Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Growing Wisconsin Readers (GWR) initiative has officially rolled out across the state. Public libraries have begun sharing brochures, hanging posters, and utilizing the Growing Wisconsin Readers mobile-friendly website. If you're a public librarian, you might be curious about how other librarians are getting the word out. The GWR blog will show and tell about what other communities are doing. In addition sharing great ideas, the blog will also highlight helpful resources and research about early literacy.
Growing Wisconsin Readers is all about helping caregivers read effectively with babies, toddlers, and young children. At the same time, the initiative aims to support and showcase how Wisconsin public libraries foster reading relationships. Consider this blog a conversation about cultivating your Growing Wisconsin Readers garden!
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--Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Thanks to Karen Lucas from the Madison Public Library for this awesome guest post!
For two summers Madison Public Libraries have allowed our summer reading participants to "share the love" of reading by adding the stickers they earn for summer reading (along with a regular prize they keep) to a Little Free Libraries poster. For every 8,000 books/hours read by kids, we promised to place a Little Free Library in a local neighborhood in which the families have lower access to public libraries. Then we stocked the Little Free Libraries with donated books.
This year our local YMCA is encouraging their kids (with their
adult mentor) to do book drives or donate old books they no longer need to the
Little Free Libraries earned through summer reading. And this year we had a Maker program at the
library where people came and made Little Free Libraries. Six were made
and three of those were donated to the summer reading Little Free Libraries
project. That means we only need to secure funding for installation and
registration for each of the LFLs.
|Kids create a little free library at a Madison Public Library workshop (photo from MPL)|
My initial desire was to get the Little Free Libraries into neighborhoods where there is shelter for homeless families since access to books is very difficult for these families. They are so transient they can't really risk checking books out of a regular library because they are likely to lose them. They need to not have to worry about losing books, while still having access to them. And at such a difficult time in their lives, a little reading escape can provide a welcome relief from their daily stresses, as well as providing something for them to do together as a family. That goal has now expanded to include neighborhoods where families face barriers getting to their closest branch library.
The first Little Free Library went outside a community center, and all the kids and adults involved loved painting it, seeing it go up, and selecting the books for stocking it initially. They were very excited to get the Little Free Library. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to keep track of the Little Free Library and make sure it remained stocked. This year, however, we are partnering with a school and the school librarian has volunteered to contact us when more books are needed. Check out the photos of our first Little Free Library installation.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Claire Kindt from the Kress Family Branch Library of the Brown County Library contributed some great photos for the Early Literacy PreConference. She says she got a lot of her inspiration from touring the Ridgedale Branch of the Hennepin County Public Library.
|This logo goes next to all the early literacy activities in the library to alert people to the fun learning ahead!|
|Engaging with pictures, symbols, words and feelings|
|Numbers on the stairs encourage counting and math!|
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Our best idea to date is our Early Reader Kits. Using materials from the Mailbox and books from the collection Rena Hurst creates these kits, as well as a crafts-to-go kit for our young patrons to take home with caregivers.
Attached are photos of the kits showing the contents. We take the books out of the collection, so we do check out each item separately, but because we rotate the contents, I feel this is justified, not just a ploy to increase circulation.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Tell us a little about your philosophy of libraries and youth services.
My children’s room is a lively and inviting space. I like to call it the “community living room”. I want families to be able to come in and be as they are. Come in if you have questions about books, the school system, special needs, offerings in our community or just come in if you need to vent and have another adult to listen. I think that children’s librarians can be at times, a “bartender” for stay- at- home parents. We listen to your troubles and try to give advice or just a hug and a kind ear. No alcohol served, just compassion and understanding.
What made you decide to become a member of WLA and YSS? What had been holding you back before?I joined WLA this year due to the encouragement of the 2013 DPI Youth Services Development Institute that I attended in September. When I was hired in 2007, I was told to refrain from referring to myself as a “Children’s Librarian” because I do not hold a MLS. I was told that those with a MLS would be offended if I assumed a title that they have worked hard to earn. Therefore, I have never felt fully comfortable in settings or conferences with “librarians”. After attending the institute I gained a new sense of acceptance of my place in the library world. Even though I don’t hold a MLA, I do believe that through my years of work with children and my experience in a library setting, I am qualified to refer to myself as a children’s librarian. I want to explore all the possibilities that are available to me.
