Friday, May 18, 2018

Chick Central

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to the life cycle of a chicken
    • Bring in non-library users
    • Partner with schools and community
This program doesn't have a way to count attendance, but it does bring us a lot of great publicity. Generally, I provide the incubator, my school partners provide the eggs, and local people from the community provide expert assistance and the materials for caring for the chicks for a week or two after they hatch.

We started this in 2012 and have been pretty diligent about repeating each year. Things we have learned:
  • Make sure you know where the chickens are going afterward. They grow really fast.
  • Everyone is a chicken expert. Just smile and nod.
  • They are stinky and need to be cleaned regularly. Make sure you have got somebody roped in for this job.
  • Some chicks will die. It's great if you have a person on staff who comes in before the library opens and removes any unfortunate casualties.
  • Staff and patrons are shocked when I say this, but I tell people all the time: This is science, not pets. Animals die. Not all of them are perfect. We take the best care of them we can, but I am not doing therapy for George the Duck's feet (assuming he needs it anyways)
  • Also, if you throw in a duckling or two kids will adore it but the mess factor will quadruple.
The whole crew from 2015

These are from the first hatching

School partner, Pattie Woods

Community partner, Virgil Wuttke (the eggspert)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

I Spy Aquarium

Continued in 2017/2018 by my new associate, Terri. She's added in even more difficult challenges but has gotten a great turnout from kids who want to find everything! We did learn not to put money or candy in though...

February 2016
This was a hard one to get a picture of!

Winter Theme, January 2015

Winter Holidays by Jess, December 2015

Created by Jess, October 2015, Fall Camouflage

Updated April 2015! We have a new list for marking off the items that includes both pictures and words and a sticker reward. The response was HUGE. We went from less than 20 to over 100 participants in a month. The kids were much more enthusiastic about the stickers than expected and I had to put stickers at the other desks, since they were enthusiastic enough to trek up to the circ and information desks and ask for their sticker.

I started this in the summer of 2014. My aide put together the first one, then a volunteer, then I turned it over to my new associate, who does amazing work. We count participation by the number of lists used, although a lot more people look at and talk about it than use the lists.

Created by Jess, School Display, August 2015

Created by Jess, Under the Sea theme for April 2015

Created by Jess. March 2015

Created by a volunteer. Winter 2014

Created by a summer aide. Summer 2014