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Published on March 12, 2008

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Slide1:  Presented by: Kimberly Sutherland-Mills Helen Kelly & Stella Clark Michele McBride-Roach Alicia Subnaik-Kilgour Linda Kennedy Children’s Programming Challenge Ideas for school-age children Slide2:  Kimberly Sutherland-Mills Kingston Frontenac Public Library Slide3:  Library Camp Out Setting Up Build a “fire” with wood and red tissue paper. Set up a Christmas tree and/or tent for atmosphere. For extra fun, meet in a different part of the library and “hike” into your camp site. Have everyone come dressed in “camp” gear or bring a sleeping bag. Slide4:  Campfire Activities Read some “camping” picture books. Tell or read spooky stories. Sing favourite camp tunes. Don’t forget some rounds and call-and-response songs. Serve s’mores or other camp snacks. Library Camp Out Slide5:  Adapting an Old Favourite Simple scripts based on folktales. Actors make their own costumes and sets. Three mornings of rehearsals to prepare. 1920s Radio Theatre Something New for 2005 Sound effects “technicians” will create appropriate noises using a variety of items from the kitchen, workshop, etc. Actors may read scripts rather than memorize their lines. Set up the room as an old-fashioned radio studio, and maybe record the show for posterity! Slide6:  Cool Blues and All That Jazz You will need: Sound recordings of blues and jazz artists. Hands to clap and feet to stomp. Rubber bands and a bunch of other noise-makers. Biographies of blues and jazz artists for your display. Picture books about blues and jazz musicians. Recommended Books: The sound that jazz makes by Carol Boston Weatherford Blues journey by Walter Dean Myers Charlie Parker played be-bop by Chris Raschka John Coltrane’s giant steps by Chris Raschka Slide7:  Cool Blues and All That Jazz Making Music of their Own You’ll need: glass jars, pitchers of water, spoons and forks, wooden spoons, blocks of wood, plastic ice cream tubs, large coffee cans, coconut shells, grater, potato masher, metal hanger, lemon juice bottle, and any other object that will make noise Slide8:  A Tale of Two Book Clubs You can’t get an “A” in the book club! With no report cards or “right” and “wrong”answers, children are free to: Discover some wonderful books. Feel comfortable sharing their opinions, and to respect other people’s opinions. Be a good listener. Have fun! Slide9:  A Tale of Two Book Clubs Our Spring book list: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo Slide10:  A Tale of Two Book Clubs The Book Club with a Difference There’s never any assigned reading. That’s the difference! Then what do you talk about? Booktalk a few books you’ve enjoyed. Take turns chatting about books they’ve been reading – honest opinions are welcome, as are others’ comments or “read alike” suggestions. With teens, also discuss movies and music. Offered weekly for children during the summer. Monthly drop-in for teens. Slide11:  Realms of Enchantment Step One : Inspire the imagination: Read highly desriptive passages from great fantasy and sci fi. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Bilbo and his travelling companions arrive in Rivendell The Golden Aquarians by Monica Hughes Walt writes in his journal after arriving on Aqua. The Third Magic by Welwyn Wilton Katz Description of the cities of Uffern and Bryn Tyddwl. Children imagine fantastic worlds, and showcase their ideas by creating antique-look maps. Slide12:  Realms of Enchantment Step Two: Encourage the imagination Get them thinking. Ask questions about the landscape, the life forms, dwellings and travel in their fantasy world. Step Three : Draw the maps! Slide13:  Helen Kelly & Stella Clark Slide14:  Summer Reading Club Pen Pal Program What is it? Children exchange a package of pictures and information with children in a different Canadian library system. The information is about our city and our library. In 2002 poster board pictures of whaling and the sea from children in Victoria, BC were traded for displays about Niagara Falls and the Battle of Stoney Creek. Slide15:  Summer Reading Club Pen Pal Program The Program Gives children a chance to learn more about their home and it promotes reading and writing as fun activities. Children register for the program in early July and put together pictures, maps, bistol board displays. They include lists of favourite books, places to go etc. This is mailed to the participating library and vice versa. PARTNERSHIP: The Canada Post Heritage Club covers the cost of postage and has small prizes for the children in the program Slide16:  Summer Reading School Challenge Make school crests and put them on display Keep a daily or weekly total of either the number of children in the club from each school or the number of books read by children in each school The winning school receives an award to display from September to June Slide17:  Dramatizing Lizzy’s Lion Lizzy's lion by Dennis Lee (Author), Marie-Louise Gay (Author) Rebound by Sagebrush ISBN: 061323331X