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 →

Races are always a great idea for a Lego Club.  They can get a bit chaotic, but kids definitely get really into it.  We've done a few races over the years, from zip line races to wind racers.  The goal was always to build something fast, but this time I thought it would be great... Continue Reading →

The one question I always try to answer with my programming is "why?"  As in, "Why should I come to the library?"  It's always easier to not do something, then to go out and do something, so I always try to keep that in mind when programming.  Library programs should be engaging, inclusive, educational, and... 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 →

I thought this one would be great for Halloween!!  It was a good concept, but my kiddos seemed to have more of a problem with this one than normal--so here's what I learned. After going over rules, I told my kiddos that we would making monsters for Halloween.  BUT we would only be making HALF... Continue Reading →

So this one was a little out there, even for me.  But I really do like to challenge my kids, and I liked the idea of making multiple pieces that created one big story at the end. So after we talked about rules, I told my kiddos that our theme today would be "Mad Libs." ... Continue Reading →

I've done several storytimes about body parts, but this is the first one I did solely about hands.  Eye hand coordination is obviously very important for a child's development, so I think I picked some great stories, rhymes, and an activity to help with that. Stories "High Five Animals!" just came out and it is... Continue Reading →

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