[Updated, March 26 2020]
Library-use models are changing, and we’re excited to help our amazing library clients create more interactive days and activities as their place in their town’s social life changes too.
Here are a few of our most popular library options, and why our librarian clients choose them.
MOST POPULAR – CARTOON MEET AND GREET
- Details – Have a character come to do a amusement-park-styled meet and greet where each kid can meet them, have them work the front desk, have them greeting guests as they enter the library, or do story time. These packages are SUPER flexible and because all of our cartoon characters are trained actors, they can even switch the plan mid-event if you need.
- Why librarians love it – having a cartoon character (or several) visit for a day is a great way to get families in and more unique than other kid-centered activities. We can get through a LOT of children through meet and greets and it’s more flexible than other packages.
- Price – relatively low. Because we can get through around 30 children per hour for a meet and greet, the cost-per-child is lower than most other activities.
- Educational Tie-Ins – Kick off summer reading campaigns or, with the rising popularity of illustrated kids books, do special comic book days.
MOST EDUCATIONAL – BALLOON CLASSES
- Details – Have a balloon artist come and do small work-shops with anyone over the age of 6. You can also add-on hours of professional balloon twisting if you want to entertain guests earlier or later in the day!
- Why Librarians Love It – If you don’t have a full maker-space but want to offer a different and creative workshop, this takes almost no supplies or space.
- Price – Higher per guest than a meet-and-greet, but exactly the same per-hour price as all other balloon twisting packages.
- Educational Tie-Ins – Maker-spaces and workshops are big right now, and these are great additions to any workshop or craft spaces.
MOST ENERGETIC – JUGGLING CLASSES
- Details – Our professional circus performers come in to teach children first the basics of juggling with slow-moving scarves, then seal in their skills with classic ball juggling. They even have a chance to try it with a partner, and the whole program is punctuated with non-competitive games to keep kids from getting too tired, even when learning something hard.
- Why Librarians Love It – Recently, to help working parents, we’ve seen an uptick in libraries offering week-long camps with fun but educational themes, and this has been a great way to give the kids a more physical and energetic break from other activities to keep them from getting too overloaded.
- Price – The same prices as our balloon twisting classes (ask our office for details).
- Educational Tie-Ins – Themed weeks or programs that have included juggling classes in their schedule have been circus themes, body sciences, and health themes.