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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Valedictorians Abound

25 Apr

3585052105_1052a5e228_b.jpgProgram Name: ACT/SAT Prep Classes and Practice Tests

What: 

Where: This program is offered in our large meeting space for practices tests and a smaller meeting space for prep classes. The larger room allows for students to spread out among tables, while the smaller space is perfect for a presentation about tips and tricks for test taking.

When: We offer this program in the fall and spring as kids are gearing up for SAT and ACT testing and have been offering it for a few years now as kids are continually looking for opportunities like these to increase their test scores.

Who: This program is for high school students only. For a little while we had families interested in younger students participating and we didn’t have the space for extra kids, so we’ve since narrowed the focus to high school students only.

How: We’re lucky enough to have a number of tutoring centers in our community that are willing to provide sample practice classes for us, plus we’ve partnered with the Princeton Review and have offered practice tests through them as well. We make an effort to partner with different organizations each year to ensure that we’re promoting the wide variety of tutoring centers in the area.

Alternatives:

  • A number of libraries offer after-school tutoring and if you do a search online, you’ll be able to find the logistics on how to offer a program like this.
  • We also offer a program called Reading Buddies which is for reading practice for Kindergarten-2nd graders who are paired with a student from 5th -12th grade. They meet at the library once a week for 30 minutes to practice reading skills and comprehension.

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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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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Unique Crafting

24 Apr

activity-art-art-class-730807.jpgProgram Name: Crafternoon

What: This has been a hugely successful craft for kids and library staff alike – we called it Crafternoon! We pulled out all our craft materials – things that have a few pieces, extra leftovers from other crafts, pieces that we don’t have enough to use for another program – whatever leftovers we can find that kids would like to use, plus the regulars – glue, paint, crayons tape, scissors, etc.

Where: We offer this program in our meeting room – providing all the craft materials on a few tables.

When: This is a perfect program to provide on a day the kids have off from school, when the library is open. This program could be also a great program to host after school or as a weekend program.

Who: This program can be geared toward elementary school students through high school students and as I said the kids absolutely loved spending time creating and exploring new craft materials without having to follow strict instructions. I don’t think kids get a chance to be creative in this way very often and it’s wonderful to see their imagination at work.

How: This is a really great program for staff as I said, it gets rid of a lot of extra craft supplies you might not use otherwise, plus this program takes very little staff time as the staff doesn’t need to prepare anything and needs to be in the space to oversee the program, but not really lead anything.

Alternatives:

  • Makerspaces are another alternative to creative/art programs that many libraries now offer.
  • Basic classes in painting, needlepoint, drawing, etc. could be offered by local arts stores or art teachers in the area.

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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 – Therapy Dog

23 Apr

dog-reading.jpgProgram Name: Paws to Read

What: This has been an extremely popular program during our Summer Reading program where elementary children get a chance to read aloud to our library’s therapy greyhound. This dog is fairly large, about 80lbs. but is the most gentle dog I’ve ever met -so calm and relaxed and absolutely loves spending time with the kids. And our therapy dog’s mom is also a library board member which is great for us and she does an amazing job, providing picture books to display for kids to read and spends time with each child answering questions about Star, our therapy dog and teaching the kids how to properly walk up to a dog and how to pet them.

Where: We offer this program in our children’s department which can at times be difficult, but we have learned how to navigate kids (who aren’t reading and just wants to pet the dog) and giving adequate time to each child to read – we usually give kids a 10-15 minute time slot to ensure that there are enough kids to read to Star and not to have him sitting in the library waiting for a long time between readers.

When: We offer this program during our summer reading program – one morning a week for six weeks during the summer for about 2 hours each session. We’ve tried this program throughout the school year and it’s difficult to get the kids to show-up after registering for the program so we tend to host it during the summer only.

Who: This program is geared toward elementary school who are learning to read or are fluent readers.

How: As I said, we have a library board member who has a therapy dog and donates her time to coming to the library during the summer, which we absolutely love, but this is not an uncommon program that many libraries have offered.

Alternatives:

  • I’ve seen libraries partner with local SPCAs to encourage pet adoptions which would be a great program as my own pup is a rescue.
  • I’ve also seen a number of universities offer time for students to cuddle with puppies or kitties during finals week as a way to decompress.

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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 – Storytime

21 Apr

bookcase-books-bookshelves-159711Program Name: Storytime

What: You didn’t think I’d get through the whole alphabet without talking about storytime, did you? Storytime is the bread and butter of the children’s department of a public library and everyone’s is a little different.

Where: We have a space in the library specifically for storytime it’s a room that has stadium style seating which works really well for storytime allowing kids to be able to see over people’s heads, unfortunately with the room laid out this way, it’s difficult to do a lot of other programs because there is very little actual floor space to offer programming and no space to set up tables.

When: We offer storytimes that run for a six-week session, four times a year. We’ve always taken breaks throughout the year and it allows our storytellers time to breathe, relax and get geared up for the next session. Our patrons beg us to offer programs during the breaks between storytimes and that is the chance we get to try new ideas or stand-alone storytimes.

Who: We offer storytimes for kids from birth – 5 years old through with six storytime classes to choose from, plus a Saturday storytime option once a month as well. Our six options include Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Family and Pajama.

How: We’re lucky enough to have a number of staff members who lead storytime allowing us the opportunity to offer so many options, but this is so easily adaptable to the amount of staff and space you have in your own  library. If you’re looking for pre-made storytime plans, you’ll find many online, and in fact, you can check out my storytime plans as well!

Alternatives:

  • Yoga
  • Parachute
  • Family
  • Pajama
  • Rhymes and Songs
  • STEM (Preschool Explorers)

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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 – Real-Size Board Games

20 Apr

art-board-game-challenge-163064.jpgProgram Name: Life-Size Board Games

What: Imagine your favorite board game as a kid, now imagine that board game full-size and playing as the game piece! We’ve offered Life-Size Clue, Candyland and Chutes & Ladders. These have been a huge hit and although it takes a little planning, they’re a lot of fun to play and the kids love them!

Where: This program requires a large space – we use our large meeting room where we can stack the chairs and clear the floor to use. Masking tape is a huge life saver for this game and comes up pretty easily from the carpet.

When: I think we’ve mainly offered these programs when kids had the day off from school or in the winter when kids have extra energy that needs to be released in some way.

Who: We’ve only offered this program for kids from elementary school through high school. We haven’t tried this program with adults, but I think it could be a lot of fun for adults as well. It all depends on what game you chose to become life-size.

How: Check online, a number of libraries have offered this program and have how-to posts on how to implement this program in your own library. Otherwise, find the original board game, gather your imagination and a few basic props and get working! You can check my posts for how we created these awesome games!

Alternatives:

  • A lot of libraries have also offered escape rooms, which I would love to try sometime!
  • Libraries are also circulating board games and offering board game nights where they have a number of games available to learn how to play with friends and family.

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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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