Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Early Literacy Webinar Opportunities

A toddler explores with blocks, scarves and balls at a library program in Bloomer

Thanks to a Library Services and Technology grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Indianhead Federated Library System is thrilled to sponsor these two webinars about evidence-based library early literacy programs!  Webinars will be recorded (you’ll automatically get a link to the recording if you register), please register for each session separately.

Read, Play, Grow. Friday, September 5, 10-11 am.  Rachel Payne of the Brooklyn Public Library will describe her library's efforts to enhance early literacy by encouraging play with infants and toddlers.  Look for some great ideas to apply to your own programs and services! Read, Play, Grow registration.

Ready, Set Kindergarten.  Friday, September 12, 10-11 am.  Rachel Payne from the Brooklyn Public Library will discuss her library's work to support caregivers in developing early literacy skills with their preschoolers, including resources and information about reading, writing, playing, singing, talking, and also math and science.  Ready, Set Kindergarten registration.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Books & Literature

In this week’s 20 minute BadgerBrunch, learn about book recommendation resources NoveList and NoveList K-8. Click to Join.

NoveList and NoveList K-8 are fiction databases, providing access to information on fiction titles as well as feature content including author read-alikes, book discussion guides, reading lists and more.
These sessions will be recorded and archived. The archive of previous sessions is found at

There is no registration but you can sign up for email reminders.

Kara Ripley
Reference and BadgerLink Training Librarian
Department of Public Instruction

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Supporting Language and Early Literacy Training

Logos of participating partners
The Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners is sponsoring a free training about supporting language and early literacy in the home and community on August 14 from 10-3 in Wisconsin Rapids.  Early childhood professionals from all over the state will be there to learn about a "series of language and early literacy professional development materials, designed for professionals in all early learning and care settings
serving children, birth to 5."  The training and lunch are free because of funding from a Wisconsin Race to The Top grant.

The organizers are encouraging community teams to attend together.  Take a look around your community and see if you can join (or even form) a team, so libraries can be in on this conversation!  Register here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BadgerBrunch Focuses on TeachingBooks

Books & Literature
BadgerBrunch Training
Thursday at 10 AM

In this week’s 20 minute BadgerBrunch, learn about multimedia resources about books in Click to Join. provides thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading activities.

These sessions will be recorded and archived. The archive of previous sessions is found at

Kara Ripley
Reference and BadgerLink Training Librarian
Department of Public Instruction

Monday, July 14, 2014

Popular Frozen Fest

 Capitalizing on the recent popularity of the movie, the Brown County Library at its Central location held "Frozen Fest" last Monday.

Elsa and Anna made an appearance onstage, and more than 700 people showed up to watch them perform, play in the "ice," do crafts and get photos taken.

Lots of volunteers were on hand, and the Brown County Recycling Center donated more than 200 milk jugs for the makeshift ice fort.

Even though the setting in this movie is cold, the popularity of this movie is still hot !

Thursday, July 10, 2014

More Than Crafts

Every summer, I've always done "teen crafts". And I'd get a handful of girls. This year I wanted to try something a little different. I wanted to find something to encourage more boys to come. And I wanted to increase participation. So I lowered the target age group a little. Now the program includes 5th grade and older. Then I eliminated the word "crafts" from my program title. I still think it could use a little tweaking, but I went with "DIT Tuesdays" - Do It Together Tuesdays. And I tried to include more activities. 

So far everything has been successful. But the pudding pictionary, was great. And it was so cheap and easy! I used bulletin board paper that we had left over to cover the tables. Our library always posts a wish list for summer reading and I asked for pudding cups and cheap plastic table cloths from the dollar store. I used a pictionary generator to come up with words. And we were set. 
I divided the kids into two teams and they all took turns drawing. 

"Spark a Reaction" on Pinterest

If you haven't been to Pinterest to check out some theme ideas for "Spark a Reaction," it's worth checking out, as the theme has its own board!

You can look at ideas even if you don't have a Pinterest account. But if you are doing some cool things at your library, they might be worth "pinning."

I like the green slime walls using tablecloths.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sssssnakes and More

 The Brown County Southwest Branch in Green Bay recently had a sssssseriously good time at its Ssssssnakes and More program by the Fox Valley Herpetology Club.

The club, formed in 1996, educates the public on the responsible keeping of reptiles. They do educational talks throughout central Wisconsin and training sessions for fire, police and rescue organizations on handling large snakes.

I'm not sure I would be this brave in handling a snake that size!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July Youth Services Showcase

Magnetic responses, explosions, and 3D designs are just a few of the features on the July edition of the Wisconsin Youth Services Showcase:

Send in your submission for a future edition of the Showcase, now available with a “Pin it!” button for Pinterest users. 

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Youth and Special Services Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Governor's Read to Lead Grants Announced

Here is an article on the grants given out this year. YSS member Ann Hardginski services on the Read to Lead Task Force.

Is there a strong literacy partnership/coalition YOU can put together next year to create a great early literacy program for your community? Stay tuned for information on next year's grants!