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 →

Identifying and learning colors is a huge part of early education, so here's a few of my favorite elements to use. Stories I think "Monsters Love Colors" was the first book I tried my cheat to make felts straight from the book.  And these ones turned out pretty good.  It involves mixing colors, so I... Continue Reading →

Races are always good to do in Lego Club, and this is a great spin on that.  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!  I then demonstrated with the... Continue Reading →

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 not only creates body awareness through movement, but you're also learning how to follow instructions in a group setting. Some of these books will work better than others, depending... Continue Reading →

It took awhile to come up with a good idea for the 2018 SRP theme of "Libraries Rock," but I came up with one that's really simple and creative.  Our tweens and teens took parody photos of famous album covers around the library! To get kids inspired, I printed out a bunch of pre-approved album... 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 →

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