Summer Reading 2016 Wrap up!

Summer Reading 2016 Wrap up!

I have officially gone the longest time without blogging and for that I apologize! But, we had an amazingly crazy busy summer at the Library and I decided that my home time was time for self care (aka reality tv and popcorn for dinner) instead of more library things so I just took a bit of an unplanned hiatus.  Before I start blogging my storytimes and programs again I just wanted to give you a little wrap up of my summer reading program!  It was my third summer here and I finally finally felt like I got into my mojo and really did a great job.

I work in a small, rural town so over 400 is amazing for us, whereas those of you in bigger cities that may just be a fraction of your first day registrants. I am proud of our number ;)
I work in a small, rural town so over 400 is amazing for us, whereas those of you in bigger cities that may just be a fraction of your first day registrants. I am proud of our number ;)

This summer, in partnership with our local schools, we chose to track by time read rather than books or pages.  Ideally, I would love to ditch tracking but in CT we have a Govenor’s Reading Challenge that requires it so the kids and schools are already tracking so it’s better at the moment to just keep doing it and keep a good relationship with the schools.  Our prizes for reading are just free books and a super reader signs.We also have passports that kids get when they sign up.  These have fun challenges like visiting the library, attending a summer program, and checking out a nonfiction book.  Every time they get a stamp on their passport they get to add a sticker to our sticker wall!

School Visits

The BIG incentive this year was to get me to dye my hair blue.  During school visits I challenged the kids to read 1,000 hours.  Once they completed that I would dye my hair blue.  They were rockstars and finished in less than 3 weeks.

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I did my programming a little bit different this summer which allowed for a lot more flexibility on my end. Going with the theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ” all of my programs started with “On Your Mark, Get Set…” Here is an example of fliers for a couple of them:

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As you can maybe see in the flier, I just have a one or two word description of what each program will specifically be. This allowed me to have my daily (!!) programs while also not stressing myself out too much. For EXPERIMENT and one other program I did have help but otherwise it was just me.

Here are some program highlights (aka the only times I actually remembered to take pictures!). If you have any questions about specific programs please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.  Most of these programs are for grades K-5.

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On Your Mark, Get Set… EXPERIMENT: Sink or Float.
At the beginning of the program I read the book Things that Float and Things that Don’t by David A. Adler
Station 1: Sink or Float
Table of different items and a tub of water!
Station 2: Make a Boat
Table of items that could potentially be made into boats: tin foil, styrofoam, cardboard, plastic, tape, etc. They then would test their boats float-ability by adding pennies and/or rocks!

Caldecott Program | Miss Meg's Storytime Caldecott Program | Miss Meg's Storytime

On Your Mark, Get Set…CREATE: Caldecott
This was one of my favorite programs of the summer! I started by reading some favorites by Jon Klassen and Lois Ehlert.  We then talked as a group about the art in each book.  After that they got to use the books as reference to create their own Caldecott inspired art!

Mini Golf in the stacks | Miss Meg's Storytime Mini Golf in the stacks | Miss Meg's Storytime

This one was a two part series…
On Your Mark, Get Set…CREATE: Design mini golf holes
I literally just had a bunch of random supplies (“trash”) and big posterboard.  Each group could design a mini golf hole on the posterboard using whatever they wanted.
On Your Mark, Get Set… MOVE: Mini golf in the library!
A week later we got to play mini golf in the children’s room using the holes they created! This was a TON of fun for both kids and parents and I will definitely be doing it again

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On Your Mark, Get Set… EXPERIMENT: Egg Drop
Again, I just got a bunch of random supplies (“trash”, are you seeing a theme here…) and a couple dozen eggs and let them experiment!  Some kids love their little egg trap contraption the they ended up taking it home… with the egg still inside.

I went camping... with kids.......

Our summer series event this summer was Explorer’s Club.  We met weekly and the kids got to pick what we discussed.  At our first meeting I asked them what they knew about nature and the outdoors and then what they wanted to know or learn more about.  I used those lists to help me plan the next few weeks.  At the end of the month we went camping. Literally. Like, in tents.  Parents were 100% required to come and we camped at a local park (yay for great partnership with our parks & rec) that is secluded and BEAUTIFUL.  The above picture is our 6:30am hike.


Overall, it was a busy but very rewarding summer but I am glad to have a couple months break until we start planning for the summer of 2017….

Dig Into Reading: Dinosaur Storytime for Toddlers

Dig Into Reading: Dinosaur Storytime for Toddlers

RAWR!  I LOVED storytime this week. Seriously, probably my favorite day of storytime so far.  I had so many concepts to practice with the kids, and not to mention rawr-ing like we’ve never rawr-ed before!

WITHOUT FURTHER ADO: DINOSAUR STORYTIME !!!!!!

This weeks literacy tip was: “When talking to your new speaker, use the correct pronunciation of the word, not the way the imitate the word”

The kids came into the story room greeted by some dinosaur footprints:

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I encouraged the kids to talk about the colors with their parents/caregivers after storytime, and a few were doing it as they were walking in as well!  I also had the same colors hanging up by me and we went over them together.

