Because planning a program doesn't just take 5 minutes


I haven’t put up a new post in a while because we’re doing letter storytimes again this year, so I’ve mostly just been updating those, but Glow-in-the-Dark storytime is worth its own post, I think.  We first saw this on a NYPL blog post a few years ago and we’ve been tossing it around ever since.

I borrowed a black light from a neighbor (the kind you might use with a fish tank) and connected it to the top of our white board.  It lit up the white board, but also bounced off the surface and gave us pretty good black light coverage of the room.  The maintenance staff member who helped me with this also got excited about it, so after the program we went out and bought a longer fixture and black light tubes so that we can do it properly next time.  (And, yes, there will definitely be a next time.)  This was a good winter program, because we could do it in early evening and still have it be dark outside.  We also used the blackout shades in our program room, covered over the window in the door, and covered over the emergency light that’s on in the room even when all the lights are out.  That was about it for room setup.

Overall, the program was just as awesome as I wanted it to be.

Want to know more?  Read on!


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