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Partnering with Girl Scouts

5 Dec

1200px-Girl_Scouts_of_the_USA.svgLast night I got to hang out with some awesome seven and eight year old Girl Scouts to work on a yoga badge. I offered storytime yoga for a number of years as a children’s librarian and the troop leaders asked if I could help them out.

 

I wanted to focus on empowerment and body image and strength (all things that coincide with yoga really nicely). So here’s what we did:

Sun Salutations

 

Read aloud: One by Kathryn Otoshi

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Discussed the story and talked about what makes us feel strong and what we’re good at doing and being.

Strength Poses:

  • Mountain Pose
  • Warrior I
  • Warrior II
  • Warrior III
  • Mountain Pose
  • (repeat for balance)

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Read aloud: Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

 

Discussed what we like most about ourselves and what makes us awesome

Relaxation Poses:

  • Bridge
  • Happy Baby
  • Pull Right/Left Knee to Chest
  • Deep Breathing with quiet music

 

Although the kids had a TON of energy, I hope they got a little something out of fun program – about what it takes to strong, kind and classy woman!

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Community Connections – Interfaith Education

14 Jun

I spent a few hours last night at a Sharing Ramadan event hosted by our local Islamic Society. It was a wonderful event with a speaker who took the time to talk about the beliefs of the Islam faith as well as how Muslims are being viewed by the media. He even took time to answer questions from the audience – and there probably would have been even more questions, but it was time to break the fast before prayers. We also got to go into the prayer area of the mosque for prayers and then shared dinner together as a large group. It was so nice for a group of people to open up their house of worship for questions and understanding and when it comes down to it many of today’s religions (specifically in this case Islam, Judaism and Christianity) are far more similar than they are different.

I’m now thinking about ways to provide an interfaith program at the library from an educational standpoint to share how people are people and that a person’s beliefs are just one part of their identity. We’re also looking at partnering with the school district on a bullying prevention program and with the police department on the opioid epidemic. I believe that these topics all require community connection and dialogue because no one agency or organization can make a difference, but by working together we can start to make our communities stronger and safer for generations to come.

If your library is currently working on anything like this, I’d love to hear more!

What’s A Librarian To Do?

30 Apr

Our high school began a Literacy Night last year to promote the clubs, programs and projects that the high school students are involved in.  I was asked to be a speaker last year because of my blog, (I should have known the kids know much more about social media that I do!), but overall it went very well and it was a great experience.

This year, the high school received a grant for the event and are inviting some paid speakers, authors, and more to be a part of the program.  The grant specifies that the event must be multicultural in nature which made me adapt my program a little, but I think I’ve made it work.  As the planning progressed, the teachers began leaning towards offering a program for younger siblings who come with their families to the event.  We have a strong relationship with our high school, so I volunteered my services to provide such a program.

Without having any idea what age group of kids I’ll see or how many, I decided to create a program similar to my Fun Friday programs that can be made more simple or difficult depending on the age of the child.  I love the book Windblown by Édouard Manceau and the publishers have made a great activity page to go with the book.  Depending on the age of the child, I’ll have some copies of the activity page already cut out, while others will need to be cut out by the child.  Throughout the book, the children will be able to make the animals as I read the story and then there will be plenty of time afterward to create their own animal using a black piece of paper and a glue stick.

The next part of the program includes a multicultural folktale called Mediopollito/Half-Chicken by Alma Flor Ada about how roosters became weathervanes (which works perfectly with my “wind” theme).  We’re going to read the story and afterward create balloons in the sky from an activity a co-worker found in The Mailbox magazine.  We’re going to use white cardstock that the kids can shade with a blue crayon to create the sky.  Then the kids will use bingo stampers to create balloons in the sky and finally if they want to add clouds, they children can use cotton balls to create clouds in the sky.  I think this type of project, although much more focused on product vs. process, will be fun for a group of older kids who can choose how many balloons, where to place the clouds, etc.

Finally, we’re going to create a rainstorm using our body… I know, it’s not very focused on wind, but it’s a pretty cool thing!  Check out this YouTube video to find out how to do it!

I’m hoping that the books I’ve chosen as well as the projects I’ve chosen will work for whatever age group of kids I get!  And maybe I’ll bring a book for myself to read just in case no one shows up!

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