Saturday, June 30, 2018

I Survived program

  • Program goals
    • Encourage interests in science and history
    • Saturday program for school-age children
    • Attendance: 50
I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916
  • Photo op - Cardboard cut-out of shark mouth, created by various staff
  • Craft - mini sharks
    • Die cut cardboard fish
    • Scissors, markers
  • Experiment - fake blood
    • corn syrup, corn starch, flour, red food coloring, water
    • bowls, sink, cleaning materials
    • paint brushes
  • Decorations
    • mini sharks with shark facts
  • Resources
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005
I Survived the Children's Blizzard, 1888
  • Storm in a jar
    • paint, baby oil, glitter, alka seltzer
    • jars and/or clear water bottles
  • Resources
I Survived the San Francisco earthquake, 1906
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944
I Survived the destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • Vinegar and baking soda volcanoes
    • vinegar, baking soda (we used about 6-8 jugs of vinegar and a very large bag of soda)
    • washable paint, balloons
    • milk jugs or soda bottles, swimming pools
I Survived the sinking of the Titanic, 1912
  • Boats
    • Popsicle sticks, duct tape, corks, styrofoam plates
    • Ice chunks
    • Swimming pools
General resources

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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)
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 part of 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
    • Cat tale
    • Little i
  • Snack
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:40-11)
  • The kids cut up (or ripped) more paper and glued them to the paper
  • Supplies
    • Heavy construction paper or cardstock
    • glue sticks
    • scissors, markers (optional)

Get ready for kindergarten field trip: Michael Hall

  • Program goals
    • Introduce pre-kindergarteners to the library
    • Encourage kids to see the library as a fun place
  • Day before
    • Aides and volunteers
      • Sweep entrance area
      • Create giant dot-to-dot (see sketch) on sidewalk. There should be two identical sections on the curve by the grass verge. Write the numbers 1-20 in them with chalk
      • Shift picnic table and bike rack out of the sidewalk circle
      • Create a color/letter game with chalk. Alternate colors along the outer edge, then write vowels and common consonants on the inner radiations. Make the letters LARGE - the kids will be standing on them.
      • Tape hopscotch squares on lobby tiles
      • Bring storytime rug out and put it in front of the ys desk
  • Activities
    • Activity 1: Storytime (in front of YS desk): Jennifer
      • Perfect square
      • Frankencrayon
      • Little i
      • Cat tale
      • Red: a crayon's story
      • My heart is like a zoo
    • Activity 2: Art project (Storyroom): Terri
    • Kids create collages; try to use the materials creatively, make whatever they want. Put their names on their art project(s) and put them on the windowsills of the children's area
      • Paper scraps
      • Glue sticks
      • Markers
      • Scratch paper (yellow box)
      • Scissors
    • Activity 3: Outdoor games (WI St. entrance): Pattie (w/Kylee and Colin)
    • There are two giant dot-to-dots for the kids to use chalk to connect. The first two classes use one each, during snack Kylee and Colin will clean off the sidewalk and re-write them for the next two classes.
    • Color and letter game. Put the kids in the entrance and then call out instructions. Sample instructions:
      • Stand on a letter that is in your name.
      • If you have an "a" in your name, stand on a red line
      • Everyone whose name starts with "c" go to a green line
      • What letter makes the "u" sound
      • Find a letter that's in the word "cat"
      • Stand on a color that matches your clothes
    • Activity 4: Open playtime
    • No worries about anything being messy or noisy - it's the kid's area and they can just have fun!
      • The children's area has a geo block, duplo table, and kitchen set
      • Next to the ys desk - flannel board, magnet board, and puzzles
      • Watching the gerbils
      • Browsing books
Additional activities as needed (especially after snack)
 - Outdoors - Bubbles
 - Lobby - Hopscotch
 - Lobby - Pennies in wishing well

Rain contingencies
Kylee and Colin may need to redraw the outdoor games Wednesday morning
If it's raining Wednesday morning, the outdoor games will be set up with tape in the open meeting room space upstairs

Class 1
9:00-9:30 Storytime
9:30-10 Art project
 - 10 Snack in community room
10ish-10:30 Outdoor games
10:30-11 Open playtime

Class 2
9:00-9:30 Art project
9:30-10 Outdoor games
 - 10 Snack in community room
10ish-10:30 Open playtime
10:30-11 Storytime

