As someone fairly new to school-age programming I am really enjoying the opportunity the Summer Reading Club presents to learn from my colleagues (near and far!) and try a few things out on my own. Last week I put on a Battle of the Funny Books program to kick off the Summer Reading Club at my branch and had a blast!
Here in British Columbia, our Summer Reading Club theme this year is Funny Business. For our launch party, I decided to hold an Afternoon of Disguise where kids could create a mask or play dress up using some costume supplies. The tag line of the event was, “There’s something funny going on here!” which is one of the sub-themes of Funny Business. This was a drop-in program – kids could come anytime and create as many disguises as they wanted. I took pictures of the kids once they were unidentifiable and plan to put them up around the branch. I also had a display with an array of non-fiction books – craft books, spy books, and lots of disguise books such as Animal Disguises and Buildings in Disguise. We’re always trying to tie in a literacy component and promote our collection!
We present a tour of tours, or more accurately a stealing all of the ideas! Lindsey and I have both taken up new job posts within the last little while and I have found myself thrown into a couple tours unawares. What did I do? I turned to the Twitter-Sphere and resident Tour Gurus (which sounds cooler when said in Canadian) Sara Bryce and Marge Loch-Wouters and their awesome coworkers at La Crosse Public Library! I have learned so much from colleagues near and far I thought it high time to share. And by share, again I mean pool all the internet genius.
May I first recommend a “tour” label search of Sara’s blog? It is so cool to read about how much work they have put into toursField Trip Adventures! Some of the big ticket things I have learned and incorporated into my library visits are:
Asking kids (no matter how young!) who owns the library and letting them know they do!
Showing damaged materials as a way to talk about sharing, taking turns and being respectful with library stuff.
Setting up stations at exciting/important spots around the library signaled by visual cues or even stickers. Eep, such fun!
Developing scripts not as a cop-out but as a way to create consistent, high quality tours around really cool themes no matter who is delivering them.
But so do lots of other folks! We’d like to point out some of our favourite pinners and boards (in no particular order) for those of you who are looking for new ideas to bookmark and share. This list is just the tip of the iceberg – there are so many other great ones out there! Please share your Pinterest account in the comments so we are sure to follow you!
No one knows apps for library programming better! I love how apps are broken down by age and by use (storytime vs. anytime). But the best part is each pin has a description that includes the developer, age range, brief synopsis, and any pros or cons. It’s an app-at-a-glance!
Our B.C. friend who blogs at Time for Storytime! Leah has boards broken down by season and common programs. I know we’ve tweeted about it all spring, but she also has an amazing SRC 2014 board with so many ideas for our theme this year- Funny Business. Making us Canadians look good!
All your flannel story needs organized in every which way you can imagine! A great resource to go to when you can’t remember where you saw that cute duck flannel matching game. But they also have other types of storytelling props such as Draw and Tell Stories and Folder Stories.
This is my go to browsing resource when I want to get ideas for school age programming. Lisa does a fabulous job of linking back to all the original blog posts so you know you’re getting directed to high quality blogs. I can definitely see this account growing in the future!