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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sensory Play at the Menomonie Public Library

Thanks to Jodi Bird, Youth Services Manager at the Menomonie Public Library, for this marvelous guest post! I want to try these things myself!

In January the Menomonie Public Library hosted a Sensory Celebration for our Saturday Stories series.  Families were treated to activities that tickled all the senses.  Each activity was chosen to let kids explore with their parent or caregiver at their leisure.  We had everything from smelling jars to a large crawling box with scarves and bells to push through.

Families also enjoyed using magnets in our sand table,

 playing with homemade play dough,


 “writing” in the salt boxes

  and discovering the marvel of the sticky side of contact paper using pom poms and tissue paper.  

 Yet the biggest hit of the whole morning were the water beads.  Children and adults alike couldn’t get enough of them.  Who knew that a couple tablespoons of little tiny beads could fill the bottom of our water table with so much fun?  If you would like any specifics about our sensory party contact Debbie Nelson at children@menomonielibrary.org.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Road Maps and Sign Posts: Planning Ahead for a Successful Storytime

Road sign picture, courtesy of Pixabay
I attended quite a few of the Wild Wisconsin Winter Webinars last week, and I'm looking forward to listening to several more of them--I'm going to put it on my calendar so I actually do it, and I encourage you to do the same.  All the recordings are here.  There is a youth services track, but many of the webinars are useful for everyone!  And some of the leadership track sessions were led by youth services phenoms.

Today, I'm just going to mention that if you didn't yet listen to the Road Maps and Sign Posts webinar with Melissa Depper, I hope you will take an hour to do so.  Melissa talks about thoughtfully planning ahead for behavior expectations, transitions, and more.  Yet another reminder of how important it is to be intentional instead of haphazard with our efforts.  This can be difficult when trying to juggle too many things--believe me, that seems to be the story of my life!  But having regular reminders of concrete ways to practice this is one of the best ways to help me change my way of doing things.