Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Music and Early Literacy

Lately, I've been promoting kids and family music as a way to develop early literacy skills. Some of my favorite artists include Ella Jenkins, Hap Palmer, Raffi, José-Luis Orozco, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Landau (a Madison area artist who has excellent rates for library programs - FYI), and the Laurie Berkner Band.

A recent discovery of mine, but an artist who's been around for a long time is Susie Tallman. I especially like the albums Children's Songs: A Collection of Childhood Favorites and Let's Go! Travel, Camp and Car Songs, but she has many others including  Classic Nursery Rhymes which features some diverse arrangements of traditional nursery rhymes.


Earlier in March, Jodie who blogs at Growing Book by Book: Nurturing Our Youngest Readers wrote about kids' songs that build literacy skills.

What are your favorite kids' and family musicians? What songs do you love to use in storytimes? Do you sing? Use a playlist? Share with us.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Elephant and Piggie Party!

Brought to you by Susie Menk at Manitowoc Public Library

Manitowoc Public Library Children’s Department recently hosted a Mo Willem’s Elephant & Piggie party as a wrap up to our winter readathon. The readathon was for children up through grade two. Children needed to read ten hours in a six week period. Children who completed their reading logs by March 7 received a little elephant water squirter. 

Then we had an Elephant & Piggie party. Children played games based on Mo Willem’s Elephant & Piggie books. There was a bird’s nest relay race, an Elephant & Piggie photo opportunity, a dress up bin, Elephant & Piggie crafts, as well as pin the trunk/nose on Elephant or Piggie. The kids had a great time! Door prizes of Elephant & Piggie books were given away to round out the party. 

Many of our ideas were from Abby the Librarian’s post or from other Pinterest sources. We just tweaked them a little to work for our patrons!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

YSS Powerhouse Presents: School Age Programming

Mark your calendar!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Register: http://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1519040549772322561
Wisconsin youth services librarians share successful programs for elementary age children. Includes on and off-site programs, tips on what made the programs work, pitfalls and successes.

  • Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library
  • Sarah Cournoyer, Horicon Public Library
  • Katie Kiekhaefer, Whitefish Bay Public Library
  • Alexandra Jennelle-Collins, Brewer Public Library

This webinar is brought to you by the Youth Services Section (or YSS) of the Wisconsin Library Association and the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS). YSS is the home for teen and children’s librarians in our state who push youth services forward and create exciting opportunities for youth librarians to network together, to lead and to learn. Please consider joining YSS by becoming a member of our statewide association: The Wisconsin Library Association. Together we are stronger!

Books IRL

A few book-to-life tidbits to ponder:

What other 'real life' things have you come across that relate to a book you've read?

Monday, March 16, 2015

52 Weeks: Week 2 LED Bracelets

Brought to you by the Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section, 52 Weeks of YA programming is a collection of teen programs submitted by YSS members across the state.

Week 2: LED Bracelets submitted by YSS Member Rebecca Van Dan

Photo credit: Instructables.com

Friday, March 13, 2015

Early Literacy and Family Engagement Workshop on April 9

Early Literacy and Family Engagement:  Creating Opportunities for Life-Long Fun and Learning with Lilly Irvin-Vitela (Wisconsin Head Start Association)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

52 Weeks of YA Programming! Try Something New

Brought to you by the Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section, 52 Weeks of YA programming is a collection of teen programs submitted by YSS members across the state. 

With help from our amazingly talented membership we hope to provide a resource that will inspire you to reach out to the young adults in your communities and try something new.

We will showcase one program here on the YSS blog each week.
OR you can download the entire 52 Weeks as a pdf document here.

Week 1: Hack a Banana submitted by YSS Member Cole Zrostlik.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WEMTA Conference - Make, Shake, and Move: March 22-24

The Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association Conference is taking place at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells from Sunday, March 22 through Tuesday, March 24. Join makers, movers and shakers from Wisconsin and beyond.

See the conference home page for schedule and more information on featured speakers. To share your story at the conference or to learn more about that, see the post on the WILibraries for Everyone blog.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Día Day Planning Resources and Booklists

If you are looking for Día resources, the folks at ALA have developed some free downloadable posters and booklists for different age groups emphasizing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) that you are free to use and share at your library.