Saturday, December 10, 2016

Santa's Kitchen

Aide and volunteer set up the sink
  •  Program Goals
    • Offer a community holiday program
    • Offer a weekend program to finish off the programming season
    • Encourage new families to visit the library and connect
I was sure I'd written this program up earlier than 2013, but either I lost it when I transferred to this new blog or I just dreamed that I did. That happens to me a lot - I'm very productive in my dreams. This is our traditional end of year holiday program. I do it on the 2nd Saturday in December and it usually marks the end of our programming for the year. I've been doing it for quite a while - in 2010 we did gingerbread houses (hugely popular but a massive time sink) and then starting in 2011 we switched to cookie decorating. I added ornaments in 2012 and I used to do fancy wire stars but now that I have a big ornament program the Thursday before we just do pipecleaners.

Project: Ornaments
  • Pipecleaners, beads
  • wrapping station - wrapping paper, tape
Project: Cookie decorating

  • 250 plain sugar cookies in holiday shapes and 6 lbs red, green, and white frosting ($100)
  • Cookie decorations - m&ms, sprinkles, chocolate chips ($15)
  • Holiday plates, napkins, and tablecloths (3 yards per table if you're doing wrapping paper)
  • Paper plates, plastic bowls, plastic spoons
  • Two small tables by the door for cookie serving, sink and trash can behind, window seat at far end for Nutcracker display (chair and piano bench), dancers in lobby (leave far door locked, chair barrier). Tables lined up against wall with bulk for cookies, 3-4 for ornaments.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Scholastic Book Fair

This isn't a program, but I need to record my notes for posterity - and so that when I do it again, three years from now, I can remember everything I forgot about last time I did it...

The Set-Up

  • 5 cases (2 middle grade, 2 preschool, 1 beginning reader)
  • Boxes - extra board books, cookbooks, super value
  • The cases open to form a closed in circle with two of our light white tables against the wall in the middle. We borrow one small round table for the cookbooks and the cash register goes on the study table from the teen area.
  • It takes a day to set up, 1 person unpacking in the morning, one in the afternoon. More people go faster - sometimes. We generally don't decorate, unless you count decorations we cadged from the school's last fair.
The Running
  • Most of our traffic comes from families and grandparents - generally afternoons. Having the fair during a big community event (Santa reception) or program helps a lot.
  • Three days is enough for anyone. Many are willing but even with directions the cash register is confusing to some. Be prepared to clear your schedule and run the fair yourself (especially set-up and take-down). Don't forget change. It takes about an hour to run all the reports etc. afterwards and you still need to pack everything.
The Money
  • Checks are not worth the hassle. Cash is easier - if the amount is small enough you can use a credit card to pay the book fair. Credit cards are the preferred payment method of most.
What people buy
  • People do not like toys - esp. all the junky activity kits and all the little bits of register crap. We have no space for them in our tiny fair, they're easy theft items, and parents get annoyed that the kids fuss and cry when they want them to take books.
  • Paperbacks do the best. Very few people buy expensive hardcovers.
  • Grandparents and parents want more board books (actual board books, not media-tie-ins and novelty books).
  • Teen books don't get purchased. The teens who read have no money.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Messy Art Club: Recycled Art (3-D Collage)

  • Program Goals: 
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35

  • Project: Monster Boxes
    • Supplies
      • Recycled tissue boxes, egg cartons
      • Bookmark templates (if doing bookmarks)
      • Colored/patterned paper, paper scraps 
      • Decorations (pipe cleaners are very popular)
      • Glue, scissors, tape
    • Instructions and Notes
      • I originally got this idea from a display idea on Keeping up with kids: Monster boxes and I sometimes do Monster bookmarks although those aren't always popular.
  • Project: Bottle Cap Art
    • Supplies
      • Bottle caps (donated, a large box full)
      • Permanent markers
      • Paint; paintbrushes
      • Recycled card stock
      • Glue
      • Tablecloths
    • Instructions and Notes
      • How it works: Kids decorate bottle caps with permanent markers or paint, glue to card stock to create pictures.
  • Project: 3-D Collage Sculptures
    • Supplies:
      • Styrofoam balls from S&S Worldwide
      • pipe cleaners (teacher packs from Discount School Supply)
      • felt scraps, sparkles, yarn, ribbon, foil scraps, wiggly eyes, pom-poms
      • glitter glue, permanent markers
      • glue dots, glue, tacky glue, scissors
      • plastic tablecloths


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Take Home Storytime: Winter holidays (Christmas)

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes for the future
    • Last used December 2016
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Winter holidays

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about the books. What characters do you see in the books? What do they do for the holidays? What does your family do for the holidays? How are you the same and different?

