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 →

This is the first time that I changed the theme AFTER the challenge was already over.  After we did rules, I explained that the theme was "Giant Monsters," so kids would make a giant version of a monster, animal, or pet to destroy buildings.  Kids were happy with that idea, but they didn't seem as... Continue Reading →

So I got this idea while subbing for Miss Gloria's craft program.  She's been doing a really cool art program for kids, each meeting revolves around a famous artist, and the kiddos imitate that artist's work in their style.  This time around was pointillism and Georges Seurat.  Gloria's idea was that kids would make first... Continue Reading →

Whenever possible, I try to make whatever we build in Lego Club interactive and social, since that's what's going keep kids coming back.  We've made slides we could all race cars down, we've done scavenger hunts, and we've done obstacle courses.  So this was a great idea I got from Destination Storytime that's really interactive... Continue Reading →

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