Spend March Break at Your Library

Many Public Libraries have great programs for kids during March Break. I am posting some of the examples from the two cities I live in.

London Public Library

Dewey Decimal Challenge March 13 – 20
Play once a day during library hours. Are you up to the challenge? Drop by and pick up a Dewey
Decimal clue.  Find the matching book and you’ll win a small prize and your name will be entered in a draw to win our
giant “Dewey Bear”.

Dance Dance Revolution,   10 – 12 noon, Saturday, March 13
Do you love to dance? Step onto the dance pad and have a great time dancing your feet off.

Reading Rocks: The World of Science (Family)
1:30 – 3 pm, Saturday, March 13
Fun, interactive and hands-on activities for school-aged children and their families to celebrate and encourage
reading together.  There will be games, crafts, books, food and prizes, so drop in for this special event. Sponsored by
EDPRO Energy Group Inc. Call 519-521-5921 for more information.

Snake Lady (5+ years)10 – 11 am, Wednesday, March 17
Snakes, spiders, turtles and much more: meet Val the “Snake Lady” and learn all about her fascinating collection of creatures.  Pick up free tickets at the library starting on March 3. Due to demand we can’t set tickets aside.

Karen the Storyteller (4 – 6 years with caregiver)2:30 – 3 pm, Wednesday, March 17
Come and see Karen and her puppets perform a
magical storytelling show! Pick up free tickets starting
on March 3. Due to demand we can’t set tickets aside.

Drawing from Life (8 – 12 years) 10 – 11 am, Thursday, March 18
Learn to draw objects from life by using simple
geometric shapes, lines, shading, and hand-eye
coordination.  A fun and relaxed atmosphere for
children who would like to take their artwork to the
next level.  Use your library card to register in person,
by phone or online starting on March 4.
Plaster Dinosaur (8 – 12 years)9:30 – 10:30 am, Friday, March 19
Make your very own plaster dinosaur fossil.  You will also learn about and touch real dinosaur fossils.  A
craft session 65 million years in the making!  Use your library card to register in person, by phone or online
starting on March 5.

Dirt on Garbage (6 – 12 years)
2:30 – 3:30 pm, Friday, March 19
Take the first steps to saving the planet by exploring
the science of garbage, and find out what we can
each do to make a difference. Use your library card to
register in person, by phone or online starting
March 5.

Sault Ste. Marie Public Library

 A Series of Puppet Plays – Main Library March 15,1:30
Join us for an afternoon of fun as the library presents “Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper,” “The Case of the Disappearing Books” and more!

Everything Green-Korah Branch March 16, 2:00-3:30
Join us for a special St. Patrick’s Day program. Young leprechauns will listen to stories, create crafts, play games and enjoy delicious snacks!

Mr. MacDonald’s Mad Science – Main Library March 17, 2:00-3:30
Join Mr. MacDonald in his lab as he prepares some of the craziest experiments you’ve ever seen! Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, because children will have the opportunity to join in and do some of the experiments themselves!

Beach Party March 18th, 10:30am-12
Can’t wait for summer? Why not start it early with a beach party at your library! Young beach goers will have an opportunity to listen to stories, create crafts and play fun beach games. Don’t miss out!

Winter Reading Club Carnival March 19th 2:00-4:00
Visit the library as it puts on a kids carnival. There will games to be played, prizes to be won and fun to be had! This program is for Winter Reading Club Members, so join up today! We will also be accepting membership at the door.

What’s at your library?

Please comment and let me know what your library offers for March Break or what you wish it did.


OLA Conference!

a photo of me and my buddies Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper!

I nearly lost my hand in the excitement of meeting these characters 😛


This Thursday and Friday I attended the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto. It was great!  

I got autographed copies of   

  • All Aboard!: Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine by Monica Kulling
  • The Adventures of Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy by D.J. Steinberg
  • A sample of Allison Dare: the Heart of the Maiden by J. Torres and J. Bone
  • Violet signed by both the author Tania Duprey Stehlik and illustrator Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic.
  • Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium by Rona Arato
  • The King’s Taster by Kenneth Oppel

I also got some samples of audio books from Scholastic.  

I attended some fantastic sessions, learning about how Ottawa Public Library developed their kids website, and how Legoes, poetry slams, themed toy/book bins and reading to dogs can make children’s areas more successful.  

At the Youth Services expo I won The Adventure written by Susan Yost-Filgate and illustrated by Leonard Filgate.  

Two librarians from Oshawa hosted an entertaining session called the Tween Scene. They highlighted some fun programs for tweens that I would love to be involved in:  

  • Amazing Race
  • Anti-Valentines Day
  • Iron Chef
  • Mythbusters
  • Manga Mania
  • Harry Potter Potions
  • Evidence Hunter
  • Relic Hunter
  • Chocolate themed events
  • Urban Legends
  • The Price is Right
  • CSI

They kindly share their information to assist other libraries in quickly developing similar programs. http://sites.google.com/site/thetweenscene/  

I plan to review my beautiful new books ASAP. 

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books logo from another programWhile working on a logic models assignment I came across a great program outline at Burlington Public Library.

Battle of the Books is a trivia  competition  for kids, where the librarian or volunteer asks questions about literature or authors. Children compete in teams of six and there is a trophy for the winning team. In the program I read about several schools in three cities compete.

This is a fun way to promote reading, team spirit and allow bookworms to develop the competitive edge that their extrovert classmates may have in other programs like sports.

Online Story Time

The Calgary Public Library has a great feature on their website called Storytime Anytime. It has videos of people reading children’s books out loud. I do not think this is a replacement for parents reading to their kids, or for visiting the library in person but it is wonderful for children to enjoy between these more traditional story times.

a screen capture from the website

Calgary Public Library