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Creating a 1 1/2 hour program with Jupiter's Family Secrets

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Creating a 1 1/2 hour program with Jupiter's Family Secrets

Postby laconte » Wed May 19, 2010 10:36 am

I had an interesting inquiry via email that I wanted to share with you all. What ideas do you have in mind for your library? Any suggestions?

The one thing that I would find useful that I didn't see would be an option that combined some of the most interesting activities into one program, lasting maybe an hour and a half. It isn't likely that we will have the staff to put on a whole series of programs, and I think that is probably true of a lot of libraries. Also, it is generally easier to get kids to come to one program than to commit to a series of programs. I was thinking of going through the activities and picking out several of them; I am a bit concerned about the fact that a lot would have to be left out, and it is still important to make the program cohesive.

I know the activities are aimed at ages 9-13, but in my libraries I am probably going to end up opening it up to a wider age range, as I did with the moon program. (One mother actually wanted to sign up her toddler!) I did something similar to Jump to Jupiter with my own kids when the youngest was not yet in kindergarten, and they all enjoyed it. I wonder if more of the activities might appeal to a somewhat broader age range than specified.
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