12 MONTHS OF
PROGRAMMING
K-6 LIBRARY PROGRAMS THAT NURTURE CHILDREN
TO THRIVE AND GROW!
WHO WE ARE: LISA SHAIA
WHO WE ARE: JOANNE MOORE
WHERE TO FIND IDEAS
• What’s circulating well?
• What are the children constantly asking for?
• Sometimes I browse the boo...
AGES & TIMES & DAYS
• What age group already uses the library?
• If you expand into different age groups will the work
and...
BUS STOP
• See:
http://thriveafterthree.com/2014/03/09/bus-stop-for-prog
for all the gritty details
GOALS?
• What are your goals for your department?
• Expand programs
• Increase circulation
• What are your goals for the c...
WAYS TO COLLABORATE
• Find one partner
• Don’t be overwhelmed by trying to partner up with every
school or organization in...
SETUP A CALENDAR
• Setup a yearly calendar
• Include all important dates:
• School vacation weeks
• Half days for conferen...
PROGRAMMING IS SIMILAR TO
CREATING A GARDEN
Rich soil/foundation
Perennials and annuals
Urns and statuary
Time to grow...
JANUARY: BOOKS AND S’MORES
•Read aloud program
•No-bake, peanut-free snack
•Guest readers
•Align with Language Arts theme
...
FEBRUARY: MYSTERY PLAY-DATE
WITH A BOOK
•Gift wrap books by age range/grade level
•If You Like____, Then You’ll Love This!...
MARCH: BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
•Meet 5x during the month of March
(every Monday)
•Read two books aloud at first 4 meetings
•Ha...
APRIL: AWARD WINNING BOOKS
•Examine artists’ and authors’ style and discuss
•Craft your own book with construction paper, ...
MAY: SCREEN-FREE WEEK
•Develop a script, with narration,
characters to role play, and lines to
perform. Encourage outdoor
...
JUNE: STORY MOB
•Choose a story and
create a Story Mob
(variation of a Flash
Mob)
•Encourage costumes
to go with the story...
JULY: BOOK MOBILE
•Take the library to the children
•Circulate books to the local Parks
and Rec Department/Summer
Camp/Boy...
AUGUST: STORY HIKE
•Stake each page of a picture book
and place stakes 50 feet apart to
create a “Book Hike”
•Collaborate ...
SEPTEMBER: PAGE TO SCREEN
•Read picture book aloud
•Create Bingo Cards with words and
phrases from the book and movie
•Cre...
OCTOBER: LITERACY PARADE
•Choose a literary theme
•Great fundraiser idea!
•Indoor costume Trick or Treat parade held at sc...
NOVEMBER: PICTURE BOOK
MONTH BINGO
•Picture book covers
•Parts of a book
•Theme: Fancy Nancy, Magic
Tree House, Mercy Wats...
DECEMBER: HAPPY NOON
YEAR PARTY
•Crafts: hats, streamers, and if you’re really brave,
confetti?! HINT – stay in one confin...
OTHER IDEAS FOR
COLLABORATION PARTNERS
• School Media Specialists
• Parent Teacher Organization (PTO/PTA)
• Parks and Recr...
TV SHOW / YOU TUBE CHANNEL
Weekly program for storytelling and reading picture books.
We’re popular with the young and the...
SCHOOL READINESS
Kindergarten Social: Just before school begins, invite the School Media
Specialist to a one-hour morning ...
IMMERSE YOURSELVES
IN THE COMMUNITY
We were asked to be special guest judges at the yearly pie contest.
FUNDRAISING IDEAS
• Auction your dynamic duo off to appear at events.
• Do a private storytime.
• Choose a book and do an ...
QUESTIONS?
Reach Lisa Shaia at:
lisamshaia@gmail.com
thriveafterthree.com
In depth program ideas will
be posted on the blo...
THANK YOU!
We hope you enjoyed our webinar, and we hope that
you are inspired to try new programs.
We want to emphasize th...
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  • You may have used my programs from past Summer Reading Collaborative Manuals, or from an article in Library Sparks.
  • LISA
  • LISA
  • JOANNE
  • JOANNE
  • JOANNE
  • JOANNE
    Similar to a garden, children’s programming has some very simple requirements.
    Creating a theme is the foundation to engaging programs with great results, just as rich soil yields beautiful plants.
    After the theme is identified, decide on the design - aka the book titles, authors, or subject of the program.
    Spice it up a bit; take a risk! Consider the children participating and try something new and different.
    Be patient with yourself and give the program time to happen. Relax and enjoy the event.
    Be the guide to the program, and let the children have the time to explore and discover during the event.
    Listen to the children as they participate; observe their enthusiasm.
    When the program is complete, take some time to reflect on the program design, and modify it if warranted.
  • LISA
    Read aloud program with chocolate s’mores and great read-aloud stories. Check with the elementary Media Specialist, and align with Language Arts themes at K-6 schools. This builds rapport and dialogue between you and the schools. Students at the schools can learn about your programs in the schools, and once the students know about your programs, you have built a strong patron base!