Get ready to WRITE by using fine motor skills to decorate your holiday craft.

SING a holiday song or rhyme. Rhyming and clapping rhythms helps children hear the sounds in words, part of phonological awareness. The following rhymes are great for recognizing rhythms and there are several versions online.
  • Five little cookies sitting on a plate
  • Five little snowmen standing in a row
PLAY by decorating the craft in your bag. You can make a Christmas ornament or just something sparkly and fun!

READ together! The following books focus on various aspects of not only Christmas but also seasonal and winter topics.
  • Millie in the snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
  • Who would like a Christmas tree? by Ellen Obed
  • Christmas Wombat by Jackie French
  • Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve by Janet Stoeke
For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fairy Tale Adventure

Balloon monsters are always popular
  • Program Goals
    • Get people into the library before winter
    • Saturday program for working families
    • Catch leftover enthusiasm of Halloween
    • Encourage families to check out fairy tales
    • Attendance: 50
Enchanted Forest (lobby)
Create wings and masks

  • Cardboard wings from Discount School Supply
  • Cardboard and paper masks (die cut)
  • Decorations
  • Large popsicle sticks
  • Regular tape, staples, scissors, glue dots, glue
  • Wipes, paper towels
Deep in the Enchanted Forest (community room)
Half of the community room was set up to make swords (and decorate shields they collected on their journey) the other half was for fighting balloon monsters.

  • Pasteboard strips (donated)
  • Duct tape (silver, gold, grey)
  • Balloons, markers
Gingerbread house (storyroom)
This was for puppet and block play with a few extra crafts.

  • Die-cut gingerbread people
  • Markers, crayons, glitter glue
  • Pencils (for wands)
  • Ribbon
  • Tape, scissors
Fairy Tale Journey (throughout library)
I created a brand-new Fairy Tale Journey. The "magic jewels" were glitter stickers, rhinestones, and pearl beads. I made the mini treasure boxes out of old vhs cases and the pictures on the top of each box for the clues are here.

Instructions for staff

Photo album of event can be found on the library's Facebook page. (includes pictures of staff and set-up)


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Messy Art Club: Collage

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Construction paper
  • Handmade paper (donated from a patron)
  • Paper and tissue scraps
  • Construction paper
  • Recycled cardstock for bases
  • Old magazines
  • Decorations - feathers, sparkly things
  • Die cuts - precut
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Glue, scissors, tape, staplers, hole punches, pencils

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: What floats, what flies

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage kids to think about how and why things float and fly
    • Encourage creative thinking and problem solving
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Making Boats
  • Styrofoam plates and bowls
  • Ribbon, straws
  • Paper, foil, wax paper, tape, markers
Project: Making paper airplanes
  • Paper
  • Rulers, pencils, scissors
  • Tape, Foil, wax paper, rubber bands, popsicle sticks
  • Ladder and masking tape for the floor
  • Paper airplane books

Baby Crafting

  • Program Goals
    • Give parents some simple crafts they could do for their babies
    • Substitute for Ms. Pattie
I have learned the hard way that it's really pointless to substitute for Ms. Pattie's baby storytime/playgroup. The babies get upset at a stranger and I'm not really a baby person - it's something you have to build up over time and repeated programs. So, I came up with an idea to do baby crafting! We put out all the toys for the babies (and toddlers) to play with and had two projects for the moms to work on.
  • Discovery Bottles
    • Recycled sturdy plastic bottles (cleaned)
    • Bells, sparkles, and misc. items
    • Duct tape and funnels
The caregivers, with or without their kids, could put things in the bottles and then duct tape the lids shut. Done.
  • Texture books
    • Shirt cardboard cut into squares and hole-punched
    • Fabric with a variety of textures
    • Yarn, kitchen shears and strong scissors, wood glue
The caregivers, with or without their kids, glued scraps of textured and colored fabric to the cardboard then tied the squares together into a book. We had originally intended to do blocks, as suggested by Library Bonanza, but we ran into a number of difficulties ranging from "the first thing 90% of these kids will do with blocks is to throw them at each other" to needing the blocks of wood for something else! So we came up with this.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Toddler Substitute Storytime: Farm

