Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Friends of the CCBC Fall Booksale

I don't want to say "mega" here but I think the first sale in well over a year and a half is going to be jam-packed with goodies. And re-stocked throughout the sale with new goodies - all within three years of publication. This unmissable sale is also a great bargain if you are a Friends member. You can join the day of the sale or come prepared and join or renew now.

KT Horning writes: "We have so many books that we need to clear out asap to make room for classes visiting the CCBC. Books will be continually replenished during the days of the sale. There will be at least one more book sale later in the fall (date to be determined), but for now we just need to get as many books from our hands into yours.  We have thousands of new and nearly new books for folks to choose from."

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Penguin Random House Extends Story Time Temporary Open License to December 31st, 2021

Attention all library staff serving youth who plan to offer virtual story times into Autumn 2021!

With the uncertainty around school full or partial closings, we have extended the Penguin Random House Story Time Temporary Open License until December 31, 2021. We are heartened by the role that books and reading is playing to help connect us when we are physically apart. Please continue to share our books and stories with students and readers everywhere.

Details about the extension and some clarifications around the Open License have been made. You’ll find all the details HERE.

Thank you for your shared commitment to storytelling and reading, and to our collective belief in the power of books to connect us—especially during times like these.


Story Time Temporary Permissions

Have you heard about any other publishers who have extended their license?  Tell us in the comments!

Monday, August 2, 2021

Bucky Wants You!

The UW-Madison iSchool Continuing Education Department has a great line-up of CE classes slated for the fall.  Known for their high quality instructors and course content, these offerings are perfect for anyone in any position in a library - from director to shelving assistants. These are asynchronous courses - which means you access the weekly content and discussion boards at your most convenient time each week. Register at least 2 weeks before a class starts and get a 10% discount.

The youth-centric offering include:   

Youth Services 101     Sept 27-Nov 21     $325         Whether you want a refresher or are new to the field, this is a chance to delve into great youth services. Topics include planning, programming, collection building, kid -friendly environments; outreach; advocacy; service trends and more. Taught by WI's own Brooke Newberry

Service to Homeschoolers      Sept 27-Oct 24      $150        Learn how eliminate barriers that prevent homeschoolers from using the library effectively; low-cost-high impact programming and tips on collection building. 

What's New in Children's Books    Oct 18-Nov 14    $150       Catch up on the trends on books for kids birth-age 12 and learn ways to keep your collection inclusive, relevant and up-to-date. The course reading list will be available in late summer.

There are also great courses, webinars and self-paced tutorials on other subjects of interest including Beginning Spanish; Trauma-Informed Care; Having Difficult Conversations; and much more.

Stop here for the full schedule, registration and more details on all the course mentioned!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

CCBC News of Note

KT Horning, in a note to the Friends of the CCBC, shared some great news about their expanding hours. If you have missed the CCBC like we have, this is tremendous news. 

She writes: "The CCBC will re-open to the public on August 23! We’ll be open noon-4 pm Monday-Friday until Sept 7, and then we’ll resume our regular hours for the fall semester (Mon-Thurs, 9 am-7 pm, Fri 9 am-4 pm, Sun, 12:30-4 pm)  We’ll be following the university’s COVID-19 policies. Be sure to double-check them before you visit because the landscape continues to change in terms of public health."

Also on tap in September is the always thoughtful Charlotte Zolotow lecture. Plan to hear this free lecture with the amazing Christopher Myers! KT writes: "Mark your calendars for the 2021 Charlotte Zolotow Lecture by Christopher Myers on Thursday September 30, at 7:30pm, Great Hall, Memorial Union.  Chris gave one of his very first public lectures in Great Hall as a speaker at one of the joint CCBC/SLIS children’s literature conferences, and we are thrilled to have him return."

Friday, July 30, 2021

Resource for Early Literacy Research by Topic

 Check out this list of reading research organized by topic on the Reading Rockets website. Many of the links are to pdfs.

If you haven't heard of Reading Rockets, it is "a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help."

Research can help as we evaluate, implement, and adapt essential services and programs in the library that support early literacy, literacy development, and family engagement. 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Brooke’s Books: Some Favorites of 2021… So Far

Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, is back with her monthly column sharing recommendations on great picture books for your collection. 

We are more than halfway through 2021! We have been seeing some amazing picture books and I wanted to highlight just a few of my favorite ones. 

Outside, Inside

LeUyen Pham

Roaring Books Press, 2021

This incredibly timely book celebrates essential workers and the community coming together to face the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Eyes That Kiss In the Corners

Joanna Ho 

Harper, 2021

This lyrical, stunning picture book tells a story about learning to love and celebrate your Asian-shaped eyes, in the spirit of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, and is a celebration of diversity. An excellent choice for storytimes. 

I am a Bird

Hope Lim 

Candlewick Press, 2021

On her daily bike ride with her dad, a bird-loving little girl passes a woman who frightens her—until she discovers what they have in common. Hope Lim’s simple text and Hyewon Yum’s delicate, expressive illustrations create a touching story that encourages readers to embrace our similarities rather than focus on our differences.

Hello Rain!

