Hello interested parties! I do a lot of programs in my work as a librarian and independently through the Library as Incubator Project. Below is a sample of programs I've developed and coordinated, frequently with the support of partners. - Laura

Program participants working on a tracing project, part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, October 2013.

Program participants working on a tracing project, part of the Wisconsin Book Festival, October 2013.

Library Takeover - an event-planning bootcamp for teams of community members who want to learn how to plan and host great large-scale events. Ongoing at Madison Public Library.

Volunteer Toolbox - developed in conjunction with community organizations, the Volunteer Toolbox is a series of workshops designed to enhance volunteer trainings regardless of where you volunteer. Ongoing at Madison Public Library.

Past Programs

After-School Maker Club - monthly club is a partnership of the Evansville School District and Eager Free Public Library. Students in 2nd-5th grade meet to participate in hands-on learning opportunities on topics such as stop-motion animation, basic circuitry and electronics, building and engineering projects.

Book to Art Club - monthly book club discussions with studio time to develop and make creative responses to the text.

Story Makers - monthly after-school programs for kids in grades K-5th, art and creative writing projects to develop storytelling skills.

Movers & Makers - weekly early literacy program for toddlers and preschoolers, with music, movement, and maker activities. Ongoing at Eager Free Public Library.

Leading Movers & Makers, April 2014.

Leading Movers & Makers, April 2014.

Summer Library Activities @ Eager Free Public Library - coordinator and facilitator for youth summer library activities, including weekly programs for toddlers/preschoolers; daily programs for K-4th grades; twice-weekly programs for young adults.

Laura and Holly from the Library as Incubator Project at Hawthorne Library, November 2013.

Laura and Holly from the Library as Incubator Project at Hawthorne Library, November 2013.

S.T.E.A.M.punks Club - after-school program for kids K-5th grade, with activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM).

Library @ EYC - after-school outreach visits to the Evansville Youth Center. Book-related activities and games, discussion of favorite books and authors.

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) - advisor for the Eager Free Public Library's Teen Advisory Group.

Evansville Young Writers Group - a monthly program for middle school students interested in creative writing. Consists of writing prompts and exercises, and readalouds of works in progress.

Video Game Making Workshops - a repeating program that provides an opportunity for attendees to learn how to use Sploder, a web-based game-making program, to create their own publishable video games. 

Hawthorne Library Birthday Bash - mask-making activity inspired by Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, Madison Public Library, Hawthorne Branch, November 2013.

Zombie Night - a partnership with Building a Safer Evansville, Evansville Youth Center, and Eager Free Public Library, October 2013.

The Maker Experience - a blend of programs, resources, and pop-up activities coordinated for the Wisconsin Library Association Conference, October 2013.

Wisconsin Book Festival - drop-in art activities. September 2013. 

Science is Fun! - an evening family program that was part of the Wisconsin Science Festival; a partnership between Eager Free Public Library and the Evansville School District. Annual event since September 2013.

Camp Story Times - a weekly program developed for school-age kids at Eastside Express Summer Camp. Madison, Wisconsin, Summer 2013.

Sharing stories at Eastside Express Summer Camp. Madison, Wisconsin, Summer 2013.

Sharing stories at Eastside Express Summer Camp. Madison, Wisconsin, Summer 2013.