Last summer my colleague/friend/co-conspirator/taco buddy Carissa started a new program at her neighborhood library (ok, not actually in the library, in a park near the library): A Wild Rumpus, based on AnjiPlay. The program was a hit (read more about it here), and this summer we are expanding the Wild Rumpus to a second park on the east side of town. I’ll be leading this program, and I’m really excited to see what happens in a completely different neighborhood as we strive to reach new kids and families.
Follow along here for the east side weekly report, and make sure to check out Carissa’s west side reports. Let the wild rumpus start!
My library has a set of MeeperBots that have been making appearances in our Lego Clubs, but I decided I wanted to do a little more with them. This summer I’ve been working on a programming guide for Demco using MeeperBots (coming soon!) and Maker Monday was the perfect place to test one of my programs!
Continue reading Maker Monday: Battle Bots
This Maker Monday was provided by The Bubbler’s summer partnership with Maker Corps, and was a really fun, simple, and super popular program!
Continue reading Maker Monday: Sock Monsters
Last month we did a version of reader’s theater in Homeschool Hub, adapted for an all ages group. First, we talked a little about theater and plays (some of the kids are part of our local kids Shakespeare group). Next we watched some readers theater videos before diving in.
Continue reading Homeschool Hub: reader’s theater
Part of my re-vamped bilingual storytime plan included monthly visits to read bilingual stories at one of our elementary schools. This school has the highest number of Hispanic kids and ELL families, and the school librarian agreed to let me come read to every single K, 1, and 2 class during library time the last week of each month. I love reading to older kids, and I was super excited to share stories in Spanish, highlight Hispanic authors and illustrators, and make some more connections with the kids.
I figured I could probably bank on at least one kid in each class knowing who I am, and fortunately I was right (although some just remembered me as “the lady who wore the costume“). Most classes had at least one kid who knew a little Spanish, and my favorite part was watching their eyes light up when I spoke to them in Spanish and seeing the pride on their faces as they told me that they/their dad/grandma/mom/uncle speaks Spanish too!
So here’s what we’ve done so far:
Continue reading Bilingual stories en la escuela
For this Read it! Homeschool Hub I featured choose your own adventure stories, and let kids explore the format by making their own.
Most of what I found were chapter books, not picture books, so after we talked about the choose your own adventure genre, I read a short section from one of the chapter books, letting the kids vote each time there was a decision to make. Continue reading Homeschool Hub: Choose your own adventure
One of our local elementary schools is working on an initiative against poverty, and this winter they contacted me to see if there was a way to highlight the resources that the public library offers. I was thrilled with the idea, and we came up with a Public Library Party, held here at the library, that the whole school was invited to!
Continue reading Public Library Party