Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library
Ever since I heard of Toronto’s Story Mob, I’ve been wanting to try it. I wasn’t sure exactly how I could make it work as an after school program, but I finally figured it out! I have great success with series programming at my library. I decided to run this program as a series:
I chose one of my favorite stories, Press Here by Herve Tullet, to be the inaugural story. I ordered the following materials for the props:
Instructions for Props:
Assemble 15 DIY Knight’s Armor into three equal piles:
Please note: Yellow’s construction is different than Blue and Red.
5 Yellow Dots:
Optional for 5 Yellow: Add small LED flashlights to light up the yellow dots.
4 Red Dots:
1 Red Dot: Add Velcro or tape and add Yellow Dot on top of Red for the first few pages:
4 Blue Dots:
1 Blue Dot: Add Velcro or tape and add Yellow Dot on top of Blue for the first few pages:
Now you’re ready to create a Story Mob! You’ll need 15 children to be each dot. All extra children can have scarves and shakers to dance around with and shake. If you have under 15, you can use parents or adapt the story to fit the amount of children you have. For example, tap the Yellow dot three times.
Are you ready for the story? Here we go…
“Ready? Press Here and see what happens.”
“Press the yellow dot again.”
“Gently rub the dot on the left” (do the same with the right and rip off to expose a Blue dot):
“Five quick taps on the Yellow dot.”
“Five quick taps on the Red dot.”
“Five quick taps on the Blue dot.”
“Not bad. Shake them up a bit!” (Kids dance and shake.)
“Perfect, let’s see what kind of pattern we’ve made…Blue, Yellow, Red, Blue, Yellow, Red. An A-B-C pattern!”
“Uh, oh! Who turned off the lights?!” (Notice that the yellow dots are illuminated by the flashlights?!)
“I bet our dots can make a rainbow!”
“What happens if we clap our hands?” (Clap 1,2,3,4,5 and let the other kids shake shakers, clap hands, wave scarves and run by everyone.)
“Oh, boy! Should we do it again? Press Here and start from the beginning!”
My school collaboration partner, Joanne Moore, and I worked together with the kids to create a video so you can see how it came out. We did this program as a class visit to promote my awesome summer reading programs. I think I’ll have maximum attendance!