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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!

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#blogbookaday: Teddy’s Favorite Toy

21 Apr

Teddys Favorite Toy.jpgSummary:  “A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers.

Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style.

Then one morning, something truly awful happens. And there’s only one woman fierce enough to save the day. Can Teddy’s mom reunite Teddy with his favorite toy?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: GASP. Teddy’s favorite toy is a doll and although that can be a problem for some parents, I enjoyed how well this story integrated his doll in with all of his other toys. I also loved that what Teddy loves most about Bren-da is also similar to how awesome his mom is when rescuing his favorite toy.

Personal Reaction: I liked the overall story, especially because it didn’t focus on Teddy’s favorite toy being a doll, more so his favorite toy doing all this great stuff and then him losing her. And although the mom being able to retrieve Bren-da from the garbage truck is far-fetched, I loved to what lengths she went to find her son’s favorite toy. I worry that sayings like, “Yass Queen!” will date this book very quickly, but overall, I enjoyed the story and think it’s a great one to have on the shelf.

Title: Teddy’s Favorite Toy
Author: Christian Trimmer
Illustrator: Madeline Valentine
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 27, 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!

#blogbookaday: Walk With Me

17 Apr

Walk With Me.jpgSummary:  “A very simple, imaginative story depicting the complex emotional reality of a girl whose father no longer lives at home.

The girl conjures up an imaginary companion, a lion, who will come with her on the long walk home from school. He will help her to pick up her baby brother from daycare and shop at the store (which has cut off the family’s credit), and he’ll keep her company all along the way until she is safe at home. He will always come back when she needs him, unlike the father whom she sees only in a photograph — a photograph in which he clearly resembles a lion.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A young girl imagines a lion who could help make her life just a little easier – walking home from school, picking up groceries and her baby brother and waiting for mom to get home from work. What you learn from the story is that the little girl knows far more about the real world than most kids her own age and is expected to help her family in ways most kids can’t even dream about. Originally written in Spanish and translated into English, this book will allow many kids to see themselves in a book and as hard as this story is to read, many kids in our own neighborhoods are dealing with issues like this on a day-to-day basis.

Personal Reaction: This story broke my heart, a little girl forced to grow up too quickly and do very adult things because if she didn’t her family would fall apart. I don’t see anything this severe in my workplace, but we have a number of kids who translate every conversation for mom and dad – they have to explain how to get a library card, answer questions about programs and try to explain fines and fees, all while being under the age of 12 and still being very much a child, but having to act like an adult at the same time.

Title: Walk With Me
Author: Jairo Buitrago
Illustrator: Rafael Yockteng
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2017


#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!

#blogbookaday: Flo

16 Apr

Flo.jpgSummary:  “Meet Flo! Flo is the littlest panda. She likes to explore, relax, and enjoy everything around her. She is never in a hurry. But . . . sometimes she takes too much time, and the other pandas get impatient. One day they find themselves in trouble. Can Flo’s floppy ways save the day? With Kyo Maclear’s sweet, spare text and Jay Fleck’s bold, bright illustrations, Flo is sure to be a favorite for even the busiest little pandas!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This is an adorable story about a panda named Flo who takes her time to celebrate the little things she comes across throughout the day, not letting the other panda need to keep busy get in her way. I would definitely consider myself a busy panda and my partner is much more like Flo – relax, enjoy and a “we’ll get there when we get there” attitude. I think it works for us – we balance each other out, I give him a little more structure and he reminds to stop and take a deep breath. I love how well the illustrations pair with the minimal text to enhance the story in the perfect way.

Personal Reaction: I absolutely agree with Flo – floppy Sundays are my favorite and as I write this is, it’s 40 degrees and rainy outside after being absolutely beautiful, sunny and 80 degrees yesterday, so I feel completely floppy today! I love how much Flo marches to the beat of her own drum in this story, not getting stressed by the other pandas’ impatience. And in the end, it’s Flo’s imagination and ingenuity that saves the day!

Title: Flo
Author: Kyo Maclear
Illustrator: Jay Fleck
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: January 16, 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!

#blogbookaday: Petra

15 Apr

PetraSummary:  “Petra is a little rock who believes she is a mighty mountain . . . until a dog fetches her for its owner, and she is tossed into a bird’s nest. A mountain? No, Petra is now an egg! An egg of the world in a world of possibility. Until she’s flung into a pond, and becomes an amazing island . . . and, eventually, a little girl’s pet rock. What will she be tomorrow? Who knows? But she’s a rock, and this is how she rolls!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Petra is a huge, unmovable mountain, until she gets scooped up by a dog which goes to show just how small she really is. Soon she’s off on an adventure becoming an egg, an island and even a pet rock! I absolutely adored Petra’s facial expression, especially as she got more and more frustrated with what was happening to her. This is an adorable story about accepting where you are and imagining the possibilities for tomorrow!

Personal Reaction: I was surprised to see that this was a translation because it translated so smoothly into English. Sometimes books written in other languages don’t translate well do to idioms and the like. But, I loved this little book all about perspective and going with the flow.

Title: Petra
Author: Marianna Coppo
Illustrator: Marianna Coppo
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: February 6, 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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