Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library
Over the past few years I’ve slowly introduced preschool holiday celebrations. I’ve done this for a couple of reasons: 1) Some preschoolers do not go to preschool. They have friends from storytime and would like to celebrate with them. This is a great way to celebrate in the community. 2) Some schools in my district do not celebrate holidays in any way. Families miss celebrating like they did when they were a child. These programs have been extremely successful and grow in attendance each year! The press also loves to cover these events (as you can see from the awesome photos!).
Here are some tips for running your own program:
My favorite readalouds:
Where’s My Mummy?
Room on the Broom
Click, Clack, Boo
My favorite songs:
Monster Boogie by Laurie Berkner
5 Little Monsters by Kiddle Karoo
Bats are Sleeping by Carole Peterson
Halloween is Here by Wee Sing
Guess Who? by Wee Sing
2) Have a snack. I am 99% anti-food for allergy and nutrition reasons and I don’t normally offer food at programs, though the holiday ones fall into the special category. I always do peanut-free and gluten-free options and have copies of a list of ingredients for parents. Cheerios, cheese sticks and fruit options are always popular. Plus, you can put cereal into a baggie and decorate with pretty much any theme!
4) Don’t forget to wear your costume! I always make a handmade, literary character costume.
If you’re looking for another idea, check out Libraryland’s Trick or Treat in the Library!