Kids learn about pollination, honey, bee friendly flowers with active learning and memorable activities.
Ideas for crafts, photo poses, games, and stories for the ever-popular Stuffie Sleepover event at libraries.
How to run programs using Big Blue Blocks – both inside and outside the library.
Learn how to incorporate a ukulele into your storytimes! Includes the best chords to learn, and a free songbook with lyrics and chords.
A step by step guide to running an Emoji Paint Workshop, including other ideas for paint classes.
A simple, yet super effective and fun program about drawing and characterization.
Celebrate all things Marvel with a high-energy trivia event!
Learn how to teach kids to create their own hand-sewn donut stuffies.
A wacky, food based challenge for kids in grades 6 – 8.
Everything you need to run a 3D printer themed escape room at your library! Kids have to solve a series of clues, and use the 3d printer to make the key to escape.
Learn how to make the perfect galaxy slime, and download a mini lesson to teach kids the science of slime.
Lead kids through this impressive space themed craft, and teach them about real nebulae and galaxies.
A surprisingly simple workshop to create high quality, adorable tutus.
An extremely popular craft for tweens and older kids – let them personalize their very own Pop Socket (a trendy handle that attaches to the back of a phone).
Crafts, stories, and an original Unicorn Song to help you throw the best ever Unicorn Party!
Encourage wild creativity and artistic skills with this original program for kids and teens.
If you feed them, they will come! Especially if the food is adorable and funny.
A station based event where kids attempt to break real, but silly, world records.
Learn how to make a simple lip balm, perfect for older kids, teens, or adults.
A full pizza themed event for tweens or teens.
Instructions and tips on how to run this outrageously creative program.
Nine lessons and worksheets to lead a fun and enriching Young Writers Club.
Ideas and instructions for making your school outreach memorable and effective.
Download free templates and step-by-step instructions on making tiny book jewelry. Great for tweens, teens, and adults.
A series of programs where kids learn the basics of storyboarding, “set design,” and stop motion technique. Each team creates their own short stop motion film.
Introduce kids and teens to radical creativity, free from pressure and judgement. Who ever creates the worst piece of art, wins!
Learn how I ran weekly robot clubs using coding and engineering technology like Ozobots, Dash, Sphero, Watercolour Bot, Snap Circuts, LittleBits, and the 3D Printer.
Throw a huge event to celebrate all things superhero! Including trivia, games, and crafts.
Throw an Anti Valentines Day party for teens, where the main event involves cutting up toys and sewing them back together!
One of my most well-known programs, this event brings 20/30 year old patrons in for a low-key social event.
Bring Diagon Alley to your library with games, crafts, trivia, and lots of decorations!
Download everything you need to run this super silly Twister event for a large group.
Learn how I partnered with local businesses to run a popular series of board game cafes.
Pudding Pictionary, Chocolate Relay, Smartie Sorting, and the Blindfold Taste Test Challenge.
Run a series of scored rounds, and name one child the Master Builder of [your city name]! Extremely well attended and exciting program.
Take it and run with it!
Trivia challenge, pokeball making, and other Pokemon themed activities.
There’s no blog post for this one, but I highly recommend adding this activity to large events (Summer Reading Kick Off for example). Kids can access piles of cardboard boxes and use scissors and duct tape to create what ever they want. Some spent hours working on their creations!
Celebrate all things Star Wars with events, trivia, and crafts. And don’t forget to wear a costume!
An extremely over-the-top program that I created early in my librarian career. Everyone gets an mp3 device preloaded with an mp3 file which tells a story and gives instructions (which is available for download).
Perfect for adults and teens, a simple and inexpensive guide to running a moss mason jar terrarium workshop.
Since writing this post I’ve run Pop Up libraries at several city parks, farmer’s markets, and the beach.
Learn how I incorporated video games and the Makey Makey into a lunch break program at a high school.
One of my first original program creations. Make Your Own Wreck This Journal is a fun event to encourage irreverent creativity.