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Education Outreach supports library programs, see below for a description of the programs that we offer. If you are a librarian and are interested in having us visit your library please email [email protected]. If you are interested in attending one of our library programs, please contact your local library to find out if we are scheduled at a library near you.

Kamishibai program

SCVWD Education Outreach 2018-19 Library Programming Descriptions
Title of Program: Kamishibai story time with the Santa Clara Valley Water District

Description: Kamishibai is a traditional Japanese story-telling technique.  The Little Blue Hen is a conservation story where the hen teaches us to conserve water every day.  The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Weather Wolf is our flood season story where students learn how and where to build homes to make them flood-safe. [Note: one or the other will be presented depending on the season we are in.]  If we present on conservation, we will then discuss ways to save water at home as well as rebates and programs we offer at the SCVWD.   If we present on flood season, we will discuss family disaster preparedness kits and how to plan for floods and other disasters.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s water conservation messaging as well as family disaster preparedness planning and flood awareness.

Cost/Supplies: No cost, but we normally bring coloring sheets for the children, so having crayons and/or markers available would be nice.

Availability: Open availability depending on dates requested, we can accommodate both morning and mid-day.   

Prep Time/Duties: If there is a white board (magnetic is preferred) that is very helpful. The room can be set up theater style with open area in front for smaller children to sit in front.  It would also be great to have the room set up with one-two tables for handouts and props/materials.

Attendance limits: If more than 50 participants, please notify us in advance so we can prepare additional materials.  If less than 10, please also notify us so we can prepare less materials.  

Public Blurb: Join the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s education outreach team and learn about water conservation and/or flood awareness through a fun story-telling device called a Kamishibai. The Kamishibai is a Japanese story-telling device which resembles a small theater box, and translates to mean “paper theater.”  It originated in the Japanese Buddhist temples around the 12th Century.  Our program will feature either The Little Blue Hen, A Conservation Story, and/or The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Weather Wolf.  Following the story-time, staff will have handouts available on water conservation, rebates, upcoming workshops as well as family emergency planning and flood preparedness.

Puppet show program

SCVWD Education Outreach 2018-19 Library Programming Descriptions

Title of Program: “Elmo & Grover In The Park” – Conservation Puppet show with the Santa Clara Valley Water District

Description: The puppet show is themed around conservation featuring Elmo and Grover. The puppet show teaches students the importance of picking up litter, recycling, planting trees, and saving water. Sally the Salmon joins her friends Elmo and Grover and helps teach about the problem of trash polluting our rivers and oceans.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s water conservation messaging as well as the importance of student stewardship.

Cost/Supplies: No cost, but we normally bring extra educational materials on water conservation and our outdoor classroom programs.

Availability: Open availability depending on dates requested, we can accommodate both morning - mid-day and early afternoon.   

Prep Time/Duties: The room can be set up theater style with open area in front for smaller children to sit in front.  It would also be great to have the room set up with one-two tables for handouts and props/materials.

Attendance limits: If more than 50 participants, please notify us in advance so we can prepare additional materials.  If less than 10, please also notify us so we can prepare less materials.  

Public Blurb: Join the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s education outreach team and learn about conservation through a fun puppet show involving Elmo and Grover. The puppet show has 5 scenes which cover: picking up litter, recycling, planting trees, reusing old things in a new way and saving water. Following the puppet show, staff will have handouts available on water conservation, rebates and upcoming workshops.

Weather stories program

SCVWD Education Outreach 2018-19 Library Programming Descriptions

Title of Program: Weather stories with Santa Clara Valley Water District

Description: Weather stories is a fun and interactive activity that helps students explore weather through stories and art. The activity helps students learn about different weather conditions and how seasons affect the weather. After the presentation students create their own weather wheel to help track the weather every day.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge of preparedness for upcoming weather changes and to better understand our local climate through observation.

Cost/Supplies: No cost, but we normally bring weather wheel activity sheets for the children, so having crayons and/or markers available would be nice.

Availability: Open availability depending on dates requested, we can accommodate both morning, mid-day and early afternoons.   

Prep Time/Duties: The room can be set up theater style with open area in front for smaller children to sit in front. It would also be great to have the room set up with one-two tables for handouts and props/materials.

Attendance limits: If more than 50 participants, please notify us in advance so we can prepare additional materials.  If less than 10, please also notify us so we can prepare less materials.  

Public Blurb: Join the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Education Outreach team and learn about the weather through our interactive Weather Stories presentation. Weather stories is a fun program that teaches the students to observe different weather patterns through the seasons as they look at pictures and listen to stories. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own weather wheel for tracking the weather. Following the story-time, staff will have handouts available on water conservation, rebates, upcoming workshops as well as family emergency planning and flood preparedness.