1 A couple of weeks ago I had to go observe a children’s program at a public library for one of my grad school classes. I originally wanted to go see a young adult program but because of time and travel restrictions I settled on going to the Harold Washington Library to watch a program at the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library. I was happily surprised by how good it was. The presenter was a woman named Katie and she had a program prepared about things that move. She had a crowd of 20 to 30 children (2-5 yrs. old with a preschool group) and she presented in the small theatre in the children’s library.
She really had the kids attention right from the beginning and they all seemed to be enjoying it. Katie would read a picture book and intersperse it with finger plays, action activities and sing alongs. It was a good mix of activities because it kept the kids from zoning out and then would draw them back in when it was time for more focused attention. It was really nicely done.
The one critique that I would make is that it was too long. The entire program was 40 minutes and at about the 35 minute mark the kids really started to get restless. It wasn’t too crazy but you could tell that the program was running too long.
All in all it was a great activity and I would recommend it to anybody with young children. It would make a great morning activity, you could take the train down, go to the program, eat lunch and then take the train home (that is if it doesn’t interfere with nap time). The programs are at 11:00am and are supposed to run about 40 minutes. At some point I’m going to bring my own children down but I’ll wait until I can get the Mommy to come with me so I don’t have to wrestle the kids on my own.
For more information you can look at the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library Calendar of Events.