If I was going to buy kits, I'd go with Brown Dog Gadgets, which are the simplest and least-expensive.
Resources and Display Titles
I did not put anything out.

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 (scissors, wire, batteries)
  • Have the patience to work on a small, fiddly project
Reminder of the "tools vs toys" rule.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Maker Workshop: Hand Sewing

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
  • Needles, needle threaders, pins
  • Multiple pairs of sewing scissors
  • Embroidery thread, buttons, beads
  • Stuffing, tracing paper, pencils
  • Die cut machine
  • Felt
Resources and Display Titles (by Jane Bull)
  • Crafty Creatures
  • Crafty Dolls
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.
  • 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