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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 – Noon Year’s Eve Party

16 Apr

balloon-balloons-bright-796606.jpgProgram Name: Noon Year’s Eve Countdown

What: This is an adorable idea I borrowed from another library as a way for families to celebrate the New Year at a countdown at noon instead of midnight so that the little ones could be awake to celebrate. We’ve done this a couple of times and have created a photo booth area, a craft to make noise makers, music, a read aloud, dancing and more. But, I must say that the kids absolute favorite part is the countdown at 11:59am with music and a balloon drop! It’s pretty magical and the kids LOVE it!

Where: We host this program in our children’s department as the week between Christmas and New Year’s is usually pretty quiet – we don’t usually hold any programs during this time – except for this one, making it a big draw for families.

When: Although many of the programs I’m talking about during the AtoZ Challenge can be done at any time of year, this is a specific time – December 30th from 11:30am-12:30pm.

Who: We open this program up to families – gearing it to children in preschool and early elementary school as they most likely aren’t staying up until midnight for the real celebration.

How: Our children’s librarian hosts this party – it’s fairly easy going with a variety of stations for the kids to check out and then gathering everyone up for the balloon drop. The set-up is definitely the hardest part of this program, we usually go online to see how other people have created balloon drops and the disposable plastic table cloths are the easiest way to hold the balloons close to the ceiling until you’re ready to let them fall.

Alternatives:

  • We also offered a Lunar New Year program this year which is the New Year’s celebration of many Asian countries.
  • You could create a program based on how other cultures celebrate the New Year and create a bulletin board or table displays to show the difference.

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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 – Engineering /Building

5 Apr

building-blocks-1886064_960_720.jpgProgram Name: Block Party

What: This is a fairly simple program to put together as long as you have the supplies available – we’ve offered it as a passive program open for a few hours in the afternoon and I think that works really well with parents. We provide all sorts of building supplies – Legos, Duplos, those oversized cardboard boxes from Kindergarten, small, wooden blocks from our toy area, colorful foam blocks, Keva blocks, basically whatever we have that you can build with in one of our programming rooms and let the kids build. Sometimes we create challenges – who can build the tallest tower, who can use x number of pieces to create a specific shape, but usually we just let them use their creativity to build whatever they want. You can market this as a STEM program and you’ll have plenty of families stop by as they know that buzzword.

Where: We use our storytime room for this event, it’s easier to keep all the building materials contained and to keep kids from wandering off without their parent’s consent. What’s great about this program is that if it’s offered for a couple of hours families can come and go as they need to which allows for the flexibility that some families need to attend programming.

When: We’ve offered this program on days off from school, Saturday afternoons, evenings – whatever works best for your library and community.

Who: This is an easy program to put together as a family event to encourage parents and kids to play together or it can be kid focused for a specific age range. My only caveat to this is to be very careful with young children as small Legos can present choking hazards. What’s also nice about a program like this is that you most likely only need one person overseeing the room – making sure nothing gets too out of hand, but that could be anyone on staff, it doesn’t have to be a specific programming staff member.

How: Set-up and clean-up are the hardest parts of programs like these, but we usually have some families that are willing to help. We like to lay down a tablecloth or bed sheet before laying out the Legos, then you just gather up the corners and pour the Legos back into their storage boxes – it’s much easier than picking up all the tiny pieces. I think you’ll always have a few kids who don’t know what to build, so sometimes it’s nice to have some suggestions at the ready, but I really like giving kids the opportunity to be creative, to use their imaginations and to just play without any expectations.

Alternatives:

  • Don’t have a huge budget to purchase Legos? A lot of libraries have had luck asking for donations from patrons.
  • What about using boxes that new materials come in? Tape them up and you have instant BIG blocks.
  • Work with a local architectural firm for a donation to get some new blocks for your library
  • Our county will often have kits we can check out with resources that we might not be able to purchase on our own, check out that option or from your state library 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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