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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!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions

16 Jan

reading goals

  • Read More Widely
    I’m a sucker for middle grade realistic fiction, but this year I’d really like to make sure I’m reading more widely with more focus on fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, etc.
  • 365 Picture Book Reviews
    I’m trying to do 365 picture book reviews on my blog this year, we’re on day 15 and I really like doing it, plus I’m being introduced to a lot of really great authors and illustrators through this project, which is awesome.
  • Track New Book Releases
    I always feel behind when new books are released… I need to do a better job of tracking what’s going to be coming out so I don’t miss anything.
  • Use Social Media to Increase My Blog Traffic
    I’m really liking my blog and the direction I’m going with it, I’m hoping to do more with social media and make more connections this year to really increase the traffic.
  • Use Netgalley and Edelweiss More Frequently
    I get so caught up in the titles being released right now that I forget to look to the future and use these tools to get a jump start!
  • Revamp Blog
    I’ve got an adorable idea to revamp the blog a bit and I’m hoping this is the year I can do that!
  • Create more fun reading lists for my blog
    I love creating reading lists for friends and family, so I’d like to focus on creating some fun/silly/meaningful/useful reading lists for the blog.

And yes, although this is a Top Ten list, I’m going to hold off on seven goals, because that is more than enough to keep me busy this year! What are your reading goals? Do you set a number? Use a specific reading goal list?


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Picture Book Month Theme: Holidays

24 Nov

holidays

You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. P. Bear’s New Years Party: A Counting Book by Paul Owen Lewis
  2. Ilyas & Duck Fantastic Festial of Eid-al-Fitr by Omar Khawaja
  3. Won’t You Be My Hugaroo? by Joanne Ryder
  4. Diwali by Nancy Dickmann
  5. Dia de los Muertos by Roseanne Thong
  6. Room on the Broom by Julie Donaldson
  7. Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
  8. The Swee Smell of Christmas by Patricia M. Scarry
  9. The Sound of Kwanzaa by Dimitrea Tokunbo
  10. My First Menorah by Salina Yoon
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