Thrive Thursday Roundup for April 2014

Here I am with the roundup for Thrive Thursday's April 2014 Edition. There is some great stuff here, so if you do school-age programs, you'll definitely be inspired.

Jennifer from In Short, I Am Busy shares her annual Spring Break T-Shirt Party. I would have been ALL about this during my elementary school days.

Kids love dinosaurs, so Marge's Dinosaur Program will be right up their alley. It's got a little bit of a storytime flavor, but with STEAM elements too. Great mix! Marge also sent in a great list of games and activities to perk up school age programs. I'm going to try BANG! with my next tween book club!

Speaking of STEAM, Cate has an awesome unprogram called Armchair Astronomy, which sounds amazing. Even though we have a planetarium a few blocks from my library, I may have to try this. The best part is you can adapt this format to so many different topics.

Speaking of STEAM, Jennifer has a fun math program to celebrate Pi Day. Put this on your lists for next March!

Carol Simon Levin invites you to check out multiple programming ideas for National Poetry Month (that's right now--April!) and an Earth Day program incorporating poetry. A double whammy!

Thrive Thursday's fearless leader, Lisa, held a 4-week Mercy Watson book club! It is my opinion that Mercy is grossly undervalued.

Sara shared a passive program developed last summer with the Awesome Box concept. I love the Awesome Box idea but couldn't figure out how to translate it to no-tech. Now I don't have to because she did it for me/us!

The Show Me Librarian was Lost in Space but her program was out of this world! Such a great mix of activities for kids in this event.

Kelly cooked up a no-bake cooking class for tweens, as well as an American Girl party celebrating Josefina.

Kathleen Larsen held a Homeschool Club meeting that revolved around the If You Give a Mouse books by Laura Numeroff and featured mad libs and the children illustrated their own book. I love this idea! (Hat tip to Marge for suggesting we include this post!)

Miss Sue wrote about how her Lego program showed her how much families can appreciate unstructured play time and the staff does not have hours of prep work either!

**I received a submission that I could not get to open from; it said I was not an invited reader. If this is your blog, I'd be happy to edit it in! 


  1. WHOOPS!
    Try this:

  2. Grr...I ended up creating a whole new blog for this since the one my library uses I didn't realize wasn't public. Sorry about that. Here's the new link!

  3. Here's another April afterschool event: Having kids create imaginary inventions out of recycled materials on Earth Day:


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