Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Library Hours

Today I was able to participate in open library hours for my middle schoolers at my brand new job. I wasn't sure what to expect, because the last 2 attempts in June and July fell flat. But this time we sent out email reminders, and boy did that work! I wound up with 20 kids (not counting parents), and it was as zoo. A wonderful, crazy, loud, fun ZOO. I discovered that I LOVE fifth grade (a group I never worked with before), and I remembered why I took this job. I am so excited about being smack dab in the middle of middle school again.










I set up four stations:

1) Arts/crafts: adult coloring books, giant dry erase coloring page, blank bookmarks, play dough, markers, crayons, colored pencils

2) K'nex

3) Games (Scrabble, Upwords, cards, Life)

4) Puzzles
















I even had some parents get in on the action!





In fact, I think this was my favorite part. I had one family of four kids and a mom, and the mom sat down with her four kiddos and worked on a puzzle from start to finish. No screen time, no technology, just family time doing something meaningful. Isn't that what we are all about, anyway?

I discovered that I really don't need anything high tech or fancy. Just some space for kids to hang out, some creative outlets, and BOOKS! Oh, and food...please don't forget the food!



What are your tips for a successful summer program?









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