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 →

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 →

Making book characters out of pumpkins is a great way to celebrate Halloween at the library.  Gloria wanted to bring this idea to the library, but I was hesitant.  You start too early, your pumpkins might turn gross before Halloween even gets here.  You start too late, you might not have enough time.  So while... Continue Reading →

We've done this twice now and I think we've perfected it by now.  This is one I helped out with, but Gloria and Jess did most of the heavy lifting on this one.  I helped out a bit here and there, but it was the equivalent of licking the spoon when you're making a cake. ... Continue Reading →

This could also work as a Percy Jackson party.  We decided not to call it that so we could also focus on telling the stories too.  The idea behind the program was to replicate the success of our Dr. Seuss Birthday Party and have an event that was half stories and half activities.  And as usual we... Continue Reading →

Last year, we fortunate enough to have Dav Pilkey come to our city to promote the first "Dog Man" book.  Normally we have our author events at the library, but this was so big that we had to host it at the high school auditorium.  It was pretty crazy and the biggest event I ever... Continue Reading →

Toy sleepovers are a really fun and cheap program to have at the library.  Libraries have been doing them for a while now, but if you're like me, you're starting to run out of ideas (we're up to our sixth sleepover at this point.)  So I thought I would share some of my best photos... Continue Reading →

A Dr. Seuss party is a great way to bring families into the library.  We break our event into two parts--a 30 minute story time, and a one hour playtime with crafts and games.  And cake...people will always come if there's cake. But first... The Story Time Dr. Seuss stories are amazing...but they are SUPER... Continue Reading →

Our Star Wars parties always drew a HUGE crowd, so it's a great way to bring people into the library.  Miss Gloria and I planned one for the past two years.  They're fun but can be a lot of work...and can get out of hand.  Learn from our mistakes and our triumphs, young Padawan. Our... Continue Reading →

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