This one turned out pretty good.  I like doing interactive challenges where kiddos can go around and test out what other kids built, like for our mini golf course challenge or our hike-and-seek challenge.  I did find this one online, but I made it a little easier for my kiddos. So after we went over... Continue Reading →

Who doesn't love Pete the Cat??  Over 80 kids showed up to our Pete the Cat storytime, so I wanted to share what we did. Setup I modeled this program off of our popular Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, where half the time is stories, and the other half is crafts and activities.  And I knew... Continue Reading →

Identifying and learning colors is a huge part of early education, so here's a few of my favorite elements to use Stories I think "Monsters Love Colors" was the first book I tried my cheat to make felts straight from the book.  And these ones turned out pretty good.  It involves mixing colors, so I... Continue Reading →

After we talked about rules, I told kids today that we would be making cars and racing them.  But there would be an added element since we would be racing with WIND POWER! Prepping this was pretty easy.  I got a bunch of 1/4 inch thick wooden dowels, and cut them down so they were... Continue Reading →

Editing in process!! Using interactive picture books in a storytime is a great way to energize your program.  It doesn't just make books more fun, it's also educational.  It creates body awareness through movement, and you're learning how to follow instructions in a group setting. Some of these books will work better than others, depending... Continue Reading →

So we've been struggling with an idea for the 2018 SRP theme of "Libraries Rock."  I came up with a really simple idea.  Our tweens and teens will be reshooting famous album covers around the library. To get kids inspired, I'll be printing out a bunch of pre-approved album covers the kids can recreate, my... Continue Reading →

This one was a lot of fun!!  Kids kept talking about how they've never done this before, so it really was a great challenge for them. I set up the room with my 6 tables as usual and taped up about 3 of the big baseplates per table.  Two big pieces of duct tape did... Continue Reading →

"Numbers--the letters of math." I thought I would share some of my favorite stories to do for a number storytime! Stories My go-to number book for a few years now has been "5 Stinky Socks" by Jim Benton.  I think it flew under most people's radar, but it's hilarious!  I do this one as a... Continue Reading →

This is a great one to do in stations, since every station can be a different class.  This one is almost guaranteed to give you a good turnout, because who doesn't like Harry Potter??  (If you don't, keep it to yourself.  Librarians are practically forced to like Harry Potter I've found out.  I was shamed... Continue Reading →

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