Friday, April 12, 2013

Meet Your YSS Board: Jodi Bird

Meet Jodi Bird, a new YSS Member-at-Large!  Jodi is the Youth Services Librarian in Menomonie, where they do interesting and innovative programming, and Jodi is a master at thinking of low-cost but effective services.

What made you decide to get involved with YSS, and how did you? 
 This might sound funny but the reason I decided to get involved with YSS was simply because I was asked.  When I was asked to consider running for a position on the YSS Board I thought, "That might be kind of fun!"
 Do you have a sure-fire trick for getting kids back on track when they are wandering (either in a program or in the children’s area of the library)?   
During story time we do a couple of different things to get kids back on track.  One is we have a number of wiggle songs that we use on a regular basis that the kids know and that helps get them back on track.  We keep the words to the songs posted on the walls in the story time room so we can just pick one any time the kids need to get their wiggles out.  Another thing we do is have the kids point out different parts of their body with the last part being their head.  When we have them put their hands on their head we have them push, push, push until they are sitting back down on their bottoms.  This really works to quiet them down.

If you had an unlimited budget, what’s the first thing you’d do?   
Oh the fun things you could do with an unlimited budget!  The first thing I would do is make a bigger youth services space.  A bigger space for parents and children to sit and read or play with the toys and games would be great.  

What is the best source of programming ideas for you? Go-to blogs or other resources?
There are always some great ideas on the Flannel Friday blog as well as the Miss Meg's Storytime blog.  Of course the other great resource for programming is Pinterest.  How did we manage to survive so long without Pinterest?

Tell us about a really memorable interaction you’ve had with a young person. 
 I have been the Youth Services librarian for 13 years and have had so many memories with young people I'm not sure I could pick just one.  From little Sophie who comes right to the desk and wants to be picked up to Henry who comes in and likes to have everything "just so" every day produces a memorable interaction with a child.  

When you aren’t working, what do you love to do?   
I love to be outside working in the yard (wish we could get rid of some of this snow!), jogging, running our kids everywhere (not sure how much I love this but it is something I do!), watch football (Go, Pack, Go!)  and of course READ!

If you could hang out with any book character or author, who would you choose? And what would you do together? 
 I think I'd choose Harry Potter.  Maybe he could teach me how to fly on a broom and play Quidditch!

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