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Hungry Hungry Hippos

Buckets decorated as hippos

Hungry Hungry Hippos is a life-sized version of the classic tabletop game. Participants play as the hippos, and their objective is to collect the most plastic balls before time runs out. Starting from different corners of the room, the players move around on scooters and can only use their “mouths” — plastic buckets — to capture the balls.

Barn Quilts

Wooden square painted to look like a quilt square

This was a four-week course in which we created our own custom barn quilts, learned a little about their history, and had a wonderful time bringing people together and beautifying the town. We are now on the local barn quilt trail and will be doing another class soon.

Library Walking and Running Clubs

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Library's running team

This year the LP Fisher Public Library teamed up with our local run club, the River Valley Runners. They got a place to have their monthly meetings, access to awesome running books (and periodicals, thanks to the generous donation of a member), and we got to particpate in their fun runs and help plan their events. It has turned out to be a true win-win.

Yard Dice

Participants make life-sized Yahtzee pieces

Participants signed up to sand, paint and decorate their set of five "dice" — blocks of wood that had been pre-cut by staff — for an oversized game of Yahtzee. Once finished, they could take them home to use. Our goal was to host a multi-generational program at the library that would encourage continued multi-generational interactions all summer long.

Five Steps to Success: Starting a Program in Large Library Systems

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Laptop and notebook

Large library systems often have the resources to create innovative programming. However, a librarian with a great idea faces their own set of challenges when trying to implement and market a new program. 

Recently, I gave an informal presentation to new staff members at my library about ways to launch their library programs. Before you get started, make sure you can answer these five questions: 

Superhero Training Academy

Children dressed as superheroes shoot squirt guns at a target.

The Superhero Training Academy was part of our 2015 Summer Library Program, Be a Hero Read. Every Wednesday afternoon we provide a school-age program, so this program (scheduled during that time) was designed for school aged children. We always encourage all ages to participate on Wednesdays as long as younger children are with an adult. Stations with different activities were set up around the program room and outside for the kids to participate in at their own pace. There was one staff person running this event and we had 33 participants that day.

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