May closes out a very busy 3rd quarter for Bots & Books! Many libraries held camps during Spring Break and several had kick off events to tease their LEGO robotics kits for Summer Reading Program usage. Here are just a few of the wonderful images that are coming in!
The Smithville Public Library got some wonderful newspaper coverage of their Spring Break events!
Taylor Public Library patrons were lucky enough to have a big Maker Fair on March 17!
Harker Heights had a big turnout at their Build A Bot event on March 16.
And the Corpus Christi Public Library is working with local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts groups!
Congratulations to the staff of the six CTLS libraries who are going to New York for Family Place Library training. This is GREAT news!
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove
Bryan+College Station Library
McAllen Public Library
Nueces County Library, Robstown
Pasadena Public Library
Wilson County Library, Floresville
The Family Place Libraries Mission
The mission of Family Place Libraries™ is to increase the capacity of libraries throughout the nation to recognize and realize their full potential as community hubs for healthy child and family development, parent and community involvement and lifelong learning beginning at birth.
The Comanche Public Library had a science program for students that took their robotics project to a State competition this year. The students presented a great demo. A local engineer spoke with them about his profession and encouraged the kids to study hard. Thanks to Margaret Waring for sharing these with us.
We read Jack and the Beanstalk and made the “newspaper” trees from the Summer Reading Program Workshop. They were a huge hit even with our older kids. The kids are even working in our recycled tire garden and helping us plant some Mexican Heather, Mexican Petunias, and Moss Rose. Thanks to Veronica Grooms for sharing these photos with us.
News from Taylor Public Library
We decorated the Library for fall with pumpkins made from old books. My husband and his band saw are frequently called upon for such projects. You will kill your hand if you just cut pages with scissors. There are links to a couple of tutorials below.
There are just a few differences in construction I used.
1. Fat books are best. The more pages, the better the pages fans out.
2. Small is good—we cut away a lot of the book to make that rounded shape. If the pages are still too long a distance from the spine, they don’t fan out nicely.
3. There is orange spray paint just for paper or silk flowers with the brand name of Design Master—found at Hobby Lobby or Joann stores. It dries quick too.
“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money
will get you through times of no libraries.”
Sleeping Beauty and Snow White Interactive Songs
There is a lovely German circle game song about Sleeping Beauty I learned years ago. The traditional presentation of the game involves the children forming a circle, singing the song and doing some movement. One school presented a wonderful version of both of these songs and stories. Pass these ideas on to child cares and teachers or incorporate these variations into your programs.
Karen Chace presented a workshop on storytelling with youth at the National Storytelling Conference She posted these activities on her blog. You could do these activities for an afternoon program, a summer series, or exercises with your youth volunteers.
Groesbeck Public Library had a summer program presented by a dog rescue group. Two dogs found a home that day. Lucky dogs! Another program this summer was presented by the Texas Parks and Wildlife. Thank you Rhonda Bass for sharing these photos.
Jeanette Larson author of the book Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas, will be at the Clara B. Mounce Public Library (formerly known as the Bryan Public Library), on Saturday, April 28th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The address is 201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803. For more information call (979) 209-5600 All ages are welcome. Thanks to Kendra Perkins for this information.