Have Fun & Help the Library
Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573-4903
ph: 813 634-1396
The SouthShore Regional Library, in partnership with the SouthShore Friends of the Library, present a very large offering of pre-school programs for children. Children attending must be accompanied by their parent or caregiver.
In 2010 and 2011, the Community Foundation funded pre-school literacy programs with donations of $7,500 each year.
Michelle Weinstein's Report
November 11, 2011: This week we did the Velveteen Rabbit puppet shows as part of the SouthShore 5th Anniversary Month-Long Celebration. We had the program several times and they were enjoyed by 359 people. The cost per person was $2.36....fun, educational and cost effective! Below is a picture for your enjoyment. Michelle
If you click on the above web site, you will find much more about the Velveteen Rabitt series of programs.
The 2011 Spooktacular Spectacle was attended by 73 people this year. With lots of child interaction, we all sang "If you're spooky and you know it" and "Halloween Night." We then acted out "The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything". Then it was time to Trick or Treat through the library, we visited Galina, Darlene, and Chenoa for some candy (library staff). Lastly the children all made a bat puppet and played two pumpkin games. Even though the program was suppose to only be 45 minutes, several of the families stayed for an hour and a half. If that isn't a sign of having fun, I don't know what is. The "out of pocket" cost of the progran was $0.91 per attendee.
Michelle Weinstein's Report for March 2011.
Below is the March report on the children's programs. This month, the children's programs I did at SouthShore were attended by 1156 people. The attendance increases this month again because of the preschool programs.
The preschoolers of SHO had a very special treat. I got approval for a once a quarter Thursday morning program when SouthShore is typically closed. Angie from "Music With Mar" came out and danced and sang with the kids and their parents. Everyone really enjoyed and appreciated this special effort in getting permission for this program. The cost per person for this program was $1.50 per attendee.
In additon to this program, the preschoolers also got to enjoy two free "Motion Commotion" programs and two free puppet show programs.
For ages 5-12, I held our first CSI: Kids program. This event was attended by 30 people, and was "free for the Friends" because I was able to find everything I needed for our experients and activities from items previously purchased by the Friends. Everyone really enjoyed this program. I will definitely be doing this a fun program like this one again where the kids solve the crime.
GUEST HIGHLIGHTS in March
Our Monday night guest performer was Christine Van Horn from "Books We Love to Sing". She did a very enjoyable program where everyone attending got to participate and sing about books like Spider on the Floor, Old MacDonald, and How Much Is That Doggie In the Window. I think the kids were also impressed with the five different instruments she played to accompany the songs. I thought the kids were very cute in their "costumes" that she provided. This program was attended by 38 people and the cost per person was $2.63.
The cost per person for the Friend's sponsored children's programs was $1.81 for the month of March. I hope you enjoy looking at the picture.
Thank you as always for the Friends very generous support of the SouthShore Library's children's programs. I sincerely appreciate everything you do for the SouthShore Library.
February 2011. Reported by Michelle Weinstein, Librarian-Youth Services.
In February, 950 people attended children's programs at SouthShore.
GUEST PERFORMER HIGHLIGHTS. This month, our Monday night guest was Nani's Island Dances. Nani lead a fun and interactive family workshop where the kids and parents learned dances from Hawaii, New Zealand, and Tahiti, and of course, the ever popular limbo. Afterwards there was a special visit from her squirrel monkey.
MISS MICHELLE'S. For ages 5-12, I held our annual Dr. Seuss celebration. This event was attended by 68 people. First we enjoyed a couple of favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Then it was time to take the Cat in the Hat quizzer and see who was smarter than a Zozzfozzel. Thankfully, everyone was much smarter than a Zozzfozzel. We also made a cat in the hat puppet and played a Cat in the Hat ball toss game. Everyone really enjoyed their Dr. Seuss birthday cake provided by the Friends.
Below: A "Parents & kids" project...who is having the most fun?
