Friday, January 19, 2018

Come Alive with Books

This is the second four year old kindergarten outreach event that I've joined. At the dinosaur event, fall 2017, I just came with baskets of dinosaur books and was the "reading corner." I had library literacy and checked materials out to people with remote circulation.

For Come alive with books, I put together over 8 baskets of themed books, plus book lists. Each of the 4k teachers created activities and a table for their books. I worked really hard to tell people that they could check out ANY of the books in the room - at all the teacher tables, not just in the reading corner! I also told the kids at the outreach I went to in the morning that they would see me that evening. It definitely paid off! Although family turnout for this event was lower than the dino one, I had a much better individual turnout at my table.

  • Several families said they hadn't been planning on coming, but their kids said they had to go to see Ms. Jennifer!
  • I renewed cards for several people who hadn't used the library for years
  • Several more people promised to come in and get cards for themselves or their kids (I let one take books without a card - don't tell anyone!)
  • I wrote down a list of people whose addresses etc. I updated - I'll need to go over them again at work where I have access to the complete database to make sure all the details got in.
  • I checked out over 3 baskets of books - well over 50 titles!
  • I gave out a lot of library event calendars
  • About 10 people took Read and Grow (1,000 books before kindergarten) folders.
Book list handouts - I am kicking myself that I forgot to put our logo on them! Oh well, next time. Extras went with the schools to hand out later to kids and parents.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Messy Art Club: Painting and all the variations thereof

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Basic Painting Supplies
  • Finger Paint
    • Large popsicle sticks
    • Paper plates as palettes
  • Regular paint cups
  • Paint brushes, paper
  • Wipes, paper towels, sink
  • Plastic tablecloths, aprons
Notes: Be sure to save one table for finished creations, be vigilant for spills, and encourage the kids to think outside the box. I don't usually wash out the brushes but just toss them because life is too short.

Evaluation and specific painting programs