Thanks for visiting my blog. Here you will learn about my weekly practicum tasks at the Newhall Library located in Santa Clarita, California. I am working with Children's Librarian Christina Baker.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Week 14 at the Library...

Another busy week has gone by! This past week was extremely crazy with programs within the library. The city of Santa Clarita hosts a cowboy festival every year around this time and the libraries planned special activities, which were cowboy themed, to coincide with the festival. This year, we had a local author, Janet Squires, come into the library and read one of her children's books during the regularly scheduled Elementary story times. For Canyon Country, I was the delegated point person so that meant I had to set everything up, talk with the author before she presented, oversee the activity afterwards, and then finally clean up.

The picture above shows the children's area at the Canyon Country branch all set-up and ready for our author to come and visit. 

We had over 45 people show up to our story time to hear Mrs. Squires read her book, "Gingerbread Cowboy". Patrons also had the opportunity to purchase or bring in their own copy of the book for Mrs. Squires to sign. Not only did she read her book, but she also talked about her experience getting it published, what inspired her to write the story, as well as a little bit about her life. After the discussion, the children were able to draw their own gingerbread cowboy on a piece of paper. I admit, we have had more exciting activities before, and I think the children were not impressed by this one.

Earlier in the week I helped with the preschool age story time. Again, this weeks theme was cowboys, so all our books were themed with cowboys as well. However, after the books this week the craft was very cute and all the children loved it! We had printed out large sheriff's badges which the children were able to color, put their name on, and attach to a string so they could wear it around their neck. I really liked this craft and so did they!

Here is a picture of the sheriff's badge that I made!