Here are links to different ways to make kaleidoscopes:
Science Works: How to Build a Kaleidoscope
The Ashland Science Works museum has great DYI instructions for a kaleidoscope. This project uses a toilet paper roll and aluminum foil (or shiny cardstock). They put translucent beads into a plastic bag and rubber band it to the roll. This website also explores the science of the kaleidoscope.
Science for Kids: How to Make a Kaleidoscope
This method uses a toilet paper roll and mylar sheets. The author had children draw on a round piece of paper and uses a straw to attach it to the roll. She paints her roll to beautify it. There is a video of her making the kaleidoscope.
DIY Kaleidoscope Craft for Kids
This method uses a paper towel roll and aluminum foil. The author cuts clear plastic circles from a salad greens lid. She glues the clear plastic circle to the open end of the paper towel roll. She inserts translucent beads into the tube and puts the second clear plastic circle into the roll. Then, she inserts aluminum foil covered cardboard. To make it look pretty, she attaches a piece of colorful paper onto the paper towel roll with tape.
Pairing STEAM with Stories: 46 Hands-On Activities for Children by Elizabeth McChesney (Ordered from the State Library of Oregon) Kaleidoscopes: page 12-13
This book has directions for a kaleidoscope that only uses mylar glued to cardboard. The author draws a picture on white paper and tapes it to the kaleidoscope. This version is simpler than the others because it does not place the mylar in a tube.
Here are my tips after trying several ways to make a kaleidoscope:
Join us for the Oregon Library Association, Children's Services Division (CSD) virtual winter 2021 board meeting. Here is the link to the Zoom meeting. You must be an OLA member to access it. We start at 2:00 pm PST and would love to have you join in the conversation.
Here is our rough draft agenda:
Spring Workshop/Training ideas
Brainstorming Spring fundraiser
ORCA committee members needed from CSD membership
CSD Communications/Web Editor updates
Hope to see you there!
The CSD board
Join the ORCA Committee
The Oregon Reader’s Choice Award (ORCA) was founded in 2010. The award is intended to be a fun and exciting way for Oregon youth in grades 3-12 to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers. During the course of the school year, Oregon students choose their favorite book in a real-life democratic process. Books must be nominated for inclusion on the ORCA ballot. In order to be considered, the book needs to have a copyright date of three years prior to when the ballots are announced. Oregon students, teachers, and librarians are all able to nominate books.
The nominations are reviewed by a committee of librarians and educators. The committee creates the final ballots based upon a number of criteria, including literary quality, creativity, reading enjoyment, and reading level.
The role of the ORCA committee is to read titles and contribute titles to the division lists of potential nominees. The bulk of committee work is done now -- January - April. This year, the committee is considering books with a 2019 publication date. Committee members commit to a two-year term with the option of a second term. There are openings for CSD, OYAN, and OASL members at the 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 reading levels.
Interested? Please contact Lori Lieberman, ORCA Chair for 2020-2022
National Day of Racial Healing
National Day of Racial Healing is on January 19, 2021. Check out this link to a WebJunction article that includes 9 ways your library and community can recognize the event. The ALA has put out a Library Action Kit for ideas and activities. Here is a booklist from the Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature of their best books of 2020. This blog post by Youth Services Shout Out has a wonderful list about race, justice, kids and libraries. Here is the link to the Heal Our Communities website.
Join the Community Conversation
Join us on ALA's social media channels on January 19 for a conversation around the National Day of Racial Healing and add to the conversation using #LibrariesRespond and #NDORH. As a community, we'd like to talk about:
If you're looking for ways to get started, consider exploring the Race Matters: Organizational Self-Assessment.
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