2015 in review

Obviously I need to post more! Sorry guys! I’ll be posting about my Star Wars programs from December of 2015 very soon!

-Librarian Stina

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 920 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people.

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Top 10 Programs Teens Want @ the Library

This is absolutely amazing! I need to use some of these ideas!

Library Bonanza

10. Gigantic Bowling – 53 votes

bowling

9. Candy Sushi – 54 votes

I can feel my innards melting I can feel my innards melting

8. Movie Marathon -56 votes

harrypotter

7. Scavenger Hunt – 59 votes

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6. Totally Tech Lock-In – 60 votes

cat

5. Mini-Golf in the Library – 60 votes

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4. Giant Board Games – 60 votes

giantboardgame

3. Chocolate Fondue & Hershey Kisses Bingo – 62 votes

chocolate-o

2. Tie Dye Backpacks – 64 votes

tie dye

1. Pizza Tasting Contest – 64 votes

teenageturtles-pizza

What do these results show? Give teens food, and they will come.

And here are the other results from a survey of 91 teens in Mundelein, Illinois. Teens could vote for as many as they wanted from a list of options:

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New Position at a New Job in a New Town in the Same State

I’m super excited about my new job! I get to be the Programs Librarian/Clerk. That means I make up programs for adults, teens, children, preschoolers, everyone!!! So the ideas I’ve put in here as drafts before can now become realities! Obviously, this means that I need to post more to keep all of my ideas together. So, any programming ideas anyone may have, please feel free to comment on any program to get them to me or use a social media link to contact me or however you prefer, but I appreciate any help, concerns, or criticisms! Thanks!

Penguin Story Time

First, I found a coloring page via Google Images to print off for the children to color and printed off enough copies for all to work on as they came in to help calm them down and get them ready for story time. Here’s the image I used: http://www.bestcoloringpagesforkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Penguin-Coloring-Pages.gif (It worked best for me to turn it horizontal and print it at 90% sizing so that it would all fit on the page adequately.)

Opening:

Hello Song (Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wave hello, wave hello, wave hello.

This is the way we wave hello,

Hello, hello, hello!

This is the way we clap hello…

This is the way we tap hello…

Talkabout:

Hello! Today we’re going to be talking about penguins! Have you ever been to the zoo and seen a penguin? What do they look like? How tall are they? Does anyone know what they eat? Lets read a story to find out if our answers are right!

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Story Time Idea

Someday, when I’m out of grad school, I really want to do an online (YouTube most likely) preschool story time through whatever library I’m working for. It would be a weekly thing with occasional special posts and it would go up right after that week’s actual story time so that kids who were home sick or couldn’t make it to story time would still get to enjoy all of the stories, finger plays, flannel board stories, etc. that the other children did, but from the comfort of their bed or home. I’d advertise it through the library, possibly on the bottom of the media already available for regular story hour and make it a simple channel title. If the library already had a YouTube account, I could utilize that and just be specific about what days my post was going to go up. I realize there are plenty of channels out there already that have songs and such, and I’d reference them as I do here with links in the description box when I used their songs or ideas. I might even suggest them as additional material. (Hey, when you reference other people, they might reference you back someday and help your following!) I realize putting this idea out here on the internet allows people to copy it… but the more story time material, the more kids we’re helping by providing early literacy to them. It’s a win-win situation! If someone does use my idea though, please let me know and keep in touch with how it goes! Thanks!

Outer Space / Stars Story Time

Opening:

Hello Song (Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wave hello, wave hello, wave hello.

This is the way we wave hello,

Hello, hello, hello!

This is the way we clap hello…

This is the way we tap hello…

Talkabout:

Hello! Today we’re going to be talking about outer space! What do you see when you look at the night sky? I see lots and lots of stars and constellations! A constellation is a group of stars that we see together as a picture.

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Elmer the Elephant Story Time

I found an Elmer Color By Number coloring page on the blog Lines Across to start out with while we waited for everyone to arrive.
http://www.linesacross.com/2011/06/elmer-patchwork-elephant-coloring-page.html

Opening:

Hello Song (Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wave hello, wave hello, wave hello.

This is the way we wave hello,

Hello, hello, hello!

This is the way we clap hello…

This is the way we tap hello…

Talkabout:

Hello! Today we’re going to be talking about what it means to be special. Everyone here is special in their own way and we’re going to read a book about an elephant who learns that even though he sticks out, he is very loved and appreciated.

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Facebook Privacy Options Help

I started making this PDF in June of 2013, so it might be slightly dated but still very relevant now. Facebook changes so often and I always get requests to help seniors and even teens figure out how to do things with it. The most important thing I always want them aware of though, are the privacy options! It’s always good to know who exactly can see what you are putting out there. So, without further ado, here is my illustrated account of how to customize your privacy options. Yes, I used my account for the screenshots, but I covered personal information.

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Programs for the 20s/30s crowd

This is very much a Work In Progress post with just a few ideas of things from things that I’ve seen while browsing library Tumblr feeds.

  • Bad Art night – set out all the craft supplies and let people go to town. After 45 minutes, hold a Good/Bad/Ugly contest with winners getting paint-by-number sets and paint
  • Punk Rock Aerobics/Heavy Metal Yoga – don’t these just sound crazy awesome?
  • Supernatural (the tv show) program with fake FBI IDs! (obviously fake, but still funny!) – need Photoshop on several computers and a template set up ahead of time

Snow Fun Story Time

Opening:

Hello Song (Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wave hello, wave hello, wave hello.

This is the way we wave hello,

Hello, hello, hello!

This is the way we clap hello…

This is the way we tap hello…

Talkabout:

Hello! Today we’re going to be talking about snow! We just had a blizzard on Monday, didn’t we? How much snow did you have? Did you make any snow angels or snowmen? Well, today we’re going to hear some songs and stories about playing in the snow and about snowmen! Make sure you sit still and quietly so that you don’t miss anything!

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