Our signs this week were Big, Little, and Dinosaur.

Rawr-iffic Dino Picture Books:

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Dinosaur Vs. the Library!
By Bob Shea (we had so much fun rawring, and the kids loved trying to rawr louder than my peeps, moos, and shy turtle noises)
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Five Little Dinosaurs
By Will Grace, Illus. by Ed Vere Hodgkinson
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Flapdoodle Dionsaurs by David A. Carter
(I just read the name of the dinosaur and what color, I did not read the entire poem for each dino)

Simply Terrifying (but not really) Dinosaur songs and rhymes!

Dino Ditty
(sung to “Doo Wah Ditty”)
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Here he comes just a stomping with his feet singing
“Dino ditty, ditty dum, ditty do.” Kids sang this part with me
Searching all round for something good to eat singing,
“Dino ditty, ditty dum ditty do.”
He’s huge, (He’s huge), He’s strong, (He’s strong.)
He’s huge, he’s strong, won’t be hungry very long.
“Dino ditty, ditty dum , ditty do.”
“Dino ditty, ditty dum, ditty do.”

Seriously this song was so much fun and it is guaranteed to crack up the adults in the room!

BIG Dino LITTLE Dino (with our signs)
I adapted this popular dinosaur rhyme to fit with our signs and it worked out very well!

BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, turn around
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, touch the ground
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, reach up high
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, wink one eye
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, touch your nose
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, touch your toes
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, slap your knees
BIG Dino, LITTLE Dino, sit down please

We also sang We Are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner and the kids really enjoyed that song.

GRRReat Extension Activity

I adapted this from Thrive After Three
and will be talking about it more in a Flannel Friday post later this week!
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Dinosaur Craft

(sorry this is getting to be such a long post, but it’s so much fun!)

D is for Dinosaur

I had D’s cut out and they glued them on and then they drew a dinosaur!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for loving dinosaurs as much as I do (I mean with SO MANY great things to do with them, how could you not!?)

Miss Meg

Dig Into Reading: Gardening (Toddlers)

Dig Into Reading: Gardening (Toddlers)

This week marks the first week of summer reading program events.  Which means I will have four toddler storytimes and two all ages storytimes a week- bring it on!  This is quite the change from my one storytime weekly at my last job!

Here is my outline for my garden storytime with toddlers!

I am using the same opening song as I did with my previous group of kids, Hi,Hello.

Picture books:

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What Does Bunny See
By Linda Sue Park, illus by Maggie Smith
i have a garden
I Have a Garden by Bob Barner
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Maisy Grows a Garden (a non-circulating pop-up book) by Lucy Cousins

The kids and adults alike loved Maisy Grows a Garden.  The pop-ups were so fun!  And the ending is my favorite, so of course I had to take a pic ;)

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Songs and Fingerplays

Every week we will be singing a favorite of the toddlers- Icky, Sticky Bubble Gum
We also listened and did actions along with In My Garden by Raffi

“Dig a Little Hole” action rhyme
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Dig a little hole (dig)
Plant a little seed (drop seed)
Pour a little water (pour)
Pull a little weed (pull up and throw away)
Chase a little bug (chasing motion)
Heigh-ho, there he goes! (shade eyes)
Give a little sunshine (make sun)
Grow a little rose (smell flower, eyes closed)

“Herman the Worm” action rhyme
We did the traditional Herman the worm song but he ate vegetables instead of his family members!  Before the song started we all practiced chewing our bubble gum, playing with our yo-yo’s and asking “what happened?!”

We also did a flannel activity, There’s Something in My Garden.  You can find the poem and templates here!

This summer I am doing a new Closing Song which I already love.  We will be singing Wave Goodbye which you can find in the Closing Songs tab!

Craft

We used the adorable cupcake-liner flower craft from Storytime Katie! I changed it around a bit to make it a little easier for the toddlers.  We didn’t use buttons and instead of craft sticks just drew stems and leaves with green crayons.  The kids loved it and they all turned out very adorable!  I found a variety of colorful and patterned cupcake liners at Hobby Lobby.

Flower/Garden Storytime

Thanks for reading :)

Dig Into Reading: Countdown Display

Dig Into Reading: Countdown Display

109 in. wide, about 60 in. tall
109 in. wide, about 60 in. tall

My coworker, Caitlin (she doesn’t have a blog but here THIS is her twitter), and I made a display to countdown for the Summmer Reading Program, Dig Into Reading. We included two burrowing animals, some ants and worms (die-cuts), and some vegetables. If you have any questions on how we did anything specific or what we used feel free to leave a comment!

My coworker, Caitlin, putting on the final touches!
My coworker, Caitlin, putting on the final touches!
Take a petal off each day until 1 remains
Take a petal off each day until 1 remains
Our friends: Barty the Mole, and Mrs. Fitzwhiskers the Rabbit with her two babies.
Our friends: Barty the Mole, and Mrs. Fitzwhiskers the Rabbit with her two babies.