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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

More 'Round the World Adventures

Karen Wendt from Monona Public Library sent this note:

The post about the event in Hudson reminded me of our Around the World Passport to Adventure Finale event.Pictures are posted on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150266468899764.349384.89198529763&type=1

We had about 12 stations. Each station was set up as a different county with a game, craft, or activity. Each station had a poster of the country and children's books which folks could check out. Some stations also had a boombox with music from that country softly playing. Here's what we had:
Egypt: make a pyramid and write your name in Hieroglyphics
Mexico: make yarn art or paper plate maraca
Jamaica: coconut macaroon
South American wild animal scavenger hunt
USA: folksingers
Arctic Circle: make an arctic animals book like Polar Bear Polar Bear
Australia: make a boomerang bookmark or didgeridoo
Japan: make a fish kite
India: make a twirling palm puppet
Antarctica: Culver's Lemon Ice treat and make a snowflake
France: play Snail hopscotch
Greece: hopscotch
Switzerland: enjoy the music and yodeling of KinderChor, children's choir

What fun! Karen estimates that between 400 and 800 people attended this awesome program.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Around the World in 90 Minutes in Hudson

Hudson is really cranking out the fun programs this year, and then they are remembering to send me photographs and information about it! (hint, hint)

To celebrate the Summer Reading Program theme of One World, Many Stories, the library recruited 20 volunteers with a connection to another country. They provided activities, stories, things to look at, art projects and more, and families moved around the library and interacted with them--sort of like an International Fair. Pretty cool, eh? And a great way to use the library's many smaller spaces effectively.

Turnout was a little small for Hudson--100 were in attendance. It was a hit with attendees and volunteers alike, and the library thanked the volunteers with a party after the program was finished. For more on how this was organized, contact Mary at mmdavis @ hudsonpubliclibrary.org.

Among many other things, there was:

Paper-folding and origami from Japan

Moroccan Breakfast Display

Drumming with African drums