When I started working in libraries officially, way back in 2012, I had my first introduction to Geronimo Stilton. And he’s still going strong! It’s kind of amazing really. This summer I think we had, on average, two Geronimo or Thea Stilton titles on the shelf at any given time. The rest were all checked out.
Given this popularity, we decided to host a Geronimo Stilton Party.
I started the program with a small craft. Mostly because people are always late, so I didn’t want to dive into anything too complicated and then have to re-explain. Earlier this summer we weeded our music CD collection pretty extensively, so we used the weeded CDs and made mice. The kids colored faces on the back of the CD in sharpie (mistake, since sharpie is still all over our tables) and glued on ears they made.
Once we were done making our mice, I read an excerpt from Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye that discussed Geronimo’s career as a journalist. We talked about what it means to be a journalist and why interviewing and getting facts is key. I then split the group up into pairs and handed them an interview sheet (pg 11) from the “Geronimo Stilton Summer Event Kit.” We then went around and shared what we learned about our partner.
Next, I read another excerpt, this time from My Name is Stilton, Geronimo Stilton. The excerpt focused on his new assistant and how she had a scoop and might give it to the competition. We then looked at old newspapers the library was about to recycle. The Twin Cities happens to have two newspapers, so that bit worked out well. We then discussed parts of the paper and I set them off on a newspaper scavenger hunt. Participants had to find: a byline, the date, weather, a map or photograph, a sports score and a letter to the editor. They then cute these out and pasted them onto paper.
All of this took a lot longer than expected, so I sent them home with an origami project and a hieroglyphics work sheet.
Overall, the program was really fun, but as always, I tend to overestimate the skills of the attendees. I had a couple of attendees who were just learning to read so the interview questions were way too hard.