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Message: 7
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:08:23 -0500
From: Molly Senechal <molly.senechal@gmail.com>
Subject: [PY] Sharing SpongeBob program information
To: pubyac@lists.lis.illinois.edu
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Greetings, fellow PUBYAC subscribers!

I held a SpongeBob program at my library branch the other week and
wanted to share what went on with you in the event (pun intended) you
are considering running a SpongeBob program at your own library. I
would like to preface this by saying two things. First, I planned, and
advertised, the program for school-age kids (kindergarten and up). I
think we had a few younger siblings attend as well, which is fine.
Second, I had a GREAT group of teen volunteers, who ran the program
with minimal guidance from me.

On to the details:

Upon arriving for the party, everyone received a name tag with a silly
name (i.e.: Waxy Moonbeam Stephanie) on it (this was just for fun) and
a door prize entry form. I gathered everyone and we wrote a new
version of the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song as a Mad Lib.

After we had completed the Mad Lib, the children went to various
stations. We had:

*Sponge painting (I purchased some inexpensive sponges, some of which
were rectangular and some of which volunteers cut into other, basic
shapes). Children used the sponge shapes and tempera paint and painted
on cardstock.

* Jellyfishing. I had printed and laminated some cartoon-looking
jellyfish and put a paper clip on each one. On the back of each fish
was written a 1, 2, or 3. The fishing poles were long, narrow wooden
dowels with yarn for fishing line and magnets on the ends. Whatever
fish the children caught had a designated prize. For example, we had
stickers in bin 1, bookmarks in bin 2, and candy in bin 3. So if a
person caught a jellyfish with a 1, he or she got a sticker.

* Sponge Juice. This was lemonade we served in SpongeBob Dixie Cups.

* Picture BINGO. We made up BINGO cards with pictures of things you'd
find at the beach (bathing suit, beach ball, etc.) and had some small
seashells as card markers. When a person had a BINGO, he or she rolled
a prize die to determine what he or she won. (We had bookmarks, candy,
books, and cocktail umbrellas).

* Pin the Pants on SpongeBob. We drew and laminated a picture of
SpongeBob for this activity.

* Chum Bucket. This activity didn't last long because our Plankton
figurine broke. This activity involved children tossing Plankton and
trying to get him to land in a plastic bucket.

*SpongeBob Twister. I found images of the four main SpongeBob
characters (SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Sandy), printed them,
laminated them, and put Velcro on the back (so they would stick to our
carpet), then laid them out in rows like a Twister board. One of our
AWESOME clerks made a spinner to go with the game. We did ask Twister
players to remove their shoes before starting.

After about an hour of the "breakout" activities, I gathered everyone
together again and we drew for door prizes. Two library patrons had
donated money to cover program costs and I purchased inexpensive
prizes at our local dollar store. I did make sure some of the prizes
were books.

We had about 60 people (including adults) attend. We did not read a
book as part of the program.

Please reply to me off list if you'd like information on the Mad Lib
(or anything else related to this program). Thanks!

Molly Senechal
Youth Services Librarian
Brown County Library, East Branch
Green Bay, Wisconsin



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