Pets

A new series that I like is Kallie Goerge’s Magical Animal Adoption Agency. The first book is titled Clover’s Luck. I thought it would be different to make our own magical balloon animals and run them through an obstacle course.

The first activity was pet-themed stories, but I honestly can’t remember what we read.

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Next we created magical balloon puppies. These are super simple as they are balloons, sharpie marker, and construction paper and a string.

When the balloon animals were done the kids ran them through an obstacle course. There was a slide, a stage for doing a trick, a tunnel to crawl through, cones to maneuver around, etc.

After the obstacle course is completed we filled out special adoption certificates so the kids could take their balloon puppies home.

Attendance: 8
Activity 1: Stories
Activity 2: Balloon Puppies
Activity 3: Obstacle Course
Activity 4: Magical Creature Adoption Certificate

Dinosaurs

I have wanted to do a dinosaur program since before I was hired to work at the library. I actually made a mock dinosaur program for my interview and I used that as a basis for this dinosaur program.

I started the program with story time. The first book was Dinosaur vs The Library by Bob Shea. I printed a little dinosaur and glued him to a stick and told the kids to watch for the dinosaur to appear and roar along. The second book was Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan.

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Our next activity was to make some dinosaur crayons. I happened to own some dinosaur chocolate molds that  I brought in. I had also previously sorted out all of the older, non-crayola crayola crayons and removed the paper. We broke the crayons and stuffed the molds with the pieces. This works best if you use fewer colors, and colors that go well together. They go in the oven for a few minutes to melt the wax and then when they cool down you can pop out a new, multicolored, dinosaur-shaped crayon.

Our final activity was a dinosaur egg hunt. While we were making crayons one of the shelvers hid these dinosaur eggs in the children’s section.

Attendance: 30
Activity 1: Dinosaur Stories
Activity 2: Dinosaur Crayons
Activity 3: Dinosaur Egg Hunt

Hispanic Heritage Crafts 2015

I was scheduled to do one Hispanic Heritage craft for children and another for adults.

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I was inspired by an image on pinterest to have the kids make folk art mirrors.¬† They are made out of construction paper and tooling foil. I cut the foil into circles, because I didn’t want any kids getting themselves cut.
Attendance: 20

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For the adult craft I decided to make an Ojo de Dios, or God’s Eye. Sadly, I only had one patron come, and I will admit that I made a terribly embarrassing mistake during the instruction. You know when you say something really stupid and it will haunt you at random times even years later. Let’s just say I will never forget telling a patron that I was sorry I didn’t speak Mexican. And yes, I am blaming that on sleep-deprived baby brain.
Attendance: 1