Tag Archives: art

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.

a2z-h-small

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!

Advertisements

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Lunch At the Library

13 Apr

blurred-background-bread-breakfast-908577.jpgProgram Name: Lunch at the Library

What: We haven’t offered this program before, but I can see how it would be a really great way for libraries in urban and suburban communities to draw in a crowd during the week. Offer a program as often as you want – once a week, once a month, once a season for adults to come with their lunch and learn about a topic. This could be something as simple as “How to Take Better Photos on Vacation” or “Best Mystery Reads of 2018” or “Easy  and Healthy Lunches for Work” – you could take this any direction you wanted to go. My library is in a very busy suburban area and I think this would be a fun idea to try!

Where: You’d need a meeting space that you’re not worried about cleaning up after people eat, so a place with tables and chairs (maybe in a “U” shape) where people could eat while listening to a presentation.

When: Obviously during lunch time! But what time that is would depend on you community. Again, this could be offered as often as you’d like. I’d probably shoot for something once a month to try it out.

Who: Adults who work/live in close proximity to the library who can stop by for a 45-minute program during their lunch hour. I think getting the word out about this program could be difficult and may require some in-person meetings with local business leaders to help promote this idea. Partnering with the Rotary could also be helpful to reach out to local business people.

How: This could be as simple as the staff sharing their expertise or you could bring someone in who wouldn’t mind volunteering some time to help present on a specific topic.

Alternatives:

  • If lunches just wouldn’t work for your service area, try a Saturday morning or Thursday evening – the time is flexible.
  • I’d also love to try a How-To Fair where people setup tables in a variety of locations in your library and teach people how to do something for 30 minutes and then someone else teaches people about a different topic. These look like a lot of work to set-up, but so much fun!

a2z-h-small

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!

World Make Way: New Poems Inspired by Art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

12 Apr

World Make Way.jpgSynopsis: “‘Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.’ —Leonardo da Vinci

Based on this simple statement by Leonardo, 18 poets have written new poems inspired by some of the most popular works in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum. The collection represents a wide range of poets and artists, including acclaimed children’s poets Marilyn Singer, Alma Flor Alda, and Carole Boston Weatherford and popular artists such as Mary Cassatt, Fernando Botero, Winslow Homer, and Utagawa Hiroshige.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: