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Fizz, Boom, Insanity (Summer 2014 Post One)

This summer has been gangbusters, and not just with an insane amount of programming but also with larger numbers of kids I have even seen before. I can only credit the large amount of outreach I did at all of the schools and local events prior to the start of summer.

In this first post, I'm going to show off my library a little bit.
In the meeting room, I have all of the upcoming events flyers. Originally this was going to read "These programs are IMMINENT:" but the Unassistant thought that was too pretentious, so I went with "Commence Countdown...."

I had the robot in the basement. He's actually my brother's. Long story short,  this was one of his childhood dream toys and I just kind of snagged the robot and put him to good use. He is an Emiglio. Check out the jazzy commercial below.

Next we have the Robot Creation Station. I stole this idea from somewhere. If I figure out where I grabbed it from, I'll come back and add the link. They are just coloring images that have been laminated and velcro'd and an old flannel board I had laying around. It's been a big hit.

I call him Professor X (probably because I saw XMen DOFP 2x), but the kids call him "Eimsteim". A retired librarian friend of mine painted him for us. Isn't he awesome?

I also created displays for science related books and, for the most part, people are checking them out. So yay.

I even included a poster of this guy:


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I have had an insane amount of fun this summer, but I always try to do something for Shark Week. This year I called it Shark Lab and we are making three crafts I have never done with the kids before.

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Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

My opening song is Hello Bubbles which I learned from Read Sing Play here. BTW this woman is a storytime goddess and I have picked up many great ideas on her blog.

Story the 1st: The Red Hat by Lita Judge

 Why? Because I want to get across to my kids that books do not always have to have words in order for us to "read" them, and I want to give pre-readers a chance to feel proud they finished a book on their own. I plan to try to read or highlight at least one wordless read for the next couple of storytimes.

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