Thursday, March 20, 2014

After-School Clubs for Kids (book)

Shaia, L.M. (2014). After-School Clubs for Kids: Thematic Programming to Encourage Reading. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1202-7

Learning that takes place "after hours" in a club setting is often an undersupported component of children's education. After-school clubs built around books encourage independent, recreational reading, which in turn has a positive impact on the rest of a child's day. In this book, Shaia offers a year's worth of ready-to-implement program ideas for librarians and educators. Her month-by-month calendar of themed clubs is conveniently divided by grade level (K-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6) to allow club leaders and organizers to closely align activities and book selections to the ages of the club's participants. This handy book

  • Offers programming on such themes as science, math, animals, mysteries, art, fairy tales, and more, all of which can be adapted for either a half-hour or forty-five-minute time slot   
  • Details age-specific bibliographies and suggestions for read-alouds, music, and craft or game activities, with different ideas for each week in a month
  • Presents information on publicizing the activity, community outreach, display ideas, set-up, supplies, management, and evaluation
With its inviting approach to book-based programming, Shaia's start-to-finish guide helps promote reading as a fun, engaging activity for kids.

Chapter 1: Math
Chapter 2: Fairy Tales
Chapter 3: Science
Chapter 4: Humor
Chapter 5: Art
Chapter 6: Mysteries
Chapter 7: Out at Sea
Chapter 8: Adventures
Chapter 9: School
Chapter 10: Chillers
Chapter 11: Boys Only
Chapter 12: Girls Only
(book description and table of contents)