Friday, November 30, 2018

Outreach Storytime: Dinosaurs

  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce kids to dinosaurs
    • Follow kids' interests
    • Distribute program marketing
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea (2018)
Preschool and kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • If you happen to have a dinosaur by Linda Bailey
  • (1 copy) Pterodactyl show and tell by Thad Krasnesky (2018)
  • Too many dinosaurs by Mercer Mayer
  • I'm big by Kate McMullan (2018)
  • I'm bad by Kate McMullan
  • Dinosaur kisses by David Ezra Stein (2018)
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson (2018)
Long stories (*nonfiction)
  • When dinosaurs came with everything by Elise Broach
  • (1 copy) Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos (2018)
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex Vs. Edna, the very first chicken by Douglas Rees (used spring 2018)
  • Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems (2018)
  • Edwina, the dinosaur who didn't know she was extinct by Mo Willems
Movement and music
Flannelboards and activities

Vocabulary/Learning objectives
  • Dinosaur names
  • Size comparison (big, little)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Book Explosion: Harry Potter

  • Program Goals
    • Meet the needs of kids transitioning out of Rock 'n' Read
    • Encourage both voracious and struggling readers
    • Attendance: 5 (grades 5 and up)
Theme: Harry Potter

  • Owl softies
  • Bamboo wands
  • Monster books
Harry Potter Read-Alikes
  • City of beasts by Isabel Allende
  • House with a clock in its walls by Bellairs
  • Iron Trial by Holly Black
  • Miss Ellicott's school for the magically minded by Blackwood
  • Children of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston
  • Lightning catcher by Cameron
  • Artemis Fowl by Colfer
  • Dark is rising by Susan Cooper
  • So you want to be a wizard by Duane
  • Charmed children of Rookskill castle by Fox
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • Un Lun Dun by Mieville
  • Worst witch by Jill Murphy
  • Potterwookie by Obert
  • Wizard for hire by Skye Obert
  • Akata witch by Okorafor (YA)
  • Shadowshaper by Older (YA)
  • Ordinary magic by Rubino-Bradway
  • Cabinet of wonders by Rutkoski
  • Magyk by Sage
  • Alchemist by Michael Scott
  • Emerald Atlas by Stephens
  • Spellbinder by Helen Stringer
  • Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
  • Rose by Holly Webb

Friday, November 9, 2018

Maker Workshop: Sewing Machines

  • Program Goals
    • Teach kids new skills
    • Offer the opportunity for hands-on learning
    • Promote nonfiction
    • Attendance: 10
Sewing Machines
  • 3 Elna sewing machines (purchased by the consortium)
  • Donated machines: 2 Brothers and a Dressmaker
  • Borrowed: 1 Janome
  • Some people bring their own machines
On Sewing Machines: The Elna machines are very basic - but unfortunately, their treadle feet are super sensitive. Even I have trouble getting them to go slowly and it's really hard for kids to regulate them. They're also difficult to thread - there's an automatic needle threader but it's not intuitive (we eventually gave up even trying to use this). The thread tends to get tangled and break a lot. We did better once we'd put in better thread, but they're still not ideal machines.

I had a Singer donated but it was too dirty and jammed - I gave it to a patron to try to fix. The two brothers are ok machines, albeit with a tendency to unthread themselves. The Janome (and the staff member who came with it) have worked the best. S is a quilter and has been an invaluable colleague, helping to thread machines, give advice, and troubleshoot the constantly glitching machines. The donated Dressmaker is an old-style metal machine. It works beautifully, but the kids are a little scared of it.

