Sunday, October 23, 2016

Media and Young Minds Policy Statement Released

Emphasizing the importance of parental modulation of media use for young children and promoting the importance of unstructured, creative, and social play, the newest policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses screen time and the young child. The statement provides recommendations for pediatricians and parents, both of which are of importance to youth services librarians in our dual roles as early literacy experts and media mentors. Read the policy statement HERE.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Evaluating Your Collection for Diverse Books

If you haven't explored this hashtag or this movement, now is the time!  Diversity in children's literature is a hot button topic right now, but most of us need a little help getting started on evaluating our collection for diverse books.  Luckily, Judith Snyder, over at the Ideas+Inspiration DEMCO blog, has some great starter tips!

Already know that your collection needs an infusion of diversity?  Snyder also offers book title suggestions in her post!  Check out the whole post HERE.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Who still reads magazines?!

With digital and online formats and circulation not being the best, why do libraries still have magazines? School Library Journal answers that question and offers up a list of the best children and teen magazines. (Of course, I already set-up my magazines subscriptions for next year!)

Magazines in the children and teen areas of my library are still popular. Even if they are not checked-out, many are read in the library.  You can tell because there is only one circ but the magazine looks like it has been shelved in a wind tunnel. 

As the articles importantly states, "studies and anecdotes show that magazines are an ideal choice for atypical, struggling, and reluctant readers".  Librarians sometimes have to advocate for choices that are not the best for circulation but fill the library's goal of developing and supporting a literate community.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Opening and Closing Songs for Storytime

Do you have a favorite opening song for Storytime? Do you use a closing song? Do you change it for different sessions? If you are looking for some new ideas, Storytime Katie has collected a few for you on her blog. See them HERE.

My favorite opener is called Hands Go Up and this is how it goes:

Hands go up,
Hands go down.
I can turn
around and round.
I can jump
upon two shoes.
I can listen,
so can you.
I can sit,
I'll show you how.
Storytime is starting now!

And then I clap and make any announcements or give orientation information to newcomers.

I don't usually use a closing song for family or all ages storytime because our craft and social time indicates the end of the formal storytime. With babies and toddlers, I do use an opening and closing song. I use Tickle the Clouds to close which is one of those listed on Storytime Katie's blog.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Let's Get Social at WLA!

One of the really great parts of WLA is getting together with library peers - not just youth folks but everyone from all types of libraries.

Here are some great dates to put on your calendar! Need details? Stop here!

Tuesday Oct 25  
Sparks and Recreation
WILS/WLA Annual Fall Classic
7-9:00 pm - Harmony Room
Relax with colleagues and vendors during a super chill night of board games, coloring and cameraderie. Snacks too!

Wednesday Oct 26
Bill Konigsburg YSS Luncheon
Noon-1:30 pm   Serenity

WLA 125th Celebration & Membership Meeting
5:15-6:30 pm - Event Center Foyer
Join colleagues for a reception celebrating our 125th and an update on what's happening with YOUR association!

UW-Madison SLIS Reunion
6:30-7:30 pm  - Clarity Room

UW-Milwaukee SOIS 50th Anniversary Celebration
6:30-9:30 pm - Harmony Room

Get Lucky Team Trivia - WLA Foundation Fundraiser
8:00-11:00 pm - Serenity Room

Thursday Oct 27
YSS Business Meeting - Join us and share your thoughts!
7:30- 8:30 am -  Prosperity Room

Awards and Honors Reception
5:30-7:00 pm - Serenity

Talk About It! YSS book discussion
7:30-8:15 pm - Canal St Cafe, 1611 W. Canal St (around the corner from conference center)

WLA Conference Reception 
7:30-9:00 pm - Milwaukee Public Library

YSS Social
8:30-10pm - Canal St Cafe, 1611 W. Canal St (around the corner from conference center)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Learn More about 2016 Burr Worzalla Award Winner!

Karli Pederson, chair of this year's WLA Burr Worzalla Award committee for distinguished achievement in children's literature by a WI book creator  will be speaking at a webinar sponsored by SCLS on Thursday Oct 20 at 1 pm. Karli will be joined by Kate Hull who will discuss the WLA Literary Awrd for a fast-paced hour of info on our own "Oscars" of WI literature!

Register here for this free webinar.

Can't make the webinar but want to know about Wisconsin's own youth literature arard - the Burr Worzalla, books that have been recognized as outstanding this year for youth and our notable author/illustrator of the year?  Check out these links on the WLA YSS pages:

Elizabeth Burr / Worzalla Award
About Elizabeth Burr
Outstanding Book Awards
Notable Wisconsin Children's Authors / Illustrators

And if you are at WLA, please come to hear and meet award winning author John Coy on Wednesday from 1:45-2:30 pm!

