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. 🙂
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!!!!
Photo credit: @aacpl
I won’t lie, I had WAY too much fun making this trailer on the iPad this morning. Could seriously do it all day haha.