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.