Thursday, February 21, 2019

2019 Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries across the country, is encouraging qualifying educators to apply for a 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant. Applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2019.  Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians whose proposals demonstrate creativity and a desire to make learning fun.
Find out more about the mini-grants and the application process HERE.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Large Print for Tweens/Teens

Jonathan Dolce writes: “Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and netbooks have all revolutionized the world for every age group. For tweens and teens, the effects of hours of utilizing these devices has made a real impact on their vision and literacy levels. Ralph Chu remarks on one condition called dry eye disease, saying, ‘you see dry eye disease commonly in people who are in their 50s and 60s. But now with children who are using their smartphones a lot, we’re seeing this more and more.’ So, let’s read up on how large print can make all the difference.”...
Read more HERE

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Proposals Wanted for the 2019 Play Make Learn Conference!

Looking for an opportunity to share some of the amazing things happening at your library?  

Consider submitting a proposal for the 2019 Play Make Learn Conference!  According to the website, the "Play Make Learn Collective stemmed from the collective interest in creating an innovative conference to promote play and learning research, industry, and practice."  The aim of the conference is to help inspire, share knowledge, and celebrate one another's incredible work and achievements.  How great is that?!  

The event coordinators are looking for workshops, demos, individual and/or panel presentations, and poster sessions.  Click HERE to submit a proposal!

The conference will be held in Madison on August 8-9, 2019.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Readers Grow Readers

Thanks and a tip of the hat to Stephen Abrams at Stephens Lighthouse for sharing this infographic and links to the original article in his blog on February 11, 2019!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Summer Learning for Library Staff Serving Youth

There's still a chance to sign up for the UW iSchool's course "Creating the Summer Library Program of Your Dreams" co-taught by two of YSS's amazing members, Marge Loch-Wouters and Sue Abrahamson.

Utilizing their experience and examining summer learning through various lenses, this course is an opportunity to learn from them and from your peers throughout the nation. Summer is THE season in the library and there's much to consider when planning and evaluating your summer library program.

The first session of this course filled so quickly that the iSchool added a second session and seats are still available. For more information or to register, visit the Program at a Glance page. This session runs from March 11 - April 7.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Teen Spring Flings: Romance Novels 2019

In honor of Valentine's Day I thought it would be fun to share Publishers Weekly's list of Teen Spring Flings: Romance Novels 2019.  Some of the titles are already out and some are still awaiting release.  Share the love!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Learning from Program Flops

Chelsea Price writes: “We’ve all been there: The crafts are set up, the snacks are out, and you’ve got your programming director hat on. You’re prepared for a great turnout, and then nobody shows up. It’s a huge letdown to be excited about a program only to have zero attendance. You wonder what you did wrong, why no one was interested. Programs are going to fail sometimes. But it’s important to try to turn unsuccessful programs into something from which you can learn and grow. Here are some ways I’ve grown from my most cringe-worthy programming flops.”...
Read more HERE

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

YSS: Support In Numbers - 2018 in Review

2018 was another great year for YSS!  Take a gander at these fine lookin' stats!

           127 Responses!
           71 YSS Members
          56 Non-members     
 16 WLA conference room monitors!
  Author Luncheon: Chris Grabenstein

New York Times Best Selling Author!

  246 ideas & resources shared!

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"I find the YSS resources and group to be invaluable to my work. I love the opportunity to travel to different parts of the state for the regional meet-ups, the blog gives me and my staff a ton of ideas, and the social times at conferences are always a blast. It's definitely an awesome resource to have in our state!" -survey feedback

Completed Projects:

     YSS Member and Non-member Surveys - a multi-year effort culminated in rich information this year. The survey was conducted, assessed and analyzed after surveys were finalized in late spring. Data will be used to strategically plan YSS annual and long-term goals in accordance with WLA priorities and member needs. This project was launched several years ago and will inform YSS leadership plan and execute efforts.
     WAPL & WLA Conferences - YSS fielded full schedules of programs at each and worked closely with the conference committees to coordinate them. YSS Social at WLA was well-attended with several groups participating in the escape room. Chris Grabenstein, the YSS Luncheon speaker, drew attendees and was hailed as an excellent choice.
     12 Months of Coding in final stages before launch somewhat behind deadline. Several rounds of soliciting content providers was necessary to achieve 3 levels of programming for each month.
     Regional Meet-ups took place in Waupaca and in Northwest WI (Rice Lake and Bloomer) took place last year. YSS aims to provide opportunities for professional development and networking at these face to face events open to members and potential members.
     YSS Youth Services Shout-out Blog continues to offer value and news to readers with content posted generally five days per week.
     YSS Powerhouse Presents struggled in 2018. Two webinars were presented last year, one in February on Teen Outreach Dos and Don’ts and one in December on Breaking Down Barriers: Girls Who Code. The 2019 Board will be discussing ways to improve the brand and the offerings this year with mentorship for its committee members from previous successful committee chairs.
     YSS Web Page committee met twice in 2018 by GoToMeeting and formalized plan for current and archived content. Page was edited to essentials, will reference out to the YSS Blog, and archive content in the WLA Dropbox.
     YSS Children’s Book Award Committee selected three candidates to fill openings for 2019 from large and small, urban and rural libraries from around the state. Emphasis on improving the ability of authors and illustrators to nominate their work for consideration and on the committee member application via online forms is a priority for 2019.
     YSS Nominations Committee fielded a competitive ballot for 2018 and is already beginning the process for 2019, as well as planning for the election of a WLA Board Liaison in the 2020 ballot.
     YSS Marketing Committee was formed at the WLA Conference. The marketing committee will assess and utilize various channels of communication, promotion, and strategic marketing to advance the goals of YSS and WLA; such as value to members, resources available, professional development, conference attendance and offerings, volunteer opportunities and email blasts.

