Wow! Last week flew by! We had lots of families in here to check out books, sign up for the reading program, and turn in their reading logs.
This week's prize was a dinosaur cup. We must have made a good choice when picking prizes, because all of our cups were given out! In order to get a prize, every child must read at least one book or one hour.
For every ten hours or ten books a child reads, we give him/her a raffle ticket. I'm pleasantly surprised at the amount of tickets we've already given out.
We had a great group for our Baby Storytime, with a little over average attendance (8 babies, 1 sibling, and 8 adults). I give the babies and their caregivers a chance to interact with each other at the end of the program, and it always makes me glad to see the moms taking the time to socialize and get to know each other. I can tell this is going to be a good group!
This week's theme for Toddler and Preschool Storytime was Going to the Library. Attendance was average for our toddler group (16 children, 12 adults), but I could not believe how many preschoolers came with their families (40 children, 6 siblings, and 24 adults)! Luckily I had enough crafts left over from the toddler group so no one was left out.
Every Friday during the summer (except for the Friday after Independence Day) we host a performer. This week it was a puppeteer who did a Texas version of The Three Little Pigs. She's always good for a laugh and throws in jokes that only the parents would get. The program passed without many incidents, and we pulled in a crowd of 126 people.
This summer we're doing something new, too. One of my colleagues came up with a scavenger hunt featuring a pirate named Petey (he's also the star of our SRP video). Petey has hidden clues to his favorite ice cream flavor, and it's the job of the children to find the clues and decipher the puzzle. When they figure it out, they come to the Children's Desk to claim their booty (a word search, a finger puppet to cut out, and two stickers). The hunt will be available all summer.
Sea How Many Books We've Read
This year I managed (with great difficulty) to order big rolls of paper. I hung up some blue paper in our program room and my plan is to show the children how much they're reading. Each week (on Friday), I'll put one fish for every ten books they've read, and I'm expecting it to be a lot of fish! We've already cut out 1700 fish (thank goodness for the Ellison machine!).
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