I attended the May 2013 Lincoln Story League meeting held at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. This was the end of the year meeting before breaking for the summer months. I also received a tour of their SuperCrocs exhibit going on all summer which coincides with their Summer Reading program. SuperCrocs is Super Cool! You must check out the pictures. Having previously been an intern and library associate here, I was so happy to see old friends and colleagues! Making connections and collaboration is such a great part of being a librarian! Gail Borden is a wonderful library.
About 20 different programming, craft and story ideas were shared. Four ideas that I liked included:
The Algonquin Public Library hosts a picture book discussion group once a month for kids in K-2 called “Bookaneers”. An art project typically accompanies the discussion. The example used was Chris Raschka’s Mysterious Thelonious. Kids learned about jazz music and how their art can be a visual representation of music.
Amelia Bedelia 50th birthday celebration program included a cute feather duster craft of feathers on a craft stick. Kids made bonnets and played whiffle ball. It was a big hit with patrons.
Dust Bunnies finger puppet craft that coincides with the book Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas. Small microfiber dust cloths from Target were transformed with wiggly eyes and a felt nose. They were an adorable touch to a fun book.
Gail Borden Public Library shared an early literacy prop song to help kids identify colors and animals. Five bins of different colors accompany the song, “I live in a red barn…” or “I live in a blue house…” Kids put the appropriate animal in the correct color bin.