Do you have any suggestions for YSS and other professional organizations to help them welcome all librarians?
One thing that I have noticed when attending conferences, people don’t readily go out of their way to meet new people and introduce new people to their friends. I have felt like a lonely fish swimming in a crowded ocean--and I consider myself to be an outgoing personality. I cannot imagine how lonely a shyer person would feel in the same situation. Somehow we need to identify ourselves more clearly as Youth Services in conference settings and reach out to get to know each other. We are all in this together.
How about ideas for how you’d like YSS to support you as a children’s librarian?
1 YSS could help Children’s Librarians by giving them a sense that they are not alone in this library world. I am very fortunate to work for a library that has a strong board, a good director, and amazing staff, in a community that values our library. I have come to realize that this is not always the norm. Many youth service librarians are dealing with difficult work situations. They need the support of friends and colleagues that have an understanding. There is a saying, “… it takes a village…”, well sometimes it may take more. It may take an entire state full of youth services professionals to work together to better the lives of children throughout Wisconsin.
Posted by IFLS Youth Services at 11:27 AM
Monday, December 2, 2013
Monster makeovers, pretend food playtime, and mad science are a few features in the December edition of the Wisconsin Youth Services Showcase. Check it out! We are still looking for more teen ideas and creative programs and services. What’s the best thing you did in 2013? Send in your jpeg/URL/PDF for a future edition of the showcase. Tessa Michaelson Schmidt Public Library Youth and Special Services Consultant
Monday, November 25, 2013
Marge Loch-Wouters of the La Crosse Public Library will be teaming up with Amy Koester to talk about "Unprogramming."
Do you find yourself spending hours planning school-age programs that are over in the blink of an eye?
Does your spending for teen program supplies make you blush? Are you ready to challenge yourself to be more efficient with your time, your staff’s time, and your department’s resources?
The session will take place at 10:30 am on January 15. You can register here.
Another program that might be of interest to youth librarians is "Tech Services for Target Audiences" with Claire Moore of the Darien Library in Connecticut. Claire will talk about her library's technology series with preschoolers, children and teens. Her program will be at 10:30 am on January 16, and you can also register for that as well.
Check out all the sessions for the conference on the Nicolet Federated Library System's Facebook page.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
La Crosse Public Library - Brooke Rasche, Early Literacy Librarian submitted these great ideas for the PreConference slideshow:
Activity Center - we trade out activities like flannelboards, matching games, sensory bottles, puppet theater etc each month.
We carved out our Play Learn Read early literacy area in a corner. It includes books and manipulatives perfect for toddler and parent interaction:
1000 Books and Baby Book Bees – This is our wall mural garden for 1000 Books – each dot represents 100 books read. You can see the bees for our new under 1 year old program Baby Book Bees. Dots and readers everywhere!
Ipads - Brand new, our two ipads feature a different app for toddlers each day. We ask parents to stay within touch of their child as they use them so they can get an introduction to recommended apps for their kids.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
As reported by Betsy Johnson, CSLP Vendor Chair:
"Jarrett Krosoczka will be creating the artwork for the children’s program Every Hero Has a Story. Jarrett is the author/illustrator of the popular children’s graphic novel series Lunch Lady.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Milwaukee County’s Youth Services Committee is once again hosting our annual Mock Awards. We will be discussing and voting on what we believe should win this year’s Printz, Newbery, and Caldecott Awards. Our event takes place onat the Greenfield Public Library.
Participants are placed at a table that has pre-selected books assigned to it. We begin with table discussions, then each table presents their titles to the group and shares if they believe one is a contender. Following the presentations, everyone has the opportunity to share titles that were not on the list. Then we vote!
We cover Printz eligible books in the morning, and Newbery and Caldecott books are in the afternoon. Participants may sign up for one or both sessions.
Please feel free to share this program with other librarians who may be interested.
We hope to see you all there!
North Shore Library