Happy Summer fellow library friends! The time we plan for all year is finally here: SUMMER READING.
Most of us are using a variation a Sports theme this summer. Our system went with the slogan: Get Into The Game: Read!
I’m not athletically inclined so I wasn’t too into the theme. I decided to steer our Kick Off Party towards a game theme. Here’s what I did for our party:
I got it together this year and planned out a family program to take place during Spring Break. I wasn’t sure how many people would come so I planned for quite a few people and had multiple stations for people to work at. It was a huge success! I had over 30 people come and everyone had a blast.
Crafts can be fun but I’ve always enjoyed the idea of making something that can actually be useful. When I came across this program from Teen Librarian Toolbox last year, I knew I wanted to give it a try. Your full how-to can be found on the link above.
Verdict: As you might have guessed, no one showed again. I was bummed because I was wanting to make my own pair. Well, I’ve got a kit made up so I can pull it out if I need a quick program for teens.
This might even be a good kit to make for yourself to take to outreach. There’s not a lot of stuff needed. You can even make mini-kits to hand out with library information?
Yes, we might be bundled up with hot cocoa and blankets but it’s never too early to start thinking about Summer Reading. I’m sure most of you are aware that 2016’s theme is sports related. Our system chose the Teen theme: Get in the Game: Read slogan. I was never athletically inclined so I’m putting my own twist on the use of games. We’re going to use board games and other similar gaming.
I’m starting to actually plan our kick off party. I want to do something fun and easy going that works well for everyone and doesn’t need a ton of staff supervision. We’re going to do…Giant Games!
One of my tweens mentioned that she enjoys comics and drawing. I decided to design a program with her in mind!
I think the idea of re-purposing a book into something else is a fun craft. The only problem is many of the crafts involve X-acto knives and other things that don’t really translate well to a teen library program.
I had a survey out this summer to get a feel for what kids in this area would be interested in programming wise. I was surprised to see that a book club was one of the most popular answers. Following their lead, I’m going to try a book club every other month for the tween program.