As I am a solo children’s librarian in my very busy branch, I’m always looking for ways to pull off super cool programs with as little prep as possible. Now, I’m also super lucky to work in a system where the other children’s librarians are extremely helpful and collaborative. AND, my branch got a summer reading intern who is beyond fabulous and was SO much help. Biggest props go to Michelle for making the awesome duct tape weights, bowling set, and rings of fire. She used the props in several programs throughout the summer, as well, giving them lots of mileage!
For the Obstacle Course we had these stations (75 in attendance):
Make a Superhero Bookmark
Strike Out the Villains
Jump Through the Rings of Fire
Leap Over Buildings in a Single Bound
Crawl through the Cavern of Doom
Photo Op and Weight Lifting
That’s it. They did it over, and over, and over, and over. It was hilarious.
The next month we held Superhero Training Camp with these stations (98 in attendance):
Make a Shield
Make a Cape (the lame L one is mine, the S one is by our intern-props to Nicole for the idea!)
Rings of Fire
Attack the Villains
Leap Over Buildings in a Single Bound (repeat)
Photo Op (including the “boulder” that crushed some buildings before)
Certificate and Prize! They become official superheroes, all planning to use their powers for good. (Thanks to Nicole for the Superhero Certificate template!) We had a bunch of stickers and things from those 8×8 paperbacks so each kid got to choose something from the table.
Books on Display, Of Course! All but two were snapped up.
These were both awesome programs. And having some repeat stations made it super easy to pull them both off.