Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Outreach Storytime: Rain, Rain, don't go away!

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
    • Teach kids about weather
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • The Big Storm by Nancy Tafuri (TJ 2019)
Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • Boom! Boom! Boom! by Jamie Swenson (TJ 2019)
  • Mushroom in the rain by Mirra Ginsburg (TJ 2019)
  • Blue on blue by White (J 2019)
  • Duck and Hippo in the rainstorm by London (TJ 2019)
Long stories (*nonfiction)
  • *When rain falls by Melissa Stewart (TJ 2019)
  • Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld (TJ 2019)
  • When the rain comes by Alma Fullerton (J 2019)
Movement and Music
Early Literacy Skills/Vocabulary/Concepts: Repetition, animal habits in rain, counting

  • Elephant bookmarks (they have a cut-out ear). Tell the kids they had good elephant ears for listening (even if they hadn't listened...positive reinforcement!)

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Outreach: Elkhorn Mini Maker Faire

The Elkhorn Mini Maker Faire started in 2018. It's the brainchild of a science/PLTW teacher and the high school librarian. Because our school district is awesome, they invite me to participate! I like to take a wide variety of hands-on materials showcasing our maker spaces, maker kits, and maker workshops. These are our projects and supplies

Maker Projects and Supplies
  • 2 sewing machines
    • pre-cut fabric squares and trim for handles, thread, scissors
  • Button maker
    • includes 2 punches, old magazines and books, paper templates, gel pens
  • Looms
    • Melissa and Doug loom and round loom, yarn
  • Ozobots
    • Classroom set, markers, paper
  • Spirograph
    • paper, pens
  • DIY puppets
    • large popsicle sticks, felt, glue dots, scissors, permanent markers
Technology, materials
  • Bloxels
  • 2 ipads (mini and other), scanner, hotspot
  • Books, circulating maker kits (bags for checkout)
  • extension cords
  • camera
  • water, snacks
  • Holder for flyers
  • Sign-up/interest sheet for maker workshops and ozobots
  • Newsletters
  • Flyers: Train tracks, Elephant and Piggie, Cupcake Wars, Bookaneers, Minecraft, Sewing workshops
  • I worked about 8-5, with a colleague there with his family giving me a break around noon. I had one staff member scheduled 8-2 and one of my teens scheduled 1-5. I also had a middle school volunteer 8-11 and my teen aide's mom took the tables back to the library in her van. I had to send my associate back for stuff I missed in the morning and she took a load with her when she left at 2; the rest we fit in my car.
  • Looms, bloxels, and DIY puppets weren't used. I might take the Osmo next time.
  • The school generously gave us a lot of space, so we had two tables for ozobots, two tables for checkout and button-making, a table for the spirograph, and a table for sewing. Some people didn't realize the sewing was our table because it was around the corner and next time I'd flip it so people aren't sitting with their back to the room; we would have had more people watching/participating if they could have seen better I think.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Zoey and Sassafras: Magic and Science

green tulle cloak, sassafras fuzzy friend
and blue unicorn slime

  • Program goals
    • Promote beginning chapters
    • School-age program with wide appeal


  • Unicorn slime
    • I got the idea from Better Homes and Gardens but I had them adapt it to use with liquid starch and borax. I'm not paying for that much contact lens solution or whatever and there's nothing wrong with borax if you don't eat it.
    • Recipes from previous slime programs
    • We added shaving cream and food coloring and played around with it.
  • Tutus
    • I had ribbon and fabric tape and a lot of tulle. I helped the kids pin their tulle choices to the ribbon and then zigzag stitched them on. We made both capes and tutus.
  • Caterflies/magical fluffy friends
    • Pompoms, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, glue dots

I also had our microscope out for the kids to use and several enjoyed looking at that.