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Halloween at the Libray
Michelle Weinstein, Children's Librarian, reported that we had our third annual Spooktacular Spectacle at the Southshore Library. This special Halloween event was attended by Bat-Man, Spider-man, cowgirls, angels, witches, Ariel, Mario, and several princesses, just to name a few. After participating in "If You're Spooky and You Know It" and an interactive version of "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything", it was time for the Trick or Treat parade through the library. Candy was given out by circulation staff, volunteers, and even our chief, Renelda Sells. After our parade it was time for our craft and games. Everyone had "folding fun" as we made an origami bat, and pinning as we pinned the face on a pumpkin. Michelle is already looking forward to and making plans for next year. There were 103 people at the event. KID'S Dr. Suess's Birthday
Below, in February 2010, Michelle Weinstien from the Library Staff leads over 110 children and parents in the Dr. Seuss Birthday Program. The cost per person for the program was 38 cents, which included a Birthday Cake provided by the Friends. Michelle said, "The kids really had fun with the activities, the craft that they made to take home, and the cake. I received numerous compliments from the parents on the program."
Animal Health and Safety Tips:
Below is a picture of a childrens class done by Library Staff Member Michelle Weinstien and a member of the HC Animal Services staff. They brought an adoptable kitten and talked about taking care of your pet.
The Alligator for the children's library has been finished! It is already at work in the children's room. Mark did a wonderful job creating it. Thanks to the friends for the funds. Michelle Weinstein
Note: Mark is a library employee at SouthShore. He volunteered his time and skills to build this great addition to the library. June 20, 2011
Below, The real Dr. Seus shows off his project!
January 2011 From Michelle Weinstein, Librarian-Youth Services Coordinator at SouthShore Regional Library
Children’s Programs in January 2011
This month, 842 people attended children's programs at SouthShore.
GUEST PERFORMER HIGHLIGHTS
The preschoolers (ages 0-5) had a special visit from Miss Aimee of Delightful Sounds. Miss Aimee visited all six daytime programs; and sang and danced with the kids and their parents. Special favorites of the kids (and parents) included the parachute and her large variety of musical instruments. Everyone got to play. The attendance at these programs was 129 people. The cost per person was 0.62 cents.
Elementary school children (ages 5-12) had an opportunity to attend SouthShore's first yoga program. Debbie, the instructor, led the kids through a series of yoga poses that got everyone bending and twisting. Some of the parents even “bent and twisted”. The cost per person was $1.40
For our monthly Monday evening program, we invited Cesar Domico from Magic is for Everyone. Cesar was very enthusiastic and energetic, and that transferred to the audience so that everyone, adults and kids, had a great time. We had one of our best turnouts for a Monday night program with 87 people. The cost per person was $2.30.
MISS MICHELLE'S PROGRAMS
In addition, I always try to stretch the children's budget by creating my own programs. This month I created a new Motion Commotion program for ages 2-5. We had 98 people this free high energy program.
For ages 5-12, I created a puzzle program in celebration of National Puzzle Day. Everyone had fun going to the four different puzzle stations and playing together as a family. The Friends purchased several puzzle books which were awarded to the lucky winners. We had 35 people attend, which works out to $1.84 per person.
Thank to the Friends of the Library, as always, for their very generous support. I sincerely appreciate everything the Friends do for the SouthShore Library.
SIDEWALK ART In honor of National Poetry Month, Michelle Weinstein put together a program on Shel Silverstein, the poet. We had 41 people attend. The program was enjoyed by both kids and the adults. After the interactive program inside was finished, the kids went outside and colored on the sidewalk in front of the library with chalk. A reporter from the Tampa Tribune was at the event so maybe we will see something in the newspaper.
Look below. Did you ever see so many kids in one room? At 2:00 p.m. on April 4, 2009, about 220 kids and their parent or grand parent, attended a puppet show at the SouthShore Library. The show was a joint effort of the Friends and the library staff, and was a production of the Bits 'N Pieces Puppet Theater. The kids ranged in age from about 3 to about 5. The room was very orderly, but there were lots of laughter...from both the kids and adults. To learn more about Bits 'N Pieces, ckick HERE.
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Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573-4903
ph: 813 634-1396