Fall Is Approaching!

Hello, everyone! September is here! With it, hopefully some cooler weather and a nice, long autumn for us all. Definitely not ready for winter again in just a few months!

August was an easy month for the library – a nice break after the Summer Reading Program and everything. We finally got our beautiful slat wall put up! The library is officially finished furniture-wise, unless we change the chairs or the carpet or something, but that’s a long ways off from now. It’s nice and cozy inside our little library – full of books, magazines, and DVDs for you to check out! I just added a whole bunch of new books and movies for y’all; Ferdinand, Ready Player One, 12 Strong, and Baby Driver are the newest movies we’ve added, and for books, we now have the Game of Thrones series, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series, the Legend of Drizzt book series, and many more! Come check them out!

I also started up Library Club Nights. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do these last six years of being a librarian, and I like to offer the clubs as a way for patrons to come and relax and have fun in their library, while learning new things and making new friends!

First, we had Chess Club, and I had three kids come to learn how to play the game. One of them nearly beat me, and they had never even played before! We’re going to continue our game at our next meeting, on September 12th. Unfortunately, I didn’t have anybody come for the first meetings of the other two clubs, the Writing Club and the Young Adult Book Club. But I know patrons are interested in them, so hopefully they’ll be able to make it to the next meetings on September 19th and September 26th! This Wednesday, September 5th, is our first Dungeons & Dragons/Game Night Club! I hope we get some patrons to come to this one – I’ve never had the pleasure of playing D&D yet, and would like to learn with some other people! And if that’s not your thing, I’ve got plenty of other games to play!

Library Club Nights are every Wednesday afternoon, from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. They’re all planned out until the end of the year already, so don’t worry about missing one or two! There’s about five meetings for each of them this year, and hopefully there’ll be plenty more in 2019!

I hope you can all come to the library soon to use the computer and WiFi, check something out, or join one of our new clubs! Everyone is always welcome! September is also Library Card Sign-up Month, so come on down and sign up if you haven’t already!

Liz the Librarian, signing off.

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Our 2018 Summer Reading Program

Hello, all! Happy August! We’re already over halfway through the year. Before you know it, it’ll be time for our annual Halloween party, then Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then a new year! Can you believe it?!

I’m here to talk to you about what we’ve been doing for all of July. First, I want to give a tremendous thank you to my library board ladies (pictured above) for everything they have done and for all of their support. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. They are always so willing to help and constantly let me know that I’m doing a good job. Thank you guys, so much!

This summer’s program theme was ‘Libraries Rock!’ and all about music! At our first program, we made our own instruments: guitars, drums, maracas, bell bracelets, and rainsticks, out of ordinary household items like Kleenex boxes, paper towel tubes, plastic eggs and spoons, etc. We read ‘Ada’s Violin: the Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay’ by Susan Hood, and ‘The Story Orchestra: Four Seasons In One Day’, which featured music clips from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. We learned that the Recycled Orchestra was a true story, and that they toured with Metallica, and we also learned that music can make you think of different types of weather. And that you can make music with just about anything you can get your hands on.

At our second program, I decided to take the ‘rock’ in the program theme literally, and we decided to paint kindness rocks. The kids had fun with the paint and chose sweet and kind messages to be written on them once they dried. This librarian learned the hard way that Sharpie runs no matter how long it sits, and that she will be getting a paint pen the next time we do something like this. We read ‘Pinduli’ by Janell Cannon (the author of Stellaluna), and ‘Each Kindness’ by Jacqueline Woodson, and learned about how what we say can affect other people for their whole lives. So we might as well make sure that we say only good things while we can, right? We learned that you can make a person’s whole day better with a kind word, or worse with a mean one. I hope that this lesson sticks with the kids for a long time.

At our third program, Emily Franzluebbers from the Dodge County Extension Office came and did a few programs on sound. She gave the kids kazoos and showed them how they can affect the noise they make, and how to quiet or amplify it. They also made tambourines out of paper plates and stuff like beans, beads, seeds, etc. They learned that different things make different sounds, and that it can be hard to guess what made the sound sometimes. She read ‘Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo’ by John Lithgow, and ‘Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band’ by Kwame Alexander.

Our fourth and final program was Pete the Cat Day! We read ‘Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes,’ ‘Pete the Cat: Rockin’ in My School Shoes,’ and ‘Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons,’ all by James Dean and Eric Litwin. We colored and decorated coloring pages of Pete’s Shoes and Pete himself with a guitar, and then we learned Pete’s dance and played Limbo! We learned how to make rhythm and music to go along with everyday activities, and not to sweat the small stuff.

The night of the last program was our end of program pizza party! We ate and had some fun before handing out awards. Everyone got the ‘Most Enthusiastic’ award, because my board and I couldn’t choose just one kid, since everybody was always so happy to be at the programs. Tate Kreikemeier won ‘Most Courteous,’ Miah Throener won ‘Best Sharer,’ and Henry Diekemper won ‘All Ears.’ The runner-up for top reader in K-3rd Grade was Allyanna Besmer, and the top reader was Edyn Besmer. The runner-up for top reader for 4th Grade and Up was Olivia Throener, and the top reader was Isabel Belina. All five kids won Dodge County Fair All-Day Ride Passes, a book, and a prize. All of the participants got a Subway Kids Meal Coupon and a Pete the Cat Rockin’ Reader certificate, along with a program completion certificate and an exceeds expectations one if they read above and beyond the requirements of the Summer Reading Program. We had 20 program participants total, which was way more than we thought we were going to have! I hope they can all come again next year!

Pictured is Suzanne Larsen, Lisa Haas, Sarah Besmer, Connor Kreikemeier, Erinmarie Kreikemeier, DesiRae Svehla, and Jorja Larsen

We had a bunch of eager volunteers this year, and they helped us so much. I hope they can help us again in the future! Each of the volunteers got a 2-liter of pop, a Snyder Public Library drawstring bag, and a Subway coupon. Our volunteers this year were: Jorja Larsen, Connor Kreikemeier, DesiRae Svehla, Stephana Svehla, Courtney Tower, Neveah Jurisch, Sarah Besmer, Lisa Haas, Suzanne Larsen, Shayla Risch, and Erinmarie Kreikemeier.

All in all, we had an amazing program this summer. Thank you to everyone who donated, everyone who helped, and everyone who participated. We wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without you all. Thank you so much! And I hope we have just as much fun and support next year!

This is Liz the Librarian, signing off.

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Libraries Rock!!

Annnnd it’s already July. Where has this year gone? It seems like January was so long and then the other six months just flashed right on by! Well, you all know what July means for this library: SUMMER READING PROGRAM TIME!!! Our first program is this Thursday, July 5th, from 1:00pm – 3:30pm. We’re going to be making instruments, reading, and jamming out! I’m so excited. I hope we have lots of kids come! Remember that registration is open until the start of the first program, so even if you’re late to the party, you can still participate!

The rest of the programs will also be on Thursdays, at the same time: on the 12th, we’ll be painting rocks (so don’t wear nice clothes!), on the 19th, UNL will be coming to do a program with us about sound, and the 26th will be entirely Pete the Cat-themed!! And then on the night of the 26th is our End of Program Pizza Party! Kids who were in the program and their families are all invited. We will be handing out awards and prizes, and eating, of course! I hope I will see you all there!

Thanks again to all those who have donated, and future thanks to those who will volunteer and to my library board for being there with me every step of the way! Tune in next month for pictures from the programs and updates on how we did!

I can’t wait to see you all at the library! In the meantime, have a safe and happy fourth of July!

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