We’re just beginning construction, so this year we did our Read Across America / Dr. Seuss party in conjunction with the Park District. This was an awesome collaborative event. We planned together and held the event in their space with staff and volunteers from both organizations. This also happened to coincide with our community’s ScreenBreak Week, so it was definitely a win-win-win.
I helped plan this one, but I didn’t attend; fortunately there were lots of photos. The program was set up in stations around a room. At each station, kids could earn “Seuss Bucks” which they then traded for prizes at a prize table. (We’ve been trying to clear out our prize stash for ages – another side effect of construction.) We also tried out our mobile circ / wi-fi hot spot combo for the first time. Our Head of Circulation attended and gave out two new library cards and checked out a few books.
Station 1: Paper Bag Cat-in-the-Hat Hats
Station 2: Seuss-themed crossword puzzles, word searches, etc.
Station 3: Seuss coloring sheets
Station 4: Ring toss & bean bag toss games. These were provided by the Park District and painted by some very talented Park District staff members. (The ring toss was actually still red, white, and blue from 4th of July, but that color works pretty well for a Seuss theme, so it was all good.)
Station 5: Truffula Trees. We glued large pom poms onto striped chenille stems and then held them into the bottom of egg carton cups using play dough.
Station 6: Oobleck. I premade a few batches of green flubber and they put it out in a sensory table. (It’s great to do programs in locations that also house preschool classes.)
Station 7: Green egg word spinners. Use a Sharpie to write initial letters on one side of a green plastic egg and the word ends on the other side, and then spin it around to make new words. Oriental Trading even sells single-colored eggs, so they were all green(ish).
Station 8: Photo booth. This was also something the Park District had and was able to repaint to match the theme.
And, just to round it out, here’s the prize table: