Friday, January 20, 2017

You're invited!

The La Crosse School District and La Crosse Public Library are very excited to welcome you all to an evening with award-winning author, Jason Reynolds!  (Shout out to Linda Jerome for her work in bringing Jason to Wisconsin!)

Thursday, March 16 @ 6 p.m.

La Crosse Public Library

I assume you've all read at least one of his fabulous books, but if not, I highly recommend Ghost, about a young teen who is a naturally talented runner without formal training who finds his team and his coach by happenstance one day.

We hope some of you might be able to road trip to us--maybe even with some of your local teens, to see Jason in person, hear about his process and get your favorite books signed.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

See "Oscars" of Youth Literature Monday Jan. 23!

If you get excited about the "Oscars" of children's and teen literature and media awards (Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Printz, Odyssey, Geisel, Carnegie, Sibert, Belpre, Carnegie and more more more), you can catch the live award announcements webcast on Monday January 23 at (yawn) 7am CT. You can live stream online at the I Love Libraries Facebook page or online with real time closed captioning at the ALA site. 

It's fun to join the audience at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta (where we hope also to be celebrating a Packer victory from the night before) as the crowd reacts to the hard work of the many ALSC, YALSA, and other committees from various ALA divisions who have read, viewed and listened so hard to pick the best of print and nonprint literature for youth. Plus, the twitter feed for #yma17 and #alamw17 usually explodes with tweets during the press conference so that's a blast too!

After the broadcast, you can access full lists and citations for all the winners at the same site; catch an archive of the surprisingly short press conference and access past lists of winners.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Need Program Inspiration?

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Check a wacky and unusual holiday calendar!  A post on the Storytime Underground Facebook page reminded me of these useful tools in program planning.  I looked at these calendars more before the explosion of blogs and Pinterest.  Even if you don't host a program on the holiday, the calendars provide a list of topics that can inspire a program or display.  Then you go to Pinterest to find the activities!

January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day.

Wacky Holiday Calendars
The Soccer Mom Blog
Days of the Year
Holiday Insights

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Youth Services Track at Wild Wisconsin Conference January 25

The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference is a state-wide virtual conference offered Jan. 24-26, 2017, and developed by the Nicolet Federated Library System and supported by 15 other library systems in Wisconsin.

Several 60-minute web presentations, focusing on public libraries, will be given over three blustery days in January.   

We welcome anyone, in any library, of any size, to participate in our  5th annual web conference!  

There is even a track of programs specifically geared towards Youth Services Librarians. See the line-up and register HERE

Meet the Board: Member at Large - Susie Menk

 Susie Menk, Youth Librarian, Manitowoc Public Library

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
 Hi! My name is Susie Menk and I am a librarian in the Children’s Department at the Manitowoc Public Library in Manitowoc, WI.

What’s your favorite thing to eat while reading?
I love snacking on nuts when I’m reading!

How would you define your library programming style?
I love programs that are interactive with the kids and/or parents. I did a 1000 Books before Kindergarten party this past summer and set up stations. It was so much fun walking around and watching the kids and then interacting with the parents and sharing the early literacy skills and why they’re important.

What is the last series that you read with your eyes and/or your ears?
I recently finished listening to “The Glass Gauntlet” which is the second book in “The Blood Guard” series by Carter Roy.

If you had to tell a story or a folktale, which one would you tell?
I recently did the story “Caps for Sale”. It works so well for story telling since there are plenty of actions for the kids to imitate.

Share an awesome library moment with us.
We had a sixth grade class in to the library for a tour and a program. We did some explaining of the library catalog as well as touring our teen area and backrooms. In one of the thanks you’s from the students, one boy wrote “I learned a lot. You definitely convinced me to get a library card.” Awesome!

What’s your go-to storytime song?
I love using “A Ram Sam Sam” or Laurie Berkner’s “These Are My Glasses”.

What’s your favorite part of being a librarian?
My favorite part of being a librarian is sharing my love of the library with others. I love it when I get a chance to get out in the community and talk about all the wonderful assets a public library has. It always amazes me how little people know about what libraries have to offer.

Meet the Board: Member at Large - Caitlin Schaffer

Caitlin Schaffer, Youth Services Librarian, Oconomowoc Public Library

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
When I started library school, I immediately felt like I had found my people. I enjoy pop culture, occasional crafting, hot beverages and craft beer, being social but not TOO social, and traveling. My favorite library patrons are tweens and teens, and I can’t live without singing, reading, cats, and aunt-ing.

How did you get involved with WLA and the Youth Services Section?
I was sought out and asked if I was interested. Probably because someone told someone else that I don’t say no. : ) And it’s Wisconsin! We have some of the best libraries in the country. I couldn’t imagine being a librarian here and NOT being a part of this group.

What’s your favorite thing to eat while reading?

If you could have any book character as a best friend, who would you choose and why?
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. We would be a great mix of sass and perfect, round butts.

How would you define your library programming style?
Hectic. But lovable!

What is the last series that you read with your eyes and/or your ears?
I’m all caught up with the Jackaby series, by William Ritter. It’s Superwholock in a book!

What is your favorite genre? Which genre would you choose to go outside your comfort zone?
Fantasy/high fantasy. I would go out of my comfort zone with cookbooks or travel books. Just read one cover-to-cover instead of just the bits I need.

