Friday, September 22, 2017


Every fall, I for one get that excited "back to school" buzz!  You too?  Looking for great online courses you can take to freshen up your programming, selection or work life in general?

Check out the fabulous resources offered locally from your system, via online learning spaces, or from regional universities.  Here are a few coming up:

Share your favorite resources for learning on the job in comments!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Literacy Calendar

YSS has decided not to write it's own literacy calendar for the upcoming year, but will instead use and promote the calendar created by Reading Is Fundamental (  The calendar is available in both English and Spanish!  Check out the link below to explore this great resource.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Opportunities for You to Get Involved with YSS at WLA

Looking for a way to be more involved? Attending WLA? YSS has three volunteer opportunties available to members!

YSS Preconference Assistance
Time: Tuesday, October 17 12:00-5:30 PM

Volunteers will be working virtually with Tessa Michaelson Schmidt prior to the preconference with logistics, marketing, and event preparations. Volunteers must also register to be at the preconference, and to help in-person with setup of the preconference, put together any handouts, greet participants as they arrive, help keep program running smoothy and assist with any clean up.

WLA Street Team
Time: Phone meeting before WLA (time to be chosen by volunteers) and various times throughout the conference.

Volunteers will be working with YSS board memebers to set up the YSS booth, assist with YSS social on Thursday evening at 7:15 PM, assist with coordination of get-to-know you game that is top secret and cannot be disclosed on this google sheet. You do not have to attend ALL of WLA to participate.

YSS Booth
Time: Throughout WLA

Sit at the YSS booth, greet those who stop by, answer questions, encourage membership and volunteering opportunties and meet great people! The YSS booth is located in the exhibit hall next to the CCBC.

If you are attending WLA, are a YSS member AND would like to help out please sign up for a spot HERE!  If you aren't able to volunteer, stop by the YSS Booth and say hello.

Questions? Email Terry Ehle at tehle (at) lesterlibrary (dot) org

Take Charge of Your Professional Development and Growth

If you are looking for ways to grow your professional development and competencies, here is a resource developed by 2016-2017 ALA President Julie Todaro’s presidential initiative task force to assist school librarians. They could be informative for public librarians, too. See more of "Libraries Transform: The Expert in the Library" rubrics and resources HERE.

You can also find links to the competencies for both the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) and Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), as well as other resources and webinar recordings on the WI Department of Public Instruction's Youth and Inclusive Services page HERE.

And remember all of the awesome opportunities available at the WLA Conference and Preconference on October 17-20 at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells, too.

Many library systems have a page on their website dedicated to continuing education. One such is the South Eastern Wisconsin (SEWI) Area. You can view their list of onsite and online opportunities HERE.

Monday, September 18, 2017

What's Up at the WLA Confernce Thursday Oct 19?

More Youth stuff! Plus keynote, and awards and honors and exhibits and silent auction..and....well, you get the picture. The Dells is the place to be!

7:00-8:30 am
YSS Business Meeting. Be there (yawn) or be sqaure!

10:45-11:30 am
Creating &Telling Tales of Suspense: Enabling Tweens & Teens to Adapt and Tell Urban Legends
Rebecca Oshlag, StoriesGalorious, Batavia, NY; Rachel Oshlag, StoriesGalorious, Batavia, NY
This session will take you through the steps of a three-part series that you can use in your library to assist young adults to locate, easily prepare and tell stories designed to raise the maximum number of goose bumps in their listeners. By the end you will have your own story to tell and take back. You also will be able to set up the workshops for young adults in your library.
Free Is Key - Community, Access and the Public Good
Dawn Wacek, La Crosse PL; Katherine Elchert, Rice Lake PL; Terry Ehle, Lester PL Manitowoc
This panel will explore the gamut of their approaches to fines and fees in libraries. Options to consider include everything from one-day amnesty programs to fully fine free libraries! They'll explore why they fine, why we ought to break free, and how you can make it happen in your library no matter the size. 

