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SRP 2016 Kick Off: Get Into the Game: READ!

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:

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Tween Program: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Book Club)

Tween 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.

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Tween Program: 39 Clues Library Scavenger Hunt

Tween Program

The 39 Clues books are still pretty popular around here. I read the first two books years ago so I know the basics of the series. The series is all about figuring out hints and tracking down the next clue. I knew we should incorporate that into the event. I settled on doing a library scavenger hunt. There’s not a lot online so I made up my own.

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Tween Program: Painted Tote Bags

Tween Program

This worked out well for us because we had a box of tote bags hidden away that were begging to be used. Plus we have a system wide t-shirt painting kit. If you don’t have those, fabric paints, paintbrushes, and tote bags will be needed. Other than that, you don’t need much (besides basic clean up supplies and cardboard for inside the bags).

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Tween Program: Angry Birds

Tween Program

Who doesn’t love Angry Birds? This was a really easy program to do. I bought a bunch of pom poms (the bigger, the better). I printed out some Angry Birds faces that I found online. Then all you need is some glue, scissors, and toothpicks (for gluing the faces to the pom poms). Let the kids go wild with assembling their birds.

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