Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Have You Heard...?

According to an article from MusicRadar.com, the BBC recently announced that it now allows people to download more than 16,000 free sound effect samples from its archives!  Check out the archives HERE

Even better?  The license allows for the sound effects to be used for "personal, educational or research purposes."  

In the brief article, Music Radar also mentioned its own library of free samples--dubbed SampleRadar--which features collections of musical loops, hits, and multisamples.  Again, the samples can be used as you see fit, but not redistributed.

Combine these resources with those available on BadgerLink and you are rollin' in sound effect options!

Imagine the possibilities!  Music mixing programs, film making/stop animation, promotional videos...  The sky's the limit!  

Monday, April 23, 2018

Feedback Wanted on YALSA Report About Teen Service Focused Continuing Education Needs

Now through April 30th the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies are seeking feedback from the library community and beyond on our draft report about the teen services-focused continuing education needs of all library staff.  This project is being funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Access the report and feedback form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ttsce_draft_report_feedback
Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts about the report!

Talking is Teaching PLA Program

WLA's PLA Liaison is Bridges Library System's Angela Meyers. If you haven't strarted following her blog, you should. It is chock full of information that she generously shares to all WLA members and non-members alike on her experiences and reports on PLA attendance and membership.

This post reports out on a PLA session called Talking is Teaching: Opportunities for Increasing Early Brain and Language Development complete with links and free docs to download!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Copyright Works Entering the Public Domain in 2019

 Virginia Woolf  Photo: George Charles Bereford

Nick Douglas over at lifehacker has shared a great list of 1923 copyrighted works that will enter the public domain January 1, 2019.  This is the first time in over 20 years that a full year of copyrighted works will be released.  The list includes movies, like Charlie Chaplin's The Pilgrim, music, including "Yes! We Have NO Bananas!", and BOOKS, including Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.  Once open to public use, these films, pieces of music, and certainly books, could lend themselves well to a teen program focused on re-telling or mashing up elements of the works.  Check out the article and full list HERE.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fast Advanced Google Search

Google's advanced search tools can help students (as well as librarians) find useful information that doesn't necessarily appear at the top of search results pages. Unfortunately, students often forget about the advanced search options or don't even know where to find them. There is a Chrome extension that aims to help alleviate those problems.

Fast Advanced Google Search is a Chrome extension that puts a shortcut to the advanced search tools right next to the URL field in Chrome. Click the extension once to open Google's advanced search options without leaving the search results page that you are currently viewing.

Read the full article HERE

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Stylin' Community Partnership

One day, my husband shared an article he found on Reddit about a dad who taught other fathers how to style their daughters' hair.  

His comment: "I would love to learn how to do that."

I knew that I wasn't the most skilled at hair (embrace messy hair, for the win!) but I decided that this shouldn't stop me from trying to offer a class for our patrons!  I reached out to Clear Waters Salon and Day Spa, a local hair salon in Williams Bay, asking if they'd be interested in partnering for a hair how-to program.  Spoiler alert: they said yes.  

And How Do You 'Do was born.

We began marketing the program, both at the salon and in the library, making sure that both places were well-represented in the promotional materials and that our marketing campaign was universally used, both in person and on social media; we wanted folks to know right away what was going on and who was involved.

Next, we focused on what we'd need for the program itself.  It was decided that we would leave it open to anyone who wanted to attend, rather than making it exclusively for fathers/father figures.  In order to better plan, we asked for participants to register ahead of time, including both the parent and the child/children who would be in attendance.  Clear Waters was generous enough to donate both a handful of stylists and swag bags (those were a surprise!) for the event.  The library provided the space, the marketing materials, and additional essentials for the program: tables, chairs, manipulatives for the kids to use while they were helping with the tutorials, etc.

On the night of the program, the stylists came armed with a handful of ideas on what they could show, such as a basic French braid, the ever-popular Elsa braid, crowns, buns, and so forth.  The participants were also asked for specific style requests and were encouraged to record the sessions using their phones as they saw fit.

To add a bit of extra fun, one of the stylists also brought along some fun temporary hair colors for anyone who was interested. 
The kids loved heading home with rockin' mermaid/unicorn hair!


This program was so much fun!  Many of the patrons have requested we hold something like this again and, just recently, the salon expressed a similar wish - - so I certainly see more snazzy 'dos in our future.

One nice thing about this program is that it can be easily recreated, with or without the community partner, should you--or someone you know--be skilled at hair tutorials.  Phil Morgese and Emma, the father/daughter duo who inspired this whole idea, even have a Youtube series, if you'd rather do a video class!  Simply type in "dad hair school" on Youtube and voilĂ !  (Here's a link to a short video about the pair put together by 60 Second Docs)

Happy styling!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Need to Update Those Harry Potter Books?

Now might be the time. New covers illustrated by Brian Selznick will be available June 26, 2018. Thanks to Tasha at Waking Brain Cells for the tip!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Role-Playing Games Beyond D&D

"If you ever tried to get into tabletop role-playing games—the kind where you sit around with character sheets, describing your actions and rolling dice—it was probably through Dungeons & Dragons. And if you’re sick of medieval fantasy, or you don’t care about fighting monsters, or you hate looking up stats on different charts, you might have walked away thinking “I guess I don’t like RPGs.” Which is a shame, because there are thousands of other RPGs out there." - Nick Douglas

Last week over at lifehacker, Nick Douglas shared a great article highlighting various role-playing games that are NOT D&D (Dungeons and Dragons).  While D&D is by far the oldest RPG, it is by no means the only RPG.  And any one of the multitude of RPGs currently available might spark a great teen event or even be a good fit for a family program.  Check out the full article HERE.