1:30-2:05 pm
Using the Five Practices in School-Age & Teen Programming: Including Partner Collaboration & Evaluation
Kymberley Pelky, Oneida Community Library
This session will share ideas on incorporating the five literacy practices in lifelong learning, specifically for school-age and teen programming. The five practices are read, write, talk, play and sing. Along with these ideas, suggestions on how to collaborate with partners will be given for each practice. Finally, ideas on measurable outcomes, assessment, and evaluation will be presented along with handouts for attendees to take back with them to foster their own ways of incorporating these ideas into their programs, services and practices.
What Teens Want Parents to Know about Social Media
Julie Kinney, Marathon County Public Library, Wausau
After attending a program about managing your digital footprint, the presenter went to her Teen Advisory Group and asked them what they thought was important for parents to know about social media and how teens use it. Together, they created a powerpoint presentation that highlights statistics that show parents what teens are concerned about, what they use social media for and what programs they use. This program will look at how the teens contributed information, what they contributed and what the final presentation looks like.

2:15-3 pm
Burr/Worzalla Children's Book and Notable Author/Illustrator Winner
The Children's Book Award Committee of the WLA Youth Services Section examined and evaluated 2016 titles by authors and illustrators with a Wisconsin connection. Come hear about this year's honorees and meet Sarah L. Thomson, the creator of this year's winning title, Deadly Flowers: A Ninja's Tale

3:45-4:30 pm
Circulate Anything: How to Increase Access and Circulation with Nontraditional Collections
Minetta Lippert, Dwight Foster PL, Fort Atkinson; Jane Oliver-Purton, Delafield Public Library
American Girl dolls, crafts, science kits, board games, knitting needles and more. Libraries can circulate so much more than just books and movies. Nontraditional collections can boost circulation numbers and enable families to engage in interesting experiences that they might not be able to afford otherwise. Additionally, we will discuss the logistics of implementing nontraditional collections, including cataloging, packaging and counting pieces. What nontraditional collections could you add to your library?
School and Public Library Collaboration
Jennifer Bernetzke, Schreiner Memorial Library, Lancaster; Michelle Uppena, Lancaster Community Schools
Lancaster's school district and public library have worked together time and time again to enrich the lives of the students in their community. From early literacy offerings to second grade field trips to get each student his/her first library card, all the way through high school study hours during finals week, the school and library work together tirelessly to ensure that each student has access to the resources and learning opportunities he or she needs to be successful. Join Lancaster School District's Library Media Specialist and Schreiner Memorial Library's director to learn about some of the collaborations that have developed in their community.
Sing, Sing a Storytime: Integrating Music Into Your Storytime
Lori Bell, Middleton Public Library
After a short introduction outlining the basic research into the importance of music in early literacy development, the majority of the presentation will focus on the practical realities of using music in a storytime. Lori will address the use of technology, instruments, a capella singing, and rhythmic chants, and provide solutions for various scenarios. Participants will leave with resources they can use right away at their next storytime.

4:40-5:25 pm
Libraries Are for Everyone: Creating a Welcoming and Affirming Environment in the Library
Jenni Frencham, Columbus Public Library; Mo Frencham, PPD, Inc., Madison; Jenna Friebel, Oak Park (IL) Public Library
This program will highlight practical ways that a library can become a welcoming and inviting place for the LGBT+ community through policy, collection development, programming, and daily interactions with patrons.
Storytelling 101: Techniques for Telling
Rebecca Oshlag, StoriesGalorious, Batavia, NY; Rachel Oshlag, StoriesGalorious, Batavia, NY
This hands-on workshop, conducted by professional storytelling duo StoriesGalorious, is an introduction to the art of storytelling. It will include basic techniques related to selecting, learning, practicing and telling stories. Opportunities for practice and discussion will be provided. The workshop will end with the identification of various applications of storytelling in libraries.

6:30-7:30 pm
YSS Booktalk and Social

Early bird registration continues until 9/25! Take advantage of great rates for a power-packed conference!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

iPhones, tablets, and talking, oh my...

This recent (ish) study has been floating around Facebook lately and being shared in local parenting groups.  How are you recommending families use handheld devices?  We recommend various educational apps and ways to include screen time as a part of a balanced (and realistic) home life.  But we don't often do much in the way of "shoulds" as far as time or limits.


"By their 18-month check-ups, 20 percent of the children had daily average handheld device use of 28 minutes, as reported by their parents. Using a screening tool for language delay, researchers found that the more handheld screen time a child’s parent reported, the more likely the child was to have expressive speech delays."

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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

Please note that this webinar has been POSTPONED until early 2018.

A webinar hosted by the Indianhead Federated Library System and sponsored by YSS.

Friday, October 6, 1:00 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.

Register HERE.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Free Webinars on Supporting Immigrant/Refuge Families

The National Center for Families Learning has scheduled two free webinars (September 28 and September 29) entitled: Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families.

