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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – “X” Marks the Spot

27 Apr

2000px-Treasure_map_-_black.svg.pngProgram Name: X Marks the Spot: A Library Scavenger Hunt

What: This is a great program to introduce the library layout to kids (or adults!) It can be as simple as giving a library tour and then handing a card to each child instructing them to search for a specific item. Or it can be very labor intensive and somewhat confusing if you’re doing separate clues for each scavenger hunt team. But, it does help kids become familiar with the library and where to find information.

Where: This program must happen out on the library floor, so choose a day and time when the library is typically a little quieter or offer it during a sleepover event as some libraries have.

When: This program can happen at any time during the year. We’ve offered scavenger hunts to elementary school classroom visits and more in-depth ones as a library program for our middle school kids.

Who: Again, we’ve offered this for both elementary and middle school students, but you could do this for teens and adults too! The only group it doesn’t work so well for is kids that aren’t reading yet as figuring out clues can be difficult when you can’t read them.

How: Like I mentioned previously, this can be as simple as handing a card to each child and asking them to go find the item(s) listed. Or you can hide clues in specific titles and teach kids more about how to read spine labels and the Dewey Decimal System.

Alternatives:

  • Partner with Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library online where they have a complete scavenger hunt for a library ready to go!
  • Check on Pinterest to see how other libraries have held their own scavenger hunts.
  • Offer a Library 101 program – give a library tour, talk about programs and resources and then let families wild in the library on a scavenger hunt for books they want to take home!

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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: Ten Hidden Gems in the Middle Grade Mystery Genre

29 Aug

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Mysteries are some of my favorite types of books to read. Here are ten middle grade mystery titles that you may or may not have heard of – enjoy!

  1. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  2. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  3. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  4. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  5. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
  6. The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
  7. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer
  8. The Underdogs by Sara Hammel
  9. Knightley & Son byRohan Gavin
  10. The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore

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

Book Review: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race

15 Jun

31226744.jpgI was so excited to get an ARC of Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein at BEA a couple weeks ago and bonus – I got it signed! This has become one of my favorite middle grade series for its adventure and library focused scavenger hunts. This most recent title in the series is foucsed around Mr. Lemoncello’s most recent family, fun game – FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY, but when rumors come out that Mr. Lemoncello stole his very first board game idea from a quiet, little, old lady, the kids join forces to not only win the game, but to clear their favorite game maker’s good name.

I love that as a reader, Chris drops in great titles from literature throughout the text, plus includes a complete list at the end of the book for you to enjoy. The best part for me is the puzzles and scavenger hunt style of the story which I think is very intriguing for kids and a lot of fun to read.

For educators and librarians – you can download your own library scavenger hunt from Chris’s website, he’s more than happy to Skype with classes and library groups and has a host of the great resources on his website.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): Kyle & his friends play Mr. Lemoncello’s Fact Finding Frenzy game to help clear his good name as they run, ride & fly to find the truth.

Title: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Page Number: 288 pgs.

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