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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Celebrating Trains in Rice Lake

In Rice Lake, Dawn and the rest of the children's staff had a fun day with trains!

Last month we celebrated everyone’s favorite mass transit—the train! We had a preschool train party that was advertised in the paper, on our website, and in our email that we send to area parents. When children first arrived they received a big ticket with their name on it. We gathered all 40 or so children in a big group and sang the Choo-Choo song (thanks, Georgia for sharing that one!) Then we read a train story together. Once everyone was settled we got back up on our feet to play musical train cars (using train car cut-outs on the floor.) Our last activity was craft stations. I had one table of making your own Twinkie Train, one of painting using train stamps, and another of Thomas coloring sheets. Our audience was mostly 2-6 year old boys, although we did have a few girls too. As they left, each child received a train whistle and engineer cap. It was a lot of fun and pretty easy, too!

Book Discussions for YOU!

Are you going to the WLA conference this year? Mark your calendars and start reading for a great program, you won't want to miss. The Youth Services Section Book Discussion will be held Thursday (November 4) at 4 p.m. This is your chance to participate in a book discussion led by librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC).

Everyone attending should have read either Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (Atheneum, 2010) or Bruiser by Neal Shusterman (HarperTeen, 2010) in preparation for this session. Participants will follow CCBC book discussion guidelines www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/discguide.asp

Please go online to Survey Monkey to indicate your book choice at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3NNRPHB

Leaf Prints

Karen Wendt from Monona Public Library (WLA's Library of the Year) sent information on a great program that went over really well in her library:

We had a really fun Leaf Printing program with Deborah Proctor (The Recycle Bug) at the Monona Public Library. We had 12 children registered but we had 36 attend (a very full house for us). I started out by reading a couple of fall books and she very briefly explained why leaves turn colors and fall in the autumn. She then showed examples of how the leaf prints look and explained the process. However, kids were chomping at the bit to get started and explanation was more for parents than for children.

Participants were asked to bring a t-shirt or pillowcase. Just in case some didn't bring a shirt, Deborah had a few $3 shirts available for them to purchase. She also had bandana size pieces of a sheet and construction paper. Deborah brought along craft paints and leaves (she made them out of styrofoam pieces). Children had great fun painting the leaves and stamping leaf shapes onto their shirts. Parents were fully engaged and interacted fully with their children. It was great! Some children painted their names or used alphabet stamps that Deborah had available. We will do this program again next fall.

Performer Rave Reviews

Thanks to Lisa from Colfax, who immediately answered my call for content! Yay! If she can do it, so can you!

Here's what Lisa says:

We just had "Madame Lanita" (a.k.a. Kris Winter) come to our library last night for a family program. She entertained us with a gypsy story, a song and a gypsy dance. This is our third time booking Kris....we love her! She performed for 45 minutes and really interacted will with the children. What is unique about Kris, is that she walks through our door in her Lanita character, and stays in that character role until she walks out to go home. I think that is so professional and it says a lot about her love of storytelling and her acting abilities. Price was $320.00, which included her 40-50 mileage. I highly recommend Kris.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Send me content!

I am wallowing a little over here, and would love some content for the blog! I have some general things to put on later this week, but I'd love to feature some ideas you have.

If you had a great program this fall, what was it? How did you do it? Who came? What resources did you use? How did you get an audience?

Photos are great, but not necessary. Send your ideas to me at langby @ ifls.lib.wi.us.

Thanks, folks!