|This is the art that happened to be hanging outside|
my presentation room at The Classic Center
in Athens, GA. Pretty fitting, right?
As I told the librarians, one of my goals for 2016 was to reach out to Georgia teachers and librarians, as I was born in Covington, Georgia and have always enjoyed thinking of myself as a Georgia "peach." And what I discovered (not a surprise) was that Georgia librarians are just as peachy as they can be! Thanks so much to those who attended for your enthusiasm for poetry and field notebooks in the first session, and for veggie-art in the second session! Here are some pictures taken by Paul who was my helper for the day:
|Painting with asparagus... does it get any better?!|
|Veggie art! (I esp. love that flowered vine on the right.)|
|Watermelon make-n-take craft!|
|Fun with jewelers' loupes!|
A couple of things I learned:
One way to handle potential food allergies when doing food programming is to post outside the door a list of all the foods included in the program so that parents can decide whether to bring their kids in or not.
Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya by Mary and Rich Chamberlin, illustrated by Julia Cairns. I suggest having a Pancake party and including all sorts of other "pancakes" to bring a multicultural slant, like French crepes and Mexican tortillas and Indian flatbread. One of the librarians in attendance said she has used the book Will It Waffle? to host a Waffle (tasting) Party. FUN!!
Great job, librarians! I look forward to creating more art and poetry with you in the future!
Also: if you're ever in Athens, GA for breakfast or lunch, check out the restaurant Mama's Boy. So good!