Age Range: 5-12 years old; All AgesTime: 1 hourProgram Type: Drop-In; Registration; At Home As many families begin a new homeschooling, virtual school, and/or hybrid learning adventure this year, I wanted to talk about a couple of programs I've offered at the library that facilitate cross-curricular, open-ended learning. And the best part? They are so … Continue reading Cardboard and Engineering Challenges: Easy, At-Home Learning Opportunities!
Age Range: 5-8 years old; All AgesTime: 45 minutesProgram Type: Drop-In; Online While I really want to share some of my larger programming ideas with you, at this point in time, I still think it wise to share ideas that are simple and that could be carried out online or at home. That's why I … Continue reading The Spiffiest Giant in Town: A Clothes Relay You Can Play at Home or at the Library!
Age Range: All AgesTime: 45 minutesProgram Type: Drop-In; Online At the time of writing this post, I'm not sure where we all will be by mid-May. I know this was a sort of target for our organization particularly, in hopes of being back to work, but it's looking more and more like that target is … Continue reading Dance Party Workout: At Home or At the Library!
Age Range: 5-8 year olds; All AgesTime: Video is roughly 15 minutes long; with accompanying activities 45 minutes to an hourProgram Type: Online (Pre-recorded) When our library made the decision to cancel all programming through mid-May, I panicked. I had so many fun things in the works! I couldn't bear the thought of disappointing our … Continue reading Book Worms During COVID-19: My First Venture Into Virtual Programming
Age Range: 10 and upTime: 1-2 hoursProgram Type: Registration; Drop-In For years since I began my library career, the thought of a tech take-apart day had been running through my mind. I think I originally saw the idea on Pinterest and absolutely loved the open-ended, inquiry-based destruction. The problem was that I had no idea … Continue reading Breakerspace: Running a Tech Take-Apart Workshop for Tweens, Teens, and Adults
2020 marks our library's 125th anniversary! We have a range of exciting events planned throughout the year to celebrate this momentous occasion, the first of which happened last month. We hosted a birthday year kick-off event after hours that served as a sort of open house. The super fun part was that each department in … Continue reading Outfit of the Month: January 2020
Age Range: All AgesTime: 30 minutes to 1 hourProgram Type: Drop-In; Passive This program is perfect any time of year, but especially as February is approaching along with Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 16-23, 2020). Kind-bombing is so simple to do that it doesn't even have to be a time-allotted sit-down program. You could … Continue reading Kind-Bomb the Library: Spreading a Little Love
This week was Snoozefest! I have been looking forward to this ever since we started it last year! A week of pajama parades, stuffed animals, and lullabies; I mean, what more could you ask for after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? I've alluded to our Kids in Need Foundation grant a couple … Continue reading Weekly Nibble: January 10, 2020
Age Range: All Ages (tailored to fit specific age groups for individual programs)Time: 30 minutes to 1.5 hours (depending on age group)Program Type: Registration; Drop-In; Series/Theme Across Age Ranges Often when planning my monthly Book Worms program, I consult the weird holiday websites to search for a fun theme. Last winter, when looking for new … Continue reading Snoozefest: Start Your Year Off Right – in PJ’s!
Age Range: 5-8 year olds; younger elementary; familiesTime: 45 minutes to 1 hourProgram Type: Registration; Drop-In; Outreach I've alluded to this program a few times on the blog and on Instagram, and I mentioned it to my ARSL audience in September. Therefore, I think it's finally time that I share it here in full! I … Continue reading Unicorn-ival: A Punny Pony Party!