Thursday, July 12, 2018

Drive-In Movie

Howdy
I planned my first Drive-In Movie this summer.  I don't know who to thank for the original idea but it sure is a keeper. I gathered boxes and supplies for 30 preschool age children. On the table pictured below you can see decorations : license plates, flames, bumpers, racing stripes, lightening bolts, bumper stickers, steering wheels, wheels, and two kinds of gauges.  We made headlights out of silver metallic cupcake papers; they are on the table too but it looks like a white circle from above. The children also had crayons, glue sticks and brass fasteners so the steering wheels could actually turn when attached to the boxes. Our 30 cardboard boxes were gathered from cataloging, so thank you Baker & Taylor for the supplies.



With the supplies set out, we had the movie collection Mater's Tall Tales ready to play on the big screen. Before the movie the children selected their box and supplies.  They set to decorating which took about 15 minutes.  After which we dimmed the lights and started the movie.  The movie was about 30 minutes so the whole program took about 45 minutes; which for preschool kids was plenty long. 


The only negatives to the program were we had a lot of very specific supplies left over that I don't know for sure how to reuse. Also the movie skipped badly at the end and eventually froze.  I would definitely prewatch the movie to try and avoid this for next time.  In the future I would love to repeat this program where the kids can make fire engines, police cars and other specifically vehicles

Laura
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy Trails Part II - Plot Twist

Howdy
In my June post Happy Trails - Moving On From the Library, I announced I was going to school for my Massage Therapy License.  Based on the hours I have school and the hours I programs at my current library job I knew I was going to need a new job with more flexible hours.  I am happy to announce that instead of completely leaving my library job I will be taking a part time job at a branch of the library instead.  I have never worked at a store front library before, nor have I worked at library that has one point of service.  I get to continue doing programs for kids and teens while also learning about adult reference and oh boy, tax forms. Thankfully they are willing to work with my schedule and having some half days will give me more time during the week to study.  Other perks include the still relatively short commute and being closed on Sundays.  It is a great relief to me to have found a job that pays better than most part time work where I would be considered entry level.  I also love that through a twist of fate I am working with a librarian whom I worked with at another library years ago. All good things. 

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Laura

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Music and Movement - Animals

Music and Movement - Welcome
Music and Movement - Water
Music and Movement - Plants/Trees
Music and Movement - Animals

Opening 
I know a New Way to Say Hello by Big Jeff for Exercise Party 

I know a new way to say hello 
Say hello say hello 
I know a new way to say hello 
All you do is wiggle your ears 

Stomp your feet

Move your hips 

But I still like the old way to say hello 
Say hello say hello 
All you do is wave your hands

Books
Pet This Book by Jessica Young 
It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle

Songs
What Are You Wearing by Carole Peterson for Baloney
Hula Mula for Exercise Party

Friday, June 22, 2018

Music and Movement - Plants/Trees


Music and Movement - Welcome
Music and Movement - Water
Music and Movement - Plants/Trees
Music and Movement - Animals


Opening 
I know a New Way to Say Hello by Big Jeff for Exercise Party 

I know a new way to say hello 
Say hello say hello 
I know a new way to say hello 
All you do is wiggle your ears 

Stomp your feet

Move your hips 

But I still like the old way to say hello 
Say hello say hello 
All you do is wave your hands

Books
Plant theTiny Seed by Christie Matheson
Wow Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
Shake the Tree by Chiara Vignocchi + eggs shakers

Songs
Apple Tree by Carole Peterson for HUM Highly Usable Music

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Music and Movement - Water


Music and Movement - Welcome
Music and Movement - Water
Music and Movement - Plants/Trees
Music and Movement - Animals


Opening
I know a New Way to Say Hello by Big Jeff for Exercise Party

I know a new way to say hello
Say hello say hello
I know a new way to say hello
All you do is wiggle your ears

Stomp your feet

Move your hips

But I still like the old way to say hello
Say hello say hello
All you do is wave your hands


Books
Jump! by Scott M. Fischer + told with scarves to throw in the air every time I use the word jump. 

Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan (big book)

The Croaky Pokey by Ethan Long

Songs
Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi from More Singable Songs + Bells
Goldfish by Laurie Berkner fromThe Best of the Laurie Berkner Band