It's beginning to show signs of spring. Trees are budding. Insects are beginning fly and buzz about. I see turtles sunning at the edge of the lake. But before that -- It was cold. Really, really cold, for my part of the world. In a part of the country where freezes usually last a day or two, we had weeks without the temperature getting above the freezing mark. So what kind of programming do you do when there's lots of ice outside? Programs about ice, of course. Everyone knows that you put salt on the walkways, steps, and [...]
Any librarians who do programming may be interested in this great opportunity. It's a chance to learn and help a library sciences student at the same time. The class is called "Mastering Program Planning" and it is being taught by doctoral student Jennifer Brown. It's a five week class starting February 13, so if you're interested, click on over and get registered.
Recently, I got the opportunity to fill in at another branch and do the preschool story times there while their children's librarian was out for several weeks. It was great! I had a wonderful time planning and presenting preschool storytime again after doing mostly school-aged programs for the last several years. One storytime the kids and parents really enjoyed was focused on the colors and how they mix to create new colors. I used the books Press Here and Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet. As I read the book, I let each of the children in attendance that day (It was a [...]
Happy October! Like the rest of the known (well, at least here in the Midwest!) world, you CAN bring pumpkins into your programming! But there are ways to do this which include many STEM concepts as well as fun! There are many great fiction titles about pumpkins, some of which actually follow the life cycle of the pumpkin. A few of my favorites of those titles are: Pumpkin Pumpkin, by Jeanne Titherington; Pumpkin Town! (or, Nothing is Better or Worse Than Pumpkins!) by Katie McKy; and of course, Pumpkin Cat, by Anne Mortimer. The whole host of usual pumpkin [...]
A few weeks ago I decided to have a program where the kids could relax and let their creative juices flow, and where some of the parents/grandparents could flash back to their own childhoods and have a good laugh. The program, I expected, would be a short one. Then we could spend the rest of the time making thank you cards and notes for our summer reading club sponsors. It was the week of Independence Day, after all, and it's hard to get folks to come to the library that week. Things turned out a bit differently than I'd anticipated - in [...]
Tangrams are possibly among the easiest of puzzles to make, and the among hardest to master. The traditional tangram is composed of seven pieces - 2 large triangles, a medium sized triangle, 2 small triangles, a square, and a parallelogram - that will fit together into a perfect square, among thousands of other shapes. The pieces themselves are called tans, while the images created with them are called tangrams. The challenge of the puzzle is to create various shapes by arranging the pieces so that they touch, but do not overlap. Patterns can vary from very easy to form [...]