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A Trip to Target (Or How I Ended Up Adding 8 More Books to My Personal Library)

3 Aug

825377I was scrolling through Twitter yesterday and came across Peter H. Reynolds’s tweet stating, “Rumor has it: Target has 2 autographed copies of my book “The Dot” in every store in USA. If u happen to find one: post a pic of yourself holding the book inside – I will send you an original dot watercolor autographed by yours truly. Use

Of course, I head over to Target hoping to find an autographed copy of The Dot an absolutely adorable story about a little girl who feels uninspired and uncreative, until she’s encouraged to try to creating something small… just a dot and soon she’s become an artist as she explores art and learns about the power of inspiring others.

IMG_20180802_203244235So long story short… after roaming around the book section (completely missing the fact that all the picture books were along the back wall) – I found one!!!!

Plus, while I was in Target, I picked up the six books in Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series and I also grabbed the first book in the Princess In Black series by Shannon Hale, so I walked away with eight books and none of the stuff I should have picked up like the dog food or groceries for dinner. I’d call it a win!

Oh, and if want to do a fun activity at home, school or the library – check out what we did to celebrate Dot Day a few years ago with our elementary school kids, it was a whole lot of fun and so creative!

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AtoZ Blogging Challenge Recap

1 May

 

I made it! 26 posts about library program during the month of April! A big thank you to everyone who stopped by, liked my posts and left comments! If you’re looking for any specific posts, I’ve created this list for easy access to all 26 program ideas.


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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Zentangles

29 Apr

Zentangle.jpegProgram Name: Learn About Zentangles

What: As part of our De-Stress December programming, I offered a Zentangle program at our library. “The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.” There are a ton of resources available on the Zentangle website and on Pinterest as well, which makes offering a small program fairly easy to do!

Where: We offered this in our small meeting space which was perfect because a class like this works best with a small group.

When: Again, we decided to offer this class as part of our De-Stress December program, but this is another program that can be offered at any time of they ear.

Who: We geared this program to adults and kids in middle school and up. We had a number of moms and daughters show up to spend some time together and it was a lot of fun.

How: I dabble in Zentangle for fun and was able to offer a basic level class with lots of Zentangle books showing examples. I created a printable with different shapes on it that we could use to practice different Zentangle designs and then also gave each participant a few cardboard coasters that they could use to Zentangle on as well. We worked just in pen, but I gave an overview of other materials that you could use and additional resources to continue Zentangling at home.

Alternatives:

  • We’re looking at providing other types of crafting and art programs for adults as they seem really popular when we offer them like a Sip & Paint class, Card-Making and more.
  • Our middle school and teens love to craft too, so we’ve offered a DIY Spa Night, Bracelets & Beads and they love to help decorate our table displays and bulletin boards.

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

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