Most of these activities were gleaned from 2 titles in our professional collection:
DIY Programming and Book Displays by Amanda Moss Struckmeyer & Svetha Hetzler
The Librarian’s Guide to Passive Programming by Emily T WichmanOnce again, I was able to use supplies we had on hand. I hoped to get an easel, but happily there were already several in the building and I was able to permanently requisition one. For a raffle box I used an old plastic tub we hadn't yet recycled and decoupaged it. The other items, such as baskets, pencils, paper, etc, were readily available.
|November's Help Yourself - the homemade version before our graphics request was completed|
- November's theme was thankfulness for books & the library. One activity asked patrons to list reasons they are thankful for the library and staff shared a list of reasons we're grateful for patrons.
- December featured the distrAction jar.
- January was all about fairy tales, including a giant birthday card for Jacob Grimm. He turned 228.
- February was about friendship and love of the page and included a library scavenger hunt as well as Valentine-making for authors.
- March featured weather activities. We flexed our meteorological muscles by estimating how many "clouds"were in a jar (they were cotton balls) - by far our most popular activity with 72 guesses. Patrons were also encouraged to trace their hand prints onto colored paper we provided and leave them to add to a community rainbow.
- April was much less popular with poetry-themed activities, such as writing a poem describing how you spend each hour of your day or writing an acrostic poem using one's name.
- May celebrates comics and graphic novels with the creation of one's own 3-panel comic and voting on favorite super powers. I plant to chart the results.
January's Help Yourself, with completed raffle box and poster from our Graphics Department.
All in all, it was a time commitment to read the books and plan, but this soft program now needs my attention just once a month. I have planning documents for each month available to any interested parties and am happy to share. Just comment below!