If your school celebrates the 100th Day of School, it’s coming up fast! And it can be celebrated in the library or media center, too. Here are some fun ideas – many are free printables. And of course, our 100th Day Pinterest Board has many more suggestions for your perusal. Enjoy!
Brace yourselves! If you're in need of some fun and, above all, easy winter activity and programming ideas, we have you covered. Our Winter Pinterest board has a ton of suggestions chosen especially for ease of use and low cost, including such gems as a candy cane hunt in the library, Frozen family night, making snow slime, gingerbread coding, and of course, free printables.
And you may want to check out our Library Displays board, which has tons of winter-themed ideas. Enjoy!
International Games Week (previously International Games Day), an initiative of ALA, is coming up October 29-November 4, 2017! The aim is “to reconnect communities through libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.” Gaming, from board to video, is a logical extension of what libraries do, and is a great way to encourage young patrons to spend more time in the library. Here are some ideas and resources for International Games Week, or for ongoing gaming programs at any time of the year:
The International Day of Peace is approaching on Thursday, September 21 - an ever-timely topic. This year’s theme is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” Here’s a round-up of ideas and activities, many of which require minimal planning.
And Penworthy's diversity collection includes titles focusing on themes of acceptance, tolerance and peace.
“If you want to end the war then instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers.”
- Malala Yousafzai
Passive programming is a great way for libraries, particularly smaller libraries with less staff or resources, to engage patrons without providing a formal, time-specific program. It especially appeals to children who spend free time at the library, and allows them to interact with librarians and each other in a casual, non-threatening way. Programs can be virtually anything - here’s a round-up of easy, low cost ideas. Enjoy!
Check out our Passive Programming Pinterest board for even more ideas!
Summer reading time right around the corner - and June is Great Outdoors month, too! Conservation and related topics can be good tie-ins to the 2017 Summer Reading theme “Build a Better World”.
If you’re looking for ways to encourage your young patrons to celebrate Great Outdoors Month, Discover The Forest’s website offers lots of fun outdoor activities for kids and useful resources for educators and parents. National Get Outdoors Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, 2017. Here’s a list of 62 state parks offering activities.
June 10th is also Maurice Sendak’s birthday – check out Penworthy’s Trending Topics Pinterest board for free resources and fun ideas to celebrate. And don’t forget that free printable “Build a Better World” activity sheets are available on our website!
Happy (almost) summer!
National Library Week is coming up in just a month! We’ve rounded up some simple, low cost programming ideas to help enhance your library’s week of celebration and engagement:
And one of our favorite read-aloud picture books, Anne Rockwell’s Library Day, is perfect for National Library Week!
Learning about electrical circuits has never been so much fun – or so squishy! In February, Penworthy is giving away this Squishy Circuits kit and activity guide with orders of $750+ to help you build your makerspace. Squishy Circuits uses conductive dough and simple hardware to teach the basics of electrical circuits and how they work. It’s already been used in classrooms, homes, libraries, and museums in all 50 states and over 20 countries. Your young patrons will love making their own dough creations that light up, spin, and power a buzzer!
Your Squishy Circuits kit will include a helpful activity guide. Here are even more project ideas:
University of St. Thomas Squishy Circuits project videos
A TED talk and demo on Squishy Circuits
An activity video from The Tinkering Studio
A step-by-step project from Science Buddies
Learning to code (computer programming) has been recognized in recent years as a valuable skill for students at all grade levels. When students learn coding, they use problem-solving, sequencing, critical thinking, math, logic, creativity, and structured language skills. The earlier students begin practicing these skills, the sharper those skills will be as they move through school.
According to Code.org, computer science will be one of the fastest growing occupations in the next 10 years, but only 40% of schools teach computer programming.
Many schools have started teaching coding through special activities such as Hour of Code and after school technology clubs, and now schools are looking at ways to transition these special activities into the classroom. Library time is an increasingly popular starting place to introduce coding.
This month through January 31, Penworthy is giving away this Code & Go Robot Mouse with orders of $750+, and the mouse with a comprehensive activity set with orders of $1,500+. It’s perfect for helping students learn to code through hands-on activities and experiments while challenging them to think critically. Please contact your Penworthy Representative to learn more.
Here are some helpful resources on coding in the classroom:
- A Beginner's Guide to Coding in the Classroom
- 3 Steps to Becoming a Coding Teacher
- List of Coding Resources
Penworthy works with schools and libraries across the country to provide Penworthy Prebound Books, library bound books, board books, and puppets.