At this month’s 5th Grade Book Club meeting at Kelley School, we talked about Wonder by RJ Palacio. We actually ended up reading about how Palacio was inspired to write the book (by a girl she saw at an ice cream shop, and then by listening to the song Wonder by Natalie Merchant), and then we watched the Wonder music video and talked about it in relation to the book. We ended the meeting by talking about kindness, discussed ways that we can be more kind in our everyday lives, and cut out little compliment cards to hand out as random acts of kindness. It was a great afternoon!
We had a heck of a time here on Friday afternoon with about 35 kids from Newark Middle School’s Students Choose program! Every 5 weeks, we have the opportunity to spend an afternoon with 30-60 kids who are a part of the Students Choose program, and it is super busy and super fun.
In the picture above, a few of our friends are trying out Ozobots (tiny robots that you can program just by drawing on paper!) for the first time. They had a blast!
During these programs we offer a variety of activities for students to wander around and enjoy. The other activities we offered were:
The kids seemed to have the most fun with our technology-based programs, which is exactly what we wanted. We’ve been focusing a lot on STEM-related activities here at the library for the past couple of years, and this program is just one of the ways that we try to promote STEM literacy in our community. The Students Choose program will be back next month. Stay tuned!
We’ve been having lots of visitors at the library looking to play Pokemon Go! We are designated as a gym, and the Historical Society across the street is a Pokestop, so there’s been quite a bit of traffic in this little part of town. The library is an excellent place to stop by if you’re a Pokemon fan because of this, and because we also have lots of Pokemon books and a monthly Pokemon Club!
The wonderful Peg taught yet another cooking class for us– this time for teens! The teens got to make personal pizzas from scratch, starting with making dough, cutting up ingredients, grating cheese, and everything! It was a long program because of the amount of time involved in preparing and baking the pizzas, but it was well-worth it! We also spent a lot of time talking about Pokemon Go, as two people caught Pikachus right there in the community room!
On Wednesday this week, we had our annual tie-dye event on the library’s lawn! We had about 80 people show up to tie dye shirts, and we hand a very fun and messy afternoon despite the hot, hot heat. This is one of my favorite summer reading traditions here at NPL!
…and then on Thursday, we had our first session of our LEGO WeDo Robotics program!
As a group, we built Milo the Science Rover and programmed him to move around, stop, go, make noises, and change the colors of his light! We also talked about what science rovers like Milo are used for by scientists. There were a variety of ages at this program, but the kids all did an excellent job of sharing and taking turns. We’re very excited for next week when we get to put an object sensor arm on Milo and help him find a special plant specimen!