Blogger Amanda Roberson

You’ve Got Mail @ Your Library!

Lexington Park Library’s newest active learning center is a Post Office complete with envelopes, paper, pencils (yes, pencils!), Mail Carrier costume, and mail boxes.   We selected eight book characters to have mail boxes at our library and made up addresses for them.  For example, Next, we made three plastic envelopes for each character with their address and picture on it. Then, we bought mailboxes from Lowes and labeled them each with a book characters address and picture. A volunteer mounted them on small stands that he made. They are placed around the Children’s section for kids to find as they deliver the mail. We set up a table in the corner of the Children’s section of the library to be our Post Office. It has the Mail Carrier Costume, a place to sort mail, a big blue mail box, a letter chart and is stocked with lined paper and…

Blogger Amanda Roberson

Felt Boards in the Hands of Children!

Felt boards aren’t just for story time anymore! Adding a felt board with interactive pieces can be a great addition to your Children’s area and be an awesome step in creating a Language Rich Library Environment. As Children’s Librarians we are masters of the felt board, using boards to create exciting retellings of favorite tales or develop original stories for groups to experience.  Now what if we turn the tables, giving children the floor to create their own tales, retell favorite stories and engage in other school readiness skills on the felt board? Where do I begin? Felt boards can be used in a variety of ways to be a part of a Library Rich Environment and can be incorporated easily and economically.  You can have a wall of felt like West Bloomfield Library in Michigan or you can use part of a wall or end cap to hang a…