Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fakemon Creations

If your library kids are anything like mine, the Pokemon revival is still going strong.  Pokemon books are flying off the shelf, kids are playing Pokemon Go at the library, and Pokemon events are seeing great attendance numbers.

SO, if you are wondering what to do next with your Pokemon obsessed patrons (I know I am!), check out Falling Flannelboard's Fakemon Creations post.  It's a great school-age program with writing elements, clay play, and a scavenger hunt!  It could definitely be adapted to younger or older ages as well.

Gotta catch 'em all!

Monday, October 16, 2017

IFLS SLP/Access Workshop with Renee Grassi

Indianhead Federated Library System will be hosting an SLP/Youth workshop

Thursday, November 9
9:30-3:30 pm
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
910 9th St East, Menomonie

9:30-11:30:   Libraries for All: Creating Welcoming and Accessible Libraries for Youth with Disabilities
Big or small, rural or urban - all libraries serve youth with disabilities. In this 2-hour workshop, Renee Grassi will show how your library can develop an awareness and an enhanced spirit of inclusion to youth with disabilities and their needs for library service.  Attendees will learn about innovative programming, outreach ideas, and how to build relationships with parents and caregivers. Participants will also learn about inclusive customer service, strategies for making your SLP more accessible and different approaches to promotion and marketing to welcome families with youth with disabilities to your library.

11:45-12:30:  Break-Out Sessions with IFLS Librarians
  1. Outreach and Partnerships
  2. Program Idea Swap
12:30-1:15:  Lunch and Exploring Maker Kits

1:15-2:00:  Break-Out Sessions with IFLS Librarians
  1. Family Programs
  2. Teen Programs 
2:10-3:30:  Re-thinking the SLP
Discussion groups, group conversation and individual reflection about how we are planning, executing, and evaluating our SLP programs.  Why are we doing them, and are we making our goals?

To register, click here!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Coming Up at the WLA Conference Next Week

Another YSS Volunteer Opportunity @ WLA
YSS is currently looking for members interested in being room monitors for YSS sponsored sessions at WLA. Room monitors check-in with speakers, sit through the presentation, count how many people attend the session, report attendance to the WLA registration table and if need be, alert speakers if they are reaching their time limit. If you are interested, please visit our Google Doc to sign up!
A few more conference highlights:
Burr/Worzalla Children's Book Winner
Thursday, October 19 2:15-3:00 PM
Join Sarah L. Thomson, author of this year’s Burr/Worzalla Award winner, as she presents on her title Deadly Flowers: A Ninja’s Tale, the exciting coming-of age story about Kata, a female ninja who must pave her own path when her first mission gets wildly out of hand.  Thomson’s book was selected as the winner by the Children's Book Award Committee of the WLA Youth Services Section after the examination and evaluation of titles from 2016 by authors and illustrators with a Wisconsin connection.
YSS Presents: R-Rated Storytime Social
Thursday, October 19 7:15 PM
Join YSS for an informal discussion of Andrea Davis Pinkney's luncheon presentation followed by R-Rated Storytime Social - A low-key, open-mic session for each and every youth services librarian who has ever experienced the occasional inappropriate moment on the job. From Freudian slips to unintentional innuendo to those crazy things that kids say, we know you've had THAT moment. Come ready to share and laugh along as we celebrate the unforeseen naughtiness that comes with the territory.
Can’t make it to the social but would like to share your story? YSS members are encouraged to send their most outrageous story time moment to YSS Board Member Caitlin Schaefer at We’ll be sure and share it with the rest!

To STEM or not to STEM...

While the title is a bit misleading, I think it is worth examining our (everyone's?) love of STEM.  Certainly there is value in exploring all of the science, experimentation, building and learning that happen in our programming, but I appreciate the focus here on all of the ways non-STEM activities, learning and experiencing actually contribute to the tech fields.  a good reminder that kindness, compassion and the arts help make us better innovators too.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cooperative Children’s Book Center presents… Great New Books for Children and Teens

Wauwatosa Public Library
November 16, 2017 - 1:00 p.m.

The Milwaukee County Federated Library System invites you to a presentation of some of the best books of this year. CCBC librarians Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman will highlight some of the books that will be included in CCBC Choices 2018, the next edition of the CCBC’s annual best-of-the-year list. The session will focus on books for kids from birth-high school. The session is open to all who are interested. Light refreshments will be served.

