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 →

I heard about impact stories in passing while attending ALA Annual in July 2022. Since then, I feel it can be a game changer to how you not only handle story time, but also marketing, outreach, and just how you see yourself in the library. Think of impact stories as just a positive survey, or... Continue Reading →

Dungeons & Dragons and other RPG games have become increasingly popular recently in libraries. It's a great way to engage with kids, but can cause some logistical problems. First, getting a good group together can be hard, as everyone may have different levels of experience. There's also different personality types to contend with, some people... 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 →

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 →

WRECKING BALL TIME! https://gph.is/g/4wM2XvD I came up with this one when I saw this post, where kids use an apple as a wrecking ball.  But as always, I wanted to put my own spin on it and make it accessible to my Lego Club kiddos.  So after going over rules, I told my kids that... Continue Reading →

This is another one that might be kinda out there, but I'm really excited about this one.  I came up with this idea while researching a "Space Camp" I did over the summer.  Wonder Kids Activity Blog came up with an activity where kids tried to use tools underwater, since astronauts train underwater as it... Continue Reading →

When I came up with this one, I wanted to do something tie into the the Summer Reading theme of "Universe of Stories."  But I didn't want to do just rockets or spaceships.  Instead I got inspiration from the egg drop challenges I did in grade school. So after we went over rules, I told... Continue Reading →

NEW challenge and NEW library!  I recently changed libraries, and started a new Lego Club, same day and same time (Thursdays @ 6 PM).  I was initially worried that no one would come to Lego Club, those worries were quickly put to rest.  We started small at first with only 8, but by the second... Continue Reading →

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