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The Art of School Age Programs. Created by Kiomaris N. Fuller, MLIS [email protected] Programming after Storytime. Extra! Extra! Read All About It!. Guess the Headline Friendless Waif Adopted by Group of Miners Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Youngster Vanishes in a Freak Wild Storm

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The art of school age programs

The Art of School Age Programs

Created by Kiomaris N. Fuller, MLIS

[email protected]

Programming after Storytime . . .


Extra extra read all about it

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Guess the Headline

  • Friendless Waif Adopted by Group of Miners

    • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • Youngster Vanishes in a Freak Wild Storm

    • The Wizard of Oz

  • Remote Country Home Vandalized by Blonde

    • Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  • Rural Homemaker Terrorized by Sightless Rodents

    • Three Blind Mice


Why program

Why Program?

“Public Libraries are a Natural Community Learning Center.”

“Programming is a great way to show your community that the library is a dynamic and active place.”


The beginning

THE BEGINNING

  • The Importance of School Age Programs

    • Create Interest

    • Life long relationship/interest with library

    • Literacy

  • Your Role

    • Link

    • Creator

    • Motivator

    • Educator


The grade age breakdown

THE GRADE/AGE BREAKDOWN

  • The Grade Breakdown

    • Preschools

    • K-2

    • 3-4

    • 5-6

  • The Age Breakdown

    • 4-5

    • 5-7

    • 7-8

    • 9-11/12


  • Types of programs

    TYPES OF PROGRAMS

    • IN-HOUSE

      • Who?

        • Preschool

        • Elementary School

          • By grade

          • By age

      • What?

        • Field Trips

        • Themed Programs

        • Literature-Specific Programs

    • OUTREACH

      • Who?

        • Preschool

        • Elementary School

          • K-2

          • 3-5

      • Types of Programs

        • Themed Programs

        • Literature-Specific Programs


    Characteristics programs for preschoolers

    Characteristics/Programs for Preschoolers

    • Motivated

    • Enthusiastic

    • Curious

    • Happy

    • Very Forgiving

    • Energetic

    • Chatty

    • Questioning

    • Unstructured

    • Types of Programs:

      • All three types

      • Focus on Storytimes and Simple Projects

    • 25-35 minutes

      • Longer if you change it up

    • Go for fun!


    Characteristics programs for early elementary

    Characteristics/Programs for Early Elementary

    • Motivated

    • Enthusiastic

    • Curious

    • Still Forgiving

    • Happy

    • Energetic but a little more structured

    • Chatty

    • Questioning

    • Types of Programs:

      • All three types

      • Focused on Storytime, Storytelling and Simple Projects

        • A little more involved than preschools

    • 30-35 minutes

      • Longer if you change it up

    • Go for fun and interesting


    Characteristics programs for late elementary

    Characteristics/Programs for Late Elementary

    • Curious, but conflicted

    • Structured

    • Can be enthusiastic

    • High level of understanding – freedom to make things more complicated

    • Not forgiving

    • Beginning to be skeptical

    • Types of Programs:

      • All three

      • Must be interesting; have a plan and stick to it

    • Up to 1 hour

    • Make it good


    Characteristics programs for tweeners

    Characteristics/Programs for Tweeners

    • Capable

    • Freedom to do whatever you want

    • Challenging

    • Not forgiving

    • Skeptical

    • Types of Programs

      • All three

      • Must make it interesting

      • Sell it in your advertising

    • Freedom to do what you want/need

    • Must do what you advertise/sell


    What is it

    What is it?

    Field Trips

    Themed Programs

    Any special program that you develop around a specific subject

    A book

    A character

    A subject

    • Any program where a class, preschool or elementary school, comes into your library and you implement a planned activity


    Field trips

    Field Trips

    • How to Schedule?

      • Wait for School to Calls

      • Make Invites and send to schools – email or snail mail

      • Call the schools and invite them in person

    • What do you do with them?

      • Tour of the library or children’s department

      • Storytime or Storytelling

      • Scavenger Hunt

      • Reference Program

    • Make them WANT to come back!


    Outreach

    Outreach

    • How to Schedule?

      • Best Bet – Contact the librarian at the school. Tell them who you are, what you would like to do and schedule a date that is good for you.

        • Beware.

    • What do you do with them?

      • Storytime and/or Storytelling

      • Booktalk and/or Bookgroupcircle

      • Activities

        • Depends on your audience – age and size.


    The art of school age programs

    D. I. Y.


    Key points for each program development

    KEY POINTS FOR EACH PROGRAM Development

    • The Idea!

