Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Early Literacy Calendars for 2018

Thank you to all the members who contributed to the YSS Early Literacy Calendars over the years! These calendars were designed to give parents and caregivers ideas and daily activities to incorporate early literacy practices into their day-to-day routine.

The YSS Board decided in 2017 that since there were other early literacy calendars readily available, YSS would concentrate its efforts and volunteer-power in other areas of value to YSS members and the youth and families they serve. One such calendar can be found here from Reading is Fundamental. It is also available in Spanish. There are also a variety of activity calendars produced by Demco including early literacy, children's, teens, and adults.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Junior Volunteers

As I was stopping by one my local libraries (La Crosse Public Library), my eye was caught by a program they have developed for grades 3 and up called Junior Volunteers. 

The program is set up to be very DIY and gives kids tremendous agency.

There is a brief seasonal orientation (although new kids can sign up anytime and get their orientation one-on-one). Kids fill in a lanyard nametag; sign themselves in on a sign-up sheet (limit one hour per week), have a posted list of jobs they can do (check with the librarian to see what they need you to do) and as a cool bonus, get to recommend books - a bookmark in each book has the name of the volunteer that suggested it. 

All the materials are around one pillar near the entrance. I love the DIY-ness and agency this program gives older elementary kids - and many of the simple tasks that really do lend a hand to the library staff.  

Dawn Wacek, YS Manager cautions that this is something to empower the kids not necessarily to produce quality work. The real goal is relationship-building, ownership and connecting kids with the library and the staff. 

How have you set up elementary school age volunteer or family volunteer opportunities at your library?


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Meet the Board: Katie Kiekhaefer, Chair-Elect

It's a new year and we have a new YSS Board!  This series will introduce each board member with some delightful questions and even more delightful photos.

Katie Kiekhaefer, Chair-Elect 

What was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite childhood book is still my favorite book: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  Every time I re-read it I find something new to love about it.  I also loved Richard Scarry, and I remember identifying strongly with Ramona Quimby (and still do!)  I also think the Sideways Stories books by Louis Sachar were a huge influence on my sense of humor as a child.

In what format do you like to read? EBooks? Print? Graphic Novel? Audiobook?
I definitely prefer a print book or a graphic novel, but I did just get a new Kindle Fire over the holidays so maybe that will convert me to eBooks!

What do you like to do in your free time to recharge?
I live in Milwaukee so exploring the city is one of my favorite ways to recharge.  I also really enjoy music and I try to attend concerts often.  Cooking is also a passion, so paging through recipe books and trying new dishes makes me feel very happy.  I will always be up for re-watching episodes of Great British Bake-Off.

What are you reading right now?
I'm currently preparing for Milwaukee County Federated Library System's annual Mock Newbery and Caldecott event so that's dominating my "to-read" pile.

What is your biggest goal for YSS in 2018?
As Chair Elect, my main goal is to absorb all the wisdom around me so I can be prepared to be a great Chair in 2019!  I would also love to do what I can to get more YSS members involved in presenting at conferences, since that was how I first discovered the greatness of YSS and got a idea of leadership opportunities in our state.

Anything else you’d like to share?
I'm grateful for the opportunity to be involved in such a strong group of amazing professionals.  Thank you!

Contact Katie: kiekhaefer@gmail.com

Friday, January 19, 2018

You Can Do it Too! DIY Ice House!

Our guest post today is by Mary Jo Erickson, Children's Librarian at the Johnson Public Library in Darlington.

My husband, Brent and I created the igloo one cold, snowy January afternoon!  Actually, it only took us 7 hours from start to finish (lots of hot glue!). A co-worker, Kate cut out the adorable bear shaped rug, we added, stuffed animals, blankets, fake trees, lots of books , and  flash lights.

We kept the igloo up the entire month of January.  

I hosted a family Twilight night at the library and we put glow sticks inside as many jugs that we could!  It was awesome! 


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Webinar - 30-Minute Tuesday: Apps For All

Tuesday, February 6
Presented by: Jay Gerlach, Library Service Associate, Brown County Library, Green Bay, WI

Over 2 million apps exist. Thinking about this is overwhelming, especially when deciding which apps would be most useful in the library. In this webinar, learn an overview of several applications and websites with a focus on their usefulness in a library setting. From online quiz apps like FlipQuiz and Kahoot, to the more well-known programs like Google Earth and Google Translate, we’ll take a look at a little bit of everything. A few websites, including Scratch (a site to teach coding) and The Wayback Machine (the Internet Archive) will be added for good measure. Bring along a smart device, as we’ll end the presentation with a live demonstration of Kahoot.

