The Bucyrus Public Library's first K-6 program of the 2003 year was held on January 25th, 2003 in the library's Community Room. This party featured the ever-popular Nickelodeon character, SpongeBob Squarepants. 37 participants enjoyed the afternoon! Each participant received a nametag (done with an Ellison puffy star die) with a SpongeBob stick attached upon arrival.
To begin the program, participants were encouraged to sing along with the show's theme song as it was played on a CD. Then, it was on to the SpongeBob Trivia Quiz, presented by Children's Librarian Barb Scott, and done as a Powerpoint presentation. All of those present proved to be HUGE fans of the show, as they shouted out answer after answer!
Once the trivia quiz was finished, participants were invited to pick one of four craft tables to work at, as well as one game station. This game station was "Pin the Squarepants on SpongeBob", played like "Pin the Tail on the Donkey".
The craft stations were:
1. Spongebob Door Hanger--participants colored and cut out a door hanger that featured the character of SpongeBob on it.
2. SpongeBob Treat Bag--participants colored and constructed a small treat bag that could later be used to hold other crafts and handouts.
3. SpongeBob Paper Craft--this station had a SpongeBob figure for participants to cut out and assemble. SpongeBob was also given a chef's hat so that he would be ready to work at The Krusty Krab!
4. Let's Design New Pants for Patrick--this station featured a large pink starfish shape (done with the extra-large Ellison puffy star die) and a pants pattern. Participants were invited to design new pants for Patrick and glue them onto the starfish shape. They were also provided with googly eyes and markers to make Patrick's face. These crafts were handed in, as they will be made part of a wall display along with pictures from the program.
While participants were busy working, Teen Advisory Board member (and daughter of our director!) Katie Wilkins made an appearance as SpongeBob, complete with costume! Many children (and teens) took the opportunity to get their picture taken with SpongeBob!
Once everyone was done with crafts, it was time for snacks! Participants enjoyed punch and the following munchies: Goldfish snack crackers, SpongeBob fruit snacks, Trolli Sour Gummy Octopus candies, and cookies.
After snacks, participants either finished up with crafts or enjoyed another game, along with the "Pin the Squarepants on SpongeBob". Several teen helpers manned a "Crab Race" which proved to be a lot of fun!
Before the program ended, a group picture was taken and drawings were held several SpongeBob prizes.