NSLA Spring Workshops

We held two workshops featuring Summer Reading, on May 7 and May 14. Lots of great ideas came from those workshops, and people wanted links to ideas. So here goes – we’ve tried to capture as many of the program ideas as possible.  The ideas below have been tried by NS libraries and have been successful; the blog posts will give you the how-to!

Drive-in Movie for preschoolers (use NFB movies, perhaps)

Teddy Bear Sleepover

See Cape Breton’s most recent Sleepover!

Many regions have tried it —Family Fort Night

Rachel Crosby shared a fun and easy slingshot rocket craft

Preschool Obstacle Course

Puppet stories and more from Beyond the Book Storytime

Ulnooweg Robotics programs

Cupcake Wars (with Teens): 

Use magnetic marbles for painting– roll around in box with magnet underneath

More ideas:

Parking Lot Party: Outdoors, games, StoryWalk, Be Fit Kits

Table-sized colouring sheets – have been found at Michael’s and Dollar Store

Drop-in Daily Crafts: easy, passive ideas like recycle art, bookmarks

Boost Circulation! Check out a book during a program, and you are entered for a prize draw that day.

Early Bird registration prize: Sign up by certain date and be entered for a prize you can use that summer (pass, gift card, etc)

Places to advertise:

Church bulletin, especially in small communities

Posters in your community, even if the program is in a library nearby and not your own

CBC Community Events Calendar 

Events on Facebook for Special events

Newsletters and events posters to campgrounds

Here’s hoping you have a GREAT summer and a really successful Sumer Reading Program. Thanks to everyone who attended the workshops and shared their ideas and time!

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