Friday, December 21, 2018

Library on the Go: School Year, 2018-2019

How the program works: I have a grant-funded collection of paperback easy readers and beginning chapter books. I take them to classrooms during the school year and various outreach venues during the summer. Kids can "check out" 1-2 books without a library card, due dates, or fines.

The books are cataloged under professional and as serials. The general categories are graphic novels (Squish, Bad Guys, Dragonbreath, Lunch Lady), Scholastic Branches, I Can Read easy readers, National Geographic Easy Readers, and various other series. When I check them out, I use our portable scanner and mini ipad and check them out on an outreach card so we get circs. If they don't come back after about 6-8 months, I delete them. So far about 80% have returned.
Fall 2018
  • 12-21-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • Last Library on the Go of the year! I hope to get more funding through grants to replenish my supplies next year.
  • 12-13-18 OPtions (approx 30 kids)
    • Lots of checkouts today! I brought some leftover die cuts to decorate and quite a few kids wanted to chat while they were preparing for their holiday concert.
  • 11-30-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • A nice big stack of returned books (one got eaten by a dog. It happens!) and the kids really liked Pterodactyl show and tell and Stegothesaurus.
  • 11-8-18 OPtions (approx 30 kids)
    • I had just gotten the hotspot back and it hadn't been charged so I ended up having to write all the barcodes down. Younger kids were excited to check out books, older kids were excited about the upcoming events (Harry Potter and holiday crafts for those not allowed HP). The younger kids played a little with the Ozobots - the older kids had to go straight outside, which was fine b/c I needed to be back earlier today for a meeting.
  • 11-7-18 Jackson wrap-around care (approx. 17 kids)
    • I brought two Ozobots, which were the hit of the evening, as well as the marble run. I also had a couple science kits from a neighboring library. I know most of the kids and they were excited to see me and check out books - probably checked out around 10 books total. They wanted me to come every day!
  • 10-24-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • There was a little worry that not all the books from last time had been returned, but I reassured the teachers (and kids) that it was fine - no due dates remember? Even without an assistant, it went smoothly and the kids were excited and happy to pick out a new book. We read Those darn squirrels and Round Robin.
  • 10-11-18 OPtions charter school
    • I came earlier - a little past 11 - and the first group of 4K kids (four boys) were ready for lunch a little past 11:30. I checked out books, chatted with kids, and passed out flyers for upcoming programs (including teen after hours next week). I brought our two ozobots to advertise an upcoming program - the older kids have a "free period" and while some of them played soccer in the gym the rest played with (i.e. wrestled and argued lol) over the ozobots.
  • 9-21-18 Tibbets 1st grade (2 classes)
    • I've done Library on the Go with a 2nd grade class here once, and I regularly visit the kindergarten. This was my first 1st grade visits. We had a number of glitches (scanner stopped working, we set up in the wrong (empty) classroom, etc.) but luckily my colleague was here with me today so with two it was easier. I'll be on my own in the future. The kids were thrilled, they've always complained that they don't see me after kindergarten. I read This is a Taco and We don't eat our classmates and handed out reminders for book club and the Princess in Black party at the library tomorrow. I also dropped off books for a teacher, the queen of summer reading crown for the school librarian, and did my three kindergarten storytimes as well. Note to self: remember your id for the new checking procedure next month.
  • 9-20-18 OPtions charter school
    • I had a miss my first day here - I came too late (12:30) and missed the preschool - 2nd grade age group, which is the real audience. However, I did check out a handful of books and, what was even more exciting, reminded a lot of kids about book club and anime club and we later had good turnouts for both! I also dropped off some books for teachers/parents.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Book Explosion: Disney

