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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Register for National Gaming Day--Free Game!

National Gaming Day registration is open. Libraries can now register for National Gaming Day 2010, which will take place on November 13. This year, North Star Games is donating a free copy of Wits & Wagers Family to the first 1,000 U.S. libraries that register. This new version removes the betting chips and includes questions that can be used in any library or school. National Gaming Day is an ALA initiative to connect communities around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

Go to http://ngd.ala.org/ for more information, free logos to download, and registration forms.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Just for fun: Flash Mob in Seattle Public Library

A Flash Mob sounds potentially scary if you don't know what it is, but I would love to be in a library when a flash mob happens! Watch this video of a seemingly random and impromptu (but exquisitely choreographed and rehearsed) dance at the Seattle Public Library. I like the somewhat bewildered expression on the faces of a few of the passers-by.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Grossology Makes for Good, But Disgusting Program

Prescott Programming Librarian, Becky Arenivar, shared some great ideas for a Grossology Program she held. By far the grossest thing they did was bobbing for Spam (yecccchh!):

Our Grossology event included 3 food challenges, 3 touching challenges and the kids got to make blood and vomit to take home!

There are recipes all over the Internet for Kitty Litter Cake, which looks very real and actually tastes good! We served it with a (new) litter scoop, and mixed it up in a (new) litter box. We also offered Edible Vomit to eat. Our 3rd food challenge was Bobbing for Spam!

Our touching challenges (behind a black piece of fabric, so kids couldn't see, were Slimy Brains, Bloody Heart and Gooey Eyeballs. The recipes for Edible Vomit and Blood were out of 100% Pure Fake by Lyn Thomas, Kids Can Press, 2009.
Most kids did the 2 eating challenges and the 3 touching challenges, but we had only 4 takers for the Bobbing for Spam. It even smelled gross. The Spam sinks to the bottom, so you really have to go after it.

We gave kids medals (cardboard, spray painted gold or silver, with a label identifying the challenge) for each challenge they did. It was fun to see them walk out wearing multiple medals!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Bring on the Performers

I get all sorts of reports from librarians about performers. Mostly, I hear great things (Fabulous, Most fun ever, Record crowds). Sometimes, I hear distressing things (They showed up late! They forgot to tell us what equipment they needed!).

There are some wonderfully talented performers in the area. Georgia Jones was excited about the Okee Dokee Brothers: "Make sure you pass along the word on these terrific new performers out of the Twin Cities. They perform children’s/family music as the Okee Dokee Brothers and are also part of a Bluegrass band for adult audiences. I purchased a CD and they gave me another so the music will be in the system. So much fun!"
What have been your favorite performers this year? Add a comment, or send pictures (as an attachment to an email) and I will post them. I'm trying to imagine a way for you all to share concerns about performers and check with each other about them--if you have ideas on that, please let me know!