Nom Nom Nom–Books are Yummy! Since the moment I saw it on Pinterest, I have been obsessed with making a display using Post-It note art. Finding this image on a Google search sealed the deal. Mrs. Pac Man? With lipstick? And a BOW?!? Yes, please!
I can’t believe another summer reading program has come to a close! We had a great time digging into reading this summer! For our final event, we had a Pyramid Party at each branch. At each event we did a drawing for free passes to Wilder’s World 4 Kids and All American Fun Park. We also gave each participant a coupon for a free cup of TCBY yogurt. I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to our sponsors!
For our crafts, we did a headband, a necklace, and a cartouche necklace. I found this awesome headband template here. The kids just colored and decorated them, then cut them out. Then we taped them together and sized them to fit. For the necklaces, I just cut most of the middle out of a paper plate, then spray painted it gold. The kids used white glue and sequins to decorate them.
A surprising success was the pyramid building. I just had everyone I knew save every box they used (and I saved my own) and wrapped them in white paper. The kids really got into building with them! I was stressing out about maybe having to paint them brown or gold until I read that the ancient Egyptians actually covered the pyramids with an outer layer of smooth white stones. Woo hoo!
By far the funniest part of the whole thing was the mummy wrapping! We had two teams of two compete in wrapping contests with toilet paper. My fantastic teen volunteer Lexi (who was dressed as Cleopatra!) timed the contestants and proclaimed a winner.
Thank you, Lexi!!!!!!!
During the week of June 18-20, we hit the open sea for Pirates Ahoy! All four libraries had fun pirate crafts to do–a treasure map, a parrot, and an eye patch. As space permitted, we also tried to include some fun pirate-y accessories. My fantastic teen volunteer Lexi dressed up as Captain Lex to round things off. It was a blast!
The first craft we did was a treasure map like this one. For this, we cut off the bottom of a brown paper lunch bag, then cut it up the side. Then, the kids were invited to either draw their own treasure map or use a worksheet that I provided (I used the illustrations from this coloring page).
We also did a parrot craft that I found over at Sturdy For Common Things. Like Rebecca, I copied the template onto different colors of cardstock. Then, the kids embellished them with wiggle eyes, feathers, and crayons. The template is great because it shows you how to fold it so that you can tape it onto the kid’s shoulder–so cute!
To finish off, we decorated eye patches. I used this template on white cardstock. I cut them out and punched holes in either side, the threaded a thin ribbon through so that they could wear it.
At Leesburg and Oakland, we had the space to set up a pirate ship (complete with bubble machine)! Here, the kids could swab the deck, try their hand at tossing coins into a treasure chest, and play “Lex Says”. The kids really enjoyed interacting with Captain Lex, even though he sometimes made them walk the plank!
We had a great time at Smithville and Redbone, too! At Smithville, the kids played with a parrot puppet while they did their crafts. At Redbone, kids enjoyed stories from Captain Lex (see top photo).
Monday, July 8 at 10:00 a.m.: Rubber Ducky Club at Leesburg
Monday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m.: Tween and Teen Graffiti Art at Oakland
Tuesday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m.: We Dig Legos! for Daycares at Leesburg
Tuesday, July 9 at 11:00 a.m.: We Dig Legos! for General Audience at Leesburg
Wednesday, July 10 at 3:30 p.m.: We Dig Legos! at Smithville
Thursday, July 11 at 10:00 a.m.: We Dig Legos! at Oakland
Thursday, July 11 at 3:00 p.m.: We Dig Legos! at Redbone
Friday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m.: Rubber Ducky Club at Oakland
Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m.-12:oo p.m.: Library Dogs at Leesburg
Don’t forget that both book logs AND Summer Readers Write entries are due by the end of the day on Saturday, July 13.
All events are sponsored by the Lee County Library and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 759-2369.