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Library Lovers' Things To Do With Kids


  • Book related snacks to hand out include Alpha-Bits cereal (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom), cherry sour balls (Sylvester and the Magic Pebble), M&Ms (The M&M Counting Book), Bit-O-Honeys (Winnie the Pooh), and marshmallows (Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth).
  • Book shaped cookies (made ahead) to frost and decorate at the library or to take home.
  • Use a resource such as Book Cooks (Creative Teaching Press CTP 2321 $9.98 about 80 pages) to create snacks on popular stories. Theme cookbooks such as The Wizard Of Oz Cook Book or Encyclopedia Brown Take the Cake! are fun if you have a kitchen available. Make the snacks as a group during the program or prepare ahead of time. Have copies of the recipes available to take home.


  • Library Bingo: On a blank Bingo sheet write in your own words having to do with the library. Play like regular Bingo.
  • Library Scavenger Hunt: Make up a written checklist of things to look for in the library. Work alone or with a partner.


  • Lots of suggestions and directions can be found in several books including Making Shaped Books by Gillian Chapman.
  • Diorama: You can't be the tired and true "story in a box". Have children bring in their own boxed, supply a variety of materials to work with, and let them create their own tribute to a favorite story.
  • Design A Cover For Your Favorite Book: Supply paper, markers, and crayons. Display finished cover in the library along with the books.
  • Book Pennants: Cut pennants shapes from construction paper. Use crayons and markers to create pennants to promote favorite books. Kids may even want to make up their cheers. Attach pennants to thin dowels with tape or fold over edges and glue.

Special thanks to Pam Carlson of the Long Beach (California) Public Library for sharing these great ideas from her presentation at the California Library Association Conference.

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