Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bookaneers: Setting sail on the sea of books



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 online 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!
4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
  • 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!
5:15-5:30: Booktalks, Voting
  • I booktalk each book and have them vote on which one they want. It depends on how many kids attend. Sometimes I write/draw them on the chalkboard. Sometimes I put them on the whiteboard or put bowls in front of the books for them to put their names in. Sometimes the group is small enough not to have to take turns.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to keep from the prize cart.
  • 9-8-17
    • Attendance: 8
    • Craft/Project: Decorating binders
    • Notes: First meeting. 2 kids will be coming but couldn't make it and I invited 2 more. A lot of boys this time around and mostly easy readers I think.
  • 5-2-17
    • Attendance: 8
    • Craft/Project: Decorating t-shirts
    • Notes: Last meeting so it was a party.
  • 4-4-17
    • Attendance: 10
    • Craft/Project: Make your own map of the Land of Fake-Believe
    • Notes: Two of my boys are getting a bit rowdy....
  • 3-7-17
    • Attendance: 14
    • Craft/Project: Painting pots (dirt and seeds)
    • Notes: I may need to split this up more. This is a LOT of kids of varying reading abilities, interests, and attention levels! I did get new kid who hates reading to take several books though.
  • 2-7-17
    • Attendance: 10
    • Craft/Project: Finger knitting, cardboard "medals"
    • Notes: The kids didn't take to the finger knitting, except one table who already knew how. A couple new kids, one of whom hates reading. Challenge accepted.
  • 1-10-17
    • Attendance: 7
    • Craft/project: favorite animal books, string and cup telephones
    • Notes: Most of the regulars were gone - weather etc. But I had a whole group of new kids, ranging from kindergarten to third grade. The phones turned out a bit difficult as most of the kids needed help (and then they kind of whacked each other with them).
  • 12-6-16
    • Attendance: 7 (+2 came late)
    • Craft/Project: Holiday ornaments
    • Notes: Some kids were disappointed that we didn't have book-specific crafts. I was too tired from last week's craziness.
  • 11-1-16
    • Attendance: 10 (plus 1 sibling and 1 attendee who came afterwards)
    • Craft/Project: Create your own alien/monster; decorate mini tins
    • Notes: I checked out 45 books! The kids hadn't quite finished some of the longer titles from last time.
  • 10-4-16
    • Attendance: 8
    • Craft/Project: decorating magnifying glasses, comic story starters, pig masks
    • Notes: Everyone was very chatty and enthusiastic. We were having so much fun we barely had time to pick out our next books! The Great Pet Escape and Bramble and Maggie were both favorites.
  • 9-6-16
    • Attendance: 9
    • Craft/Project: Cutting up F&Gs to make bookmarks, decorating precut bookmarks.
    • Notes: I wasn't able to make reminder calls b/c we were closed on Mondays and it was the first day of school on Tuesday. I did send out some reminders earlier in the day and 6 kids from last year returned, 1 more came who I invited at the end of the year, and 2 who happened to be there. I signed up one more afterwards and there are 2 more who should be coming later. The first meeting was a short one as usual, but there was lots of enthusiasm. I may need to have a talking stone or something like that. This group is mostly at a higher reading level, so I need some more challenging choices.
  • 5-3-16
    • Attendance: 6
    • Notes: Couple new kids came this last time. They were all very excited to get their books and I am going to call to remind people next year.
  • 4-5-16
    • Attendance: 4
    • Notes: People forgot to come back after Spring Break last week! I think next year I am going to have people sign up with an email or phone and make reminder calls on Monday. 1 newbie, 1 came in late and I had to coax to get them to check something out.
  • 3-1-16
    • Attendance: 3
    • Notes: Small attendance due to the weather and school being closed but we had fun and two who haven't come for a while came back and enjoyed the quieter atmosphere. We painted snakes.
  • 2-2-16
    • Attendance: 7
    • Notes: Really good turnout despite the icy weather! Two new attendees, although one may prefer to move up to the older group. We'll see. Big Fat Cow is still making the rounds - the kids keep returning it and then somebody else wants to check it out!
  • 1-5-16
    • Attendance: 5
    • Notes: We're having so much fun! I'm thrilled that some of my struggling readers are enjoying their books, reading with their parents, etc. Two regulars didn't make it tonight - they came and picked up their books later. One new attendee.
  • 12-1-15
    • Attendance: 8
    • Notes: Last time I ran out of books - this time I had too many! The kids were a bit hyper. I think instead of drawing the titles, I need something more visual - bowls for them to put their names in or something.
  • 11-3-15
    • Attendance: 7
    • Notes: 1 boy could not attend and checked out his book beforehand. I did not have enough books! Every single one was checked out - kids wanted to take multiple books and I let them. One grandparent and one parent sat in and one mom afterwards asked if we could have book club in the summer (probably not, but I'll think about it). We had 2 boys, 1 returning from last year, and almost all 1st and 2nd graders with one 3rd grader.
  • 10-6-15
    • Attendance: 3 registered, 3 attended
    • Notes: This was a bit of a wash-out. One of the attendees came by mistake - she meant to come next week with her friends who have all graduated up to the older book club. The other two were sisters, one who is only four. Not that I really mind, b/c she's a sweetie and joins in happily. Clearly I had overblown expectations from starting in February earlier this year - most kids are in sports or other after school activities in the fall apparently. I sent some marketing home with the sisters who go to a parochial school and I am going to reach out to the homeschoolers and schools (again).
  • 5-5-15
    • Attendance: 9
    • Connections/Feedback: I had a very good response from kids this year and I'm looking forward to next year - the older kids were excited about a new book club and the prize books were a hit!
    • Notes: I didn't have snacks b/c we had paint. I had candy left over from summer that they got to pick along with their free book.
  • 4-7-15
    • Attendance: 11
    • Connections/Feedback: 1 new member for the first time and three new that I just collected from the library. Only one of my boys came - this is turning into an all girls group! I now have a total of 16 kids registered!
    • Notes: Lots more kids wanted Notebook of Doom than I had copies. I also ran out of Best Friends and Ranger in Time. I need at least 4 copies of each book I think.
  • 3-3-15
    • Attendance: 8
    • Connections/Feedback: I have 13 registered but the weather is not helping! One new person came - they were sick at the last meeting.
    • Notes: I just kind of played this by ear in discussions. We talked about genres, what makes a book funny, why cats have whiskers, how reptiles sense things, and illustrations. I collected the books to return too early - I should do that later next time. I also let the kids take extra books to check out.
  • 2-3-15
    • Attendance: 11 registered, 7 attended
    • Feedback/Connections: 
    • Notes: We went about 40 minutes. I knew all the kids and they had a great time. The Brownies came a little early and helped me clean up. I had to help circ check out the books. I have six girls and one boy and they all meshed very nicely.
    • I put about 10 books, notebooks, and notes to the parent at the circ desk if anyone wants to join later.

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