Thrive After Three

Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library

Winnie the Pooh Book vs. Movie

Over the eight-week summer reading program I had a reading club featuring the classic stories of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. It was hugely successful with a high retention rate … Continue reading

September 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cookie Decorating for All Ages

I do an annual cookie decorating program that’s a huge hit in my community! I usually do it in the winter and have a winter theme, but you could do … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Milk & Cookies Club

For the past several years I have a done a very successful winter read-aloud program for K-6th graders after school called Books and S’mores. The after school hour slot frees … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Afterschool Program Resources

I just finished my Infopeople course, Afterschool and Out of School Programming. It was a fantastic experience! It was a great group of professional librarians exchanging ideas. I want to … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

School Age Professional Development Fall 2015 Course

If you’re looking to develop your school age programming, take my affordable fall course through Infopeople! An Infopeople 4-week online course, October 20, 2015 to November 16, 2015 Would you … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Toy Stories: Toys Series By Emily Jenkins

The Toys series by Emily Jenkins is one of my newer favorite read-alouds for the school age. The short stories follow the adventures of three toys: a buffalo named Lumphy, a … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Toy Stories: Traction Man Action Figure

The picture book series following Traction Man and his trusty sidekick, Scrubbing Brush, is filled with adventure and rescue missions. Here’s a craft that requires a little prep work, but … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mo Willems’ We Are in a Play: Library Style

I wrote a play based on Mo Willems’ books featuring his famous characters Elephant and Piggie. I blended elements of a few stories together: My Friend is Sad, Are You Ready to … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

Elf on a Shelf Craft Program

I had a special December program that I called Elf on a Shelf Extravaganza. It was for all ages and a huge success! I picked a couple of books and … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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 … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

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