Monthly Archives: February 2016

Afterschool Programming Toolkit

libraryThe library is a logical place for students to turn to at the end of the school day. Depending on the proximity of the library to the school, some libraries may only rarely see school-age kids, while other libraries are overrun with kids on a daily basis as soon as school lets out. Whether you are trying to attract the school-age crowd to the library, or you want to offer more structured programs for the kids who are already coming to the library anyway, an after school program is an excellent option to offer to your community.

SEDL is “a nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination organization.” Their goal is to improve teaching and learning. They offer an  Afterschool Training Toolkit which may be useful for library programming.

It covers the following areas:

  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Science
  • Arts
  • Technology
  • Homework

Each topic has various practices and support materials, and each practice section includes the following sub-sections:

  • Practice in Action
  • Planning Your Lesson
  • Sample Lessons
  • Resources

You don’t need to have an after school program to use the Toolkit. You can just as easily use the lessons and ideas for individual programs.

What kind of after school programming does your library offer? Would an after school program benefit your community? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Resources for a Healthy Summer Reading Program

Chld Canoe copyAs you plan programs to get kids moving at the library for this summer’s reading theme of health,  fitness, wellness, and sports, here are some resources you can use to help kids make healthy life choices:

  • Eat Play Grow – Eat Play Grow is an “early childhood health curriculum” designed “to teach children ages 6 and younger and their adult caregivers how to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices.”
  • USDA Summer Food Service Program – The SFSP “ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.” With programs for children already taking place, the library is an ideal feeding site.
  • Healthy Habits for Life – This toolkit from Sesame Street helps you “help channel [children’s] natural energy into activities that keep them fit and strong.” “We Have the Moves” is a particularly useful section for library programming.

How are you encouraging a healthy lifestyle at the library this summer? Share your suggestions in the comments!

Activity Ideas to Get Kids Moving at the Library

Child Boy Read copyReading is a beneficial, but sedentary, activity. As librarians, we are all about encouraging kids to read more. Developing your mind is crucial, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of your body. It’s not enough just to read about physical activity. If you need activities to get your little bookworms moving, check out some of these ideas:

When it’s time to take a break from reading, what’s your favorite way to get moving?

Community Partners for Summer Reading

Chld Paddleboard copyThis year’s summer reading theme of health, wellness, fitness, and sports lends itself particularly well to building community partnerships. Many organizations are already committed to helping the citizens in your community live healthy, active lifestyles.

Here are some local organizations you might have access to in your community: Continue reading