Version 1 Use a lion puppet Have the audience practice roaring as suggested by the text When the robber confronts the lion, pretend to eat audience members with the puppet Pick one audience member to be the robber and mime stuffing him in the garbage Slide18:  Dramatizing Lizzy’s Lion Lizzy's lion by Dennis Lee (Author), Marie-Louise Gay (Author) Rebound by Sagebrush ISBN: 061323331X Version 2 Get a lion puppet, a mask, some candy and a piggy bank Select children to play the Lion, Lizzy, the Robber Give them simple instructions (like practising roaring, putting on slippers) and have them act out the story as you tell it and the audience helps with the roaring Slide19:  Gross and Disgusting Poetry by Bill Grossman My Little Sister Ate One Hare by Bill Grossman (Author) Dragonfly Books ; ISBN: 051788576X Have the audience repeat, “but she didn’t” each time Very effective story to tell with gummy worms, chocolate ants etc Linger over the final spread, “Oh my goodness, what a mess!” Slide20:  Warm Up A Class Visit with a Poem From Timothy Tunny Swallowed A Bunny “Hannibal” “Good morning,” said Hannibal, Greeting the cannibal. “I’m Hannibal. How do you do?” “At the moment you’re Hannibal, “responded the cannibal, “But soon we’ll be calling you Stew.” Timothy Tunny Swallowed a Bunny by Bill Grossman (Author), Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator) Library Binding (February 2003) Rebound by Sagebrush ISBN: 0613601157 New from Bill Grossman: “My Little Sister Hugged An Ape” Slide21:  Earl’s Too Cool for Me Rap Great for a grade 4 class visit Have the children repeat, “Earl’s too cool for me”, stressing the word “cool” Read the story with a beat and let the audience supply the final line each time (cue them with your hand) Slow down near the end, “We smile at each other and he’s a regular guy”, to break the chant for the final spread. Earl's Too Cool for Me by Leah Komaiko (Author), Laura Cornell (Illustrator) Paperback - 40 pages (May 1, 2003) HarperCollins Canada / Trophy Jr Pape ; ISBN: 0060519142 Slide22:  Michele McBride-Roach Slide23:  Join KPL & sail the Jolly Roger to Skeleton Island, where salty seadogs, pirate duels, treasure hunts await you… Bake a Pirate Island You will need poster paints and brushes Old pasta shells or dried beans Toothpicks Colored cardboard Tissue paper Glue Island dough recipe: I cup old plain white flour, 3 ½ oz. salt, tablespoons of cooking oil, water, mixing bowl. For complete directions please check out; Pirates, by Rachel Wright Pirates are us! Slide24:  Numbers not your thing? Need help with your math homework? Students are invited to drop by the Homework centre. University Math tutors will be available to help you with all those math questions that have you stumped! Math Help Club Slide25:  The Sharing the Creative Spark initiative has been a great success and many schools have enjoyed this literacy partnership with the Kitchener Public Library. This program is made possible by a generous donation from the K-W Montessori Endowment Fund for Children’s Literacy. Our goal is to share the joy of reading with young students and to promote literacy. Share the Creative Spark Slide26:  Grade one classes @ 8 schools 3 visits between November and May Schools chosen based on literacy needs Each visit includes stories, songs and activities Each child receives a gift bag filled with a book, info for parents and more Share the Creative Spark Slide27:  Children who are beginner readers and are in grade 1-4 It will help them gain confidence, become comfortable reading aloud and nurture a love of reading. 8 week session, the children are matched with a reading buddy volunteer. During the winter months we highlight the Blue Spruce award books and vote too! Reading Buddies Slide28:  Ten things you can do to spread the word about the library: Tell 5 friends about the Kitchener Public Library. Bring a friend to a Junior Friends meeting. Tell your teacher about events that the library has for students. Ask your parents to sign up for a library card, if they don’t already have one. Invite a friend or brother/sister to join the summer reading club. Make a poster or bookmark promoting the Kitchener Public Library. Tell a friend about a great book you have read and that you borrowed it from KPL. Check out the library website and see what we have for children and teens. Tell your class about the KPL’s Homework Centre for students in Grades 5-12. Participate in special events at the Kitchener Public Library. Follow the Reader’s Oath and discover the magic of books. Junior Friends of the Library Slide29:  Alicia Subnaik-Kilgour Slide30:  Animals Made from Recycled Materials This is a great craft for school age children. We set an age limit of 8 years old and up. The programme was 2 hours long. We asked patrons to drop off recycled materials such as: string, containers, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, buttons and beads. The children scanned library books with pictures of animals to come up with ideas. Slide31:  Animals Made from Recycled Materials We hired a local artisan, Lynda