A Real Owl! Owls at Hogwarts A Real Owl!

Saache Heinrich and I (Antonia Gisler) were partnered up to design a program that follows EPL's programming goals. EPL attempts to foster in children an interest in books and libraries, through programs held at the branches. We decided to work around the theme of the first day of school since the first book describes Harry's first day at Hogwarts boarding school so vividly.

Harry has a pet owl, named Hedwig, which is one of the many items a student is permitted to bring to Hogwarts. Saache came up with the brilliant idea of having the children make a mobile owl and take home to hang in their bedrooms. The below outline we followed for putting on our program.

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~ Outline ~

Table of Contents:

Title
Goals of Edmonton Public Library
Objectives of this Particular Program
Intended Audience
Date of Program
Registration Procedures
Forms of Publicity
Space and Facilities Required
Program Content
Materials Required
Advance Preparation
Set Up Required
Program Script
Evaluation
Resource List
Our Evaluation of Program
What Worked
What Could Have Worked Better
Response of the Participants
Objectives Met
Our Own Performance
Experience of Carrying Out the Assignment

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Title:
Owls at Hogwarts

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Goals of Edmonton Public Library(EPL):
EPL attempts to foster in children an interest in books and libraries, through programs held at the branches.

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Objectives of this Particular Program:
To provide an exciting and stimulating activity craft based on one aspect (owls) of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

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Intended Audience:

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Date of Program:
Friday March 31st, 2000
10:30am AND 1:00pm

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Registration Procedures:

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Forms of Publicity:

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Space and Facilities Required:

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Program Content:

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Materials Required:
*Brown paper bags *Glue gun/glue *Plain white stickers
(13cm x 8cm)
*Yellow felt
*Witch costume *Black construction
paper
*Pine cones *White Paper
*Face paint *Small googlie eyes *Newspaper *Fishing wire
*Decorations for name tags
(eg.foam stars)
*Ribbon *Adoption certificate *Glue sticks

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Advance Preparation:

  1. Cut and glue white eyes with black pupils
  2. Cut out wings (black paper)
  3. Gathering of pine cones
  4. Glue googlie eyes and beaks on pinecones
  5. Cut out beaks
  6. Glue decorations on stickers for name tags
  7. Poke two holes (approximately 10cm apart) in the top of paper bags (apply reinforcements to prevent tearing)
(Estimated advance preparation time: 14 hours)

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Set Up Required:

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Program Script:

  1. Print names on nametags using the registration form
  2. Greet each child and check if registered
  3. Hand nametag to child and direct to supervisor
  4. Attach nametags and direct child to sit on floor
  5. Introduce ourselves (as Madam Hooch and Professor McGonagall); talk about Harry Potter books; put lightening tattoos on foreheads; ask what is needed at your first day at Hogwarts; segue into making owls
  6. Ask children to find a spot at the tables (5 children per table)
  7. Activity
    1. choose ribbon to hang owls
    2. thread ribbon through holes at top of the paper bag; tie ends together
    3. glue eyes on paper bags
    4. glue wings using glue gun (adult)
    5. stuff owls with newspapers (talk about what owls like to eat)
    6. close bottom of paperbags with staplers (adult)
    7. glue on claws using glue gun (adult)
    8. attach pine cones (adult and child) to bottom of bag
    9. name owl and collect owl adoption certificate

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Evaluation:
The success of this program was evaluated on the response of the children before, during and after the craft.

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Resource List:

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Our Evaluation of Program:

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What Worked:

  1. Setting out the required materials before the kids arrived (less chaos)
  2. Choosing a craft both boys and girls enjoyed (not too girlie; or too small)
  3. Pre-cutting parts; making baby owls (pinecones)
  4. Having a partner to work with
  5. Using a glue gun (one glue gun per five children/one adult)

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What Could Have Worked Better:

  1. Not using fishing line
    • tangles too easily
    • suggest using yarn or ribbon (something thicker and easier to see)
  2. Using thicker or stronger construction paper for the wings. They wouldn't have flopped around so much and created more of a flying effect

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Response of the Participants:

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Objectives Met:

  1. Stimulating-okay
    • One or two kids in each group finished tasks quicker than the others and had to wait. However, there is no predicting this and this is when the poster and book display were excellent. The children discovered the poster and book display and the books were browsed through.
    • Provoked children into thinking differently about owls and about the role of Hedwig in the story of Harry Potter

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Our Own Performance:

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Experience Carrying Out the Assignment:

This was a great experience. It was nice to do something practical and "hands on". The popularity of the Harry Potter series probably helped with the enthusiasm of both the children and the LIS students. It was a great coincidence that most of us had read the first Harry Potter book last semester. This made it a bit easier to try and come up with an idea for an activity.

We both felt it helped enormously to do this with a partner. We don't think that we could have done all the preparation work for two groups of ten and have kept the preparation time within a reasonable amount of hours. Working with a partner made it more fun and easier to accomplish what needed to be done. Plus, it helped to bounce ideas of one another.

Even though it was hard to tell if all of the children loved the craft, it was very easy to tell that the staff at SPL loved our idea. They all flocked around us in the back room and admired our craft. Kathleen expressed interest in adapting the owl to another type of animal (eg. a bug for the summer program).

It was beneficial to have the opportunity to host a second session for the library. We were able to make a few small changes (ie. setting out craft supplies for each individual child) and relax and enjoy the second session because we knew the craft worked and the children liked it. The program took between 45 minutes and 1 hour to carry out. This was an asset because it helped us to relax and we did not need to fill any extra time.

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