Friday, May 26, 2017

Wonder-the movie

I for one and pretty excited to see how Hollywood interpreted Auggie Pullman!  At LPL, we had big plans to do a Wonder release party this past April--unfortunately the release was delayed, but at last!  It's here.
Check out the trailer and info here:

image from Wonder the movie

Anyone have any coordinated programming planned?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

WAPL Session Recap: Sound Learning: Read-Alongs Enhancing Literacy Development

Post by: Dana Johnson, Youth Services Librarian, La Crosse Public Library

As a self-identifying audiobook enthusiast, I jumped at the chance to attend Sharon Grover and Jamie Swenson’s presentation on Sound Learning: Read-Alongs Enhancing Literacy Development. Sharon and Jamie kicked off this presentation by addressing how audiobooks support literacy development. Some parents and caregivers may feel that listening to an audio book is “cheating” and should not count as reading time.  In response to this, Sharon and Jamie introduced the Audio Publishers Association’s Sound Learning  website, which is an excellent resource in advocating for the benefits of audiobooks. In particular, library staff should familiarize themselves with this infographic to put those worried parents minds at ease. I printed and hung a copy next to my audio book section! 

The presentation then turned to using audiobooks with picture books together in a read—along experience. Here are some of the many benefits:
  • Picture book read-alongs give children time to follow the text and read the illustrations
  • Audiobooks can serve as a great tool for engaging distracted children in storytimes
  • The music and sound effects in these audiobooks create an emotional experience that reinforces the tone of the text and story.
  • Read-alongs promote phonological awareness
  • Audiobooks help caregivers bridge any language or skill gaps by reinforcing correct pronunciation and removing pressure from parents who may be uncomfortable reading aloud.
My favorite takeaway from the session was that audiobooks can be a tool used to promote diversity in our library. We know from the We Need Diverse Books campaign, that children need to see themselves authentically reflected in the stories they read. Sharon and Jamie took this a step further. They advocate that we also need to make sure the voices our children hear are also diverse. I love storytime, but as a White, Midwestern, native English-speaker, I cannot do justice to a Yuyi Morales book. The children in my storytimes hear my voice and voices with similar cadence and dialect often in their schools and library. By using diverse audiobook read-alongs, like Imani’s Moon by JaNay Brown-Wood or Jaquline Woodson’s This is the Rope, children will get to hear diverse dialects, voices, and tones narrating these stories in authentic ways. 

I highly recommend looking at Sharon and Jamie’s slides and exploring the Sound Learning website.

Check out other WAPL youth program reports from the April 27-28 conference (links will be highlighted when published):

Stop here at the WAPL conference website for all the session handouts and slidedecks.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DIY Fidget Spinner

Fidget Spinner (Pixabay)
The latest craze in my town is fidget spinners. A month ago I didn't see any. Now they are everywhere. The fidget spinner is promoted as stress-relieving toy and as helping people, especially with ADHD, autism, and anxiety, to focus.

During my SRP promotional visits to the schools, kids are asking if we can have them as prizes for summer reading. The answer is no because I have no budget. But, there might be a DIY version that would work great in program or as a passive craft station in the library. The folks at Red Ted Art have delivered to us budget-depleted librarians an easy DIY fidget spinner. It uses my favorite, very plentiful, free thing in the world - cardboard!

Have you made a fidget spinner in a program? Share your success, tips, and instructions in the comment section.

Monday, May 22, 2017

WAPL Handouts and Slidedecks!

Pixabay Image

The WAPL conference handouts and slidedecks are up and waiting for you to learn from and peruse!

Stop here to get all the great info on youth programs!

Friday, May 19, 2017

ALA Annual Closing Speaker!

This year is my first ALA, so clearly this is happening just for me.  I hope I'll see many of you there!

Closing General Session Featuring Hilary Rodham Clinton

In 2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. She served as the 67th Secretary of State—from January 21, 2009, until February 1, 2013—after nearly four decades in public service advocating on behalf of children and families as an attorney, First Lady, and U.S. Senator from New York. She and her husband, President Bill Clinton, are the proud parents of Chelsea and grandparents of Charlotte and Aidan. 

She is the author of several bestselling books, including the memoirs Hard Choices and Living History, and her groundbreaking work on children, It Takes a Village. This September, Simon & Schuster will publish a new book by Secretary Clinton. Additionally, in September, It Takes a Village will be published for the first time by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers as an all-new, full-color picture book illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Marla Frazee. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

How did I not know?  I am a fairly well tuned-in person when it comes to all things reading obsessed, so how have I missed Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon every year?  And to add insult to injury, it takes place TWICE a year!  So I have been doubly oblivious.  Well, no more!  Now I know that every April and October the book loving world via Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook and more comes together to read for 24 hours straight.  There are mini challenges and cheerleaders and snack-eating encouragement.  This would be fun to extend into the physical library, possibly with teens or as part of a Read Down Your Fines program.