2018 Board Members:
     Sarah Cournoyer, Chair
     Terry Ehle, Past Chair
     Katie Kiekhaefer, Chair-elect
     Julie Kinney, Secretary
     Caitlin Shaffer, Director at Large
     Elizabeth Timmins, Director at Large
     Claire Parrish, Director at Large
     Emily Sanders, Director at Large
     Sue Abrahamson, WLA Board Liaison

Current and Ongoing YSS Committees:
     YSS Membership Committee: Linda Jerome, Chair
     YSS WAPL Committee: Elizabeth Timmins & Emily Sanders, Co-chairs
     YSS WLA Committee: Claire Parrish & Caitlin Shaffer, Co-chairs
     YSS 12 Months of Coding Resource Committee: Julie Kinney & Caitlin Shaffer, Co-chairs
     YSS Powerhouse Presents Webinar Committee, Julie Kinney, Chair 2018
     YSS Blog Committee: Aimee Schreiber, Chair
     YSS Webpage Committee: Jeni Schomber, Webmaster
     YSS Children’s Book Award Committee: Judy Jones, Chair 2018; Abby Bussen, Chair 2019
     YSS Nominations Committee: Terry Ehle, Chair 2018, Sarah Cournoyer, Chair 2019
     YSS Marketing Committee (newly formed in October 2018), members include Anne Hamland, Sarah Cournoyer, Terry Ehle

**Shout out to the ever-rad Anne Hamland 
for compiling and creating this Year in Review report!**

Want to join in the fun for 2019?  
Click HERE to take the 2019 YSS Volunteer Survey and we'll connect you with an assortment of fabulous volunteer opportunities, ranging from a one-time commitment to serving a term on a committee!

Share your skills, learn some new ones,
and make professional connections around the state!

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Feb 22- YSS Regional Meet-up!

Please consider joining us for a fun-filled day of professional development and networking!

YSS Regional Meet Up - Southeastern Wisconsin
Friday, February 22nd | 12:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $0
Starts at: Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S 116th St,  Hales Corners, WI 
Ends at: Muskego Public Library, S73W16663 W Janesville Rd, Muskego, WI 

12:00pm-1:30pm: Lunch and program swap at Hales Corners Public Library
2:00pm-3:00pm: Tour of new children's area at Muskego Public Library
3:00pm-4:00pm: Diversity in Your Collection: Breakout EDU Experience at Muskego Public Library

Please bring a program idea to share with the group at our first location, and then bring your problem solving skills to an educational and fun Breakout EDU Experience!

You are welcome to bring a lunch with you, but we will also be ordering pizza if you'd like to be included.  

Additional questions?  Please feel free to email Katie Kiekhaefer, YSS Chair.

Partnering with Our Schools

In the spirit of work at the national level through ALA’s State Ecosystem Initiative and the new Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit done through collaborative efforts of AASL, YALSA, and ALSC, WEMTA, WLA, and DPI are working together to support and foster communications and collaborations among Wisconsin public and school librarians in order to better support the communities we serve. Each quarter we will share a resource, strategy, or example with you that could be used as a talking point in your community. Please use these ideas to initiate or continue to build relationships with public and school librarians.

The Wisconsin School Digital Library Consortium (WSDLC) and the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) are two, fun, easy-to-use ways to promote year-round literacy with students when they use school and public libraries. The WSDLC, launched in January 2018, provides digital audio and ebooks to over 130,000 students in over 100 districts across Wisconsin. The WPLC, which was used as a model for WSDLC, provides a collection of over 77,000 digital and audio ebooks to Wisconsin residents through their public libraries. The WSDLC has three collections to serve elementary, middle and high school students that contain a total of over 7,000 copies of over 4200 unique titles. These collections are available to schools and districts at a low cost, which is covered by district Common School Funds, to help provide equitable access to digital materials throughout our state. The content and platform for the WSDLC is provided by OverDrive, and access is made easy through the Sora App.

The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) provides e-content to patrons through the WI Digital Library via the Libby App, so why should public librarians become familiar with the WSDLC? And, why should school librarians learn more about WPLC? Because these resources provide great opportunities for public and school library partnerships!
  • Both the WPLC and WSDLC use the same vendor and the apps for each audience are similar. There is no need for training staff or patrons.
  • There are lots of materials available during the summer within the WSDLC. The wait time for titles is minimal, so this helps keep the reading momentum going with students when they are not in school and prevents “summer slide.” Also, the Sora app makes it easy to track and reward reading progress with a badging system, as well as allowing the ability to curate summer reading lists.
  • Many of the school-age patrons in public libraries will already be familiar with the look and feel of the WSDLC collections; however, they may not know they can access the titles at their public library, too.
  • School librarians can benefit from helping students access the WPLC because it effectively extends the list of available digital resources for students and faculty without needing additional training.
  • By working together to cross promote these resources, both schools and public libraries gain potential users for their collections. Even more importantly, you provide valuable connections between the lives of children in and outside of school.

For more information or questions regarding WSDLC or WPLC, please connect with your school or public librarian, or reach out to WiLS.

This message is brought to you through the collaborations of Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association (WEMTA), Wisconsin Library Association (WLA), and DPI School and Public Libraries. If you are interested in working on future tidbits or have other suggestions for collaborations, please contact Marge Loch-Wouters (WLA) or Michele Green (WEMTA) .