    • The Ultimate Agenda

    • Development

    • Implementing


    The idea

    The IDEA

    • Coming up with your Concept/Idea :

      • Needs Assessment

      • Interest Assessment

      • Resources Assessment – equipment & people

      • What is Popular?

      • What is in Style?

      • What applies to your town?


    The ultimate program agenda

    THE ultimate PROGRAM AGENDA

    • What would you do if you could do anything?

      • Brainstorm

      • Research

      • Free Write

      • Talk to Everyone

      • Write Down Everything

      • Do not Censor yourself


    The development

    The Development

    • Physical Setting Options

    • Activity Selection

    • Equipment/Materials

    • Resources Available

    • Length of Programs

    • Guests

    • Partnerships/Donations


    Implementing

    IMPLEMENTING

    • Schedule of Events

    • Prep the Event

    • Advertising and Marketing

    • Guests

      • Back-Up Plan


    Programming categories

    Programming Categories

    • Book Related Programs

    • Service Programs

    • Art Programs

    • Drama Programs

    • Food Programs

    • TV Show Inspired Programs

    • Gaming Programs

    • Guest Programs

    • Science Programs

    • Tech Inspired Programs

    • Impromptu Programs

    • Seasonal/Holidays Programs

    • Miscellaneous Programs


    Book related programs

    • Book Groups

    • Book Circle

    • Book Talks

    • Storytime

    • Storytelling

    • Storybook Theater

    • Author Celebrations

    • Poetry Readings/Writing

    • Creative Writing

    Book Related Programs


    Programs for the preschool set

    Programs for the Preschool Set

    • Food Programs

      • Decorate cookie, cupcake, donut, etc

      • Candy Sushi

    • Princess & Pirate Party

    • Happy Un-Birthday Party

    • Teddy Bear Sleepover

    • Construction Zone

    • Science Explorers

    • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

    • Dirty Play or Dirty Art

      • Dirt Dough

      • Painting

    • Fancy Nancy Dress Up

      • Dress Up and Show

    • We Are Going On A Bear Hunt

      • Book Theater and Obstacle Course

    • Nursery Rhyme Olympics

    • Bubble Painting


    Programming for early elementary

    Programming for Early Elementary

    • Cinderella Around the World

      • Pass the Glass Slipper

    • DIY Day

      • Simple Projects (ie. Fruit Loop Necklaces or Bracelets)

    • Lego Camp

    • Dance ‘Til You Drop

    • Snakes Alive

    • Talk Like A Pirate Workshop

    • Elephant and Piggie party

    • Tongue Twister Contest

    • Hands On Science

    • Gross Me Out At the Library

    • Angry Bird Hands On Party

    • Family Game Time

    • Life Sized Games (ieCandyland)

    • Hoop it Program

    • Readers Theater w/ Participation

    • Dress up with Photo Booth

      • Make Props


    Programs for the late elementary set

    Programs For the Late Elementary Set

    • Murder Mystery at the Library

      • Linked with Forensic Science

    • What a Disaster!

    • DIY Day (series)

      • More Challenging Projects (i.e. Jewelry making)

    • Improv Comedy Workshop

    • Kids Karaoke

    • Magic Class

    • Superhero Yourself

    • Scintillating Science

    • Puzzles and Popcorn

    • Science Rangers

    • Paper Airplane and Competition

    • Talent Project

      • Explore different programs

    • Photo Projects & Sharing

    • Pizza & Pages Book Club

    • Tell Me Your Story Writing Club

    • Create Your Masterpiece

    • Snakes Alive!


    Things to consider

    Things to Consider

    • Space Available

    • Talent Search

    • Age limits

    • Resources Available

    • Series Programming

    • Marketing

    • How to Make it Worthwhile


    Find volunteers

    Find Volunteers!

    • Ask You Staff/Co-Workers

    • Make Announcements for Parents or Teen Volunteers with Skills

    • Pick Up the Phones and make Calls


    The art of school age programs

    Plan Your

    Year!


    Holiday special event programs

    Holiday/Special Event Programs

    • January – It’s OK To Be Different Month

    • February – Potato Lovers Month

    • March – Youth Art Month

    • April – Earth Day (22)

    • May – Get Caught Reading Month - http://www.getcaughtreading.org/

    • June – National Safety Month

    • July – National Picnic Month

    • August – Back To School

    • September – Banned Books Week

    • October – Computer Learning Month

    • November – National Native American Heritage Month

    • December – National Chocolate Day (28)


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