Here are a few of the programs we've been doing for the last couple of months:
Afterschool - My full-time employee, D, runs this one beautifully. It's designed for K-5th graders, but our average age is 2nd/3rd graders and we have a lot of fun. D reads a few longform picture books, and we're currently reading chapters from Caroline Carlson's glorious debut, MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT. Our school district's mascot is the Pirate, so a pirate book is a HUGE hit--we even decorated our storytime room to reflect it! (My staff is the best and most creative staff in all the land.)
|This is Pete.|
|Here are the awesome q-tip skeletons D had them make for their Halloween craft. Also Cheetos!|
We had a local author/artist/radio personality/twitter celebrity, Marshall Ramsey, stop by last month. He's the political cartoonist for the local paper and he has done a wonderful picture book called BANJO'S DREAM. He gave us a sneak preview and even drew some pictures for the kids! He's a great supporter of libraries and we always love having him.
The Fall Reading Challenge is something my library has every year. This is the Sixth Annual challenge, and I'm challenging K-5th graders to read 500 pages in October and November. The kids that reach their goal get to come to a celebratory dinner at the library in December and get a free meal and a prize donated by our local bookstore. Our library-wide goal is 20,000 pages in two months and we're making serious progress!
|Progress chart! We're about six rungs higher now than when this was taken last week. We're going to blow the top off of this thing!|
But our biggest, most awesome fall program is our Fall Family Festival.
|I rocked that Minnie Mouse costume, y'all.|
We absolutely could not have gotten it done without our teen volunteers! We had two girls who are homeschooled come at about 10 in the morning to help with setup, food prep. I HIGHLY recommend finding a wide variety of teen volunteers that are willing to help you out, but these homeschool kids (there's a large homeschool population in my town) have been a lifesaver for me for programs during the day. The families I work with are grateful for the opportunity for their kids to get some volunteer experience at the library and I get an extra hand when the rest of my regular volunteers are at school! I'll leave you with some super-fun pictures of our evening:
|Holy cow this cake was good.|
|One of our regular kids came as a tornado!!|
What has YOUR library been doing this fall?