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#blogbookaday: What If…

16 May

35959676.jpg“Creativity, the power of imagination, and the importance of self-expression are celebrated in this inspiring picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends.”

Summary:  “This girl is determined to express herself! If she can’t draw her dreams, she’ll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can’t do that, she’ll turn her world into a canvas. And if everything around her is taken away, she’ll sing, dance, and dream…

Stunning mixed media illustrations, lyrical text, and a breathtaking gatefold conjure powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit. ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A very creative little girl imagines what would happen if she didn’t have a pencil to draw with and so begins her story of creating with whatever tools she has at her disposal. I loved how simple and yet so profound the text was, it was truly beautiful. And the illustrations – a combination of collage and pen and ink really work well telling the girl’s story. This is a must-have book in your collection!

Personal Reaction: I have been waiting, literally for months, to get my hands on a copy of this beautiful book and it didn’t disappoint! I think it’s my favorite cover so far this year and the text and illustrations weave so seamlessly together, it’s just amazing! This is must-have book to encourage imagination and creativity and also makes a great introduction to teaching kids about wants vs. needs or having more than others. I love everything about this gorgeous story. Plus, if you’re a huge nerd like me, you’ll see the little breadcrumb Mike Curato left in the full page spread of the little girl’s room – a character that is very familiar!

Title: What If…
Author: Samantha Berger
Illustrator: Mike Curato
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 10, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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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 – Passive Programming

18 Apr

Program Name: DIY Programs

What: Passive programs are a librarians best friend when you’re short on staff, space and money. These programs can be super simple and easy to create and allow patrons the chance to participate any time they stop in the library, rather than attending a program on a specific day and time.

Where: These programs work great in areas that see a lot of traffic – to allow for as many people to participate as possible. We’ll often have something set up at one of our table displays, a table in the children’s department or it can even be at a public desk (reference or circulation)

When: You can offer these programs at any time of year – if you’re in a university setting you’ll definitely want something during the first few weeks of school to encourage students to visit and during finals weeks as students need a break from studying.

Who: These programs can be for any ages, but works best with kids who are already reading (so they can follow instructions) to adults.

How: Figure out what type of program you’ll offer, organize it and set it up, create clear instructions for patrons and then offer a raffle prize at the end of time period if necessary.

Alternatives:

  • Scavenger hunts are always really popular – many libraries will hide their mascot around the library for the kids to find. But you could also have people search for clues to find a “treasure.”
  • You can order a table-sized coloring sheet for patrons to color in.
  • Have a puzzle set out on a table for patrons to put together as they have time.
  • Start a story and ask patrons to add another line.
  • Have a card making station, see my previous post about what we’ve done.

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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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