March Madness!

And we are rocking and rolling right into March. After a couple of "down" weeks at the end of February, the spring program and outreach season is ramping up again. 

So far this month we've had an art opening for a local artists' show, a visit to our middle school youth center, where we played a super fun game of Book Bingo, a meeting of our Teen Advisory Group, and of course, our weekly early literacy programs. We've been doing some planning for the summer library program. We also found out that our library system received a grant to implement 1000 Books Before Kindergarten set to begin some time this year, which we're really excited about (but it's going to be a big project to tackle!). 

Next week is our S.T.E.A.M.punks Club, which meets on the school's early-release afternoons once a month. We're focusing on Art, particularly on abstract art and works by Pablo Picasso. 

Here are some photos of programs from recent weeks.

Fabric collages for our last Movers & Makers day in February. Snapped up some bright quilting quarter blocks at a fabric store!

Fabric collages for our last Movers & Makers day in February. Snapped up some bright quilting quarter blocks at a fabric store!

A fabric collage by one of our young Makers.

A fabric collage by one of our young Makers.

Cut out shape collages during our most recent Movers & Makers day. This was a CRAZY morning; we ended up with 66 people attending! We made 40+ projects. A record for this program.

Cut out shape collages during our most recent Movers & Makers day. This was a CRAZY morning; we ended up with 66 people attending! We made 40+ projects. A record for this program.

Paper shapes, blank paper bases, crayons and glue. Makers at work!

Paper shapes, blank paper bases, crayons and glue. Makers at work!

If kids wanted more shapes than what we handed out, we also had some shape outlines that they could cut out, giving them some scissor practice too.

If kids wanted more shapes than what we handed out, we also had some shape outlines that they could cut out, giving them some scissor practice too.

Now with some older kids, at the youth center. I had them do the activity in silence, which worked remarkably well.

Now with some older kids, at the youth center. I had them do the activity in silence, which worked remarkably well.

They could ask me to help them fill in ONE square, which I did happily!

They could ask me to help them fill in ONE square, which I did happily!