Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library
In honor of our local theater featuring The Little Mermaid this summer, I decided to do a fractured fairy tale club to coordinate with them. Some local children will be featured in the play during their theater camp program.
Over the course of the six weeks, I will be reading a storybook aloud, and then showing about 10 minute clips of Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre. These plays are a lot of fun, especially if you have parents or families that come together for this program. Actors such as Jeff Bridges, Tatum O’Neal, Jeff Goldblum, Billy Crystal, Christopher Reeves, Beverly D’Angelo and Helen Mirren are in them. The early ’80s program is a little sassy in places. No more than Shrek, or a lot of other animated films out there. But the chapters I pulled are clean for general audiences.
Last year I did Mary Poppins and brought the book club to watch the play. Some children didn’t realize what a play was until it started–they thought it was a movie. One kids sitting near me said, “Mrs. Shaia…I think those are real people on stage!” So this year instead of choosing animation or film, I decided to go with theater clips. Fingers crossed!
Here are six different ones you can run your book club with, too. Notice on the bottom of each answer sheet I have the book, and the movie clip for each activity: