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I’m in the planning stage where I’m starting to pick out next year’s books for my two book clubs. I keep a running list of books that I’d like to use in the future, but here are a few of the highlights. Some are even being used in 2016!
Dead End in Norvelt– Jack Gantos
The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives– Michael Buckley
The Fourteenth Goldfish– Jennifer L. Holm
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp– Kathi Appelt
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library– Chris Grabenstein
A Sick Day for Amos McGee– Erin Stead
Bridget’s Beret– Tom Lichtenheld
Good Dog, Carl– Alexandra Day
The Day-Glo Brothers– Chris Barton
Imogene’s Last Stand– Candace Fleming
Star Wars Reads Day is October 10th! I’m seeing lots of awesome ideas for programs to celebrate. Our library isn’t hosting a program that day (a local festival is the same day), but I thought I’d share some ideas from a Star Wars themed program I did a few years ago. Jenni-Wan Kenobi can help full in the blanks…..
–Lightsabers– Easy peasy. Cut foam pool noodles from your local dollar store in half. Let kids decorate about a third of each half with duct tape or electrical tape to make the hilt. Add the caveat that if the lightsaber is used in the library outside of program activities, the librarian gets a new lightsaber. 🙂
–Jedi Training Camp– Have kids test out their Jedi skills with an obstacle course. I did ours in two parts: Lightsaber Training and the obstacle course.
Lightsaber Training– Give each participant a balloon. Have them use their lightsaber to keep the balloon in the air. If it hits the floor, they’re out. There is occasionally a “disturbance in the Force” when I come running through with my lightsaber, knocking balloons out of the way.
Obstacle Course– Think of what you have that you can make into an obstacle course. Now, how can you theme it? I had some trays of white fabric and foam that became the ice planet Hoth that kids had to trek through. A recycling bin covered with a piece of cardboard with a hole in it became the one weakness in the Death Star. It takes
bean bags ion torpedoes to destroy the Death Star!
–Printables– A quick Google or Pinterest search will find you a ton of free printables to use for your event. I found Boba Fett and Yoda masks for the kids to make while they waited to go through the obstacle course. The kids also went home with a certificate I found saying they completed their Jedi Training, as well as a small card to remind them what makes a Jedi (they also happen to qualities that make you a good person!).
Questions? I quick typed this on my phone, so I apologize for the lack of links!
I had a great reading month in August. I enjoyed everything I read, not one single dud in the bunch!
The Taming of the Queen– Philippa Gregory
Love Philippa Gregory. Great to get some perspective from Kateryn Parr.
Thirteen Reasons Why– Jay Asher
Finally was in an appropriate headspace for this. Absolutely fantastic and should be required reading for all high school students.
Ms. Marvel, v.2: Generation Why?– G. Willow Wilson
So happy my teen librarian has purchased these for our library! This one has Wolverine!!!
The Book of Speculation– Erica Swyler
Fantastic debut novel. Impossible to put down. Very eerie.
The Queen of the Tearling
– Erika Johansen
Great main character. Can’t wait to read the next in this trilogy.
The Iron Trial– Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
If this book does not draw you in after reading the prologue, we can’t be friends.