Friday, July 31, 2015

IFLS Presents New Media, Early Literacy, and Libraries Workshop

New Media, Early Literacy, and Libraries
September 18, 2015, 9:00-4:00
WITC Conference Center, 1900 College Drive, Rice Lake, WI 54868

Learn the why and how of incorporating new media into your programs and services for young children and families, find out how to evaluate and discover apps that are most beneficial for young children and families.

Carissa Christner, Madison Public Library, author, and contributor to Little eLit, will present a hands-on workshop! 

Lunch is free.  6 technology contact hours for library certification

Register by September 10

Or for more information, contact:
Leah Langby
Library Development and Youth Services Coordinator
Indianhead Federated Library System

Monday, July 27, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Program Ideas from ALA Program-a-Looza

Sure we're still kneedeep in summer library programming, but we're starting to plan for fall and beyond. Want some ideas from youth services librarians across the country? Amy Seto Forrester covers the program with attached notes from the sessions with this post on her blog Picture Book A Day.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Submit your summer success story

We love to hear about the summer reading and summer library program successes of Wisconsin's Youth Services community. If you are a YSS member, consider submitting a brief article or some photos sharing your story so that we can share it on this blog. Submissions may be sent to Sarah at the email shown in the blog header.

Monday, July 20, 2015

52 Weeks: Week 20 The Maze

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 20: The Maze Submitted by YSS Member Terry Ehle

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Make Your Own Ice Cream - Summer or Science Fun!

I've done this program twice at my library. Once for our Super Science Stations program as part of the Wisconsin Science Fest in 2013 and again as part of our Summer Library Program this year. Both times, it's been a crowd pleaser! One participant was truly surprised that they could make ice cream with only cream, sugar, cocoa and a bag full of ice. He exclaimed, "It's GOOD!"

This is the recipe we used. It makes a single serving. If you would like a supply list for 40 servings, please leave a comment and I will share it.

Ice Cream in a Bag
·       1 tablespoon sugar, 2 if making chocolate ice cream
·       ½ cup milk, cream, or half and half
·       1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract OR 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
·       6 tablespoons kosher salt or ice cream salt
·       Enough ice to fill the gallon-sized bag halfway (4 cups)
·       1 gallon-sized heavy-duty freezer bag
·       2 zipper sandwich bags


  1.    Half fill gallon bag with ice.
  2.    Sprinkle with salt. Salt reduces the freezing point of ice!
  3.    Fill one sandwich bag with the ice cream ingredients and zip.
  4.    Place it inside another sandwich bag and zip.
  5.    Place the 2 sealed bags inside the large bag full of ice and salt. Seal.
  6.    Shake until the ice cream is solid. It may take 5-10 minutes.
  7.    Carefully remove inner bag from the other two.
  8.    Enjoy your ice cream!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Free Media Mentor Webinar for Tuesday, July 21

Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) has an upcoming webinar that is free and open to anyone to attend. Learn more about media mentorship in public libraries from Amy Koester, Youth & Family Program Coordinator, Skokie (IL) Public Library. To read more about the it or to register visit

Monday, July 6, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Vetted apps to share

When I am asked about apps for kids, two of the resources I've shared with parents, grandparents and other interested adults are from these Wisconsin libraries who have put great lists together:

Darien Library Apps & Tech
Darien Library Early Literacy Apps
Madison Public Library Kids Apps (Carissa's picks include search options to target appropriate apps)

What resources do you use when acting as a media mentor?