Now that many public libraries are wrapping up your Summer Library Program, it's a chance to review what worked and to think about what you'd like to do next year. To help you plan your 2014 SLP programs, I asked Winnefox member libraries to share who was their library's best Summer Library Program performer in 2013, and got these great reviews:
Reading out loud improves reading skills, and reading to a dog gives kids a chance to read to a non-judgmental listener. For many children, it allows a rare chance to experience stress-free reading. Considering starting a "Read to a Dog" program at your library? Over at the WisPubLib discussion list, Arin C. Wilken (Mondovi PL) asked,
Need inspiration for storytime programs? Watch the Fingerplays, Rhymes and Songs videos King County Library System provides for kids at their Tell Me a Story page.
You'll find there a huge alphabetical list of fingerplays, rhymes and songs — just click on the ones in red to watch a video clip.
Are you including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in your library programs? Now I've heard of another education initiative called STEAM that incorporates the Arts into STEM too.
Amy Koester at the Show Me Librarian blog sez:
Teen Tech Week™ is March 10-16, 2013, with a theme of Check In @ your library, which ...
Apply to host "StoryCorps @ Your Library" — ten pilot libraries will receive equipment, training, promotional materials and other resources to help develop community documentation projects using the popular StoryCorps interview model.