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Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Few More Displays

In Durand:

Kids register on groundhogs, ants or worms and they are added to the tunnel (created out of paper towels!)

In Pepin, kids who read decorate a piece of the bookworm growing daily:

In Bloomer, capitalizing on Badger-fever (and drawing talent!), here's a cool door-topper:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Managing groups

This blog post from Marge Loch-Wouters has some marvelous ideas for making the summer visits from daycare centers, camps, and other organizations more manageable.  And if your summer is turning out to be full of mayhem from visits like this, it isn't too late to do some of the things she suggests (talking with the camp/care leaders and finding out when they might stop in and encouraging them to come at different times; making sure they understand the expectations of behavior, including that the staff be active with the children during their visit; and give a 2-minute orientation to the whole group to make sure everyone is on the same page for using the room successfully).  Wow!  Take a look for a rock in the storm if you are feeling battered about!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Spring Valley Springs Forth!

After several years of declining Summer Library Program in Spring Valley, new director Elizabeth Steans and her fabulous staff are making up for lost time!  School visits, lots of talk, fun programs, and inviting decorations all added to the increased participation.  At last report, there were 76 kids (ranging in age from 2-13) registered for the Summer Library Program, a developing Teen Advisory Board meeting this summer, and even a program for adults!  After no program at all last year, these are encouraging and impressive numbers, doncha think??

Like in many libraries this summer, there is an inviting cave in the library:

And a whopping 55 attendees enjoyed an ice cream social to kick off the summer library program--hooray for board members and volunteers helping to pull off an event like this: