Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Looking at SLP Through a Different Lens

Image by Joshua Choate from Pixabay
In a recent ALSC blog post, Alex Aspiazu, a member of the ALSC Public Awareness committee, questioned whether we are reaching kids who are already readers with our summer library program - or are we actually reaching non-readers and helping them enjoy reading? 

She writes: "...sometimes the exercise feels a little bit recursive—we host summer reading programs to promote summer reading habits among… summer readers. Even in districts where libraries are able to offer fabulous incentives and prizes, this is of limited utility for reaching children who struggle with or avow that they “hate” reading. These are people we need to reach! To that end, I have collected ideas that you may utilize this summer or any other summer in order to make summer an inclusive experience for young people who just haven’t found their perfect book yet."

To check out Alex's ideas to reach more than readers, stop here. [Enticing Summer Reading Alternative Programming for Kids Who "Hate" to Read. Aspiazu, Alex. ALSC blog. June 27, 2022]

Sometimes looking at our SLP through a different lens helps up grow our programming and expected services in unexpected and positive ways! 

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

A Look at Hybrid Programming

Image by Estefano Burmistrov from Pixabay 
In May, the Children and Technology Committee of ALSC held an online community chat on hybrid programming. They shared takeaways from the chat in a recent ALSC blog post.

They write: "Our committee was inspired to host this conversation because the evolving nature of library programming (primarily in public libraries) has been a recurring theme in our own committee meetings throughout this term. We were also excited to bring in other library professionals as guests who have expertise, and a variety of experiences on the subject. The conversation was robust, and just what we were hoping for!"

To read through the great ideas and issues shared, stop here. [Hybrid Programming: Evaluating Takeaways from the Pandemic and Moving Library Services Into the Future. Aronofsky, Manuela. ALSC blog. June 11, 2022].

Monday, July 4, 2022

Be a Canva Master!

Have you been thinking about trying Canva to do your graphics, fliers or PR?  Or maybe you use but want some tips to up your game. 

Teen Services Underground agent Bethany Dietrich, a veteran 9 year Canva user, is here to help. Check out her handy tips video here. [Canva Tips and Tricks. Dietrich, Bethany. Teen Services Underground blog. June 27, 2002].

Friday, July 1, 2022

Storytimes- Virtual and IRL

A recent ALSC blog post by educator and researcher Tess Prendergast examines research that has been published around digital media use with preschoolers. While the research was done pre-COVID, it has some valuable insights for storytimes presented virtually and in person. It helps answer the question on whether virtual storytimes are meaningful for preschoolers.

She writes "As children’s library workers, we have all tangled with questions and concerns about young children and digital media. What helps and supports child development? What distracts and detracts from their learning? What information do parents and caregivers find helpful as they make decisions? If you are asking these questions, that’s a great sign – you care about the kids and families in your communities!"

Tess then goes on to explore the research done that shines a light on how virtual storytime is impactful for children.

To read this thoughtful post, stop here. [To Virtual Storytime and Back Again: What Recent Research Can Tell Us. Prendergat, Tess. ALSC blog. June 19, 2022]

And just a reminder, ALSC published a free online Virtual Storytime Services Guide at the beginning of the pandemic. It still has great information to help you when doing any virtual programs!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Virtual Variety - Passive Programs Part 1

A riddle shared on our teen Instagram stories @rplteens
Lindy Liedl from the Rice Lake Public Library returns with her monthly column on all things virtual to help you connect with your patrons!

A great way to keep your library Discord server or Instagram active while benefiting from those good stats is to share passive programs on there! I haven’t tried these on Facebook, but it could be worth a try.

What is Discord?

I did a previous post on how to make a library Discord, but to summarize that, it’s mainly a fun virtual space. Mostly geared towards teens and adults to chat and share photos. Discord also features some video/voice calling capabilities like Zoom for virtual programming all–in one place! Only those with a linked invitation to your server can join.

Passive Program: Riddle Days!

Our teens have really enjoyed guessing the answers to riddles virtually as a passive program. If not teens, your adult following on social media might enjoy this too! Once a week, I’ll share a riddle and then sit back and watch the speculation or check back later. We track how many people interact with the question, and at the end of the day–or once school lets out–I reveal the answer and send anyone who guessed correctly a little trophy emoji.

A riddle post created in Canva and shared on our Discord server.

I’ve thought about providing small prizes, but so far they get enough satisfaction just from being right. There’s usually one pro who guesses it right away, but sometimes their responses are funnier or more clever than the actual answer. It’s interesting to see where their minds take it. 

Riddles are easy to find, either on Pinterest or via a Google search. I try to aim for ones that have a funny answer and aren’t too easy/well known. 

More virtual passive program ideas coming next time!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Math and Storytime

According to an article on the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy website, research shows that children who are strong in early math skills have higher proficiency in both math and reading. I'm sure you already incorporate math concepts into storytimes—perhaps without even knowing it. But in this article, you can find even more ways to intentionally incorporate simple math concepts into storytime. 

Image by Pexels from Pixabay 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tuesday Tips: Recent Awards to Celebrate

Sam Jones is the Youth Services Librarian at the Beaver Dam Public Library. Today she shares a tip on a wonderful resource to be aware of.

Last week, there were two award ceremonies. On the 22nd, The Horn Book announced the 2022 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards winners. This was the award's 55th year! The award has three categories: picture books, poetry and fiction, and nonfiction. Elissa Gershowitz at The Horn Book says, "Young people today are living through history. This selection of winners and honorees so beautifully captures this shared moment and the extraordinary issues young people face. At a time of increased book bans and challenges, it’s vital for readers to have access to thought-provoking, mind-expanding, worldview-questioning titles such as these.” 

The second award is the Walter Dean Myers Awards for Outstanding Children's Literature, which was presented on the 23rd. This award is through the We Need Diverse Books organization. The winners of this award have to have been written by a diverse author and contain a diverse main character or discuss diversity if there is no main character. They have awards for a teen category and young adult category. Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley won the teen category, which I was particularly excited about since it was one of my favorite reads of 2021. Borders by Thomas King and illustrated by Natasha Donovan was selected as an honor book for both the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Walter Dean Myers Award. 

Both of these awards recognized some great books, so be sure to check out the winners and honorees (and maybe consider adding them to your collection if they aren't already) 

Monday, June 27, 2022

We Are Kids Lit Summer Reading List is Out!

From the We are Kids Lit website:

"The We Are Kid Lit Collective works to create materials and opportunities to recognize the humanity of Indigenous and People of Color (IPOC) in youth literature. Our work is premised upon the principles of social justice, equity, and inclusion and centers IPOC voices in children’s literature in order to identify, challenge and dismantle white supremacy and both internalized and systematic racism.  Our intended audience includes educators, librarians, caregivers and young people. We look for ways to improve the literacies of IPOC children, promote books written by and about IPOC, and to encourage gatekeepers to bring a lens of critical literacy to their work."

Their 2022 list that features, according to founder Edi Campbell "novels, picturebooks, graphic novels, coloring sheets, online short stories, short plays, fiction, novels in verse, poetry collections and nonfiction for young people" selected by 2022 We Are Kid Lit Collective members: Sam Bloom, Edith Campbell, Sujei Lugo Vázquez, and Lyn Miller-Lachmann.

Stop here for the booklist!

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Vocational Awe is a Killer

Pixabay Image

Jennifer Sullivan who blogs at Adventures in Storytime (and Beyond) recently wrote a deeply thoughtful post about the harm vocational awe can do to us as youth librarians. In this forceful essay, she also calls out those in the profession and in our youth area of the profession who shame those who don't measure up to the harmful "superhero" librarian trope.

She writes:

"You know, if there was any good to come from this terrible pandemic, I would have thought it would have gotten us as a profession to kick this ridiculous sense of vocational awe to the curb. You know, the idea that libraries are sacred and that librarianship is a virtuous calling we must be willing to sacrifice ourselves for. The pervasive feeling that we have to be all things to all people, fill all the cracks in society that people inevitably slip through, give of ourselves until it hurts. I think this idea is the most pervasive in the area of youth services.

Vocational awe leads to mission creep, overworking, understaffing, and people that are underemployed and/or underpaid. Library staff resort to buying program supplies with their own money, working unpaid hours, often struggle to live on wages that are below the cost of living, and burn ourselves out in just a few short years by offering a myriad of programs, pushing for bigger and bigger, more and more... And if you aren't willing to make all these sacrifices, if you can't be all things to all people, aren't a "rock star librarian" (whatever the hell that even means), then you simply aren't dedicated enough, passionate enough, or innovative enough."

To read the entire post, stop here. [Can We PLEASE Stop with the Vocational Awe Already.  Sullivan, Jennifer.  Adventures in Storytime (and Beyond). June 18, 2022.]

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 
Once or twice a month on weekends, YSS posts round-ups of ads that are sent to us or that we come across.  

If you have a position opening up and would like to see it on the YSS blog, please forward the job ad link/descriptions to the YSS blog at the email address listed in the header above the day's blog post.

Here is a late-June listing:

Jack Russell Memorial Library, Hartford

Youth Services Librarian (full-time)