Thursday, April 11, 2019

Library on the Go: Winter/Spring 2019


Library on the Go is the outreach bookmobile I run from the back of my car. No, that's not shady at all... It consists of a varying number of paperback easy readers and beginning chapter books which kids are allowed to check out without requiring a library card. There are no due dates or fines. They can return the materials to any library and they will (eventually) make their way back to me. If they do not return them, I have given them a book and that's good too!

The books are funded through a mix of grants, cataloged as professional on a serials record without titles or authors, and I circulate them by checking them out on an outreach card so we get circulation numbers but they're not tied to the kids checking them out. They are usually limited to 1 or 2. I've had as many as 8 bins but right now am at about 3-4.

Depending on the venue, a Library on the Go visit may be me, a few boxes of books, and bookmarks. It may include a craft or project, a storytime or other giveaways. I currently visit two schools during the school year and a variety of venues in the summer.

  • 4-11-19 OPtions virtual charter school
    • About 20 kids
    • Lots of the little kids hurried over to check out books - I am REALLY low on easy readers. Big kids fooled around with drawing supplies and I invited all the kids to our upcoming Star Wars party, but there weren't many Star Wars fans. Not the right group for it I think. A couple of the teens were hoping for a program just for them, but I have a hard time getting teens in and so their programs usually end up being middle schoolers.
  • 4-3-19 Tibbets
    • 2 classes of 1st graders about 40 kids.
    • We read Interrupting chicken and the elephant of surprise and Chicken big and the kids were very excited to pick out books - still lots of requests for Bad Guys but I'm all out!
  • 4-2-19 Jackson Elementary School
    • Wrap-around after school care (13 kids)
    • Bigger group tonight. We painted pots and planted seeds to go with their gardening project, focusing on reading the backs of the seed packets. I checked out a couple books, some of the kids are more enthusiastic readers than others.
  • 3-7-19 OPtions virtual charter school
    • About 30 kids
    • There are a lot of new students and they were having recess indoors, so I got quite a few kids checking out books and a bunch made little felt/popsicle stick puppets.
  • 3-5-19 Jackson Elementary School
    • Wrap-around care (about 10 kids)
    • Small group. We did sand painting (large bins, paper, art sand, glue, popsicle sticks) and my associate came and helped. I should have had cardstock or cardboard for the paintings, but the kids got the idea quickly and I had a lot of sample pictures that tied in with the geography theme. About half the kids checked out books.
  • 3-5-19 OPtions virtual charter school
    • Visited by my associate. She said they were busy with some unexpected events so not many checked out books.
  • 2-20-19 Tibbets 1st Grade
    • Two first grade classes - about 40 kids total
    • I'm running low on books, so I said one each and we mostly stuck to that. They want more Bad Guys, nonfiction easy readers, and disaster/weather books. We read Misunderstood Shark and learned about how they can barf up their stomachs.
  • 2-5-19 Jackson Elementary School
    • After school/wrap-around (about 15 kids)
    • I brought cardboard boxes and hot glue to go with their building theme, as well as a basket of books for their center. Checked out about 10 books and helped paint a model of the Statue of Liberty!
  • 2-5-19 OPtions virtual charter school
    • Visited by my associate
  • 1-22-19 OPtions virtual charter school
    • About 30 kids total
    • Checked out about 20 books. This is the bigger group, but incipient winter storms meant a much smaller attendance than usual. We did have several kids use the ozobots and the main purpose, to introduce my new associate to the teachers, kids, and school so they can handle Tuesday visits in future, was fulfilled.
  • 1-17-19 OPtions virtual charter school
    • About 30 kids total
    • Checked out about 10 books. Brought the ozobots and the younger kids played with them a little, but they were going out for recess. Gave flyers to middle schoolers for Book Explosion (had 18 kids later that day as a result!)
  • 1-16-19 Tibbets Elementary School
    • One 1st grade class (2nd class was testing)
    • Read Bruchac's Rabbit's snow dance and checked out 2 books to each kid
  • 1-9-19 Jackson Elementary School
    • After school/wrap-around (about 15 kids)
    • Brought air-dry clay to go with their paleontology theme. I only checked out a couple books, but I also supply this group with a selection of library books each month so this is more of an outreach stop than a LOTG stop anyways.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Mo Willems: Pig Party!