  • Program Goals
    • No children crying because I am not Ms. Pattie
    • Everyone has fun
    • Farms because it's Farm Technology Week
  • Simms Taback's Farm Animals
  • Peekaboo! On the farm by Cocorette
  • The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
  • This little chick by John Lawrence
  • Cows to the rescue by John Himmelman
  • Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
  • Die-cut farm shapes
  • Paper plates with a slit precut to put the puppets through
  • Crayons, popsicle sticks, tape
  • 7-19-16
    • 10am: 40
    • 11am: 15
    • Notes: Hot and sweaty but everyone had fun

Friday, July 8, 2016

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

This is our 4th annual stuffed animal sleepover. We have weathered the 4 foot tiger, the escape of the hamster (it was NOT my idea to take him out of the cage!), the animals playing poker (again, NOT my idea), irate parents, and the unexpected arrival of 50+ animals, instead of the 20 that everyone else seems to get.

Every year I do it a little differently, depending on what day it falls on, how tired I am, how many people show up to help, etc.

Basically, kids drop off their animals and we ID them. This year I got a cool superhero id badge from another librarian that was awesome. At some point while we're closed for the holiday, I come in with whatever help I can collect and my volunteers take pictures. I then upload the pictures into a Souvenir Booklet for each kid. You can see one of this year's booklets here.

At some point, I make some kind of slideshow and/or posts for Facebook. This year I scheduled posts all Friday afternoon and my associate will hopefully turn the full selection of pictures into a slideshow for Utube on Monday. I had 3 friends taking pictures this year and it took about an hour and a half. Loading all the photos into the booklets took about 3 hours because I forgot to tell my helpers to take the photos in groups and not randomly!

This is a great way to promote the library and it offers a fun and fairly labor-free program for kids who don't get to go on vacation over the holiday. It's a nice thing to look forward to and marks the division between the two months of summer.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Toddler Drive-In

  • Program Goals
    • Fun and easy program during off program week.
    • Cute pictures to advertise the library
  • Boxes
  • Stickers
  • Paper plates
  • duct tape, masking tape, regular tape
  • scissors
  • Snacks
I had the kids use the stickers, markers and crayons to decorate their boxes and paper plates. The paper plates became both wheels and steering wheels. I gave everyone about 20 - 30 minutes to play with the boxes, and then we all lined up and watched cartoons for about 20 - 30 minutes and had some snacks.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We Explore Favorite Artist Il Sung Na

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Leo Il Sung Na and his art
    • Encourage building motor skills
    • Encourage experimenting with artistic techniques
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Collage and water colors (10-10:15)
I encouraged them to do the watercolors first and then add the paper pieces with small dots of glue.
  • Supplies
    • Watercolor pencils
    • Scrapbooking paper
    • Paintbrushes, scissors, glue, water cups
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug
This is a new artist for this series, but I've used his books in other storytimes before. We ended up talking more about the books than the art specifically - especially habitats and finding animals in the pictures. Several kids were very into discussing patterns though.
  • Books
    • Thingamabob
    • Hide & Seek
    • Welcome Home Bear
    • Opposite Zoo
  • Supplies
    • Fruit Loops
    • Dixie cups and napkins
Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:45-11)
I was able to add Il Sung Na as an artist because he branched out into a new painting technique in Opposite Zoo.
  • Supplies
    • Paint, paper, brushes

Friday, June 24, 2016

Maker Workshop: Beading

Program Goals
  • Teach kids new skills
  • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
  • Promote nonfiction
  • Beading tools, scissors
  • Crimps, clasps, wire, beading string, earring pieces
  • Beads
  • Bowls to collect beads
Resources and Display Titles
  • I forgot to write these down - and nobody really looked at them anyways.
Kids will have the opportunity to create a variety of beaded projects and learn some basic beading skills along the way. 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.
  • Can safely use beading implements with minimal supervision (sharp pliers, wire)
  • Ability to thread small beads onto wire.
  • I reminded everyone of the "tools not toys" rule.
  • I demonstrated how to make a basic dangly earring with headpins and how to use a crimp to tie off a bracelet or necklace.
  • I also made a short length of crocheted beaded wire and a shark's tooth pendant. I have a sewn bead piece, but I don't know how to do that myself.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Summer Reading: 2016 Edition

I'll be updating this over the next month, especially adding more details about the activity bags.

