Posted by – March 1, 2013
Connecting Fiction and Non-Fiction
Some of your library regulars may love reading stories while others use the non-fiction section to satisfy curiosity about dinosaurs, bugs, and sports (oh my!) There’s also that third group that might come for programs and gaming nights, but avoid reading. How can you develop programs to engage all three? How can you bridge fiction, non-fiction, and active learning? Why juggling, of course!
Visit the Connections Page for resources needed to get tweens and teens excited about juggling through hands-on workshops that you can run regardless of your juggling skill level. A reading list with both fiction and non-fiction books will help them dig deeper and explore their new interest in juggling. These resources can also serve as a model for other programming ideas to help bridge this gap.
This site has been developed with libraries in mind, but can easily be adapted for schools, camps, and afterschool programs. Flow Circus is available for hands-on training sessions to help your staff take full advantage of this resource. We are available to present sessions at conferences or regional meetings. These workshops are free if we are on tour in your area.
For other free resources and DIY projects, visit FlowCircus.com/freeresources.
Posted by – April 7, 2012
As we thought about Own the Night, the 2012 Teen Summer Reading Program theme, we figured many of you would go with the popular zombie, vampire, creatures of the night idea. We struggled at first with how to connect what we do with the theme because you don’t usually see juggling zombies! But when we refocused on our goal of helping kids discover new interests and skills that empower them, a variation on the theme seemed obvious: Take the Stage…Own the Night. Why not have teens learn new skills that provide them with the confidence and self-esteem to Own the Night.
We have compiled a variety of resources that start with teaching teens to juggle including DIY juggling balls that you can make with them on a shoe-string budget. But that’s just a starting point. Why not engage folks in your community to come in a do demonstrations on music, dance, storytelling, or other skills. We’ve also included ideas for showcasing teen talents from using them as opening acts for your SRP programs to a full talent show event. The materials have been developed with libraries in mind, but can easily be adapted for camps and afterschool programs.
All of these resources and more can be found at FlowCircus.com/OwnTheNight. Video contest coming May 1st. Join our mailing list to get details when available.
You can run these programs without us, but Flow Circus is available for family performances and teen workshops. Visit FlowCircus.com/library for more information.