Friday, July 24, 2015

Deep Freeze

We are so fortunate to have an awesome intern this summer in our Youth Services Department! Misty has added her talent, experience, enthusiasm, and extensive knowledge of all things Disney, Marvel, and beyond. Turns out that Misty is a member of Daikon Cosplay, a group that models, acts, costumes, and participates in Cosplay events.
She is passionate about this fun part of her life and is thrilled to share her characters with children and adults. The costumes are made by hand and are beautiful. Lots of time and talent, not to mention creativity and expense, go into creating these costumes.

Look who came to the library yesterday!





Anna and Elsa shared stories and photo ops with 155 people and then proceeded to walk around the library and then have lunch (in costume) at DQ. Lots of happy kids!

Fairies will be coming to visit the library in August and Ariel will be coming in September. Character events go over really well at our library and the books that are related fly off the shelves. It is an affordable program that promotes books and has crowd appeal.

to contact Misty and Kissi:   facebook.com/daikoncosplay

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pop Up Library in the Park

Today Youth Services took some library fun to the park in New Richmond. Jessi, my assistant in Youth Services, and Misty, our summer intern, took chalk, books, and their creative and fun loving selves to Mary Park. They started at one end of the sidewalk path and used chalk to draw activities to do along the way. It ended with a suggestion to have an adult take you to the library. I thought this was so clever!





They shared stories with lots of families who were at the park and told them about the events we have coming up at the library. The weather was perfect and it was a fun way to make the library visible to people who may not have been to the library or are not aware of the events.




Thursday, January 15, 2015

Yoga Mats and Downward Dogs

We had a new experience today at storytime. The theme was yoga and it was exciting to see the littles come in toting their very own yoga mats. We supplied some mats for those who did not bring their own. My friend Sandra was generous enough to come in and lead our class.


I read a couple of books after we tried some stretches and then Sandra went through some poses with the children.


The class concluded with teddies on tummies so the children could watch their own breathing .





I helped the children make Calming Bottles with glitter glue and water. The caps were then hot glued onto the bottles.



Everyone chose from a variety of yoga books and DVD's  to take home. It was really enjoyable to share this experience at the library with children. The parents seemed to appreciate the calm as well
 :  )

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snow Business Camp-in

Last night we set up camp at the library. Teen Tuesday activities included: pitching a tent, building a campfire, making snow, and putting together some yummy s'mores on a stick. The teens were having so much fun they just stayed for our family camp-in program!




The Snow in Seconds that I purchased on amazon was a huge hit that will be making another appearance this Friday for our Footloose Friday program. It is a powder that grows instantly into fluffy, cold, white snow. The powder expands 100x!!!


There were stories around the campfire........



while munching on S'more pops.


 Don't forget to catch some fish!

                                      

The teens had a great time and really enjoyed interacting with the families. Well done teens!

                                         

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Overdue at the Library

It has been a long time since my last post. A long time.Really. Long. Time.We have a new director, new clerks, new circ staff, new budget, new policies, new city administration, and lots of other changes. Change can be refreshing and gives one an opportunity to see everything from new perspectives. With the new direction our library is taking, the time for blogging has once again presented itself!

We have been doing A LOT of outreach. Visiting  different sites has been a fun way to tweak our programs and look with fresh eyes at how we might better serve particular needs. One of the new sites we were invited to was the airport! They offered a free movie (Planes2) and wanted us to provide some library-esque activities/entertainment/ kid control. The hanger has a large movie screen, projector, lots of chairs, tables, a popcorn machine, lots of Oriental Trading swag....who knew???






 


 We made a paper airplane game target using an older municipal map of the city that included the airport. Kids and parents had a great time making airplanes and attempting to have them fly through the cutout circles.


There were books, of course, and there was chalk to draw roads and runways for the wood building and vehicles we brought.


The turnout was smaller than expected, but it was right after Christmas and there was a snowfall. It was a great opportunity to partner with the airport and we are planning another event soon.

Happiest of New Years!