Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Tom Lichtenheld

Ride the Rapids of Change to Wisconsin Rapids May 6-8 for the WAPL conference! The Wisconsin Association of Public Librarians along with a number of smaller sections in Wisconsin Library Association (including YSS) have a great conference in store May 6-8. Registration is a mere $75 for the jam-packed day and a half and early bird registration closes April 24. 

Check out some of the great YSS-sponsored youth library content. And of course that's not all the content. Stay tuned to this blog in coming days for more info on other programs to knock your socks off.

10:30 am  Putting the Fun in Fines!  To fine or not to fine?  That is the question!  Join staff from the Lester Public Library as they share several simple and easy ways to turn fines into marketing gems.  Black Friday Sales, Scratch Cards, Fables for Fines and more.  Your patrons will be begging to pay their fines off! (Terry Ehle, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers; Chris Hamburg, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers; Jeff Dawson, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers)
1:30 pm A Winning Combination: How Library Directors Can Support Youth Services and Vice Versa  A public library’s youngest patrons are often thought of as its future taxpayers and, by extension, library funders. However, the relationship goes deeper than circulation of children’s materials and growth of teen services.  Youth services matter to public libraries beyond the numbers. Jointly presented and facilitated by DPI and the Youth Services Section of WLA, a panel of directors and librarians will offer their unique insights on programming, professional development, and pleasing the library board. (Jeff Dawson, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers; Terry Ehle, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers; Dawn Wacek, Rice Lake Public Library; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Department of Public Instruction)
3:00 pm   Student Job Fair - Organize One for Your Community! Learn about success in planning the annual Wisconsin Rapids Student Job Fair. Started in 2012, the McMillan Memorial Library and the Boys & Girls Club collaborated in an effort to create a Student Job Fair for high school and college-age students. With an outstanding response from the community and support from local businesses, each year this event has grown immensely. Learn how you can collaborate with organizations in your community to create a similar and successful program. (Jennifer Bahnaman, Youth Services Librarian, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids; Robert Wefel, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Wisconsin Rapids Area)
5:00 pm  YSS Business Meeting   Afraid of boring, process junkie dry-as-dust info here? No worries. This is the beating heart of how we build success in our unit. It's a not-to-be-missed opportunity to network and learn!

8:30 am   High Hopes: Teaching Parents to do Early Literacy at Home  Integrating early literacy components into library storytimes is great, but helping parents incorporate early literacy activities into their daily routines at home is better! The Oshkosh Public Library will showcase their homegrown High Hopes Early Literacy Storytime program developed to educate, encourage and empower parents to grow their everyday interactions with their children into early literacy building activities. The discussion will include: tips for teaching parents, the outcome measurements process and ideas for community outreach. (Adeline Miller, Oshkosh Public Library; Marie Boleman, Oshkosh Public Library)

11:00 am Literary Mash Up - Writing Programs for the Elementary Age Need a new program for the elementary age that strongly supports literacy development, is research based, uses strategies and best practices? Experience a Literary Mash-Up—gain knowledge on writing research, gather resources and ideas, understand why inventive spelling is encouraged, learn peer critiquing with three pluses & a wish, and have a model in place to work from. If you don't like to write...all the more reason to attend! (Anne Kissinger, Wauwatosa Public Library)

11:45 am  Influences, Inspiration and Dumb Luck –Inside the Mind of a Children’s Book Creator
Author Luncheon –with Tom Lichtenheld, WLA Burr Worzalla Children’s Book Award winner

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