Last June, Katie debuted a new self-directed program called “Read, Think, Do.” (Katie is a children’s librarian/elementary school liasion/assistant department head at my library and, frequently, my partner in crime.) Every month or so, she puts out a new activity for kids to engage with. The activities are generally geared towards school-aged kids, but we… Continue reading A Year of Read, Think, Do
During March Madness, we had our own tournament going on at the library. Borrowing an idea from the Oak Park Public Library’s Idea Box, we did Versus Madness! We set up a bracket with 16 contenders and kids voted for their favorites. Every three days we switched what they were voting for, until earlier last… Continue reading Versus Madness
To tie in with our winter reading program, Reading’s a Riot!, this month we’re asking kids to tell us their favorite jokes. We weren’t sure how this would work out,* but it has been absolutely HILARIOUS. I love reading the new jokes every time I walk by them at the front of our department. Seriously, if you’re… Continue reading What’s Your Favorite Joke?
Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and it’s the perfect time to take stock of what you’re thankful for. This month, at the entrance to our Children’s Department, we have a space where kids can tell us what they’re thankful for. Our librarian Rachel printed images of turkeys, which are laminated and taped up to the boards. Kids fill out… Continue reading I’m Thankful For…
During October, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head have been hanging out at the front of the Children’s Department for kids to interact with. The Potato Heads have been modeling all sorts of Halloween costumes: We made all the pieces in-house, but the inspiration is from the Suring Area Public Library, via Pinterest.