Every year I tweak summer reading a little more. This year, thanks to a generous donation from our Friends, I was able to give out bags and I used an idea from a conference - labels instead of registration. I also started putting together activity packs for prizes - my hope is to eventually completely replace food coupons. I also split the programs in two (passes halfway through and a book at the end) and expanded the younger kids program to include 3s and 4s. I have basic instructions for any staff who need to refer to something.

Ready, Set, Read
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read
  • Ages 5-12
  • Bags (I printed labels with the schools on them and counted those instead of bags)
  • Kids can choose a prize at registration (prizes donated by a local artist - bookmarks etc.)
  • Halfway prize - passes to local attractions
    • Old World Wisconsin
    • Milwaukee Museum and Planetarium
    • Country Springs Water Park (bogo)
    • MKE Wave
  • July/August reading calendar
  • Free book as final prize
Both of these programs get the same incentives. Every five days that are marked off (reading or literacy activities) they get a sticker. Every week they visit the library they get a "surprise". They can accumulate stickers but not weekly surprises. I call them surprises so that I don't have to plan them in advance!
  • 6th grade and up
  • Bags (I did have teens register so I could match them up with names when they won)
  • Teens can choose a prize at registration (prizes donated by a local artist - bookmarks etc.)
  • Teens put their checkout receipts (or a small form) into a box and I draw names from it each week. Their prizes are books and candy bars.
Summer Reading Outreach

Friday, June 10, 2016

Library Camp-Out

  • Program Goals
    • Kick off summer with a casual and fun program
    • Promote the library as a community destination
    • Attendance: 20
  • Welcome everyone, pass out snacks (marshmallows, teddy grahams, chocolate chips in cups), get settled in Storyroom
6:45 to 7:15
Start in Storyroom with creepy stories from mild on up
    • Squeaky door
    • Creepy carrots
    • Monster and the tailor
    • Book that eats people
    • Haunted hamburger
    • Curse of the campfire weenies
    • Half-Minute Horrors
  • Kids and families move out as the stories get too scary. Aide helps them check out, sign up for summer reading, they can also run around the library.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Summer Field Trips, School Visits, and Outreach

