Friday, May 29, 2015

Middle School Madness: Guess the Superhero

 After I finished reorganizing the teen area, we now have a shelf area devoted to our stealth programs. We kept the coloring pages, because they were so popular. Jess added a "Guess the superhero" game this week.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summer Reading 2015 Edition

My associate Jess with her Hero Headquarters display at the
The youth services desk
After much research, discussion, argument, gathering of statistics, etc. I finally have our new summer reading program ready. I wanted something that got rid of all the plastic crap, that didn't take up so much time administering, and that made it impossible for anyone to fall into the "library police" trap of having a ton of rules for kids and parents to follow. I also wanted to get away from counting reading (books or time) while still encouraging kids to read daily. The staff primarily wanted some kind of regular small prizes so they didn't get yelled at by parents. This is what we ended up with. Will it work? Only time will tell...

One of the major changes was that people can sign up starting after Memorial Day. Summer reading doesn't specifically start until June 6, but all the people coming in after my school visits will be able to get calendars. We're also going back to registration, for all ages, which will be done by staff on a simple online spreadsheet via Google Drive.

Rubber Ducky Readers
  • Ages 0-3
  • June log (receive a bath squirt when they turn it in in July)
  • July log (receive a board book when they turn it in in August)
  • Adapted from Marge Loch-Wouters' Rubber Ducky Club
  • Funded by Kohls cares for kids and United Way in 2013/2014
  • I would like to make some changes in this program - primarily I'd like to get rid of my very wordy logs and just use the handy early literacy calendars provided by WLA. However, I printed a LOT of logs while I had the $$ so we will be doing this for a few more years. I didn't have to purchase any additional prizes this year as I still had squirts and books left over.
Hard to see, but more stars...

Every Hero Has a Story
  • Ages 3-12
  • Receive a prize when they sign up
    • The competition has begun.
      West Side and Tibbets are
      obviously the schools with
      visiting classes...
    • Prizes donated by a local artist - primarily buttons with popular characters, animals, and also necklaces, bookmarks, etc. She and her staff made over 1,000 items for us!
  • Summer reading calendar
    • They cross off each day they read - no rules on how long or what they read
    • Every five days crossed off they get a sticker (they can add it to the superhero hideout in the children's area, but we're not pushing it)
    • They bring their calendar back in August for a packet of passes (6+) and a free book (as long as they have at least one day crossed off, they get the prize)
    • Every week they visit the library they get a coupon for a treat (so far I have pizza and I'm waiting on ice cream. if we run out there will be tootsie rolls or something)
  • Adapted from a gazillion sources, including suggestions from our adult services librarian who did something similar when she worked in children's services at another library.
Teen Summer Reading Club
  • 6th grade and up
  • Put their checkout receipts or drawing slip into a box. Every week I will draw names to win small prizes, all under $5.
    • Teen prize board. Teens names will be posted on the list
      and on facebook, then they pull off the prize they want. They are
      all numbered, matching the numbered prizes in my office.
    • Prizes right now include candy, fine forgiveness coupons, small gift cards, and books I've saved.
  • Adapted from a discussion on Facebook - I think Teen Librarians, although I don't remember who the original program came from. They had much bigger prizes, but pointed out that we could just do things that fit our budget...
Instructions for staff (not quite done)

Note - if you are borrowing my summer reading materials, which I am happy to lend, please remember that the "every hero" logos and artwork are copyright by CSLP, so if your library doesn't purchase that you will need to change them out.

Donated from a local school. The door opens! We're
going to hang the superhero capes from our toy
bags inside, so the kids can go in and Ta-Da! change
into superheroes a la Superman