Blogger Emily Bayci

Adventures of a Funky Hat Librarian

One of the best parts (maybe even the best part) of being a children’s librarian is getting to dress up and look ridiculous all of the time. No questions asked. My favorite way to express this? Funky hats. It all started innocently enough. There were a few hats hanging around at my graduate school and I wore them while working at the help desk. People thought it  was fun and when I found a cool hat at a store I would end up buying one. This escalated into a full on obsession. My friend told me how much money you could save by buying a hat for a costume and working your way down. Think Cat in the Hat: you have the hat, draw on some whiskers and TA DA! Want to turn into a fire-breathing dragon? Get a dragon hat at your local costume shop and then add a…

Blogger Emily Bayci

Program in a Post: Spring Break Challenge Quest

This year during the public school’s spring breaks we decided to try something different: a spring break challenge quest. Instead of having one activity out during all of spring break, we rotated activities every day and chose different topics to challenge the mind, body and self. This gave children and their caregivers something to do at the library during break and helped keep it fresh for our repeat visitors. Each week day was a different challenge which included: Monday: Scavenger Hunt (three separate library-based scavenger hunts for each age group) Tuesday: String Coloring (make creative artwork using string and a piece of white paper) Wednesday: Binary Coding Challenge (use a binary alphabet to solve a code and make a personalized bookmark) Thursday: Yoga Stations (different yoga poses set up around the library) Friday: Tangram Challenges (create various shapes using tangrams) Our staff found that this was a fun way to implement various passive activities…