Posts tagged libraries
Posts tagged libraries
Things the kids made with the oven-bake clay I made.
New teeny fuzzy little mascot on top of the children’s librarian desk computer.
Kids with their creations from today’s Bottle Cap Bracelet program (at Toronto Public Library)
I love paracord. So when I was trying to think up maker programs that can be done inexpensively in only 45 minutes for our maker club at work (I work as a children’s librarian) I naturally got to thinking about paracord.
The kids ended up all making an emergency paracord bracelet to take home, but in order to make it “maker” I started with an exercise to show them how paracord works and how different knots should be used for different situations. For further information of the connection between knots and physics, check out this paper by Sir Michael Atiyah.
I was pleasantly surprised with how well this turned out as a program. The kids got really into it, debating which knot they thought would work best, and coming up with testing methods on their own, such as tug-of-war to test the knot’s strength. Definitely maker!
Dawes Road Branch Library, Toronto ON, created this amazing display in their children’s department celebrating adventures in reading.
Next project I’ll be doing with the kids - Bottle Cap Bracelets
The neighbourhood library has its share of neighbourhood books.
Toronto Public Library has compiled a list of books set in Toronto neighbourhoods, and then mapped the books by neighbourhood.
A young woman is murdered by a gang after dinner in Chinatown. The child of a single mother attracts the attention of an obsessive neighbour in Cabbagetown. A woman who lives on Toronto Island is haunted by the friendship of her beautiful but evil college friend.
Those are just some of the plot points the library collected from books by authors like Margaret Atwood, Michael Redhill, Rabindranath Maharaj and more.
Click on any one of the 19 book icons over the neighbourhood to see the books set in that area, or see the library’s list here.
The information is inaccurate. The subject is clearly weaving, not spinning. Additionally, the loom is in front of her, not behind.
Considering the importance of weaving vs. spinning in different Native tribes, this error needs correction.
Over the past 6 months or so a colleague and I have introduced a maker program for kids at our library. We choose science, technology, and art activities that are self-directed, allowing the children to use their imagination and…