The first webinar with Margie McHugh:

Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families, Part 1 (webinar)
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 1:00 PM CDT
Join NCFL and Margie McHugh with the Migration Policy Institute for a discussion of what you can do to help families at your organization. Ms. McHugh’s work focuses on education quality and access issues for immigrants and their children from early childhood through K-12 and adult, post-secondary, and workforce skills programs.
The second webinar is with Judy Mortrude:
Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families, Part 2 (webinar)
Friday, September 29, 2017, 1:00 PM CDT

Join NCFL and Judy Mortrude with the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) to increase your awareness of the national data and policy conversation; learn how to advocate for a spectrum of issues impacting immigrant/refugee families; learn how to better support families at risk in our current environment; discover ways to use federal and state laws/funds to the greatest impact; and find out how to promote family literacy’s role in two-generation solutions.

 For more information and registration links, stop here

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Still Time to Sign-up for YSS Regional Meetup - South Central Area

There's still time to sign up if you haven't done so yet. We hope you'll join us from whichever part of the state you're in and be inspired. Stay tuned for future meetups in your part of the state, too!

YSS Regional Meet Up - South Central Area
Friday, Sept. 22 | 12:00-4:00 PM
No Cost

Starts at:     Beaver Dam Community Library, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Ends at:     Columbus Public Library, Columbus, WI 53925
(The drive between libraries is approximately 15 minutes.)

12:00 pm     Lunch and welcome at Beaver Dam Community Library
12:30 pm     Program Swap, Discussion, and BDCL Tour
3:00 pm       Columbus Library Tour and snacks....

Please bring a Teen/Tween, STEAM, passive, or other successful program to share. Bring a friend or colleague that isn't a YSS member yet and let them see the benefits YSS membership has to offer.

Please RSVP and indicate your lunch preference here.

Questions? Email Sarah Cournoyer at sarah (at) beaverdamlibrary (dot) org

Monday, September 11, 2017

What's Up at WLA Conference Wednesday Oct 18?

SO. MUCH.GOOD.STUFF. Ok, here's the run-down of youth -focused programs but of course there are mounds more (keynote; exhibits; WLA membership meeting; SLIS/SOIS reunions; Foundation Fundraiser Trivia)

10:45-11:30 am
Community Conversation and the Power of Story: Supporting Transgender Youth in Public Libraries
Shauna Koszegi, Sun Prairie PL; Catherine Baer, Rosemary Garfoot Public Library, Cross Plains
Public libraries have become an important venue for community discussions on sensitive topics. By providing education and reliable information, we can foster dialogue and transform our communities. Librarians in a variety of communities are finding success by partnering with schools, local government and organizations. This session will present some of those success stories, providing tools and resources to help you develop successful programming around topics that may be outside of your comfort zone.

Plan Less, Program More! How to Collaborate with Regional Libraries to Bring Larger Scale Youth Programs to Your Communities
Rebekah Palmer, Osceola Public Library; Martha Kaempffer, St, Croix Falls Public Library; Jerissa Koenig, Amery Area Public Library
Youth librarians in small libraries are often solely responsible for planning, promoting, implementing and evaluating youth programs. With time constraints it can be challenging to do this successfully. In an effort to share planning responsibilities and to increase program output, three librarians from small, regional libraries are working collaboratively to offer larger scale youth programs to their communities. Hear how they combined their strengths to bring three Harry Potter parties to their respective libraries.

11:40-1:10 pm
YSS Luncheon with Andrea Davis Pinkney
Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books. She has been named “One of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal. With more than three decades of corporate diversity experience, including her work as a Senior Editor at Essence magazine, and as the founder of her own African American branded entity at the Walt Disney Company, Andrea is uniquely qualified to impart insights and inspiration on fostering workplace diversity and communicating diversity in popular media. Andrea Davis Pinkney will discuss the role libraries can and do play in creating welcoming and inclusive communities, and how her work as a book creator supports these efforts.

