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Family Programming vs Children & Teen Programming - Shared screen with speaker view
Tracy Danbury Library
17:55
We also tried a nature walk
Christina - Bristol
17:59
We did a fort night and it was very successful for getting the whole family involved.
Jess
17:59
we do some family and age specific
Kayla Fontaine
18:03
We do. Some is truly all ages (laser tag and escape rooms) and some are aimed at families with young children. Fort night etc.
Diane Antezzo
18:07
We have a parent & child book discussion, we feed them pizza dinner first.
Jess
18:24
our kick off is usually family or all ages
Sarah Boyd
18:30
we tried family board game nights but they weren’t well attended
Kristine - Easton
18:46
Kym, what is TSLP?
Ericka Bajrami
18:47
Also have themed programs with different stations (Star Wars, Wizards and Fairies, etc) have the families participating along with the kids
Kristine - Easton
19:45
never mind :)
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
20:18
Sorry - Kym did you say that CLSP manual is on their website where we can see it?
Linda- Hartford Public Library
20:43
How can we get a free booklet?
Phillip Modeen-NHFPL
20:57
We have a lot of programs geared towards families..Africa Is Me,, family crafts, African Drumming, .we also have a skateboarding programs where parents and children skateboarded together,
Kate
21:15
We really do a mix and we've also tried Family game night but it wasn't well attended.
Ericka Bajrami
23:03
Once I ran a Cocoa & Coloring and Board Games and Bagels program during the winter, and I was surprised how many adults were actively participating along with the kids!
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
23:21
Family Bingo was well attended. Also we've had some huge Harry Potter nights (all ages) which were super popular. Our Escape Room last year was for families. I'm running an online book club right now which has a lot of parents/kids reading the book together. My co-worker does an all ages Astronomy program which is popular and she's also tried to make some her coding programs all ages (or parent/child).
Alexandra Klaus
23:36
Both are good! But I feel smaller groups are great for individual attention, and growing relationships.
Kymberlee Powe
23:40
We'll do Christina and then Michelle T.
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
23:46
We also had a well attended all ages crafts program
Nike- Old Lyme
24:03
agreed, my teen programming interests teens, so I’d like to combine it sometimes, but yes, not all the time!
Nike- Old Lyme
24:11
*interests adults
Christina - Bristol
24:29
separate
Sandy DiCicco
24:37
One of my favorite family programs was a family Rube Goldberg competition. Families signed up in advance, all received a bag with the same supplies, and were given an hour to work together to build their best attempt. The winning family got a gift card to a restaurant or grocery store.
Tracy Allen
24:58
we’ve done a paint pour program for teens that both adults and younger kids were interested in doing.
Patti Brady-Lux-Farmington
25:57
Our Maker Fair ends up being a wonderful family event. Sadly, postponed this year.
Tracy Allen
26:13
how old do your kids have to be to be dropped off?
Jess - Stafford
26:38
I started a after hours Friday night movies in the summer which was attended for teens and ended up being a family program
Kate
27:11
We've done two "Mini-Maker Fairs" and they were both well attended. Our first one was more traditional science and we had over a 100 families attend, the second was more tech science, also well attended, all ages/families
deirdreajohnson
27:25
Please tell us more about the online book club!
Kate
27:36
It's nice to see families come together and participate together.
Colleen King
27:44
My Festive Folds Origami Night for teens ended up being a family program. But it was great!
Kate
27:56
I'd love to hear more about the online book club too.
Brie
28:33
we have done a family fort night, the library is closed, people bring in stuff for forts and can make their fort everywhere in the library. then we turned off the lights and read a story over intercom then they read alone as a family.
Kymberlee Powe
29:09
I see you DIane
Tracy Danbury Library
29:11
We had successful STEAM programs as well. We had the CT Science center come and set up stations
Ashley - Cromwell Belden
29:17
I love that idea Brie!
Brie
29:27
we also did minute to win it family edition as well as a wii family event (adults vs. kids)
Ericka Bajrami
29:28
I've also done a chocolate chip cookie party -the families submitted their own recipes for cookies, then the families made them together, brought them to the library, and all the families got to taste all the cookies, take recipes home which we put in a booklet, and do some cookie-inspired games and crafts
Kim
29:39
We do Make It Mondays and UnMake It too
Bina Williams
29:45
we have Fun Fridays which started as teen activity but morphed into family....Board and Wii James, craft activities from time to time, and misc.
Bina Williams
29:55
Perfect way to end the school week.
Kymberlee Powe
32:40
You can go next Ericka
Mary-Jane - Bill Memorial Library
32:41
What age group for this family book program?
Kate
32:47
I ran a program called "Art Party" and each week I'd do a different art project. It was well attended and families came together, created and had a great time. They really enjoyed their time together: it was mostly open ended projects for full engagement and creativity from everyone.
Tracy Allen
32:48
we also do Make It Monday for steam programs. we try to get something they can do on their own and leave it out all day. we’ve made slime, sock snowmen, piggy banks for saving money, a floor coding game and repeating pattern art
Kate
34:11
Dianne, where is the information about the book club? I think it's way back in the comments.
Samantha Saliter
34:17
another good way to have a family program is stuff with podcasts that have related activities like brains on or wow in the world
Christina - Bristol
35:46
We used cardboard boxes and Make.Do Scrus and cardboard tape as well as blankets and pillows for ours.
Ericka Bajrami
37:29
We also once had Cardboard City - collected a bunch of cardboard boxes over time (storage might be an issue, but we broke a bunch down then put them back together), and families created cool cities out of boxes in our big community room. The parents had just as much fun as the kids
Christina - Bristol
38:21
Evelyn from our branch, who couldn’t be here this morning, is going to do cardboard castle building this summer if things go according to plan.
Nike- Old Lyme
38:22
Bina, who is was the Tinker Thursday presenter? Share his name, please!
Christina - Bristol
38:30
Oh, Evelyn is here!
Christina - Bristol
38:37
Share!
Ericka Bajrami
39:19
No, I like doing both
Alexandra Klaus
39:26
both!
Evelyn-Bristol Manross
39:43
Haha hi! I'm planning to do cardboard castles this summer, much like other people described building forts. The Make.Do screws Christina mentioned are really awesome. Reusable screws for cardboard that kids can use
Michelle Turbak - Editrh Wheeler Memorial Library
39:44
We’ll probably always do both.
Ericka Bajrami
39:53
But specific art and reading programs are for sure better by age
Christina - Bristol
39:54
Some programs need to be for school age.
Kate
40:04
Can you repeat the question?
coralie
40:24
When we do Tween programs, we often ask that younger siblings not attend. It is really hard to get tweens to come so we try to make it special.
Stacey Burt
40:40
I think separating tweens and teens is important. But what age does a tween become a teen? 12? Tricky.
Kymberlee Powe
40:42
I asked if any of us found it easier or more beneficial to do programs for individual age groups
Christina - Bristol
41:21
I ran a coding club for homeschoolers and didn’t specify grades because I know people go at their own rate. I said they needed to be able to read and write and got THREE non-readers who could barely use a mouse. Made it frustrating for the older kids.
Tracy Allen
42:02
we e also tried to have teens and tweens in the same program but we never get teens because they think 5th and 6th traders were too young to hang out with
Kate
42:04
We've had older kids come to programs that are geared for younger kids but they all help each other out: when I ran Slime Science, I had older, slime experts, helping out the younger, newer slime scientists create recipes. It was pretty cool to see the kids interacting that way.
deirdreajohnson
42:12
We have an amazing Diwali family program, too! Our space is way too small for it!
Stacey Burt
42:17
Exactly Tracy!
Bina Williams
42:48
.Gerald Moore did our T(h)inker Thursday projects....Plexi/Plastic creations, snap circuits, Lava Lamps.... lovely man.
Heather Baker
42:56
anyone have contact info for holi celebrations?
Alexandra Klaus
43:04
my teens and tween specifically requested separate programs by age/grade .
Evelyn-Bristol Manross
43:05
The homeschool program we do is for ages 5-12, but we also get younger siblings and it does make it hard
Ericka Bajrami
43:39
Do any of your libraries ask you not to have programs related to religious holidays?
Stacey Burt
44:13
Alexandra- at what age/grade do they change to the older group? Or do you have more than two groups?
Tracy Allen
44:21
does anyone else have problems getting parents to actually bring kids to programs? we talk to kids who are so excited for a program but the parents just don’t bring them
Heather Baker
44:39
we have no issues with that at the moment, we do our best to be inclusive and partner wherever we can,
Kate
44:55
Storytimes, especially, need to be a smaller age range: toddlers are very active and are not a good fit for babies, as an example.
Alexandra Klaus
45:49
They want separate hang out for HS vs Middle school ages, which fair, but it's a space thing. I usually start them before Middle school gets out to accommodate this request for at least an hour.
Jess Nelson
45:49
Ericka, I actually had a patron who just moved to Plainville a few months back, asking if we did holiday/religious based program cuz she and her fam were agnostic so she wanted to make sure that our programs weren’t favoring one thing over another.
coralie
46:25
We avoid based religious story times and programs.
Kristine - Easton
47:01
We avoid religious themes also
Christina - Bristol
47:42
Over the summer we do that sometimes as well - we run something for toddlers and something for schoolages
Bina Williams
48:30
Do people do Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa? We do Halloween party but do not include it in weekly story hours unless we tell them way ahead.
Ericka Bajrami
49:05
Bina, we currently don't
Kate
49:06
That's what we do: run something for everyone: babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school age...slime seems to be the thing that brings them all.
Kristine - Easton
49:15
We have a dino skeleton that we dress differently throughout the year, often on a theme. In December I made him a multicultural holiday dino so we wouldn’t leave anyone out.
Tracy Allen
51:03
we do Spooky Stories for Halloween and encourage costumes, and a Very Merry Storytime for Christmas time, so they’re not technically holiday celebrations
Bina-North Branch=BPort
52:18
what is paint pour?
Evelyn-Bristol Manross
52:41
My library has done an Easter egg hunt every year for a long time, so I kept it going when I got here. I'd love to make it more welcoming for folks who don't celebrate Easter because it isn't really religious
deirdreajohnson
52:55
You pour paint and let it flow! It’s fun
Kristine - Easton
53:32
We changed our Easter egg thing to “Egg Day”. it’s more of a spring event and no religion mentioned
Kate
54:20
Can you post those ingredients?
Evelyn-Bristol Manross
54:26
Thanks, Kristine! Maybe "candy egg hunt"?
Kristine - Easton
54:36
Yes
deirdreajohnson
54:41
You can put paint in water guns, too, and line canvases up for kids to paint with the guns.
Mary-Jane - Bill Memorial Library
54:41
We do a very popular Bunny Bonanza for spring (except not this year...)
Kate
54:50
thanks!
Ericka Bajrami
55:26
we specifically state for the whole family
Jess - Stafford
55:41
Our flyers say Family or all ages welcome
Kate
55:44
I think no matter what you do you'll get all ages.
Kim
55:47
We use the wording... free family events for all ages
Ashley - Cromwell Belden
56:05
We say all ages
Bina-North Branch=BPort
56:07
we made jars with cookie ingredients which made great gifts for kids to make...Did it with preschoolers and with the tween crowd in separate programs
Christina - Bristol
56:08
See, that’s where we have a problem. Our adult department wants people to know it’s a children’s program so we don’t get “adult only” participants
Bina-North Branch=BPort
56:17
can do the same with bean soup...
deirdreajohnson
56:18
I had that, too! Grownups and older grownups, and teens. I had 3 generations at a book art program.
