Monday, May 2, 2016

Summer Programming Ideas: STEAM and Sports

The Featured Article in Library Sparks May/June issue is Gaining Steam: Extreme Sports. Written by Amy Koester, who blogs at The Show Me Librarian, it includes three hands-on programs tied to the summer library program theme as well as a brief annotated bibliography of reading connections.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Early Word: Be in the Know

Want to keep up on publishing and author news, galley chats,  and trends in children's and YA books? Try Early Word. You can subscribe to the email newsletter or check the blog every day. This is a resource that was described in the Readers Advisory for All webinar given by Becky Spratford and hosted by the Indianhead Federate Library System. You can view the recording of the webinar at this link. You can learn more about Becky at her blog RA for All.

Summer readers or year round readers, librarians can benefit from learning about appeal terms (think adjectives), speed reading techniques, and how to hear what a patron is really looking for in order to make a positive connection between book, reader, and you.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fandom 101: The Raven Cycle

Full disclosure: I adore Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle series.  Like, anxiously await every new release, race home, lock the door, and refuse to acknowledge the world until I laugh, sob, panic, panic more, sniff, and sigh my way through cover to cover.  Which is why I was so excited to see that the Hub has done a segment on the growing Raven Cycle fandom.  Sure, sure, we all have one fandom or another that we keep an eye on (SHERLOCK, Lunar Chronicles, etc.), but Stiefvater's followers began as a small, fairly contained group.  Until now.  There are fan groups and fan works and fanfic and of course fan art pouring into the fanverse at an outrageous rate.  It is definitely a fandom to watch.  Particularly, how your teens at your library may engage with The Raven Cycle fandom!
Read more HERE.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Upcoming Free Webinar Reminder

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Almost here! The next YSS Powerhouse Presents:.. webinar is 

Transistions and Transformations

Monday May 9
10-11 am

The process of change – whether in taking on a new job in a new state; creating a new service paradigm in your youth department or moving up the management ladder from children’s librarian to director – comes packed with excitement, trepidation and a bit of strategic planning. Join our panel to learn the road signs they used towards change and tips on how to manage that changing paradigm. With Dawn Wacek (La Crosse Public Library), Sharon Grover (Arrowhead Library System) and Sue Abrahamson (Waupaca Area Public Library).


The webinar is being hosted by our colleagues at the Northern Waters Library System and registration is now open (and free!)    Register now.


YSS Powerhouse Presents... is a series of webinars sponsored by WLA's Youth Services Section featuring YSS members addressing various topics of interest to librarians working with youth.  Each webinar is co-sponsored by a WI library system. Our first webinar of the year, co-sponsored by Indianhead Federated Library System, is now archived: Transforming Collections with Katherine Elchert and Kelsey Johnson Kaiser.


You can also find links to archives of our 2015 webinars on our YSS Resource page

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Quick Link to ALA Notable Children's Books

Lists of the Notable Children's Books from 1995 to 2015 are available on the ALA website. Click here to view.

"Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books. According to the Notables Criteria, "notable" is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways" (ALSC website).

The 2016 list is available here.
A 2016 selection.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Call for Wisconsin Science Fest Proposals

Become one of the several public libraries in the state participating in the Wisconsin Science Festival with an event of your own this year! The 2016 Wisconsin Science Festival will take place at venues around the state from October 20-23. It's a great opportunity for hands-on STEAM programming or whatever best suits your community and staff interests.

You're invited!
Join us as one of the nearly 100 venues participating in the 2016 Wisconsin Science Festival! The four-day festival connects people with science, engineering, technology, art and math and provides opportunities for your organization to:
  • Reach new audiences
  • Create community connections
  • Gain visibility
  • Build partnerships
  • Celebrate the sciences, arts and humanities in Wisconsin

Participation is simple and free
All you have to do is to provide the program. We'll work directly with you to answer questions and publicize your event. We'll also provide promotional items and offer webinars for you to network and learn more about the festival.
Get started here:
Many answers and information for new festival hosts can be found on our website and our staff are always more than happy to speak with you to assist your planning.
Kickoff webinar
This year, we're offering live webinars to help you with your programming and coordinate with other sites in your region of the state. The goals of the calls are to:
  • Provide guidance and resources for programming
  • Build networks and collaborations
  • Work with you on communications and marketing
The first webinar session will be offered on Tuesday, April 26, at 10 a.m.
To register for this informational webinar, click here.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mini Booklist - Preschool Animal Books!

In this continuing monthly feature, YSS member Brooke Newberry shares a a mini-booklist you can use to recommend fun books to kids. This month she looks at newly published animal books sure to please preschoolers. Just click the link below each book cover for more info!

Some Birds by Matt Spink


Over on the Farm by Marianne Berkes

Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs by Linda Sue Park


Listen to Our World by Bill Martin


For other mini-booklists in the series:

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




Thursday, April 21, 2016

YA Fiction for Fans of Game of Thrones



WINTER IS COMING . . . I promise it is and it arrives on April 24, 2016.

Game of Thrones is very violent and very sexual; do teens watch really watch it?  Yes!  Some of them even watch it with their parents.  Why is Game of Thrones so popular?  It’s about maniacal kings and powerful women and dragons and war and magic.  What’s not to like?

Whichever theme your teens find intriguing, there’s a book for that.  Check out YALSA's awesome list of Game of Thrones Read Alikes for teens.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ratings, Values, and Librarian's Thoughts about Common Sense Media

In case you haven't seen the debate around ratings and Common Sense Media that took place on the ALSC (Association for Library Services to Children) listserv earlier this month, this article on the ALSC blog sums up the key points, librarian concerns, and issues surrounding intellectual freedom and labeling. The article also includes links to Joyce Johnston's piece on the OIF blog titled Common Sense Media:  Promoting Family Values or Dictating Them?  and an updated version of a 2010  editorial from Pat Scales, titled Three Bombs, Two Lips, and a Martini Glass updated as a result of the ALSC-L discussions.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

30 Minutes with Kwame Alexander - Free Webinar


Kwame Alexander, 2015 winner of the John Newbery Medal and New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one books, will join JLG's Deborah Ford to discuss his two newest creations-Surf's Up, a picture book for grades K-1 and Booked, a novel for middle grade readers. Learn more about the writing of these two stories, both JLG Spring Selections, and get a glance into the creative approach of the writer.  You may even hear more about what Kwame will do next!  Don't miss it!

Can’t make the date? Register anyway so a link to the video archive of this webinar can be e-mailed to you after the event.