Most popular book at every school visit,
with every grade. I kid you not!
This is a record for posterity and my own peace of mind, organizing all my school visits. I don't post this until after the visits, so I'm not making a record of which classes are visiting me when for the perusal of the internets.
  • May 26, Thursday
    • West Side, 2nd grade, 3 classes, 67 kids (1-2:45)
      • Tour w/Jess (2nd grade community walk tour)
      • Scavenger Hunt
      • Summer preview and storytime (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • Read-Aloud
          • Mother Bruce
          • Hoot Owl
          • Frog on a Log
        • Nonfiction
          • Koala Hospital
          • Glow
          • Free spirit doodles
        • Chapter books
          • MVP: Gold Medal Mess
          • Fluffy strikes back
          • Stick Cat
          • Race the Wild
          • Haunted Library
          • West Meadows Detectives
          • Great Pet Escape
          • Hamster Princess of Mice and Magic
          • Sofia Martinez my family adventure
          • My pet human
          • Princess in Black and the hungry bunny horde
          • Olive and Beatrix
          • Stinky Cecil
          • Scary Tales
          • Mr. Ball An Egg-celent adventure
          • Kit-Kit-Kittens
          • Head lice
          • Dino-Mike
          • My life in pictures
      • We did our regular community friends - gingerbread people - craft, but I let them take them home instead of putting them up in the library.
  • May 27, Friday
    • Tibbets, 2nd grade, 3 classes, 52 kids (12-1:30)
      • Tour (2nd grade community walk tour)
      • Library cards (pre-signed)
      • Summer preview and storytime (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • see above
      • We did our regular community friends - gingerbread people - craft, but I let them take them home instead of putting them up in the library.
  • May 31, Tuesday (off-site at West Side)
    • Summer preview and storytime/booktalking (flyers handed out to teachers)
      • samples of summer materials, promote programs, remind teachers of library resources
    • 1st grade, (8:45-9:15)
      • use 2nd grade list
    • 4th grade (9:40-10:10)
      • Use 3rd grade and add
        • Gorillas up close
        • Alabaster Shadows
        • Courageous princess
        • Terrors from the deep
        • Extreme planet
        • Alamo All-Stars
        • Wishing day
    • 5th grade (10:15-10:40)
      • Use 4th grade and add
        • Slacker
        • Awkward
        • Worst night ever
        • Jewelry tips and tricks
        • Get a job making stuff to sell
        • Nail Care
        • Guts and Glory: Vikings
        • Rutabaga adventure chef
        • To kick a corpse
        • Infestation
    • Kindergarten (11:15-11:45)
      • additional read-alouds
        • I will chomp you!
        • Land shark
  • June 1, Wednesday
    • West Side, 3rd grade, 2 classes (9:30-11)
      • Tour w/Jess
      • Scavenger Hunt
      • Browsing and checkout
      • Butterfly (superhero) masks
      • Summer preview and booktalks (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • Use 2nd grade list and add
          • Trouble with ants
          • FukuFuku
          • Emily Feather
          • Magical animal adoption agency
          • Cici a fairy's tale
          • Science Comics: Dinosaurs
          • Living fossils
          • Mission Mumbai
          • Save me a seat
  • June 1, Wednesday (off-site at Tibbets)
    • Summer preview and storytime/booktalking (flyers handed out to teachers)
      • samples of summer materials, promote programs, remind teachers of library resources
    • 20 minutes per grade, use lists from earlier visits
      • 1st grade
      • 4th grade
      • 5th grade
      • Kindergarten
      • 3rd grade
  • June 2, Thursday (off-site at Jackson)
    • Summer preview and storytime/booktalking (flyers handed out to teachers)
      • samples of summer materials, promote programs, remind teachers of library resources
    • Half an hour per grade, use lists from earlier visits
      • 2nd grade
      • 3rd grade
      • Kindergarten
      • 1st grade
      • 4th grade
      • 5th grade
  • June 7, Tuesday
    • West Side, 3rd grade, 2 classes (9:30-11)
      • Tour
      • Scavenger Hunt
      • Browsing and checkout
      • Butterfly (superhero) masks
      • Summer preview and booktalks (flyers handed out to teachers)
        • Use 2nd grade list and add
          • Trouble with ants
          • FukuFuku
          • Emily Feather
          • Magical animal adoption agency
          • Cici a fairy's tale
  • June 7, Tuesday
    • OPtions (homeschool/charter school)
      • I gave a brief talk to the younger group (preschool/2nd grade) and the older group (3rd/5th). I had a selection of books for them to look at, check out, and summer reading materials. This was about 30-40 kids total. I was a bit burned out by this point.
  • June 8, Wednesday
    • Middle School (Gold Team 6th grade, 7th grade lunch)
      • I did a brief, 20 minute talk to 6th grade and then passed out fine-free coupons and let them look at the books. Meanwhile, Jess set up in the cafeteria and handed out fine-free coupons. We had our tablet to check out books to the 7th graders, but nobody had brought a card. Next year they might have a better idea we're coming though!
      • These are (most) of the books we brought, listed on Pinterest. Mainly the 6th grade titles, because those I booktalk.
  • June 9, Thursday
    • Middle School (Trailblazer Team 6th grade, 7th grade lunch, 8th grade lunch)
      • Same thing again, except we'd already seen these 7th graders. 8th graders were really uninterested, but I walked some books around to the tables and got a few sparks of interest.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Messy Art Club: Painting Things

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35

  • Project: Painting eggs
    • Supplies
      • Styrofoam eggs purchased from S&S Worldwide (240 for $80)
      • skewers, acrylic paint, brushes
      • water cups, aprons, tablecloths, wipes
      • drying boxes, pencils, file labels and pencils for egg tags
    • Instructions and Notes

      • I pre-skewer the eggs because they are sharp. It's better to poke the eggs into the box than lay them across. Make sure they label BEFORE they paint.

