Monday, February 8, 2016

52 Weeks: Week 49 Anti-Valentine’s Day

Brought to you by the Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section52 Weeks of YA Programming is a collection of teen programs submitted by YSS members across the state.

Week 49: Anti-Valentine’s Day Submitted by YSS Member Amber McCrea

Saturday, February 6, 2016

2016 CLEL Bell Award Winners

 Looking for great books that incorporate the five early literacy practices: Read, Write, Sing, Play, Talk?  Look no further than the recently announced CLEL Bell Award Winners!  Each year the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) short-lists 25 picture book titles, with 5 final winners.  The categories reflect the 5 early literacy practices emphasized in libraries.  Too see the winners and explore the short lists, click HERE.   

Friday, February 5, 2016

90 Picture Books for 90 Years of Black History Celebration

The best way to celebrate Black History Month with a children is to read to them!  There are many informational books about Civil Rights, slavery, and African Americans’ great accomplishments.  Black History Month can be celebrated by remembering those who have contributed to our past or by inspiring those who will create future history.
This book list, created by Children's Librarian Angela Bronson at Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, presents 90 picture books to celebrate 90 years of February being recognized as Black History Month.  Click HERE for complete list.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Early Literacy Calendars in Use

 Wondering about ways to use or distribute the YSS Early Literacy Calendar? Here are some ideas collected by Holly Storck-Post, Youth Services Coordinator, at Monroe Public Library.
  • I'm thinking about printing copies of the full calendar on cardstock, binding them with rings, and setting them out on the children's desk. Or I was also thinking about just giving out one month at a time, maybe stapling them to our library newsletter each month.
  • I use the Early Literacy Calendar to read the tips on the local radio.
  • I use it during storytime "Today's Early Literacy Tip for parents is....."
  • I have it on our website.
  • I put it in our eNewsletter, now and then.
  • I print out one month at a time and set it out at storytime and have it available in the children's room (we have a spinny thing with book lists) and I put one up on the wall too.
  • I highlight them in Storytime and try to do a couple of the activities in Storytime each month.
  • We’ve added the YSS Early Lit Calendar to the back of our monthly themed children’s newsletters.  We have copies of these available at our Youth Services Information Desk and patrons can freely take them.
If you have other tips to share with your youth services community, please send them along to me at scournoyer (at) mwfls (dot) org.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dia is Turning 20! And You Could Get a Mini-Grant!

Dia is turning 20!  Whether you've been participating since the beginning, or if you are looking to bring more diversity to your community this year, Dia is offering the chance at 20 mini-grants of $2,000 each.  Those eligible are ALSC members in public libraries within 20 miles of a Dollar General retail or corporate location.  Click HERE to apply!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mini Booklist - Board Books to Die for!

In this new monthly feature, YSS member Brook Newberry will share mini-booklists of delightful books to recommend to kids and parents. These mini-advisory tidbits sprang from a quick Facebook RA she did with friends and patrons before the December holidays. We were so so delighted by them we asked Brooke to share them on the blog. Just click the link under each book cover for more info!

Lots of Kisses- Lorna Crozier
Peekaboo- Giuliano Ferri

Jane Foster's ABC- Jane Foster

Global Baby Bedtimes
Brooke Newberry is the Early Literacy Librarian at the La Crosse Public Library and blogs at Reading with Red

Monday, February 1, 2016

52 Weeks: Week 48 Chocolate Olympics

Brought to you by the Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section52 Weeks of YA Programming is a collection of teen programs submitted by YSS members across the state.

Week 48: Chocolate Olympics Submitted by YSS Member Minetta Lippert

Saturday, January 30, 2016

How Do Tweens Seek Information

The blog, Tween You and Me, has a fascinating article based on Alyssa Tabor's research on information seeking behavior. Her five findings may  - or may not - surprise you!!

Friday, January 29, 2016

YSS Board Retreat

Today, for the first time that anyone can remember, your YSS board is going to meet to retreat.

While the board has long held monthly phone or Go-to-Meeting web conference meetings, there are few chances to meet in person, get to know each other better, reflect on our board responsibilities and plan in real time. Last year the board expressed interest in having an orientation/brainstorming retreat to help start 2016 off right.

What will be doing for four hours in DeForest Public Library?

We'll be looking at just what the responsibilities and possibilities are as board members of a vibrant, active section of the Wisconsin Library Association. We'll also be brainstorming our projects and work for the year; thinking about ways to give you, our members, more opportunities to help with projects and initiatives; and deciding how best to move decisively forward in our work on your behalf.

It means alot to have this time together to work on these things. When we are at conferences, at business meetings, there is little time for us to meet as a board. But having time in person to work fast and hard; to discuss our responsibilities and be inspired by our board work is a vital way to support and encourage the leaders of this active session.

We'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Here Comes February - Share Early Lit Tips

We hope you are using the great YSS Early Literacy calendar brought to you by a rotating group of YSS members who design a month for you each year!

The February calendar page was developed by Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser from La Crosse Public Library. 

You can download the entire calendar in either small 8.5" x 11" or 11" x 17" poster size free at the YSS section of the WLA website. Feel free to make it available to your patrons or post around your library!