John Coy will present his award winning title, Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game, a moving portrayal of the secret match-up between two basketball teams during a time of deep inequality and racial segregation. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the WLA Youth Services Section (YSS) selected the winner after the examination and evaluation of titles from 2015 by authors and illustrators with a Wisconsin connection.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Speaking of those toys...

This came through my feed in a rather timely way.  Our library patrons have been talking a lot about the rampant Hand Foot Mouth disease running through our town.

We like to reassure them that we clean those toys each week, but are we doing enough?  This handy post will help us determine that!
Read all about it at the pre-K and K sharing blog.

Interview with Bill Konigsberg, YSS Luncheon Speaker at WLA 2016

Submitted by Ashley Bieber, Teen Services Coordinator
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire, WI

YSS Past-Chair, Ashley Bieber, interviewed author Bill Konigsberg, in advance of his appearance as YSS luncheon speaker at this year's WLA conference. She also shared this link of his Banned Books Week 2016 Virtual Read Out! video on YouTube.

So, Bill, you're coming to Wisconsin in a couple of weeks - have you ever been to Milwaukee?  

What do you expect to find?  And what are your feelings about cheese curds?

I have been to Milwaukee, yes. I used to travel as part of a softball team, and we went to several tournaments in Milwaukee in the 90s. I think of Milwaukee as a Pittsburgh kind of town--nice mix of blue and white collar people, diverse in lots of ways. I admit I have a weakness for midwesterners, so that helps, too... I married a South Dakotan. I think it's that repressed thing that some midwesterners have that I am attracted to. It's yin and yang, you know? I'm the kind of person who has never had a thought I didn't think I ought to express, so I guess midwesterners find me kind of ... amusing? I don't know. I love all things cheese, but I can't say that cheese curds are at the top of my list. I'll eat them, but they aren't my fave. But you melt pretty much any kind of cheese in a nice bowl of chili and I'm a very happy guy.

You must meet a lot of librarians across the country - do you have any impressions of us as a group?  (careful with this one, haha!)

Well that one is easy... I adore librarians. How can you not adore a group of people who are so devoted to books, who are so well read? It's hard not to find something to talk to with any librarian, because, unlike the general public, you can always fall back on, "So, read any good books lately?" They will most certainly have an answer! Joking aside, librarians are my heroes because I believe that young people who read are the solution, and librarians foster that love of reading.

Any tidbits about your books you'd like to share or why librarians should read and share them?

It's always a little awkward for me, that self-promotion thing, but hey, since you asked... For one, they're funny. None of them are "comic novels," but each of them seem to make people laugh a lot. I love laughter through tears, and there are lots of moments like that in my books. I think another thing about my books is that they are a unique combination of accessible and complex, fun and literary. Many readers write me to say that one of my books is their new favorite, and I think a lot of those notes come from kids who wandered onto my book and found it a surprisingly affecting experience that they didn't expect. It's like with Openly Straight and The Porcupine of Truth: you're going along with a fun read and you don't even notice that they've seeped their way into your heart and mind... That's the kind of book I like to read--something that seems like a fun read that winds up opening my heart to a new feeling or my mind to a new idea.

To see all the WLA conference posts:
Stellar School Age Services Preconference
Wednesday Conference Programs
Burr Worzalla Award Winner
Luncheon Speaker Bill Konigsburg
Thursday Youth Events
Konigsburg Book Discussion
Friday Youth Conference Programs
Social Events at WLA

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Toys in the Children's Department!

SLJ - First Steps: Play
Hopefully we all know that play is one of the "Big Five" components of the Every Child Ready To Read initiative.  But how do we make play happen at the library?  It probably, *gasp* involves toys in the Children's area.  For those of us with limited space, or perhaps resistant administrators, placing toys in the library can be a challenge.  Not to worry!  Check out THIS article by Lisa G. Kropp from the School Library Journal.  Kropp presents great ideas for convincing arguments, limited space, and even what toys to start with.  It is definitely time to play!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I can't get this song out of my head!

There are those songs that stay in your head all day when you hear even a little snippet. Hopefully, the song is one you like.

Last week in storytime, I played a new song to me, Laura Doherty's "Kitty Cat". I learned about it on Storytime Katie who does the song with puppets. The storytime kids and I just danced around with shakers as part of our musical break.

For the rest of the day and week that song played in my head. Kitty cat, kitty cat, oh kitty cat. I was reminded of another storytime song that has the same effect- "I Know a Chicken" by Laurie Berkner. I know a chicken and she laid an egg... a shaky egg!

Which songs stay in your head long after storytime?