    I worked through the Central Office Administration at the schools to request that the library become a bus stop for students, especially on the days with after school library programs. This effort strongly increased student attendance because parents did not have to arrange after school transportation to the library. One phone conversation increased attendance dramatically!
  • LISA
    This is a great reader’s advisory program. You can have this as an active program, or a passive display.
  • LISA
    You can do this any time of year as an active program.
    If you’re looking for a passive program, create a bulletin board and voting ballot box in the children’s room.
  • JOANNE
    Invest in a long arm stapler (about $25.00 on amazon) if you will be doing this program on a regular basis.
    Choose your favorites to discuss and ask the children for their top five list.
  • JOANNE
    This is a great collaboration idea!
    Fundraiser idea: Have a silent auction for a special program after hours!
  • JOANNE
    Check out the official website for more information and ideas: http://storymobs.ca/
  • LISA
    It maybe impossible to check out to individual children. Instead, check out books to the Parks and Rec Department.
    If you’re worried about losing books, use donations and bring paperbacks uncataloged.
  • JOANNE
    Other libraries around the country have done similar programs called “Story Trails” and “Story Walks.”
  • LISA
    I have detailed instructions complete with Bingo Cards and Power Point presentations on my blog.
  • LISA
    You can choose a theme or story to ask families to come in costume.
    (You can see us as a Lego and a Bedtime Fairy, and Professor McGonagall and the Fat Lady from Harry Potter.)
    In other years we’ve dressed as the Hungry Caterpillar and Pete the Cat. Pinterest is a great way to see homemade book costumes!
  • JOANNE
    Children love Bingo, we use it year round for activities.
  • JOANNE
    A great way to make book resolutions!
  • LISA
    We’ve been working together for 10 years, collaborating in different ways.
    Invite each other to staff meetings to be informed.
    If in person meetings isn’t possible, email a summary.
  • JOANNE
  • JOANNE
  • LISA
    Work together at after hours events to promote yourselves and your collaboration!
    Attend preschool open houses, preschool graduations, school plays, etc.
  • LISA
  • JOANNE
  • Shaia and Moore: 12 Months of Children's Programming

    1. 1. 12 MONTHS OF PROGRAMMING K-6 LIBRARY PROGRAMS THAT NURTURE CHILDREN TO THRIVE AND GROW!
    2. 2. WHO WE ARE: LISA SHAIA
    3. 3. WHO WE ARE: JOANNE MOORE
    4. 4. WHERE TO FIND IDEAS • What’s circulating well? • What are the children constantly asking for? • Sometimes I browse the bookstore for series and titles that I missed along the way. That will spark an idea. • Pinterest • Blogs: • Thrive Thursday: School age blog hop • Tiny Tips for Library Fun • Bryce Don’t Play • The Show Me Librarian • Thrive After Three (Lisa’s blog)
    5. 5. AGES & TIMES & DAYS • What age group already uses the library? • If you expand into different age groups will the work and money be worth it? • Is it naturally busy a certain day / time? Take advantage! • Saturday or Not to Saturday? • Do children come when there’s no school, or do they stay home? • Can you get the library added as a bus stop for program days? (see thriveafterthree.com for details) • Half-Day Programs / Professional Development Days
    6. 6. BUS STOP • See: http://thriveafterthree.com/2014/03/09/bus-stop-for-prog for all the gritty details
    7. 7. GOALS? • What are your goals for your department? • Expand programs • Increase circulation • What are your goals for the children? • To create lifelong readers • To have children explore different topics • To expand what children learn in school / complement curriculum • What are the goals of the program? • By the end of this program you will be able to… • By the end of this series you will be able to…
    8. 8. WAYS TO COLLABORATE • Find one partner • Don’t be overwhelmed by trying to partner up with every school or organization in your district! There’s not enough time! • Flesh out a calendar year together • Pencil in important dates together • Plan programs together • Involve each other in your summer reading, book fairs, etc. • If programming together is out, match displays monthly
    9. 9. SETUP A CALENDAR • Setup a yearly calendar • Include all important dates: • School vacation weeks • Half days for conferences • Professional development days • Special programs at library • One Book program • Book Fair dates • Library fundraisers • Summer reading • School testing dates • Graduation • Time change weeks
    10. 10. PROGRAMMING IS SIMILAR TO CREATING A GARDEN Rich soil/foundation Perennials and annuals Urns and statuary Time to grow Theme/Idea/Collaboration Classics and new/popular Crafts/activities/games Patience/adjust/abandon Requirements Description
    11. 11. JANUARY: BOOKS AND S’MORES •Read aloud program •No-bake, peanut-free snack •Guest readers •Align with Language Arts theme to build rapport with schools Cookies & Classics Milk & Cookies Books & Cocoa
    12. 12. FEBRUARY: MYSTERY PLAY-DATE WITH A BOOK •Gift wrap books by age range/grade level •If You Like____, Then You’ll Love This! •Use before school breaks
    13. 13. MARCH: BATTLE OF THE BOOKS •Meet 5x during the month of March (every Monday) •Read two books aloud at first 4 meetings •Have extra copies of each book and place children in teams to look over each title •Vote on the best book at first 4 meetings •5th meeting: Read 4 books aloud and have extra copies available •Vote for Best Book •Publicize the winner so children feel a sense of “ownership”
    14. 14. APRIL: AWARD WINNING BOOKS •Examine artists’ and authors’ style and discuss •Craft your own book with construction paper, book binders, dividers •Use “school supplies”: crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors, tissue paper, clean out your supply closet! •Stamp a seal on the front cover •Have children write and illustrate their very own book •Circulate the collection
    15. 15. MAY: SCREEN-FREE WEEK •Develop a script, with narration, characters to role play, and lines to perform. Encourage outdoor performances to promote a traditional setting. •Play “Not a Box”: bring in shoe boxes, book boxes and have the children create their own Not a Box. •Collaborate with Historical Society to play “Old Time Games.”
