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 is one challenge I've been wanting to do for awhile!!  Lego tape is such a cool invention, and I wanted to incorporate it into Lego Club and see how it went.  So after we talked about the rules of the club, I told kids that they can build anything that they want.  But they... 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 →

This was a big hit at Lego Club!  After quickly going over rules, I told my kids about the Global Cardboard Challenge, where kids are encouraged to make anything they want out of cardboard.  My fiancee is doing the challenge at her library, so I thought I would try to incorporate into Lego Club.  So... 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 →

This one turned out pretty interesting.  After setup and rules, I introduced our theme as "Secret Zoo."  It's kind of a twist on a Lego Challenge I did a few months ago called "Scavenger Hunt."  So the idea here was that kids were going to build a zoo exhibit.  They needed to have an animal... Continue Reading →

Lego Club--if you don't have one, start one now.  Having a Lego Club is such an amazing way to get kids into the library again and again.  And after the initial investment, it's basically a no cost program that's more or less guaranteed to bring in kids every time.  I initially modeled my Lego Club... Continue Reading →

UPDATE: As another librarian pointed out, flannelboards can be considered fair use, but making coloring sheets of a individual's art would be considered a "derivative work" and probably infringing on copyright, depending on the situation.  So what I've actually done is gone out of my way to contact the authors of the two books I... 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 →

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