Friday, April 27, 2012

Field Trip Adventure Updates!

Adventure, Jamie! Adventure!
Well folks, I am flying high from the outpouring of support my library has gotten for our tours FIELD TRIP ADVENTURES! the past few weeks.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Do Not Run This Program

Getting ready for SLP, it' important to keep our senses of humor. The national theme "Dream Big" can be interpreted in a number of ways.

Here are five programs NOT to run this summer (but wouldn't be cool if we did? Actually, you should probably run these and get back to me about how they went).


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Do-It-Yourself Day

"The only thing I'm hungry for is ART!"--Casey, age 10
The Monday of the public schools' Spring Break, I orchestrated a Do-It-Yourself in the children's department. As previously mentioned, the idea was inspired by this book.

I loved the idea of DIY Day for the following reasons:
1. We could get rid of a bunch of junk from the basement.
2. I am not at all crafty, and the complete lack of my involvement in the actual crafts was appealing to me.
3. We could get rid of a bunch of junk from the basement.

We planned for a come-and-go 3 hours worth of crafts, which actually turned out to be the perfect amount of time. 11am-2pm stretched right through for the before lunch/after lunch crowd. We overlapped an hour with story time, which meant we needed to utilize the homework tables by the Boredom Busters, but I was still glad to do it then. We actually got a lot of kids who might not have come, because their baby siblings were in storytime!

I had originally planned for maybe 20 kids, but ended up, at the end of three hours... with 57 TOTAL. Whoa. It was even a nice day! Go outside and grill various meats!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The NASA/Madison Concurrence

Dispel all Mars misconceptions. I dare you.
I'm writing this post from Great Dane Brewpub, waiting for my fiancee to get done with a tasting he's doing at a Madison grocery store. He's had 3 in the past two days, which is cool, because I'm also in Madison.

Why am I in Madison, you ask, with bated breath.

Thanks for asking. I participated in the Explore: Life on Mars? workshop presented by the Lunar and Planetary Institute at the U-W Geology Museum!

It was awesome! Not only did I get to satiate my festering obsession with museums, but I'm coming back to work tomorrow with a binder full of ready-made ideas to include in my summer reading program.