We’ve asked some of our patrons to give feedback on our programs. Check out one review of our Stranger Things Escape Room and Harry Potter Fandom Celebration. We appreciate the feedback and it gives a patron’s perspective on our programs. Also take a look at the links below to check out more Stanger Things materials that you may not know the library has. Enjoy!
It started in Lego Club in April. I was chatting with a group of kids about their reading lives and they expressed their interest in us hosting a program about Dog Man by Dav Pilkey. I checked the upcoming releases list and discovered that the latest book, Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls, would be published in August and our plans were hatched. On August 16, we hosted our highly-anticipated Dog Man Book Release Party and it was just as fun as we hoped it would be!
We began our program by having a photo opp with the super fancy Dog Man cardboard standee, enabling the kids to be in a picture with the Dog Man superhero personas. (A note about the standee since so many people have asked about it: You can reach out to your Scholastic rep (such as book fair or marketing) directly to see if they can provide one for your library program.)
We started our program by making movies! We gathered copies of the Dog Man series, along with three copies of the new book to raffle away at the program, for the kids to hold. We then made a joyous “happy book birthday” video for Dav Pilkey, which was shared on our social media accounts. It made my day when I saw that Dav Pilkey saw our fan video, liked it & commented on it. We also made a thank-you video for Lizette Serrano, the Executive Director of Educational Marketing at Scholastic, who had generously provided us with giveaways for this program and is a dedicated advocate for libraries. She is the absolute best!
We were then ready to jump into our celebration of the latest Dog Man book. We watched the action-packed trailer, which you can watch below.
We also watched a fascinating video with Dav Pilkey sharing the origins of Dog Man and his struggles with school. Some kids shared details that they knew from reading the author’s notes in the back of the Captain Underpants series. They were impressed that the idea for Dog Man came to him in 2nd grade! One young person shared that his differences became his superpowers.
It was now time for our Dog Man Storytime, where we hosted a reader’s theater performance of the first chapter of the new Dog Man. We asked kids to play different characters – and the entire group was responsible for the sound effects and group parts. Ann, our Early Literacy Librarian, led this fun activity, reading the narration dramatically and hilariously and signaling everyone when it was their part.
But then… disaster struck when Dog Man and Petey were cloned throughout the room and it was up to our intrepid fans to find them. Our group divided up between the two rooms with their clone scavenger hunt sheets in hand. Their job was to find all of the clones by their numbers. (Dog Man + math, for the win!) Many kids pointed out that they really enjoyed this part of the program on the evaluations. One awesome kid proudly proclaimed that he had found all the Petey clones, so when others had trouble, he kindly helped them find the ones they were missing. When people completed the scavenger hunt, they handed in their sheets to get a post-it for our Supa-Epic raffle. You can host your own clone scavenger hunt at home using the materials here.
We were then ready for our requested craft: Flip-O-Rama. We had tables full of art supplies, flip-o-rama templates, post-it flipbooks, and flip book templates to color. We put diagrams of how to draw the characters on the board, along with some flip-o-rama examples. Kids could participate in whatever way they felt comfortable. It was powerful seeing kids create art and be creative in their individual ways.
Our group was then given the opportunity to join Dav Pilkey in his Do Good campaign to make a positive impact in their community. Knowing our kids’ passion for animals, I knew the perfect way to Do Good together. Everyone enthusiastically accepted the challenge to create dog toys to donate to shelter dogs. As promised, you can learn how to make the dog toys by following the video below. You can also stop at the library at any time and I’d be happy to teach you how to make dog toys. And when you’re done with your toy, drop it off at the library, so we can share it with the shelter dog who will love it!
We then had everyone fill out an evaluation since we always want feedback about how our programs went and how we can improve. And everyone who completed a survey got a Dog Man swag bag, thanks to Lizette from Scholastic!
We also raffled off three copies Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls and a MerryMakers Dog Man stuffed animal that both Ann and I had a hard time parting with… but we’re super happy that they’ve all found good homes. And don’t worry if you didn’t get a copy of Dog Man. You can always put a copy on hold at our library here!
I am so grateful for the help of Supa Buddies, Ann, Emily, & Matt who helped out during this program, ensuring everything ran smoothly and getting some amazing videos and pictures to capture this memorable event.
If you couldn’t make it to our Dog Man party, you can still get a Dog Man swag bag while supplies last. Just ask for one at the Youth and Teen Services desk – and take the Do Good challenge. And you can always print out Dog Man activities from Scholastic!
But, wait, there’s more! I learned from a caregiver at this program that Dog Man: The Musical is coming to town in March 2020 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts!
