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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Spas--not spies--at the library

Dayna from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library sent this note about a fun program at the library last week. She says the one thing she learned was that she should have an assistant next time--we're reduced to a generic photo this time because Dayna was too busy to take photos!

Girls Night Out: create and enjoy natural spa products. The program was for 10 -14 year-old girls accompanied by an adult female (Mom, older sister, grandma, etc.)We had pre-registration for 24/12 pairs. The program filled up and a couple of the women called and got my permission to bring an extra girl. Each was asked to bring a towel and reminded that if they had food or plant allergies, they would want to pass on this program. Using library resources and mainly common kitchen ingredients I came up with a "menu" for the evening. This included the following:
First Course -Exfoliation:
Refreshing orange and cornmeal scrub
Yummy brown sugar scrub
Second Course - Customized skin care: masques for all skin types
Oily skin - Egg whites, witch hazel and lemon juice masque
Dry skin - Yogurt and honey masque
Third Course - Finishing touches
Oily skin - Apple cider vinegar astringent
Dry skin - Cocoa creme deep moisturizer
Dessert - Beeswax and honey lip balm

I set up work stations for making each of the items, including ingredients, supplies and recipe. Everyone pitched right in and got busy! Next, everyone rotated around the room trying each "course." They got to choose either the astringent or moisturizer to bring home. I made the lip gloss because that required using the stove--everyone got one (Although I'm not sure it turned out as well as I had hoped.) I used our die cut machine for hearts to decorate paper sandwich bags, and also to cut out a cute heart-topped box for their lip gloss. They made these at the end.

I pulled a table of books on related subjects. I also created a resource list and bibliography they got to take home.This program had wonderful response. I've been asked to repeat it next year. Also, participants expressed an interest in more "mother-daughter" programming. This age group is very enthusiastic and loves hands-on types of programming.

The most costly items were the natural products I purchased at the health food store. I did locate good wholesale sites for aromatherapy and cosmetic making products, and also for ordering containers.

For more information on this program, you can contact Dayna at the public library in Eau Claire, or me at iflsyouth@gmail.com. Dayna sent me bibliographies and recipes!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

SLP Ideas

Thanks to the nearly 50 folks who braved the cold last week to attend the always-fabulous Summer Library Program Workshop with the creative genius Terry Ehle.
If you missed the workshop, take a look at the handouts and PowerPoints on our website!

If you attended the workshop and had an idea to share that included a website or specific resources, please send those to me (langby@ifls.lib.wi.us) or post in the comments here!
One thing to remember: If you decide to do one program about each continent, remember that the continents are all very big and diverse. If you do a generic "African" program, you might perpetuate the idea that Africa is a country. Try and keep track of where the stories, poems, craft inspirations come from. Or if you mix together Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Hmong crafts/foods/music in one program about Asia, for example, make sure people know where each thing is from. This theme is amazingly rich, and also gives us some important responsibilities to make sure we aren't perpetuating stereotypes or incorrect information.
Lots of great ideas out there! Keep sharing!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Let's Hear It for Legos!

Innaugural Meeting of the Lego Club in Eau Claire!

Thanks to Alisha Green from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire for sending in description and photos from a terrific, easy-to-reproduce, and fun program!

How many kids came? Around 22 kids came (grades K-5) and 9 parents stayed to build with their kids. Registration was required with 25 participants being the max -- based on the amount of Legos I have. We had to turn so many people away who wanted to register that we will now be holding two Lego Clubs every month to allow more kids to participate.

Hard to say who is having more fun, Dad or kid!

Where'd you get the Legos? A few months ago I put a donation request in the library newsletter and the Friends of the Library newsletter for Lego donations. I got a pretty good response from that (I received a lot of older Lego sets from the 1950s - 1970s that had a lot of pieces from sets the kids had never seen before and they were excited to use!) and then I purchased a few boxes of just Lego bricks, a box of Lego wheels and two boxes of doors and windows from Lego.com.

How did you run the program? The theme of this program was castles, so kids were challenged to build something castle related, but were free to build whatever they chose. I had a display of castle and lego books for kids to look through for inspiration and/or to check out. I purchased 25, 6 qt. plastic storage bins that I used to distribute Legos to the kids. I divided the Legos in these bins prior to the program so they were ready to hand out to the kids right away. The kids came and got their bin of Legos and a carpet square, chose a place on the floor and got right to building. They were great about keeping stray legos in the bins, so there wasn't any concern about Legos lying all over the floor. The participants could build alone or combine their Legos and build together.The last 20 minutes of the program we went around the room and the kids explained the details of their creation. Before the program ended I asked the kids to take their Legos apart and put them back in their bins so they were ready for the next Lego Club and to put their carpet squares in a pile, so cleanup was practically nothing.

What else?
I had a 7th grade Lego enthusiast who came as a volunteer to help with the program. He went around the room talking with the kids and he helped take the younger kids Legos apart at the end of the program. He also built an elaborate Lego castle at home to bring as a display and the kids absolutely loved it and they had a chance to ask him questions about how he built it, etc.

I think my favorite part of the program was seeing the kids' imaginations at work. I loved watching every participant's face light up as they showed off what they built. There were some really creative builds. The program was lots of fun and other than getting enough Legos, it is an easy program to put together. I can't wait for next month's program!

The tallest castle in the world!