Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library
Do you have summer reading burnout! Here’s a great gift to yourself…
Shaia, Lisa M. After-School Clubs for Kids. Chicago, American Library Association, 2014. 192p. index. $45.00pa. ISBN 13: 978-0-8389-1202-7.
Authored by the children’s librarian at the Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield, Connecticut and former school librarian, this volume includes contributions by five children’s and youth services librarians from across the United States—Cheryl Cox, Elizabeth Esposito, Kerry Lemont, Melissa Messner, and Amelia Yunker. Organized into 12 chapters, the authors offer ideas for after-school clubs for children in areas of math, fairy tales, science, humor, art, mysteries, out at sea, adventures, school, chillers, boys only, and girls only. These afterschool programs will entice children to attend and become active, while integrating reading and literature into the events. Each chapter includes four-week club plans for grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-6. Each week includes a reading component of five minutes, an activity, and sometimes music. The plans also include ideas for publicity, suggested books to display, and clear directions for each step of the meeting. The single index includes activities, book titles, authors, songs, and subjects. This is a valuable book for any librarian working with children in grades K-6, whether in a public library or school media center. Teachers of these grades will also benefit from ideas on how to integrate lessons on these topics into their classrooms.—Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual 2015
If you need another reason, check out Booklist’s review here (steak knives sold separately!).