Dungeons & Dragons and other RPG games have become increasingly popular recently in libraries. It's a great way to engage with kids, but can cause some logistical problems. First, getting a good group together can be hard, as everyone may have different levels of experience. There's also different personality types to contend with, some people... Continue Reading →

Scavenger hunts are always an easy win. But cutting out all your Waldos or whatever, and placing them around the library can be a pain. That's why setting up a "permanent" scavenger hunt can be a huge time-saver. It's great for rainy days or large groups too!! I got this idea from the Milwaukee Art... Continue Reading →

It's been awhile, but I have a new Lego challenge idea! Was looking through my old challenges and came up with an idea similar to my Monster Mash-Up challenge I did a few years back. So this idea is about building a Mirror World! So you'd build one half of a car, or an animal,... Continue Reading →

When I started at my new library, one of the first things I did was change my summer reading program to a summer learning program. Our old program might have looked like yours. For every hour or every number of pages, you got raffle tickets. More you read, the more you got. It felt like... Continue Reading →

I'm back! Really looking forward to blogging again here and there. Took some time off to focus on Newbery, plus there wasn't a whole lot of programming happening over the pandemic. But looking forward to thinking of some new ideas, and passing the savings on to you! In the meantime, I'm reblogging a interview I... Continue Reading →

Over the summer, I was struggling with how to do programming that would be safe for our community and our kiddos. Like many of you, I decided to do an outdoor scavenger hunt, but I put a little bit of a spin on it. Similar to the "The Amazing Space Race" idea I did a... Continue Reading →

Blog Update: Holy cats, I haven't posted in a year! Sorry about that! Since we still can't do Lego Club in person, I haven't really been coming up with any new ideas for them. But instead, I thought I would share my lesson plans for library visits. My library is in quite a unique spot,... Continue Reading →

Our summer reading has kicked off at our library, and like many others, we've chosen the CSLP theme of "Imagine Your Story," which celebrates fairy tales and fantasy books.  So this whole month, I've been using fairy tales for an inspiration to Lego Club.  Each build is broken into two parts.  For the first part,... Continue Reading →

Interactive books are so fun to do, since they're so easy to translate to storytime.  "Don't Push the Button" is one of my favorites, and I usually bring it out at least once a semester.  I usually don't like doing crafts after storytime, so I try to find alternatives for activities we can do after... Continue Reading →

I've never taken a creative design course, but I've learned one thing from creating years worth of signage for different libraries: no one wants to read your sign.  It's probably too small, or too long, or placed in the wrong location, or has a bad font, or bad colors.  If it's not eye-catching, you basically... Continue Reading →

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