Wednesday, October 19, 2016

S.T.E.A.M. With Us! Week #1

Expanding on our successful Learning With Lego program from last year, I finally started an official S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program, even though much of what we have done for years in storytime and in after-school programming has been STEAM-related.

In September, we put on our engineer hats and made homes for the three little pigs built out of toothpicks, straws, and marshmallows. Thanks to Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten for the great Pinterest pin and idea.
First (because yes, this is a library) we read The Three Little Pigs: an Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia, which is a fun retelling of the classic story with illustrations of iconic architecture in homes and designs in furniture.
The kids had a blast creating their homes from a limited number of materials - and the first catch was that a 'pig' had to fit inside. After that, we had to make sure their homes were well built, by blasting them with a hair dryer! Most were successful, and some were ingenious. Here are a few pics with our TAB members helping out.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Good Reads for Grades 2-4

Four years ago, Ms Patty and I began the NEXT CHAPTER READING CLUB here at RML. It was designed specifically to expose children in grades 2-4 to books that they might miss when going from easy readers/early chapters to longer works of fiction.
Four years later, we still have a great group of kids for this program! I thought it would be useful to re-post the link to the post with all the titles we've read, although you can always access it under Reading Lists & Other Resources.
We have enjoyed so many great titles, mostly around or under 100 pages by award-winning authors. I am convinced that with so many giant series books that are out today, many of these great titles would be missed. It is my belief that there will always be time to read Harry Potter and Rick Riordan! When you are 7 and 8 years old, there are other things that you don't want to miss!

Kid Lit Library: "Next Chapter" Reading Club Titles

And here's a sneak peek at what we're reading next!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Finish Line...

I don't know about everyone else, but this summer went by faster than any before. I feel like we were just finding some great performers and presenters to come to RML for our On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! Summer Reading Program, and now we are wrapping up all the last raffles and events.

But before school commences, please join us for our Annual :

Ice Cream Social 
Monday, August 29th from 6-7:30pm
Besides ice cream sundaes, we will also have a balloon artist this year, and help from our TAB (Teen Advisory Board) volunteers as well as the RML Friends who sponsor the event.

Also coming up with the date TBD, Mr. Mike and myself will be recruiting some helpers to complete our Great Summer Push-up Challenge! Looking at all the great reading that was done, we know we can't go it alone.

So here's a look back at some of the fun!








The dinner choice of a few staff members who shall not be named

Director Wood gets visited by a Weedle!
Ms Christine almost took the bunny home

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Summer Preview!

At many libraries, May means Summer Reading planning time! This year, we are participating in the CSLP (Collaborative Summer Library Program) theme:

The theme includes programs and events relating to health, wellness, sports, 
and nutrition.

Richmond Library's Summer Reading Kick-Off Event will be held on: 
Wednesday, June 22 at 6pm.
We welcome Gem Hoops with an amazing hula hoop show for the whole family!

In the meantime, check out this fun FREE DOWNLOAD, The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto by our National Summer Reading Champion, Kate DiCamillo! And find out why YOU should sign up for summer reading!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

'Clothing' Storytime With Help From Pete the Cat!

We had a storytime 'makeup' week Friday so I decided to forgo our usual craft activity for something different. After reading our stories, we went on a scavenger hunt for Pete the Cat's missing buttons! I got the idea from a pin by Homegrown Friends (who used 'buttons' of a better size than I did but you work with what you got).

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Snowy Sunday by Phyllis Root
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Scavenger Hunt:
Homegrown Friends had the idea to add her child's initials to the buttons they were supposed to find. Since I had about 12 kids in storytime, I decided to just make three different kinds of buttons in 4 different colors and see if the kids could find all 4 colors in the same pattern for their shirts. It was tough for some of the 4 & 5 year-olds still, but I think they even learned a bit while trying to match the patterns. Here they are hunting for buttons!

They had a blast! Here's some Pete the Cat you can check out, or stay tuned as I just saw he's getting his own television show soon!

Pete the Cat on YouTube