The content of the blog will primarily be synopses of discussions, resources shared by students and content based on other coursework in Power Programming for Children - on a Budget, a six week spring 2014 UW-Madison online course. About half our students come from WI while others are from KY, WA, IN, KS, IL, MN, NE, MI and points in between - a great cross section of experience - and experiences. We hope it will serve both as a touchstone for folks in the course and a help to readers in the larger blogosphere!
This week, we are exploring what it is about programming work that keeps us coming back for more.
This is what class participants are sharing about where they find their happiness in programming:
- planning and thinking about programs - the scope for imagination is great fun and the work environment of a library in which to plan--what could be better?
- a system level consultant loves working with many different librarians sharing many different ideas. It gives her time to explore and discover many new blogs and ideas about youth services.
- seeing the response of children and the dedication of parents who might make a double trip to the library so both a preschool child in storytime and a sibling in school get to experience the library.
- getting to know the kids and families more deeply and the element of creativity that enters into creating programs.
- knowing that early literacy components in preschool programming will result in better informed parents/caregivers and better outcomes for the tots.
- the joy of kids and parents attending the program re-energizes!
- using creativity to highlight books and get kids reading is challenging and fun.
- the moment when you see the kids truly connecting with the library and what you are doing in a program
- when the kids view the library as a fun place
- having the programming pieces fall together - great idea, low/no cost, good attendance, appreciation from kids and a photo in the paper the next day.
- seeing kids come back when they are older and help with programs or as adults to say hi
- getting a plate of thank you treats
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