Thrive Thursday, Jan. 8 2015


Welcome to the first Thrive Thursday round-up of the new year! The last week has been an inspiring one for many of us as we’ve shared our reflections on years past and our aspirations for the days to come. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend browsing Storytime Underground’s round-up of Resolve to Rock posts. I love how so many of us are opening up and talking about our very real struggles and hopes.

Now…on to the juicy stuff.

First, Jennifer of In Short, I’m Busy shared her amazingly simple and genius approach to a Winter Reading Program. You have to see it!

Lisa from Thrive After Three shared one of her many amazing scavenger hunts. This one is snowmen dressed up as popular book characters. Too cute!

Sara from Bryce Don’t Play shared her strategy for getting K/1st grade kiddos excited to go to the library. It features The Book with No Words by BJ Novak AND IT INCLUDES HER ACTIVITIES SHEETS. Plus, like always, you need to see her gifs.

And did you know Sara’s a new editor for StarNet? I didn’t even know it was a thing but it’s a great resource for STEM programs in libraries.

Here are some activities you can find there:

Paper Engineering

Sample Popup Card created by Lanora Melillo

Sara’s thoughts on why STEM isn’t so scary.

Kelly at Ms. Kelly at the Library wrote about her so, so cute Elephant and Piggie Party. It includes a race, bingo, and a craft. I mean, is there any library in the world where this program wouldn’t be popular? I doubt it. She also has a booktalk series that’s fabulous.

I love Amy’s blog, Tweenbrarian! She wrote about her latest Tween Book Club, featuring the Lunch Lady series. She has fantastic ideas, so please go be amazed.

Rebecca at Hafuboti shared her OH SO AMAZING Ed Emberley-themed activities and decorations. You guys, she dressed up the whole library based on his snowman art and…I just can’t even. You need to go see it. I love it so much a little part of my heart exploded.

Amy at The Show Me Librarain wrote about her experience with Bristle Bots.

Kelsey at Library Bonanza wrote about her library’s 100 Books Before High School program, which is incredible! What a great idea to help school-aged children continue to read throughout the year.

Kim at Literary Commentary shared her adorable Elf Academy program. It includes making elf ears, which was pretty much all I needed to be sold, but there’s also cookies, and making ornaments, and more.

Finally, I wrote about my Polar Express program for a kindergarten program and how it didn’t go as well as it could have.

polar express engines

If you have any submissions, just send them today or tomorrow and I’ll be sure to update the post to include you!

4 thoughts on “Thrive Thursday, Jan. 8 2015

  1. Oh my gosh – your comments about our library (and it definitely was a team effort, I couldn’t do all that on my own) made me get a little teary-eyed. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  2. Pingback: Thrive Thursday January 2015 Roundup | thrivethursday

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