Let's go for a drive!
  • Program Goals
    • Saturday program in spring
    • Celebrate Elephant and Piggie!
Stations
  • Craft: Elephant and Piggie Puppets
    • Create puppets with lunch bags and puppet pieces
    • Supplies
  • Craft: We are in a book
    • Create your own books
    • Supplies
      • Handmade paper, notebook paper
      • Scissors, staples
  • Craft: We are growing!
    • Create your own grass character puppets
    • Supplies
      • Green paper, markers, scissors, popsicle sticks, tape
  • Craft: The Cookie Fiasco
    • Create a cookie
    • Supplies
      • Cardboard circles (die cut)
      • Markers, decorations, glue
  • Craft: There is a bird on your head!
    • Decoupage an egg
      • Styrofoam eggs
      • Tissue paper
      • Glue
      • Paintbrushes
  • Craft: Today I will fly!
    • paper airplanes
  • Craft: Unlimited squirrels
    • old border papers, staples, scissors
    • Die cut brown leaves, brown felt
  • Game: Can I Play Too?
    • Mark off area
    • Game is to keep a balloon (ball) in the air without using your hands
    • Supplies
      • Balloons
      • Masking tape (to mark floor)
  • Game: Let's go for a drive/Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!
    • Masking tape road lines in lobby - have kids decorate cars and "drive" them in the lobby. Must take turns! At least one person to supervise!
    • Supplies
      • Cardboard boxes, stickers, markers
  • Food
    • I Really Like Slop!
      • cereal to mix and match
      • Supplies
        • Bowls, cups (for scooping), spoons
        • Breakfast cereal
    • Should I share my ice cream?
      • ice cream, bowls, spoons
      • server, napkins, trash can
    • Duckling gets a cookie?!
      • cookies from school, napkins
  • Decoration and Misc.
Evaluation

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Bookaneers: Setting sail on the sea of books



making puppets for Mr. Ball
Bookaneers is actually my private homage to China Mieville, but I am not going to tell the 1st graders that.
  • Program Goals
    • Meet patron request for more programs, specifically book clubs, for younger readers
    • Collaborate with school reading specialists to meet the needs of struggling readers
    • Encourage kids to build reading skills and enjoy reading!
    • Attendance: 5 kids (grades 1-3)
4:30-4:35: Introduction (new attendees and beginning of the year)
  • Introductions
  • How Bookaneers works
    • At the first meeting, or when they attend for the first time, kids receive a binder with a variety of starter sheets. They can get more sheets as needed from me or at the next meeting. They do not have to fill in the sheets for each book, they're just for fun and to help them remember what they read. 
    • Books are due at the next meeting. They have a due date taped to the front of each book. Don't forget your library card!
    • It's ok if you don't feel like talking about your book or didn't finish.
    • It's ok to have a parent or friend help you read and/or write in your binder
    • We all read at different levels and speeds. This isn't a contest or a class; we're here to have fun reading together!
4:30 - 5:00: Discussion and craft
  • Make/decorate notebooks and bookmarks if it's the first meeting, discuss what books they like and why and what their favorite things are. 
  • Otherwise, crafts and talking about our books! We talk about genres, what makes a book funny, scary, or sad, expand on nonfiction topics, learn new vocabulary (I'm still trying to get them to remember "anthropomorphic"), and discuss the art in the books. Sometimes the crafts tie into books, sometimes it's just whatever I came up with earlier that day.
  • Final meeting we decorate t-shirts and the kids get a free book
5:00-5:15: Booktalks, snack
  • The kids get a snack (I try to make it something relatively healthy - dried fruit, pretzels, goldfish, apples, etc.) and I booktalk the selections for next time.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to keep from the prize cart.
5:15-5:30: Choosing books and wrap-up
  • Kids pick their book(s) for next time, finish crafts, younger siblings come in and eat snacks, etc.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Outreach Storytime: Chickens

  • Program goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
    • Promote upcoming chick hatching
Toddlers (*nonfiction)


Preschool and kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • I got a chicken for my birthday by Laura Gehl (J 2019)
Long stories (*nonfiction)
  • Chicken Big by Keith Graves (J 2019)
  • Interrupting chicken and the elephant of surprise by Ezra Stein (J 2019)
Movement and music
Early literacy skills/Vocabulary/Concepts

Marketing
  • Invitations to Bookaneers book club
possible books
three hens and peacock
chicken lily
snow hens
fox and the hen
chickens to the rescue
hensel ninja chicks
little red henry
Fox and the Hen by Eric Battut
flannelboard: Five little ducks
Mr. Duck/Here's a little egg
Duck to the rescue by John Himmelman