The Fall semester is upon us, and that means Allied Drive Literacy Time is starting back up!
As always, we will head to Allied Drive on Monday’s, leaving campus around 2:00 and returning by 4:30.
Fall 2015 Dates:
Fall is officially around the corner, so you know what that means… Pumpkins!!! Pumpkin scented candles, pumpkin flavored coffee drinks, and pumpkin pies overloaded with whipped cream!
Oh, I guess the changing of the season means some other stuff, too. It also means that our group of volunteers from UW-Madison will once again be visiting the Allied Drive Learning Center to promote literacy skills to young learners!
The proposed dates, which have been approved by the learning center are:
- September 22
- October 20
- November 17
- December 8
Keep in mind, these may be subject to change, but the student coordinator will keep the group posted.
Welcome back, Allied volunteers! I’d like to take a moment to share some information about our Spring 2014 trips:
1.) Dates- Our trips will once again take place on Monday afternoons, from 2-4:30. We will meet at the SLIS Library and ride together to the Allied Drive facility. The Spring Dates are:
- February 10
- March 10
- April 7
- April 28
2.) Guest Readers- This semester, we will have volunteer readers from various campus libraries accompanying us to do storytimes. Our first visit will have guests from the SLIS Library, the second will feature readers from UW’s Water Library, and the third will showcase the reading talents of MERIT librarians (tentatively). The fourth and final trip will not feature any special guests, so that we have time to give the Allied kids FREE BOOKS!!! Sorry, got a little too excited there.
3.) Contact info- If you’d like to volunteer to come along on our trips, make suggestions, or share something literacy related, please feel free to contact us. Our e-mail is slisallied(at)gmail dot com, or you can simply leave a comment on this blog. Thanks for all you do for these kids!!!
This one was lots of fun, plenty of moving around! In addition to our usual opening song, we danced to some songs from the boombox.
We also made dancing ribbon wands by decorating paper-covered paper towel tubes with stickers and markers and gluing on crepe paper streamers, great for dancing around!
It’s already time for the new semester to start, and with it, start fall trips to Allied Drive Learning Center! Welcome, new members, we’re excited to have you.
The dates for Fall 2013 will be:
As the semester wraps up, I would like to say a gigantic THANK YOU to all of our wonderful volunteers and to the Allied Learning Center for having us. It’s such a great experience to spend time with the kids each month, getting to know them and practicing our librarian skills. Without student volunteers, we would never be able to work with the Learning Center like we do, and their enthusiasm makes every trip awesome. Thanks again, and see you in the spring!
Our November trip included a storytime focused on healthy living for the kindergarten and first grade students. Our special addition to this trip was the very first chance to use the Wii we purchased using grant funds! Our goal is to use the Wii to motivate exercise and movement, so we used is a fun dance-along game to get the kids moving. I’m happy to report it was a huge success! The kids took turns using the Wii’s nun chucks, had fun comparing their movement scores, and enjoyed dancing along during someone else’s turn.
Meanwhile, the second and third graders read a variety of books about folktales from around the world. Here were some of their favorites:
John Henry by Julius Lester
Once Upon a Royal Superbaby by Kevin O’Malley
Hosni the Dreamer: An Arabian Tale by Ehud Ben-Ezer