But now I know you’re facing a quandary: your young reader has read ALL of the Dog Man books and is hungry for more hilarious, engaging, and fun books to explore! Check out these Dog Man Readalikes. You can put copies on hold in our catalog. Stop by the library for your own print copy of the list.
This month, we will be taking an in-depth review for one of our more unique library programs: Pet Sitting 101. The program was an hour long and was a combination of presentation, interactive question and answer, and activities. It took place early on in Shark Week, so we could use this program to promote a week’s worth of shark and animal themed programming!
We began the program by having kids talk about their own pets. Most were excited to share information about their animals and it was a great way to get them engaged.
We then went into general information about pet sitting – both techniques to use as well as some things on the business side (resume, how to market yourself). This was pretty brief (about 10-15 minutes) so as not to lose kids attention. Since all the information was researched, we briefly talked to kids about where the information came from and where to look for more info on their own time.
We then went to a multiple choice game where kids had to run and stick a post-it note on the answer they thought was correct. This got them moving and more interested and focused on the information being presented.
Kids were then able to take the last 15-20 minutes to make different toys for dogs and cats as well as a type of natural dog treat. This allowed them to learn about activities to play as well as what types of foods most animals ate. Items that kids did not want to take with them we donated and provided them with more information about organizations in Lincolnwood and the surrounding areas so that kids could volunteer and gain more experience. Donating the items is also an easy entry point to establishing positive community relationships.
Kids got an early introduction to some basic business skills
Share and celebrate a love of pets
Encouraging kids to be proactive in getting things done and working
The goal was not to have kids fall in love with business, but they were able to hopefully gain some basic tips and tricks that they can remember when it comes time for them to start earning money.
“I don’t think I knew any of this before!”
“I could talk about my pet all day”
“I didn’t know you could donate things to animals, that’s such a good idea”
“My dog is going to love this!”
This is a great program to provide kids and teens an introduction to work skills in a low pressure, non-formal environment, while still exposing them to important ideas they can use later in their life!
With the school-year wrapping up, we will be taking a look at a few of our recurring Youth & Teen programs. The first one is our Junior Justice League
This school year, our Junior Justice League completed 7 service based projects. Kids in Grades 3-8 learned about a variety of different organizations and ways to get involved in the Lincolnwood community, including voting, the environment, and animals. In total, kids amassed hundreds of volunteer hours, while learning about issues that impact them on a daily basis. Here, you can find out more about some of the organizations and people that worked with the Junior Justice League heroes.
http://lincolnwoodtogether.org/ – Lincolnwood Together (Get Out the Vote Project)
http://nilestownshipgov.com/officials/bonnie-kahn-ognisanti/ – Bonnie Kahn (Get out the Vote Project)
http://www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com/ – Cards for Hospitalized Kids (National Movement)
https://www.nps.gov/index.htm – National Parks Service (Letters to National Park Service)
https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190202/dupage-recognizes-sheriffs-deputy-who-saved-dogs-in-kennel-fire – Deputy Chris Obrochta (thank you cards for saving animals in a kennel fire)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/glenview/community/chi-ugc-article-niles-township-unveils-kindness-campaign-sec-2019-02-12-story.html – Niles Township Kindness Campaign (Kindness Bingo Cards)
https://www.ipositive.org/ – Institute for Positive Mental Health (Kindness Bears Project)
https://chitownpitties.org/ – Chi Town Pitties Rescue (dog toy making for donation)
This year in Books & Bites exposed kids to lots of different books in our collection, as well as the major ideas in those books! Take a look at some of the selections below to check them out from our library. They also got to talk with author Jerry Craft, the author of the acclaimed graphic novel New Kid. Furthermore, kids learned and practiced giving their own book talks and promoted their own favorite books at the end of the year. In talking with some of the participants, kids felt that “my voice was heard about the books and their ideas” and that they “learned about a lot of great books that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever heard about.” We are already planning on the summer and next school year’s selection, so be sure to check out the calendar and join us soon!
The Witch Boy – Ostertag
All’s Faire in Middle School – Jamieson
Brave – Chmakova
Lowriders in Space – Camper; illustrated by Gonzalez
Cardboard Kingdom – Sell
New Kid – Craft
Smile – Telgemeier
When Dungeons and Dragons started, it’s main purpose was to expose kids to different facets of the game, as well as create a space for kids to come together to go through an epic campaign! This program evolved throughout the year. Kids were able to take ownership of the game. One frequent player said, “It’s become a big part of my life, and the library played a large role in that.” Kids now have formed groups outside of the program and play D&D at the library frequently. “It’s a great way to meet and hang out with friends, as well as just be creative and have fun in a way that’s unlike anything else” said one participant. The program still continued on a monthly basis, bringing in outside experts, and introducing new kids to the world(s) that D&D can offer.