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Thursday, April 4, 2013

SLP Incentives--take 2

I got a great message from Alisha at the public library in Eau Claire in response to a recent blog post about incentives (THANKS, Alisha!).  She's trying out an exciting new incentive program for the Summer Library Program:



I decided to try something new this year in addition to our regular SLP prizes (which usually includes coupons from Culver's, Dairy Queen, YMCA day passes, train rides in Carson Park, baseball tickets, etc).  I contacted a local bank to ask if they would sponsor a Charity Challenge as part of our summer library program…and they agreed!  Their donation will be based on what the children designate to be donated up to a certain amount.  I’ve read about other libraries doing this and they all seemed to receive a great response to it, so I’m hoping ours will as well.

Yellow star shapeOur SLP theme this year is space, so there will be a large outer space scene in Youth Services to promote the Charity Challenge.  The goal is for the kids and teens to fill the space display with 500 star stickers to reach the bank’s highest donation amount.  Kids and teens who complete a number of set literacy activities/games will earn one star sticker for the display, those who complete a writing activity will earn 2 stickers (and the opportunity to display it in YS for others to read), and if they choose to exchange one of their reading prizes for a donation to the charity they can earn 3 star stickers. 

My plan is to provide options for participation in the Charity Challenge that both teach kids and teens the importance of giving and support our literacy goals for SLP.  Our designated charity will be the Give-a-Kid-a-Book Project run by the Friends of the Library.  This project placed books in the hands of almost 5,000 children this last holiday season who otherwise might not have been able to own their own book.  We also plan to show the SLP participants how their “donations” through participation in the Charity Challenge equates to the number of books that can be purchased.

Isn't that cool?  Has anyone else tried a project like this?  How did it go over?  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Drive-In at the Library

Thanks to Julie Belz from Ellsworth for this post!

I just wanted to share with you a very awesome, fun, cute storytime we had last week.  I borrowed this idea from Marge Loch-Wouters Tiny Tips for Library Fun for a Drive-In Movie day.  I had the parents bring in a cardboard box (I had extras in case anyone forgot or anyone new came) that their child would fit in.  We then shared what a drive-in theater was since most of the kids have never been to one.  We played a popcorn matching game and I read a story about going to the movies and about cars.  
 
Cruising the library

The parents then helped their children decorate their box to look like a car.  It was so much fun to see the fun and creativity the parents and children had in creating their Car!  I provided paper, glue, tape, stickers, markers and lots of stuff for them to use.  We then cruised around the library with their car, (of course they were the engine pushing their car, although a few had super turbo engines), then we stopped at a drive-through window to get our snack and then parked in front of the movie screen for a 10 minute Clifford movie.  It was so much fun and cute to boot!  They were so excited to bring their car home and listen to more stories or watch another movie.  I love it when you get the library/home connection!



At the drive-in!

 Jenna from Fall Creek also got this idea, check out her fun youtube video she created to promote it!.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Silly Mysteries for Storytime

Many thanks to Jerissa Christianson, the youth services librarian in Amery, for sharing these fun ideas for jazzing up storytime with a little bit of intrigue!



Activities Jar
Write out a variety of activities on several small pieces of colored paper. Example activities include “Jump up and down and count to 20,” “Tip-toe in place and whisper the ABCs,” “Make a silly face and wave to your grown-up,” etc. Fold the pieces of paper and place them in a large jar. Have the kids make a rolling motion with their arms as you spin the jar to shake up the activities.  Choose a piece of paper and ask the kids, “What color is this paper?” Find other things that are that color, etc. Then read and complete the activity.  The kids oblige with glee!


Photo credit: Opheliac9 flickr
Mystery Bag Activity w/Song
This activity can be easily adapted to fit a variety of themes. The following example is for a pet theme.

Find images of common pets (dogs, cats, etc.) and print them out.
Find images of creatures/objects that would NOT make good pets (skunks, dirt, etc.) and print them out.
Hide the images in a “Mystery Bag” and shake the bag to mix it up. Have the kids say, “Shake, shake, shake!” as you do it.
Pick out an image, have the kids identify it, and ask if it would make a good pet.

If not, have the kids cry, “Get rid of it!” and toss it aside!
If it does make a good pet, sing about it! Have the children and adults make a beat by tapping on their laps, and sing:

To the Tune of “Where is Thumbkin.”
            Dogs make good pets.
            Dogs make good pets.
            Yes they do!
            Yes they do!
            Mommy can I get one?
            Mommy can I get one?
            Pretty please?
            Pretty please?

Kids LOVE this activity! The sillier the image, the better!