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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!

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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!

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Yoga

28 Apr

569757-child-medidating-pixabay.jpgProgram Name: Stretch & Stories

What: We’ve offered a number of yoga storytimes at our library and we have a number of families that really enjoy them. During this program I try to encourage a lot of participation, not just from the kids, but also from the adults whether it’s helping the children in the pose or actually participating themselves. I also like to point out the benefits of yoga for children – it’s a physical activity that is also helpful in regulating emotions and expressing oneself.

Where: Depending on the size of your class you can use a small or large meeting space. I’ve done this program with both size rooms and a smaller room can get a little tight when everyone has a yoga mat or towel, but having too much space encourages kids to run amok!

When: We like to offer yoga storytime during the winter when kids need to move around, but can’t necessarily get outside to play as often. But again, this can be offered at any time – if you’ve got outdoor space, try yoga outside on a sunny day!

Who: This program is usually geared toward preschool age kids – who really do an amazing job, but I’ve adapted it for kids through 8th grade and it is often well received.

How: I’ve written a number of posts about our yoga storytime including a post on how to get started and a number of program plans that you are welcome to use, adapt, borrow and steal!

Alternatives:

  • We’ve also paired with our local Community Center to offer a yoga class for adults as well as a chair yoga class for seniors.
  • We love trying new programs for our early literacy age kids – Parachute storytime, STEM storytime, Art Exploration and Dance Parties. Our families love our traditional storytimes, but also enjoy our other programs as well!

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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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