Children & Families
Family Storytime Kits
For some inspiration in developing your own Family Storytime Kits–visit The Orland Park Public Library. They advertise them, “Missing Storytime at the Library? Now you can have Family Storytime from the comfort of your home with our new Family Storytime Kits. You can read, create, dance, and explore with these themed kits using links to ebooks, online music, crafts, and age-appropriate informational resources!”
Family Storytime Kits
Templates for flash cards, crafts, plus writing prompts for all ages from Lakeshore Learning
Thank you Cathy Lancaster-Library of Michigan
POP Projects are quick & easy engagement activities for families on the go. Include a brief explanation of craft & crafting materials in a popcorn bag.
Make your own scratch-off ticket: Draw a picture, write the punchline of a joke, or let a friend know how much you care about them. Cover the words or drawing with a scratch off sticker and give it to someone special.
Free Printable: ToBe Fit Activity Bits
5 Popular Children’s Take-and-Make Kits for Libraries Kristen Peirson, Director of Family Learning at the Fayetteville Free Library in upstate New York reports these kits have been the most popular at her library. They include DIY bouncy balls, DIY scratch art, DIY Chia Pet, Alka-Seltzer® Rockets, and solar oven.
Take-Home Activity Kits for Little Library Visitors | First Steps
Seasonal Idea Page
Inspirational Websites & Blogs
Let's Celebrate Page I put together this page full of ideas to celebrate (Jan-June) based on the National Day Calendar--library style. Program suggestions are geared for continued social distancing and the use of virtual programming.
Looking for Craft Inspiration:
10 reasons to craft with your children by Ben Franklin Crafts
https://www.dltk-kids.com/type/index.htm good list by craft material for kids
10 benefits of crafting as an adult.
Looking for some creative PD for yourself--check out https://www.crayola.com/education
Adventure Kits at the Lafayette Public Library
Teens & Adults
Great Picks for “Take and Make” for tweens and teens
The awesome Librarian and Blogger of Y.A. Awesome Sauce, Brooke shows us her favorite tweens and teens “Take and Make” kits.
Chopped Virtual Kitchen Challenge
Kimberly Usselman from the Cumberland Public Library in Rhode Island is hosting a Chopped Virtual Kitchen Challenge for kids and tweens 8-14. Based loosely on the popular cooking show, they are challenging kids and tweens to pick up their secret ingredient kit. They have a week to come up with a recipe and use the secret ingredients. Then they will meet by zoom to show off their kitchen creations. They should also take a picture of the dish, post a recipe and of course taste test it for themselves.
Distribute a spice and recipe. Participants make and try the recipe at home and then meet in a virtual meeting to discuss the spice and recipe.
~ Christy Clark Billings, Russell Library, Middletown, CT
Improve your indoor air quality & more with Indoor Gardening. Work with your local garden club, staff member or community member(s) with green thumbs. Take & Make: small planting kits.
The Free Library is opening a plant cutting swap station.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer-Grace Dickinson 4/12/21
The Free Library's new pilot project allows you to bring a plant cutting and take a plant cutting, so you can share and grow your plant collection for free.
Issue oversized blank puzzle pieces for community members to decorate.
Job Fair To-Go Bags
Hackley Public Library in Michigan is partnering with Loutit District Library to bring their community members helpful Job Fair To-Go bags, containing information, resource lists, and worksheets focused on job-searching, skill-building, resume-writing, and overall career-building. Local businesses focused on finding or supplying jobs for the people of West Michigan have contributed to the bag.
Social Emotional Learning
From the Cloquet Public Library, Cloquet, MN: