Category Archive: Children

Sep 21

Sphero Color Maze Challenge

With the final Fall Youth Workshop fast approaching, I thought I’d share a short video of some of the fun system librarians had coding Sphero. The final workshop will take place at the Emporia Public Library on Friday, September 23 from 10:00 to 12:00. It’s not too late to register.

Sep 13

Talk Like a Pirate Day–September 19th

Planning to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day at your library? Check out these program ideas: Themed Programs: International Talk Like a Pirate Day from Teen Services Underground Strike Yer Colors! There Be Pirates Here! Arrrrr! (TPIB: Talk Like a Pirate Day) from School Library Journal Avast! A Pirate Storytime for Booklubbers from The …

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Jul 13

Pokémon Go and Libraries

Have you noticed your patrons playing Pokémon Go? If you haven’t, you will. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game you can play using a smart phone. It released on Friday, July 8th, and is already a huge sensation. You want more information about the game and how you can use it in your library, check out …

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Dec 07

Free and legal Pictures…

If you are searching for pictures to use in a project and that are free and legal to use, consider this repository of free public domain pictures: Dec 2015

Nov 09

Considering adding Apps to Storytime?

Check out this how to video: Media Mentorship and Using Apps in Storytime! I found this video through the Let the Wild Rumpus Start blog. The blog is a great resource for storytime and programming ideas. The blog’s author likes STEM stuff and tech, so she’s a good choice if you’re looking for ways to expand …

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Oct 06

Toys’ Costume Party

If you’re looking for a different Halloween program this year, consider a costumes for toys Maker party. Making kid-sized costumes can be overwhelming for an adult, but making costumes for stuffed animals and action figures. . .that’s completely do-able for almost anyone! This program is perfect for kids aging out of Trick-or-Treating, too. They have the skills …

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Sep 23

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers 2015

The Kansas State Library has updated the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers page with activities and curriculum tie-ins for Is Your Mama a Llama?  On the website, there is a link to the Is Your Mama a Llama Pinterest board which has loads of craft ideas! And, a link to register your own Kansas Reads to …

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Sep 02

Teen Librarians in the Library

Many thanks to all of you who made it to yesterday’s Fall Youth Workshop. We had two great presenters and a lot of fun! As promised, I’ve uploaded the Teen Behavior in the Library webinar to YouTube. I hope you learn as much watching it as I did making it. As promised, Molly Wetta has posted her presentation, …

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Jul 16

Talking to Babies = Early Learning

As librarians, we know that talking to young children, toddlers, and babies is good for their brains, but we need to make sure our patrons know! Resources for educating parents in your community on the importance of simply talking with and listening to their children can be found at: Thirty Million Words from The University …

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Jun 03

Combating Summer Slide Research & Program Idea

Let Them Choose! Recently, The Washington Post ran this article “Why We Should Let Kids Choose Their Own Summer Reading Books” highlighting research that demonstrates that the best way to combat summer slide is to let children select their own reading materials! We’ve long known that reading over the summer helps children retain their literacy skills, …

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