Kyo Maclear

Chronicle Books, 2021

A picture book celebrating all the reasons to love the rain! No matter what kind of weather you prefer, Hello, Rain! is a great reminder of the natural beauty all around us. A perfect choice for a weather related storytime. 

No Pants!

Jacob Grant

Viking, 2021

Here's a hilarious and warm-hearted look at a father-son relationship that shows there is more than one way of wearing--and thinking about--pants!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Call for Proposals - Power Up Youth Leadership Conference

This is an amazing 
biennial conference sponsored by the UW-Madison iSchool specifically aimed at youth librarians. It attracts not just in-state attendees but participants from around the country.  What leadership topics would YOU like to pitch? The deadline for proposals is August 3! Read on:

Power Up: A Leadership Conference for Youth Services Managers and Staff

March 24-25, 2022 | Madison, Wisconsin

Conference theme: Leading Toward Inclusion


About the Conference

Are you an intentional leader? Do you want to share your passion for strategic planning, collaborative partnerships, or ethical staff engagement? Can you help other youth services professionals solve problems and be more productive? Are you searching for a way to network with other professionals and raise your profile?

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Information School is pleased to offer the third Power Up Conference to share your exciting ideas! The conference will take place in Madison, Wisconsin on March 24-25, 2022. The program committee will accept proposals until August 3, 2021.


Priority will be given to topics that include, but are not limited to: 

  • strategic planning, 

  • collaborations, 

  • inclusive community partnerships, 

  • ethics, 

  • leadership pathways, 

  • just and equitable services, 

  • advocacy, 

  • mentorship, 

  • managing change, 

  • work/life balance, 

  • staff motivation,

  • innovative services

We invite proposals from public libraries, schools, after-school programs, museums, and similar community organizations that work with children and teens.

Do you need travel funding in order to attend this conference to speak? We are awarding 3-5 speakers travel funding to help defray costs! More information here. Additionally, all selected proposals will receive one complimentary conference registration, which may be divided however the presenters of that session choose.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Statement

Presenters from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to submit proposals. We welcome presenters representing a variety of personal and professional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We encourage submissions from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and representatives of allied professions. 

How to submit a proposal

Submission form

Please use the submission form to send in your proposal by August 3, 2021. You will need to include a 200-250 word description of your session as part of the form. You may optionally include a sentence or two about how this proposal aligns with our diversity, inclusion and equity statement outlined above. Finally, any speaker may choose to self-identify as a member of a historically underrepresented group in the submission form.

Sessions with multiple presenters are accepted. All selected proposals will receive one complimentary conference registration, which may be divided however the presenters of that session choose.

Note that the proposal will not be the finalized description for the conference program; the committee will contact selected proposal submitters for a final draft. Sessions at the conference will be approximately one hour. 

Proposal Evaluation

The committee will evaluate all of the submissions as individual entries, and how they fit within the balance of conference content as a whole. The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals submitted by the deadline using the following criteria:

  • Clarity and completeness of the proposal, particularly having well-developed content and sufficient speakers to address all relevant aspects of the topic;

  • Originality and relevance of the proposed topic;

  • Uniqueness of content in relation to other conference presentations;

  • A range of speaker experiences and representations

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

You're invited to the 2021 YSS New Member Welcome Social! Thursday, August 12th at 2:30pm

​Calling all YSS members!  

Join us virtually on Thursday, August 12th at 2:30pm as we chat about our summer programs and events, share our favorite stories, and find out what our colleagues are planning for the fall. 

Are you new to YSS?  Or just want to know more?  Bring your questions and our current Board members will be glad to answer them!  

No registration necessary.  See you on August 12th!

Monday, July 26, 2021

Planning for Fall Preschool Services

Image by Prawny from Pixabay

We recently posted about what programming might look like in the fall. 

With the delta variant gaining traction and many pockets of our state still well under the vaccination level needed to get us to herd immunity, there remain many questions on how best to provide services - especially preschool programming - to our families.

Two recent blog posts continue to add to the conversation and our thinking.

The first is from the ALSC Early Childhood Program and Services Committee. This committee devised a survey to collect data on early childhood programming plans for fall to see where people were at. This post shares some early results as well as links you directly to the data collected. You can also fill out the survey to share your library's approach. You can read the July 22, 2021 post here.

The second is from Katie Salo aka Storytime Katie. She shares what she has done with her storytimes - her methods, thinking, processes, data collection strategy and set-up. This post is a great way to see what another librarian is doing as well as to help us think about where we might be going as fall planning starts. You can read Katie's blog post here.

What are your plans?

Friday, July 23, 2021

Racial Socialization in the Early Years

Children's views of race are shaped during their early years. As adults working with youth and families, it can be helpful to grow our knowledge about racial socialization much as we learn about other aspects of early childhood development. 

EmbraceRace is an organization developing resources  like this recent webinar "Racial Socialization as Resistance to Racism, the Early Years," which is available to view on demand. Previous webinars can also be found on the website with a host of other resources.

Time is limited so if you want something to read and use immediately, their action guide "16 ways to help children become thoughtful, informed, and BRAVE about race" is a downloadable pdf in English or Spanish.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay