STEM Storytime:The 5 Senses

STEM storytime incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math concepts and is geared to children ages 2 to 6. In this storytime, we explored our five senses. The following shows the hands-on stations for children to learn more about the day’s theme.

Hearing: Plastic eggs were filled with different items. Children shook the eggs and paired the eggs that sounded the same.

Smell: Cotton balls were soaked with different substances (coffee, peppermint extract, lemon juice, etc.). Children smelled and tried to identify the scent.

Touch: Cardboard squares were covered with materials of various textures. Children felt each one and described how it felt (soft, rough, smooth, etc.)

Taste: Felt board pieces showed the different tastes and pictures of foods. We talked about the different tastes and categorized them on the board. Children could explore further after storytime.

Sight: Children used their sense of sight to find different objects in the library’s I Spy books.

Professional Development Activities

2017

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Early literacy retreat at Beaverton City Library (1/5/17, 1/19/17, 2/2/17)
  • Early literacy workshop at Hillsboro Brookwood Library (2/23/17)
  • Oregon Library Association Annual Conference (4/21/17)

Associations

  • Oregon Library Association (2015-present)

Leadership

  • Chair of New Member Round Table of the Oregon Library Association (2016-present)
  • Presented Speed Networking session at OLA annual conference (4/21/17)

Outreach

  • Kindergarten Roundup at Vose Elementary (4/20/17)
  • Summer Reading promotional skit at Scholls Heights Elementary (6/22/17)
  • Free lunch site outreach storytime at Eichler Park (6/29/17, 7/13/17, 7/27/17, 8/10/17)
  • WIC outreach storytime (8/17/17)

Other

  • Interviewed authors Marni Bates, Kate Ristau, Cathy Camper, Julie Israel, Jami Harrison, and William Ritter on KBOO (90.7 FM) radio program Between the Covers (2017)
  • Volunteer reader for Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program (1/3/17-5/10/17)

2016

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Family Literacy at a Food Pantry webinar presented by WebJunction (1/16)
  • Technology Skills for Library Staff webinar presented by Techsoup (1/16)
  • First Year Teacher course modules for teaching reading presented by Reading Rockets (2/16)

Associations

  • Oregon Library Association (2015-present)

Leadership

  • Chair of New Member Round Table of the Oregon Library Association (2016-present)
  • Presented Beginning Reader Storytime poster at OLA annual conference (4/21/16)

Other

  • Interviewed authors Cat Winters, Jesse Andrews, John Corey Whaley, Laura O. Foster, Jessi Klein, Amy S. Foster, and Emma Donoghue on KBOO (90.7 FM) radio program Between the Covers (2016)

2015

 Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Children & Young People’s Section’s Unconference: Spotlight on Tweens (4/24/15)
  • Using Social Media for Reader’s Advisory webinar by Infopeople (12/15)
  • Poverty discussion webinar presented by the Idaho Commission for Libraries (12/15)
  • Look First: Creating Exceptional Patron Experiences webinar presented by WebJunction (12/15)

 Associations

  • Oregon Library Association (2015-present)
  • Minnesota Library Association (2014-2015)

Committee Work

  • Early Literacy Team (2013-2015)
  • Summer Reading Planning Committee (2013-2015)

 Outreach

  • Community Baby Shower at Early Childhood Family Education (3/12/15)
  • Book-a-Palooza at Columbia Academy middle school (4/9/15)
  • English Language Family Night at Early Childhood Family Education (4/17/15)
  • School visits to promote summer reading (5/11/15-5/29/15)
  • Jamboree Parade (6/26/15)
  • Community picnics (7/15/15, 7/24/15)
  • New teacher orientations (8/24/15, 8/31/15)

 Leadership

  • Chair-Elect of the Children and Young People’s Section of the Minnesota Library Association (2014-2015)
    • Arranged speakers for Children and Young People’s Section one-day “Unconference: Spotlight on Tweens” to share ideas about serving ages 9-12
  • City Council presentation (8/10/15)

2014

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Children & Young People’s Section’s Unconference: Spotlight on Preschoolers (4/4/14)
  • Autism 101/Autism and Storytime training (4/25/14)
  • Teen Literature Conference (5/17/14)

Associations

  • Minnesota Library Association (2014-present)

Committee Work

  • Early Literacy Team (2013-present)
  • Summer Reading Planning Committee (2013-present)

Outreach

  • Community Baby Shower at Early Childhood Family Education (3/6/14)
  • Valley View Elementary Spring Carnival (4/11/14)
  • Family Picnic at Family Center (5/1/14)
  • Jamboree Parade (6/27/14)
  • Community Picnics (7/17/14, 7/25/14)
  • English Language Family Nights (9/14-12/14)

Leadership

  • City Council presentations (1/13/14, 6/9/14, 8/11/14)

2013

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Sensory Friendly Story Time (3/8/13)
  • Bridges Out of Poverty (3/22/13)
  • Help! I’m a Librarian, Not a Social Worker (4/4/13)
  • ALA Annual Conference in Chicago (6/27/13-7/2/13)

Associations

  • Nebraska Library Association (NLA) (2009-2013)
  • New Members Round Table (NMRT)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section (SCYP)
  • NLA Board (2012-2013)

Committee Work

  • Early Literacy Team (2013-present)
  • Summer Reading Planning Committee (2013-present)
  • Adult Summer Reading Program planning committee (2012, 2013)

Programs

  • Adult Game Night (2/8/13, 7/19/13)
  • DIY Adult Craft Day (6/19/13)
  • Mo Willems Day (7/9/13)
  • Steampunk Accessories (7/21/13)

Outreach

  • Community Baby Showers (Early Childhood Family Education center 2013)
  • Craft time at Schoo Middle School (4/24/13)
  • School visits (West Lincoln 5/13/13, Campbell 5/14/12, Kooser 5/15/13, Schoo 5/17/13)
  • Library booth at University Place Farmers Market (6/12/13)
  • Library booth at Jazz in June (6/18/13)
  • Story time at KinderCare (6/21/13)

Leadership

  • New Members Round Table- Chair (2012-2013)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section- Secretary/Treasurer (2011-2013)
  • GoPo teen volunteer coordinator (2011-2013)
  • University Place Community Organization- Secretary (2011-2013)

 2012

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Every Child Ready to Read training (3/2/12)
  • Nebraska Library Association annual conference (10/18/12-10/19/12)
  • Library Leadership Institute Reunion (7/13/12)
  • Norfolk Literature Festival (7/28/12)

Associations

  • Nebraska Library Association (NLA) (2009-present)
  • New Members Round Table (NLA-NMRT)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section (NLA-SCYP)
  • NLA Auditing Committee (2011, 2012)
  • NLA Board (2012-2013)

Committee Work

  • LCL In-Service planning committee (2012)
  • Adult Summer Reading Program planning committee (2012, 2013)
  • Performance Standards Committee with library director (2012)

Presentations

  • 2012 LCL In-Service training session on databases (4/27/12)

Outreach

  • School visits (Kooser 5/15/12, Campbell 5/21/12)
  • Library booth at University Place Farmers Market (6/29/11, 6/13/12)

Programs

  • Adult craft program (6/5/12)
  • Dream Interpretation (6/11/12)
  • Family story time at Williams (7/16/12)
  • Adult board game night (7/20/12, 2/8/13)
  • Toddler Time (2/12-present)
  • Family Story Time at Williams (7/12-present)
  • Learning Thru Play Story Time (9/12-present)
  • Special story time for Down Syndrome Asso. for Families (9/19/12)
  • Book Talk at Bethany Branch (12/21/12)

Leadership

  • New Members Round Table- Chair (2012-present)
  • New Members Round Table- Vice Chair (2011-2012)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section- Secretary/Treasurer (2011-present)
  • GoPo teen volunteer coordinator (2011-present)
  • University Place Community Organization- Secretary (2011-present)

 2011

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • 23 Things for Professional Development through Nebraska Library Commission (6/11-10/11)
  • Nebraska Library Association annual conference (10/6/11-10/7/11)
  • Connecting Boys with Books workshop (4/21/11)

Associations

  • Nebraska Library Association (NLA) (2009-present)
  • New Members Round Table (NLA-NRMT)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section (NLA-SCYP)
  • NLA Auditing Committee (2011, 2012)

Committee Work

  • Koha ILS Implementation Team (2011)

Presentations

  • Find It on the Web! Presentation at NLA annual conference (10/6/11)
  • Life During & After the MLS, served on panel (10/6/11)
  • NMRT Resume Review (10/6/11)
  • NMRT Networking Breakfast (10/7/11)

Programs

  • Book Talk at Gere Branch (11/7/11)
  • Story Time, Toddler Time substitute (10/11-present)

Outreach

  • Library booth at University Place Farmers Market (6/29/11, 6/13/12)

Leadership

  • Nebraska Library Leadership Institute (7/10/11-7/14/11)
  • New Members Round Table- Vice Chair (2011-2012)
  • School, Children, and Young People’s Section- Secretary/Treasurer (2011-present)
  • GoPo teen volunteer coordinator (2011-present)
  • University Place Community Organization board member (2011-present)

 2010

Workshops/Conferences/Training

  • Library Training Extravaganza (5/21/10)
  • Nebraska Library Association annual conference (10/14/10-10/15/10)

Associations

  • Nebraska Library Association (NLA) (2009-present)

Presentations

  • Poster session at NLA (2010)

Leadership

  • New Members Round Table- Secretary/Treasurer (2010-2011)

 2006-2009

  • October 2009  Nebraska Library Association annual conference
  • June-July 2009  Job Shadowing, Lincoln City Libraries- Walt Branch
  • April 2008, 2007, 2006 Colorado Teen Literature Conference
  • 2006-2008 Colorado Young Adult Advocates in Libraries meetings

BookWarms Winter Reading Program

BookWarmWorm1BookWarms is the winter reading program for children and teens. At registration, each participant received a BINGO card. If the child got a BINGO with four squares in a row, they got to choose a prize from the treasure chest. If the child got a blackout and completed all of the squares, they got to choose a free book. I liked this format better than tracking the number of hours or books read. It challenged avid readers to try new genres and gave reluctant readers more chances for success.

STEM in the Library

Having science, technology, engineering, and math programs in the library is nothing new. When the library had grant funding for programs, we had instructors from outside organizations present programs such as The Mystery of Chemistry, Rube Goldberg Marble Machine, The Science of Toys, and Radical Robots. Now that we no longer have grant funding and have a tighter budget, I’m trying to keep STEM in the library with some in-house programming. One such program was Build Your Own City. I asked coworkers to bring in their recycling and set out everything on a long table. Each participant received a large flat piece of cardboard, their choice of recyclables, tape, and glue. I set out some books about buildings and cities for inspiration. We brainstormed things we liked in our city and things we think our city is missing. Each person designed her own city. At the end, each person shared her city with the group. Another program is LEGO Club. Using grant money, I purchased several boxes of LEGO bricks. Once a month, LEGO Club meets to build anything and everything. I set out books about buildings, bridges, and skyscrapers for inspiration. At the end of the hour, each participant can choose one creation to put in a display case in the library for everyone to see. It is interesting to see how many parents and children work together to create their masterpieces. To celebrate International Games Day, we hold a gaming program in the library. Last November, in addition to the traditional board games and Wii games, I created a live-action Angry Birds game. I saved boxes and tubes of different shapes and sizes. Participants worked in teams; one team set up the structure, and the other team tried to knock it down. The structure that lasted the longest won a point for the construction team. It was a lot of fun, but it was also more challenging than participants originally thought it would be. I chimed in every once in a while to ask questions like, “How do you think you could make your structure more sturdy?” and “Why does that tower fall over but that tower stays standing?” Teams became more strategic as time went on, noticing things like the number of boxes on the base level made a difference. Build Your Own City LEGO Angry Birds

Teen Programs at the Library

In an attempt to bolster the library’s services for teens, I have begun to hold monthly programs exclusively for those in grades 6 through 12. Examples of programs are as follows:

  • Hunger Games Party- Teens had to survive in the arena for Hunger Games-style snacks, crafts, and challenges.
  • Cupcake Wars- Teens each got 3 unfrosted cupcakes, a mound of white frosting, and their choice of 3 toppings to create a book-themed cupcake in 30 minutes. Library staff chose three winners. Teens were able to eat their masterpieces at the end.
  • Minute to Win It Party- Teens competed in a series of minute-long challenges. Results were hilarious.
  • Anime/Manga Club- Manga-loving teens came together to discuss manga, eat snacks, make crafts, and watch manga at this recurring summer program.
  • Inflation 101: Balloon Sculpting Workshop- Local business taught teens how to make balloon animals and other sculptures.
  • Recycled Runway- Local business taught teens how to alter an old t-shirt to make something new and fabulous.
  • Teen Crafternoons- Summer program featuring a new craft each week including duct tape, glove monsters, and yarn creatures.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Party- Local resident led Yu-Gi-Oh card tournament.
  • Books & Bites- An un-book club with snacks. Teens were asked to share books they’d read and enjoyed. I booktalked some of my favorites, too.
  • Teen Murder Mystery- A live-action version of the board game Clue.

Teen Advisory Board

When I started at my current position, there were very few things for teens. I wanted to change that. I used my prior experience working with teens in libraries and lots of research to determine what I wanted to do and how to do it. Many libraries have a teen advisory board. I knew I wanted to start one to get teens more involved in the library and to help me get a sense of what what would appeal to teens in the community. I established my goals for the group. I then created an application for membership that contained a description of what the group would do and the benefits of membership. Once the application was ready, I began to recruit members. I started by asking teens who use the library regularly. I then sent the application to teachers at the local middle school and high school and asked them to hand out applications to any teens they thought would be interested. I also took applications to school visits to talk about the summer reading program. The first meeting was in April 2014. Meetings are held once a month and have had attendance between 3 and 6 teens each time. The most recent meeting in October represented the six month anniversary of the Teen Advisory Board. There are five teens that attend somewhat regularly. My goal in the next six months is to have a core group of at least five regular members who attend five out of the next six meetings. I feel that the group has been a success. I will continue to build the membership and make the group into something that is valuable to both the library and the members.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Day

Some programs, like LEGO Club, are automatically going to be a hit. Unfortunately, book-centered programs are sometimes not so popular. To change this, I decided to do a program based on the beloved Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. I had originally planned to set this up in stations, but based on the number of kids who attended and the fact that I did not have volunteer help, we did each activity as a group. The first activity was Pin the Booger on Greg Heffley. In the format of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, kids stuck “boogers” made of tacky poster adhesive to a poster of the character. Next was the Rowley Jefferson bean bag toss. I drew the character’s face on a large piece of foam board and cut out the mouth. Kids took turns trying to toss bean bags through the mouth. We then moved to tables for writing and drawing activities such as a trivia contest, a Pictionary-style guessing game, and shared comic drawing. Afterward, we did a team mummy wrap with toilet paper. At the end of the program, I drew names to win free Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. It was a fun program that attracted both boys and girls in the upper elementary crowd.DOAWK bean bag toss DOAWK booger