Friday, June 29, 2012

Survival of the Fittest, and Astro-pigs

My second Warp Speed! Astro Adventure was based on Mars, taking inspiration from both Marge's SLP pinterest board and the workshop I went to in Madison.

I had 20 attendees total, a little low for the Main library but it WAS extremely hot outside and I probably would have only gotten better numbers if my program took place at the pool or the river.

Like my last program I started with a short read-aloud to set the scene. In fact, the garish drawing on that poster is supposed to be Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot. That sound you hear is my artist father cringing 10 hours away.
Here's a breakdown of what we did:

Friday, June 22, 2012

Alienology: an SLP-themed -ology Spectacular

Of course, being me, my first Summer Reading Program installment-- one of my contributions to our Warp-Speed Astro-Adventures series, a twice weekly program that pretty much is the entirety of my superviser's Pinterest board separated into various 30-45 minute nuggets of fun-- was Aliens. I started with the idea of Alienology due to the success of my mid-winter Wednesday-ology program, and ran from there. 29 kids showed up, and had a great time!

Here's what we did, for easy replicating purposes:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Story Action Pod: Dream Big Edition

 For the Summer Reading Program kick-off this year, I pretty much lucked the eff out by finding a book that not only has a rocket on the cover, it ALSO talks about dreaming "big": "I Could Be, You Could Be" by Karen Owen. Is it the greatest text in the world? No. But does it inspire the most no-brainer Story Action Pod in the world?

Monday, June 04, 2012

The Ill Effects of Puppetry

Step away from the puppet. You don't have to do this.

"This" could be Summer Library Program school visits in general. The ability of these visits to increase summer involvement has been debated around the blogosphere (okay I couldn't find any more but I swear this has been an actual conversation, on listservs as well).

Me, I like visiting the schools, getting students excited about reading, and hope to see them in the summer. Though, I could easily see multiple visits throughout the year happening, too. This is only the second summer I've experienced SLP, and one may argue, the first year I'm really in the thick of it.

What a perfect time, then, to randomly spout a theory I have about SLP school visits. If this ends up working (proven by summer enrollment), great! If not, or if I'm entirely off-base or inconsiderate, please, PLEASE disregard me. After all, I'm a stupid cat!

My theory is: