Blogger Kary Henry

Mini-Olympics

I am a huge fan of the Olympics. I love the sports, the stories, even the commercials! From the athletes to the ads, all of it tugs on my heartstrings. Do I cry? Why, yes, yes, I do! Building on this love of Olympics (minus the tears), I decided to offer an Olympics program at the Library but wanted to put a unique spin on it. Thus were born the Mini-Olympics.

Blogger Kary Henry

Creative Clubhouse

When I started a new program two years ago, I knew I wanted to combine books, crafts, and a sense of wonder for the world around us. Thus, Creative Clubhouse was born. Truth be told, I think I enjoy it as much as the kids! Program Plan Creative Clubhouse participants are in Kindergarten through second grade. During each session of the six week program, I read a book to the group, we take time to delight in and wonder about something, and then we get creative! The students are used to this routine: reading, discussing, creating. We don’t take a long time to discuss, but it’s a really powerful part of the program. Often I’ll use the Smithsonian Institution’s Learning Lab to curate collections. Looking at the art or other items in a particular collection, I’ll ask the students to use Project Zero’s thinking routine: See, Think, Wonder. What do…

Blogger Kary Henry

Snow Days!

We recently had a snow day, both for the students of our area and for the public library where I work. I remember snow days of my youth, patiently waiting for our school district to be called over the radio station or for its name to appear at the bottom of the television crawl. (Yes, I’m dating myself here.) The anticipation….followed by the joy of a random day off! Even though I was “that kid” who loved school, I also loved being at home, usually curled up with a book. And then when our daughters were school-aged, it was the same:  the joys of relaxed expectations, crafts, board games, and, of course, books!