Elise Fuller from the Colebrook Public library states that thee community is journaling recipes and more. What a great way to document what is happening in your town and what people are thinking, creating, and eating at this point in time.
Free StoryWalk® and Home-Learning & Play Resources
Kirsten Cappy, Curious CIty works closely with educators and librarians to develop children’s book engagement tools. Curious CIty has teamed up with Child’s Play to create free StoryWalk® sign files for libraries (and others) to display in their communities. The current free StoryWalk® is Cat’s Colors by Airlie Anderson. Cat’s Colors Picture Book Play Activity Sheet.
Check out all the Home-Learning & Play Resources too!
In Kingston NH, the Kingston Public Library created a story trail-fitness trail for their community. Librarians Hayley and Maureen printed out, laminated and hung the fitness station posters after they cleared the trail!
They report that their trail isn't too long, so it's perfect for little legs to walk around (less than half a mile), and it's wide enough to push a stroller too! Along the way, they hung pages of a book for families to read. On these pages are additional snippets of information and fun facts for children to learn. On the trees in between the story pages, they added exercise cards for children to complete, such as 'do 25 jumping jacks' or 'hop on one leg', hoping that would encourage more movement and fun along the way.
Create online nature challenges people can complete in their own backyards:
*Go Explore Outside-Ways to connect kids with nature in their own backyard.
BOWLING FOR BOOKS: A LIBRARY PROGRAM TO GET KIDS MOVING Book Riot-Lucas Maxwell Apr 27, 2021
The Kids Should See This
TKSST is a Webby award-winning collection of over 5,000 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home. Selections are grown-up-friendly, too. And thanks to our community, it’s free for everyone.
Ways to reach out and work together:
*See side story Underlined-Click on for linked story
Book Box Vending Machine
Book Clubs on the Move (example: public housing)
Cars and Coffee Program*
Issues That Matter
Let's Talk-local & global discussion series
Cocktails and Coloring
Community Themed Events
Let's Move in Libraries
Katahdin Gear Library (KGL) at the Millinocket
Bike Sharing in Fall River
Placemaking-Project for Public Places
Special collections & displays for the underserved and underrepresented*
Story Walk or Poetry Walk*
Storytime-Adult* and Intergenerational*
Veterans: Serving Those Who Served - Libraries and Veterans National Forum Toolkit
2 Gen Toolbox
WHAT IS 2GEN? Two-generation (2Gen) approaches build family wellbeing by intentionally and simultaneously working with children and the adults in their lives together. As children, parents, and families grow and change across their lifespan, 2Gen approaches align opportunities to help families pursue their goals and thrive, optimizing each person’s potential along the way. HERE for more on 2GEN.
Free At-Home Education Resources From Ancestry® and Access to Nearly 500M National Archives Records
Generations United manual found at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/pushbullet-uploads/ujzNDwQrsR2-lwTZVh9XzpO2KpViVzhCua55IiDV0Dyg/tried%20and%20true.pdf
PennState Extension Intergenerational Activities Sourcebook found at : https://aese.psu.edu/extension/intergenerational/curricula-and-activities/intergenerational-activities-sourcebook
Shared site programs improve the mood and engagement of elders. Children have increased comfort around persons with disabilities and other elders. Both groups experience a greater sense of purpose.
Creswell Cars & Coffee
Su Liudahl, Library Director at the Creswell Library in Creswell, Oregon reports that their Cars & Coffee program is a hit! This low to no cost program not only attracts the guys to a library program but is classy and has high community visibility. Update: This is a nice Outdoor event that could be done with social distancing.