I regularly present programs for our school age and tween patrons (ages 7-11). Some of my favorite programs are described below.
Innovation Academy Series
After receiving a $5000 LSTA grant to purchase technology tools, I began a monthly Innovation Academy program series (offered more frequently during the summer). Each month, I present a homeschool and after school program focusing on a different technology tool and concept. Topics include virtual and augmented reality, video game design with Bloxels and Scratch, conduction with Makey Makey, 3D printing with 3Doodlers, and coding and robotics.
The Coding Camp program provides 16 tweens with the opportunity to dive into coding concepts and robotics during a 4-day experience. Participants examine the parts inside a computer and what they do, practice computational thinking skills, learn about loops and conditional statements, and program robots and computer programs to complete specific tasks.
During Movie Makers, 15 tweens used props, green screens, and iPad apps to create movies that they showed to their friends and families. I co-ran this five-week program, focusing on teaching program attendees how to use the movie making technology and providing resources for them to continue practicing their new skills at home.
Minecraft and 3D Printing Programs
During Minecraft and 3D Printing Programs programs, attendees use library-owned Minecraft accounts to create a project that was printed for free using the library’s 3D Printer at a later date.
Every year, 100 Pokemon fans of all ages come to attend my end-of-summer Pokemon party. Each summer, we celebrate this franchise through games and crafts, Pokemon trivia, snacks, card trading, and more.
Librarians in Training
During summer 2018, 30 children ages 7-12 completed simplified library tasks and learned about how libraries work. After experiencing a behind-the-scenes tour, participants sorted books, checked-in materials, found books “patrons” requested on the shelves, and presented a mini storytime.
Fifteen tweens attend four-week Reader’s Theater sessions throughout the school year. During these sessions, attendees practice working together as an ensemble and prepare for a parent performance. I have adapted a variety of picture books into scripts for this program.
In 2018, I expanded our passive program offerings for school age children. Each month from May-December, I created a different passive program for this age group.
Passive programs I created include:
- Giant I Spy Game
- Music Jeopardy
- Lyrics in a Bottle contest
- Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt
- Muggle Studies Invention Identification (Harry Potter themed)
- Book Tournament