This week marks our kick off of the summer reading program! Like many libraries across the country we are doing the CSLP theme: FIZZ BOOM READ!
Throughout the summer many of my posts will focus primarily on the many STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) centered programs I will be doing this summer with ages birth through 5th grade at my library. To figure out how I have now found myself comfortable with the S, E, and M parts of that check out this blog post I wrote a few months ago.
For the first time I am working in an area where it seems they keep the kids in school forever! The last day of school, and first day of SRP registration is this Friday. Earlier this week I visited the grammar school to get the kids excited about summer reading. I started my short presentation with a simple science experiment: vinegar with blue food coloring, and baking soda. The kids loved it and it was so so simple! An easy and quick activity for you to do to fill time in a science program. I then briefly talked about the logistics of the summer reading program. I kept this part short: I had already enticed them with the science experiment I didn’t want to lost their interest by talking about rules and guidelines. They’d be getting all this information sent home in their backpacks anyways. Mainly I just wanted them to go home and say, “Mom! We have to go to the library! Miss Meg came to my school today and did a cool experiment!”. I ended my presentation by reading Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell… Didn’t have as much to do with science (except animals!) but it is a fun book that encourages audience participation and was a huge hit. I would definitely recommend this book for any group of elementary aged kids!
Here was my crazy outfit for the presentation! After I was introduced one little boy yells, “I KNEW that was Miss Meg!”
This was my first SRP school presentation by myself but all in all I think it was successful! What do you do for school presentations? How do you make the kids want to come to your library?