Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wand Making

I did this event as a lead up to our annual Harry Potter Book Night in February.

I used two tutorials I found online for guidance. Find them here and here.

Supplies needed: chopsticks, hot glue guns, glue sticks for hot glue guns, crafts sticks (jumbo & skinny), scissors, lotion

The lotion is a tip I learned many years ago from my high school homeroom teacher. To avoid bad burns/blisters when using hot glue, lotion your hands. The moisture keeps the glue from adhering so well to your skin and causing burns/blisters.

I had 4 tables set up around the room with all these supplies. Each table had 2 glue guns.

Down the center of the room, I had 2 tables set up for painting the wands once the hot glue was set. I had paint, brushes, paper plates for palettes, paper towels, and cups of water for brush rinsing.

We had 22 adults and 37 kids show up this event. It was fun and easy, I'm looking forward to hosting the event at two of my library branched again this fall.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Josefina: An American Girl Party

To start the party, I shared some information about Josefina and what her life was like. I shared primarily about how she dressed, Spanish language, and what America/Mexico looked like in 1824. My sources were Welcome to Josefina's World 1824: Growing Up on America's Southwest Frontier and The American Girl Club Handbook.

We made ramillete flowers (idea from The American Girls Party Book) and colored Woven Blanket bookmarks from the Josefina event kit.

We played El Floron (idea from The American Girls Party Book) and Pitarilla (from the Josefina event kit).

For refreshments, we had lemonade and feast day cookies (Mexican wedding cake cookies).

I also got inspiration from Ms. Kelly at the Library's event American Girl Club: Meet Josefina.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Samantha: An American Girl Christmas Party

As always, I began the event with a tour of the 1900s: inventions, artists, books, theater, facts about the US at the time, food.

We sang carols, played Pass the Pearls (Samantha Event Kit) and had a posture relay (Ms. Kelly at the Library).

For crafts we made paper snowflakes and decorated ice cream cone Christmas trees.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Rebecca: An American Girl Party

To find enough activities to host a party (in addition to those in the event kit), I read a few of the Rebecca books. I found that she likes math, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, egg creams, and crochet. I also found food ideas as well as some other activity ideas in the books.

I took the girls on a tour of the 1910s: games/toys, food, and books.

We played the Coney Island Penny Pitcher Game and Silent-Movie Charades from the event kit.

For refreshments, we had lemonade and jelly beans. Both are mentioned in the books.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Maryellen: An American Girl Party

Started the event off with a tour of the 1950s: at the movies, on TV, on the radio, games/toys, food, restaurants, inventions, and at the library.

We listened to music from the 50s, danced, and had a hand jive lesson. We had two contests: hula hooping and bubble gum blowing. We played with Play-doh and played a life size version of Yahtzee.

We preformed experiments on marshmallow Peeps.

For refreshments we had Trix cereal, Cheez Whiz & crackers, Pixy Stixs, and tang.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Julie: An American Girl Party

To begin the event, I gave all the girls pet rocks. These were just black river rocks I got at the Dollar Tree.

We played the 70s Trivia Game from the Julie Event Kit.

I took the girls on a tour of the 1970s using displays I had set up around the room: games/toys, food, at the movies, on TV, on the radio, and at the library.

We did 2 Mad-Libs as they are published in California.

For a craft, I came up with a Design Your Own Tie-Dye T-shirt coloring sheet.

We played Uno, had a Post-It note relay race and did the Pop Art Daisy Scavenger Hunt from the event kit.

For refreshments, we had Country Time Lemonade, Pop Rocks, Twix, Laffy Taffy, Reese's Pieces, Ring Pops, Starburst, and Combos.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Dr. Seuss Party 2019

We did the first few pages of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish on the flannel board and then read selections from it as well as I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

We made Lorax Mustaches for our craft. I got the template here and manipulated it so I could get 3 to one page of cardstock.

We played Horton's Pink Clover Relay Race and Dr. Seuss Bingo. We went on a Cat in the Hat Scavenger Hunt.

The kids took home the following coloring pages: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss, Horton, and the fish.

I displayed books by and about Dr. Seuss.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Star Wars Tea Party

I have wanted to do a Stars War event for several years. It just never worked out. This year, however, May 4 fell on a Saturday. I was inspired to do a Star Wars Tea Party from a post on Storytime Underground on Facebook.

To decorate I used black tablecloths and Star Wars blueprints I got from The Navage Patch. I printed at May the Fourth Be with You sign, created a menu, printed water bottle labels, and soda bottle labels.

I also had a bookmark display that found at Emily's Literary Hoots blog (the site is currently down!).

We made pool noodle light sabers.

We went on an asteroid and droid hunt. The inspiration came from here. I added the droids from here. The kids got to trade their asteroids and droids in for suckers.

The refreshments were Yoda Soda, R2-TEA2, Star Wars Water, Edible Ewoks (chocolate teddy grahams), Han Rolos, and light sabers (Twizzlers).

 To take home I had coloring pages (here & here) and Build a Droid activity sheets.

I also had a Star Wars Would You Rather game, but never got around to using it.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Little Women: A Celebration

I hosted this program in December 2014 in honor of the 20th anniversary of the 1994 film. Little Women just celebrated its 150th publication anniversary in 2018.

I read A Little Women Christmas by Heather Vogel Frederick.

I had the following books and movies on display. Some were from my personal collection.

  • Copies of Little Women
  • Books about or set during the Civil War
  • Little Women & Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted 
  • Little Women and Werewolves by Porter Grand
  • March by Geraldine Brooks
  • Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen 
  • Louisa and the Missing Heiress by Anna MacLean
  • Beyond Little Women: A Story about Louisa May Alcott by Susan Bivin Aller 
  • Little Vampire Women by Lynn Messina 
  • Louisa May’s Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women by Kathleen Krull 
  • The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott 
  • The Quiet Little Woman; Tilly's Christmas; Rosa's Tale: Three Enchanting Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott 
  • Film Versions of Little Women (1933, 1949, 1978, 1994)

I had several options for games: Rigmarole, Compliments, Authors, Tangrams, Ribbon's End, and Name the Nursery Rhyme.

For a craft, we made cup and ball toys using dixie cups, masking tape, and string.

For refreshments we had apple cider, popcorn, licorice, nonpareils (Sno-Caps), and Necco wafers.