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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.


  • 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.


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!


#blogbookaday: You Must Bring a Hat!

27 Feb

34227849Summary:  “Come join the fun—but only if you have a hat. AND you know the entry rules. Unfortunately, there seems to be a surprising number of those, as a young boy discovers. Will he—and the cool collection of animals he befriends along the way—ever get in? Gloriously illustrated, the art contains loads of details that serve as clues to the satisfying surprise ending. Kids will read this thoroughly hilarious cumulative picture book again and again!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: An adorable and hilarious story of a little boy trying to get to a party and going through a lot of work to get there! Although the main character is a little boy, the rest of his world is peopled animaled with a wide variety of anthropomorphic animals is some amazing outfits and some great names for the characters as well! The main character does his best, but in the end loses his temper at all the ridiculous rules he must follow and soon realizes his mistake!

Personal Reaction: I’m working on creating a lesson plan for a parachute storytime I’m planning for next week and I thought hats would be a fun theme and I remembered I had just brought this book home with me to review, so now that I’ve had a chance to read it, I think this will make a perfect story for a storytime (especially if you really get into character)!

Title: You Must Bring a Hat!
Author: Simon Philip
Illustrator: Kate Hindley
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Publication Date: August 8, 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!

#MGBookmas Day 4: A Book with a Festive Get Together

16 Dec

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I’m going to be participating in this year’s #MGBookmas list – look for titles for the next 12 days that fit each of these fun categories! You can participate to on Instagram, Twitter or your own blog! Follow #MGBookmas for everyone’s choices. Continue reading

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration

20 Aug

7785122Last night we celebrated 26 kids (and their families) who completed the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  I like to create a program that is extra special for these kids and all they have accomplished.  Last night we started off the program with a read aloud of Barry the Fish with Fingers by Sue Hendra.  The kids really enjoyed the story and I think the adults did as well.  After the story, the kids were presented with a certificate for completing the program.  And then it came time for the fun stuff!

I made it a summer themed party with sand dough, frozen finger painting and sensory bags.  The sand dough was a great recipe that I mixed together the day before.  Not thinking anything of it, the recipe calls for play sand, flour, water, and oil.  Well, last night the sand dough stuck to high heaven!  It smelled like actual bread dough or it had started to ferment.  Either way, it still worked and the kids loved the texture.  The frozen finger paint was so much fun!  I froze finger paint in ice cube trays with a Popsicle stick for ease of use.  The kids had a great time painting cut-out cars and creating a mess (which is always fun!).  And finally, the kids were also allowed to take home a sensory bag using cheap hair gel and glitter in a quart-size freezer bag with a duct taped top.  The kids really enjoyed squishing the hair gel around and I gave parents suggestions of practicing letters and numbers, cooling the sensory bags in the fridge and other ideas they could do at home.

The kids also got a small snack and were allowed to choose a new book to be added to our collection.  This is their ultimate prize for completing the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  They choose a new book and we add an honor sticker in the front with their name on it.  They also get to be the first person to check the book out.  This works for us as a prize because we’re already purchasing the pictures books to be added to the collection and it only takes a few minutes to print out the sticker for the kids.

Happy Birthday Tera! (The Library Turtle)

3 Jun

On Monday evening we celebrated our library turtle’s 15th birthday!  She is a staple here in our library; the kids absolutely adore her and she is very social with the children as well!  Some children just stop to say “hi,” while others show off the books they plan on checking out and still others use our turtle as a reading buddy – reading aloud to her.  And she definitely responds, she’ll swim around her tank, watch the kids as they press their faces up to her and soak up all the attention.

We decided that a birthday party was in order for one of the most beloved “staff” members of the library.  So it all began with a great scrub-down of her tank and her (which she wasn’t a fan of) and concluded with cupcakes and a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday!”  We ended up with about 25 kids ranging from 2 – 8 years old and their adults.

The first thing we did was to sing the fingerplay “There Was a Little Turtle,” and did the hand motions too.  I sang it through once and then the entire group sang along with me the second time.

“There was a little turtle
who lived in a boxred-eared-slider1 June 2013a
he swam in the puddles
he climbed on the rocks
He snapped at a mosquito
He snapped at a flea
He snapped at a minnow
He snapped at me
He caught the mosquito
He caught that flea
He caught that minnow
But he didn’t catch me!”

After this, I decided to switch things up from our normal routine and we went straight over to Tera’s tank to sing “Happy Birthday.”  I put a smaller tank on a low table and let the kid sit around the table to sing.  I wasn’t sure what her reaction was going to be, but as the kids sang her head was fully out of her shell and she was looking around at everyone! (she’s a little bit of an attention hog!)  Right after singing, we invited everyone back to our programming room for a group picture and a cupcake.  We made mini-cupcakes in the shape of a turtle and the number 15 – it was pretty impressive!

Finally, after our snack the kids had the opportunity to visit turtle-themed stations:

  1. Paper Plate Turtle Craft
  2. Crawl Like a Turtle (we used our seat cushions from storytime and tried to balance them on our backs like a shell as we crawled down the book aisles.
  3. Pin the Tail on the Turtle
  4. Turtle Trivia (true and false questions)

The kids were really into all the activities, but the most popular was the craft.  The older kids loved the trivia.  I printed out ten statements about turtles, some true and others false.  The kids then were able to write their name in the “true” or “false” column they believed to be the right answer.  I also left a number of informational texts about turtles at the station if kids wanted to try finding out the answers.

Overall, we had a great time celebrating our library’s pet’s birthday!  Happy 15th Birthday Tera!

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