Class 3
9:00-9:30 Outdoor games
9:30-10 Open playtime
 - 10 Snack in community room
10ish-10:30 Storytime
10:30-11 Art project

Class 4
9:00-9:30 Open playtime
9:30-10 Storytime
 - 10 Snack in community room
10ish-10:30 Art project
10:30-11 Outdoor games


Friday, June 22, 2018

We Explore Art: 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: 10
Art Project Part 1: Sketching (10-10:20)
I told children they would be sketching out their designs to paint. I showed them pictures of Paschkis' sketches for P. Zonka and encouraged them to not worry about mistakes or extra lines.
  • Supplies
    • Pencils
    • Colored pencils
    • Drawing paper
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:20-10:40
I call people to storytime with the Storytime Song, then had the parents pass out the snack. When we read 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.

  • P. Zonka Lays an Egg
  • Where is Catkin?
  • Mooshka, a quilt story
Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:40-11)
I popped up a taller table for the big kids and I had two levels of painting. Older kids I encouraged to mix their paints and make new colors. I had biocolor for them to use. Younger children got our no-spill cups to paint from.

  • Washable paint in no-spill cups
  • biocolor paint
  • Paintbrushes, aprons

Friday, June 15, 2018

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: 10
Art Project Part 1: Bleeding art tissue (10-10:15)
  • I had some thick, textured canvas donated so this year I had the kids color it with crayons and then use bleeding art tissue
  • Supplies
    • Canvas or thick paper
    • Crayons
    • bleeding art tissue, paintbrushes, water
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
  • Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug
  • Depending on the age of the audience, we talk about the art in the books. With younger kids we will recognize colors or shapes; older kids we'll talk more about techniques.
  • Books
    • Little Blue and Little Yellow
    • Swimmy
    • Inch by Inch
    • Alphabet Tree
    • Color of his own
  • Supplies
    • Goldfish crackers
    • Dixie cups and napkins
Art Project Part 2: Sponge painting (10:45-11)
  • I had clean and dry sponges both in squares and cut into fish shapes. I put a few colors of paint on platters and they stamped their pictures.
  • Supplies
    • Aprons
    • Paint (I used biocolor, but fingerpaint works too)
    • Sponges cut into shapes
    • Platters or paper plates for the sponges

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Maker Workshop: Suminagashi (ink marbling)

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
The best instructions I found here at Inner Child Fun

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
I reminded everyone that this was messy and gave some basic instructions, emphasizing using small dots of ink and not dumping it in.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 summer reading

May 29: online registration for kids only begins
June 4: registration for kids, middle school, and high school in the library opens
June 9: SRP kick-off and official start date
July 2-6: No regular programs (closed on July 4) (Craft-o-rama and a movie)
July 30: Storytime and regular programs end
August 11: SRP ends

All kids and teens receive a prize when they sign up, donated by a local artist; fantasy-themed buttons and bookmarks.
Registration is an online spreadsheet that all staff can access. I record kids' names, ages, and schools. Teens I also record if they have a library card. All kids under 16 get a fine amnesty coupon.

Summer reading instruction posters, all ages

Summer promo bookmarks
Summer reading flyers (I also have these in Spanish!)

Kids Program, Age 0 to 5th grade
Kids get stickers for each day they complete and a weekly activity kit if they visit the library. When they turn in their June calendar (it does not have to be "complete" they get a packet of passes and coupons supplied by the consortium. I had them divided into folders this year so they can put together their own packet. When they turn in their July calendar they get a free book. August is only a few weeks; if I get passes to our local county fair I will hand those out, if not free books. I have alternate prizes, board books, for the kids who are too young for the passes.

Middle School Program, 6th-8th grade
Middle schoolers turn in their receipt when they check out books or a reading card. Every week they turn one in, they get to pick a colored marble from a jar. Clear glass pebbles, they pick from a box of misc. small prizes (leftover from previous summers, Scholastic crap, stuff that came with movies, etc.). Blue pebbles they get candy ($1 each roughly) and red pebbles they get to pick a free book. There are fewer blue and red pebbles.

High School Program, 9th-12th grade
Teens have a reading log (which I borrowed from the adult program). They get a raffle ticket for each book they read and program they attend. These raffle tickets are put into the grand prize drawings. I have 6 grand prizes, half will be drawn in June and half in July, and a whole bunch of book sets to draw from in August. The grand prizes are gift certificates to local places - a popular coffee shop, athletic center, craft/art glass place, and salon and some donated prizes that my associate provided.