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10 Read Aloud Titles About Service for MLK Day

13 Jan


Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day that many people spend time offering service to their community – small acts to make a difference. Volunteerism can start with the littlest ones in your family and sharing some of these stories is a great way to teach kids kindness and service. These books range from one small act of kindness that ripples through a community to even larger acts such as purchasing an animal for a family overseas which can make a big difference to their way of life. But no matter what you have to offer, teaching children kindness and to think of others is something that I think everyone can do. Holding the door for someone, smiling a hello as you pass them by and asking another child to play together are all simple ways to teach kids to think of others around them. Share some of these great stories for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and share some other titles with me!

  1. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  2. Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
  3. One Love by Cedella Marley and Bob Marley
  4. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
  5. The Mitten Tree by Candace Christiansen
  6. Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  7. Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
  8. Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams
  9. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway
  10. Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming

Junior Friends of the Library

18 Sep

I was lucky enough to come to a library that has had a strong middle school program for at least the past 15 years.  In the township where I live and work the middle school includes children from 5th – 8th grades, this can pose problems because of the developmental differences between the ages, but we have a very strong (and large!) group of kids that hang out with us on a regular basis.

Our Junior Friends of the Library is a community service organization for the middle schoolers in the area.  Our first meeting of the school year found us with 33 middle school students full of excitement and ready to jump into pretty much anything I could ask of them.  During the school year the kids meet just once a month, but there are a number of projects that the kids can work on depending on their availability.

The kids can help with our Pajama Story Time – our librarians plan the program, but it’s the middle school kids who read the stories, sing the songs, use the flannel board and puppets.  The young children coming to story time really respond to seeing some older kids enjoying themselves and being silly with them.

They can also write book, video game, and movie reviews for the Junior Friends newsletter, or help maintain their own website.  We also assign them small tasks around the library such as taking down bulletin boards, cutting out nametags and craft pieces for other programs.

Theatre and art are also very exciting for the middle school students.  Simple art projects such as q-tip skeletons for Halloween and paper kites for march decorate our bulletin boards and the kids have a great time working on them.

The key to working with this group of kids is to harness their energy and find something that can help the library and is still exciting too!  I’ll let you know how our try-outs for our Enchanted Library program go tomorrow… wish me luck (I’m expecting close to 30 for tryouts tonight!)

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