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.
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/09/21/sphero-color-maze-challenge/
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 Loudest Librarian! blog
- Pirates!: Talk Like a Pirate Day from StoryTime SPARKS! Best Practices for Holidays & Special Days!
- Pirate Storytime from Sturdy for Common Things
- Pirate Storytime Pinterest Board
- Shiver Me Timbers! from Amy’s Wandering blog
And, don’t forget that you can learn to speak Pirate using Mango Languages on the Kansas State Library website!
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/09/13/talk-like-a-pirate-day-september-19th/
Cari (@myschoollibrary) from the Centered School Library tweeted a fabulous Pin recently. It was of this wonderful gumball machine that had been transformed into a poem dispenser.
She started an intense search to see how cheaply she could find a gumball machine that would really work. These are available for sale on amazon (and probably other places).Less than a week later she had a vending machine filled with jokes and riddles in the library! She was able to make the machine free spin so it can be used without quarters. She also keeps a jar out for students to recycle the capsules.
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/09/06/gum-ball-poetry-station-idea/
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/08/04/7-inspiring-mobile-libraries/
Even though they didn’t make it into the newsletter, I wanted to share these fantastic pictures from the Vermillion Public Library Barn Quilt event.
And these of the Burns community making their own games at the Burns Public Library.
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/08/03/good-idea-grants-vermillion-and-burns/
I know, I know. . . You may be getting tired of hearing about Pokémon Go. But, if your patrons are still interested, I found some more resources for you.
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/08/01/another-pokemon-go-post/
Are your patrons still clamoring for Pokémon Go?
I keep receiving more Pokémon Go programming ideas. Rather than keep adding them to my previous post, I decided to collect them here.
- Use Pokémon Go to Get Kids Coding from Tech Age Kids
- Simple Pokémon Programs from Youth Services Shout-Out-YSS!
- Pokémon Thaumatrope from One for the Books
- Pokémon Materials including Pokémon Jeopardy games from Nicole M. Cubero
- Pokémon Scavenger Hunt in the Library from Karissa in the Library
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/07/25/more-pokemon-go-program-ideas/
Want to get in on the Pokémon go craze, but your library isn’t a site?
You can request that Niantic, the game’s creator, designate your library as either a PokéStop or a PokéGym. To make a request, follow this link Pokémon Go Help and fill in the relevant information.
If your library already is a PokéStop or PokéGym and you want some ideas for programs, tips on how to play, or fun display ideas, check out my post from last week Pokémon Go and Libraries.
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/07/18/make-your-library-a-pokemon-go-gym/
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 these articles:
- Everything Librarians Need To Know About Pokemon Go! from Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Shelves
- Why Pokemon Go and The Library Is a Perfect Partnership from ALSC
- Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know? from School Library Journal
- How ‘Pokémon GO’ Can Lure More Customers To Your Local Business from Forbes Tech
- Here Are Some Tips For Playing Pokemon GO from Kotaku
- 4 Tips for Managing the Pokémon Go Craze in Your Classroom from Common Sense Education (although this is geared toward schools, it has some ideas for possible programs with Pokémon Go.)
- We are a Pokemon Go Gym! from Library as Makerspace
- Pokemon Go Update: I Just Won Our Gym! from Library as Makerspace
And here’s a simple, yet interactive, display idea from Jessi Brown the Technical Services Supervisor of the Huntington City-Township Public Library:
Permanent link to this article: http://lib.nckls.org/2016/07/13/pokemon-go-and-libraries/
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