Yesterday was the Fall Fun Fair at our community centre. One of the things I think is most amazing about the fair is that it’s offered free to all the families in our neighbourhood, from food to games to rides. Our library is attached to the community centre and we have a wonderful relationship with our neighbours. Each year we provide and host an activity in support of the fair.
I wanted to provide an activity that would include participation of all ages and that multiple people could play at once. I had seen different versions of Life Size board games over the internet including Candy Land and so last year with the help of staff and volunteers we worked to create props and the game itself. It was a huge success and we had lots of requests to offer it again.
From 1-4:30 yesterday we had the game set up in the centre’s gym and had a total of 451 people play. (not all at once of course) We saw all ages from parents carrying their infants through, kids, teens and even adults on their own:)
It’s a amazing what cardboard, construction paper, wooden dowels, a wheel and hard work can do. Below are some pictures. We took them before the crowds arrived as photo release forms would have needed to be signed if we had taken pictures of anyone playing.
Have you offered a life size board game? Did I mention the 451 people that played? I’m exhausted!
The Summer Reading Club is swinging in full gear at our library and it’s been wonderful having soooo many kids and their families participating in our programs…busy but fun:) The Summer Reading Club theme this year is Imagine.
Every Tuesday afternoon I run a drop in at our library called “Imagination Station”. It’s a bit of a laid back approach to programming where I set up a variety of activities crafts, games etc and invite families to join us for the afternoon. No registration, no limited space. Just drop in fun. I love just playing games with the kids, and spending the afternoon crafting and chatting. Turn out for this program has been fantastic and since the majority of our other programs require registration it’s nice not to turn anyone away. I’ll post a few of the activities we’ve been doing in these programs later this week.
Are you programs in the summer registered or drop in?
Growing up, my Mom took me to the library every Saturday. I would borrow a stack of books for the week. I remember the smell of that library vividly, the sound of the stamping cards as they put them through the machine, the crinkling of the dust jackets as we put our books in the book bag. I’d take them home, take out all the date due cards and play librarian (for hours).
Years later, when I began working at a library I surprised my co-workers by tearing up as I stamped my first due date cards. I’m sure they thought I was silly, but for me it was the fulfilment of something that I had dreamed about.
I was checking out the website: Gone Reading and came across this:
It’s a Librarian play set and it made me think of those days growing up. Of course libraries have come a long way from date-due cards, and card catalogues but I still think its would make a lovely gift for a child who is as book crazy as I was:)
Be sure to check out the GoneReading Website too, lots of great gifts for book lovers and the proceeds from items sold go towards building new libraries and helping reading-related charities.