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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Growing Wisconsin Readers with Frogs

Tiffany Meyer from Dresser Village Library received one of the Growing Wisconsin Readers grants this year 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program that is a collaboration between Dresser and the St. Croix Falls library.  The program started on November 1, and they already have 31 signed up, with more outreach planned starting in January.



Participants receive a Blinky book & DVD [donated by local author/naturalist and Frog Guy Randy Korb] when they've read 25 books, a froggy finger puppet at 100 books, a froggy squirt toy at 500 books, as well as a froggy sticker at every 100 books along the way. When they reach 1000 books, they can choose a picture book to add to the library's collection with a bookplate in their name.

Great story:  "A 3 1/2-year-old brought his sheet in this afternoon, having surpassed the 25-book mark. He was pretty excited about his frog book. While checking more books out, his mom said, "Tell Miss Tiffany what you did with the rest of your stickers." Silence. I said, "I won't be upset. I'm just interested." I thought for sure he would say he stuck them on the wall or dropped them in the bathtub - something along those lines. "I ate them." This led to a nice conversation about what they tasted like and what else he had eaten lately. Totally made my day! When I asked him if he'd like more stickers or if he'd prefer to color in the rest of the circles, he opted to use markers ;)"

Monday, November 25, 2013

Insect Camp at the Library

Playing SLUG (like SPUD, but with hoops and frisbees



Jenna at Fall Creek held an after school Insect Camp this fall, with art and science, games and exploring for school age kids.  There's a complete blog post about it on her blog, but I'm including a few photos here to whet your appetite. 

Says Jenna  "It was SO much fun. The parents were very impressed and mentioned a number of times how the kids couldn't stop talking about what they had done they day before. The Hissing Cockroaches was by far the favorite activity. We had mostly second graders and younger, but one older sister in 6th grade did attend Tuesday-Thursday. I am glad I had pre-registration because we offered snack each day. The presenters also appreciated knowing how many children to expect. We will have another Library Camp week this month and already have quite a few kiddos signed up for each day!"
Thumbprint insects
Drawing/writing about what is in the small circle he created with string
A visit from the hissing cockroaches, who came with a local teacher