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 will be reshooting famous album covers around the library! To get kids inspired, I'll be printing 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 →

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 →

Whenever possible, I try to make whatever we build in Lego Club interactive and social, since that's what's going keep kids coming back.  We've made slides we could all race cars down, we've done scavenger hunts, and we've done obstacle courses.  So this was a great idea I got from Destination Storytime that's really interactive... 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 →

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