  • fabric (variety of quilting cottons and flannel from Jo-Ann)
  • needles, thread, seam-ripper, scissors (purchased a bunch of Fiskars big and little ones and wrote FABRIC ONLY on them), bobbins (brought extra from home), pins
  • Stuffing, elastic, and other notions
  • Tracing paper, rulers, pencils
  • Volunteers helped make more copies of the patterns from Sewing School, which I also include in my sewing kits.
Resources and Display Titles
  • Sewing practice paper sheets can be found in multiple places, but I like the ones at Family Consumer Sciences
  • Books
    • Sewing School (multiple titles)
    • Books by Jane Bull
    • Sew Creative by Jennifer Colin
    • Kid's guide to sewing by Sophie Kerr
    • Super simple sewing for kids by Curto
    • Creative kids complete photo guide to sewing by Bergeron
Kids, teens and adults are invited to join us for a maker workshop with sewing machines. You can register for one session or all three. Please be aware that the library has a limited number of sewing machines. If you are bringing your own machine, please note it in your registration.
Registration is required and space is limited, so if you are unable to attend please let the library know. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn basic sewing machine skills as well as choosing and completing a simple project.
  • Threading a machine
  • Controlling the treadle (foot control)
  • Sewing a straight line and curves
Required skills
  • Ability to work independently and wait patiently for assistance when needed.
  • Can safely use sewing implements with minimal supervision (needles and sharp scissors)
  • Ability to thread a needle (needle threaders will be provided) and knot the end.
  • Ability to safely use a sewing machine with limited supervision
  • Have sufficient motor control to use a foot pedal
  • The first time I offered this was in the fall of 2017. I had kids sign up for the first session, which signed them up for all three. My second three sessions, in April of 2018, I opened to adults and had people sign up for individual sessions. Most people came at least twice, with only a few at the last session.
  • Having at least one volunteer is a MUST. A member of the circulation staff volunteered the first time and I made sure she got paid for work time the second time.
  • Misc.
    • Moved the program to the larger community room, with heavy-duty tables. We were cramped in the Storyroom and my tables are flimsy. Plus there isn't enough space to lay out materials. I had to share the room with a teen program, but it was still an improvement.
    • How many people you can handle really depends. If it's all kids with absolutely no experience, 2 facilitators per 5 kids is about all you can do. If you have adults who are better at waiting and trying things on their own, or kids with some experience, you can go up to 10.
    • Some kids are reluctant to practice stitching or learn how to operate the machines. I don't push, but I will gently remind them that this is an important part of sewing also.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Outreach: Lakeland School

Prep: Before the class arrives, block the emergency exit in the storyroom (just put some chairs in front of it so it's still accessible, but we don't lose any kids). Wait at the door to welcome students in from the bus.

Tour: A short tour of the lower level, paying particular attention to the circulation area (older classes may observe while we check out a book on the school's institutional card), looking at all the things in Technical Services, and ending up in the Storyroom. Tours depend very much on the make up of the class. Be aware of kids who will run away and keep things very short and simple.

Storytime: Simple books with interactive elements. Don't go too fast - give the kids time to respond - but stay upbeat and energetic. Don't try to get every kid participating; make sure they can all see what's happening and then let the teachers monitor their level of participation. Be prepared for meltdowns or kids losing interest - teachers and aides will handle this, just keep going!
  • Go away big green monster by Ed Emberley (puppet available)
  • What will fat cat sit on? by Jan Thomas
  • The wide-mouthed frog by Keith Faulkner (pop-up)
  • Press here by Herve Tullet
Craft: Not all the kids will be into crafts, but you can have something available. Best choice is a simple die-cut (gingerbread man, bat, owl, or fish are our large ones), markers and crayons. Have the white tables ready to pull out and set up - remember these kids are taller than our toddlers and/or in wheelchairs to pull up to the table.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Toddler Substitute Storytime: Dinosaurs

  • Program Goals
    • No children crying because I am not Ms. Pattie
    • Everyone has fun
    • Dinosaurs because why not?
  • Dinosaur parade by Shari Halpern
  • I'm Bad! by Kate McMullan
  • I'm big by Kate McMullan (2018)
  • Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea (2018)
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson (2018)
  • Dino Chomp! by Beatrice Costamagna
  • We are the dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner (2018)
Craft: Rainbow dinosaurs
  • die-cut cardboard dinosaurs
  • bleeding art tissue
  • water cups and paint brushes
Craft: Suncatcher dinosaurs
  • die-cut thin cardboard dinosaurs
  • Tape pieces of tissue across the cut-out
  • hole punch and tie strings