I got this idea while viewing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in DC this year. In their children's library, they had a map handouts of their children's library that doubled as not only a coloring sheet but a look-and-find page. Perfect! Mine was really easy to make. All I did was scan our... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Jolly good program idea!  I saw this idea originally on Storytime Underground here, and definitely wanted to put my own spin on it.  Tea parties will always be a big draw to the library, and I think putting a dinosaur spin on it makes it a lot more inclusive. First thing I did was try... Continue Reading →

So I thought up this idea a few weeks ago.  A library assistant suggested that we have a library mascot over the summer and hide it around the library or around town and we take pictures of it.  I think most libraries do something like this on Facebook, and it's a great way to engage... Continue Reading →

So this is a art project I came up with for our "Santa Bruce Storytime," which we had during the holiday season.  I liked that our "Pete the Cat Storytime" wasn't JUST crafts, it was experiences like the "Walk with Pete" trail, and a community art section where kids could paint with shoes.  So with... Continue Reading →

This was a wonderful passive program to do.  Not only is it just fun, but it's a great way to try and explain the voting process and its importance.  I had several parents come up to me and say how great they thought the whole experience was. Voting in schools/libraries is obviously nothing new, but... 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 →

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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