One-Year Anniversary Thrive Thursday Roundup! (11/6/14)

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We have an exciting roundup for this month’s school age blog hop! To celebrate the one-year anniversary, I’ve compiled some stats to share with you:

  • We have 250 members on our Facebook group. We help each other discuss program ideas, solve problems, and book recommendations and requests.
  • We have 275 followers on our Pinterest board. We pin all ideas after the roundups there. So far we have about 200 program ideas to use with school age kids, and it grows every month!
  • We have worldwide readership including the US, Canada, UK, Austrailia, India, Phillipines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brazil, and many more.
  • On average, each month’s roundup gets 350 hits (though each month it grows a bit!).

On to the good stuff…


Collaboration Ideas:

  • Brytani over at the Neighborhood Librarian writes about her collaboration with her media specialist who just happens to be a genius! You have to take a look at her volunteer board. I’m definitely stealing it!
  • Amy at Tweenbrarian shares her collaboration with the local Humane Society. This animal-free program discusses all the ways children can help their local society by making cheap toys for the cats and dogs. Perfect idea for this summer’s Hero theme!

Program Ideas

School Age Programming

Characters, Themes & Games for K-6:

  • Ms. Kelly has a new Kindergarten Booktalk program complete with tips and tricks. Her ambitious goal is to visit each class in her two closest schools. I know she’ll keep us posted on her progress along the way.
  • Radnor Library Kid Zone is sharing a celebration of the Who Was… biography series. You have to see the bookmarks she made using participant’s faces! I’m adding this program to my spring schedule.
  • Angie over at Fat Girl Reading is sharing a Frozen Sing-a-Long Party and I’ll be using it in January! Complete with props, decorations, costumes, and best of all what didn’t work!
  • Carol Simon Levin at Program Palooza is sharing an ancient Greek program complete with booktalk excerpts and a sculpture craft! I can’t believe I never thought of pairing these together!
  • Rebecca over at Sturdy for Common Things has an amazing share with a Trick-or-Treat Picture Walk. This idea blends the popular storywalk with Halloween. You can adapt this for the upcoming holidays, or save it for next year!
  • Lastly, I am sharing a Laura Numeroff Party complete with activity stations to accompany four of her If You Give books.

tweensTween Ideas:

  • Jennifer at Monday Madness is sharing a Glow in the Dark program that is awesome and very affordable! Can’t wait to try this. I’ll be researching the cost of a black light once I finish compiling this post.
  • Jennifer also has a Minecraft program complete with video clips, crafts and games for all ages (and siblings) to enjoy.
  • I wish I had known about Anne at So Tomorrow’s Maze Maker series a little earlier! I still may use it when the Maze Runner comes out on DVD! This tween/teen program uses office materials and straws for an hour of fun and a-maze-ment! Brilliant!
  • Ms. Kelly at the Library shared a Halloween version of Minute to Win It Games. Don’t fret that Halloween is over. You can still adapt her amazing ideas for a winter program!
  • Bryce at Bryce Don’t Play offers a Wimpy Kid program to celebrate the Long Haul. Learn the Fire Drill tactic to lengthen attention spans, easily adaptable for any tween program.
    Field Trip Frenzy

Field Trip Ideas:

  • Jennifer over at In Short, I’m Busy is sharing a fabulous field trip idea complete with photographic Library Bingo Cards of her library so kids learn where to find things. Brilliant!
  • Brytani’s guest blog on Bryce Don’t Play (I know, they blow my mind, too!) is a PETE THE CAT field trip! Learn about 4 parts of the library and earn 4 buttons for Pete.
  • There must be something in the air, because Lindsey, half of Jbrary, wrote about her Pete the Cat field trip, too!
  • Bryce uses the two characters from Adventure Time to teach tweens about the library using a scavenger hunt. Get ready for lots of fist bumping!

So, spread the word, use the programs, and participate. Can’t wait to see where we’ll be in a year!

On a side note, if you plan on participating please include a link to the Thrive Thursday website, Pinterest page, and Facebook Group. Also, make sure you include a photo that can be linked to Pinterest so you can get more hits!

Next month’s host is the dynamic duo of Jbrary! So save your goodies from now to then.

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