  • 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: Disney

  • Treasure boxes
  • Buttons
Read the book, compare to the movie!
  • Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
  • Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson (Metaphrog, various versions)
  • Frog Princess by E. D. Baker
  • Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  • Pocahontas by Joseph Bruchac
  • Tarzan of the apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (unabridged)
  • Alice's adventures in wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (unabridged; abridged)
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (unabridged; graphic)
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (unabridged; abridged; graphic)
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Jungle book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Complete tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
  • Bambi by Felix Salten
  • Hundred and one dalmatians by Dodie Smith
  • Rescuers by Margery Sharp
  • Treasure island by Robert Stevenson
  • Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus
  • Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
  • Sword in the stone by T. H. White
Fairy Tales and Mythology
  • Green Fairy Book; Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang
  • Outlaw: the legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee
  • Tales from the Arabian nights by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Fairy tale comics by various
  • Land of stories: Treasury of classic fairy tales
  • Singing bones by Shaun Tan
Disney Tie-Ins
  • Twisted tales by Liz Braswell (series)
  • Various by Rudnick
  • Never girls by Kiki Thorpe
  • Various by Serena Valentino
  • Kingdom Keepers: Disney after dark by Ridley Pearson
  • Lost in a book by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Isle of the lost by De la cruz
  • Various art books
More Fairy Tales, Fractured and Retold
  • Beanstalker and other hilarious scarytales by Kiersten White
  • Wild swans and Thumbelina by Xanthe Gresham
  • Sleeping beauty's daughters by Diane Zahler
  • Into the wild by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Where the mountain meets the moon by Grace Lin
  • Princess of the midnight ball by Jessica Day George (Young Adult)
  • Rose and the dagger by Renee Ahdieh (Young Adult)
  • Of giants and ice by Shelby Bach
  • Fairy's return and other princess tales by Gail Carson Levine
  • Toads and diamonds by Heather Tomlinson
  • Once upon a toad by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Extra-ordinary princess by Carolyn Ebbitt
  • Question of magic by E. D. Baker
  • Tale dark and grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  • Castle behind thorns by Merrie Haskell
  • Girl in the tower by Lisa Schroeder
  • Rat prince by Bridget Hodder
  • Brave red, smart frog by Emily Jenkins
  • Flunked by Jen Calonita
  • Misfits by Jen Calonita
  • You Choose Hansel and Gretel
  • You Choose Rumpelstiltskin
  • Grump by Liesl Shurtliff
  • Fairest of them all by Littman
  • Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde
  • Red by Liesl Shurtliff
  • Princess Sonora by Gail Carson Levine
  • Wide-awake princess by E. D. Baker
  • Adventurer's guide to successful escapes by Wade Albert White
  • Snow and Rose by Emily Winfield Martin
  • Hero's guide to saving your kingdom by Christopher Healy
  • Ravenous by MarcyKate Connolly
  • School for good and evil by Soman Chainani
Biographies and Real Princesses
  • Rejected princesses by Porvath
  • Thinking Girls' Treasury of real princesses and dastardly dames

Friday, December 14, 2018

Outreach Storytime: Winter Holidays

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a neutral holiday storytime
    • Learn about animals in winter
    • Distribute handout to encourage kids to visit the library (my associate had the great idea to copy and share the soup recipe from Soup Day - do this next year!)
Toddlers (*nonfiction)
  • *Kitten's Winter by Eugenie Fernandes (blown-up pictures on magnets) (2018)
  • *Soup Day by Melissa Iwai (2018)
  • (1 copy) Bear stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson (2018)
Preschool and Kindergarten (*nonfiction)
  • Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano
  • Very Fuddles Christmas by Fran Vischer (2018)
  • Christmas Wombat by Jackie French (2018)
  • (1 copy) Waiting for winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser (2018)
Long stories (*nonfiction)
  • (1 copy) Sister bear by Jane Yolen (*2018)
  • Millie in the snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
  • Who's that knocking on Christmas Eve by Jan Brett
Movement and Music
Flannelboards and Activities
Vocabulary and Learning Objectives

  • Identify North American winter animals
  • Prove to the kids that yes, wombats are a real thing
  • Observation of detail, cause and effect

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Life-Size Candyland

The ice cream sea
  • Program Goals 
    • Holiday-neutral program 
    • Bring library users in during December 
    • Fun! 
    • Attendance: 200
This was our second year!

