May the 4th Be With You

It’s been a long time since I have been able to post! Been busy, busy, busy at the library.

The library has been busy gearing up for our Summer Reading Program and I have been planning all our events. We have some really great programs planned for all our patrons for the months of May-August and I am very pleased with the themes we have chosen.

One of the most exciting programs I have had was my May 4th Story Time! Since May 4th was “Star Wars Day,” I decided to show the younger generations some intergalactic fun. Our wonderful bookstore-next-door, The River Reader, donated an event kit for Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown and I pulled some of our juvenile Star Wars books for them to check out.

How cute is little Luke?

We started by talking a little bit about space. I asked them, “How many of you like to learn about space?” Every hand was in the air, so I continued with, “Would you want to live in space?”

A few of them said they would and described the kind of spaceship they would want to live in. Then I showed them the book we were going to be reading and a few of them knew Darth Vader already. The book isn’t a typical “story time” book and I had to interact with the kids quite a bit to keep them focused. The illustrations are adorable though, so I had the kids sit really close so that the cute details didn’t go unnoticed.

“He’s playing with Legos like I do!” – Story Time Attendee

The kids seemed to really enjoy the book, even though it wasn’t as much fun for me to read as say, Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door, and they had a lot of Star Wars related questions after we were done. When I had answered all their questions, we headed to make our crafts. I had pre-cut out Stormtrooper masks for the kids and I let them color them however they wanted.

“I want to be a Stormtrooper when I grow up!”

I also sent the kids home with copies of activities from the event kit.  The full PDF kit can be downloaded at Activity Kit for Darth Vader and Son. If you feel so inclined you can print off Yoda coloring pages for them to take home too.

All in all, the kids really enjoyed the story time. I would suggest trying to find another book to read a long with Darth Vader and Son if you want the kids to be a little more attentive. Some of the jokes are more for adults, but you don’t have to be a fan of Star Wars to enjoy this book.

“That wasn’t very nice of Greedo.” – Story Time Attendee

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Read more about the author at: Jeffrey Brown Comics

All Tangled Up

On October 8, the library held a “Movie Afternoon” where we showed the movie Tangled. Though it wasn’t well attended (and made me, once again, question having programs on Saturdays) I did have two girls show up and they were very excited. I decorated the meeting room fairly simple and just covered a few tables with bright purple fabric. I served Kool-Aid from a “crystal bowl” (just a pretty plastic punch bowl) and had cookies available on a platter. The kids were most excited by the popcorn though and I went through two bags of it. The girls watched Tangled and ate their snacks and when it was over we started on the crafts. I had made a few banners based on the sun symbol from the movies:

The girls really enjoyed coloring them and made some of their own from the construction paper I had laying out on one of the tables:

They also hung some of the printable activities that I found HERE. The kit comes with several ideas for activities the kids would enjoy and even has things that you can print pre-made. After the girls hung the banners they made, we played “Pin the Frying Pan on Flynn Rider.” I forgot to take pictures of them actually doing it, but the idea is the same as this:

Finally, I let them take their pictures as “Frog Princesses”:

On the way out the door, I had a display of “Princess and Fairy tale Books” for them to check out. They also got to take home the lanterns they made (using THIS pattern) and some color sheets. All in all, it was a successful program even with few attendees. Our “How to Train Your Dragon” program was much more successful. It had almost 25 attendees and they had a blast!