  • Project: Painting wooden items
    • Supplies
      • Wooden shapes (left over from various projects and prizes)
      • Wooden snakes (purchased in bulk two summers ago and only used a few)
      • Acrylic paint
      • Paper plates, paint brushes, aprons
      • wax paper, tablecloths
    • Instructions and Notes
      • I spread the wax paper out for kids to put their painted objects to dry on - just putting them on paper plates, etc. they stick
      • We don't use water cups - I tell them to take a new paint brush when they want to switch colors.

  • Project: Paint and laminate
    • Supplies
      • Die-cuts (die cut machine and paper)
      • Paint, paintbrushes
      • Markers, glitter glue
      • aprons, paper towels, paper plates
    • Instructions and Notes
      • Do NOT laminate shapes with glitter. Only paint, and they have to blot it first (paper towels)
      • I brought my small laminator over and I had a lot of small pouches left. These work best b/c in order to fill up a big pouch, you have to get a lot of pieces and people are usually in a hurry to leave.

  • Project: Paint pots and plant seeds
    • Supplies:
      • Small clay pots or plastic pots (Walmart) (plastic recyclables in case I run out)
      • Acrylic paint, brushes
      • tablecloths, paper plates, aprons
      • dirt, seeds
    • Instructions and Notes
      • Do NOT let the kids water their plants until they get home!
      • If you paint plastic pots, they will take a lot longer to dry than clay.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Winter Wigglers: Teddy Bear Hunt

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an active program during winter
    • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage parents to play with their children
    • Attendance: 20
I put this on my calendar with no clear idea of exactly what I was going to do. Then, suddenly, it was time! I didn't want to do a traditional "Going on a Bear Hunt" since we have that with the Ice Age Trail and mammoths in the fall and also it was too much work to set it up. So I put together some activity sheets based on Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, scattered bear paws around, and made paper puppets for the kids to collect and then use in the puppet theater. Kids hung out and it didn't take too long to set up, unlike the obstacle course.

  • 3-2-16
    • Attendance: 20
    • Notes: We had a major snowstorm the day before so the word didn't get out what we were doing. The people who came to hang out enjoyed it though.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Middle School Madness: Paint

  • Program Goals
    • Reach middle school students
    • Build relationships with after school center
    • Circulate materials
The last time I visited they requested a painting project. I had a bunch of mini pots I'd purchased with no clear idea in mind and figured this would work for them.

  • mini pots
  • acrylic paint, brushes
  • paper plates, tablecloth, paper towels


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Middle School Madness: Dangerous Art!

  • Program Goals
    • Reach middle school students
    • Build relationships with after school center
    • Circulate materials

I started visiting our local after school center (It's a volunteer-run religious group that shares space with the school. It's complicated) last fall. The kids' interest in the books I've brought varies - they prefer graphic novels they can skim through on the spot - but their enthusiasm for the art projects I've brought has been high. I told all the kids this was DANGEROUS and of course that made it more exciting.

  • old crayons
  • glue, pencil sharpeners, paper clips
  • pasteboard squares and strips (donated), paper, foil, freezer paper
  • iron, embossing heat tool (mine - brought it to share)
We basically fiddled around and melted stuff. The kids got really into making a crayon melt - they lined up a row of peeled crayons on a strip of pasteboard and melted them onto it, then held it against the foil and used the embossing tool to make them drip!


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Butterfly Celebration

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a Saturday program to kick off the winter/spring program session
    • Offer an all-ages program to cheer up the winter and get people thinking about the library as a destination
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Decorate butterfly wings, masks, and wands

How it works: Put everything out. Watch the glitter.

  • Butterfly wings from Discount School Supply (I bought over 100, part of my new "buy more than you think you'll need and you can use the extra later" theory of supplies)
  • Butterfly masks (cut from custom die cut)
  • Small paper butterflies (die cut)
  • Popsicle sticks (regular and large)
  • Decorations - ribbon, jewels, sequins, feathers, etc.
  • Tape, glue, glitter glue, markers, crayons, staplers, scissors
  • Tablecloths
Game: Butterfly matching game

Display: Butterfly books