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Meet Art: Creative hands-on art programs.

At the Deschutes Public Library, we offered a four week art series called “Meet Art” with an introduction to a new artist each week.  Through picture books, poetry, slides, various objects, we create a hands-on activity similar to the artist work.  We danced like a Matisse painting, “splat” like Jackson Pollock, and turned into Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Paint, yarn, toothpaste, big colorful sheets of butcher paper, cardstock paper, scissors, pencils and lots and lots of books equaled a fun day! The library was transformed into an art gallery. Below are favorite books and a few sample ideas.  Matisse: cut out fun with Matisse by Nina Hollein (all of the Adventures in Art series are fun and great for library programs) The Art Book for Children text by Amanda Renshaw (Book One and Book Two) Express Yourself! Activities and Adventures in Expressionism by Joyce Raimondo (series) and check out her website!…

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It Takes a Team to Present Successful Children’s Programs

    Do you believe your children’s department is isolated from the rest of your system’s library team, or have you found the support you need from other departments and volunteers? Teamwork is as essential to the success of youth services as is a love of children. Partial cross-training remains critical to the survival of youth services at smaller branches and library systems. At our Hope Mills Branch Library, a community branch of the Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center in North Carolina, children’s staffers are supported by other departments. Our children’s staffers lead our programs, but employees in Circulation and Information Services play an instrumental role in serving our youngest library patrons. As space and staff are at a premium, all library employees at our Hope Mills Branch are directly involved with ensuring that children’s programs remain a success. Behind the Scenes Page staffers assist with the inventory of…