We have just finished our third week of summer reading!! The first week of June means that our programming is back full time, which means we're even more crazy busy than before! Here's what my Youth Services Department did this week:
-We answered 692 reference questions, which averages out to 99 questions a day!
-We told patrons about SRP/gave out SRP game boards & info 395 times-which averages out to 56 families a day!
We had 11 in house programs this week! (Crazy, I know!)
-We hosted six storytimes (three birth-3 and three age 3-6) that had 188 kids and 107 adults.
-I introduced a new Bookworms Early Reader storytime for ages 4-8 that had 6 kids and 4 adults.
-Staff member S hosted a tween program that included a Gnome craft-they built adorable gnome houses-and a big screen showing of Gnomeo and Juliet for 8 kids and 3 adults.
-Staff member M hosted a Pirate Treasure Hunt for ages 3-12 that brought in 49 kids and 36 adults. The highlight was hunting down four ticking clocks ala Peter Pan's crocodile that was hidden in the department.
-I hosted a Bibliobop Dance Party for ages 2-6 that had 20 kids and 16 adults dancing and bopping along!
-Staff member C changed up the day and time for our Teen Library Council and grew the group to 7 teens this month!
In addition to our staff led programs, we hosted three outside performers. This week we hosted two performers.
-Our first performer was an evening show that featured five live animals (a hawk, a shrieking armadillo, a python, a tortoise, and a fruit bat) from Animal Tales. If you live in their travel area, I highly recommend their shows-the kids had a blast and our presenter was very engaging and funny and taught the kids a lot about the animals he brought along. We had 68 kids and 48 adults which I was thrilled with for an evening program.
-Our second performer was a magician and comedian named Oh My Gosh Josh from Circus Kaput. What I loved about his show was the fact that he tied it all back to reading and the library. His show was about how he became a magician for pirates and traveled on a pirate ship to reading island. His magic tricks made the kids all say wow and laughing out loud. Again, I highly recommend him as a performer! Between his two shows we had 172 kids and 67 adults.
And lastly, we increased our teen SRP sign ups by 120 teens (we're now at 742!) and added 614 kids who have gotten to at least level one on their SRP game boards in the kids program (we're now at 1178 kids total!) We also have had 7 babies complete our new Tiny Tots program!
What a week! We have a little bit less next week, so maybe we'll have some time to breathe. I'm pretty happy with our program turn out so far, but I do wish we could draw in the same kind of numbers as we draw in with our large performers. I think we as librarians put on some great programs and I would love to advertise these more to our patrons. I would also like to work on making sure our patrons that visit in the summer know we have all sorts of programs and events happening during the school year too, so I'm hoping to work on that a lot this summer.
Anyone else in the midst of summer reading programs yet? How are yours going?