Monday, May 4, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

Early Lit "Facelifts"

Mel's Desk just had a great post about brainstorming early literacy activities, and she linked to some great ideas from programs to quick "facelifts" that can brighten up any area that needs some early literacy love. The best part is that many of them are great jumping off points, leaving plenty of room to add your own spin. Or get really crazy, grab some friends or colleagues, and hold a brainstorming session of your own (be sure to share your great ideas with the YSS blog - email kelsey@lacrosselibrary.org)!
Desk facelift from Future Librarian Superhero

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

May the 4th Be with You



So perfect that the trailer for The Force Awakens just came out in time for this fun May day.



I love revisiting this post from earlier in our blog's history for program ideas. Many of the links still work and you'll have a ton of fun activities to wow the kids with everything Star Wars!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Live Clue at the Library


With 52 Weeks of Teen Programming and our recent post on recharging teen anima/mange club, we find it irresistible not to share this great post from Teen Services Underground on playing live Clue with teens.

Check it out!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Free School Age Programming Webinar 4/29


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YSS Powerhouse Presents supported by OWLS is presenting School Age Programming, featuring a panel of school age library programmers sharing their tips and tricks on great ideas perfect for any size library and budget.

This is the third in a continuing series of youth centered webinars sponsored and coordinated by YSS. Our section has over 300 members who are experts on all things youth. So each webinar is presented by YSS members (just like you) who have a passion for youth services and a yen to share successes.

The first webinar: Programming 101 (link to the archived webinar) was hosted by South Central Library System. The second  on Teen Services (link to the archived webinar) was hosted by Nicolet Federated Library System.

Join us for amazing learning right at your desk! See you next Wednesday!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Refresh Your Teen Anime/Manga Programs


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Libraries that run anime and or manga clubs often have a dedicated group of teens participating. You can run through activities pretty quickly.

If you need some new ideas to get started or to refresh your current offerings, Teen Services Underground comes to the rescue! Check out them out!

What ideas are you using with your manga/anime hungry teens?


Monday, April 20, 2015

52 Weeks: Week 7 Police Explorers



Brought to you by the Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section52 Weeks of YA Programming is a collection of teen programs submitted by YSS members across the state.

Week 10: Police Explorers Submitted by YSS Member Mehta Hess


Friday, April 17, 2015

How to Say No


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People who know me know I love to think about how we work towards creating an atmosphere of "yes" in our work. Within the confines of work, this moving towards yes can mean great success in building better buy-in, teamwork and innovative change for your library and community.

But what about outside of work? What about the many things that are peripherally part of your librarianship but serve better to advance your reputation or resume than to serve your community or job. It is tempting to say yes to as many things as possible but it can encroach on your energy, enthusiasm and ideas for your own paid-time work.

How to balance?

Melissa over at Mel's Desk has written three posts walking readers through her process of learning to say no to outside-work professional commitments. They are a perfect thoughtful primer to help all of us work out our own yeses and nos.

What I've Learned About Saying No
How Do You Know When to Say No
Different Types of Saying No
In Defense of Yes

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

No Fail Earth Day Storytime


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Those smarties over at Library Village held a highly successful Earth Day storytime.

And no wonder. It's packed full of perfect books and activities. April 22 will be here before we know it, here in it's founder's (Gaylord Nelson) home state. What a perfect way to celebrate the day!

What do you do on Earth Day?