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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Paw Patrol Party in Chippewa Falls

dog peeking out from behind a fence
Image from Pixabay

Thanks to Jenna from Chippewa Falls for this guest post!

Chippewa Falls Public Library hosted a Paw Patrol Party, where over 150 children and adults participated in activities inspired by the hit TV show. It was a barktacular time and proved that CFPL staff really know how to put their best paw forward. Evening programs are often attended less than day programs, but the popularity of the TV show brought families out of their doghouses and to the library. The program began with a short storytime followed by different stations. Stations included:
-Make your own Paw Patrol badge
-Adopt-a-dog (color in a picture of a dog and name it)
-Make and fly Skye's helicopter (helicopter made out of paper and an egg carton - helicopters could then be launched from the stairs down to a helipad)
-Feed the dogs (toss printed dog bones into food dishes)
-a photo booth complete with masks of the Paw Patrol characters and dog stuffed animals and puppets
-Help Marshall put out a fire (toss blue bean bags through the "windows")

Staff had to be quick on their feet and not let it be a fur-raising experience. Families kept showing up and showing up, largely surpassing the expected attendance. It sure pays off to plan ahead and to keep extra supplies on hand just in case the unexpected happens. New-to-the-library families came, got library cards, and plan to attend future programs. Jenna even witnessed old friends reconnecting and introducing their children to one another, proving once again the power of the library space.

"Whenever you're in trouble, yelp for help"...or go to the library!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Let the Wild Rumpus Start: Play Webinar

child and parent playing with toy store
Child-led play in Hawkins
As a huge proponent of play and the MANY benefits of it, I'm really excited to watch this webinar with Carissa Christner (who many of you will remember as a popular workshop presenter a few years ago).  The webinar is sponsored by the UW-Madison iSchool, and is FREE.    Yay, Play!
June 6 at 12:00 p.m. CST 
Let the Wild Rumpus Start! Child-lead play in public library programming
Carissa Christner (’12), Youth Services Librarian, Madison Public Library – Alicia Ashman Neighborhood Library
Have you ever wondered if there’s a better way to spend your summer programming hours than hiring magicians and jugglers?  Do you struggle with ways to incorporate truly authentic play (the kind YOU engaged in as a kid, not the kind directed by adults) into your library offerings?  Not sure how much guidance to provide in open-exploration sessions for toddlers? Are you looking for more ways to encourage literacy skills and parent education?  This webinar will introduce you to a radical new library program idea being pioneered in Madison, Wisconsin, based on a groundbreaking new educational philosophy called Anji Play. Learn how Carissa has adapted this approach, originally developed for schools, into a library-friendly format that both kids and parents love.