I looked at many, many resources online. Pinterest boards for ideas, other libraries who had done the program, and asked staff for ideas as well. These are some of the best resources I found:
Staff: 1 greeter, 2 in charge of crafts, 1 runner, 1 caller for teams.

As people came into the library they signed up their family and/or friends as a "team" with Terri. She also counted them and handed out the game instructions. Then they went into our community room (on the right) to do activities and play games while they waited for their turn.
I called teams pretty much non-stop for 2 hours, take them through our workroom to the Storyroom, and start them off with a spinner and a treat bag (if they forgot theirs).
When they finished they could go back in the activity room and decorate their bag and/or crown. If people didn't want to wait for a spinner they could just walk around.
Last year I had teen volunteers at each station; this year some really lovely ladies from the Fairytale Birthday Company volunteered their time and came as Grandma Nutt, Queen Frostine, and Princess Lolly. The kids loved them!

Game outline
  • Start in Storyroom - get your spinner and treat bag
  • Ice cream sea
    • Candy was thrown into the "sea" (plastic kiddie pool with ball pit balls - which we washed!). I hung tulle over the shelves and tables and put out ice cream cone decorations (made from yarn cones, styrofoam balls, and tissue paper)
    • Queen Frostine cardboard cut-out
  • Gingerbread house
    • We had a lot of cardboard (donated by my school colleague from smart boards etc.) and my staff constructed a giant cardboard house and decorated it with styrofoam, colored paper plates, etc. We had a lot of trouble getting it to stay intact - the roof kept sagging and our library is very dry in the winter, so the tape kept coming loose.
    • Gingerbread people cut-outs
  • Candy cane forest
    • Candy canes and candy sticks (made with pool noodles and ribbon)
    • Mr. Mint cardboard cut-out
    • Enchanted forest cut-outs
  • Lollipop land
    • This was the most time-intensive! Staff came up with a better set-up for this year - we took all the previously decorated and cut-out lollipops and clued them to big pieces of cardboard, which we painted. MUCH easier than trying to get them stand upright like we did last year.
    • Princess Lollipop cardboard cut-out
  • Gumdrop mountain
    • This was the stairs to our upper level. My volunteers cut out cardboard gumdrop shapes and we covered them with paint and glitter and leaned them against the wall on the sides.
    • Mr. Jolly cardboard cut-out
  • Candy Kingdom
    • This was in our audiobook room upstairs. It's a contained room. We had really giant cardboard circles (we used a tabletop as a pattern to cut them out) which we cut out a center hole so they were giant doughnuts, and we painted and glittered those. I hung a whole bunch of crepe streamers at the entryway in different colors to walk through and we also built castle walls.
    • This room had crowns for the kids to take and decorate as it was the final "winning" station as well as candy.
    • King Candy cardboard cut-out (also moved all the extra cut-outs up here since we had a real Princess Lolly etc.)
Community room activities
This was the other half of the game. I had a lot of crafts and games for people to do while they waited their turn to go around the gameboard.
  • Candyland board game
  • Candy-colored toss game (no, this was NOT beer pong!)
    • Plastic cups with paper, pompoms (first year we glued them to cardboard, second year free-standing)
  • Make your own lollipop
    • Die-cut cardboard circles
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Tape, markers
  • Make your own magic wands
    • Die-cut cardboard stars
    • Ribbon
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Tape, markers
  • Make your own gingerbread house
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Scratch paper, scissors
    • Hot glue
    • Tape, permanent markers
  • Rainbow drop painting
    • diffuser paper shapes (basically pre-cut coffee filters)
    • scratch paper
    • water color in ice cube trays
  • Additional craft supplies for random crafting and decorating crowns and bags
    • markers, tape, glue
    • pipe cleaners
    • jewels and sequins
    • glitter glue
  • Cover tables with plastic sheeting, bring over sink (and towels), have paper towels available