    16. 16. JUNE: STORY MOB •Choose a story and create a Story Mob (variation of a Flash Mob) •Encourage costumes to go with the story •Book Ideas: Are You a Horse? Where is the Green Sheep? Mo Willems’ Pigeon and Elephant & Piggie Books
    17. 17. JULY: BOOK MOBILE •Take the library to the children •Circulate books to the local Parks and Rec Department/Summer Camp/Boys and Girls Club/YMCA •Create cards for the Group •Bring box/milk crate for pickups/returns •Refill once a week if possible •Leave library card applications •Place library bookmarks in each book
    18. 18. AUGUST: STORY HIKE •Stake each page of a picture book and place stakes 50 feet apart to create a “Book Hike” •Collaborate with local nature center •Use as an End of Summer Reading event or Family Day Event •Book Ideas: Tap the Magic Tree, Press Here, Wiggle, Stretch, From Head to Toe, Don’t Push the Button
    19. 19. SEPTEMBER: PAGE TO SCREEN •Read picture book aloud •Create Bingo Cards with words and phrases from the book and movie •Create a PowerPoint to reveal the words and phrases •Book Ideas: Night at the Museum, Jumanji, Shrek, Babar, Where the Wild Things Are, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Meet the Robinsons, Epic, Madeline, Curious George, Ant Bully, Hachiko
    20. 20. OCTOBER: LITERACY PARADE •Choose a literary theme •Great fundraiser idea! •Indoor costume Trick or Treat parade held at school.
    21. 21. NOVEMBER: PICTURE BOOK MONTH BINGO •Picture book covers •Parts of a book •Theme: Fancy Nancy, Magic Tree House, Mercy Watson •Award BINGO prizes related to the stories. •You can even dress up as you host the BINGO program.
    22. 22. DECEMBER: HAPPY NOON YEAR PARTY •Crafts: hats, streamers, and if you’re really brave, confetti?! HINT – stay in one confined space for this one! •Talk about, plan, and commit to New Year’s resolutions, such as I will read a book a week or I will visit the library every week. •Create a Word of the Year •Check in with children; send them a postcard if you haven’t seen them in a while. After all, everyone loves to be remembered and appreciated!
    23. 23. OTHER IDEAS FOR COLLABORATION PARTNERS • School Media Specialists • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO/PTA) • Parks and Recreation Department • Historical Society • Local Museum • Boys and Girls Clubs • Community Center • YMCA
    24. 24. TV SHOW / YOU TUBE CHANNEL Weekly program for storytelling and reading picture books. We’re popular with the young and the elderly.
    25. 25. SCHOOL READINESS Kindergarten Social: Just before school begins, invite the School Media Specialist to a one-hour morning “Social,” so students learn the name(s) of some of the most important school personnel! Ready, Set, Grow! : Conduct a series of programs for pre-K students and their parents to prepare them for Kindergarten. Offer modeling sessions of reading aloud, and have craft ideas for fine motor skills.
    26. 26. IMMERSE YOURSELVES IN THE COMMUNITY We were asked to be special guest judges at the yearly pie contest.
    27. 27. FUNDRAISING IDEAS • Auction your dynamic duo off to appear at events. • Do a private storytime. • Choose a book and do an after hours party around it. (Snowmen at Night) • Pajama Storytime • Books & Boogie
    28. 28. QUESTIONS? Reach Lisa Shaia at: lisamshaia@gmail.com thriveafterthree.com In depth program ideas will be posted on the blog. Reach Joanne Moore at: jomoore50@gmail.com moorej@litchfieldschools.org
    29. 29. THANK YOU! We hope you enjoyed our webinar, and we hope that you are inspired to try new programs. We want to emphasize that collaboration and a focus on the mission and goals of our work are our guides to success. We love to share and promote children’s programs and hope to talk with you again! All the best, Lisa and Joanne
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