Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library
Inspired by my local preschool and Future Librarian Superhero, I began a flat friends project at my library called Lend a Friend. (I didn’t want to use stuffed animals because of the chance to spread beg bugs, etc.)
I wanted to create a variety of characters based on popularity and age ranges to cover families of preschoolers and elementary school students. I created a “Welcome Letter” describing what to do that can be found here: Lend a Friend. We designed a cute cover and designated a special bookcase for the new independent learning program (our name for passive programming to impress our patrons and board members). Now that I set everything up it will take very little staff time to just add extra journaling pages as the binders fill up.
Here are printable pdf files. Print in color, cut out, laminate, add a Velcro tab, and put in a binder:
Jack and Annie (from the Magic Tree House series)
Greg Heffley (from Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
Elfs (Buddy and Jovie) For the holidays, I want to have our own Elf on the Shelf!
Here are a few examples that made me laugh:
Which characters would you add?