Makey Makey

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


Captain Underpants Party

Captain Underpants Party

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

Lois Ehlert Collage Art

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.

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STEAM Team Experiments with Bubbles!

Okay, who does love playing with bubbles? I remember playing with them as a kid and loving it and I feel like every time I see a kid playing with bubbles they are having a blast! It’s the perfect summer (or anytime, really) activity! The idea, activities, and knowledge of the science behind bubbles came from Gizmos, Gadgets and Goo from the Cheshire Public Library in Connecticut. If you are a science programmer and haven’t yet stumbled across their website, go there now! Seriously they have a lot of wonderful ideas and share plenty of how-tos and easy to understand science explanations!

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STEAM Team Experiments with Volcanoes!

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.

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