1:00-1:30   Book Browsing
1:30 – 3:00  CCBC Choices 2018 Preview focusing on books for Birth - High School
3:00-3:30   Book Browsing

For more information or to register, contact Heide Piehler, Youth Services Librarian by email at or phone 414-847-2681

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Badgerlink and Book Reviews

Dear Library Staff Serving Youth,
Supporting library staff who do collection development (especially on a tight budget) has been on my mind. Whether you are the sole book selector for your library, or only do it occasionally, you could probably benefit from access to multiple library and book review journals. However, most libraries can’t afford these print subscriptions, so what is one to do? Answer: Access journals for FREE online via BadgerLink. Don’t believe me? Look at what is available through one of the BadgerLink resources:
·         American Libraries (PDF; 1975-present)
·         Booklist (PDF; 2002-14 days ago)
·         Children & Libraries (PDF 2003-present)
·         Computers in Libraries (PDF; 1993-present)
·         Information Today (PDF; 1996-present)
·         Information Technology & Libraries (PDF: 2004-present)
·         Kirkus Reviews (HTML; 2001-present)
·         Library Journal (PDF; 1975-present)
·         School Library Journal (PDF; 1974-present)
·         Teacher Librarian (PDF; 1990-present)
Attached is a handy step-by-step screenshot guide, and a video tutorial is forthcoming.
Need help? Contact a BadgerLink Librarian via
I hope you find these tools useful. Thanks for all of your efforts to provide high quality and diverse collections for youth and families across Wisconsin.
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant
State Library Agency
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 South Webster Street
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 267-5077

Monday, October 9, 2017

20th Annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture Featuring Jason Reynolds

Thursday Nov 2
Varsity Hall, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison
7:30 p.m.

Jason Reynolds burst onto the writing scene in 2014 with the publication of When I Was the Greatest,which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award. Since then he has written seven highly acclaimed novels for children and teens, including The Boy in the Black Suit (2015), All American Boys (with Brendan Kiely) (2015), As Brave as You (2016), Ghost (2016), Miles Morales: Spider-Man (2017), Patina (2017), and Long Way Down (2017). A dynamic and compelling writer and speaker, in just four years he has become one of the brightest stars in the field of children’s and young adult literature.

The annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture is sponsored by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with support from the Friends of the CCBC. This event is part of the 2017 Wisconsin Book Festival and is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bathroom Book Blurbs: Reading Recommendations in Every Stall

Captive audience taken to a whole other level!  Jaime Leroy over at School Library Journal touts an innovative way to advertise library books . . . in the bathroom!  She says "We all have students who love to read, tolerate reading, or avoid it at all costs. But they all have one thing in common—they go to the bathroom. I use this to my advantage."

And you can too!  Hang posters for upcoming programs and events, promote "New Reads," and even pin up your newsletter (Leroy's planned one is called "Potty Mouth") in the restrooms for a new way to capture the attention of library visitors.

See Leroy's full Bathroom Book Blurb post HERE.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Google and Slate love Libraries

Google will now show E-book holdings at your local library!

I love any opportunity to show patrons how easy it is to find titles they want.  For youth services in particular, I like offering ebooks as a way to get popular sequels.

From the article:

"Google’s new e-book listings may actually help libraries. While the features lists local holdings of digital content, you still have to click through to the library’s own site to make use of it. What’s more, it doesn’t tell you whether the title you’re interested in is currently available. (Public libraries license finite numbers of any given e-book, just as they can only buy so many copies of a physical volume.) Accordingly, Google isn’t—at least in this case—pretending to have all the information that we need. That initial uncertainty may be a good thing, since the mere act of visiting a library’s site invites you to look at what else it offers, even if the thing you came in search of isn’t there."  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Leah Langby is 2017 WI Librarian of the Year

A hearty congratulations to Leah Langby, the newly announced winner of the WLA  Librarian of the Year Award. Her nominator wrote:

Leah Langby is the heart of youth services and library development in northwestern Wisconsin.  Leah’s many accomplishments include maintaining the youth services blog, “Keeping up with Kids” for seven years and being an active and vocal proponent of economically disadvantaged populations through her many collaborations. Care, commitment, passion and humility were frequent refrains in Leah’s nomination. Libraries all over the state are better because of Leah Langby, the 2017 WLA Librarian of the Year! 

YSS sends our very best congratulations to a wonderful friend, leader and peer!

Please come and celebrate her honor at WLA at the Dells Thursday Oct 19 evening at the Awards and Honors Reception 5:30-7pm!

Click here to read about all the other amazing WLA honorees!