Jones Elementary School, one of the schools that I regularly visit for my outreach during the year, nominated our little team for an award for “Exemplary Reading Initiative” and we won! It was a pleasant surprise to find out Monday morning, even more pleasant to find out I could crash the awards dinner and get free steak!
Seriously though, I felt really honored that they thought of me as such an important part of their teaching. We’ve been doing programs together for the last few years and they were one of the schools that helped out with my Harry Potter Night last year. They really care about their students and it shows.
Always nice to get these little reminders that you’re appreciated for your efforts. Especially since I will be doing a crazy amount of Summer Reading outreach over the next few weeks.
Thank you to Jones Elementary School and the Anne Arundel County Reading Council. You definitely made my week!
When I started this blog, I was a public librarian with a clear mission for what I wanted to write about here. Now that I’m a school librarian who is settling into a whole new work culture, it’s become less apparent to me what I’m supposed to talk about on this blog, except to say, “This is really different from my last job and sometimes it feels like I have no idea what I am doing.” Though I have been a school librarian for almost 6 months, it somehow only feels like a couple of days. The newness has not worn off yet. Hence, the lack of blog posts.
I thought I would talk about how George, by Alex Gino, became a project that much of our Upper School became involved in: 2 sixth grade classes, me (the librarian), several teachers, and the school psychologist. It all…
Just got this book at the library and it is filled with wonderful ideas that I really want to do yet know I can’t do because PAINT!
But I’m not going to give up. I think I can find some substitutes for the messy paint and perhaps just go with markers. Our meeting room/programming room is carpeted and getting it cleaned on a normal day is difficult so I can’t imagine what would happen if we got paint on it. I’m pretty sure our custodian would never forgive me.
Has anyone done an Art Workshop for kids at their library? I’m thinking this would require registration as it sounds like the kids will need lots of space to move around for some of these.
Posting this here so I can stumble upon it later and maybe plan a program for next year. 🙂
Gotta share. We spent an entire afternoon filming this and the behind-the-scenes people worked even longer to create and organize the whole thing. It was so fun! Hoping we will do it again, because we are obviously all pros at it now.
I don’t know what I was thinking when I scheduled these past few months of my life. I bought a house, moved into the house, got married on top of working AND then decided I should do an Angry Birds program, Star Wars Reads Day, and My Little Pony Party on top of all the other things. So, needless to say, I didn’t do as much for these events as I wanted to but the attendees didn’t know that and they had a blast so yay for that!
Today was the My Little Pony Party. I scheduled it for a day our schools had an early dismissal because of a teacher in-service so it wasn’t connected to a holiday or anything, the kids just got out early and needed someplace to go. I made sure to REMIND parents of this anytime they mentioned the program’s 2pm start time.
I advertised the program for ages 5 and up and made sure to mention that it was for both bronies and pegasisters so everyone felt welcome.
It worked! We had a great turn out, around 50 kids, and the age range was a lot of early elementary. They all loved it!
I really enjoyed this book. I think a lot of us have a “one summer” that we can remember. Maybe not quite as dramatic as this one, but I do remember having those crushes, the mystery of what being “older” was all about, and straddling that line between wanting to be a kid and wanting to be a teen. Tamaki and Tamaki capture it all perfectly.
This is a rant I go on every year, so nice to have someone else do it for me. She captures all of the pain and suffering inflicted upon librarians and students as they struggle over the summer to figure out what the heck the people making these “assigned lists” were thinking!!
Summer Reading depresses the bejeezos out of me. While my school librarian friends are looking 10 years younger and more carefree than should be permitted by law, I’ve got the Summer Reading blues real hard. The reference desk lines are non-stop, everyone needs everything right now (stress levels of parents seem to go up to 11 during July and August), we’re running out of titles and our will to live, and the Summer Reading assignment lists from the schools don’t seem to have been written by actual people:
Often, parents hand me lists so outlandish I’ve considered whether I was being featured on a really bad hidden-video reality show. They’re either really poorly organized or they contain titles that I know just by looking at them that we just don’t have. I’ve tried contacting schools and teachers, either by phone, email, or in person, and have had absolutely no luck. We…
We had a “Science of Harry Potter” program this afternoon. I wasn’t in charge of it, my co-worker (who is far more hardcore into HP) was the planner. My involvement was today during the set-up and actual event.
The program was 2 hours long, though most people were there right at the start. We’re guessing we had over 150 people attend, maybe even 200. It was mass chaos when we opened the doors to the meeting room at 2pm because EVERYONE came right at 2pm and flooded the meeting room.
I ended up at the “sorting hat” table, which had a very short questionnaire for the kids to fill out and then I tallied the answers and told them what house they were sorted in to. This was so simple, something I know we have all done online many times, but OMG THEY LOVED IT! I guess because they are too young to hang out online and take these quizzes? I sorted entire families – kids dragged their parents over because they wanted to know which house they would be in. It was adorable.
We even had a few kids in Slytherin, which was hilarious. Usually it was little kids because, as we know, toddlers are evil.
Other tables included:
Herbology lessons — make a anti-nightmare sleep aid from a collection of herbs
Astronomy — make a star wheel
Enchanting — levitating tinsel on a balloon (which didn’t work well because the room was too humid and we couldn’t build up enough static)
Potions — invisible ink with lemon juice
Divination — tea leaves, palm reading, and tarot cards
Fantastic beasts — Owl origami
Hogwarts Library — scavenger hunt starting point, quizzes, and BOOKS!
HUGE HUGE hit, as anything with Harry Potter’s name attached to it usually is.
(I will poke my friend and see if she can post a proper blog about the program since it was her brainchild)
These kinds of family programs with brand names are always insane but so worth it.
Oh, and bonus, I posted the above photo on my tumblr and Library Journal reblogged it! ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!
And now I’m going to pass out because what a day!!!!