I don’t like the idea of starting up a program and feeling like you have to do it in perpetuity. For instance, like a monthly Crafternoon or Lego Lab. I would get bored and so would my patrons. To keep things fresh, I started a series of programs called Kids Create. It is aimed at kids 7-12 and takes place weekly for 6 weeks from 2:30-4:30. We get a lot of homeschoolers at my branch so that time slot seems to meet their needs along with the after-school crowd. These are drop-in events meaning people can come and go as they please. The homeschoolers come for the first hour and then around 3:15 I get the after-schoolers.
I also wanted to keep these programs open to lots of possibilities… to keep the STEM and maker vibe going without using those exhausted phrases. We are creating art, music, architecture, computer code, slime, crafts… you name it!
So far these have been a big success! As I am still getting to know my patrons, it is a great way to bring in regulars who want to see what we are doing in the library this week. And we are getting new people I haven’t ever seen before… even people from some of the neighboring cities who saw it online and thought it looked cool! I had people from Elgin and Cedar Park at my slime program.
I will do a post about each of these programs individually, but here is this first 6-week series.
April 20, 2018: Slime!
April 27, 2018: Sharpie Art
May 4, 2018: May the Fourth Be With You
May 11, 2018: Robots in the Library
May 18, 2018: Make Art like Alma Thomas
May 25, 2018: Engineering Challenge
I have already compiled many ideas to do another 6-week series in the fall/winter. These take a decent amount of planning and prep, but seeing 30-40 patrons in my meeting room learning and having fun makes it all worth it.