Nike- Old Lyme
56:28
Anyone have experience with mixed age programming for teens and adults? Like, not necessarily family… is that heading into a can of worms? It’s just that many retired patrons want to join in the teen’s skill-share type programs…
Kayla Fontaine
56:51
We say family when we want families with children, and all ages when we want everybody.
Bina-North Branch=BPort
57:00
Christina...Unattended adults will be given a cup of espresso and a puppy?
Christina - Bristol
57:20
Then we’d be full to the brim, Bina!
Jess - Stafford
58:14
We do an open art studio monthly which is geared towards teens and adults. Mostly adults attend
Kate
58:48
Storytime is age specific, Families, All Ages are our designations for programs: I believe. Sometimes we'll specify: children age 5-10 and their families.
Ashley - Cromwell Belden
58:54
Nike - We have actually had some teens express interest in some of the adult programs. Adult librarian approved teen attendance when age appropriate.
Nike- Old Lyme
59:34
Cool, thanks Ashley
Ericka Bajrami
01:00:48
We keep religious programming out of the library. However, we could run an educational program on, let's say, how different cultures/religions celebrate light in winter - so, not celebrating one holiday in particular. However, we have a very active Polish storytime group, and they do a Polish Christmas celebration in December. Anyone can come if they wish.
Kymberlee Powe
01:01:11
Phillip you're up next
Tracy Allen
01:01:19
https://acrylgiessen.com/en/acrylic-pouring-guide/ PAint pour for beginners I case everyone didn’t get the link
deirdreajohnson
01:01:34
Thank you, Tracy!
Kate
01:01:46
Thanks Tracy.
Kymberlee Powe
01:02:24
Linda is next
Margaret Girgis
01:07:43
I'd love to have a workshop on patron mediation esp. with complaints; I am not known for diplomacy lol. How do people handle patrons who complain, exp. when it takes on a that tone of "-ist"?
Stacey Burt
01:07:49
no problem1
deirdreajohnson
01:08:05
I have to get to another meeting - this was really great, thank you so much! I
Linda- Hartford Public Library
01:08:36
All of our cultural and non cultural program are open to everyone
Kymberlee Powe
01:08:45
You're next Tracy
Kate
01:10:15
Thank you everyone. I have another session to get ready for.
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
01:10:28
We experience it too
Ericka Bajrami
01:10:38
Now I want gummy bears.
Nike- Old Lyme
01:10:53
Repeating this ?: Anyone have experience with mixed age programming for teens and adults? Like, not necessarily family… is that heading into a can of worms? It’s just that many retired patrons want to join in the teen’s skill-share type programs…
Jess Nelson
01:11:27
Our Adult craft programs are opened to teens. Not sure of the attendance thoough
Heather Baker
01:11:36
Nike, it is so hard not to step on other departments toes with that, here.
Evelyn-Bristol Manross
01:11:52
We have a craft program that is 9 &up and we actually get more adults and seniors for that without kids with them
Tracy Danbury Library
01:12:31
Thank you everyone!
Nike- Old Lyme
01:12:39
mhmm, yes
Alexandra Klaus
01:13:23
Our teens are allowed in adult craft programs. Paint pour was going to be the first test of a program that was popular for both groups.
Bina-North Branch=BPort
01:14:53
https://feltmagnet.com/painting/How-to-Do-a-Pour-Painting
Nike- Old Lyme
01:15:01
Super, thank you Margaret for the share.
Bina-North Branch=BPort
01:16:35
and so many of our city libraries have no place to park so folks use bus. feet etc to ocme
Mary-Jane - Bill Memorial Library
01:16:36
Thank you!!
Maria-West Haven
01:16:39
great discussion! thank you!
Alexandra Klaus
01:16:44
Thanks!
Ashley - Cromwell Belden
01:16:49
Thank you!
Emily - East Haven
01:16:50
Thank you!