Tell us about a memorable experience at WLA or WAPL.
I was still in library school when WLA Annual was in La Crosse. At this particular conference, you had the option of participating in a Tweet Crawl at the local…establishments. A few other SLIS students and myself figured we SHOULD do this, as a networking thing, but it was definitely odd knowing how to proceed while drinking with people you wanted to employ you. But it was great! And I still have my WLA drinking glove as a memento.

What was your favorite book or story as a child?
I devoured EVERYTHING, but I particularly remember Richard Scarry, Little Golden Books, and Archie comics.

If you had to tell a story or a folktale, which one would you tell?
Robert Munsch’s Paper Bag Princess

What’s your method for getting distracted kids (of any age) back on track during a program?
With big kids I just get loud and let them do crazy things to me. With little kids I get super quiet and intense. It seems to work 75% of the time.

Where do you get inspiration for your work?
Other librarians!

Share an awesome library moment with us.
Getting the kid who always comes in to use our computers to play Roblox (according to teachers he doesn’t have the best family situation at home) to FINALLY start coming to programs! To the point where he now helps me prep programs and always asks what we have going on in the library that day.

What do you like to do in your free time to recharge?
I wish I could say something meaningful, but nope. I binge on Netflix and bad movies and bother my cat.

Which author, living or dead, would you most like to have over for dinner?
I want to watch J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis go toe-to-toe as best frenemies. I wouldn’t even talk. I would just watch.

Which book(s) have your read and re-read and read again?
I actually don’t re-read, as a rule. I’m tempted to pick up The Book Thief again, though.

How do you break the ice with teen patrons?
Smile, say hello, say who I am and that I’m available to help, then give them space.

What’s your go-to storytime song?
Icky Sticky Bubblegum or the ol’ Banana camp song.

How do you enhance your Readers Advisory skills?
Pair up with another librarian and do lightning book talks for classrooms and book clubs at nearby schools! If you can reel ‘em in by being brief, then you’ve got ‘em, my friend.

What’s your favorite part of being a librarian?
I am never, NEVER bored, nor do I sit in an office all day. There are always challenges. There are always shifts in view and meaning. I’m doing exactly what I should be doing, and I feel like this will eventually lead to me living to a ripe, old age or something.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Be the Program at WAPL!

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The WI Association of Public Librarians annual conference is coming up April 26-28 in Stevens Point.

YSS always has some great programs there and that's where YOU come in. Our members create the best content and here is your chance to propose a youth-centric session that let's you share your expertise as a sole speaker or put together a panel of peers to present!

If you want YSS to sponsor your program (you need a WLA unit to sponsor you), simply send your proposal title, description and speakers to the YSS board by Friday January 27. You can email it to YSS chair Terry Ehle, and the board will get back with a yes or no before the deadline listed below so you have time to submit your proposal.

Need more details? Last month conference chair Virginia Roberts sent out the following:
The WAPL Conference Planning Committee invites program proposals for the Spring Conference, to be held April 26-28, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. 

Proposals for presentations, panels, workshops and business meetings are welcome.  Sessions will run either 45 or 60 minutes in length.  Every WLA unit has a special perspective to offer and we encourage you to be part of our 2017 WAPL Conference.  If you, as a WLA member, have a great program idea, don't wait to be asked to present it, submit a proposal yourself!  The more ideas and diversity of topics, the more rewarding this learning opportunities will be for all. 

Please use the Program Proposal Form to submit a program. 

Deadline for proposal submissions is: February 3, 2017.  You will be notified of the program's acceptance or rejection no later than February 24, 2017

The YSS board can hardly wait to hear from you! 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Demystifing Youth Services Counts and Definitions on the Annual Report

That time of year has arrived. Yes, it's annual report time! As you compile Youth Services statistics for the report, there are two documents that will help clarify and demystify what you want to report posted on the WI Department of Public Instruction website.

The first document is Definitions and Examples which covers information about YS-related data included in the annual report.

The second document A Closer Look at Literacy Offerings does a terrific job explaining and illustrating just what comprises a literacy offering and how to count it and associated programs. It will make your job easier.

Major kudos to the folks on the Public Library Development Team and Tessa Michaelson-Schmidt, our Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant at the WI Department of Public Instruction, for their work on taking the mystery out of how to define and count the important work we do in Youth Services throughout the state.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Storytimes for Social Justice from Storytime Underground

Have you all seen the Blog Challenge being hosted by Storytime Underground?

Storytimes for Social Justice

"As youth librarians we have a lot of influence and a large captive audience of small children, and now more than ever it is vital that we do our part to make the world a better place. We offer services to make our communities — ALL members of our communities, from those we see to the marginalized faces that don’t use the library, — feel represented, welcomed, and appreciated.

Write a post on your own blog using this image, share with the hashtag #StorytimeJusticeWarrior, and
post a link in the comments on the SU blog page.  If you don’t have a blog, we are happy to host guest posts! Get in touch via email at storytimeunderground (at) gmail (.) com and we will share your post on this site." 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

GIF Mania!

Who doesn't love a good gif?  Recently, the US National Archives spearheaded an effort to share historical moments in the form of gifs.  With the help of GIPHY,  the National Archives has created a library of some 150 gifs, highlighting everything from Elvis and Nixon to astronauts to libraries.  Now, if you are like me happen to be slightly less witty and relevant in the social media realm than you would like to be, I would encourage you to make use of this fabulous gif collection.  In particular, I love these:




Check out the whole collection HERE.  Happy gif-ing!