Smith to help facilitate the programme. She came up with wonderful ideas. However, most children used their imagination and produced some really cool crafts. Hints: You need a lot of space to spread out all the recycled material. The children also need space to spread out and work. This is VERY messy. We covered all the tables and used paper towel placemats. Slide32:  Painted Rock Animals This was a lot of fun! We used books by Lin Wellford for inspiration. Most children used their imagination to create their animal. Give children time to select a rock and study the shape. Tell them to think of possible animals. Remind them the goal is to create an animal from the whole rock, not to paint an animal on a portion of the rock. We set an age limit of 6 years old and up and the programme was 1 – 1 1/2 hours long. Slide33:  Painted Rock Animals Depending on the size of the rock, most kids completed 2 rock animals. Hints: This is also VERY messy. Cover tables and have lots of paper towels on hand. A couple of hair dyers will speed the drying process. Many children will have to dry a portion of their rock if they wish to add another colour on top. Slide34:  Terrific Tuesdays Here’s a great partnership opportunity! We partnered with “Good for Life,” to provide a healthy snack for children after school. “Good for Life” has become a great source for funding and “freebies.” This after school craft programme is run by our dedicated high school volunteers. The high school volunteers receive their community service hours for executing the programme. The programme is about 1 hour long; we read a story, do a craft and have a snack. Hints: Make sure to ask parents about allergies, when they register their child(ren). Volunteers may need help selecting crafts and appropriate books to read. Have the volunteers prepare next week’s crafts the week before. This will give you an opportunity to select books and buy supplies ahead of time. Slide35:  Make a Poetree It is a great way to celebrate Poetry Month in April. This was an idea that a colleague brought back from one conference. Several staff members formed a committee and discussed the logistics of building a tree. It was a lot of fun and a good opportunity for team building. We sent invitations to all our local elementary schools to add the leaves to the tree. Now, we also accept poems by e-mail and post them to our website ( Slide36:  Make a Poetree Many parents and family members visit the library to read the poems. In addition, we can use the tree throughout the year for thematic programming. The tree has become a great inspiration for programming. Hints: The tree is made of a Sono tube, chicken wire, Paper Maché, paint and branches (various sizes). The tree had to be constructed in the Children’s Department because it was too tall and cumbersome to move, especially once the branches were attached. You may have to secure the tree for stability. Our tree is wired to prevent it from tipping over. Watch for falling branches! Slide37:  Art Week 10 free workshops for children over the period of one week. There were very few submissions to the Great Northern Exhibition (our local fair) the previous year. We wanted to encourage children to submit their work to the fair. We approached artists and asked if they would be willing to donate their time if we paid for all their supplies. We explained that our goal was to offer this program for free, as we felt there were a lot of children in our community who could not afford a “camp experience.” This would give many children the opportunity to be a part of something special. We paid all the submission fees for the children to enter their work in the local fair. We received a discount from the local fair board ($20 for the whole group). The children’s art was displayed and judged at the local fall fair. Many children won ribbons and monetary prizes. Slide38:  Art Week Hints: You have to be organized. Keep accurate records about the children, the categories and items entered. Make tags to place on each item to be entered. Place the tag on the item immediately and make sure it is secure to avoid mix-ups. You will need space to store the items until they can be transported to the fair. Transporting the items may be a challenge, storage bins are great way to keep items together. Slide39:  Linda Kennedy Malvern District Library, Toronto Public Library Folktales & Stories to Solve:  Folktales & Stories to Solve Stories to solve: Folktales from around the world by George Shannon. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1985. Still more stories to solve: Folktales from around the world by George Shannon. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1994. True lies: 8 tales for you to judge by George Shannon. New York: Beech Tree, 1998. More true lies: 18 tales for you to judge by George Shannon. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2001. Too much noise by Ann McGovern. Boston: Houghton, 1967. Audience Participation Stories:  Audience Participation Stories

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