OKAY, SO: Spring Break. The one week in the school year that tells you what a wuss you've become since last Summer Reading; the glimpse of what's to come that makes you rethink your day for maximum caffeine consumption. This Spring Break for our public schools also was National Library Week, and our library had a program where people could take selfies of themselves, tag them online with a hashtag, and be entered in a drawing for gift cards. I loved this idea, and was sure patrons would be into it; but in YS we looked for ways it could translate for kids.
Of course, there was only one answer:
Kid puts on disguise, poses somewhere in the room, we snap a picture, and it gets hung up on the Boat. The whole department had a great sense of humor and got in on the act so we had a few "selfies" hanging up when it started(I get it, they're not really selfies, but as the librarian you can call a thing whatever you want to). The kids really had a blast (almost 40 total, which is way more than we thought there would be).
Spring Break kind of snuck up on me this year, but swarms of kids looking for something to do need some guidance. What's a YS Department to do?!
Luckily, it's also Wimpy Kid Month so I created a makeshift Story Action Pod with the Wimpy Kid cover template. Piggy-backing off of this (and not about to create something from scratch) I printed off my DOAWK Scavenger Hunt and had kids hunt for the characters. If they found them all they got 1 Mom Buck (leftover from last program) and if they also found a book to check out they got 2. I had 3 kids ask about it as I putting it together, so I'm glad I got something up. Seven takers in the 1st half-hour.
|Grampa was the hardest to find.|
...and that's how we do Last Minute Spring Break.