Not sure about reading for 24 hours in a row?  Find more information on Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon HERE.  I found the FAQ page particularly helpful (and amusing).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Upplugged Gaming

Teens love technology but they are interested in what old timers used to do for fun before iPads and YouTube. Emma Carbone at Teen Services Underground writes about those games that don't need electricity or a server (ugh) in the post "Gaming Unplugged: Board Games, Card Games, and Party Games to use in Teen Programs".

I loved the board game Clue as a kid. Lots of kids today don't know the game. (The horror!) We have a copy at my library. I showed some 5th graders how to play and they loved it! Now they want to play it during our after-school board games and LEGO club.

Pro-tip I learned at a workshop but don't remember who said it: You can make life-size Jenga by using long 12-pack soda cardboard containers.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Summer is a Super Time to Share YSS Early Literacy Calendars

With all the additional patrons in the library, summer is a wonderful time to introduce your patrons to the YSS Early Literacy Calendars. Filled with easy activities emphasizing early literacy practices, the calendar is a terrific outreach piece and summer handout for parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Get your downloadable pdf file of the calendar on the WLA YSS Resources page right HERE. Each month was created by a different YSS member.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Social Justice Storytimes in Real Time

Some of you may have seen the panel program I did at WAPL with Katherine from RLPL, Hollis from Ladysmith and Virginia from Rhinelander on the idea of libraries in the resistance.  My small piece was mostly about how Youth Services can demonstrate through displays and programming that libraries are for our most marginalized community members, as well as for classic "stakeholders" in the community.

I wanted to share our Reading Without Walls Storytime here in case anyone would like to adapt it for their own community.

I had a lot of interest from community members following the election for some kind of SJ programming--especially from our local SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) group.  Because we plan so far in advance, it took a little while to go from idea to reality, as I wanted a series of storytimes, targeting older preschoolers to early gradeschoolers.

We set up for May and selected Wednesday afternoons at 5:30--late enough that caregivers would be finished with work, hopefully early enough to have dinner afterwards.

We are midway through the series and so far the response is underwhelming, honestly.  None of the excited SURJ families have attended.  Soccer started this month on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. (I know, rookie mistake!)  And, those who have attended have been fairly young for the program.  As in, ages 1-6 instead of 4-8.

However!  Ever the professional librarian, I luckily have materials on each week's theme for any age, so I've been able to adjust down on the age level of my books.  Our extension activities have also been simplified on the fly.  Discussion has been limited, but encouraging with the few children in attendance seeming to grasp the ideas about bullying and fairness pretty well.  Sully felt the discussion on gender in preschool was "good" after we read Jacob's New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman.  He said he wouldn't mind at all if a friend wanted to wear a dress.
This week, the local paper did a fabulous article on the program, so I'm hopeful that that might boost the response for the rest of the month.  We will see!  In the meantime, I wanted to share my structure with you all, because other than timing and event conflicts, I still think this is a program that could be really great for almost any library.

Each week I am reading 3-4 books (lately 2-3 due to the age of my crowd).  My full selection lists can be found here:
The themes we have developed for the five weeks are families, gender identity expression and roles, poverty and food scarcity, race and culture, and immigration and refugee experiences.
We are incorporating music, a discussion activity and a craft at the end as well.  Most of my extension activities can be found on pinterest here:

My layout went like this:
Week one

  • M&M icebreaker activity to get to know one another
  • The more we get together
  • Families, Families, Families by Suzanne and Max Lang
  • A Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary
  • We all sing in the same voice
  • One Family by George Shannon
  • Family accordion book craft
  • Family blocks found here:
Are you doing any programming like this?  Please share in the comments!  And of course, let me know if you want more specifics on any one theme or activity!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 ALSC Summer Reading Lists

ALSC has posted their 2017 Summer Reading Lists for ages birth - 8th grade!  You can download each list AND they "can be customized to include library information, summer hours and summer reading programs for children before making copies available to schools and patrons."

Titles include: The Lending Zoo (Frank Asch), The Quickest Kid in Clarksville (Pat Zietlow Miller), Unusual Chicken for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer (Kelly Jones), and In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse (Joseph Marshall). 

Find the downloadable lists HERE.