STEAM TRUNK CIRCUS Indiegogo Campaign

So excited about our new indiegogo campaign. Please click the link to see what it’s all about and support creativity in education! Please help us spread the word by sharing it directly from the Indiegogo page. Thanks!! Go to    

Zombie Tag-A Fun Game for Halloween (or any time of the year!)

Zombie Tag is a great game for Halloween or any time you need to bring a little life (or death) to a party. It’s also a great team-building game because the group has to work together to tag the other players. Make it a Book SmARTS activity and Read: A Zombie’s Guide to the Human […]

Water Balloon Yo-Yo

Featured Creative Literacy Activity:  Water Balloon Yo-Yo   The water balloon yo-you is fun summer activity for all ages.  Surprisingly, it doesn’t get too messy, and can be done indoors.  Make it a Creative Literacy project! Read the book THEN do the craft. Materials   9″ Balloon Extra Large Rubber Band (can be found at office […]


GOCK PUPPETS: (Gothic Sock Puppets)   Gocks are an absolute blast to make!!! All you need are some socks (preferably black!), some glue, googly eyes, safety pins, and any embellishments or decorations you can find. Kids can even make their own gock puppet video. Like the one below which was written, shot and edited by two […]


Olivia Bean Trivia Queen ACTIVITY GUIDE    Several weeks ago, I featured an interview with author Donna Gephart (If you missed it, check out our blog In the interview, Donna talked about her newest book Olivia Bean Trivia Queen.   There’s now a FREE 9-page activity/reading guide to go along with the book, with reading questions, […]

Library Hunger Games

Mulberry Public Library’s Hunger Games Event by Sofia Simpson, Youth Services Librarian Gue The Hunger Games movie is on every teen’s mind right now, it seems. So we, at The Mulberry Library, decided to bring the Games to life by having an actual Hunger Games event.  Played on a high school football field, teens signed up to […]

The YES! Name Game

The YES! Name Game One of the reasons it’s so strange to do a presentation without any audience feedback is the lack of energy exchange. So much of performing or presenting “live” is the give and take of energy between the audience and the performer. This is one of the reasons we love to perform […]

5 Out-Of-The-Box Ideas to Encourage Reading!

Here are 5 fun, creative ideas to get kids reading! 1. Crank Up the Karaoke Kids have so much fun doing karaoke they won’t even realize they’re reading! Visit garage sales for inexpensive machines (you’ll find them beside the fondue pots and bread makers) or just print out the lyrics to your children’s favorite music and […]

New York Public Libraries

Hello! Welcome to our new blog. Kenny and I are so excited to have a place to put all the cool stuff we collect in our travels. Seriously, we find some COOL stuff ‘cause we spend our time hanging out with librarians, teachers, parents and kids! We want this blog to be one big soup […]