Parachute ideas for all kinds of programs!

Stumped for ideas for using the parachute at storytime?

Think outside the picture books stacks!

Here are some great ideas for incorporating material from other areas of your collection.

Want to make your own clip art?

Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started!

Some easy ways to spice up your site!

Be sure to suggest your favorites in the comments!

Ideas for incorporating factual materials into storytime

There is lots of great nonfiction for kids out there. If I missed your favorite, leave a comment!

Monday, March 05, 2018

Registration open for MI KidLib 2018!

If you are in Michigan or nearby, please consider attending the 2018 MI KidLib unconference on Friday, May 11th in Kalamazoo. It's free to attend and registration is open now.

Thank you so much to Kalamazoo Public Library's Central branch for hosting! Hope to see some of you there!

Friday, March 02, 2018

Program I Love: Code Club!

Inspired by Hour of Code, we have started a Code Club at my library. We use different Hour of Code projects each meeting. We aim for grades 2-6 and encourage an adult to stay with the child if possible. I lead the group, alongside the library's Head of IT. 

We start with a video introduction to the project itself and then let the kids work at their own pace for an hour. We meet Thursday evenings from 6:15-7:15pm in my library's computer lab. This format works really well for us because we expect the kids to come in with a big range of computer science experience. Most of them have never attempted coding but we've had 1-2 who were teaching themselves how to code. We also have a display of books for them to check out after the program if they want to learn more. We take up to 15 kids a meeting. The ratio of 7ish kids to adult presenter has worked really well for us. Our goal is for kids to get help with their projects as quickly as possible so they don't get frustrated. 

Here's a list of what we have done before (all of these projects are free!). 

March: Google Logo 

If you don't have a lot of money but want to offer some coding programs, I really recommend giving the Hour of Code projects a try! 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Flannel Friday now even easier to participate in than ever!

We are making a change to our Flannel Friday process and I wanted to share Mel's post on the reasons why and how things will work from now on.