Friday, October 25, 2019

Monstrous Mess: Slime Party

Aftermath of the morning session

  • Program Goals
    • Family event on no-school day
    • Neutral holiday program
    • Morning and afternoon sessions
    • Messy fun for everyone!
"Monstrous Mess" is the loose descriptor for the programs I have on our day off school at the end of October. Some years it coincides with our staff work day and we're closed, some years it doesn't land on a Friday. This year we were open, it landed on a Friday, and I had (I hoped) enough staff and materials.

  • White and clear glue. Not sure how much I started with - probably about 5 gallons of white and 5 gallons of clear. I know the kids like clear better, but I only had that b/c Discount School Supply had a sale. I had 1 1/2 gallons of clear left and about 5 small jugs of white.
  • 5 jugs of liquid starch (adult services librarian made a run to the store for more between sessions) and about 2 left over.
  • Shaving cream. Not sure how much I started with, maybe 5 cans? We picked up another 15 on the store run and had about 10 left.
  • Biocolor and tempera paint, including metallics and fluorescent.
  • Bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons.
  • Big popsicle stickers for stirrers
  • Borax - 1 1/2 boxes (a ton was left over, but I'd poured it out into a bin and I just dumped it. It's cheap)
  • Glitter - everything that was left in the basement, about 6 jars partially full.
  • Bag of pompoms
  • Sandwich bags to take slime home
  • Borrowed pitchers from the kitchen for hot water.
  • Big plastic bins for slop bowls
  • Plastic table coverings, aprons, towels, paper towels, portable sink with tarp under it.
I had recipes for three types of slime. "Classic Easy Goo" is the easiest to make and clean up. Stretchy slime is tricky, it takes patience to get the proportions of liquid starch and glue correct. Fluffy unicorn slime requires careful timing, getting the shaving cream added before the borax solidifies the glue. Instructions in publisher format here. (There's also a card of instructions for color-changing slime, but I rarely use that b/c the ingredients are expensive.)

I scheduled my three teen staff all day - one from 9-1, one from 10-5, and one from 12-6. Session one ran from 10 to almost noon (it was supposed to end at 11) and session two ran from 3:30-4:30 with a couple stragglers. Both took about an hour and a half to clean up. We cleaned the carpet after the final session and left most of the dishes to clean later. I will say this program is dependent on the attendees and the general behavior of our patrons - there were almost 0 drips or spills on the carpet in the morning session and only a few in the afternoon, resulting from some teens who are problematic but couldn't be watched closely in the rush and some families with a solo caregiver trying to watch wiggly little ones and help older kids simultaneously. I also had two teen volunteers helping in the afternoon and they stayed afterwards to help clean up.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Outreach Storytime: Folktales

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce kids to folktales
    • Complement school curriculum focusing on folktales
    • Distribute handout to encourage kids to visit the library
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • Gator, Gator, Gator by Daniel Bernstrom (2019)
Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • Elephant's garden by Jane Ray (2019)
  • No dinner by Jessica Souhami
  • Foxy by Jessica Souhami (2019)
  • That's good, that's bad by Aliki
  • Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems (2019)
Long Stories (*nonfiction)
  • How many donkeys by Margaret Read MacDonald (2019)
  • Party Croc! by Margaret Read MacDonald (2019)
  • The evil princess vs. the brave knight by Jennifer Holm (2019)
  • The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett
  • The great race by Nathan Scott
  • Footprints in the snow by Mei Matsuoka
Learning points
  • Folktales from difference cultures
  • Morals about kindness and helping others