Register HERE.

Meet the Board: Terry Ehle, Past Chair

It's a new year and we have a new YSS Board!  This series will introduce each board member with some delightful questions and even more delightful photos.

Terry Ehle, Past Chair

What was your favorite childhood book?
My favorite book growing up was Tibor Gergely's Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories. I honestly can't tell you a single story in it but I have very fond memories of my dad reading it to us before bed.

In what format do you like to read? EBooks? Print? Graphic Novel? Audiobook?
I will read pretty much anything. I have no problem with eBooks. I am not a huge fan of graphic novels but they are growing on me. Audiobooks are harder because I only have a 3 minute commute and don't have much time to listen otherwise.

What do you like to do in your free time to recharge?
Right now I am obsessed with The Great British Baking Show - it is my Zen time of the day. My family also loves to travel, watch movies and play games.

What are you reading right now?
I am reading Renegades by Marissa Meyer.

What is your biggest goal for YSS in 2018?
To encourage more youth librarians to join YSS and get involved. We need a diversity of voices to ensure that YSS continues to grow and change.

Anything else you’d like to share?
Being involved with YSS has been an amazing experience and it has enriched my professional life tremendously. So many great folks working together to support libraries, literacy and youth - what's not to like?

Contact Terry: tehle@lesterlibrary.org

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

RESCHEDULED: YSS Powerhouse Presents: Where Are They?! Getting Out to Get Teens In

Where Are They?! Getting Out to Get Teens In
Friday, Feb 23, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Are you struggling to get teens in your doors?  Let YSS members Alicia Woodland (Appleton) and Emily Sanders (Williams Bay) share their stories about doing programming where the teens are and turn your struggle into success.  Co-sponsored by IFLS. 

Stop here to register (and find out about a YALSA Teen webinar series) and stop here to find archived webinars to fill your head with YSS-sponsored learning!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Embrace Your Inner--or Outer!--Grumpy Cat: Anti-Valentine's Ideas for Teens

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and, while some people love the holiday, others can't stand the lovey-dovey, heart-laden vibe that this particular holiday tends to permeate.

Why not provide a bit of fun for your teens--whether they rock Grumpy Cat snark or not--with an Un-Valentine's Day party?!

Here are some simple, cost-efficient ideas to help make your event a success:
  • Stinky, get-close-at-your-own-risk food.  We're talking Funyuns, Flaming Hot Cheetos, Sour Patch Kids, burp-inducing sodas, garlic/onion-y chips...  Deliciously smelly fun.
  • Snark-tastic Crafts/Activities
    Anti-Conversation Hearts (g2gwalk onhow 'bout no, etc.)
     This one is a simple as cutting out paper hearts and providing markers, sequins, what-have-you.  Once your teens have the basic idea, they'll definitely run with it.  (As you can imagine, it's best to set some basic ground rules, especially if some of them are prone to more...colorful...language.)

    Ugly/Snarky Valentine's Cards
     Let them create their own or consider providing old magazines, etc. for them to find inspiration/crafting materials.

    Re-Imagined Romance Covers
     Make some color photocopies of romance covers and provide art supplies, like Sharpies, glitter, googly eyes!

  • Love Stinks playlist.  Here are a few songs to get you started:
         Love Hurts - Gram Parsons
         It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
         Irreplaceable - Beyonce
         These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
         I Will Survive - Cake OR Gloria Gaynor
         Hit the Road, Jack - Ray Charles
         Single Ladies - Beyonce
         Since You've Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
         Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
         Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake
         Someone Like You - Adele
         Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects
         Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink (make sure to get the radio edit!)
         I'm Not the Only One - Sam Smith
         Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri
         You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
         Somebody to Love - Queen
         Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
         Apologize - OneRepublic
         When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Literary Holidays to Wrap Your Programs Around

The 5 Minute Librarian blog is one of my go-to places for ideas.

Recently, they gathered a list of literary "holidays" that happen throughout the year. It's a great way to pop programs, displays and initiatives in that support reading, literacy and your collections!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

CCBC's Charlotte Zolotow Award Announced!

Bao Phi has won this year's award for her picture book "A Different Pond".

Stop here to read all about it, about the honor books and highly commended books that were chosen by the Zolotow Committee!!