Thrive After Three

Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library

Tic Tac Toe: Sneaky STEM

My scavenger hunts and other passive programs are so popular, I thought I’d mix it up a bit with a new game. This non-fiction game includes Steve Jenkins’ Just a … Continue reading

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Magic Bag: Spring Edition

About four years ago I started using a “Magic Bag” with a winter story, All You Need for a Snowman (it was actually my first Flannel Friday post!). Since then, kids … Continue reading

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Puppet Costume Story: Using You Can Do Anything, Daddy!

I decided to make costumes for my pirate puppet so I can use it to go along with one of my favorite stories, You Can Do Anything, Daddy! by Michael … Continue reading

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Cookie Decorating for All Ages

I do an annual cookie decorating program that’s a huge hit in my community! I usually do it in the winter and have a winter theme, but you could do … Continue reading

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Up, Down & Around

For the spring I decided to make a flannel set to go along with Up, Down & Around by Katherine Ayres. I used my die cut machine to cut out … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? Puppet Story

Eve Bunting’s Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? is Seuss-esque and perfect for puppet storytelling! I used a cheat sheet Have You Seen My New Blue Socks, my puppet bin, … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Milk & Cookies Club

For the past several years I have a done a very successful winter read-aloud program for K-6th graders after school called Books and S’mores. The after school hour slot frees … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Who Hatches? Spring Scavenger Hunt

Last year I used Jbrary’s Bunny Scavenger Hunt and it was so much fun! The kids loved it. Lindsey asked me if I was going to one this year, so … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Afterschool Program Resources

I just finished my Infopeople course, Afterschool and Out of School Programming. It was a fantastic experience! It was a great group of professional librarians exchanging ideas. I want to … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tic Tac Toe: The Felt Table Game

For my winter felt table I decided to create a Tic Tac Toe game. I used fabric paint to make the lines in the board. I cut white snowmen and … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

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