A few days ago a friend of mine asked me for a holiday gift recommendation for her niece and nephew. Typically, I might recommend a book, though my toy store background comes in handy when asked this question too! For this particular friend though I immediately thought of a Makey Makey. What is a Makey Makey you ask? This video is the best explanation! Continue reading
Banned Books Week was a while ago, but I still wanted to share the awesome Captain Underpants Party we put on at my library to celebrate the right to read! Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey was the most challenged book in 2013. I’ve read a few Captain Underpants books, and although they aren’t my favorite, they sure are popular. Our copies are constantly checked out and falling apart from so many reads. Banned Books is all about celebrating the right to read what you choose so, I decided we should honor them with a party! Continue reading
Halloween is just around the corner, so candy is abundant these days! I wanted to do something interesting for our evening tween program this week, (and maybe I was just craving candy corn a little bit?) so here we have CANDY CORN SCIENCE!! Continue reading
I love Lois Ehlert! Maybe it’s because she’s a Wisconsin native like me, or maybe it’s just because she’s amazing, but either way I’ve always loved her books. Have you seen The Scraps Book: Notes on a Colorful Life that came out earlier this year? It’s like an autobiographical artist’s notebook. It’s beautiful and inspiring. There are notes about her life, where she gets ideas for her art, and how she makes her art. All of it is arranged in a way that feels like you are stepping into her studio or her home to see all the beauty she’s collected to work with. Anyways, I was inspired by this book and a fellow librarian in my system to do a paper collage workshop this past weekend.
It’s Hug a Book Week! What, you’ve never heard of something so adorable?! Well, we have Scott Campbell and the folks at Simon & Shuster to thank for spreading this cuteness into the world. Scott Campbell’s newest book, Hug Machine just came out and as Library School Journal says, it really is absolutely irresistible.
As a part of our Summer Reading Program this summer, my library has started a weekly STEAM Team program. Our young scientists and explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. For our first week, I wanted to do something really fun, so we made volcanoes and made them erupt! What could be more fun that that?! To do this program I relied heavily on the expertise of STEAM guru, Amy Koester and her wealth of knowledge! Her volcano program plans are available on the ALSC Blog.