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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Choose Kind

3 Apr

choose_kind_tumblr.pngProgram Name: Choose Kind – Card Making for Seniors, Students, Police, Fire, Military

What: We’ve offered this program a number of time in the past – a passive program that is great for any age group, any time of year. We set up a station with some basic craft supplies – paper, crayons, stickers, scissors and glue and then leave basic instructions for the kids. We’ve had the kids create thank you cards for local police and fire personnel, holiday cards for senior citizens living in assisted care communities and for students during finals week.

Where: The best part about this program is that we just set it up on a table in our children’s department. It can be anywhere in the library where you have a little extra room.

When: Another program that can be done at any time during the year and works really well when you need a filler program to offer – maybe during late August when summer reading is over or May before summer reading starts. Anytime of the year is a good time to choose kind.

Who: We set this program up for kids of all ages, but you could offer it in the teen department, or even in the adult department and see if anyone creates anything! This could also work as a program for college students on a campus as a relaxation program during study hours for mid-terms or finals.

How: This doesn’t even require a moderator, just a little staff time to pull some craft material out of the closet and to straighten up the passive program station throughout the day. We’ve often had to put a sign out for patrons to encourage them to make a card to leave at the library (and then allow them to make a card to take home for someone they know)


  • Besides cards for the military, we’ve done a sock drive and collected leftover Halloween candy to send overseas.
  • You could also do a drive for travel size bathroom goods for the homeless or a food drive for a local food pantry – remember that they receive a lot of donations around the holidays, but people are always hungry!


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!


15 Picture Books to Celebrate Armed Forces Day

19 May

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  1. H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Victor Juhasz
  2. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Military Alphabet by Chris L. Demarest
  3. Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding, illustrated by Alexandra Artigas
  4. Night Catch by Brenda Ehrmantraut, illustrated by Vicki Wehrman
  5. Our Daddy Is Invincible! by Shannon Maxwell, illustrated by Liza Biggers
  6. Hero Mom by Melinda Hardin, illustrated by Bryan Langdo
  7. Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin, illustrated by Bryan Langdo
  8. Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops by Jill Biden, illustrated by Raúl Colón
  9. Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalván with Bret Witter, photographs by Dan Dion
  10. Brave Like Me by Barbara Kerley
  11. Sometimes We Were Brave by Pat Brisson, illustrated by France Brassard
  12. Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay, illustrated by Renné Benoit
  13. Love, Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom by Lisa Tucker McElroy

  14. The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh, illustrated by Layne Johnson
  15. The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers, illustrated by Ard Hoyt

Level Up: Pairing Video Games with Children’s and YA Books (Halo)

7 Jul

Level Up- Video Game Book Lists

Each Thursday this summer, I’ll be posting a video game and corresponding book list. This is just a fun, personal project that was actually the brainchild of my boyfriend who thought that A) it sounded awesome and B) that there are a lot of parents who would love to have some resources for those kids who would rather be in front of a screen than a book. I’m hoping these titles will appeal to both boys and girls who love gaming and who do love storytelling; they just need the right book to make them readers. Each list will include the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s (ESRB) rating for the game. I know that every family is different, but want to make sure this information is provided as I’ll be offering lists for games for younger kids as well as teens.

Halo (Teen – Mature)

c2LMRHalo is described as a first person shooter in a military science fiction setting. With a number of games created under the franchise, Halo is one of the most popular games for the Xbox console. Players battle aliens from across the galaxy while completing objectives in order to uncover the secrets of the Halo Array. The books chosen for this list include science fiction novels, many of which are set in the future and hold onto the belief in extraterrestrial life.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The book the movie was based on of the same name, Ender’s Game is the story of 6-year old, Ender who believes he is only playing a video game when in fact, he’s training to become the military genius he was created to be through genetic engineering, but will the militray push him too far?
HALO: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund
The Halo franchise has also created novels and comics that feature characters from the video games. Is there a better way to put a book in a kid’s hand than one written about their favorite video game? Probably not!
I am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore
Nine aliens living among humans on Earth all stronger, faster and more powerful than you can dream of being. They thought they could hide, but three have already been killed, will Number 4 be next?
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
World War III is raging over natural resources and controlling the assets of the solar system and it looks as if the enemy might win. But salvation may be in the hands of a fourteen year old kid named Tom Raines. Tom is a video game expert making him the perfect person behind the controls of a battle drone. With his new job, Tom has a chance to be a whole new person, but at what price?
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
A classic that when produced for radio, sent hundreds of people into a panic that aliens were in fact, invading. Set at the turn of the 19th century, London, Martians invaded with advanced technology and laid waste to world as we knew it.
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