Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Golden Ticket idea

Check this article from SeaCoast online.  This is a great idea for a Golden Ticket.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Poetry Month Idea, plus a New Way to use the iPad!

We have been looking around at ideas for poetry month and I found that you can do something called Book Spine Poetry. The idea is to create a poem using only book spines. I saw ideas for photocopying the books and using that to make your bulletin board.

This site that I found took it one step further and used a free app called Tellagami. This app allows you to record your voice using an Avatar that you create to tell a short 30 second story. This way, we aren't worrying about faces being captured.

Take a look and see what you think! I think I'm going to do this activity with my Homeschool group.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ideas contest

Do you have any GREAT Summer Reading ideas that you would like to share?  Something different, fun or a new take on an old idea?

Share your idea to the PLS Blog in either a new post or by commenting on this post and be entered to win some amazing cool prizes!

Monday, March 16, 2015

ipads in Macedon

Attached please find two photos of our ipad in action.  In one you can see a child playing Minecraft with it during our Minecraft Mania! program.  In the other you see it at the former location of our dated children's computer.  The ipad has also been used in story time with elementary students and with senior citizens at Memory Lane.  We have since purchased two additional new ipads for use with teens and adults.  Plus, we have purchased refurbished ipads to use as mobile OPACs in the library.
From - Stacey Wicksall (Macedon Public Library)

iPad in Naples

We have a photo for the blog of our iPad in uses.  It is the most popular item in the children's area!
From - Naples Public Library

Playing and Learning

doing a little "baking" with the Easy Bake Oven App
The Marion Public Library's new ipad Air has been a very welcome addition to our early literacy computer station.
Play is one of the five tenets of early literacy. Playing can build skills  in communication, problem solving, and socialization.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Easter Printables

Below are some pages that can be printed for use in your library.
These are all complements of Guildcraft Arts & Crafts.

Easter Coloring Page

easter color page.pdf

Easter Basket


Monday, March 2, 2015

iPad Story

My first day using the iPad was frightening because I had never used one and was afraid my patrons would mark me with a scarlet letter. I started story time by passing out a pre-survey to see how savvy my patrons are with technology.Everyone but one parent was familiar with an iPad. Majority felt that it was appropriate to use during story time and a few were unsure or just said no. It was a good thing I didn't look at the results until after using the iPad for six weeks. I did purchased an iTV to use with the projector to project onto the wall, the only downside was if a child stood in front of the projector we saw nothing. I never let the kids hold the iPad, I did the work for them. During the six weeks I used the following apps & books:

  • Make a scene (Christmas) - Kids went to the wall to dig letters from the snow to spell the mystery word.
  • Overdrive - Borrowed ebooks to read
  • Animal - I didn't project but play the "guess what animal" sound game.
  • Purchased books: Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, Napkin Man and Turkey Gobble. These had little interactive areas for us to do while reading.
  • SeeTouchLearn: I used for alphabets
  • Feltz & Mother Goose on the Loose: felt board

So I didn't use it that much, probably a good 5 - 10% per session. I'm not sure if it was the weather or the iPad but my attendance started to increase. At the end of the six weeks I passed out my post-survey, the results were: Everyone thought using iPad during story time was appropriate; some felt it was interactive; some had issue with the set-up of the projector, some felt iPad should be used a few times but not during every story time and everyone loved seeing the book enlarged on the wall.

In the end I have decided to apply for a grant to purchase a ceiling projector for the Story Room. My plans are to project more stories on the wall and when using iPad for a game to let the kids one at a time use it while others look on.

Tanya Thompson
Youth Services Librarian
Geneva Public Library

Spring printables

Here are some Spring printable pages!


Friday, February 27, 2015

St. Patrick's Day printables

Here are a few St. Patrick's Day printables.