1:20-2:05 pm
LibraryNOW: Library Cards for All!
Joan Johnson, Milwaukee Public Library; Lisa Chatman, Milwaukee Public Schools; Steve Heser, Milwaukee County Federated Library System, Milwaukee; Petra Duecker, Milwaukee Public Library; Victoria Sanchez, Milwaukee Public LibraryDreaming of issuing library cards to your entire school district? Now you can. Hear how 65,100 students received digital cards that give them access to all public library e-resources, simply by using their student ID number. Learn how to collaborate with your school district and library system, craft a data-sharing agreement, design an education program for students and teachers, create a student-friendly brand, and gather data to measure your success.
2:15-3 pm
Coding Initiative Update   Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction, Madison
Have you found your coding path? Or are you still searching for an intersection between public libraries and computational thinking? The Coding Initiative in Wisconsin Public Libraries is a multi-year project facilitating the whys and hows of coding for library staff and library users of all ages. This session will highlight the online Coding Pathways tools and feature coding stories from libraries around the state. Coding newbies and veterans welcome!
Publish and Promote: Sharing your Successes and Stories with Children's Services Colleagues
Sharon Verbeten, Editor, Children and Libraries, Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), DePere, WI
Scoring your library successes is one great accomplishment; sharing those stories is even better-for both your library's promotion as well as for the good of the profession. Sharon Verbeten, editor of the ALSC journal Children and Libraries, will discuss best practices for submitting research articles, essays, short features, photographs, interviews and more, to this national peer-reviewed journal as well as to other venues.
Revolutionary Ideas: Fan Days, Cons and Large Scale Interactive Programs
Katie Guzek, Brown County Library, Green Bay; Clare Kindt, Brown County Library, Green Bay; Angela Zuidmulder, Brown County Library, Green Bay
Don't throw away your shot to plan and present a large scale event! Looking for quality over quantity? Planning a signature event? Brown County Library has held several successful large scale interactive programs for teens and adults. Look to local and even national organizations for contributions for a successful event no matter the size of your library or budget! Examples will include fan days for Hamilton, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jane Austen and Library Comic-Con.
Virtual Teen Advisory Boards: Taking Your TAB to the Next Level
Keri Whitmore, Franklin Public Library
Having trouble getting teens to join your Teen Advisory Board? Getting only a couple of kids at your monthly meetings? Go virtual! The Franklin Public Library TAB was struggling to get new members and maintain the membership they had. The solution: we decided to use a virtual social chat app called Viber to communicate. This allowed members to become more informed and active without having to dedicate an hour a month to meetings. This program will present the steps of transitioning from a TAB that meets physically to one that uses a virtual chat app as its main form of communication. It will demonstrate the ease of use of the Viber app and give resources and ideas to make your TAB a more dynamic, creative and productive group, utilizing social media/social chat groups that the teens are already familiar with. Since switching to Viber, the FPL TAB members are volunteering more, doing more community service projects, and are more excited about how they can help the library and how the library benefits them.
3:45-4:30 pm
C'mon, C'mon, Let's Work Together: Cross-Community Youth & Teen Collaborations
Katherine Schoofs, Aram Public Library, Delavan; Emily Sanders, Barrett Memorial Library, Williams Bay  Do you have nightmares remembering team projects from the past? Do you break out into a sweat even thinking of trying to juggle multiple schedules? What if we told you that collaborative endeavors could be both beneficial and, dare we say it, FUN? Join Katherine and Emily as they tell you all about their wonderful, wacky adventures in collaboration
Diversify Me! Incorporating Diverse Titles into Your Collections, Displays and Programming
Jenni Frencham, Columbus Public Library
Literature can provide essential windows (into other worlds) and mirrors (into their own world) for children, yet many of our library collections, displays and programs do not reflect the diversity of today's world. This session will cover simple, effective ways you can evaluate your library's collection for diversity, begin collecting more diverse titles and incorporate those titles into displays and library programs.
4:40-5:25 pm
K-12 Science and Health Education Resources: NLM's Online Playground
Bobbi Newman, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, University of Iowa, Hardin Library for Health Sciences, Iowa City
This presentation will introduce free K-12 resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Resources span a variety of subjects including biology, health careers, chemistry, environmental health, forensics and medical technology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials and HIV/AIDS.
Ukulele Strum Along  Mariel Carter, Marinette County Consolidated Library Services, Marinette
In this session, Mariel will use her ukulele and three chords to teach librarians to strum simple children's songs and nursery rhymes on a ukulele. Librarians will benefit by learning songs to liven their existing story time sessions and places to find free resources to continue beyond the basics. In addition, librarians will have the tools they need to teach these skills to adult patrons, so that parents and caregivers of young children can be equipped and motivated to continue singing nursery rhymes and songs at home. Participants are welcome to bring a ukulele to play along.

Early Bird registration is on until 9/25. Take advantage and join the fun and learning!