This is a program my coworker Katie did. I asked if I could feature it here since it’s so cute! To tie in with our “Paws to Read” summer reading theme, Katie did Carefree Pets for kids going into grades 3-4. What’s the best kind of carefree pet? That’s right–pet rocks! The kids decorated rocks… Continue reading Carefree Pets
My library just finished our first Peep-A-Palooza Peeps diorama contest and, ohmygosh, it was so much fun! It was such a hit that it will probably become an annual program. The basic premise was that patrons could make a diorama, using Peeps marshmallow candies, on any theme they dreamt up. And the themes were quite… Continue reading Peep-A-Palooza!
Today I have a post on the Little eLit blog with a recap of the April Tinker meeting. Tinker is a Chicago-area group for “library folks who work with kids, teens, and technology,” and it’s an awesome resource for librarians in this area. They have a great website with lots of information, which you should… Continue reading Tinker Meeting Recap on Little eLit
Our last Make! programs of the spring had the kids making Art Bots. Michelle, our teen librarian, and I did two sessions, one for kids in grades 4-5 and the other for teens in grades 6+. This video is from the session for teens: The concept is pretty simple: you take a motor, like the… Continue reading Make! Art Bots
Our most recent maker programs featured stop motion animation, and the kids and teens made some excellent movies! If you’re not familiar with the concept of stop motion animation: you take a series of photographs and then combine them into a movie by showing the photos in rapid succession, to make inanimate objects appear to move. In between taking… Continue reading Make! Stop Motion Animation
At my library, we are lucky to have a variety of cool technology for kids that we use in programming. We tend to do structured, instructional programs, but we’ve wanted to incorporate more relaxed, informal programs as well. So last Saturday we did a Technology Open House for kids and teens. Despite it being a snowy day,… Continue reading Technology Open House
Last fall we did a Make! program with Makey Makeys, but I never posted about it. If you’re not familiar with Makey Makey, this video explains it better than I can, but basically it allows you to turn conductive objects into keys for your computer (like up, down, space bar, that sort of thing). It sounds… Continue reading Makey Makey